US GDP Data May Be Delayed Due To Fire At Commerce Department

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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:40 | 433252 Rick64
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I hate when that happens.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:55 | 433278 THE DORK OF CORK
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Burning down the house can be cathartic.


Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:59 | 433286 Jeff Lebowski
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Was the GDP data hand written on a napkin?

Credibility fail.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:28 | 433333 Rick64
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This is what happens when you cook numbers written on a napkin.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:29 | 433334 Rick64
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double post. too much coffee.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:29 | 433336 Hansel
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Clearly, the files were not in the computer.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 10:33 | 433576 MayIMommaDogFac...
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It is handy to write important things on a napkin...If it should happen that NO FIRE occurs, then you can always claim that "THE DOG ATE IT."

I know I'm not the only one here who has used this...

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 09:47 | 433469 Inspector Asset
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Ah yes, that sound like a good plot!

After the great war, paper records all lost, digtial records are fudged.


A need for a world wide curreny, but this time for many reasons (security, tax evasion) the plan calls for insering a chip into everyone's fore arm instead of debit cards.


JP Morgan has even stated it will deposit a $1000 into the accounts of all the people who come forward and volunteer themselves for the chip.  That ought to get the stimulas situation burning along with the feds balance sheet. 

Now I see why the Fed needs to have a direct connection into people's homes.  They need to monitor those chips, make sure, the next Bill Gates isn't hacking the system for a few extra bucks into his account.

Inspector Asset



Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:41 | 433255 damage
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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:17 | 433263 etrader
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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:42 | 433257 New_Meat
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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:46 | 433266 cossack55
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Hey! I made reference to the Reichstag 2 days ago.  More proof TPTB are reading ZH.  Thats good.  Keep them out of the history books.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:47 | 433268 Ethics Gradient
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Godwins law by post 4?


Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:51 | 433274 goldfreak
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Zerohedge and the goldbugs did it, round them up

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:57 | 433279 Arius
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no, just is enough, and just to be safe lets claim he is not okay...mentally...


Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:59 | 433284 Arius
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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:45 | 433264 Catullus
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We don't need no water let that mother....

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:45 | 433265 Tic tock
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hopefully the fire has been contained

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:48 | 433269 cossack55
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Or if it spreads to Tres. and 33 Liberty, Poof! no debts.  Of course the IRS buildings are constructed of asbestos.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:50 | 433273 The Franchise
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vey well played

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:48 | 433271 docj
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Just ask Goldman.  I'm sure they had the number before yesterday.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:48 | 433272 Snidley Whipsnae
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No budget, no exports, no GDP figures, no need for a commerce dept...

Next up OMB sinks into swamp that DC is built on?

All FDIC employees take early retirement option on the same day?

FED moves head quarters to Bahamas for tax advantages?

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:59 | 433287 Mesquite
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Previous Prez moves to Paraguay...

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:55 | 433277 kaiten
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The fire begun while they were cooking the data. ;p

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:15 | 433301 Arius
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a couple of years ago, the Commerce stopped issuing M3 because of costs ("printing paper), there is a fire and they cant issue cant help thinking what is next????

My guess will be "shut up" just take it!  open and clear so there are no misunderstanding....yeah well, life goes on....nothing to see just move on....everything is OKAY...we always come back stronger...

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:18 | 433310 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 10:37 | 433586 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 07:58 | 433280 Wyndtunnel
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Oh really? *sigh*

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:11 | 433296 THE DORK OF CORK
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Sir, do you like your financial data rare, medium or well done ?

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:09 | 433292 Tense INDIAN
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i guess this will be the funniest recession i will ever be in .....

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:19 | 433315 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Yeah, laughing all the way to the apocolypse.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:47 | 433364 Cognitive Dissonance
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This will be the last recession you'll ever be in. It's all depression from here. Doesn't matter where you start counting if the final number is always zero.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 15:30 | 434123 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Just the encouragement I was looking for.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 10:43 | 433609 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Not funny like "ha-ha,"  funny like "queer."

(not you -- the current reality)

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:13 | 433298 Advoc8tr
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Now that takes the cake ..... wonder what the diversion event [between now and when they 'recover' the GDP data]  will be?

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:16 | 433304 cossack55
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When the FD opened the hydrants someone lit a cigarette and the whole block exploded. Something about fracking.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:18 | 433309 ColonelCooper
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As the Church Lady used to say:

"That's conveeeeenient."

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:18 | 433314 NumberNone
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Other excuse offered but not used:

- We do the GDP calcs on solar powered calculators and it was cloudy in DC yesterday.

They probably picked the better excuse.  Maybe they could blame the fire on an Obama cigarrette incident. 

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:21 | 433317 jkruffin
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WOW, they are talking evacuating the gulf coast, holy bajezzzzus.

"We're going to have to evacuate the gulf states," said Matt Simmons, founder of Simmons and Co., an oil investment firm and, since the April 20 blowout, the unflagging source of end-of-the-world predictions. "Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought."

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:26 | 433328 NumberNone
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To quote another poster somewhere else "They've murdered the Gulf.."


Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:36 | 433346 IBelieveInMagic
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The mythical "they". "We" is more succinct.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:51 | 433375 pan-the-ist
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Anyone that drives...

Think dustbowl 1930-1936 except the population of the Gulf Coast is much larger than the Okies. 

Hopefully this won't impact Favre's revenge on the Saints, or that will ruin my year.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 09:06 | 433416 Snidley Whipsnae
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Future headline..."Saints repeat as Super Bowl Champs after relocation of team to Anchorage Alaska!"

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 09:52 | 433478 tmosley
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BS.  I didn't tell BP that they couldn't drill in 500 ft of water, forcing them to go drill somewhere at the edge of their experience.  

It's like blaming people who use electricity for Chernobyl.  It wasn't the fault of the people, it was the fault of those in the government who made the dumbassed decisions. 

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Fri, 06/25/2010 - 14:35 | 434031 pan-the-ist
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It was partially BPs fault, many wells have been drilled in deeper water and then deeper underground.  BP cut corners.  If the government has any fault it is because they didn't have a 'well inspector' on site to check that non-existent rules were being followed.

If I have to have an inspector check to make sure that I nailed my roof on correctly, it stands to reason that BP aught to have one to make sure their fucking oil well is drilled properly.

Your thinking is backward, BTW.  BP and others would never allow inspectors and regulations as they are 'self regulated.'  The problem is that any regulation of a corp is seen as waste and our government doesn't govern.  Your short sightedness seems to be part of the problem.  Then rather than produce quality products (wells in this case) they hedge their shit with insurance because it is cheaper than doing quality work...  This is called risk management.

If this were a shitty well in 500 feet of water the 'perceived' damage would be much worse and tougher for BP to hide.

It is partially my fault for driving and consuming oil.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 09:01 | 433402 Snidley Whipsnae
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Here is more on the situation from 'Peak Oil' site, quoting Simmons and summing up situation with a tropical system approaching and predicted to push crude oil, methane gas, hydrogen sulfide gas, benzene and methelyne chloride ashore in the Gulf States.

Also predicted tracks of approaching tropical system.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:21 | 433320 cbaba
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All GDP data is cooked, they need some time to adjust to new developments, when debt increases they have to increase the GDP, employ some more government workers and voila, suddenly everything looks good.


Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:34 | 433342 Turd Ferguson
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Mandy's pressed-straight hair today is giving me a morning missile.

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 08:46 | 433361 slovester
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Bernanke and Obama were quickly at the scene - Ben doused the fire with gasoline while Obama did a solo on the lyre.

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