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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:15 PM

Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy

Source: Associated Press

Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
Published: 24 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing.

Conspiracy theorists came out in force after the government reported a sudden drop in the U.S. unemployment rate one month before Election Day. Their message: The Obama administration would do anything to ensure a November victory, including manipulating unemployment data.

The conspiracy was widely rejected. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference. Democrats and even some Republicans said they also found the charges implausible.

Yet that didn't stop the chatter. The allegations were a measure of how politicized the monthly unemployment report has become near the end of a campaign that has focused on the economy and jobs.

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Reply Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy (Original post)
kpete Oct 2012 OP
otherone Oct 2012 #1
Jack Rabbit Oct 2012 #3
Chemisse Oct 2012 #20
Cirque du So-What Oct 2012 #2
Jack Rabbit Oct 2012 #4
Grassy Knoll Oct 2012 #7
emulatorloo Oct 2012 #22
madrchsod Oct 2012 #5
RBInMaine Oct 2012 #6
FSogol Oct 2012 #11
RBInMaine Oct 2012 #17
FSogol Oct 2012 #19
Hugin Oct 2012 #8
Grassy Knoll Oct 2012 #9
juajen Oct 2012 #16
old guy Oct 2012 #10
Purveyor Oct 2012 #12
Festivito Oct 2012 #13
lexw Oct 2012 #14
Festivito Oct 2012 #15
RBInMaine Oct 2012 #18
Paulie Oct 2012 #21
defacto7 Oct 2012 #23

Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:18 PM

1. we will do anything to win!

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Response to otherone (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:25 PM

3. And that makes us different from them how?

BTW, how's that action to shut down polling places the The Hamptons progressing? Does anybody know?

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Response to otherone (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:38 AM

20. Are you being sarcastic?

Because we WON'T do anything to win - unlike the Republicans.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:21 PM

2. I hope this keeps the little bastids busy right up to election day!

Fapping furiously over a specious theory will ensure that there's no time left for more potentially damaging mischief.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:27 PM

4. You mean to go with the one about Obama being a MarxistNazi?

Or the one about all Afro-American men being born in Kenya?

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:19 PM

7. LOL......n/t

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:34 PM

22. I like Obama is a Muslim. Who has a Crazy Christian Pastor.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:38 PM

5. it`s an individual`s perception of what is happening where they live.

where i live jobs are slowly improving for the last year or so. one industry is moving into a closed factory. they will be bringing their many of their employees and are hiring 50 more locally. there has been a fairly steady demand for technical maintenance and front office tech personal. 26 miles down the road there`s been several industries hiring and several new factories.

it`s a hell of a lot better than it was under bush

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:52 PM

6. Steep drop? 0.3% is steep now? It was due to adjusted summer numbers upward and Sept. #'s.

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Response to RBInMaine (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:24 PM

11. Other than wingnuts and the tea idiots, everyone will ignore the conspiracy theories, but it is

hilarious that 0.3% has turned into a steep drop!

A steep drop in unemployment is what everyone will remember.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #11)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:08 AM

17. It is a drop, and a drop is good, but nothing MASSIVE and SUSPICIOUS. These people are just NUTS.

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Response to RBInMaine (Reply #17)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:28 AM

19. Agreed. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:23 PM

8. All I did was post a picture of muppets and I got pounced.

The Right Wing nutters are out in force today... The jobs report may throw them over the top.

Really, if their hopes are that fragile... It's time for them to concede.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:28 PM

9. I think why they are all so pissy is.....

Cons wanted to take the white house, get these reports on jobs numbers
after they won, and raise the chalice and say we did what Obama Couldn't.
Pay back for Bin laden. IMHO, of coarse.

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Response to Grassy Knoll (Reply #9)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:49 AM

16. Of course, "coarse" is not the proper spelling.

You have been bitten by the not-so-active-anymore DU Spelling Police. Hope it didn't hurt.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:59 PM

10. Wolf crying.

Birther, Muslim, Communist, Fast and Furious, poll numbers, you name it they have played it. This will fade away quickly because too many conspiracy theories taxes the patience of most people IMO.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:37 PM

12. Link? ;) eom

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:31 AM

14. I was at a mini market tonight (okay, liquor store)...

...there was a guy in front of me who purchased a liter of soda and asked for $60 back by using his debit card.

There was a tv playing over the cashier's head; As the customer was punching in his PIN, the news began highlighting the drop in unemployment; the newscaster asked the question "would it turn the tables back in Obama's favor." (which is kinda ridiculous anyway).

The guy buying soda got noticeably frazzled hearing as the news went on, as he waiting for the debit to be approved. After the cashier handed him his receipt the guy grabbed his soda and stormed out the door—the cashier had to yell at him that he forgot his $60.

It's still so nice to be on the winning side, after those horrendous 8 years of Bush.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:53 AM

15. Down in all alternative measurements as well. U-1 to U-6.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:21 AM

18. The allegations measure how NUTS the right wingers are. A bunch of SCUM who want America to fail.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:45 AM

21. NPR Planet Money did a story last aug on how the BLS keeps the secret

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:25 PM

23. When you have to stoop to

conspiracy, you know your desperate.

Is that all they've got? Conspiracies?

Guess so.

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