We are surrounded by mixed messages. Is the economy recovering or stumbling? Are we are at the edge of a new energy bonanza or not?
One of the particular difficulties about trying to make sense of things these days is the shameless amount of statistical manipulation (i.e., official lying) for political purposes and for shaping market reactions -- as well as the amount of paid PR material that is masquerading as real news from unbiased sources.
The level of sophistication in controlling messages is really something to admire, as long as one is unconcerned with the damage such spins and distortions are dong to our collective futures...