Originally from PCRM, but I link to the NYT commentary below. Farm subsidies are a joke. Actually, almost all subsidies are a joke, now that I think about it.
A treemap of the jobs that the 1% are doing – showing a lot of variety. I wish there was more detail about the dataset source. The related article provides some anecdotal examples.
Enter your household income and see where you rank in 344 areas around the country:
There’s some interesting behind the scenes information on the news paper version here:
An elegant multi-indicator graphic from the NYT on income inequality and jobs. It’s disappointing that it took so long for the story of these trends to get traction in the media. (related article)
Four perfect graphs from the NYT (as usual) putting the debt crisis into perspective.
Thanks to Kanal Eliezer for sending in the link!
There’s a new study on the history of collegiate grade inflation. Fascinating stuff – particularly the difference in giving As in private vs public schools. Thanks to David Cramer for passing on the link!
The NYT analyzed word usage in 40 2011 commencement speeches. The results are largely what you would expect. However, the differences between private, public, and religious schools are kinda interesting. (related speeches)
Select your household type (married, kids, rooomies, etc) and view some summary statistics from the American Community Survey.
The backlog of mortgage delinquencies continues to stagnate after court rulings slowed the process in most states. The housing market won’t really be operating as a “market” for quite some time.
Very nice interactive chart of the history of Guantanamo prisoners, based on some excellent research by the New York Times and NPR. I could point out all the thoughtful design elements going on here, but you’ll figure it out (hint: move the slider on the timeline at the top).
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