"Behind the curtain and nearly un-reported was this boring July 31 news release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Dept. of Commerce: NATIONAL INCOME AND PRODUCT ACCOUNTS GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: SECOND QUARTER 2009 (ADVANCE ESTIMATE) COMPREHENSIVE REVISION: 1929 THROUGH FIRST QUARTER 2009... Gee, why? No answer. Gee, why now? No answer. Permit me to make a cynical conjecture: All the data have been revised and their components re-weighted so that the likely path of this 2009-2012 recovery will appear more dramatic for the election purposes of the Democratic Party. The Bush-bits will be shown as worse than before and the Obama-bits will then resemble nothing so much as the Obamassiah himself - transcendent." http://sayingnicedoggie.blogspot.com/2009/08/fake-statistics-for-spectacular.html Climategate has made us privy to what happens when scientists have the opportunity to "adjust" data. I'm going to assume this revision is horse manure politics until proven otherwise.