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Census Bureau Suggests Job Manipulation Was Not Systematic

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Following the White House's ignorance of anything that could be going on at the Census Bureau (apart from knowing for sure that the report on jobs data manipulation was misleading), the Census Bureau itself has chimed in...


So that's good then - just unsystematic? A single-manipulator, acting alone (from the book depository?)


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Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:48 | Link to Comment Cdad
Cdad's picture killin' it today.

Double up on that short the Comedy Central Network freakin' way those guys can do anything more laughable than the US Federal Government.  Not a chance. 


Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:53 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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either manipulation isn't systemic, ergo the chicago crew did it for political gain, ergo they need to be sent packing.... or it is, and the system needs to be rebooted... or.... C all of the above..

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:11 | Link to Comment negative rates
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The system is down at the moment, is all you need to know. Translation, the younguns didn't pay up, and now there is no plan B.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:45 | Link to Comment Troll Magnet
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They bought the low (informed and wage earners) and sold out the country. 



Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:06 | Link to Comment rehypothecator
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Let's see here, who does the Census Bureau report to, again?


Ah, yes, I remember now:

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:54 | Link to Comment AlaricBalth
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/rehypothecator that is a great find. Most people had completely forgotten about that. It's nice to know now that whenever I have an issue with the Census Bureau I can always call Valerie Jarrett.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:19 | Link to Comment rehypothecator
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Furthermore, left unasked by the mass media, is why the Census Bureau would even have any opinion whatsoever about job numbers.  They count people, so asking them for opinions about job statistic legitimacy is suspicious, it makes so little sense.  It's sort of like asking Hollywood movie stars how to forge peace in the Middle East.  

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:17 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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There is a difference between systematic and systemic manipulation although I suspect we have both going on here.

From now the presumption should be that everything is manipulated unless proven otherwise.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment smithcreek
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A rogue manipulator in the Cinci office.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:50 | Link to Comment superflex
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You owe me a Coke.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment superflex
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I didn't know the Census Bureau had a branch in Cincinnati.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 19:27 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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At least the administration has all of the notes from the IRS scandal.  They just need to replace IRS with Census and BLS in the scripts.  Rouge IRS workers in one small field office to Rouge Census and BLS workers in one small office.  Top level IRS management didn't know a thing to Top level Census and BLS management didn't know a thing.  Management can shout that they are innocent and then invoke the 5th amendment.  We have 3 more years of this.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment Stonedog
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It was professor plum in the study with the candle stick. 

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:53 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Oh right, the old "we got caught lying before, but you can trust us now".

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:53 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:21 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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OBAMA: It's God's fault. I was praying for more Obamacare enrolments and fewer unemployed and he got it back the front.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 02:28 | Link to Comment Balanced Integer
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Obama is praying...kneeling...on a rug...facing Mecca. Ahsalaam malakem. Allahu akbar. Kazoon-tite.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:54 | Link to Comment Quantum Nucleonics
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Nice.  It was just a one time thing that happened to be right before a presidential election when the unemployment rate was a huge issue.  Whew, I'm so relieved it wasn't an ongoing conspiracy to mislead the American people and capital markets on the state of the economy or anything.

What did the President know, and when did he know it.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:09 | Link to Comment youngman
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You can bet the advisors and the political wonks said to the President that they would "fix" the number before the election....that is a Democratic rule number 1 ...

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 19:00 | Link to Comment SDShack
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What did the President know, and when did he know it.

Well, with 0zer0 the 1st answer is "He didn't know". And the 2nd answer is "This week after I read the papers." But he's the smartest prez evuh!

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 19:29 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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The sad thing is when Ozer0 says he doesn't know anything about everything, it is easy to believe him.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:56 | Link to Comment RealityCheque
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Census Bureau... who the fuck are you talking to? everyone knows the colour of your dirty laundry. The problem is that the majority don't seem to care.

So instead of dickhead press releases how about you just shut up, fuck off and carry on doing the same old shit.

The big reset is coming, thats where you'll find justice.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 16:58 | Link to Comment ShrNfr
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Just a couple of rogue employees in Cleveland, move on, nothing to see.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:35 | Link to Comment SDShack
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Que Dan Rather disciples in the lame stream media..."It's fake but accurate."

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:00 | Link to Comment rp1
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The White House is right.  They only lied a couple of times, when it really mattered.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:11 | Link to Comment rosiescenario
rosiescenario's picture was just a couple of rogue agents in Cleveland who took it upon themselves to do this....oops, wrong thread, that was the IRS.....

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:15 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Damn rogue traders!......oops wrong scandal.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:40 | Link to Comment ShrNfr
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It was all caused by a movie according to the administration. Besides, if you liked your job, you can keep it.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:16 | Link to Comment akak
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When your eyes are shut tight, it is easy to not see almost anything.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 08:42 | Link to Comment imapopulistnow
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You are referring to the media?

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:39 | Link to Comment Joebloinvestor
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These "moles" who reside in government jobs need to be exposed and fired.

They are following orders given by people with a political agenda or following an approved agenda with political motives.

They can LIE openly and still retain their jobs.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment papaswamp
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Was just on the treasury direct website and got this awesome message...

"We're sorry...

The server has encountered an error, and we're unable to process your request.

We're sorry for the inconvenience and are investigating the problem. In the meantime, our contact information is available at if you need assistance.

Thank you for visiting our website."

Guess everyone is fucking sorry.....

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:49 | Link to Comment More_sellers_th...
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Stop the madness

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 17:53 | Link to Comment More_sellers_th...
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i yell at my kids all the time to "tell the truth" ... it used to matter, now I honestly think I'm preparing them poorly for the world they have to live in

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:23 | Link to Comment object_orient
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... it used to matter, now I honestly think

There you go again. Lying is tough to learn if you're a decent person. You're right though, honesty will only hold you back in the rat race.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:41 | Link to Comment alfred b.
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    If I had a dollar for every time gov't/GSE's or banking cartel lied, pillaged, misled and exploited its 99%...I'd be richer than than the leeches like Buffit et al.




Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:13 | Link to Comment Kelley
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For the cynical disbelievers, the Census Bureau will be issuing a Report confirming the unsystemicness of the fraud written by a guy named Warren. 

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:15 | Link to Comment Kelley
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Meanwhile the WH has issued a new Executive Order:

"If I like your plan, you can keep your plan. If I like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period."

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:18 | Link to Comment QQQBall
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Rogue BLSer?

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:54 | Link to Comment conspicio
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It depends on your context and definition of the the word "systematic" and the word "manipulation" may or may not be. Used together in or out of context, the word or words may, in fact or by mere supposition on the reader/listener's part, communicate incorrectly the recollection on an individual or group of individuals' basis.


Tue, 11/19/2013 - 20:57 | Link to Comment rjs
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they're implying rogue employees?

if 2200 census employees interview 60,000 households representing 110,000 individuals per month, that means each census employee is responsible for 50 responses to the survey...since most of those are employed already, the opportuntiy to switch survey answers from unemployed is minimal...with the labor force participation rate less than 65%, the average number of unemployed each employee would interview would be around 4...with each survey answer representing around 22K in the final totals, it's unlikely one rouge employee could reduce the number of uemployed by more than 100K...with a margin of error of +/- 300,000 in the monthly change in the number unemployed and +/- 0.2% in the employment rate, it would take at least 4 census employees falsifying every unemployed person they interview to swing a change larger than the margin of error...

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 23:04 | Link to Comment NIETSNEREM
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We're bound to hear it sooner or later. Any day now. Wait. There it is. "Bush's fault."

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