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RickyB
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I'm ashamed to say I got two wrong. One tho I kinda knew when I picked that it could be the other one.

http://pewresearch.org/newsiq/quiz/index.php

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Redskullvw
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Got the unemployment rate wrong. Its edging towards 10% here, and we usually lag several months behind everyone else. Plus I had just read about unemployment in California, so I guess I incorrectly got the impression things are really bad.

Yep April was 8.9%- near historical norms, amazing we consider this to be unemployment on a Depression scale.

Then again about half the people who took the tests only got 53% of the questions right. No wonder the media is frothing at the mouth.

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I missed 1, but I'm comforted that it was the hardest one on the test. And I totally rocked my age group! I'm among the very smartest of the stupid young kids!
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I missed 2 and 5, and *might* have gotten #9 right only because I saw Red's post before I took the quiz. But I kind of guessed on some others. (I'm embarrassed at the two I missed, really.)
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I got 7 & 8 wrong, even though I knew #7 was "Ford" I put "all of the above" for some reason I will never fully understand
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I got 5, 9 and 12 wrong (Geithner's job, unemployment, and who the chairman of the fed Reserve is (I had a 50/50 stab at the last one). My excuse is that I'm not American [Smile] I'd never even heard of Geithner before - or if I had the name hadn't stuck in my mind.
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I missed two also - one because the quiz is wrong

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data

and the other because I suck at names.

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Lina Inverse
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I got 7, 9, and 12 wrong (emergency auto loans, national unemployment rate, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board).
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Missed 8 and 11, the two most missed in my age group. I could have sworn the Dow was over 10,000.

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Missed Geitner and the number of U.S. casualties in Iraq. Put me at the 69 percentile.

Looks like we're bringing up the average, though. [Smile]

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Missed #12.
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Kuato
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I'd have been embarrassed if I didn't get them all right. But, I did.
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100%. I guess it pays to wallow in online news trivia while sitting on conference calls half of the day.
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Kuato
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Yep, what shall we do with our jackpot?
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Put it all on Ford.
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Kuato
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no no noooo, Bank of America
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RickyB
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I missed the Iraq (the one I knew I may well be wrong... really did taper off lately, despite explosions here and there), and the Dow.
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I got Iraq wrong as well.

I don't feel particularly well informed. That's sad.

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Jeez, buck up. You're all more knowledgeable and aware than most people I know, and most people I know think they pay close attention.
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Adam Masterman
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Missed one (Geichtner). It strikes me that a week of NPR would give one all of these stats; besides Ornery and following links now and then, its my only source of news. I think of myself as average-ly informed (is that a word? meh); I'm a little chagrined that there are people who don't know that Afghanistan and Pakistan share a border. I mean, its not like a trivial fact; its been the major military frustration in that entire conflict. Oy vey.

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Greg Davidson
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Was wrong on Iraq - and I did hesitate on that.

But not as wrong as Redskullvw regarding 8.9% unemployment being near historical norms. First of all, for most of the past century we used a different indicator of unemployment, a measure that currently is running over 13%. Second, 8.9% isn't near historical norms under either measure

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Kuato
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Yeah, I knew that but I also knew that the polls wouldn't have adjusted the indicators properly.
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I only got eight, which I'm going to pretend is the fault of my foreignness and not a sign that I've started paying less attention [Smile]
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I got 8, 10 and 12 wrong. I am going to blame them on being cut off from any news sources that aren't ala carte. [Smile]
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I got 7 and 9 wrong. That was a hard question because I thought it was around 10%. My years of watching price is right made me choose 12 instead of 8.
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Greg

Ok i'll rephrase, for most of my life inflation was at 7-8%, with the exception being the Clinton years when the definitional formula was changed to make the unemployment rate seem like 5%. Whatever the formula used, it has been at 7-8% all along.

I tend to agree with LR's formulation that shows it at near 20% using the old standard,

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Redskullvw
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And again 8.9% acording to the government. I did however side more with LR because I considered the rate to be higher
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I got them all right, but I had to make educated guesses on

#6 (country that holds the most U.S. government debt; China seemed like the only reasonable choice)
#7 (automaker that didn't get loans; I knew it was either Ford or none of them, but I wasn't positive that Ford didn't get any money)
#9 (unemployment rate; wasn't sure if it was closer to 8% or 12%)
#11 (U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq; I knew it was at least 4,000 but wasn't sure about which of the last two choices it was closest to)

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Kuato
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I am waiting for mr KE- King of Spelling - to test himself and report.
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12 of 12 right, but I pay attention to details. I also got lucky on #11.

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12/12.
Almost missed the unemployment - b/c I have looked at the Shadow stats website and know we are over 10%, but I also know the spin is saying we're still under 10%, so I changed it to 8% after thinking through.

Like most tests, it's best to read into what they want to hear and ignore the "right answer".

God forbid I ever have a Psych profile done… [Embarrassed]

I've been busier with work lately, so reading less news online these days. However, surprisingly, I managed that 12/12 from a steady diet of Ornery, Jeff Rense, and Freedom-force.org's unfiltered news. I almost never read any MSM unless it’s linked from one of those 3 sites.

Oh, and I've traded up from Howard Stern to NPR lately - sad to say I'm getting older.

[ June 02, 2009, 12:35 PM: Message edited by: Colin JM0397 ]

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12/12

I guessed on Iraq.

And people who don't have a job don't want one bad enough. All you have to do is move to Houston!

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Well, then, moving to Houston will solve both the current economic woes and solve Texan desire to secede (if they too will move to Houston).
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Wrong on 11 and 12, but yea it seems the people on Ornery are a bit more informed.
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