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April housing starts, Media lies and reports anything but truth to prop up Obama, Housing report dismal to correlate with horrible jobs and economic data, Single family starts 61 percent of 2007 levels, 41 percent of Bush presidency best

April housing starts, Media lies and reports anything but truth to prop up Obama, Housing report dismal to correlate with horrible jobs and economic data, Single family starts 61 percent of 2007 levels, 41 percent of Bush presidency best

“You can’t fix stupid.”…Ron White

 

“Why does the mainstream media continue to protect Obama and lie to the American people?”…Citizen Wells

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

You have to believe that the folks producing the reports in the mainstream media about the economy and in this case housing starts, are not as stupid as they appear.

It is all about protecting Obama and the hell with the facts.

You have probably read or heard the exciting news, which further stimulated the financial markets, about the big jump in housing starts in April. The so called 20 percent increase.

Here is the truth.

First from Zero Hedge.

“Following two ugly months of dramatically missed expectations, Housing Starts exploded to ‘recovery’ highs (highest since Nov 2007) jumping 20.2% MoM to 1.135million (against 1.015 exp.).”

“Well these huge mal-investment spikes make perfect sense in light of the collapse in lumber prices (and thus demand).”

HousingStartsLumber

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-19/housing-starts-surge-highest-nov-2007-permits-7-year-highs

Hold that thought.

Here is the report.

“NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION IN APRIL 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential
construction statistics for April 2015:”

“HOUSING STARTS
Privately-owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,135,000. This is 20.2 percent (±14.4%) above the
revised March estimate of 944,000 and is 9.2 percent (±10.6%)* above the April 2014 rate of 1,039,000.
Single-family housing starts in April were at a rate of 733,000; this is 16.7 percent (±10.6%) above the revised March figure of 628,000.
The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 389,000.”

http://www.census.gov/construction/nrc/pdf/newresconst.pdf

Let’s examine it.

First, the 20 percent increase was for privately owned which includes single and multi family. We all know that rentals are where the action is since fewer people are able to afford homes, especially millenials.

The single family increase was 16.7 percent, but hold on:

A. The increase was over March which had dropped significantly.
B. There is a statistical sampling error of +- 10.6 percent.
C. The single family starts was 733,000.
D. That is 61 percent of the April 2007 figure of 1,197,000.
E. That is 41 percent of the best number for the Bush presidency in Nov. 2005 of 1,808,000.

HousingStarts

The thought I asked you to hold above.

Revealed by Zero Hedge about lumber prices and futures.

Supply and demand.

Lumber prices.

LumberPrices

From Reuters May 18, 2015.

“U.S. home builder sentiment slips in May: NAHB”

“Consumers are exhibiting caution, and want to be on more stable financial footing before purchasing a home,” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said in a statement.”

“The single-family home sales component fell to 59 from 61 in April. The gauge of single-family sales expectations for the next six months rose to 64 from a revised 63, while prospective buyer traffic fell to 39 from a revised 40.”

Read more:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/18/us-usa-economy-housing-nahb-idUSKBN0O31EY20150518

 

 

Real unemployment rate 23 percent, 2.3 million fewer white Americans in labor force under Obama, 316k fewer white Americans employed since January 2015, 44 percent of Americans work 30 hours per week, Average age of minimum wage worker is 36, More than 100 million not working

Real unemployment rate 23 percent, 2.3 million fewer white Americans in labor force under Obama, 316k fewer white Americans employed since January 2015, 44 percent of Americans work 30 hours per week, Average age of minimum wage worker is 36, More than 100 million not working

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“In today’s labor market, there are nearly 1 million “missing” young workers—potential workers who are neither employed nor actively seeking work (and are thus not counted in the unemployment rate) because job opportunities remain so scarce. If these missing workers were in the labor market looking for work, the unemployment rate of workers under age 25 would be 18.1 percent instead of 14.5 percent.”…Economic Policy Institute May 1, 2014

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

I have been warning you about the decimation of white American jobs under Obama.

Reported here recently:

There were 167,000 fewer white Americans employed in April.

There were 316,000 fewer white Americans employed since January.

There were 875,000 more white Americans not in the labor force since January.

The labor force participation rate for white Americans dropped .4 percent since January.

It has dropped 3.3 percent under Obama.

There are over  2.3 million fewer white Americans in the labor force than when Obama took office in January 2009.

I have also reported about what Jim Clifton of Gallup accurately called a Big Lie, the stated unemployment rate.

The real unemployment rate, that is, real humans not employed, could well be 23 percent.

From Shadow Government Statistics.

“The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.”

“The ShadowStats Alternate Unemployment Rate for Aprile 2015 is 23.0%.”

UnemploymentRateAlternate

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

Still not alarmed?

From Zero Hedge May 11, 2015.

“Did you know that 89 percent of all minimum wage workers in the United States are not teens?  At this point, the average age of a minimum wage worker in this country is 36, and 56 percent of them are women.  Millions upon millions of Americans are working as hard as they can (often that means two or three jobs), and yet despite all of their hard work they still find themselves mired in poverty.  One of the big reasons for this is that we have created two classes of workers in the United States. 

“Full-time workers” are entitled to an array of benefits and protections by law that “part-time workers” do not get.  And thanks to perverse incentives contained in Obamacare and other ridiculous laws, we have motivated employers to move as many workers from the “full-time” category to the “part-time” category as possible.  It may be hard to believe, but right now only 44 percent of all U.S. adults are employed for 30 or more hours each week.  But to get any kind of a job at all is a real challenge in many parts of the country today.  As you read this article, there are more than 100 million working age Americans that are not employed in any capacity.  And according to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if the federal government was actually using honest numbers the unemployment rate would be sitting at 23 percent.  That is not an “employment recovery” – that is a national crisis.”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-11/average-age-minimum-wage-worker-america-36

 

 

Greensboro News Record regurgitates AP April jobs lies, Labor Dept. lies, Lie defined as giving false impression, 167k fewer white Americans employed in April, Almost 900k dropped from labor force since Jan, Part time jobs soar by 437k full time jobs tumble, Unemployment rate is big lie

Greensboro News Record regurgitates AP April jobs lies, Labor Dept. lies, Lie defined as giving false impression, 167k fewer white Americans employed in April, Almost 900k dropped from labor force since Jan, Part time jobs soar by 437k full time jobs tumble, Unemployment rate is big lie

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“In today’s labor market, there are nearly 1 million “missing” young workers—potential workers who are neither employed nor actively seeking work (and are thus not counted in the unemployment rate) because job opportunities remain so scarce. If these missing workers were in the labor market looking for work, the unemployment rate of workers under age 25 would be 18.1 percent instead of 14.5 percent.”…Economic Policy Institute May 1, 2014

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

The Greensboro News Record is owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.

For that reason alone I am suspect of anything in print there.

Of course lies, statements and words that give false impressions are nothing new in the mainstream media.

The media, in lockstep with the Obama administration, continue to lie to us.

The Greensboro News Record on Saturday, May 9, 2015 regurgitated another AP jobs report that lies, i.e, gives a big false impression.

From the Greensboro News Record May 9, 2015.

“The U.S. stock market had its best day in two months Friday following good news about the job market.

The surge was enough to push two of the three major U.S indexes to gains for the week.

Investors were encouraged that U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain suggesting that the economy may be recovering after a stumbling start to the year.

While the jobs report is always closely watched, April’s survey garnered even more interest than usual after a poor March, which had revised figures showing only 85,000 jobs were added to payrolls.

“I am even more convinced that the March report was an outlier,” Paul Christopher, an investment strategist with Wells Fargo Advisors. “We all know the first quarter was a tough quarter. The jobs numbers needed to hold up and they did.””

(When I find a link to this I will supply it)

The News Record could have reported the following from the US Labor Dept website.

There were 167,000 fewer white Americans employed in April.

There were 316,000 fewer white Americans employed since January.

There were 875,000 more white Americans not in the labor force since January.

The labor force participation rate for white Americans dropped .4 percent since January.

It has dropped 3.3 percent under Obama.

There are over  2.3 million fewer white Americans in the labor force than when Obama took office in January 2009.

Zero Hedge found and reported the following.

“For all the talk about a jobs recovery and about a US economy that has put the great financial crisis and recession of 2007/8 in the rear view mirror, don’t tell it to those workers who desire a full-time job and instead are forced to settle with measly part-time offerings (mostly courtesy of Obamacare). Because as the chart below shows, as of April 2015, the number of full-time jobs remained well below the pre-recession peak, which incidentally was hit on December 2007, the month the last recession officially started.

 

We bring this up because in April, while the establishment survey reported a number that was just below the consensus estimate (even if it revised the March number lower by 50%), the household survey painted a far less optimistic picture, with the number of part-time jobs surging by nearly half a million, the worst print since last June, while the number of full-time jobs tumbled by 252K, also the biggest drop in nearly a year.”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-08/part-time-jobs-soar-437000-full-time-jobs-tumble-stay-firmly-under-pre-recession-hig

Why didn’t the News Record report that?

They do want for you to know the truth, right???

More lies from the government.

“OPA News Release

Five things you should know about the April employment numbers

WASHINGTON — With the release of the April 2015 Employment Situation Report today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez says there are five things you should know about the numbers:

  1. With 223,000 jobs added in April, private-sector employment has grown for 62 consecutive months — the longest streak on record — to the tune of 12.3 million jobs over that time.
  2. The national unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in April, the lowest it’s been since May 2008.
  3. The unemployment rate a year ago, in April 2014, was 6.2 percent. Since that time, the labor force participation rate has held steady, which means the decline in the unemployment rate has been due to people getting jobs.
  4. Job growth last month was particularly strong in three sectors: construction, professional and business services, and education and health services. These are sectors that have historically provided good-paying middle-class jobs.”

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150840.htm

They must be referring to immigrants.

 

 

 

April employment report US Labor Dept. BLS May 8, 2015, Media and White Houses lies continue, Unless you are an immigrant jobs lost under Obama not caught up, ADP 169k jobs added, March revised downward, Ask your news source why they lie to you

April employment report US Labor Dept. BLS May 8, 2015, Media and White Houses lies continue, Unless you are an immigrant jobs lost under Obama not caught up, ADP 169k jobs added, March revised downward, Ask your news source why they lie to you

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“In today’s labor market, there are nearly 1 million “missing” young workers—potential workers who are neither employed nor actively seeking work (and are thus not counted in the unemployment rate) because job opportunities remain so scarce. If these missing workers were in the labor market looking for work, the unemployment rate of workers under age 25 would be 18.1 percent instead of 14.5 percent.”…Economic Policy Institute May 1, 2014

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

**  Breaking 8:45 AM from US Labor Dept.  **

April 2015 employment down 167,000 for white Americans, up 35,000 for Hispanic/Latino.

321,000 white Americans dropped out of the labor force in April and almost 900,000 this year!!

Bet you are not hearing that from the mainstream media!

Contact them now.

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It does not matter what the the April unemployment rate and jobs data is.

You have been lied to by the media and White House.

I am always sickened by the regurgitation of jobs data reporting by the media. Even conservative talk radio media.

Doesn’t anyone care enough to examine the data and not accept the reports at face value.

God bless Jim Clifton, the CEO of Gallup who recently called the unemployment rate a big lie.

He is correct!

I was pleasantly surprised to read the following on Market Watch this AM.

“Obama’s policy failures are not merely matters of public perception, but matters of economic reality as measured by his own administration. President Obama’s policies have resulted in slow economic growth and a chaotic web of foreign policy. We all know the data. The economy is growing at just over 2%. The first quarter of 2015 will likely show a shrinkage in gross domestic product. The unemployment rate is at a low 5.5% because millions of prime-age workers have left the labor force, leaving participation rates at 1978 levels. New employment data will be released on Friday that will indicate how the economy performed in April, the first month of the second quarter.

Young Americans, often known as millennials, are bearing the brunt of the stagnant economy. Youth unemployment, at 10.5%, is more than twice the unemployment rate of those age 25 and up, at 4.4%. If Clinton wants to attract large numbers of millennials, she needs to explain how her policies will be both different from Obama’s and helpful to young people. That explanation has not been forthcoming.”

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/3-reasons-democrats-should-find-someone-other-than-hillary-2015-05-06

Also from Market Watch May 6, 2015.

For the first time in about two years, the U.S. created fewer than 200,000 private-sector jobs for two months straight, payrolls processor ADP said Wednesday.

The report will heighten fears that jobs creation — which had been the bright spot of late in the U.S. economy — is continuing to decelerate.

The U.S. created 169,000 private-sector jobs in April, ADP said, after a downwardly revised 175,000 jobs were created in March. From a peak of 284,000 jobs in November, job creation has slowed for five months in a row, ADP says.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/adp-reports-fifth-straight-slowing-in-jobs-creation-2015-05-06

Another big lie:

“jobs creation — which had been the bright spot of late in the U.S. economy”

Only if you are an immigrant.

If you are a white American, which was 70 percent of the population, you have lost millions of jobs since Obama took the White House in January 2009 and those jobs have not been recovered.

That is why 30 percent of millenials live with family or friends and we have record food stamp use and hunger.

From Citizen Wells April 9, 2015.

“he Obama Ministry of Truth

Tell the big lie and repeat it.

Obama’s White House Council of Economic Advisers crafts the big lie, that a large portion of the drop in labor force participation is due to the aging of the population.

And WhiteHouse.org, in a report crafted by one of the advisers, Jason Furman, a member of the 2008 Obama campaign team, repeats the big lie.

So why was it necessary to devise the big lie and divert attention away from something?

Here is the rest of the story:”

“First let’s address the “February’s strong report “.

 From Citizen Wells March 7, 2015.

“Nonfarm payrolls increased 295,000 last month”

“Yet, if you simply look at the data from the US Labor Department you find:

43,000 fewer Whites employed in Feb!!!

There were 354,000 more people not in the labor force!

There were 180,000 more people not in the labor force who want a job now!

There were 250,000 more Hispanic/Latino workers employed since December 2014.

It is worse than that.”

Read more

Data from the US Labor Dept. for March 2015.

From Citizen News April 3, 2015.

“Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 126,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade, while mining lost jobs.”

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

“Now for the rest of the story, the truth.

Also from the same website, historical tables.

There were 106,000 fewer whites employed in March.

There were 226,000 more whites not in the labor force.

There were 81,000 more Hispanic employments.

Don’t take my word for it.

Look it up!”

http://citizenwells.net/2015/04/08/the-employment-situation-in-march-2015-whitehouse-gov-obama-white-house-tells-the-big-lie-about-jobs-12-1-million-jobs-just-over-6-million-employment-gains-under-obama-75-percent-hispanic-latino/

You already know by now that one of the reasons for the drop in the labor force participation rate is the drop in employment of younger Americans.

The other big reason, that is not being reported (except here):

From Citizen News April 8, 2015.

“Why is the Obama White House erroneously blaming older workers for the drop in the labor force participation rate?

The answer is simple.

A diversion.

Why is this diversion necessary.

To hide the fact that younger and white American workers are being decimated by the Obama policies which include allowing so many illegals to stay in this country and work.

This is important.

The drop in labor force participation is significant despite the attempts by Obama et al to obfuscate the reasons.

However, perhaps even more significant is the number that are not in the labor force and therefore prevent the participation rate and unemployment rate from being worse.

Let’s focus on white Americans, since at the time the youngest members of the workforce were born, approx. 70 percent of the US population was white.

When Obama and the media lie about the job situation the implication is that all the so called jobs being created are dispersed proportionately.

That is not so.””

Read more:

http://citizenwells.com/2015/04/09/obama-white-house-jobs-reports-tell-the-big-lie-and-repeat-it-economic-council-labor-participation-rate-lie-repeated-at-whitehouse-gov-another-obama-diversion-young-americans-and-whites-not-in-lab/

I will be glad to educate any news source that will listen.

Wells

 

 

Downward spiral of US economy accelerates, Box stores closing correlates with consumer spending drop caused by horrible jobs situation, Internet sales factor, 30 percent of millenials living with family, Record food stamp usage and hunger

Downward spiral of US economy accelerates, Box stores closing correlates with consumer spending drop caused by horrible jobs situation, Internet sales factor, 30 percent of millenials living with family, Record food stamp usage and hunger

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“In today’s labor market, there are nearly 1 million “missing” young workers—potential workers who are neither employed nor actively seeking work (and are thus not counted in the unemployment rate) because job opportunities remain so scarce. If these missing workers were in the labor market looking for work, the unemployment rate of workers under age 25 would be 18.1 percent instead of 14.5 percent.”…Economic Policy Institute May 1, 2014

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

Imagine a leaky toilet, a flow and ebb of water and then a flush.

That spiral of water going down the toilet is the picture I get of the US economy.

Scary.

I have been doing my best to warn of the real jobs situation, the real economy.

I know that internet sales are increasing and putting pressure on box stores, but the biggest problem now is on Main Street America and sooner or later it is going to impact Wall Street.

The real jobs situation in this country is scary and getting scarrier. Most of the jobs have been going to immigrants and many of the jobs are part time and/or lower wage.

That is why consumer spending is down, 30 percent of millenials live with family, there is record food stamp use and hunger levels are starting to be reminiscent of the Great Depression.

From Zero Hedge May 3, 2015.

“Major U.S. Retailers Are Closing More Than 6,000 Stores”

“If the U.S. economy really is improving, then why are big U.S. retailers permanently shutting down thousands of stores?  The “retail apocalypse” that I have written about so frequently appears to be accelerating.  As you will see below, major U.S. retailers have announced that they are closing more than 6,000 locations, but economic conditions in this country are still fairly stable.  So if this is happening already, what are things going to look like once the next recession strikes?  For a long time, I have been pointing to 2015 as a major “turning point” for the U.S. economy, and I still feel that way.  And since I started The Economic Collapse Blog at the end of 2009, I have never seen as many indications that we are headed into another major economic downturn as I do right now.  If retailers are closing this many stores already, what are our malls and shopping centers going to look like a few years from now?

The list below comes from information compiled by About.com, but I have only included major retailers that have announced plans to close at least 10 stores.  Most of these closures will take place this year, but in some instances the closures are scheduled to be phased in over a number of years.  As you can see, the number of stores that are being permanently shut down is absolutely staggering…

180 Abercrombie & Fitch (by 2015)

75 Aeropostale (through January 2015)

150 American Eagle Outfitters (through 2017)

223 Barnes & Noble (through 2023)

265 Body Central / Body Shop

66 Bottom Dollar Food

25 Build-A-Bear (through 2015)

32 C. Wonder

21 Cache

120 Chico’s (through 2017)

200 Children’s Place (through 2017)

17 Christopher & Banks

70 Coach (fiscal 2015)

70 Coco’s /Carrows

300 Deb Shops

92 Delia’s

340 Dollar Tree/Family Dollar

39 Einstein Bros. Bagels

50 Express (through 2015)

31 Frederick’s of Hollywood

50 Fresh & Easy Grocey Stores

14 Friendly’s

65 Future Shop (Best Buy Canada)

54 Golf Galaxy (by 2016)

50 Guess (through 2015)

26 Gymboree

40 JCPenney

127 Jones New York Outlet

10 Just Baked

28 Kate Spade Saturday & Jack Spade

14 Macy’s

400 Office Depot/Office Max (by 2016)

63 Pep Boys (“in the coming years”)

100 Pier One (by 2017)

20 Pick ’n Save (by 2017)

1,784 Radio Shack

13 Ruby Tuesday

77 Sears

10 SpartanNash Grocery Stores

55 Staples (2015)

133 Target, Canada (bankruptcy)

31 Tiger Direct

200 Walgreens (by 2017)

10 West Marine

338 Wet Seal

80 Wolverine World Wide (2015 – Stride Rite & Keds)

So why is this happening?”

“The truth is that middle class U.S. consumers are tapped out.  Most families are just scraping by financially from month to month.  For most Americans, there simply is not a whole lot of extra money left over to go shopping with these days.

In fact, at this point approximately one out of every four Americans spend at least half of their incomesjust on rent

More than one in four Americans are spending at least half of their family income on rent – leaving little money left to purchase groceries, buy clothing or put gas in the car, new figures have revealed.

 

A staggering 11.25 million households consume 50 percent or more of their income on housing and utilities, according to an analysis of Census data by nonprofit firm, Enterprise Community Partners.

 

And 1.8 million of these households spend at least 70 percent of their paychecks on rent.

 

The surging cost of rental housing has affected a rising number of families since the Great Recession hit in 2007. Officials define housing costs in excess of 30 percent of income as burdensome.”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-02/major-us-retailers-are-closing-more-6000-stores

 

 

Big lies in US today are history repeating, Unemployment rate example, Gallup Jim Clifton criticized for calling unemployment rate big lie, Dictionary proves Clifton right, Nazis also gave false impressions in their big lies

Big lies in US today are history repeating, Unemployment rate example, Gallup Jim Clifton criticized for calling unemployment rate big lie, Dictionary proves Clifton right, Nazis also gave false impressions in their big lies

“Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it”…George Santayana?

“[I]n the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.”…Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

A few moments ago I was discussing current events with one of my good friends. This friend is an avid reader and taught college level literature years ago. I explained to him that a lie does not have to be intentional to be a lie. I then used the unemployment rate example. I next explained that there were 2 broad categories of lies. Intentional and unintentional.

A few moments later, a friend/acquaintance walked in. A chap from England who works at the university. He believed that a statement had to be intentional to be called a lie. I disagreed and pointed to a nearby dictionary.

I was shocked but not surprised.

Welcome to the age of Big Brother.

Websters New World College Dictionary

“The official dictionary of the Associated Press”
Lie definition (noun)

“anything that gives or is meant to give a false impression.”

Reported at Citizen Wells March 9, 2015.

From Fortune.com February 4, 2015.

“Is the unemployment rate really just a ‘Big Lie’?””Clifton explains, accurately, that the Labor Department counts someone as employed even if they are working part time but want a full time job. It also considers people who have no job and haven’t looked for one in the past four weeks as “not in the labor force,” rather than unemployed. Clifton continues:There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”

“The unemployment rate isn’t a “Big Lie.” It’s simply one statistic among many that we use to judge the health of the economy.”

http://citizenwells.com/2015/03/09/fortune-com-attacks-gallup-ceo-jim-clifton-unemployment-rate-is-big-lie-try-reporting-truth-use-dictionary-feb-2015-jobs-report-from-fortune-looks-like-a-lie-to-me-god-bless-clifton/

Clearly, since the unemployment rate gives a false impression, it is a lie according to the dictionary.

You have seen these quotes.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”…Joseph Goebbels

“Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially not insofar
as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent.”
… Adolf Hitler

Were these lies?

Jews in the Lodz Ghetto were told they were being resettled.

Deportation-from-Lodz-595x396

They were, right?

“In fact it was a all a complete lie, designed to facilitate the conduct of the deportations with as little trouble as possible. So far in 1942 over 44,000 people had been deported – see Lodz statistics – and every single one of them had made the 60km railway trip to Chelmno and been gassed the next day, bar the very few who were needed in the work groups to bury the dead.”

http://ww2today.com/12th-april-1942-nazi-lie-ensures-jewish-co-operation

They were given a false impression.

Do you believe that was not a lie?

 

 

Confirmation of NC employment big lie, 5.4 percent unemployment and job growth touted, Reality is 4.5 plummet in participation rate, Greensboro area first in nation in hunger, 5.6 percent drop in percent of population employed, Immigrants got jobs

Confirmation of NC employment big lie, 5.4 percent unemployment and job growth touted, Reality is 4.5 plummet in participation rate, Greensboro area first in nation in hunger, 5.6 percent drop in percent of population employed, Immigrants got jobs

“The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job in North Carolina increased by 313,000 from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while the number of working-age natives with a job declined by 32,000 over the same time.”…Center for Immigration Studies Aug 2014

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“In February 2015 there were 43,000 fewer white Americans employed, 354,000 more not in the labor force, 96,000 more employed and we added 295,000 jobs? Was Common Core math used?”…Citizen Wells

 

 

Smoke and mirrors may work for a while.

But sooner or later the smoke will dissipate.

Mirrors develop cracks.

So it is with the lies about the economy and jobs.

Just as in the US, the lies about the economy and jobs in NC will come to light.

From Citizen News April 24, 2015.

“The BLS reports a 5.4 percent unemployment rate for NC in March 2015.

The NC Dept. of Commerce reports a 5.4 percent unemployment rate for NC in March 2015.

The Charlotte Observer also reports a 5.4 percent unemployment rate for NC in March 2015.

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose a notch to 5.4 percent in March as tens of thousands of people entered the labor force in search of work.

The Labor and Economic Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Tuesday that the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in February. A year ago, the state’s unemployment rate stood at 6.4 percent.”

“No mention of the fact that the NC labor force participation rate has plummeted 4.5 percent since January 2009 when Obama took office.”

Read more:

http://citizenwells.net/2015/04/24/nc-unemployment-rate-big-lie-bls-and-nc-commerce-dept-report-5-4-percent-march-2015-charlotte-observer-media-repeat-lie-no-mention-of-4-5-percent-plummet-in-participation-rate/

Now for the truth.

The NC labor force participation rate has plummeted 4.5 percent since January 2009 when Obama took office.

The employment to population rate has plummeted 5.6 percent since the Democrats took control of both US houses in Jan 2007.

From the Greensboro News Record April 18, 2015.

“Another poll has ranked the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area as among the hungriest in the country.

Only this time, the Gallup poll commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center in 2014 ranks the area No. 1 for people who had difficulties securing food, based on a percentage of the total population.

North Carolina placed eighth overall, with Mississippi at the top of the rankings. Louisiana was second, followed by West Virginia.”

http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/greensboro-high-point-top-nationwide-hunger-list/article_88828c52-e568-11e4-9b5b-db55afd7f635.html

From the Center for Immigration Studies August 2014.

“Who Got the Jobs in North Carolina?”

“Natives accounted for most of the growth in population, but all employment growth went to immigrants”

Among the findings:

  • The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job in North Carolina increased by 313,000 from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while the number of working-age natives with a job declined by 32,000 over the same time.
  • The fact that all of the long-term net gain in employment among the working-age went to immigrants is striking because natives accounted for 61 percent of the increase in the total size of the state’s working-age population.
  • In the first quarter of this year, only 64 percent of working-age natives in the state held a job. As recently as 2000, 74 percent of working-age natives in North Carolina were working.
  • Because the native working-age population in North Carolina grew significantly, but the share working actually fell, there were 720,000 more working-age natives not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000 — a 56 percent increase.

Read more:

http://cis.org/all-north-carolina-employment-growth-since-2000-went-to-immigrants