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What Happened to the OMB Website??? What happened to the OMB Data???

Saturday, February 18, 2017 17:49
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I read recently that some nutty paranoid climate scientists spent the early days of January frantically downloading satellite data and other climate records from the web sites of NASA, NOAA, and so on. They thought Trump would erase all the data. I sort of smirked. Nut cases, I said. 
But wait . . . . Today I decided to update a blog post I wrote in 2011, “How Budget Optimism Helped Dig the Hole We are In.” That post looked at past growth projections—say, the growth projections for 2008 that were used in drafting the 2005 budget—and showed that they were on balance overoptimistic. I downloaded the data from the OMB website back in 2011. A quick and rather trivial bit of analysis, to be sure.
But today when I went to the OMB website, all the data were gone. Gone!!! Here is what the OMB website looks like right now (that is, what it looked like as I wrote this, at 7:08 pm EDT on Feb . 18, 2017). No data!
Here is what the website looked like a year ago today, courtesy of the “wayback machine” from The stuff I was looking for is all there: See the “analytical perspectives” tab? See the “historical tables” tab? See the “supplemental materials” tab? All those tabs work. They take you to those documents and table as they looked a year ago, that is, to the versions archived by the wayback machine way back in February 2016.  But if you try the actual link to the tables that I embedded in by 2011 post, all you get is a message that says, “Thank you for your interest in this subject. Stay tuned as we continue to update” Try the link. See if that is what you get. 
So what is going on? Where is my data? Am I in the Twilight zone? Am I in 1984? Help!
Those climate science “nut cases” are beginning to look like the smart ones.


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