Saturday, September 7, 2013

Charting the Mental Health of the Recovery

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Source Data:
BLS: Employment
St. Louis Fed: Population
Wikipedia: File:Straitjacket-rear.jpg


fried said...

Looks to my squinting eye as if 2001 kicked off a new wave of folks trying too hard to forget their troubles.
Let's see the bust, followed by the Bush "election" followed by 9/11, followed by war and more war. Some of the folks who were high on real estate also probably joined the club...and the unemployed,the underemployed and college grads carrying mega student loan debt.
Or, it was Heisenberg's blue meth what done it.

fried said...

Also, may I suggest another exponential trend failure for your consideration?
Friend has inherited a paid off house in a nice Jersey suburb (Clifton). Built mid-50s, nice landscaping, less than 2k feet. Looking to the property taxes are 24k a year.
Friend was thinking of Phoenix but canned that thought.
Why? Resurgent house prices? Nope. Water.
She had a chart with areas of the US where water availability is problematic now and likely to worsen.
Ever thought of looking at water?

Jazzbumpa said...

fried -

this aspect of water is very old news

it's been a known issue for 30 or 40 years


Stagflationary Mark said...


Ever thought of looking at water?

I linked to this article a few years back.

realOil, Water Are Volatile Mix in West

Energy Firms Buying River Rights Add to Competition for Scarce Resource

Stagflationary Mark said...

Forget the world "real" in that link. I'm using a Playstation 3 right now and its "paste" function is as buggy as its browser in general.

I used to think of quality when I'd think of Sony. Now, not so much.

Stagflationary Mark said...


it's been a known issue for 30 or 40 years

We've got a lot of 30-40 year known issues. I think the same could easily be said of this country's infrastructure in general. Sigh.