Month: June 2009

THE Unemployment Rate – Conclusion

In the 3rd and final article in this series we’ll examine the national unemployment rate by various demographic factors. Earlier we had seen how widely the unemployment rate varied by state and yet while all states have had increases in…

Funny TV Graphics

Today, June 22 2009 on Good Morning America Dianne Sawyer interviewed 3 people on President Obama’s health team (one of them Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius). When they got to the issue of cost Dianne pointed to…

Voinovich PacMan

On June 10, 2009 Senator Voinovich (R-Ohio) gave a presentation to the Senate about our fiscal budget problem. To underscore just how much money the government is spending he used pacman as a visual metaphor. Below is a snippet pulled…

THE Unemployment Rate (part 1)

The United States is the 3rd largest country in the world by population. With a population of about 300 million people it is only slightly smaller than the populations of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain combined, which…

My School Is Worse Than Yours – Conclusion

In December 2004 the Seattle Post Intelligencer ran an article titled “State slips behind in school spending” subtitled “Administrators release study, call for Legislature to act.” In previous articles we examined two of the statistics quoted in that article, specifically,…

Gore’s Graph Done Right

Thanks in large part to Al Gore’s book we’ve all seen the graphs showing temperature and CO2 levels for the last 600,000+ years (reproduced below). For many people today the image below serves as the iconic image of global warming.…