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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-19-07 02:55 PM
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146. Rick Brady is a Republican
I came across him on Daily Kos, where he posted on one of my exit poll threads. It was through conversation by email with Rick that I developed the paper I wrote describing an alternative approach to quantifying the degree of discrepancy at precinct level between the exit poll and the count, and which led to Warren Mitofsky's reanalysis of his data, and his subsequent commissioning of me to do more. Later, Mark Lindeman, Rick, I developed the approach still further, and Mark presented the approach at the American Statistical Association's meeting in Minneapolis in 2005.

Rick is one of the smartest and most intellectually honest guys I have ever worked with. He can spot a flaw in an argument at 50 paces, so working with him was an envigorating experience. But I also found him refreshingly without ego - he is one of these people who wants the right answer, whether it suits his preconceptions or not.

Yes, he's a Republican and an evangelical Christian. I'm a life-long progressive (UK Labour Party) and a liberal catholic. Yes, we disagree about many things, but we also share, as does Mark Lindeman, a few core values such as a intellectual rigour and honesty. I only know a little about his views on the Katrina disaster, but he spent several months working in New Orleans, trying to put lives and places back together, and his emails and photos from devastated area were deeply moving.

I know very little about Bev Harris, so I can't make any comment, but I am not aware that criticisms of her have been for her political or religious views. On the contrary, from what I understand of the criticisms, they have ABSOLUTELY NO RELEVANCE TO RICK BRADY.

And even if they did, they have ABSOLUTELY NO RELEVANCE TO THIS DEBATE. An argument stands or falls on its merits, not on the merits, or perceived demerits, of those making the argument.

I am becoming extremely angry over these ad hominem posts of yours, Kurovski.
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