Donald Trump signed an Executive Order today to ban the use of all Arabic numbers in American media and schools! Those numbers would be numbers the ones you and I know, with the digits 0 to 9. I can write them cause I’m in Canada, out of reach of his madness.
But yes. The Donald has banned all use of Arabic numbers, citing bad influence by Arabic culture on Americans. From now on, everything numerical will have to be displayed in Roman numerals, like the V representing Arabic number 5 that the Trumpster is demonstrating in the picture at right, cause it’s superior since it was invented by a culture that was mostly white, even though they weren’t mostly Christian. However, they had some features useful for his propaganda so he used them hoping the people would be stupid enough to believe it like they have believed so many other things he has said so far.
In North American football, the extra point is a single point short kick after a 6 point touchdown to give the full 7 point value a touchdown can give a team. The full 7 points also makes the touchdown more valuable than two field goals, at 3 points each, in not only concept but also score. Otherwise, the extra point is also a second chance to cheer loudly for the touchdown just scored if it were your team to have done so.
Once upon a time, the extra point used to require an actual effort so it was not a sure thing by any means. However, these days, it has a success rate of over 99% according to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. It has become too easy for the players playing to execute it that it not only becomes boring, it’s also a waste of time. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King feels the same way about it, calling it “the biggest waste of time in sports”. Nothing in sports should be that automatic, basically. What kind of competition is there if the outcome was the same more than 99% of the time?
I owe this post to a pro-gun friend who debated me on more gun control. His arguments and stats used, including the graph below, led me to do the degree of research I did to counter, which I used here. I didn’t convince him, which I didn’t expect to, but you can judge for yourself from what I present following. I thought it might be valuable for people to understand the flaws in many anti-gun control, if not pro-gun, arguments presented, coming from someone who does analysis of all sorts for a living.
I was shown the graph below with data showing why tighter gun control was not the solution to America’s gun problem with gun related deaths and incidents. What I, as a professional analyst, saw, instead, was the very reasons why America needs tighter gun control. I will also counter a bunch of other points brought up by gun lobbyists that doesn’t involve data, because it isn’t just about the data, of course. But let’s first look at one graph with lots of data.
US Firearms, Deaths and Population Trends