The next best thing to lying
The U.S. economy is teetering further on the edge of recession, with revised numbers showing economic growth clocking in at an anemic rate at the end of 2012.
We're at the dimly lit corner of Evidence and Opinion here. On the one hand, there's data: the stuff we collect, or monitor the collection of, so we can draw reasonably consistent conclusions from it. On the other are the conclusions themselves: what the data mean, or ought to mean, in the context of real life. And whatever the pesky facts, we're all entitled to our own opinions about them -- at least, that's the core of the whole "marketplace of ideas" thing that we can trace back to Milton or Mill or whoever.
There comes the occasional time, though, when the sanctity of opinion runs up against a particularly nasty outcrop of fact:
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