We are not without resources here at the Chaliceblog.
CC, in fact, is close buds with an actual Bureau of Labor Statistics Economist. The only pagan economist she knows, Voodoo Economics jokes unwelcome.
Asked for comment on the Okrent/Krugman situation (and totally unaware that her answer would be blogged), CC's friend responded:
My first inclination was to respond "who
cares." Then I thought that was a bit too harsh so I thought of the more
studious but ultimately smarmy response; "we at BLS are used to having our
numbers manipulated." Ultimately I went with a "c'est la vie" response:
"Mon dieu...z people ze fight...la la...when there is z wine, life, love to
Heard it here first, kids.