Is it the sign of the last few years of hiding the truth http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=26238&perpage=6&pagenumber=2 "Santa Claus rally and more new highs! Dec 24 2003 (from today's Hotline) Commerce Department data confirmed the incredible 8.2% 3Q GDP growth, providing the Christmas cheer to move NYSE indices to further highs. Consumer spending and sentiment both were announced and very positive, giving added confirmation to investor optimism. Year end often sees a market rally, as bonuses and dividends are invested, but after the strong ...[Subscribe to read more] " "INCREDIBLE" to say the least. It's much easier for Gov today to use "stats" than in the old days (as you will see they didn't need medias to invent virtual reality ) "The value of shares in the Louisiana, or Mississippi stock, had fallen very rapidly, and few indeed were found to believe the tales that had once been told of the immense wealth of that region. A last effort was therefore tried to restore the public confidence in the Mississippi project. For this purpose, a general conscription of all the poor wretches in Paris was made by order of government. Upwards of six thousand of the very refuse of the population were impressed, as if in time of war, and were provided with clothes and tools to be embarked for New Orleans, to work in the gold mines alleged to abound there. They were paraded day after day through the streets with their pikes and shovels, and then sent off in small detachments to the out-ports to be shipped for America. Two-thirds of them never reached their destination, but dispersed themselves over the country, sold their tools for what they could get, and returned to their old course of life. In less than three weeks afterwards, one-half of them were to be found again in Paris. The manoeuvre, however, caused a trifling advance in Mississippi stock. Many persons of superabundant gullibility believed that operations had begun in earnest in the new Golconda, and that gold and silver ingots would again be found in France."