Consumer debt is down, though nobody knows whether that’s a sign of changing consumer habits or changing banker habits. (related article)
Many middle eastern countries have a large percentage of young people in the population. Compare this to the United States, where it is easier for our politicians to ignore the voice of the young (most of the time).
Combine this with high unemployment, and you’re going to have political problems no matter how autocratic you are:
Here are some interactive tools to let you explore the President’s recent budget proposal, where that money comes from, and where it goes. First, from the Washington Post, a look at 30 years of budgets: Revenue is on the left, expenses on the right; click on any box to see the percentage change since 1981; bars are colored by the president’s party.
Next, a more detailed treemap from the NYT, but only covering the 2012 values and change from 2010.
Cross-country financial and trade exposures are hard to visualize, but this interactive network diagram from the Washington Post is a good attempt. And the sovereign spread sparklines at the bottom are a nice addition.
I somehow missed catching this when it came out in December.
A very cool look at the cost and popularity of gadgets since the 1980s – covering phones, computers, TV, video, and audio. You can clearly see the “digital revolution” start around 2000, killing off earlier technologies; it’s also interesting to see the cost of any gizmo fall over time (the circles get smaller). By Alicia Parlapiano for the Washington post. (related article)
Maps of who commutes using public transport, and who has to get up before 7am to make it to work (an odd metric, no?). Related story.
Part of a multi-part Washington Post Investigation. Each dot represents a death; word clouds illustrate information on the circumstances, sentencing, and other details.
Five-part interactive explanation of quantitative easing. My favorite part: “The Fed will likely buy $100s of billions of Treasury bonds using money that it creates out of thin air”
A nice animated/annotated series of charts explaining the output gap and its effects on unemployment.
A very well done interactive of how people will be affected by the expiration of the 2001/03 tax breaks, as well as a what Obama is proposing.
Includes the recent $26 billion state aid package. Related article.
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