Federal Debt Service Payments as Percent of Gross Domestic Product

A combination of low interest rates and a strong economy means the US is spending a typical amount of the entire US economy on federal debt servicing. In 1970s and 1980s, with inflation, a weak economy, and heavy deficit spending, the federal government was spending a much greater portion of the gross domestic product on debt service.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Federal Outlays: Interest as Percent of Gross Domestic Product [FYOIGDA188S], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/FYOIGDA188S, February 28, 2017.

Temperature, Through Tuesday September 19

The next two days Albany is expected to reach into the low 80s. Look at those beautiful orange colors. Then we will have nights that will only drop into the mid-60s, with a little bit of humidity (and some rain) pushing in during the second half of the week. It will almost be like summer again -- maybe Indian Summer? That said, look how quickly the average high is dropping, now that autumn is approaching (the lines).

Good morning! Happy State Primary Day. Mostly sunny and 53 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. Some fog in the city. Polls open at noon time in most of Upstate NY, assuming you have a primary to vote in. It’s going to be a pretty nice day, feeling like a mid-summer day by afternoon.

It was a nice walk down to the express bus stop. Once again, it was a big articulated bus, one of those 60-foot two part buses. It seems kind of silly, but I guess they just swing by the Park and Ride after coming from the garage or maybe between runs. I don’t know CDTA’s thinking but it gets me to work. It was again a few minutes late, but I made it into work in plenty of time.

Today will be sunny, with a high of 81 degrees at 3pm. Seven degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6pm. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Going to be a beautiful day, more like Indian Summer. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 77 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 1947.

The sun will set at 7:09 pm with dusk around 7:37 pm, which is one minute and 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 72 degrees. The dew point will be 56 degrees. There will be a calm wind. Today will have 12 hours and 36 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 53 degrees at 5am. Typical for tonight. Maximum dew point of 57 at 8pm. Calm wind. In 2016, we had clear skies. It got down to 52 degrees. The record low of 37 occurred back in 1964.

So at least for me it’s primary today. I happen to be in the County Legislature District that has a special election primary today. I’ve been looking at the candidates, and while I understand the pros of one, the question becomes do you want an appointed incumbent or a fresh new face? A women or a man? A candidate endorsed by Conservative Party or the Working Families Party?

There also is a Corner Primary for the county, which happens to be a $20,000 a year part time job where you get to tell families about the bad news, and are only person in county government that can pronounce if a death was murder, suicide, or natural cause. The later, while not seeming to be important, actually really is, because it can mean the life of someone — you can’t charge somebody with murder, if the corner pronounces the person as not being murdered, even if the police or district attorney believes else-wise. Especially when it relates to abortion or assisted suicide, this is a big deal. Normally though, the corner just signs off on the recommendations of the medical examiner, if a death investigation is requested, but in no means has to.

I will get out and vote after work today.

Apache Foundation rebuffs allegation it allowed Equifax attack • The Register

"The Apache Software Foundation has defended its development practices in the face of a report alleging its code was responsible for the Equifax data leak.

QZ.com, an outlet run by Atlantic Media, alleged that the hack was the result of an attack on Apache Struts, which as we reported last week was found to have a flaw allowing malware to be injected into corporate networks. The outlet pointed out that the flaw may have been present in Struts for nine years."