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  •  CBS reported 'nearly 500' ;-) n/t (none)

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    by chuckvw on Mon Aug 22, 2005 at 09:36:04 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry for the repeat n/t (none)

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      by chuckvw on Mon Aug 22, 2005 at 09:37:22 PM PDT

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      •  You had me scared there for a minute! (none)
        •  Actually.. (none)
          .. I have a little experience with this (I'm an occasional activist and organiser).

          When it comes to demonstrations, you'll usually end up with two numbers. The number that the organisers put attendance at, and the number which the authorities (usually the police managing the protest) arrive. Inevitably, the latter number is usually smaller.

          It could be that Randi was using the organiser's number as opposed to the police/official number.

          This kind of discrepency is very common. It's not at all easy to ascertain how many people are at a given event, especially when there aren't any tickets being sold and it isn't in one easily visible geographical location (like a field; if it's spread out it's harder to count).

          Probably just using different numbers, rather than  deliberately inflating the number in order to mislead.

          The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one - George Bernard Shaw

          by Mephistopheles on Tue Aug 23, 2005 at 07:01:32 AM PDT

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        •  I think I had (none)
          a transient ischemic event!

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          by chuckvw on Tue Aug 23, 2005 at 08:27:01 AM PDT

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