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Raising the Bar for Excel Users April 19, 2018

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I’ve used Excel a lot – even on this very site. But I’ve never done this:

Revised Exports Data Shows Clearer Trend April 19, 2018

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The BEA made major revisions to the trade data this month, slightly improving the trend in export data. This is the chart I showed in January:


…and here’s the current version:


The new data looks a little cleaner, showing a smooth rise in exports from January 2017 to the present. Unfortunately the rise hasn’t been terribly impressive, amounting to only $24.5 billion over that time period.

At the same time one has to acknowledge that President Trump may be suppressing exports with his talk of tariffs and renegotiating trade deals. The slower growth may reflect an investment in downstream growth, i.e., we take a hit in growth now while he cleans up the trade situation. Then we can enjoy higher growth later.

Whatevs. I’ll just keep plotting along…

Unification of Thought April 18, 2018

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Too many news stories about information filtering & suppression of conservatives to enumerate, though the GoogleFacebookTwitterYouTube stories float to the top. And the college campus malarkey. And David Hogg’s boycotts/walkouts. And…

You get the point.

It reminded me of this infamous speech:

“My friends, each of you is a single cell in the great body of the State. And today, that great body has purged itself of parasites. We have triumphed over the unprincipled dissemination of facts. The thugs and wreckers have been cast out. And the poisonous weeds of disinformation have been consigned to the dustbin of history. Let each and every cell rejoice! For today we celebrate the first, glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directive! We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is a more powerful weapon than any fleet or army on Earth! We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion! We shall prevail!”

[Emphasis mine]

Manufacturing Jobs Continue Strong Growth April 12, 2018

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This is a week late, but the numbers make it worth the wait. The very impressive growth in manufacturing jobs continued through March, with another 22K jobs added. The sudden reversal in manufacturing’s fortunes, which coincides with the election/inauguration, is striking, isn’t it?


Another way to think about it:

  • In his last 4 years, President Obama added 376K manufacturing jobs
  • In the past 14 months, President Trump added 277K manufacturing jobs


Board Stretcher Machine April 7, 2018

Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws.

You thought it was a joke, didn’t you?

Employment Fails to Impress April 6, 2018

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The BLS put out its monthly employment numbers, which show a slight decline in the IB employment metric (full-time employment/civilian non-institutional population).


At least it’s still above 0.5.

Black-capped Chickadee, Digitally Remastered Version March 30, 2018

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This better reflects my vision of how the painting should have been.  The original and all existing copies have been burned.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee March 29, 2018

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Shame I’ve been traveling without any paints, because you can’t see the gorgeous color on this guy’s back.

This is the fourth and final chickadee. Now that I’m done I’m going to go back and screw up all of the originals before doing a bunch of over-hyped prequels which will totally suck.

Boreal Chickadee March 28, 2018

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Horned Lark March 27, 2018

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Bird March 21, 2018

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Mission Statement March 16, 2018

Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Economics.

Weird Al is a genius. This video is chock full of business buzzwords. Dilbert would be proud.