Topic: Today’s Visual

Today’s Visual: Is Rome Burning?

When in Rome, Run Like Hell! That might be prudent advice to politicians, investors, and Italian citizens these days, as the financial crisis threatens to overtake the world’s eight largest economy. I imagine that you’ve gotten pretty tired of hearing about the “Greek crisis.” Well, you may want to prepare yourself for a much bigger Italian tragedy that could unfold in the coming months. This isn’t just a matter of concern for central bankers, Euro-crats, and hedge fund managers. American … Read More

Today’s Visual: Stop & Frisks Booming

Stop & Frisks in NYC by Race

After reading a new report from the New York Civil Liberties Union, I’m no longer surprised that Jessica doesn’t trust the NYPD. According to the report, the number of so-called “Stop & Frisks” has increased 130% from 2004 to 2011 (while the city’s population increased less than 2%). Close to 85% of those stopped were Black or Latino. Equally frighteningly, only 10% of these encounters led to an arrest or summons: in other words, 9 out of 10 New Yorkers … Read More

Today’s Visual: Walmart, Ever Fatter

Wall-Mart still

Sometimes a good visual is the simplest way to illuminate an argument or frame a complex situation. I run across a lot in school these days, and I’m going to try to make a habit of sharing the most compelling ones here. My hope is that you’ll find these bite-sized, information-packed morsels useful, be they over drinks with like-minded friends or on Facebook with reactionary relatives. Today’s, from Flowing Data, describes the proliferation of Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs across the … Read More