Were I President of the United States of America.
And, I had in my possession a foreign national who had just attempted to murder three hundred or so innocent people on an airplane over the city of Detroit, Michigan, and some other number of hundreds on the ground below.
And, I believed that this individual had information that might enable me to save the life of just one American citizen.
I would personally flick my Bic underneath that bastard's testicles.
And, after a few minutes when the crying and puking let up a little, I'd ask just one question,
"Son, is there anything at all you can think of right now, that I might like to know?"
"Take your time."
"I got all day."
Does this make me a bad person?
Reflecting .................... Reflecting .................... Still Reflecting .................... Done
The first two charts are from articles written in 2008.
Click the chart, go to the article.
This one is pretty simple, if the dow is at 10400 and gold is at 1120, the ratio is 10,400/1120= 9.2875
We've had highs around 42, and lows near 1.
This one is short and sweet, if you're short on time, click below.
There are quite a few sites referencing this chart with everything from embedded interviews with Professor Shiller who developed the chart to third party analyses.
I link my favorite here because the writer uses the phrase "Congressional Moron" repeatedly
WASHINGTON, September 29, 1999 In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders.
The action, which will begin as a pilot program involving 24 banks in 15 markets -- including the New York metropolitan region -- will encourage those banks to extend home mortgages to individuals whose credit is generally not good enough to qualify for conventional loans. Fannie Mae officials say they hope to make it a nationwide program by next spring.
The Treasury Department said it has removed the $400 billion cap on the money it will provide to keep beleaguered mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac afloat. The news followed an announcement Thursday that the CEOs of Fannie and Freddie could get paid as much as $6 million for 2009, despite the companies' dismal performances this year.
Already, taxpayers have shelled out $111 billion to the pair, and a senior Treasury official said losses are not expected to exceed the government's estimate this summer of $170 billion over 10 years.
The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.
Average compensation by industry
I've been reading Adam Hamilton's Zeal Essays almost from the beginning of this fine site.
The charts can be a struggle in the beginning for anyone not using mathematics, or charting on a daily basis.
But, Zeal consistently offers clear language in explaining both their ideas and their charts.
Clicking on the chart will take you to the essay from which it was taken.