Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The movie Borat begins with a satirical version of the Kazakhstan national anthem. “Filtration system is a marvel to behold,” the song goes. “It removes 80 percent of human solid waste.” Needless to say, the joke is that 80 percent is a ridiculously low standard for something that ought to be 100 percent effective.
This line, from The Hill, is not a joke: “Administration officials say they’ll deem HealthCare.gov a success if 80 percent of its visitors can buy health insurance plans online.”