Stop Pulling Numbers Out Of Your A$$! What the actual FACTS reveal
about life in America...and the world!
Why I wrote this book
"Something like 8 out of every 10 people
make up statistics on the spot."
I sometimes like to read the comments on articles on Huffington Post, USA Today and New York Times' websites. There are always some gems!
Recently, in a long series of back and forth responses between Democrats and Republicans on one such site, people quoting all sorts of facts and opinions to support their position on a recent article about Paul Ryan, one fellow added his own take on all the facts people were spewing, and wrote, "Something like 8 out of every 10 people make up statistics on the spot."
I thought that was hilarious! It reminded me of what Author Rex Stout famously said:
"There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up."--Rex Stout
And it's so true. Whether it's immigration, unemployment, welfare or war, there are statistics making the rounds through the media, at the water cooler, and around the dinner table that are, quite simply, not true--the kind of "alternative facts" people are simply making up! This book is my attempt to help set the record straight in some small way!
One of the many reasons why this book exists
Jon Stewart catches Eric Bolling pulling numbers out of his a$$
Source: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Season 18. Episode 91; Aired: Apr 24, 2013; If not visible, download here | View directly
What it is
Stop Pulling Numbers Out of Your A$$ is a factual, fully researched, sometimes humorous look at current topics that often come up in our everyday conversations; topics about which people have the most--often emotional--opinions, but often the least facts and knowledge!
It contains over 134 pages of fully-researched, simply-presented facts and information (from well respected and sometimes obscure sources) on a wide range of topics including immigration, unemployment, religion, crime, welfare, racism, gun ownership, politics, science, religion, terrorism and even ebola, that dispel the myths and reveal the truth behind "conventional wisdom" so you'll never have to suffer through anyone pulling numbers out of their (or somebody else's) a$$es again!
Why you need it
Isn't it frustrating to listen to someone pulling numbers out of his or her a$$ to back up a point that's obviously based on pure conjecture, speculation and emotion? Pundits, politicans, pollsters, private citizens and even presidents do it! Well suffer no more!
And while you may not get the chance to challenge your local politician with the truth and the facts of the matter, you can use it to have some impact on the people in your immediate circles!
Carry it around with you, and when the next dinner party, family gathering or water cooler conversation comes around, you'll have the real numbers and facts to stop the madness and win every argument
What you get
From immigration and welfare to extinctions of endangered species on earth, these sorts of topics come up in conversation every day!
• What's the truth and actual numbers for immigration?
• Who's really committing the crimes?
• What are the real unemployment figures?
• Have there been previous ebola outbreaks in the US?
• What Americans believe about gay marriage?
• How much are we spending on veteran care?
...just the facts of the matter!
• How the US compares with developed nations!
• How the US compares with 3rd world nations!
• "Hot topic" poll numbers
• Plus a few predictions based on the trends
Here's a partial list of the major topics of conversation
World Society Comparisons
Health & Survival
Sports & Entertainment
Changing the Numbers
Sources include: US Census Bureau, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Amnesty International,
USCIS, Department of Justice, NIH, CIA, The White House, Pew Research
and dozens more!
Note: We don't simply list the sources, we provide links to the actual websites, reports,
studies, surveys so you can see for yourself, and show others that you know what
you're talking about!"
How to use it!
Each topic starts with a typical "conversation clue" to help you practice when it might be time to whip out your copy of Stop Pulling Numbers Out of Your A$$!
• "How many of them/us are there?"
• "Those &$O%&$* minimum wage workers!"
• "Are you for or against the death penalty?"
• "How many illegal immigrants cross the border every year?"
• "Another story of police use of excessive force!"
• "The umempolyment is out of control!"
• "Everyone wants to come to America!"
• "Same sex marriage?"
• "Think you could be a porn star?"
• "blah, blah, blah....Second Ammendment...blah, blah, blah..gun ownership in America...blah, blah and, therefore, blah"
TIP: If you hear any one of those statements or questions, get ready! You can be sure that people are going to start pulling numbers!
Check it out for yourself:
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Pundits, politicians and professors do it!
The concept of pulling numbers out of your own or somebody else's a$$ is not new. What's different these days is that the practice is no longer limited to the intelligencia... If pundits, politicians and professors are doing it, you can be sure the average person is more likely than ever to simply make up statistics to support their arguments. Yes, regular people are doing it too!...and it's driving the rest of us crazy!!!
These days, there's no longer even a need to look things up for verification. People start with hearsay, bias, intolerance and prejudice and simply use made up facts to support them! If no one challenges the president of the United States when he tells blatant, obvious lies, then it sets a standard for the rest of the country to pull numbers out of their a$$es at will!
Well, Stop Pulling Numbers Out of Your A$$! is our effort to stop the madness! Everything you think you know to be true about crime, welfare, immigration, unemployment, sickness, religion in America is challenged in this book! We present the actual raw data, surveys, and science to bring you the real numbers behind conventional wisdom.
These numbers have been checked, and rechecked and verified. Feel confident to whip them out at any dinner party to stop the madness!
Diagnosis: How to tell when someone is pulling numbers out of their a$$: Classic form #1
When Pundits Pull
Recently, I was listening to a podcast of the Jimmy Dore show in which a so-called economist/pundit was asked to explain the income disparities between blacks and whites in America and began spewing all sorts of racially-charged stereotypes and buzzwords about unwed mothers being rewarded for having kids, and so on...
"..of course, the rates of birth out of wedlock, particularly in the black community, have gone up, I dunno ten times in the past 50 years..."
"The vast majority, 80 or 90, er I'm not sure of the figure exactly of young black children are...."
That's a classic, textbook case for recognizing when someone is pulling numbers out of an a$$.
When Politicians Pull
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican candidate, Rick Santorum, famously pulled numbers out his a$$ on numerous occasions (see enforced euthanasia in the Netherlands), and in classic style and syntax about the educational system in California:
SANTORUM: "I was just reading something last night from the state of California. And that the California universities, I think it's seven or eight of the California system of universities don't even teach an American history course. It's not even available to be taught."
Of course, Santorum's statements were later proven to be pulled directly out of his, well, you get the picture!
The Sad Guarantee:
We guarantee that there will always be people who--even when presented with facts and evidence to the contrary--will hold on to their talking points, biases and misinformation no matter what you say or show them...simply because it makes them feel better to do so!
Your purchase helps change these numbers:
Many of the numbers in Stop Pulling Numbers Out of Your A$$ represent conditions in our societies and throughout the planet that call out for change. The numbers for unjust incarcerations, ebola outbreaks, air pollution, animal extinctions, global warming, etc., can change with your help. The Passion Profit Company donates a percentage of the profit of every sale of this book to the World Wildlife Fund and other organizations that support sustainable living and keeping the planet habitable and pristine for all life on earth. (Our actual online donation receipts will be posted on this site after the release date!).
Stop Pulling Numbers Out Of Your A--!
What the actual FACTS reveal
about life in America...and the world!
by F.J. Sharp
(134 pages | Size: 5.5 x 8.5 | ISBN: 978-1502717542;)
"Something like 8 out of every 10 people just make up statistics on the spot!"--Anonymous commenter on Huffpost Isn't it frustrating to listen to someone pulling numbers out of his or her a$$ to back up a point that's obviously based on pure conjecture, speculation and emotion? Pundits, politicans, pollsters, private citizens and even presidents do it! Well suffer no more! Stop Pulling Numbers Out of Your A$$ is a factual, fully researched, sometimes humorous look at current topics that often come up in our everyday conversations; topics about which people have the most--often emotional--opinions, but often the least facts and knowledge! It contains over 134 pages of fully-researched, simply-presented facts and information (from well respected and sometimes obscure sources) on a wide range of topics including immigration, unemployment, religion, crime, welfare, racism, gun ownership, politics, science, religion, terrorism and even ebola, that dispel the myths and reveal the truth behind "conventional wisdom" so you'll never have to suffer through anyone pulling numbers out of their (or somebody else's) a$$es again!