Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Statistical Abuse II

I listened to the news on the radio while driving in this morning. The newscasters discussed a recent report on housing foreclosures.

"How does Texas fare on the list?"
"Not good, Bob. Texas is third on the list of number of foreclosures, trailing only California and Florida."

AAUUUUGGGHHHHH! THOSE ARE THREE OF THE FOUR MOST POPULOUS STATES, SO THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SHOULD EXPECT. Give me some kind of rate change or per-capita statistic. If anything Texas might be ahead of what we'd expect, since it is second most-populous but third in number of foreclosures. Ok, I just went online to find a link with the numbers that the radio folks were discussing. IT MAKES THE EXACT SAME IRRITATING KIND OF STATEMENTS. Look at the headline: Texas still struggling with foreclosure woes, study shows. But let's read what is revealed in the text.

For the first six months of 2007, the Lone Star State reported 69,471 foreclosure filings, according to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac. That amounts to an average of one filing for every 130 homes. The company will not release individual market data for another week.

There were two other states that had a higher number of foreclosure filings than Texas.

For the first six months of 2007, RealtyTrac reports that California led the nation in the number of foreclosures, with a total of 189,560 filings -- an average of one foreclosure filing for every 69 households. Florida took second place, with a total of 102,213 filings. That amounts to an average of one foreclosure for every 81 households.

The national picture isn't looking too rosy either. The latest RealtyTrac report shows that over the first six months of the year, the United States recorded a total of 925,986 foreclosure filings. That amounts to an average of one filing for every 134 households.

Hmmm, the national average is one filing for every 134 households and Texas has one for every 130 households. So as anyone with an IQ over 32 could tell, that pretty much equals AVERAGE, not OH NO THE SKY IS FALLING. I'd be a lot more worried about being in CA with 1 filing for every 69 households.

*Follow-up: For contrast: here's an article that discusses the same data in the correct manner. It calls out Florida as fifth in foreclosure rates. Nevada is actually in the worst shape based on that info, and wasn't even mentioned on the radio or in the previous article.

Catch up on your Mckinney news

I actually could have been on the highway with this car-chase yesterday when I was driving to a dental appointment, but elected to take surface streets instead.

A routine traffic stop turned into a dangerous chase after the driver took off down residential streets and onto Central Expressway.

Authorities said after the man was arrested, he told police he was rushing his cat to a pet hospital.


The chase began in Garland and reached up to speeds as high as 90 mph. Once the man reached McKinney, he turned his vehicle back around and headed south until the chase ended in Richardson.

Idiotic Statement of the day

From Yahoo News:
If 11 young men can instill national pride and a sense of unity by playing soccer, Iraqis are wondering why 275 politicians elected to steer Iraq to a brighter future cannot achieve the same result.
Next this Einstein can spend time pondering why more Americans watch the Super Bowl than watch the presidential debates. Granted, I'm not saying it's a good thing long-term for our country or theirs, but perhaps sports are more fun than politics? Newsflash: most people prefer eating brownies to broccoli.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

another random test

Your Score: English Genius

You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 93% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

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I think the 93% on the Expert words means I missed just one, which from looking at the answers was probably a mistake on further/farther. I know I have trouble with that.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Emily liked the room we had at Harrah's in South Lake Tahoe for $40/night. I'm pretty sure this could be used in a Harrah's ad campaign.