How to Lie with Statistics and Reuven Bulka, Ottawa rabbi who inspired nation, dies at 77 and Gal Gadot welcomes third daughter, named Daniella and What's My Line? - John Wayne; Joey Bishop [panel] (Nov 13, 1960) and Greek police recover stolen Picasso painting, then drop it
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How to Lie with Statistics is a book written by Darrell Huff in 1954 presenting an introduction to statistics for the general reader. Not a statistician, Huff was a journalist who wrote many "how to" articles as a freelancer.
The book is a brief, breezy illustrated volume outlining the misuse of statistics and errors in the interpretation of statistics, and how these errors may create incorrect conclusions.
In the 1960s and 1970s, it became a standard textbook introduction to the subject of statistics for many college students. It has become one of the best-selling statistics books in history, with over one and a half million copies sold in the English-language edition. It has also been widely translated.
Themes of the book include "Correlation does not imply causation" and "Using random sampling". It also shows how statistical graphs can be used to distort reality, for example by truncating the bottom of a line or bar chart, so that differences seem larger than they are, or by representing one-dimensional quantities on a pictogram by two- or three-dimensional objects to compare their sizes, so that the reader forgets that the images do not scale the same way the quantities do.
The original edition contained illustrations by artist Irving Geis. In a UK edition, these were replaced with cartoons by Mel Calman.
Reuven Bulka, Ottawa rabbi who inspired nation, dies at 77
London native was instrumental in creating Canada's Kindness Week; remembered by Trudeau for spreading optimism and humility
JTA — Reuven Bulka, the Ottawa rabbi dubbed "Canada's rabbi" for urging his fellow Canadians to embrace kindness, has died at 77.
Bulka died Sunday in New York, the Ottawa Citizen reported, where he had moved to be close to family after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. The Forward reported that he was buried in Israel.
Bulka joined Machzikei Hadas, an Orthodox congregation in Ottawa, in 1967, and retired in 2015. He was the emeritus rabbi until his death.
"As 'Canada's Rabbi,' Rabbi Bulka inspired Jewish Canadians and people across the country to live with optimism, humility, and devotion to kindness," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter. "And thanks to his tireless efforts, Canada was the first country to create a National Kindness Week. May his memory be a blessing."
Jim Munson, the senator who this year shepherded through the bill establishing a Kindness Week in the third week of February, said Bulka was critical in its passage.
"There were acts of kindness taking place at every level, whether people knew it or not" because of Bulka's influence, Munson was quoted as saying by the Citizen. "In the Senate. In the House of Commons. In the Prime Minister's Office. I think everybody recognized that you can have your political fights, but this is costing us nothing and it is giving us everything."
Bulka was a fixture in Ottawa, speaking each year on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, at the National War Memorial.
"He had such a presence on every Nov. 11," the Citizen quoted Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson as saying. "He took a solemn occasion and weaved it with humor. People would be talking about his Remembrance Day speeches afterward because they were so well-delivered and always without notes."
Bulka was well known in the Canadian media, often offering advice as a radio commentator. He converted a conservative talk show host to Orthodox Judaism and was heartbroken in 2003 when she said she would no longer be observant, despairing at the tendency of American Jews to hew to liberal beliefs.
"When she went through the evolutionary stage of her journey, a lot of people were inspired by her own excitement about it," Bulka told the Forward at the time.
The London native — born on D-Day, June 6, 1944 — was raised in the United States and moved to Canada as a young man. Bulka was just 23 when he assumed his post at Machzikei Hadas, and soon steeped himself in the Canadian sensibilities of commitment to public service and getting along with one another.
"For me, the most important thing is that people should ask the question as early as possible in life as they can: 'What can I do to make this world a better place?'" he told the CBC earlier this year after announcing his diagnosis.
Bulka received a slew of awards, including the Order of Canada, the nation's second highest honor, and led the effort in the 1990s for Machzikei Hadas to be the first commonwealth synagogue with a coat of arms. Consulting with the chief herald of Canada, Bulka came up with the image of five Torah scrolls and the tablets of commandments upholding the Tree of Life.
On the tree, the synagogue explains on its website, "are attached intermingled maple leaves and Stars of David — Canadian and Jewish symbols. This artistic integration projects the beautiful fusion between Canada and its Jewish community."
Bulka is survived by his wife, Leah, and five children with his first wife, Naomi, who died in 2001.
Greek police recover stolen Picasso painting, then drop it
No visible damage done to 1939 piece gifted by artist to Greece in recognition of resistance to Nazis; authorities hail 'special day' in return of painting after daring 2012 heist
Greece on Tuesday said it had recovered a Picasso painting personally donated by the Spanish master to the Greek people, almost a decade after it was stolen alongside two other artworks in an audacious heist at the National Gallery.
But during a subsequent press conference, officers let the artwork — created in 1939 — drop to the floor.
Footage from the event showed the painting slide off its perch, with an official quickly picking it up from the floor and putting it back, with no visible damage done by the fall.
"Head of a Woman," gifted by Pablo Picasso to Greece in 1949, was recovered in Keratea, a rural area some 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Athens, officials told the news conference.
Police said a 49-year-old builder had confessed to stealing the artworks in 2012 and had been arrested.
What's My Line? - John Wayne; Joey Bishop [panel] (Nov 13, 1960)
NOTE: A small part of the John Wayne segment is missing, apparently due to a bad film splice. MYSTERY GUEST: John Wayne PANEL: Arlene Francis, Joey Bishop, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf
Gal Gadot welcomes third daughter, named Daniella
Israeli actress shares a photo of her family of five on Instagram: 'I couldn't be more grateful and happy (and tired)'
Gal Gadot has welcomed a new daughter, named Daniella, into the world, the Israeli actress announced on Instagram on Tuesday.
"I couldn't be more grateful and happy (and tired)," she wrote alongside a photo of her, her husband Jaron Varsano, and their three daughters. "We are all so excited to welcome Daniella into our family. I'm sending all of you love and health."
Numerous celebrities, including January Jones, Priyanka Chopra, and Kate Hudson, sent their best wishes to the new mom.
Daniella joins older sisters Alma, 9, and Maya, 4. Gadot and Varsano have been married since 2008. Gadot first revealed news of her pregnancy in March.
In an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in April, Gadot said her older daughters were excited to welcome the latest addition.
"They're excited," she said, noting that at first Alma was not happy at the news. "But then she got used to the idea and now she's super, super excited."
Gadot has become famous around the world for her role as Wonder Woman in a series of DC Films movies, including "Wonder Woman 1984," which was released last year via streaming after COVID essentially canceled its theatrical release.
In recent months, Gadot served as executive producer on "Impact," a short-form documentary series that debuted in April on the National Geographic channel.
Her next film, "Red Notice," an art heist thriller that also stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ryan Reynolds, is slated to be released on Netflix by the end of the year.