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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How Obama Won the 2012 Election

This combination of maps and a bar chart showed which states, especially crucial swing states, supported President Obama on election day. David Evans helped me set up the sliding bar chart, which I constantly updated throughout the evening of the … Continue reading

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The Theoretical Physics of Sequestration

This graphic explains the complex formula used to adjust U.S. defense spending levels under sequestration. I worked closely with two defense analysts to chart the equation. We tried to break down the formula and make it as simple as possible … Continue reading

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The U.S. Needs More Icebreakers

A lack of icebreakers is hindering the U.S. Coast Guard in disaster response and monitoring Arctic waters. The need for more such specialized ships will increase as oil companies push for more permits to drill in northern seas.

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