Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

News you can use: the recipes for the home brews of the White House

What’s this? Why it’s one of the recipes for a beer they brew at the White House! There’s also an ale, but I am partial to porters so I have included this one:

However you can get the recipe for the ale, as well as further details on how they make it, here: Ale to the Chief: White House Beer Recipe | The White House.


Another number (besides the unemployment figures) to look at when it comes to the upcoming U.S. elections

Is this one: real disposable personal income (as shown in this graph).

As you can see, it has recovered almost to the peak of where it was just before the start of the Great Recession. What this means is that while people will say the economy is still bad, what they are able to save or purchase has recovered signifigantly in the last four years. I think that may make them less resistant to changing government than political analysts may think based on other numbers (like the unemployment rate). Time will tell soon enough.

P.S. I got this from Matt Yglesias (https://twitter.com/mattyglesias) who wrote about it in the context of the Bush signs stimulus bill of 2008.That stimulus accounts for spike in 2008. Then the Great Recession strikes and things drop dramatically. This was followed by further stimulus, including payroll tax cuts.

Graph: Real Disposable Personal Income (DSPIC96) – FRED – St. Louis Fed

How to see the World — and now, New York – through a collection of objects

First the BBC produced A History of the World. Now it looks like New York is following suit with A History of New York in 50 Objects.

Here’s hoping that other places follow through. (Hey, CBC, can you get on that? :))

It is a fascinating way to study history. I have the book that accompanies the BBC series and it is very good.