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A Person with an Opinion

I was speaking with someone a while back, trying to get to the crux of the wrongness of the assertions that the election was stolen, the covid vaccine is harmful, and the mainstream media is lying about it.

So I told a story. I told the story about how back in 2002/2003, I knew that Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction. Credible sources trotted out evidence, and the main stream media had agreed. World governments agreed. Saddam could come for the US next with his weapons of mass destruction. That’s why we had to go in and fight a war.

I had watched in the years leading up to this, countless inspectors finding nothing. I had watched the brinksmanship, the back and forth; did they have access; didn’t they have access. I didn’t know anyone on the team. I didn’t know anybody from the intelligence agencies. I had no access to any first hand data about the situation.

I knew in my gut that Saddam had nothing and the war was a lie.

“Without data you’re just a person with an opinion.”

W Edward Deming

My correct selection of “black” on the roulette wheel was no indication of my credibility. It was no guarantee on future outcomes. It was not even an indication of any probable future outcomes.

I moved the needle exactly nowhere. Sure, I made a correct assertion, but with no data, no evidence, and no basis whatsoever.

Practice it with me. Don’t trust me in any capacity. I have no insight. I have an opinion based on nothing. I could be wrong.

2 Comments

  1. Sigg3

    Dictionary.com’s first definition of OPINION, noun:

    a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

    🙂

    Hi dude, nice to see you’re still blogging 😀

  2. Jim

    Oh nice! Lovely to see you. How have you been? What are you up do?

    Yeah, I guess we’ve both fallen off on the posting a bit. I have like 150 drafts of ideas and whatnot, but for some reason they didn’t pass muster and now languish. It’s kinda like reddit – write a long reply, reread, hit cancel. sigh haha.

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