The Week In Pictures

The Geek in Pictures: Data Dump Edition

Featured image A lot of new charts and graphs have emerged such that my data folder is groaning. So here they come. • Let’s start with some energy charts, germane in the aftermath of the recent climate bill: And we’re going to store wind and solar electricity on lithium-ion batteries.  Um: Gasoline consumption this summer is noticeably down—gee I wonder why? Which is probably why so many Americans have this common-sense view: »

The Week in Pictures: Hornless RINO Edition

Featured image Sometimes I wonder if “RINO” is too mild a term for lukewarm Republicans. After all, actual rhinos in the wild have horns, and can do real damage if provoked. Our RINOs today seem utterly without any sting at all. Meanwhile, the radioactive half-life of the Mar-a-Lago is turning out to be quite long, as one might expect of the greatest sequel to Watergate yet devised.     Headlines of the »

The Week in Pictures: Great Raid Edition

Featured image John did a commendable job filling in the all-important role of TWiP curator while I was away, though by his own admission he is weak at the Star Wars/Star Trek game, not to mention the semi-obscure semi-academic items I like to include, like send-ups of the stupid trolley car hypothetical beloved of idiot moral utilitarian bipeds who walk among us. And speaking of idiot moral utilitarian bipeds, such as the »

The Geek in Pictures: Overdue Homework Edition

Featured image Needless to say when I go away for more than a month, I’m going to fall behind on my semi-regular look at the world through the lens of charts and graphs. • Let’s start with our non-recession “recession.” The jobs news last Friday—over 500,000 new jobs—virtually guarantees that we’ll be in an undeniable recession within a year. Unemployment is usually a lagging indicator of a recession, and a lot of »

The Week In Pictures: Your Lying Eyes Edition

Featured image We live in the era of peak gaslighting. Recession? What recession? Inflation? The price of gas is falling! The border? We’re plugging the gaps in the wall! Hundreds of billions of dollars in more deficit spending? We’re fighting inflation! Foreign policy? It’s going swimmingly! I guess in November we will find out whether voters believe the Democrats, or their lying eyes. Before wrapping up, a couple of quick notes: First, »

The Week In Pictures: Recession Deniers Edition

Featured image Things continue to go swimmingly on all fronts. Hey, it’s not a recession, it’s just a transition! We are transitioning to a non-binary economy where GDP is whatever you want it to be. Up, down, take your pick. In other highlights, Joe Biden cleaned his plate and Kamala Harris wore a blue dress (not that one). And if you think things can’t get worse, consider the fact that we are »

The Week In Pictures: Bondage Fantasy Edition

Featured image Seventeen members of Congress got themselves ticketed for blocking traffic outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, in a protest against democracy. Staged, stereotyped and subject at most to a $50 fine, it was a ho-hum affair. But certain female (if we can still use that term) Congresspersons couldn’t resist pretending they were heroic civil rights demonstrators by faking being handcuffed by the police. Hilarity followed. And, hey, it takes »

The Week In Pictures, Tacx Edition

Featured image With Steve taking a summer vacation, probably just arriving in Southampton after crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary II, the heavy obligation of coming up with The Week In Pictures for the next few weeks has fallen on me. With help from our readers, of course, and also from family members who are more up to date on Twitter memes than I am. So here goes: as so often »

The Week in Pictures: Downfall Edition

Featured image So Boris Johnson has gone kaput in the UK. Maybe he’s trying to be a role model for the U.S.? If Biden followed BoJo’s worthy example, he and BoJo could start their own chapter of the Hair Club for Men, since they share, in their own distinct ways, serious follicle frustrations. If I hadn’t retired permanently from the genre, I’d be tempted to do a Downfall-bunker scene “Biden Learns About »

The Geek in Pictures: Go Nuclear Edition

Featured image • One last data dump before hiatus gets rolling. Amidst the faceplant of “green energy” in the face of the reality brought forth by the Ukraine War, it is fun to see nuclear power getting some better press, though there are some interesting asymmetries when it comes to who is most supportive of nukes. No surprise here: We keep hearing that wind and solar are cheap (when they’re working), but. »

The Week in Pictures: Road Rage Edition

Featured image So we finally reached the Fawn Hall moment of the January 6 committee spectacle. What took them so long? The portrait of Donald Trump as Mad Max or a Grand Theft Auto character just might carry him to victory in 2024. In any case, better stock up on ketchup. And speaking of Mad Max, the Supreme Court finished its current term by running over several more liberal totems without breaking »

The Week in Pictures: Liberal Hubris Edition

Featured image The cunning and contingency of history played out in magnificent style this week. If the left hadn’t lionized “Notorious RGB” and let her celebrity get to her head, maybe she would have stepped down when President Obama wanted her to retire back in 2014. If Harry Reid hadn’t been so desperate to protect the administrative state at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that he decided to end the Senate »

The Geek in Pictures: Inflated Statistics Edition

Featured image • Let’s start with inflation and consumer confidence: Housing construction never has fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008-09, though much of this failure to return to trend is likely attributable to regulation. Even though this headline says “increase sharply,” it is nowhere near enough. No wonder prices and rents are soaring: Here’s one way people are coping with blue state blues—voting with their feet: • Energy: Boy, “green” »

The Week in Pictures: Liberal Exhaustion Edition

Featured image Remember the ending of the credits in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, when Ferris emerges from the shower, breaks the fourth wall and looks at the camera, and tells the theater audience—”You’re still here?!? Go home!” Biden and the rest of the left are giving off that vibe right now: they’re still trying to convince us that it’s all Putin’s fault, and the pandemic, and Republicans who don’t want to spend »

The Week in Pictures: Carownervirus Edition

Featured image With gasoline now above $5 a gallon nationwide, the Bidenistas are doubling down on telling everyone that they should drive electric cars—forgetting that the price of electricity is certain to soar in coming months because the price of natural gas (our number one source of electric power now) has tripled in the last year. Or the CDC will announce that the real problem is that we’re all suffering from a new »

The Week in Pictures: Over Heard Edition

Featured image Has there ever been anything sillier than the Heard-Depp defamation trial? I heard there was another trial in DC this week that ended so quickly and ignominiously that in future years you may only find it frozen in Amber in a museum of injustice (special Trump Era wing). Maybe the dumbest headline in the history of the universe (but at least she looks nice): Apparently a real headline, but how can »

The Geek in Pictures: A Rambling Potpourri

Featured image Overdue for a look at the scene through charts and graphs. No particular main theme, so here goes. • Let’s start with energy and inflation though. Seen yesterday in the LA area: In case anyone is having trouble figuring this out, here is a clearer version of the previous chart: Natural gas prices are up sharply too, though not as bad as Russia-dependent Europe: Australia’s electricity trends don’t look any »