Archive | 27 August 2011

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What Does the Data Say?

Intrigued to see this article from George Mason professor Jon Entine about the reporting on “fracking”, the process that is in vogue for harvesting the vast natural gas reserves in shale buried deep under large areas of Pennsylvania and other states. The accusations are basically that the media would rather publish non-peer reviewed work against […]

Is America’s Databook About to Die?

Saddened to come across this piece by Robert J. Samuelson (HT: Messiah librarian and friend Beth Transue) about the impending death of the “Statistical Abstract of the United States”. The abstract (available, and searchable, online here) makes publicly available all sorts of data from the Census Bureau. Unfortunately, it looks like the Abstract will be […]