The Week In Pictures

The Week in Pictures: Riot Preseason Edition

Featured image Prediction: If Derek Chauvin is found guilty by the Minneapolis jury, there will be riots anyway, like we sometimes see in a city that wins the Super Bowl or World Series. Dust off Edward Banfield’s chapter on “Rioting Mostly for Fun and Profit” in The Unheavenly City.   Which I may just talk about on our podcast this week. In the meantime. . . Headlines of the week: And finally. »

The Week in Pictures: Infrastructure Edition

Featured image First, an announcement: there won’t be an episode of the 3WHH podcast this week. Both Lucretia and I are traveling, and we just don’t have the infrastructure to pull it off. What?—you say! Are we the only two Americans left out of Biden’s “infrastructure” bill? Apparently so. (Meanwhile, if you’re still jonesing for a podcast fix, I did another guest turn on the Ricochet podcast last night. Drinks were had. »

The Geek in Pictures: Risky Business Edition

Featured image What are the biggest risks out there right now? Listen to what the “experts” are saying, and then ignore it, because “expert” predictions are wrong most of the time. This first chart about major risks over the last decade, as estimated by people in the financial community, is very hard to make out (though you may be able to embiggen it), but the point of the chart is not the »

The Week in Pictures: Everbiden Edition

Featured image That shipping container stuck in the Suez Canal for six days has to be some kind of metaphor for the Biden Administration and contemporary liberalism generally. It’s not much of a stretch to go from liberalism’s cargo cult mentality that the government is the provider of all good things by just spending money to having the flow of cargo stop because of incompetence, stormy weather, whatever. Here’s an idea: why »

The Geek in Pictures: Wot Happened? Edition

Featured image • Up first: Anti-Semitism. Everyone knows the great historical riddle: how could Germany, the most educated nation in Europe, fall into such a vicious anti-Semitic frenzy? Thank goodness it could never happen here. Oh, wait—turns out the more education you have in the U.S., the more likely you are to support authoritarian measures against faithful Jews. But BLM? Riot on, man! Pretty sure we should be closing down graduate schools »

The Week in Pictures: Iron Cages Edition

Featured image Watching and listening to Joe Biden struggle through a press conference, and the complicit media trying to change the subject from “kids in cages,” I keep thinking back to Max Weber’s famous line about how modern bureaucratic government would end up forging new “iron cages” that we had thought to have got rid of with the arrival of liberal democracy in the Enlightenment. Biden looks to be somewhere between trapped »

The Geek in Pictures: Contra-Grabber Edition

Featured image • So it looks like we’re going to have another gun control debate, because gun violence is an “epidemic,” a public health problem (cue the CDC), because Americans own too many guns and are too violent. So I guess it’s time for a few charts on the subject, whose conclusions you can draw yourself: See also Slate, on “Mass Shooters Aren’t Disproportionately White.” • Next up: hate crimes. Which we »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Stairmaster Edition

Featured image It’s only Wednesday, and yet in eight years of TWiPping (I counted), I think this week has set a record for the inventory of TWiP-worthy items on the pile for Saturday, and as such calls for an extraordinary mid-week edition as we did a year ago when the Central-Plan-demic started. And it isn’t hard to guess what most of the material is about just now: And finally. . . See »

The Geek in Pictures: Bulldog Edition

Featured image Old ink-stained wretches from the newspaper trade (as I once was) will recall that the “bulldog edition” is the name for the early afternoon or evening edition with the latest breaking news. Because so many charts and graphs are piling up already I thought I’d do my own special “bulldog edition” with a few timely charts, and save the bulk for later in the week. Let’s start with the leftist »

The Week in Pictures: Crisis? What Crisis Edition

Featured image Supposedly we’ll get a press conference from the figurehead atop the Harris-Biden Administration next week, and I’m wondering what the over-under line is on whether “Vice President” Harris will be standing on the podium behind him. (“Dr.” Jill on call is a given.) Immigration? Never heard of it. I’ll look forward to Biden putting his fogginess to good use on this issue.   Headlines of the week: The two genders? »

The Geek in Pictures: Commodities Edition

Featured image Let’s start this week with some energy news. This morning the Energy Information Administration announced that in 2020, for the first time ever, electricity production from nuclear power was greater than electricity from coal. What the first chart here shows is that nuclear output has been steady for the last 15 years, while coal-fired electricity has dwindled, largely because of cheap natural gas (thank you fracking), and the heavy subsidies »

The Week in Pictures: Royal Stimulus Edition

Featured image So Gov. Cuomo looks to be headed for grope therapy sessions with Al Franken and Harvey Weinstein, while Harry and Meghan are giving whole new meaning to “royal pain in the ass.” Are they just competing for attention with a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, which is beyond the imagination of the wildest central banker on a bender at an open bar. And no, I did not have Pepe LePew on »

The Geek in Pictures: A Royalty-Free Zone

Featured image The great thing about doing charts and graphs is that one can avoid the train wreck that is the British royal family engaging with America’s Queen Oprah. Though I suppose we could do an IQ bar graph for the males of the House of Flying Windsors starting with Prince Charles. The Y-axis wouldn’t need to go above 100. • Let’s start with what the soaring cost of the health care »

The Week in Pictures: Peak Stupidity Edition

Featured image So this is the week we learned that New York women aren’t into Cuomosexuality. And I was sure on Monday that this story would supply our theme for the week’s picture gallery. I underestimated the potentiality of Dr. Seuss. I didn’t think you could get lower than neutering Mr. Potato Head into Zir. Potatx. Stand by: I predict Peanuts will be up for cancellation next week. Written by a guy »

The Week in Pictures: Woke Coke Edition

Featured image Coca-Cola’s new motto was unveiled last week: “Have a Coke and some bile!” Or maybe “It’s the zeal thing!” “Things go better with woke?” 1989’s official slogan can also be modified to fit the times: “The official soft drink of summer (riot season).” And when can we get some Woke Zero?? And what’s all this about Mr. Potato Head going genderless? Mr. Coffee is going to be very upset. Meanwhile, »

The Geek in Pictures: Signals Edition

Featured image So, interest rates keep rising, along with commodity prices. (And gasoline prices.) And yet Democrats want to spend another $4 trillion right away. What could go wrong? Maybe the government will pay for it with gains on GameStop stock. Which is rising again. Heck, this last chart makes me want to get a head start on Saturday: Some data on race and policing, by ideology and race: Some COVID perspectives: »

The Week in Pictures: Post-Impeachment Letdown Edition

Featured image Impeachment—wasn’t that about five years ago? What will the Democrats do for an encore? How many times can you go to this well? Not even a great GameStop hearing can stop their game. The better come up with something—fast—or the media might get bored and start asking questions about Andrew Cuomo. Headlines of the week:   And finally. . . »