‘What Makes New Yorkers Live Longer?’ (2012)

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He makes you live longer!

Oh, boy–pseudo-science! Oh, boy–faulty logic! Puddem togedda and waddaya got? Something worth a little less than bibbity-bobbity-boo.

What Makes New Yorkers Live Longer?

What you got, in 2012, was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban-everything policy being credited with giving New Yorkers longer life spans. Read this carefully and see how many examples of cockeyed thinking you can find.

Then see if you can think of any reason to believe in “science” anymore.

5 comments on “‘What Makes New Yorkers Live Longer?’ (2012)

  1. Well, you certainly covered the cause-and-effect fallacies cogently, and even pointed out the lack of control groups, i.e., pre- and post-Bloomberg. But here’s another control group that was left out: whether there were similar or different changes in life span in comparable cities without the bans over the same test period — and, for that matter, whether any changes occurred in noncomparable cities (different populations, demographics, geographic locations, etc.).

    Without control groups, conclusions are virtually impossible. This is one of my pet peeves about sloppy pseudo-scientific pronouncements.

    And of course, as you point out, talking about “life spans” in a study only a few years in length is ridiculous. How do you know how long the current population will live? They may actually die younger than the deceased people in your study. How do you know? And if your deceased group really lived longer than the previous generation, most of their long lives were pre-Bloomberg. They got old before the bans. For all you know, they might have lived even longer if they’d been allowed their tobacco, sugar, salt, and all the other things Bloomberg banned. What nonsense.

    1. Yeesh, it’s only Tuesday? There are things I want to write that I can’t write in just five minutes before my internet conks out.

  2. Bloomberg looks like a saint compared to de Blasio. Communists are atheists and believe the means justify the ends. This explains our MSM in America – lying to promote the revolution is a virtue.

    1. Then again, Bloomberg is perfectly willing to carry Red China’s bucket; but as a mayor, he was miles above Warren Wilhelm Jr. (De Blasio’s real name–everything about him is fake).

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