July 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
On the same day, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post published graphics highlighting tough choices the federal government would need to make if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by Aug. 2: The U.S. would need to decide which bills to pay and which to skip. The Wall Street Journal’s graphic is above and the Washington Post’s is below.
The Washington Post also published an interactive graphic in which the user can chose which federal bills to pay with the limited funds that would be available.
Both publications turned to a recent analysis by the Bipartisan Policy Center, which estimated daily receipts and payments based on publicly available data from daily Treasury statements. The report provides specificity that brings home what this crisis could mean for our country.
June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
Nothing out of the ordinary here. Just wanted to share a source for production and reserves of various commodities:
This is the source of the Wall Street Journal graphic above.
June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Many nations have created sovereign wealth funds to make huge investments in stocks, real estate, bonds and other financial instruments. This investment power frequently makes headlines. Above is a chart that appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal highlighting the sovereign wealth funds of middle eastern nations. Note the source: the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. These guys offer current, accurate rankings of the sovereign wealth funds around the world for free on their website. More detailed information requires a subscription.
May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
The National Weather Service posts readings from river flood gauges to its Web site every 15 minutes. You can download the files as KMZ or SHP files to build your own maps. Below, an example of a map from the Wall Street Journal using this data.
You can also download the readings from individual flood gauges to build charts showing when flood waters will crest at a particular location.
Example from the Wall Street Journal
March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
When China officially became the world’s second-largest economy last month, the Wall Street Journal ran this chart, which shows the world economy way back to 1820. Before seeing this data, I hadn’t imagined you could show Gross Domestic Product figures so far into the past. That’s because I hadn’t discovered the work of late economist Angus Maddison, a world scholar of quantitative macroeconomic history and the go-to source for historical GDP figures. His statistics stretch to 1 AD and are presented in purchasing power parity, a GDP calculation that adjusts for differences in wages and prices among economies.
Following is a link to his data:
And to the University of Groningen page dedicated to him:
November 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
This Wall Street Journal infographic (made by Maryanne Murray) on how calories are converted into fat is an instant classic. Click on the image for a larger version.
Below is the link to the story on wsj.com