Thursday, April 4, 2013

Garbage In, Garbage Out

The following chart shows real annualized total public construction spending on sewage and waste disposal per capita (February 2013 dollars).

Click to enlarge.

I know this sounds crazy, but ever since yesterday on the road, I've been seeing this shape. Shaving cream, pillows. Dammit! I know this. I know what this is! This means something. This is important. - Roy Neary, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977

See Also:
Wikipedia: Garbage in, garbage out

Source Data:
St. Louis Fed: Custom Chart


Troy said...

yup, 2005-2011

crazy times with the core crazy centered in 2008, a year that certainly did not disappoint.

blue is consumer debt per PAYEM

red is gov't debt (ex-Fed) per PAYEM

by way of comparison, here's Japan per-worker government debt:

Wrong movie, but 'We're gonna need a bigger chart . . .'

Troy said...

One more, that's federal student loans.

In the Milton Bradley game of Life, to go to college requires taking out two promissory notes, and must pay $500 on each for every Pay Day square reached.

On the Day of Reckoning, each Promissory Note costs $25,000 to liquidate.


I was able to get out of college with $0 debt, thanks to working on-campus 30-40 hrs a week at $15 an hour (2012 dollars).

TJandTheBear said...

Yes, the garbage indicator. Less trash means less economic activity.

That wasn't sleeping gas; the birds are DEAD.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Troy & TJandTheBear,

There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? - Elaine Dickinson, Airplane!, 1980