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Statistics, statistics, and statistics!

JUMPING of officials into a river may assuage public fear of the water quality of the river, but such a public stunt cannot withstand closer scrutiny. Ultimately, people believe in statistics. Without convincing statistics, people may still watch on the sideline, even after officials jump into one river after another.

To any reasonable person, it fetches too far to say that a river is clean because an official has swum in it. Given convincing statistics, people will naturally dare to swim in the rivers, and all that our officials need to do is just to watch happily on the banks.


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