Percentages – Manipulations and Perceptions

With all the attention various minorities are getting, it should be noted that their percentage makeup of the total US population is somewhat …less… than we might presume or we are led to believe. I asked a few of my friends some of these stats and their answers were far, far from the actuality. We were all quite surprised. Just a thought….

US STATS:

Black population –     13.1%

Asian –     7.8%

Latino –   17%

Atheists – 2.4%

Jews –       2.11%

Mormons – 2%

Protestants – 48%

Catholics –   24%

LGBT – 1.5%

Journalists – 7% identify as Republican

General Population – Independent – 43%

Democrat – 31%

Republican – 25%

Voters – 64% overall turnout in 2012

US Population 318.9million

Fertility – 1.8 (2.1 is considered 0 population growth)

100% of the population increase in the US will be due to immigration – growing 35% by 2050

Black population at 13.1% – 41.8million persons

Percentage that voted – 68% – per 2008 media

Number that voted – 16.1 million – census bureau

Black Population under the age of 19 – 31.7% per census

Eligible voters – 28.4million

Eligible Voters that voted Based on Census – 54

Discrepancy – 14 percentage points. 21%. Why numbers matter and statistics can be hedged –

I was personally floored by the percentage of Independents! If you want to win – just saying

It is the last fledgling truism we believe we have left – math, numbers. They can’t lie. But unfortunately, those that put the numbers together, that write word or omit a word, so as to give perception that is false, these people have taken our last bastion of belief and turned it into a bastard. Upsidedown.

For example: Let’s say you have a total demographic of 10,000 and you say that within that demographic there are 10% black people. Then you say the rate of increase in the numbers of black people is growing at a rate of 10%! WOW! What a huge increase. The you compare it to the minus 10% growth in whites, and now you have some numbers that bear repeating!   But the real total population increase is only 1%, not the 10%. Not as exciting.   Play the math.

It’s the give or take a few million billion years play in the world of science. Dating animals, humans, droids, cavemen, rocks, thumbnails, etc… Of course, they can’t, and so, they extrapolate. They say, if you believe this theory and this one and this one, then this can be fact. Ouch!

I don’t think so.

There is so much fact to counter theory, the entire core begins to crumble. The core of science. Man, I remember growing up and having to confront the choice – science or faith/religion. We were solid, we had different values then, and faith was more often chosen. But the sixties, Beatles, Steinem, Abby Hoffman, all worked together to change all this.

I chose science. And I believed! I thought everything they said was absolute fact – imperial fact. Science, after all, was a fact based system, without bias, border or theorem. And I blindly believed, like herded by the cult. I believed the lies of science. And everything else was like witchcraft. When I discovered that all fact based conclusions were based in, core theory, I was so angry. I felt so deceived.

‘How’ was a big question, but an even bigger question was – WHY?

I really don’t see the logic in these sort of games, sort of seems a big waste of time. Just thinking.

But others didn’t see it that way, and science as a religion – flourished. When an incident proved their theory wrong, it was just – ignored. Shrugged off as not corresponding. Because all data that could corroborate was retrieved and held, while all data which was contrary, was edited and trashed. Therefore, a belief system of science – was created.

It is interesting that just 2% of the US population could exert so much influence – should they not be counted therefore – as a majority? When did the Greater Good come to mean a 2% majority?

If 74% of the US population has either a Christian, Mormon or Catholic denomination, how is it that we cater to the 2% who claim to be atheists? Why do they take such precedence despite their small numbers?

For the younger generation- perspective: let’s say you are at Papa Jacks Pizza and there are twenty of you ordering. You can only afford one pizza, so you are taking votes on who wants what. You are arguing because there are 4 holdouts to the 16 who agree they want pepperoni and sausage, while the other four want just plain.

PLAIN! Why order pizza at all? Anyway. Finally an agreement is made and the four over-ride the sixteen. The sixteen haven’t changed their want, they have just acquiesced and not wanted confrontation. The four smile broadly – for they have beaten the odds.

But what happens in reality when the majority is being squelched?

Ultimately, there is an uprising. A civil war. And this one is perceived to be – perhaps the largest ever.

The diversity of populace against populace, race, creed, color, gender, age, belief, faith, hair, physique, psyche. Will clash.

No one will be with his brother.

I believe we all see this in our future, but we hope and pray that somehow it will be – later… Men want to be a hero, but when the reality confronts them, it isn’t always as neat.   Women want to be rescued, but when the rescuer is the wolf, well then, not so good.

So, be wary of statistics. Read the fine print. Play often. Love with your life, and don’t drag your baggage like Pigpen drags dirt.

Just saying.

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