Being a Consumer vs Investor

There’s some lesson to be learned here about investing vs consuming but I can’t quite figure it out! Hmm, I wonder if I’m a consumer or an investor.
If instead of spending $5700 on an Apple Powerbook in 1997 you’d bought Apple stock, it’d be worth $330K! If I hadn’t bought a MacBook Pro in 2008 for ~$2,499 but bought Apple Stock it’d now be worth $5,680. I’d have nearly $8,000 more.

Unemployment — not if you caused the crisis!

So if you lost your firm billions of dollars, laid off tens of thousands and indirectly caused millions to lose their jobs and drove the unemployment rate to 10.3% well, the good news is it didn’t cost you your job! 92% of management in TARP funds recipients still have their jobs!
From A Fair Deal for Taxpayer Investments:

The executive leadership of the financial sector remain largely unchanged—92 percent of the management and directors of the top 17 recipients of TARP funds are still in office.

Population of the Five Boroughs

I saw a graph showing the population of the Five Boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. I tracked the data to: NYC Population and NYC 2008 Population.
What I was surprised about is how the population of Manhattan has actually dropped over the years:
Of course, it’s density that matters! Here’s the population expressed as 1000 people per square mile
Wow! 72,000 people per square mile in Manhattan.

Closer to a new car?

It’s one step closer to happening! Getting a new car based on a trade in might actually happen. It hasn’t passed the House yet (much less the Senate) but the leadership of both parties agree on doing it.
From House Reaches a Deal on ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program:

Under the House plan, a car trade-in that improves fuel efficiency by at least 10 miles per gallon would qualify for a $4,500 voucher, as would the trade-in of a small truck that improves efficiency by 5 miles per gallon. The new vehicle must have a minimum fuel efficiency rating of 22 miles per gallon for cars and 18 miles per gallon for small trucks.

A new car?

Maybe I can finally buy a new car?:

The Schumer-Israel approach would provide vouchers worth up to $4,000 to drivers who turn in an older car that gets 18 miles per gallon or worse and buys a new or used car that exceeds the corporate average fuel economy for vehicles in its class by 25 percent. Taken together, these two requirements guarantee considerable oil savings and significant reductions in carbon dioxide.