Dept. of Animated Economics


An interesting animated infographic: "The Geography of a Recession." (Hat tip: Shawn Wilbur.)

NEXT: Alvin Toffler and Ayn Rand...

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  1. They're coming for you Nebraska.

    Resistance is futile!

    1. yeah what is up with that...with such resilience to recessions I wold think more people would actually live there.

  2. It does look like the country is being consumed by some insatiable purple beast.

    Good it be Grimace has "gone rogue" and is using his powers for evil instead of burger sales?

  3. By the way "good = could" and I do that a lot. Where words that sound alike I type one when I mean the other. Even when they're not really spelled similarly.

    Is there like a learning disorder type word for that, because I have it? Like a dyslexia type thing?

    1. Same first and last letter sounds and word substitution. Yes it is a possible sign of dyslexia.

      1. It must be mild though, since I can spot it once I re-read it.

        Is there like a dyslexia that doesn't affect your reading comprehension but affects your writing when writing quickly?

        1. I was told there are degrees to it. Reading comprehension can actually increase if the passages are not nuanced or complex due to skipping words, or some people can struggle with everything from direction to word recognition. I'm far from an expert.

          Recognizing things later can be a function of age and training yourself to catch the errors. At least that is what I was told.

  4. Thread jack. Check this out. Huckabe is done.

    Huckabee Granted Clemency to Man Wanted in Police Killings [Rich Lowry]

    Here (h/t Ben Smith tweet):

    Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing of four Lakewood police officers this morning, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.

    Nine years ago, then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee granted clemency to Clemmons, commuting his lengthy prison sentence over the protests of prosecutors.

    "This is the day I've been dreading for a long time," Larry Jegley, prosecuting attorney for Arkansas' Pulaski County said Sunday night when informed that Clemmons was being sought in connection to the killings.

    1. It was already known that he pressured the state parole board to grant parole to a guy who later raped a woman in Missouri. "God works in mysterious ways" or some similarly meaningless excuse will be the response among the religious right.

  5. Awesome!!!

    Reminds me of something from Outbreak or The Andromeda Strain.

  6. I got a liveleak link in an email to that. The use of a the darker purple makes it look all the worse. Hell it would look bad if the high side of the scale was a Hello Kitty pattern.

  7. California really looks bad. And of course the main bright spot is Washington, D.C.

    Thank you wasteful government spending!

  8. After all is said and done, one county in North Dakota starts out, slides, but regains position as the only county NOT to show employment decline. Why?

    Is its population around 400 or less? (most likely) Or does it have some tremendous story to tell?

    1. The cow went dry, they ate it (slip), then bought a new cow (recovery).

      It's freaking ND. There are barely 400 people in the state. Hell there might be counties with 3 people.

    2. To be fair Michigan did not change just went from purple to black.

      1. On a side note:

        This video is racist!

      2. That's only because black was the highest unemployment category chosen. If they had shown color gradations of unemployment beyond 10%, the pattern in Michigan would have continued showning a slide.

  9. It's interesting how the part that had the worst unemployment to start with were the places where liberals are in power... and it spreads from there. check out

    1. Mississippi?

  10. Was it just me imagining it, or did the map take an even sharper turn for the worst in January '09, when Obama got inaugurated?

  11. When did the minimum wage hikes take place? That's got to be driving at least some of the unemployment.

  12. I'm armed, and I'm gunnin' for Grimaces.

  13. Anyone else notice that the DC metro is a bright spot in Virginia/Maryland?

  14. What I find surprising is that Michigan actually started 2007 with a county or two in orange.

  15. This is the only way they could get CA and MI "in the black."

  16. And, Montana is looking better and better every day. Big Sky here I come.

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