Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Don't believe everything you read!

This was forwarded to me by a friend and I want to put it out there because it is important to know the truth about those things floating around the Internet.
"Interesting Statistics

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law,

St. Paul, Minnesota, points out facts of 2008 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:

Democrats: 19

Republicans: 29

Square miles of land won by:

Democrats: 580,000
Republicans: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:

Democrats: 127 million
Republicans: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Democrats: 13.2
Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds:

"In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won by Republicans

was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in
government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare.

Professor Olson believes the United States is now somewhere

between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's

definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's

population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase."

According to three sources this email is false.

One of these sources is
"SUMMARY: Forwarded email purports to analyze the results of the 2000 (or 2008) U.S. presidential election in terms of the population density and murder rates of parts of the country that voted Democratic vs. Republican.

Description: Email flier
Circulating since: 2000
Status: Mostly false"

When you click on these links, notice that there are multiple versions of these posts.

Another source is

"Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University was not the source of any of the statistics or the text attributed to him above. When contacted via e-mail, Professor Olson confirmed that he had no authorship or involvement in this matter"

The third source is

"This hoax goes back eight years, when an earlier version began to circulate following the bitterly disputed 2000 presidential election., a site devoted to debunking urban myths, took that one apart at the time, noting that Prof. Olson denied authorship and that some factual claims didn't check out. A new version went around for a time after the 2004 election, and whoever wrote the 2008 version of the e-mail didn't even bother to make up new "stats," but simply substituted the words "Democrats" and "Republicans" where the names "Gore" and "Bush" had appeared."

In other words, don't believe everything you read.

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