Since you can't base that on statistics, it's an offensive and inflammatory thing to say, HH05. It implies that Columbia has an inferiority complex to Harvard, which doesn't stand to reason. Anecdotal evidence is the only way to discuss something subjective like this, but it is pretty demeaning to Columbia, and I'm not sure what you base that on.
"just cuz you have two friends who got waitlisted and there are two strong applicants on here who didn't get in doesn't imply any macro admissions strategy."
That was in response to the little quote above. Basically Justice says anecdotal evidence can't be used as evidence like that... but then he bombards me with his own? Hah.
It's not demeaning to Columbia at all. I don't think it's a stretch to say that Harvard is more selective and much more preferred among applicants. It just means that Columbia is aware of this fact and adjusts their admissions policies accordingly to preserve yield. Many schools do this (I'm sure Harvard even does it to an extent)... I don't see why people think claiming so is inflammatory.