Archives for: "January 2005"

Numbers and Perception

There's a famous quote from Mark Twain (who claimed to be quoting Benjamin Disraeli): "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics". I was reminded of this when a Bush administration guy talked about how Bush had cut the deficit… more »


This is written in a slightly jet-lagged state from an internet cafe in Capetown, South Africa, one of the nicest small cities in the world. Yesterday, my friends and I visited Langa, a township just outside Capetown that is home to about a quarter… more »

Away for a while...back in Feb

Hello All, I'm going back to one of my favorite parts of the world: South Africa and Namibia. I'll be back on Feb. 6, and I probably won't have the chance to post here again before then. Have a great few weeks! Ross more »

America is stingy? Hardly!

PUBLISHED in the Boulder Daily Camera, 1/8/05,1713,BDC_2491_3454236,00.html Re: “Land of Penny Pinchers”, NY Times 1/5/05, Nicholas Kristof… more »

New Year's Resolutions and The Wave

The numbers coming from countries around the Indian Ocean are so large that they leave me, and I suspect others, almost unable to react. I resolve to fight mental numbness. Many of you know that my younger brother died in May. That was the saddest,… more »