Brave new world of vocal post-editing has implications for propaganda

Eric Garland DataLab

This video from Adobe¬†introducing its vocal post-editing software allows creators not only the ability to change the order of words in a voiceover – but also to create new words in the voice of the speaker. This video dropped four days before the United States’ 2016 election, which the U.S. intelligence community and its allies assess to have been affected …

mortgage debt trends

US households are deleveraging mortgage debt

Eric Garland DataLab

This chart from Deutsche Bank Research shows that since the financial crisis of 2008 and beyond, US households have been deleveraging their mortgage debt. This is a major reversal, and the chart shows this is the first major trend in this direction since the post-World-War-II era. US consumer credit continues to leverage up slightly. These trends combined may explain recent …

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West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil price, 2012-2017

Eric Garland DataLab

Tracking West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) price is an essential element of understanding the global economy. As the world watches in mute horror at the interaction between the Russian Federation and the West, the price of oil is even more important in understanding the behavior of an economy based mainly on fossil fuels. Also, consider that in 2014, the United …