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Something's Fishy With The US 'Data' on Ukraine, Russia

The 'evidence' is surprisingly weak
Monday, July 28, 2014, 11:51 AM

For weeks now I've been patiently waiting for the US to release some (any!) definitive data about the Ukraine situation, including the MH17 shoot-down.  After all, as everybody knows, the US has intensive satellite and electronic scanning technologies in place around the globe, and therefore should be able to provide some serious intelligence to make its case.

Frankly, the US needs to provide much harder evidence for its current claims to be credible. » Read more

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Daily Digest 3/21 - Detroit City Council 'Still Relevant,' Argentines Go For Gold

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:28 AM
  • AstraZeneca slashing 1,200 jobs in Delaware
  • Bankrupt San Bernardino approves over $1 mln in pay hikes
  • Detroit council: We're still relevant
  • Argentines go for gold. Literally.
  • Ficano wants retired deputy to drive and guard him, wash his car
  • Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - New Zealand Goes Cyprus-Style, RBNZ Responds
  • Nearly 150 years after conflict ended, U.S. government still making payments to children of Civil War vets
  • In Spain, The Bitcoin Run Has Started
  • Canadian man to sell house for Bitcoin virtual currency
  • CIA's Gus Hunt On Big Data: We 'Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever'
  • Tories aim to divide, conquer with envoy who will canvas First Nations on energy projects
  • German scientists quit oil sands research over public climate concerns
  • Doctors call for ban of antibiotic use in farm animals as drug-resistant human infections hit ‘dangerous level
  • ‘We, as a nation, have to wake up’: First Nations leaders vow to do what it takes to block oil pipelines
  • Wave of prawn deaths baffles Chile city of Coronel
  • Eating locusts: The crunchy, kosher snack taking Israel by swarm
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What Data Can We Trust?

How can we make decisions in a world of flawed information?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 1:33 AM

Modern investing offers the promise that investors who "do their homework" and use data more intelligently than the herd can gain a valuable edge. But what if the underlying data available to the investing public is fundamentally flawed? 

The federal government agencies that issue headline data and the mainstream media that reprints the data without skeptical analysis would have us believe that these indicators -- the unemployment rate and the consumer price index (CPI), for example -- accurately reflect economic realities.

The other indicator that is implicitly or explicitly assumed to reflect the economy’s health is, of course, the stock market, generally represented by the S&P 500 index.

That the government indicators and the stock market are both suspect is now a given. » Read more