# News CIA releases 2005 World Factbook

1. Jun 10, 2005

### hitssquad

The 2005 edition of the CIA World Factbook has recently been released.
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/

The U.S. economy is still listed as "the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world," but the Factbook shows it has boomed to a total of ~12 trillion dollars and a per-capita GDP of $40,100. http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/us.html#Econ Only Luxembourg — a small, financial-services economy — is listed as having a higher per-capita GDP. http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html Last edited by a moderator: Apr 21, 2017 2. Jun 10, 2005 ### Pengwuino Whys the CIA world factbook so popular in discussions on both sides? Seems like the CIA woudl be the last source of information for some people on this forum... 3. Jun 10, 2005 ### whozum Or the world for that matter. 4. Jun 10, 2005 ### hitssquad I think it is because the CIA compiles the Factbook from independent sources and therefore has nothing to do with creation of the raw data. It simply serves as a handy compendium of national data and rankings. 5. Jun 10, 2005 ### Art Still puzzled where they optained their data for India's GDP of$3,100 vs the Indian gvts $600 per capita on the earlier thread 6. Jun 10, 2005 ### hitssquad The$3,100 is from the GDP-PPP method. The ~$600 is from the GDP-CER method. 7. Jun 12, 2005 ### Big Papa CIA not as informed as Norm Chomski Radio Free Maine is the placeto find the most informed stuff over the CIA. The CIA gets it's stuff in bulk. People like Norm Chomski get people from all around the world to send pacific newspaper articles and then he tell s the truth. 8. Jun 12, 2005 ### loseyourname Staff Emeritus Yet he can't seem to get the truth out about how his name is spelled. 9. Jun 12, 2005 ### Art Just curious but was Maine really a former penal colony as you mentioned in another thread? 10. Jun 12, 2005 ### Big Papa who cares Who cares if my spelling is bad? That doesn't mean what I type isn't true. What are you some sort of Jerk who has to think if someone mispells they aren't telling the truth? You need to conduct historical research before calling other people liars. I've spent years studying so much infomation I'm not going to waste time trying to get the exact spelling correct just so you can say, " Oh he must be telling the truth because his grammar is 100% correct!" Howard Zinn. How is that? I spelled his name right. So am I wrong about Norm but right on Howard Zinn? By the way Roger Liesner who video tapes Norm lives right here in Augusta, So it's not like I don't get the video tapes hot off the press. AS for the other gentleman yes Maine used to be a penal colony. During the French and Indian war or the seven years war, French prisoners were incarerated here. Then people from England came over for the same thing. Like up in Presque Isle or around there there is a town that is full of Daigle's. In Jefferson it's Peaslee or Peasle ( two brothers got into a fight and one changed his name.) Brann and etc. It's like people are so affraid to fight each other because if someone gets killed at the funnel the other relatives are like,"You killed the wrong cousin and it doesn't matter if you didn't know then you were related!" When Massachusetts owned this area, it was still a penal colony. AFter it became a State it had over 60 mental institutions. So when people found out someone was Gay they sent them to Maine. Augusta just built a huge Mental hospital that according to nurses is like a 5 star hotel. The grounds of the Former mental hospital, next door is huge. It also used to be an Arsenal. So yeah, all the decendents of all the penal residents, the mental cases, the gay people all intermixed and throughout the generations came out a certain breed. That's why they hate people from out of state like myself. I've been here since 1991 and people still have not considered be a Mainer, but a "M*******." In fact after the Ameriocan Revolutionary war, not all those loyal to the crown when to Canada. Like Mc Cain bought up potato fields. Then expanded out to other States (with Mc Cain french fries, does that sound familiar.) So we in fact have a caste system in place. Then we still have people that talk with the thick accent. You know it sounds like a cross between old english and someone talking with food in thier mouth. So yes Maine used to be a penal colony, and today only has a population of 1.2 million people. But at least a person can rent a room for$80 a week in the capital and go to college for really cheap.

11. Jun 12, 2005

### Art

Thanks for the information Big Papa.. It's interesting. I believe Stephen King sets a lot of his horror stories around Maine so when you mentioned it was a former penal colony and home for the insane I wondered if that was where he got his inspiration from.

12. Jun 12, 2005

### Big Papa

actually it's funny you mentioned mr.King. The president of Maccomber FArr and Whitten Insurance on One Market place in Downtown Augusta was college roomates with King. In fact His name is John Finnagan. King used his name in the book the Stand. He made him out to be a hydro plant engineer I think. It was something like that. He can get away with that because John Finnagan doesn't know anything about that stuff. He and his twin brother who is he head of the Maine Stae housing Authority play in a band called HillBrook. ( They got the name from passinga senior citizens home somewhere when debating the name of the band.) They are always booked up straight thru the Summer. So like King they both play musical instruments. King was always a writer but I won't tell you what type of stuff he wrote to help pay his way in College!

13. Jun 12, 2005

### loseyourname

Staff Emeritus
Come on, it was funny. I made no evaluation of the truth of your claims. Still, his name is Noam, not Norm. If you lightened up for half a second, I'm sure you'd find that funny.

14. Jun 13, 2005

### GENIERE

Following Big Papa's logic, Australia must have an insane number of mental institutions, although...

Maine’s continuing leftward drift makes me sense a correlation with socialism. I wonder what the per capita number of asylums in France, Germany, and Sweden is as compared to… Texas? Perhaps the number of psychoanalysts would be a better indicator? Is depression a liberal thing or does it also occur in the normal individual? Can we replace polling data with inkblot tests?

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15. Jun 13, 2005

### hitssquad

The universal acceptance of the CIA World Factbook as reliable

The World Factbook is not same thing as the CIA. The World Factbook is in competition with neither Radio Free Maine nor Noam Chomsky. The World Factbook is well-known as a source of raw data used by countless American leftwing political activists including communist professors and communist grad students of sociology and anthropology. If you ask Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, they will undoubtedly both affirm that they study the World Factbook, trust it, and use it as a source for figures in their analyses.

Did you know that The Northern Virginia Green Party recommends that people use the Cia World Factbook as a reference?
http://novagreens.org/resources.html

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The Montgomery County Green Party also uses it as a source for data:
http://www.zounds.net/greens/MCGreens_Iraq.html [Broken]

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All other data (except where noted) from the CIA World Factbook.
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16. Jun 13, 2005

### Pengwuino

How does a little fact book with population numbers and land area become a political spin tool lol. Guess ill have to look at it a lil more

17. Jun 13, 2005

### Pengwuino

We republicans call it not having enough firearms! Some, more serious cases of depression however, are called being a pansy. :rofl: :rofl:

18. Jun 13, 2005

### Pengwuino

Just to make a note, you assume the CIA lies and assume this Chomski individual tells the truth. Saying he gets his information from specific newspaper articles from unevaluated sources does not mean hes telling the truth.

19. Jun 13, 2005

### Art

Big Papa I read the Stand years ago and thought the first 3/4 of the book was excellent. The last quarter was disappointing. It was almost as if King was rushing it to meet a deadline. With regard to comments following your earlier post I believe the compulsion to correct people on irrelevant points of fact, grammar or spelling is a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? I think I spelled it correctly

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20. Jun 13, 2005

### Art

http://www.mhca.com.au/Public/AboutMentalHealth/Statistics.html

I'm not sure that a comparison of per capita / asylums would be valid because according to this report linked below a lot of the insane in Texas are incarcerated in the penal system rather than treated in asylums. http://www.mhatexas.org/FullHoggReport [Broken]
As for depression in liberals, I believe there is a direct correlation between the election of a Republican government and the incidence of depression in liberals. Further research will probably show a corresponding inverse relationship for Republicans when a Democrat sits in the Whitehouse.

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