It's been a while since we've published and we're just now trying to reboot the site and write original material again. We had two major events which caused the long downtime. First, the St. Louis Federal Reserve refused to listen to their customers and changed their graphing system, for the worse. That left us with a nonfunctioning site. It seems the Fed's graphs are still awful, but now are not slowing the site down to a crawl, hence we can start publishing again without removing over 4000 articles which link to the St. Louis Federal Reserve graphs.
Then, our lives blew up. On a personal note, my family ended up in the courts with me being pulled in to be guardian of multiple family members. Navigating the U.S. healthcare system, probate circuit court, multiple state laws plus dealing with multiple illnesses, including Dementia, has been a 24/7 job. It is all consuming unless one wants to throw relatives to the state and thus the dogs. At least things have gotten squared away enough so I can refocus on economics and American labor.
With that, please check back and consider commenting. We also welcome and encourage other Journalists to submit material and write. The Instapopulist is open to all and some have kept the site going by writing there.
Help us regroup and reboot. Corporations are still running the county and the U.S. middle class continues to be swept under the rug.
Update: It seems the Federal Reserve made it extremely difficult to obtain raw data. This is so infuriating they would do that, but as we said previously, never trust the Fed! No surprise since the Fed is clearly hell bent on destroying a once very useful economics tool. This does cripple us, but there are other economic statistical government branches publishing developer APIs, etc. If anyone knows of web tools, plugins that create professional graphs quickly, we're interested and please let us know. Clearly the St. Louis Fed. tools have been destroyed and we not only need to not use them, but also obtain replacements. We just cannot right now create graphs the way we have. We're on the hunt for open source, web based graphing code and APIs so we can once again quickly illustrate our economic overviews as well as replace graphs in the archive. Thanks for your help.