How the Best and Worst Airlines Are Different

The rules used to be that, for no extra charge, you could fly with your (untrained) emotional support animal (ESA). As long as you had a corroborating letter from a health professional, it was okay with most airlines. The pig…

February 2021 Friday’s e-links: From Mars to North Dakota

Last updated 2/19/21 Every once in a while, (and sometimes each day) I listen to a great podcast, enjoy an article, or see a good video that I want to share with you. I like to think of them as…

Where We Lost 20,507,518 Years From COVID-19

In addition to at least 1,279,866 deaths in 81 countries as of January 6, 2021, the devastating impact of COVID-19 can be seen through a YLL, years of life lost, lens. COVID-19 Impact In the world, the average lifespan for…

February 2021 Friday’s e-links: From Some Smiles to Minot, North Dakota

Last updated 2/12/21 Every once in a while, (and sometimes each day) I listen to a great podcast, enjoy an article, or see a good video that I want to share with you. I like to think of them as…

How Do You Spend a Stimulus Check?

Several months ago we looked at how recipients spent the money they received from the March 27 CARES Act. Now, with a new NY Fed survey that is more up-to-date, we can predict the response to the Biden proposal for…

How to Pay For a $1.9 Trillion Package

Through massive pandemic aid, the 2020 CARES Act ballooned the federal deficit. With spending far exceeding revenue, the difference was $2.8 trillion:   Now, President-elect Biden has proposed a new $1.9 trillion relief package. It includes payments to Americans who…

How Covid-19 Changed Our Spending

There was an unusual spike in demand that began during March 2020. It signaled the beginning of the lockdown: Spirits had the largest gain. But that was not the whole story. Consumer Spending Changes More Our spending patterns changed during…

What the Unemployment Rate Hides

Seemingly evident through a monthly report that states the jobless rate and job losses or gains, real unemployment figures can be hidden.

Why the Same $600 Stimulus Check Is Really Different

Instead of per capita income, we can compare U.S. states’ standard of living and wind up with different results.

How the Pandemic Changed Six Kinds of Traffic

Looking at the six traffic changes that relate to the pandemic, we can see their current impact and wonder which ones will last.