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10/4/11

Annals of statistical bullshit, Peru Madre de Dios gold production edition

The August metals production figures for Peru mining were published today and along with the normal datadump type stuff, your author's red flags were unfurled by the production figures for Peru's ecological disaster zone Madre de Dios (MDD) region because WE ARE OBVIOUSLY BEING BULLSHITTED HERE. Here's the chart:


  • Note October 2010, which until today was the winningmost production month in MDD's history. That month, according to the official Ministry of Energy and Mining figures, MDD produced 2,453,545 grams of gold.
  • Now August 2011, in which according to the official Ministry of Energy and Mining figures MDD produced 2,453,545 grams of gold.

You gotta be shittin' me, dudes! The exact same number, down to the very last gram, and both the biggest ever production months out of MDD? I thought my database on this must be wrong, so I went back to the old MEM data and checked but sure enough, October 2010's production was exactly, to the gram(!) the same as August 2011.

Will the lying bastards in government please stand up?