The man in the arena


Roosevelt x-ray“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; Continue reading

Metropolitan might

Dencity map


As Americans we place a lot of value on our wide open spaces and tend to ascribe values such as liberty and freedom to our ability to move around throughout this great country of ours.  We also marvel at our cities as centers of commerce, culture, and wealth – viewing them as icons of progress.   Continue reading

U.S. Congress wealth

Congress35.4x (3,537%)

If you’re a member of Congress, the past 25 years or so have been pretty good for you.  If you’re not a member of Congress – which is obviously most of the people in America – then you know all too well that the past two-and-a-half decades have been pretty rough for a lot of people.   Continue reading

Media consolidation

Media consolidation90%

Jason the genius behind Frugal Dad put together the impressive and insightful infographic below that details the state of media consolidation.  Broken down into six different categories – consolidation, television, news, radio, movies, and mergers – the facts aren’t pretty.   Continue reading

Largest bankruptcies

Largest bankruptcies$1.782 trillion

The infographic above is an oldie but goodie.  It came out a few weeks after General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy filing and maps out what are still to this date the 20 largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history.  The spectacular Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008 which took down one of the world’s largest and most respected financial institutions and $691 billion in pre-bankruptcy assets – still leads the list.   Continue reading

Occupy movement Internet interest

Occupy movement5.39%

According to Experian Hitwise (using the Experian Mosaic profiling system), 5.39% of the visitors to Occupy movement websites came from “Jet Set Urbanites.”  What is really interesting is that this was the largest contribution by any one of the segments and more than doubled the traffic coming from the “Colleges and Cafes” segment (2.80%).   Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving dinner248 million (248,000,000)

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. based readers!  For those of you who aren’t quite up to speed on the holiday, it stems from when the Pilgrims landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.  After a hard winter in which many people died and with assistance from local Native American tribes, 1621 was one of prosperity and to celebrate the bountiful harvest the Pilgrims held a three-day feast.   Continue reading

Girl power

Gender equality83%

On November 17 Fast Company published a fascinating article by Anya Kamenetz entitled “The Case For Girls” about the progress – and lack thereof – that has been made the world over in the pursuit of gender equality.  From a “statistic of the day” perspective this article had a wealth of interesting data points.   Continue reading

Cyber Monday 2011

Cyber Monday39%

When asked in a recent survey by PriceGrabber (an Experian business) in which of the four days during the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend they were most likely to shop, consumers overwhelmingly chose Cyber Monday.   Continue reading

Student debt milestone

Graduation debt$1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000)

According to an article in USA Today from mid-October the amount of student loans taken out last year crossed the $100 billion mark for the first time in history and – also for the first time in history – the amount of outstanding student loan debt crossed the $1 trillion mark.  Let that sink in for a moment.   Continue reading