I'm puzzled, have "everybody" forgotten how to calculate?
The long sigh of the week:
Yesterday in a shop something cost 26.40 so I gave her a 50 note. She asked if I had -.40 so I gave her a 50 cent piece. She tapped the incoming into the cash register, but then I gave her another 1 Euro piece so she could give me 25.10 back, less coins I thought.
That rattled her no end, after much use of a calculator she came to my conclusion though.
This morning I read about Sarkozy starting his battle with the unions and how he'll want to push the current pension age of 50 (at certain state enterprises) back up to 65.
My brain goes "hmm, now it's 25 years working, 25 years pensioned thus half their annual work income should go to pension funds - wonder if the union ever accepted that simple fact?". But not so, unions up in arms of course saying "any change is not fair, the money is there". Sure the money is there as long as everybody else is willing to pay for that, but fair, no.
Last week a story about the loss of hours by FaceBook users in the UK spread like wildfire, some consultant had made some calculations and most UK papers picked it up and printed (Daily Mail censored my calculation comment there, cowards) it as a wow story without a question (blogs questioned though).
Good story yes, but if any of those editors knew how to add two and two they could have found that the number meant that most FaceBook members who works in the UK spends all hours at work and more on FaceBook. Not likely.
We're good at detecting political lies, but pure bullshit presented as figures - nah, no detection at all.
How can our societies survive if this is the norm?