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August Unemployment Data September 4, 2009

Posted by geoff in Economics, Politics.
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Update: September’s data is here

The latest numbers, fresh from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

AugustUnempData

The unemployment rate went up to 9.7%, reversing the improvement we saw in July.  To be fair, “unemployment” is somewhat difficult to measure.  For one thing, the way the unemployment rate is calculated doesn’t take into account the people who are no longer looking for work.  (You know, the “discouraged workers” we heard about endlessly during the Bush years.)  So you could see the economy improve but the unemployment rate actually go up, because more people start looking for work.

So, you might ask:  just how many jobs have we got out there?  Why, looky here, the BLS tracks that as well!

JobLosses

Doesn’t look so good, does it?

Previous posts in this series:

  • The July numbers.
  • The percentage of private-employed workers is steadily decreasing, meaning that the burden of supporting government workers is increasing. How long can this trend continue?
  • The June numbers.
  • Mark Zandi (Moody’s Economy.com) kind of agreed with the Obama team’s projection back in January. But his predictions weren’t much better.
  • Saying that “the recession is worse than anybody thought” is a tired old tune
  • Everybody did not “guess wrong” on the stimulus package
  • The corrected chart for May.
  • The predicted numbers for May from a few days ago, with some thoughts on why unemployment is worse than expected even without the stimulus package (and a hearty discussion in the comments on proper graphing)
  • A look at the stimulus package spending – how late it is, and how little thus far has been devoted to job creation (it’s basically gone to pay off states’ social services debts)
  • The April numbers
  • The original post on the subject, noting that criticisms of the stimulus package may not have been motivated by racism after all.

Note:  geoff didn’t write this post, but both charts and all previous posts are his work, and the person who updated the charts with the August numbers doesn’t want to take credit, so we put it under his byline.  Direct any complaints to Site Administration.

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1. Cuffy Meigs - September 4, 2009

What happens when we get out of the chart’s bounds (above 10%)? That’s when you should switch back to triangles…

2. wiserbud - September 4, 2009

What happens when we get out of the chart’s bounds (above 10%)?

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Real “Wrath of God” type stuff.

3. Neo - September 4, 2009

Real “Wrath of God” type stuff.

Let’s not forget … dogs and cats living together

4. Hot Air » Blog Archive » Unemployment jumps to 9.7% - September 4, 2009

[...] Recall the argument made by Obama and his economic advisers when they demanded a $787 billion slush fund to “stimulate” the economy?  Recall this curve? [...]

5. wiserbud - September 4, 2009

Let’s not forget … dogs and cats living together

Mass hysteria!

6. Detailed Balance » Blog Archive » The other shoe - September 4, 2009

[...] By the way, here is Innocent Bystander’s update. [...]

7. Some Guy - September 4, 2009

“Direct any complaints to Site Administration.”

Can’t I direct complaints to the Obama Administration instead?

8. Larry Kudlow - September 4, 2009

Green Shoots!!! Invest For The Long Term!!! It’s a Great Time To Buy!!!

9. Giordy - September 4, 2009

The arrows with the month names are getting messy. You should remove them, people would understand the chart anyway.

10. geoff - September 4, 2009

Last month, when the number looked slightly better, the President lost no opportunity to crow about his success. This despite the fact that we were still losing jobs, so the drop in unemployment was really only an artifact of the way BLS treats the data.

Now that the number has gone up again, we can expect to hear that the Bush economy was worse than they thought, and that prosperity is just around the corner. Again.

Note to the administration: you can’t claim that you’ve solved the problem and then, when confronted by contrary data, claim that you didn’t understand the problem. At least you can’t do it without losing credibility and looking foolish.

My thanks to the person who posted this – I think they should have taken credit for putting it up this morning.

11. kevlarchick - September 4, 2009

It is no longer the Bush economy. That argument lost its validity months ago. Douchebags.

Nice work geoff and person who posted this.

12. Dave in Texas - September 4, 2009

My retort: Obama took the Bush economy and made it staggeringly worse. Since the so-called “stimulus” (oh sorry, “stabilization”) act is pouring kerosene on a fire, how about let’s quit spending those funds?

Nice job on the chart, unnamed person who shall not be named.

13. MCPO Airdale - September 4, 2009

Kevlarchick – I concur but, libtards still spout that crap. I respond that the Democrats have “owned” Congress since 2006.

“The President proposes, Congress disposes.”

14. Robert - September 4, 2009

Do we have any information on the growth of government jobs during the month – to contrast it with the loss of private sector jobs?

15. Robert - September 4, 2009

Oh and where are the triangles?

16. composmentis - September 4, 2009

Unicorn Boy’s hair is growing grayer by the day. However, the stress doesn’t seem to be causing any erectile dysfunction as he’s continued screwing the dogshit out the American people.

17. Joey Buzz - September 4, 2009

given the x axis labels faulty as they are, one should not need months and arrows…..unless of course one wants to clutter up ones work with them….js

18. Obama Economy: Unemployment Hits 9.7% « The TOXIC Mud Pit - September 4, 2009

[...] that with it, the unemployment rate wouldn’t surpass 8%. they were way off. I’ve found this chart particularly helpful in illustrating [...]

19. Moe Lane » Annnnnd the unemployment arc is back on track. - September 4, 2009

[...] After a somewhat hopeful moment in July, Innocent Bystanders’ iconic graphic returns to being highly depressing: [...]

20. Annnnnd the unemployment arc is back on track. - Redhot - RedState - September 4, 2009

[...] After a somewhat hopeful moment in July, Innocent Bystanders’ iconic graphic returns to being highly depressing: [...]

21. Trig L. Down - September 4, 2009

Who’s going to break the news to those liberal moonbats at the Wall Street Journal?

U.S. Economy Gets Lift From Stimulus

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125185379218478087.html

22. Stimulus results suck - September 4, 2009

[...] chart above, from the Innocent Bystanders, tells a damning tale on [...]

23. Paro, prensa, papanatismo … ¡Obama! « Sarah Palin en Español - September 4, 2009

[...] ya famoso gráfico de geoff en Innocent Bystanders refleja que el alivio del mes de julio fue [...]

24. MostlyRight - September 4, 2009

Man, Chimpy McBusHitler sure did a whole lot more damage to the economy, the environment, foreign relations, racial relations, health care, and Democratic predictive analysis than we could have even imagined.

Unemployment: Way off. (7.8% predicted with Recovery Plan, 9.7% actual)
Budget and Long Term Deficits: Way off. (9 Trillion predicted, 11 Trillion recently adjusted/admitted)
Effect of Stimulus Bill: Way off. (750,000 jobs “saved or created” LOL)
Cash for Clunkers: Way off. (projected 1 Billion creating a 3-5 month lift in sales, actual 3 Billion in about 2 weeks)
Health Care Reform: Trust us.

25. Unemployment is on the rise again : Urbin Report - September 4, 2009

[...] Geoff has a nice chart that compares the Team Lightbringer fantasy with reality.  Let me sum up the chart for you, the so called democrat “leadership” who came up with that Charlie Foxtrot are either incompetent or liars.  Either one of those solutions is not very comforting to the American people. [...]

26. Carin - September 4, 2009

Racist unemployment numbers …

Why do they hate Teh One?

27. Stimulating - September 4, 2009

[...] This best measurement of results is from Innocent Bystanders . [...]

28. Hot Air » Blog Archive » Video: Romer spins the unemployment rise - September 4, 2009

[...] that Romer and the CEA said would be arrested at 8% with Porkulus. Note too that without Porkulus in this graph, unemployment would have begun to crest in this [...]

29. Meanwhile, back in the real world private sector « POWIP - September 4, 2009

[...] Oh, wait… [...]

30. qwerty1 - September 4, 2009

I think geoff should legally change his name to Graphy McGraphalot. I read that in the comments last month (or was it the month before that…) and I still get a chuckle out of that when I see the update.

31. Madison County Republican Party of Indiana » Unemployment Towers Near Ten Percent - September 4, 2009

[...] August Unemployment Data Business Week: Jobless Rate Jumps to 9.7% in August [...]

32. Tushar - September 4, 2009

There was a MSNBC dumbesss asking Romer why the unemployment rate still went up if new jobless claims were slightly down.

In unrelated news, I ate just 4 pounds of butterfingers today, a whopping 1 pound less than yesterday. Why am I still gaining weight?

33. Mrs. Peel - September 4, 2009

Regarding the arrows, it is a bit cluttered, but if y’all remember the big argument geoff had with people about exactly where each dot should be and when the quarters started and such, it’s probably easier to leave it this way.

34. Top Posts « WordPress.com - September 4, 2009

[...] August Unemployment Data The latest numbers, fresh from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: [...]

35. Michael - September 4, 2009

This graph has not resulted in one new flag on our Flag Counter. We’re still stuck on the Cape Verde islands as our last flag. We still have not had a visitor from Suriname.

I know, thousands of people are seeing this graph. But what’s the point? They are all from countries that have already been here.

36. Lipstick - September 4, 2009

Flag Whore.

37. Michael - September 4, 2009

Blackjack table floozy.

38. HeartlessLibertarian - September 4, 2009

“Last month, when the number looked slightly better, the President lost no opportunity to crow about his success. ”

This month, he sent out Biden to do the crowing for him, since Obama knows that no one takes anything Biden has to say seriously.

39. The Infamous Obama Unemployment Graph: Act IV-The Plot Thickens « Avid Editor’s Insights - September 4, 2009

[...] the chart we’ve all come to know and love so well, with all due credit to the original source (more info and graphs at the link): And so, after briefly dipping to 9.4% last month, this month [...]

40. daveintexas - September 4, 2009

god you and the friggin flags.

41. Lipstick - September 4, 2009

Blackjack table floozy.

Obsessive Pool Skimmer.

42. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

If Michael would care to spring for some plane tickets I would be happy to wander the globe, enabling his flag addiction.

Michael - September 4, 2009

Obsessive Pool Skimmer.

There actually was a leaf in my pool this morning, but I bagged it.

43. Lipstick - September 4, 2009

See what I mean, people?!

Michael and I were sitting by the pool and a leaf started blowing along the pavement. His attention was on that little leaf like a beagle’s on a squirrel. The leaf blew closer to the pool, reached the edge and then backed off. Michael at this point was on point.

Then swoosh, there it went into the pool and there Michael went lunging for the skimmer.

I felt like Marlin Perkins watching Jim.

44. Michael - September 4, 2009

If Michael would care to spring for some plane tickets I would be happy to wander the globe, enabling his flag addiction.

Sorry, TI, but no way am I going to spend my hard-earned frequent flyer miles on that.

We just picked up the flag of Tonga!!!

If we can get Tonga, we can get anything. Even those shitholes in sub-Saharan Africa that are snubbing me so far.

45. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

Sorry, TI, but no way am I going to spend my hard-earned frequent flyer miles on that.

Fine, then I won’t share any of my super cool nature-shit info w/ you.

46. Michael - September 4, 2009

I felt like Marlin Perkins watching Jim.

Lipstick, I actually have no memory of that incident, but I have no doubt you are telling the truth.

47. Michael - September 4, 2009

Fine, then I won’t share any of my super cool nature-shit info w/ you.

Would you share super-cool nature shit if I made you a Main Page Commenter?

48. Michael - September 4, 2009

TI, in order to do this, you need to be a registered user at WordPress, and tell me the email address you used to register.

Then, you need to post at least semi-cool nature shit on our main page.

49. Lipstick - September 4, 2009

Lipstick, I actually have no memory of that incident, but I have no doubt you are telling the truth.

Well, most of it is true, but actually that was the time I got up and grabbed the skimmer.

50. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

Mmm, do y’all really want to be bored w/ nature shit here? I did identify a dung beetle today.

(I felt that was appropriate)

51. Calix - September 4, 2009

I think that if there was an election coming up this November, this graph would be a real donkey-killer. Axlerod probably sees it in his nightmares, with a bar labeled “THis is how much You Suck” connecting the “without” line to the “actual” points.

52. Lipstick - September 4, 2009

Isn’t the dung beetle our official IB insect?

(This comment is appropriate for both # 49 AND #50.)

53. Michael - September 4, 2009

Yes, Lipstick.

Dung beetles have been done to death here.

In fact, IB has been on the cutting edge of beetle news..

TI needs to do better than dung beetles if she wants to post here.

54. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

I don’t hafta do anything.

But I also caught a wood nymph today.

55. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

And, your dung beetle wasn’t nearly as cool as my dung beetle.

56. Michael - September 4, 2009

And, your dung beetle wasn’t nearly as cool as my dung beetle.

Aw, c’mon, admit it. There is nothing cuter than a pic of Skinbad’s kids.

57. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

I’m gonna plead the 5th.

Michael - September 4, 2009

Dung Beetle also made an early appearance in this thread (the commenter was Dave), but the real reason to read that thread is the manic Wickedpinto.

58. Michael - September 4, 2009

By the way, Poland went over 1,000 on the flag counter today.

Sweden will be next.

Then Brazil, which, oddly enough, has surged ahead of Mexico.

59. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

What is it w/ you flouting the number system?

60. Michael - September 4, 2009

What is it w/ you flouting the number system?

TI, it is just funny to me. A stupid little site like this — which is really just a bunch of AOSHQ refugees talking to each other — has attracted eyeballs from almost every country on the planet.

Except Suriname.

I get a chuckle from that.

61. skinbad - September 4, 2009

Those are cute kids. That picture was taken quite a few teeth ago.

62. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

Wait what? Dude, you’ve got comments that don’t have numbers. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

63. Mrs. Peel - September 4, 2009

Sometimes I kinda miss Pinto.

I need to invite Michael and Lipstick to the Where I’ve Been application on Facebook. Then we can see who’s really the winner of the travel contest thing y’all have going.

64. Michael - September 4, 2009

Wait what? Dude, you’ve got comments that don’t have numbers. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

No, every comment here has a number.

65. TattooedIntellectual - September 4, 2009

Michael – September 4, 2009

Dung Beetle also made an early appearance in this thread (the commenter was Dave), but the real reason to read that thread is the manic Wickedpinto.

So this one’s just 57 1/2 in ghost numbers?

66. Tushar - September 4, 2009

Michael gets to post unnumbered comments sometimes. They are invisible to Axelrod’s fishy internet content trawling bots.

67. Michael - September 4, 2009

So this one’s just 57 1/2 in ghost numbers?

Wow. That is really weird. I’m thinking something strange is happening at WordPress.

68. Michael - September 4, 2009

Seriously, I have not seen that before. It should be impossible.

69. Mrs. Peel - September 4, 2009

TI, my guess is that either Michael thought “flout” was “flaunt,” or he thought you thought that and was too nice to correct you…

…Ok, so obviously Michael confused “flout” and “flaunt.” Let’s all point and laugh.

70. Mrs. Peel - September 4, 2009

Yeah, that happens with your comments sometimes. In fact, I remember pointing it out a few weeks ago. It’s odd.

71. Michael - September 4, 2009

TI, my guess is that either Michael thought “flout” was “flaunt,” or he thought you thought that and was too nice to correct you…

Yes, obviously, I thought TI meant to say “flaunt,” otherwise my subsequent comment makes no sense at all.

72. Lipstick - September 4, 2009

I need to invite Michael and Lipstick to the Where I’ve Been application on Facebook. Then we can see who’s really the winner of the travel contest thing y’all have going.

I’m still wary of Facebook. They seem to be astute collectors of information.

You kids and your horseless carriages. . .

73. Michael - September 4, 2009

Yeah, that happens with your comments sometimes. In fact, I remember pointing it out a few weeks ago. It’s odd.

I think this may happen because, as the Site Administrator, I can post a comment and then immediately edit it. Which I frequently do. It could be that WordPress stumbles when I do this at the same time that someone else is commenting.

Just a guess.

74. Lipstick - September 4, 2009

Leaf skimming cheater.
:)

75. Michael - September 5, 2009

I’m still wary of Facebook.

Me too, and I signed up. But I never post anything, I just keep track of my kids.

To me, Facebook apps like Mafia Wars are scary and invasive, from a privacy perspective. These apps always demand to know everything about you, and all of your friends.

Too much information. I mean, for example, TI is on Facebook, and I can tell you how much navel lint she needs to clean out with a Q-Tip.

76. Rosetta - September 5, 2009

That chart is damn sexy. And naughty. Sexy and naughty.

Maybe this is just me but I would like to see the superawesome unicorn-ass-Skittles effect of a second stimulus on unemployment reflected on this chart.

Has this country ever had negative unemployment? Thank you, saved jobs!!

I was supposed to go to the grocery store today but I didn’t. Saved errand.

Happy Labor Day weekend, IBers.

L to R: IB visitor, H2 visitor

http://tinyurl.com/mcstgs

77. Mrs. Peel - September 5, 2009

Yeah, I was actually trying to pull Where I’ve Been off, but the page isn’t working. It’s basically just an update of the ol’ world-map-with-pins-stuck-on-it.

78. Michael - September 5, 2009

Happy Labor Day to you as well, Rosetta.

Not that I actually believe that you “labor” for a living, but I hope you have a nice weekend regardless.

79. Rosetta - September 5, 2009

I work more before noon than most people work all morning.

80. Lipstick - September 5, 2009

These apps always demand to know everything about you,

Exactly. They can bite me and shove the “give me your birthday” stuff too.

81. creativeanoo - September 5, 2009

not that actually believe that you labour for a living,but hope you have a nice weekend regardless

82. kevlarchick - September 5, 2009

I’m not on Facebook and likely never will be. My boring life does not need to be posted for the world to see. Employers check that shit now as a rule.

83. TattooedIntellectual - September 5, 2009

Yes, obviously, I thought TI meant to say “flaunt,” otherwise my subsequent comment makes no sense at all.

Let that be a lesson to you. I’m always very careful w/ my word choice.

84. Dave in Texas - September 5, 2009

I have one but I really don’t do anything with it.

85. MostlyRight - September 5, 2009

Facebook = Skynet Carbon Lifeform Database

86. Cathy - September 5, 2009

Thanks to the one-who-will-not-be-named (a Sweetie)
who posted Geoff’s chart.

Enjoy the weekend, friends.
You too, Rosetta.

Michael’s bachin’ it, while I vacation’ for a week.

87. BillC - September 5, 2009

Both parties own this recession and the fundamentally sick economy underneath it. We all thought it was a good idea to outsource our dirty manufacturing to growing third world contries and build our wealth with intellectually sophisticated money moving schemes and strategies. Now, when that doesn’t work, we have a very weak manufacturing sector to fall back on.

88. Dept of Labor- Actual Unemployment @ 16.8% not 9.7%… - September 5, 2009

[...] my question is a very simple one; Barack Obama passed a $787 billion stimulus package that was supposed to halt unemployment at 8%, that number has virtually doubled, why is the MSM refusing to discuss [...]

89. steve2 - September 5, 2009

Could you post the raw numbers for this please or link to them. It looks as though most of the decrease in the number of jobs occurred (second chart) before the stimulus was passed. You can find a longer term chart in link below. The longer term chart would seem to imply, IMHO, that we have not been creating many jobs for a while now.

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2009/09/naught-for-naughts-update.html

Steve

90. Ted Turner - September 5, 2009

Discouraged workers? Huh? What are those? Never heard of them . . .

91. Tushar - September 5, 2009

Is the site funky for any one else? Oh, and Instalanche.

92. Good thing we did that stimulus, huh? | Radio Vice Online - September 5, 2009

[...] analysis here at Michaels Comments. But what stuns me is not that the stimulus is not working … we warned you in February that [...]

93. Mrs. Peel - September 5, 2009

bls.gov, dude.

94. Michael - September 5, 2009

Oh, and Instalanche.

We got an Instalanche?

*goes to look*

Yes we did!

Although, I must say, Glenn was kinda slow about checking his email. I pimped this post to him early this morning, right after the faux-Geoff put it up. Glenn is behind the curve. Hot Air and AOSHQ had it first, and I pimped it to them at the same time. Plus, we’re getting lots of hits from American Thinker.

It’s like Glenn has a real job as a law professor and faculty member or something, and has to work for a living. So he is slow.

95. August Unemployment Data - Coldstreams Business and Economy - September 5, 2009

[...] August Unemployment Data « Innocent Bystanders. [...]

96. Bill N - September 5, 2009

This article has published a graph depicting the number of jobs available and asked the question, “Doesn’t look so good, does it?” I wouldn’t know. That graph is a perfect example of what Darrel Huff called a “Gee Whiz graph” in his book _How To Lie with Statistics_. It prevaricates, that is it presents a very false picture without actually lying. It does this by chopping off the bottom portion of the data (# of available jobs from zero to 135,000). This makes the line *appear* to drop much faster and further than it actually does. Want to make it even more obvious? Chop the bottom off at 140,000 and the top at 145,500. Then the line would run from the very top of the graph and plunge all the way off the graph at the bottom, making it *appear* to represent a fall from the top all the way to below zero. That statisticulation is indistinguishable from a lie and I’m calling you on it. If you want to make a point, tell the unvarnished truth or we have every right to suspect everything else you write!

97. Michael - September 5, 2009

Bill N:

You are such a credulous fool.

That chart is just the same chart posted by the Obama administration to justify the Porkulus bill. We didn’t change it. We didn’t pick how to abbreviate the y axis.

That statisticulation is indistinguishable from a lie and I’m calling you on it.

Yeah, well I’m calling you for being a dumbass.

98. Mrs. Peel - September 5, 2009

Michael, he’s talking about the second chart (incidentally, the y-axis was auto-generated by Excel, as would be obvious to anyone other than a mouth-breathing idiot). His point is that a decrease in “total employed” of 4.6% from January ’08 to August ’09 is, like, totally irrelevant, and that the chart totally doesn’t demonstrate a trend.

99. Mrs. Peel - September 5, 2009

Seriously, dude, I get your point, and you’re right that graphs can be designed to be misleading. But this isn’t an example of that. The only point of that particular chart is to show a trend: a steady decrease in the number of total employed. People are being laid off and not finding new jobs, and people are retiring and not being replaced (quite a few of those at my own place of business; we’re losing a lot of our top talent to retirement, and we’re in a hiring freeze, so we don’t have many new people coming in). The result is that fewer people have jobs. It’s difficult to show that just by looking at the unemployment numbers, because those numbers don’t measure every single person who would like a job. All that statistic measures is the number of people who are actively looking for a job and don’t have one. So looking at the number of total employed provides some supplemental information to help understand the trends.

100. geoff - September 5, 2009

That statisticulation is indistinguishable from a lie and I’m calling you on it. If you want to make a point, tell the unvarnished truth or we have every right to suspect everything else you write!

I initially had the same objection to the way newspapers prepared their plots. 25 years ago. It’s commonplace now, however, so man up. If you don’t like it, plot it yourself. We’re looking for a trend here, and it’s easier to see the trend when the scale is large. Would you be able to tell if it was leveling off or continuing to decline if we used full scale? No.

Stop your whining and start plotting. If you’re more worried about the plot than the job situation it (accurately) depicts, then I don’t care if you believe what we write – you’re a fool regardless.

[and Michael is correct to note that the Obama administration did the exact same thing in the first chart to exaggerate the difference between the two approaches. Why are you a racist, Bill?]

101. TattooedIntellectual - September 5, 2009

I just wanna say, I don’t like July hanging down the bottom. It should be up on top w/ the others. And don’t piss and moan about crowding.

102. jimf - September 5, 2009

Actually, the stimulus is irrelevant to unemployment…they have only spent 10% …not enough to cause anything except for an increase in the deficit.

103. Ahmond - September 6, 2009

re: suggested edits for the unemployment graph

remove light blue line and label
change label of dark blue line to “without recovery plan”
change label of red dotted line to “with recovery plan”

104. Bill N - September 6, 2009

Let’s assume that Mrs. Peel is correct and the actual decrease is 4.6% (I get a bit less, but that may be an error in eyeballing the chart). The line on the *second* chart decreases some 40%. Therefore the chart is making a 4.6% “trend” look like a 40% “trend”. If you don’t think that’s lying, you should get a job with the Administration. BTW, the first chart truncates, too, as Michael mentioned, but not by such an obvious amount.

The purpose of a graph is to visually depict a series of numbers, making them easier to understand, as humans are visually oriented. Making 4.6 look like 40 does NOT represent the actual numbers. Only fools would allow themselves to be manipulated in such an obvious way.

Oh, and how does objecting to being lied to make anybody a racist?

105. steve2 - September 6, 2009

Thanks for the data source Mrs. Peel. Wanted to make sure I was using the same source. Looking at the raw data is interesting. The stimulus was passed Feb. 17. If we look then at total jobs from March to August (numbers are in thousands as specified in table) we go from 140,887 to 139,649, a loss of 1,240 or 0.88%. Looking at the same time period before the stimulus was passed (September to February), we go from 145,028 to 141,748, or 2.26%. There was a very big loss from February to March, but since the bill was passed in the middle of the month, I left that out. If you wish to go ahead and pro-rate it, it should skew the results making the 2.26% slightly larger since February is a short month.

These results would appear to show that total number of jobs is decreasing, but something is slowing down the loss. Feel free to check the numbers and/or comment on the methodology. Link to table I used from BLS follows. The numbers seemed to correlate with the data points on your graph.

http://theinfosphere.org/Parasites_Lost

Steve

106. steve2 - September 6, 2009

Oops, that was one of my fav Futuramas. Here is correct one.

http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/surveymost

Steve

107. geoff - September 6, 2009

You don’t work with numbers much, do you Bill. Nor, apparently do you read very carefully. Let’s try again, really slowly.

BTW, the first chart truncates, too, as Michael mentioned, but not by such an obvious amount.

The first chart was made by the Obama administration. Everything in blue was cut and pasted from their January report. It’s not even replotted – that’s the actual image of their graph. They chose the axes, not us. This is the 3rd time you’ve been told this. Pay attention.

Therefore the chart is making a 4.6% “trend” look like a 40% “trend”.

Sure, if you’re that inexperienced. As you can see from the 1st chart, the Obama administration expects that you’re a little more sophisticated than that.

But your criticism is only even relevant if you try to misuse the chart. The chart is showing employment levels: if plotted at full scale you wouldn’t be able to resolve those levels to better than a few million. It’s also allowing us to see if the slope of the data is changing – something a larger scale would never permit.

And is it changing? Not fast enough.

I get a bit less, but that may be an error in eyeballing the chart

First, go to bls.gov and look at the data yourself. Second, learn to read a chart. The change is 4.56%. When I eyeballed it I got 4.6%, so it’s not a problem with reading the plot. Now think about whether either of us could have come even close to the right value if the data was plotted at full scale.

Oh, and how does objecting to being lied to make anybody a racist?

As is well known, any criticism levied against the administration (such as your carping about the scale of their ordinate) means that you’re a racist. Wear your badge proudly.

108. geoff - September 6, 2009

These results would appear to show that total number of jobs is decreasing, but something is slowing down the loss

You are better off using the slopes, rather than comparing two months. As you can see, picking March, which was anomalously low, decreases your loss % for the March-August time span, and increases it for the preceding time span.

It’s also more accurate to break the data up into 4 periods: the flat region from Jan08 – Mar08, the relatively constant downward slope from Apr08 to Oct08, the precipitous decline from Nov08 to Mar09, and the relatively constant decline from Apr09 to Aug09.

If you do that, you’ll find that linear fits work well, and that the current decline is about 25% larger than the Apr08 to Oct08 decline, but 2.5X smaller than the Nov08 to Mar09 decline.

Side note: To keep the unemployment level constant, we need to add 127,000 jobs per month. Right now we’re losing around 260,000 per month.

109. geoff - September 6, 2009

The line on the *second* chart decreases some 40%. Therefore the chart is making a 4.6% “trend” look like a 40% “trend”.

And that’s not even correct. Doing your calculation would be a 60% decrease, not a 40% decrease.

I’m finishing thinking that you have no idea what you’re talking about.

110. Maggie's Farm - September 6, 2009

Bruce’s Two-Bits…

Pattern of Incompetence:
What’s with this President, anyhow! Incompetent? Extremist? False G-d? Take your pick.
PowerLine has fits; we all should. “Remember how warmly Obama treated Gaddafi’s pal Hugo Chavez. Maybe Obama, too, was taken aback…

111. Mrs. Peel - September 6, 2009

@103: HAHAHA, good idea. You should do that, geoff.

112. The Strata-Sphere » Obama’s Credibility Problem And The Electronic American Soul - September 6, 2009

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113. steve2 - September 6, 2009

Yes, I had noticed the four distinct parts to the data. I had thought you were looking at stimulus effects. Since it passed in Feb., would you not then start with March as that is the first month that could possibly be affected? I looked at the overall decrease over the March to August period to get the 0.88%. As an effort to avoid mistakes looking at charts, I try to go back and look at the actual numbers and calculate percentages, slopes in particular having fouled me up in the past.

I would think looking at the same amount of time immediately preceding the stimulus would be as good as you can get for comparisons if you are looking for the effect of the stimulus itself. As other variables change and employment is a lagging indicator, I am not sure how to factor this in or out TBH. All I can say is that the rate is decreasing compared with the immediately preceding time period.

Maybe the take home is that the Nov08 to March09 period was pretty awful and we are still not creating jobs.

Steve

114. Is it working? | Certain Habits - September 6, 2009

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115. geoff - September 6, 2009

Since it passed in Feb., would you not then start with March as that is the first month that could possibly be affected?

No one is really sure when it should start, since the spending started slowly and still has yet to reach a significant level. That was the original point of this graph – that the timelines that Romer et al. were projecting were ridiculously optimistic. There’s almost no point in continuing to even show their projections, since both the w/ and w/o stimulus curves are obviously completely irrelevant to our situation.

But as I said above, March in particular is clearly anomalously low, so basing percentages on March gives very bad answers. And I don’t know how slopes would ever be rejected in favor of percentages of particular data points – that leaves you completely at the mercy of data scatter. No statistical analysis would ever prefer that approach. And the problem is obvious with your result, where scatter has introduced a strong bias into your conclusion.

116. Unemployment and the Stimulus Plan « Backbench Media - September 6, 2009

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117. Tushar - September 6, 2009

Geoff,

I agree with Peel. A chart according to Commenter #103’s suggestion would be a great stick to beat the Dems with in 2010.

118. Say it with numbers « Blithe Spirit, the Blog - September 6, 2009

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119. How’s That Stimulus Bill Doing? | America Watches Obama - September 6, 2009

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120. JT - September 6, 2009

Thank you for updating this regularly. It is important to remind people, especially as politicians are trying to misrepresent the results of their macroeconomic policies.

Keep up the good work.

121. Dirty Democrats » How’s That Stimulus Bill Doing? - September 6, 2009

[...] month has gone by, so it’s time to check up on how the ’stimulus’ bill is doing. Innocent Bystanders has updated its invaluable chart, which shows the actual unemployment rate compared with the rates [...]

122. Bill N - September 6, 2009

@# 107, Geoff,
Forget the first chart! I don’t care about the first chart! The first chart has nothing to do with my point: that the *second* chart lies like a rug. It would go so if the first chart was perfect, which it isn’t, and I’m not claiming it is. The *second* chart would lie even if the Washington administration published it. I don’t care who cut and pasted either one: the *second* chart lies all the same. You pay attention. Stop trying to throw a red herring into the discussion.

The fact that you wouldn’t be able to see the change if the *second* chart was honest IS THE WHOLE POINT! The amount of the decrease is that small, numerically. The only honest reason for drawing that picture is to make a 5% change look like a 5% change. If you think that change is significant, and I do, it’s awful, then discuss the significance, don’t “cut-off and paste” to improve your argument. The eye sees that picture and says “Wow! Huge drop”. No, it isn’t, and, apparently, it takes an experienced chart reader to understand this and why it is important: trends are about both direction AND magnitude. If a 5% downward trend isn’t impressive enough, you can’t doctor it to look like 60%. If you don’t think the honest picture is impressive enough, don’t publish it, describe it in words.

Where in the article were the actual numbers mentioned? I missed that. Why should I have to surf the web to find information that has no real bearing on my argument: that truncating a graph is dishonest, no matter who does it or for what reason.

Did I say that the 4.6% was wrong? No, I just carped that looking at a chart on a computer screen and trying to judge the actual numbers is difficult. Another red herring.

If complaining about the honesty of information found on the web makes one a racist, then I WILL wear the label proudly. Can I get a button? Or am I completely missing the satire here? BTW, insulting the messenger instead of dealing with the message usually means the writer has no argument against the message.

I thought that only radicals imputed false opinions to people who disagreed with them, are you one? I have said nothing whatsoever about what I think about the stimulus, Obama, or anything else except about the proper use of statistics. For the record, I think that the current government (Congress since the Democrats took over during the Bush administration, and the current situation in Washington) is nothing short of a disaster. That doesn’t mean that I support lying about it. By either camp!

@ #109 You’re right, it is 60%, I forgot to subtract from 1. That makes the lie that much worse!

123. Michael - September 6, 2009

The fact that you wouldn’t be able to see the change if the *second* chart was honest IS THE WHOLE POINT! The amount of the decrease is that small, numerically. The only honest reason for drawing that picture is to make a 5% change look like a 5% change. If you think that change is significant, and I do, it’s awful, then discuss the significance, don’t “cut-off and paste” to improve your argument.

See, Bill, that’s the whole point. 5% is not a big number, if you’re just doing math. It’s a huge number in real life. It radically affects consumer confidence.

Every single person that visits this blog knows about friends and family that are going through the trauma of unemployment. This affects their behavior in the market.

The solution to this was simple and proven — tax cuts. Especially tax cuts on capital investment.

Obama did the exactly wrong thing — jack up debt in order to throw money at his pals in the SEIU and grow the overhead of the government bureaucracy that drags down job creation. Scare the capital markets with more massive incompetent government intervention in the banking, auto, energy, and health care sectors.

What a moron.

124. geoff - September 6, 2009

Forget the first chart! I don’t care about the first chart!

Then maybe you shouldn’t have mentioned it.

The first chart has nothing to do with my point: that the *second* chart lies like a rug.

Except that the first chart does exactly the same thing. As you yourself said. And frankly, it’s more deceptive than the first chart.

The only honest reason for drawing that picture is to make a 5% change look like a 5% change.

That’s incorrect, as explained several times. Look at it this way: we’re plotting job loss, not employment. We’re really interested in the rate at which jobs are disappearing or reappearing. That’s why it’s plotted that way. Rather than just plotting cumulative jobs lost, however, we put it in terms of employment so that you can see what the actual employment numbers are. That gives more information than just jobs lost.

Why should I have to surf the web to find information that has no real bearing on my argument: that truncating a graph is dishonest,

Because generally on the Internet, if you find a post you don’t like, you go and make your own instead of whining and trying to make somebody fix theirs to suit you.

And as I said before, truncating graphs is standard practice. Standard. Practice. It’s not controversial – it’s done all the time (as in the 1st graph), and is considered necessary when details of the region you’re interested in would be obscured at full scale. As in this case.

Seriously, have you ever plotted anything professionally in your life? Or at least in graduate school?

insulting the messenger instead of dealing with the message usually means the writer has no argument against the message.

…or it means that the messenger walked in and started calling me a liar, when he obviously has no clue as to what he’s talking about. That will always earn you a heated response.

You’re right, it is 60%, I forgot to subtract from 1. That makes the lie that much worse!

I just knew that you’d say that. But in hopes that you’d be a little smarter than that, I left the opening for you. Oh well.

Believe me, if I wanted to lie with statistics, you’d have no idea that I did it.

125. Michael - September 6, 2009

Bill, one thing I know about Geoff is this — if you visit him in Denver, you can order call drinks, and he will pick up the tab. He is that kind of guy.

Just sayin’.

126. geoff - September 6, 2009

if you visit him in Denver, you can order call drinks, and he will pick up the tab.

But if you call me a liar, you’re getting well.

127. Michael - September 6, 2009

But if you call me a liar, you’re getting well.

Yeah, that is out of bounds.

But, you can flirt with his wife. She’s kinda hot.

128. Michael - September 6, 2009

By “kinda hot” I really mean that Mrs. Geoff is so hot that I wanted to bang her like a Salvation Army drum. I disgraced myself trying to flirt with her.

Geoff, you need to back me up on this. I’m not making this up.

129. geoff - September 6, 2009

She just ran a 5K this morning after not running for over a year. Poor dear was bereft of her cookies when she crossed the finish line.

130. Michael - September 6, 2009

Uh, Geoff, the image of Mrs. Geoff tossing her cookies is not exactly the validation I was hoping for.

131. geoff - September 6, 2009

I disgraced myself trying to flirt with her.

I missed it, I’m afraid. I was busy making winky faces at Cathy.

132. Dave in Texas - September 6, 2009

>> Or am I completely missing the satire here?

You’re pretty much missing everything here.

It’s a trend.

133. harrison - September 6, 2009

So that’s what goes on at those IB get-togethers…

134. lauraw - September 6, 2009

I was busy making winky faces at Cathy.

You too??

Seriously, that biznatch is teh hizzotnessss.

….ssssss.

*tilts head and squints quizzically at Michael*

135. daveintexas - September 6, 2009

I was making absurd bitey faces at them both.

136. Bill N - September 6, 2009

@#123 Machael,

I agree with you completely. It is because I feel that exposing Obama’s lies to the American people is so critically important, that I become furious when his critics waste their opportunity by using the same statistical shenanigans as Obama’s people, but in the opposite direction. Do you not see what a tremendous opportunity this gives Obama’s supporters? Look what Geoff did (#109): He caught me in an inexcusable arithmetical error, gave the correct figure and then implied that because he demonstrated he could do arithmetic better than I, therefore my incompetence means that everything I said can be safely ignored. This gave him the excuse to do just that, he completely ignored the fact that his correct figure strengthened my case immensely! Read “lie” for “error”.

Think what could happen if a critic pulled out that second graph and used it to try to demonstrate how bad things are in some debate: The Obama supporter could just pull out the proper graph, note how insignificant the data really *look* and then dismiss the critic for the exaggeration. End of discussion in this sound-bite era. It would have been MUCH better if the author had published the real graph and then provided arguments why the numbers are significant no matter how insignificant they may look. Prepare us with arguments we can actually use. Otherwise many people will ignore all the arguments as universal untruths and vote for the prettiest face.

137. geoff - September 6, 2009

No, Bill, your simple math error, combined with your lack of experience with plotting and failure to address even one of the arguments supporting the presentation of the data, led to the conclusion that everything you said can be safely ignored.

You’ve simply repeated yourself over and over. Since I can now predict with 100% accuracy every one of your future comments, I’m going to leave you to continue to bleat away.

138. Joe Biden’s dissociation from reality is nearly complete! « Cliftonchadwick's Blog - September 6, 2009

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139. Mrs. Peel - September 6, 2009

apparently, it takes an experienced chart reader to understand this

No, it takes a person who isn’t a mouth-breathing retard.

Wait…

Winston??

Seriously, look: yes, the chart is truncated. This is STANDARD PRACTICE, as geoff has pointed out several times. How standard is it? It’s so standard that EXCEL DOES IT AUTOMATICALLY, which is clearly where the axis came from in this case. This chart is not some sinister plot*. No one in his right mind would look at that chart and go “Oh hai 60% of jobs in America are gone!!!” The point is to show the TREND in the data, which is that the number of total employed is decreasing. That is the ONLY purpose of that chart.

You are reading way too much into a simple Excel plot.

*heh, see what I did there?

140. geoff - September 6, 2009

For the record, I was also making winky faces at Mrs. Peel., but I think she came away with the impression that older men just turn twitchy at some point.

141. geoff - September 6, 2009

How come our Instalanches are always teh suck? We didn’t even break a thousand hits this time.

142. Bill N - September 6, 2009

@# Geoff,
I mentioned the first graph in my post #104 because Michael in #97, as corrected by Ms. Peel in #98, seemed to think my original post referred to that one. It didn’t.

I have produced many graphs professionally, and I can tell you if I tried to truncate one my statistics professor would have flunked me, with good reason. Has the world changed so much in 40 years?

It is also “standard practice” in the motel industry to advertise one price and charge a higher one if you don’t get it in writing before trying to check in. It is also “standard practice” in the computer industry to advertise backup tape capacity as twice the actual capacity. That doesn’t make it right. The fact that it is “standard practice” to present misleading graphics is what makes it so easy for misinformation to be propagated.

I didn’t call you a liar, I just said the graph lied. Obviously, I haven’t convinced you of that yet, so there is no intent on your part. Can I have a Miller Lite, instead? It’s brewed in my home town and I want to preserve my neighbor’s job.

Let me try one more time to explain. Imagine that I am trying to sell you some shares of stock, instead of an idea. I have 1,000 shares of Acme-Coyote, Inc. I tell you that it was first offered for sale on September 1, 2008. I can’t lie about that or I risk going to jail. It is not “standard practice” to lie about dates. I also tell you that the trend, the trend, mind you, of the stock’s price has been ever upward since then. It is also not “standard practice” to lie about that, either, so you can assume that the stock’s price has increased every month since 9/1/08. Are you willing to buy? Probably not, so let me produce a graph for you. It IS standard practice to finagle with a graph. Stock brokers do nothing but. The graph’s y-axis is labeled “Price” and has 12 even tick marks up the side. The x-axis is labeled 9/1/08 to 9/1/09. The line goes up at a 45-degree angle from the first tick at 9/1/08 to the 12th tick at 9/1/09. Think good and hard at the picture that graph presents.

However, being experienced in these things you go to the web, visit acmecoyoteinc.com and find out what I am not telling you: The stock was initially offered for $100.00 a share. On 9/1/09 it was selling for $100.12, having gained a penny each month. Aren’t you excited? What I did was to present you with a graph that plotted price from $100 on 9/1/08 to $100.12 on 9/1/09 and chopped off the bottom at $99.99. Standard practice – it represents the trend, doesn’t it? It also depicts the *rate* of increase. I don’t know, given the market’s performance lately maybe that is still a good buy. However, it is for you, the buyer, to make that decision, not me the seller. My job is to present you with all the data you need to make your decision. Please tell me how you can justify my presenting you with that graph. It makes 12 cents *look* like a really big deal, both in amount and in rate of increase, and no amount of special pleading can change that fact. It misrepresents BOTH trend and rate. I most emphatically did NOT give you all the facts you needed, you had to go to the web. Truth, nothing but, just not all of it. I object to this Standard. Practice.

Michael - September 6, 2009

I invested heavily in Acme-Coyote, Inc., and it turned out to be a good stock during the recession. Thank god I saw a chart predicting that it would appreciate even in a down economy.

143. xbradtc - September 6, 2009

Bill, you’re beclowning yourself.

Seriously.

144. The Obama Administration Completely Underestimated the Resession « Venkat's Blog - September 6, 2009

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145. Michael - September 6, 2009

How come our Instalanches are always teh suck? We didn’t even break a thousand hits this time.

Stop yer whinin’. We got mucho hits from Greg Mankiw, Powerline, and American Thinker.

146. Michael - September 6, 2009

By the way, check out the foreign language appearances of the chart here and here.

147. xbradtc - September 7, 2009

You didn’t any hits from my place, but hey, you got me in person!

148. Michael - September 7, 2009

but hey, you got me in person!

Brad, I don’t believe you actually looked at the post.

149. xbradtc - September 7, 2009

Au contraire, mon batbaby.

I have read all Geoff related posts quite carefully. And even most of the comments.

150. Michael - September 7, 2009

I have read all Geoff related posts quite carefully. And even most of the comments.

Well, if you did read them, you didn’t understand them. It’s not like you’re Air Force or something and can understand technical stuff.

151. xbradtc - September 7, 2009

I think I understood the first graph, but I’m fairly certain the second graph was far too confusing for me to grasp that overall job numbers were experiencing a downward trend.

152. Michael - September 7, 2009

*pats Brad on head*

That’s OK. You done well for an Army guy who only knows how to joyride around in a toy tank and waste gas.

153. xbradtc - September 7, 2009

**digs around in helmet bag, looking for old tech manuals, to show Michael how to determine the surface danger area for a given round of ammunition**

OK, I can’t MAKE a chart to save my ass. But I can READ one fairly well.

154. Michael - September 7, 2009

Just kidding. I do get the concept of light infantry, and what the Bradley was designed for.

155. xbradtc - September 7, 2009

Uh, you do understand that light infantry, and mech (Bradley) infantry are two entirely different concepts?

Do I need to draw you a graph or chart?

156. Michael - September 7, 2009

What I’ve read is that the Bradley is as fast is the M1 Abrams tank. so it can keep up in a major assault. It can kill tanks with TOWs, provide supressing fire, and deliver boots on the ground.

157. xbradtc - September 7, 2009

That’s all true, Michael. But mech infantry is primarily designed to operate in open terrain, as part of a combined arms team with Armor and Artillery. In fact, a large part of what Brads were designed to do was suppress antitank fires against M1s.

Light infantry is designed to operate in close terrain, such as jungles or mountain terrain (like, say, Afghanistan) that are difficult for armored vehicles to operate in. Light infantry traditionally has no organic transport.

They (usually) operate in different areas and under subtly different doctrines. For instance, a light infantry unit in a desert is very vulnerable to being overrun by mechanized forces.

However, mechanized units are vulnerable to ambush by light infantry in close terrain, such as mountain passes (see the Soviets in Afghanistan).

Or maybe you should pay more attention to my blog.

158. ArmedGeek - September 7, 2009

Looks like in another month or two you’re gonna run right off the top of the graph.

And people wonder why I drink so much.

159. BrewFan - September 7, 2009

Bill N. is a cheesehead?!

*bangs forehead against desk*

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162. John - September 9, 2009

Well we can’t deny that people who voted for Obama got change. But I’m not sure this is the kind of change they were hoping for.

163. You Lie! « The TOXIC Mud Pit - September 10, 2009

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164. Somewhere over the rainbow one million jobs were saved - Blogs - NewsSpotz - September 10, 2009

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165. Who’s Doing More for Economic Growth: Barack Obama or George Bush? - BrianFaughnan’s blog - RedState - September 10, 2009

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167. Unemployment Update at Hispanic Pundit - September 11, 2009

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168. Who’s Doing More for Economic Growth: Barack Obama or George Bush? « The Conservative Papers - September 11, 2009

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169. My Kids Deserve Better » Blog Archive » My Kids Deserve Better - September 11, 2009

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170. The Survivalist Forum » Blog Archive » Fiat Money: How Else You Gonna Kill 600,000 Americans? - September 14, 2009

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171. The Strata-Sphere » America Concerned About Jobs, Stimulus Goes To Select Few - September 15, 2009

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172. Unemployment Chart Deconstructed « Doug W - September 15, 2009

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173. Bloodthirsty Liberal » A Half Million Here, A Half Million There - October 1, 2009

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174. September Unemployment: The Job Loss Accelerates « Innocent Bystanders - October 2, 2009

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175. Sanne - October 14, 2009

Hi… I got your ‘address’ from a friend of yours… PattyAnn… she commented on this blog I have on blogspot… told me you have a flag counter and you don’t have the Surinamese flag yet… so here I am… hope my flag shows up.

If you’re interested, stop by sometime…

http://sannetequila.blogspot.com

And no, I am not a Tila Tequila fan… but I do love tequila :D

176. daveintexas - October 14, 2009

You just made Michael rub himself happily.

Welcome!

177. Michael - October 14, 2009

THANK YOU SANNE!!!

178. geoff - October 14, 2009

THANK YOU SANNE!!!

Don’t bother trying to clean it, Michael. Just throw the keyboard away.

179. Cathy - October 14, 2009

And… Thanks PattyAnn!

Hi Sanne. Welcome.

180. Mrs. Peel - October 14, 2009

Ha! Thanks, Sanne.

181. Ron Tresumere - November 19, 2009

The stimulus didn’t work. I am one of those people not included in the unemployment numbers. I can’t see small business saving us this time, as you would have to be nuts to start a business with the liabilities and regulation these days.

182. Meglio o peggio del previsto? « Io voto Pro Lib3rtarian Iniziative - December 4, 2009

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183. Bear Market News - April 27, 2010

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184. Fiat Money: How Else You Gonna Kill 600,000 Americans? « Bear Market News - April 27, 2010

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