Marketplace for Monday June 2, 2014

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House Select Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing On Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
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Carbon must be reduced by some baseline, and the EPA has settled on the year 2005. We look at how 2005 gives utilities a head start in meeting carbon reductions that in fact are pretty immediate. Plus, the NSA is collecting a huge number of photos and is relying heavily on software to complete their facial recognition project. We take a look at efforts to develop that software, how good is it right now and how much effort is going into perfecting it. We also ask, to what extent have commercial developers done the NSA's work for them? Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't count those jobless for 27 weeks or more as unemployed if they haven't looked for work in four weeks. Wait, what? They're still unemployed. Why not count them? We investigate into the question and uncover whose came up with this practice and why.
Jim Bankoff of Vox Media speaks onstage with Eric Eldon at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013.

Vox CEO Jim Bankoff on which numbers matter

"We like to tell our people that they should be data-informed as opposed to data-driven."
Posted In: Vox, Jim Bankoff, CEOs, #numberslie

A revision to the revision

An economic indicator gets revised twice in the span of three hours.
Grumpy Cat

Facial Recognition: From the NSA to Facebook to Vegas

How good is facial recognition and who's driving it?
EPA Admin Gina McCarthy Announces New Regulations Under Obama's Climate Action Plan

We're already halfway toward the EPA's new CO2 limits

That's the good news. Less good: The next half is the hard part.
Posted In: EPA, pollution, regulations

China's economic boom leaves a trail of ghost cities

A growth model focused on GDP has left hundreds of Chinese cities nearly empty.
Posted In: China, ghost towns, #numberslie
Author Gillian Flynn.

Gillian Flynn on the economics behind 'Gone Girl'

We're asking authors about the numbers that inspire them.
Posted In: authors, literature, Gone Girl, Big Book, Gillian Flynn, #numberslie
Radio cat

An excuse for cat pictures all month

Marketplace Datebook for Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Posted In: cat photos

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