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Of late comes word that an oft-cited polling company, Strategic Vision L.L.C., whose director appears as an “expert” frequently on that eminent source of political truthiness, Fox News, has been chastised by a professional association for pollsters for apparently making its numbers up out of thin air.  Or more exactly out of air manipulated by certain Republican/Right Wing wishful thinking.   Would you have ever guessed that Fox would host someone who might want to bend the facts and figures to meet some ideological desire?   Of course the director of said concern, seemingly a husband-wife “business” alleged to be based in Atlanta, Ga., but in fact in a bedroom suburb some 50 miles distant, says its all not true, though he’s declined to be interviewed or otherwise probed.

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Meantime economists say the recession is over, and cited the mere loss of 263,000 US jobs in September as proof.  They murmur that that’s a hell of a lot better than the September figures a year ago, when it was 700,000.  Curious how in the passage of time a minus can become a plus, and the loss of only half as many jobs is seen as a big improvement.  On such improvements we’ll build an economic ladder to hell.   Of course still buried in the arcane facts and figures of the economists are many obscured dismal truths, such as the fraudulent happy-face method of counting the unemployed,  the domino effect realities of the credit card business, the impending commercial construction bubble, the endless sequence of defaults hidden in the juggled accounting books to forestall a really close look in the mirror.  Nope, the recession is officially over, and while we’re still falling in a deeper hole we’re also falling slower so if you look at it a certain way we’re starting to climb out of the hole we’re still falling into.  Get it?  Tell that to one of the falling figures of 9/11, that their descent is slowing so all’s just hunky-dory, no?



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Update: This morning’s job numbers are bad enough — 263,000 more jobs lost in September, and unemployment now at 9.8 percent — but look behind them and the news is even grimmer. The only reason the numbers don’t look worse is that 571,000 workers dropped out of the labor force. Remember, too, that the economy needs about 125,000 new jobs every month just to keep up with a growing population. So we’re even further behind. From Robert Reich, today.

Of such numbers games do we make catastrophes.  Global warming?  Over-population?  Water scarcity?  Or the little, personal ones:

In Elizabeth, N.J., Stephanie Wheeler, 56, has drained her savings down to $800 in the year since she lost her job at a data processing company.

“It’s terrifying,” she said. “I have an apartment. I’ve been here for eight years. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m petrified of being set out on the street.”

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