19 June 2009

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

That old saying, "figures don't lie, but liars figure" sound familiar?

When the news appeared that the number of people on unemployment had dropped, and that this was a sign of better things happening in the economy, I had to avoid an upchuck. Phooey, I told anybody who would listen. All that happened was that more folks got tossed off unemployment (ran out of weeks) than came on. You can expect that this will continue for years. The liars will say that things are getting better. Yeah, right. And the bankers still flit around in their taxpayer subsidized jets.

The NYT ran the story today. Yup. More folks got tossed off than came on. Green shoots my sphincter.

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