Monthly Archives: April 2013

Banks May Fall Short of Regulatory Requirements

This is one of those graphics that walk a fine line between serving financially savvy subscribers and newcomers who may be unfamiliar with regulations on banks. It’s complicated but important, since we’re talking about banks whose failures could cause a … Continue reading

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Keep Your Barges Off the Pinnacles

This is a simple but effective illustration showing how the falling level of the Mississippi River endangers river traffic by exposing below-surface rock formations called pinnacles. I came up with the idea but graphic artist David Evans made it work.

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The Benefits of Internet Protocol Version 6

It was a challenge to show how Internet Protocol version 6 is different from version 4, the one currently in use. One way was to depict how the number of Internet address would increase, from 4.3 billion to 340 undecillion … Continue reading

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Problems of Ground-Based Missile Defense Systems

This graphic shows the rising cost of U.S. ground-based missile defense systems and the success/failure record of test launches. The accompanying story noted the system’s expense and the fact that one base in Alaska had to be closed because its … Continue reading

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Ex-Military Officers Enlist With Defense Contractors

This is a relatively simple chart, but it shows how high-ranking U.S. military officers are joining defense contractors. Their presence gives companies a unique advantage when competing for defense contracts.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Rises Against China

This fever chart shows while the overall U.S. trade deficit fell $6.9 billion over seven years, the portion attributed to China rose to 80% from 37% during the same period. I took care to label the first and last amounts … Continue reading

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Foreign Oil Imports Rise Despite Vows of Energy Independence

This graphic shows how U.S. imports of oil have increased during the past 36 years despite high-profile pledges of American energy independence by presidents of both political parties.

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