This is a modest plea to the U.S. government to keep their data straight. Please make the year chosen as the basis for chain weigfhting consistent. Continue Reading →
Neither of the candidates for president inspires more confidence in the data than President Obama. Continue Reading →
Earlier this year I posted an article stating that I would not use government data until at least after the 2016 election. I’ve now violated that promise several times. But this data makes me suspect that even the Bureau of Economic Analysis is just making up numbers. Continue Reading →
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 →
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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