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FRED is Dead

In my post earlier this month explaining why I stopped using current government statistics, I mistakenly left the FRED data widget in place. It has now been removed. I have replaced it with a tombstone. This artwork is my intellectual property based on a public domain cartoon from Clckr.com. In turn, I declare this image to be public domain. Please feel free to download it and use it as you deem appropriate. Continue Reading →

Why I Will Not Use U.S. Government Data for Three More Years

I have reluctantly concluded that I cannot believe any numbers emanating from the U.S. government. The purpose of this article is to explain why I will not use U.S. government data for three more years. The exception is long-term historical data that is harder to fudge. I remain hopeful that the next occupant of the executive branch will restore integrity to the data. … I am personally heartbroken speaking as someone who has used and relied on this data since 1971.
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