Authored and maintained byJohn Brignell
This site is devoted to the monitoring of the misleading numbers that rain down on us via the media. Whether they are generated by Single Issue Fanatics (SIFs), politicians, bureaucrats, quasi-scientists (junk, pseudo- or just bad), such numbers swamp the media, generating unnecessary alarm and panic. They are seized upon by media, hungry for eye-catching stories. There is a growing band of people whose livelihoods depend on creating and maintaining panic. There are also some who are trying to keep numbers away from your notice and others who hope that you will not make comparisons. Their stock in trade is the gratuitous lie. The aim here is to nail just a few of them.
In serious jest and jesting seriousness,
I strive to scourge polluting beastliness
Scourge of Villany, John Marston (1576-1634)
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The author and his wife/carer both suffered from ill health over the festive season. The latter was taken to hospital at 3 am on Saturday and the former cannot give time to writing at the moment. Apologies for the lack of reply and breaches of promise.
No one saw this announcement. for the reason see September 2015
December 2014 The fourteenth annual Numby Awards
A fable for our times (with sequel)
Watermelons by James Delingpole - Review
Why does the cable weight damn the concept of airborne generators?
Collected Numby Awards
The statistical bludgeon
What’s old in Number Watch – Warnings
Power Mad (February 2003)
Time: the future ( September 2009)
That Energy White Paper is now here (Forward by Tony Blair)
Link to what's new.
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The above is an example of a wrong number - see here.
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Revision (August 2006)
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