Tag Archives: statistics
February 18, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: Am I a rabid follower of Malthus obsessed with an ever growing global population and a believer in Bartlett concerned about the consequences of ignoring the mathematical exponential function? I would like to think not, but I do suggest that a correlation between Malthus and Bartlett could be found the horse manure problem of the late nineteenth century driven by needs and wants of growing economies. Read more of this post
November 19, 2016Posted by on
This week on Facebook: I have posted some articles on factory farming, also known as intensive farming as it applies to the maintenance of livestock, a really difficult subject area that is compounded by global economics. The availability of meat in developed economies has hidden the real cost of its production both in terms of animal husbandry and environmental pollution. A world with the seemingly inexorable growth in the global population and its desire for affordable food, especially meat, would seem to be leading towards not only an environmental catastrophe but an increasing lack of human compassion. Read more of this post
March 19, 2016Posted by on
This week on Facebook a week of posts on the subject of pi (π) can surely only be of interest to a geek but don’t worry, there won’t be another week from me like this one until 2022. This week, beginning on Monday March 14, is known as world Pi (π) Day, which this year is 3.1416 (for those that use a non UK English notation).
Though as Michael Caine is wrongly attributed as saying, ‘Now there’s not many people know that’. I doubt that come tomorrow, the world would have been shaken by the riotous behaviour of those celebrating the advent of the day. Nevertheless, Monday’s annual event did result in the following π pertinent postings. (Incidentally — if the value of π is infinite: How can it be a constant?)
For those who, unlike me (apart from those befuddled moments brought on by old age) who are not geeky, there is always PI (π) Media. I’m sure that you’re wondering why the name PI (π) Media was chosen. Never short of an opinion about anything, I would hazard a guess that like the never ending π it’s intended to be a never ending source of online information. It may be of course that once a year it gets free publicity from us millions trawling the net annually in our never ending search for enlightenment regarding the never ending π. Read more of this post
April 29, 2015Posted by on
The role that economic theory plays in the creation of money — even if understood by a government — is ignored in favour of economic manipulation for the purpose of a fiscal policy. Self interested post war governments have little interest in the social responsibility that Peter Drucker applied to a private enterprise.
“The first responsibility of business is to make enough profit to cover the costs for the future. If this social responsibility is not met, no other social responsibility can be met.”
January 28, 2015Posted by on
Der Spiegel reported in May 2010 that without bribes virtually no foreign company could do business in Greece. In How German Companies Bribed Their Way to Greek Deals, Der Speigel claimed that the money from bribery enriched industrialists, civil servants, the military and politicians. Read more of this post
January 1, 2015Posted by on
The WordPress.com stats prepared a 2014 annual report for Aasof’s Reflections, which was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014.
The ‘Stat Counter’ presents a somewhat better analysis for 2014:
Page Views Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Total 5,209 4,539 3,542 997 Read more of this post
December 10, 2014Posted by on
in 2012 the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) at the Home Office voted for a strike in a ballot with a turnout of 20%. In a related article George Osborne demanded tough new strike laws , leading to the Conservative Party proposing plans to tighten the law on strike ballots if it wins the 2015 election. The proposal is a requirement for at least half of eligible union members to vote (50%) in order for a strike to be lawful. (The Tories Strike Back). Read more of this post
October 16, 2014Posted by on
The philosopher Jürgen Habermas has argued that modern capitalist society has seen the decline of ‘the public sphere’ and that the mass media encourage a view of people as consumers rather than as citizens. Research into some British Newspapers suggests that Habermas is right. Read more of this post