June 15, 2017

We’re not number three

From the Twitter, via Graeme Edgeler


As Graeme points out, the nice thing about having a link included is that you can check the report (PDF, p8) and find out the claim isn’t true — at least by the source’s definitions.

This one is redrawn to use all the data, with the countries previously left out coloured grey. There’s a pattern.




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  • avatar
    Joseph Delaney

    Maybe it is my national identity, but I have a hard time seeing a principled rule where you include the US, UK, Australia, and NZ in the series and remove Canada. I mean Israel and Greece both have special issues that could make them difficult to include.

    But Canada? It isn’t language (all basically anglophone), culture (British or British related), continent (geography), economy (Canada isn’t THAT small). or ongoing political crisis (Quebec just isn’t an insurgency).

    This does kind of rule out really innocent explanations of careful inclusion of relevant comparator nations.

    3 months ago

    • avatar
      Thomas Lumley

      Yes, Canada is a bit of a giveaway. And Japan.

      What I think is particularly impressive, though, is distinguishing Belgium and Luxembourg.

      3 months ago