Maia Szalavitz has a nice piece at Time showing how those Dr. Van Helsings at RAND have finally put a stake through the heart of a “vampire number”, this one being that 60% of the Mexican cartels’ revenue comes from marijuana.
(Input your best Vincent Price or Boris Karloff imitation here, with creepy organ music in background) “Vampire numbers….no one knows where they came from but they live on and on, sucking the blood out of all intelligent public policy discourse…”
A 40% rise of violence against women every Superbowl Sunday and an American child’s risk of abduction by a stranger being 1 in 30,000 are among my favs. Challenge to RBCers: What is your favorite vampire number? The best answer wins 1 (one) ludicrous statistical pronouncement of your choice, to be made here by a marginally credible source, viz, me.