Sunday, October 22, 2006

Vicarious embarrassment

The thinnest attempt to discredit the Lancet study yet: apparently if you don't live on a main street you can't be blown up by a carbomb, murdered by fake policemen or shot by coalition convoy guards. Worse, it is alleged the back streets weren't sampled although the methodology explicitly states they were. And one of the people behind this is a professor - a professor at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Damn, when I was there we used to have standards. It surely can't have gone downhill this far in two years? (Mind you, I recall that the intellectual gradient from the history department to economics was pretty steep. And negative.)

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