Sunday, January 11, 2009

Vanity Fair: Dubya, Drawn and Quartered

Will anyone miss George W. Bush when he finally leaves Washington this month? Well,Vanity Fair’s illustrators might feel a wistful twinge, as his failings and follies inspired some of their best work. This farewell slide show features our favorite depictions of the soon-to-be-former president.

Vanity Fair January 9, 2009

Cowboy in Chief, by Philip Burke. From “Round Up the Cattle,” by James Wolcott, June 2003

High Sobriety, by Risko. From “The Teetotal Effect,” by Christopher Hitchens, August 2004.

No Joke, by Drew Friedman. Published on, July 2008.

The Imperial Family, by Edward Sorel. From left: Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, and Condoleezza Rice. From “The Monarchy of George II,” by Niall Ferguson, September 2004.

Bush of Arabia, by Brad Holland. From “The Monarchy of George II,” by Niall Ferguson, September 2004.

Bush the Smaller, by Paul Davis. From “The Monarchy of George II,” by Niall Ferguson, September 2004

Lest We Forget, by Gerald Scarfe. From “The Monarchy of George II,” by Niall Ferguson, September 2004.

 Sketchbook illustration by Dan Adel from the January 2007 issue

Grand Delusion, by Edward Sorel. Clockwise from left: Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and Dick Cheney attend to the ailing Bush presidency. From “The History Boys,” by David Halberstam, August 2007

Sketchbook illustration by Roberto Parada from the August 2007 issue

Sketchbook illustration by Barry Blitt from the October 2007 issue

Running on Empty, by Edward Sorel. From “The $3 Trillion War,” by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes, April 2008

… And I Promise, by Ross MacDonald. Published on, January 2009

Mission Accomplished, a Sketchbook illustration by Bruce McCall from the January 2009 issue.

A Sketchbook illustration by Ross MacDonald from the February 2009 issue

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The layman's finance crisis glossary

The layman's finance crisis glossary

via BBC

Here is a guide to many of the business terms currently cropping up regularly, as well as some of the more exotic words coined to describe some of the social effects of the credit crunch.

Basis point
Bear market
Bull market
Carry trade
Chapter 11
Chapter 11
Collateralised debt obligation
Commercial paper
Credit crunch
Credit default swap
Currency peg
Dead cat bounce
Hedge fund
Investment bank
Junk bond
Keynesian economics
Limited liability

Loans to deposit ratio
Money markets
Monoline insurance
Mortgage-backed securities
Naked short selling
Negative equity
Ponzi scheme
Preference shares
Prime rate
Profit warning
Quantitative easing
Retained earnings
Rights issue
Securities lending
Short selling
Sub-prime mortgages
Tier 1 capital
Toxic debts
Yield spread

The best credit rating that can be given to a corporation's bonds, effectively indicating that the risk of default is negligible.
A rescue mechanism for UK companies in severe trouble. It allows them to continue as a going concern, under supervision, effectively to try to trade out of difficulty.
A firm in administration cannot be wound up without permission from a court.
Things that have earning power or some other value to their owner.
Fixed assets (also known as long-term assets) are things that have a useful life of more than one year, for example buildings and machinery; there are also intangible fixed assets, like the good reputation of a company or brand.
Current assets are the things that can easily be turned into cash and are expected to be sold or used up in the near future.
Basis point
One hundred basis points make up a percentage point, so an interest rate cut of 25 basis points might take the rate, for example, from 3% to 2.75%.
Bear market
In a bear market, prices are falling and investors, anticipating losses, tend to sell. This can create a self-sustaining downward spiral.
debt security - or more simply an IOU. The bond states when a loan must be repaid and what interest the borrower (issuer) must pay to the holder. Banks and investors buy and trade bonds.
Bull market
A bull market is one in which prices are generally rising and investor confidence is high.
The wealth - cash or other assets - used to fuel the creation of more wealth. Within companies, often characterised as working capital or fixed capital.
Used of the stock markets, the point when a flurry of panic selling induces a bottoming out of prices.
Carry trade (currency)
Typically, the borrowing of currency with a low interest rate, converting it into currency with a high interest rate and then lending it. One common carry trade currency is the yen, as traders seek to benefit from Japan's low interest rates. The element of risk is in the fluctuations in the currency market.
Chapter 11
The term for bankruptcy protection in the US. It postpones a company's obligations to its creditors, giving it time to reorganise its debts or sell parts of the business, for example.
Collateralised debt obligations (CDOs)
A collateralised debt obligation is a financial structure that groups individual loans, bonds or assets in a portfolio, which can then be traded.
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Friday, January 09, 2009


Some Economy/Political cartoons

Lipstick on a Deficit
© Nate Beller.

Bush Turns Over the Keys
John Darkow..

© David Fitzsimmons..

2009 Ball Drop
© Adam Zyglis.

California Budget Begging
© Daryl Cagle

CEO Bonuses
Brian Fairrington. Cagle Cartoons. All rights reserved.

Chapter 11
© David Fitzsimmons. 

Financial Crisis
© Jianping Fan

Franken and Rush Limbaugh
© Mike Lane.
 Cagle Cartoons. All rights reserved.

Going Out of Business
© John Darkow

New Year Hangover
Colin Farrell. 

Obama's First Miracle
© John Cole

Ralphine Shoots His Eye Out
John Cole. Cagle Cartoons. All rights reserved.

SEC What are you Doing in There?
© Mike Lane. 

Wall Street Whine
© Patrick Bagley

Xmas Retail

Russia Energy Superpower
© Patrick Chappatte

Pre- Inauguration Gun Sales Surge 
© Jeff Parker. Cagle Cartoons. All Rights Reserved.


Fight in Gaza
© Patrick Chappatte. 

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Clever and Creative Billboard Advertising


January 5th, 2009 | Inspiration |

Creative uses of billboards in advertising campaigns by various companies.

Alien Billboard

A creepy billboard in Ann Arbor , MI. [link]

Formula Toothcare Billboard

Formula Toothcare “builds strong teeth.” [

Heineken Billboard

This outdoor campaign from Heineken is an example of how an innovative idea can have a huge impact in a traditional approach. [link]

Miele Vacuum Cleaner Billboard

Nice concept billboard from Miami Ad School. [link]

Adidas Billboard

IKEA Billboard

Decorate for the holidays. [

Zhangbei Fitness Billboard

Jumbo Muffins Billboard

This muffin crushing billboard won an “OBIE” award from the Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF). [link]

Mini Billboard

BMW Billboard

“From up here, I can see BMW of Bridgeport” [

Nestle Billboard

Creative billboard advertisement from Nestle. [

Alpen Gold Billboard

Kill Bill Billboard

Clever billboard promoting Kill Bill movie. [

Tide Billboards

To demonstrate the long-lasting whiteness of Tide detergent, billboards covered in cotton with self cleaning effect were placed on a really busy road. After a few weeks, they became more and more polluted and clean clothes were revealed.

Floralp Butter Billboard

Slingshot Billboard

“The Back Seat’s No Safer. Belt Up” [link]

Mars Billboard

Nike Billboard

Creative “transparent” billboard by Nike. [

Mercedes Billboard

Nitco Billboard

Wood finish tiles. [link]

Fitness Billboard

Time for Silberman’s Fitness Center . [link]

House Billboard

An inhabitable billboard concept by Front Architects. [

The Economist Billboard

A bulb goes off on this billboard, triggered by a motion sensor. [

BMW Billboard in Germany

Creative metal billboard promoting BMW cars. [link]

Sony PSP Billboards

Clever billboards for Sony PSP gaming console. [

Whiskey Billboard

Maker’s Mark Hand-crafted Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. [link]

Wanted Billboard

Billboard promoting movie Wanted in Russia . [link]

Bubble Gum Billboard

BIC Razor Billboard

The billboard is blank except for a small logo, but without it the advertisement might be missed and it acts as a good backdrop for the giant razor and cut grass. [

Penline Tape Billboard

Very strong tape by Penline , Malaysia . [

Eskom Electricity Billboard

BMW Billboard in Russia

One of the biggest ads in Russia , located in the center of Moscow , it has a number of full sized cars sticked on to it. [link]

Woodland Shoes Billboard

Creative billboard that is hard to miss. [

Coops Paint Billboard

Paint drips off a three banner spread across the north side of the Atlas Building in downtown Columbus Ohio . [

PSP Billboard

Giant Sony PSP Billboard in SoHo . [

Formula 1 Billboard

Creative advertisement by Petrol Ofisi, one of Turkey ’s biggest fuel companies, who is the main sponsor of the Turkish F1 Grand Prix. [link]

Cingular Billboard

“Hate Dropped Calls?” [



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