Posts filed under “Digital Media”


Interesting site that allows you to check on just about anything in the stimulus plan. You can search by keyword, federal program or by state.

Note: This appears to be a wish list, not the actual bill.

Check out your state and your town; Find projects by state or territory in these categories:

1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – HUD program established in 1974 that awards localities funds to spend on local projects that promote urban vitality, and primary benefit low to moderate income persons.
2. Energy - The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) is a Department of Energy program established in 2007 to provide grants to localities to adopt energy efficiency improvements.
3. Transit Equipment and Infrastructure – Department of Transportation programs to purchase buses, street cars, and maintain transit infrastructure.
4. City Streets/Metro Roads – The Surface Transportation Program, operated by DOT, provides bridge, bus, rail and road project funding
5. Airport Technology and Infrastructure - Airport Improvement Program, a DOT program that provides funds for specific airport repairs and improvements (runways, rescue equipment, noise abatement)
6. Amtrak - established by Congress in 1970 to operate passenger railways. Funding for railway upgrades, tunnels, bridges and stations.
7. Water and Wastewater Infrastructure - federal grants used to repair water and sewer infrastructure, and protect the water supply
8. Public Housing Modernization - HUD Public Housing Capital Fund for repairs to public housing
9. Public Safety - Funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant, and Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program, Justice Department programs that provide money to hire security personnel and equipment.
10. Schools - a new federal program is proposed to provide federal funds to modernize school buildings.

Note that the people behind this site include mostly George Mason University researchers and Open Source advocates.


Category: Bailouts, Digital Media, Economy, Politics

Total Bailout Tab

Beyond the $700 billion bailout known as TARP, which has been used to prop up banks and car companies, the government has created an array of other programs to provide support to the struggling financial system. Through Feb. 10, the government has made commitments of nearly $8.8 trillion and spent $2 trillion. Here is an…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Digital Media

Billion Dollar Bailout Club

More fun with charts: via QQQ Trader

Category: Bailouts, Credit, Digital Media

New York City’s Unemployment

Bad combo: NYC faces “skyrocketing unemployment rate and the highest deficit in almost three decades,” mnaking this one of the most painful recession Gotham has seen in a long long time: > via NYT > Source: Economists’ Forecast: Chance of Change 100% DAVID W. CHEN NYT, February 15, 2009

Category: Digital Media, Employment

Iraq and Afghanistan 2008

Via NYT > Source: A Year in Iraq and Afghanistan ADRIANA LINS de ALBUQUERQUE, ALICIA CHENG AND SARAH GEPHART NYT, February 14, 2009

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense

Credit Crunch Macro Conclusions

Source: behavioural Global Tactical Asset Allocation (bGTAA) by Damien Cleusix January 15th, 2009

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Digital Media, Markets, Psychology

A Breakdown of Bank Losses

> Source: Ailing Banks May Require More Aid to Keep Solvent STEVE LOHR NYT, February 12, 2009

Category: Bailouts, Corporate Management, Credit, Digital Media

Struggling to Save

> Source: To Spend or to Save? Trick Question DAVID LEONHARDT NYT, February 10, 2009

Category: Digital Media, Economy

Merrill Lynch Bonus Investigation

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is none too happy with $4 billion in recent Merrill Lynch bonuses! Enjoy: > AG Cuomo. MERpdf Publish at Scribd or explore others: Finance & Investing Business & Legal executive compensati

Category: Corporate Management, Digital Media, Legal, Markets, Wages & Income

Band-Aids for the Ailing Economy

Nice interactive timeline via Portfolio: This is 1935 – 2008; The earlier version 1865-1935 is also here

Category: Bailouts, Digital Media, Legal, Regulation