Posts filed under “Mathematics”
In yet another stunning display of journalistic malpractice, Terry Jeffrey put out the following piece after last Friday’s NFP release:
Because it suited his (political) purpose, Jeffrey jumped on the Household Survey; looking at the Establishment Survey would not have provided such a dramatic headline. Indeed, it would have provided, for him, no usable headline at all.
What Jeffrey seized on – a 338K gain over the month in government employees (41% of the 818K!!!) – fails to take into account that the previous month, when the Household Survey flagged a decline of 735K, 507K of those (a whopping 69%!!!) were government employees (interestingly, he did not report on that). That was, you know, when we had that government shutdown thing going on. These numbers are shown in the table immediately below. So the gain in November was essentially a reversal of the loss in October due to the government shutdown. This is exactly the same type of bullshit we see periodically with Reagan’s Million Jobs in One Month Miracle. One quick look under the hood and it all falls to pieces.
I hope to God that Terry Jeffrey never identifies himself as a journalist. I’d hope, rather, that he refers to himself as a charlatan or a montebank, devoid of any integrity whatsoever.
See previously: Makers and Takers
I am writing up my BBRG coverage of the innumerate business reporting of Black Friday and the holiday shopping weekend. The press as per usual got it wrong again this year. Here is the press release from the NRF, pushing their usual survey silliness as if it were actual retail sales data: “More than 141…Read More
Thanksgiving is but a few days away. We celebrate by the giving of thanks for whatever bounty has come your way. It is a warm and wonderful holiday full of family and tryptophan and good cheer. Black Friday, the day after turkey day, is the official kick off of the season I like to call…Read More
IBM and http://IBMblr.Tumblr.com celebrate the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Fractal Pioneer. In this final interview shot by filmmaker Erol Morris, Mandelbrot shares his love for mathematics and how it led him to his wondrous discovery of fractals. His work lives on today in many innovations in science, design, telecommunications, medicine, renewable energy, film (special effects), gaming (computer graphics) and more.
@TBPInvictus here It’s a well established fact that the Obama administration has been spending like a drunken sailor since the day he was inaugurated. I first wrote about his spendthrift ways here, toward the end of 2010 (has it already been three years?). Some time has now passed, so how’s it going? Let’s take another…Read More
Every now and then, I read an article that is factually accurate, technically correct — and utterly misleading. Items like this are “accurate but false” as they leave the reader with an impression of something that is incorrect. Because the world is nuanced and not black and white, the sum of many facts, statistics and…Read More
Its Friday, after what was for me a long and annoying 17 days. But the shutdown is over, US markets are at all time highs, and Bob Shiller got his Nobel (more on this tomorrow). You might think that I would be at peace with the current state of the world, but life is never…Read More
Yesterday, I was on Pete Dominick’s Sirius XM Satellite radio show (audio below). A caller asked about how to close the deficit. His comments revealed that his concern about the deficit was merely a ruse, a tool to be used to achieve very different goals. If you are truly concerned about deficit, then what you…Read More