Tag Archives: United States

Veteran’s Day in the USA

Veteran’s Day. This date was chosen to commemorate the ending of WWI, and is a national holiday that honors all veterans. Anyone willing to risk their life and health for their country deserves honor.  No question about it. Canada, the UK, and Australia also celebrate the day. The government can be a good source of data. I… Read More »

GDP: Americans (over) consume, Chinese (over) invest

GDP = C+I+G+NX.  Sadly, that is the only formula I remember from my undergraduate macroeconomics class, but thankfully, it is the most important one. The Gross Domestic Product  = Consumption + Investment + Government + Net Exports (Export-Imports).  It’s worth remembering, even if you don’t work at the World Bank or teach economics. USA =… Read More »

Data Analysis: the meaning behind the US state names

Happy Birthday! The United States is celebrating its 236th birthday today. I saw an article from Mental Floss Magazine by Matt Soniak called How All 50 States Got Their Names.  It was well-timed for July 4th, but a bit long at 5,000 words. After reading through the alphabetical list A, B, C , I started getting… Read More »

How big is the Chinese economy?

These graphs from the Economist describe China’s economy, growth and influence. China certainly has issues (e.g., demographic imbalance, rich-poor disparity, censorship) but you have to admit, China has been putting up some incredible economic numbers. Chinese economy is HUGE. 1) Currently, the Chinese and US economy are approximately the 12-13% of the of global economy… Read More »

Great Documentary on American History: Story of US

All television is not created equal. Some of it is interesting, some of it is tepid and inane. The good news is that some TV is like eating vitamins or high fiber.  I am talking about documentaries and the stations that show high-quality, narrated non-fiction such as the History Channel, Biography Channel, Discovery Channel or… Read More »