We've mastered the art of turning carbon into obese humans.
What Did You Do In The War, Daddy? Company sponsored pensions disappeared even before Social Security became a vanishing species. Now the 401(k) - America's retirement plan - is being undermined. Coca-Cola, GM, Fed Ex, GM, J.Crew, Motorola, Reader's Digest, Sprint/Nextel and even AARP! are leading the way by suspending payments to their employees' 401(k) plans.
Monopoly: New houses sold at an annual rate of 300,000 in January, down from an annual rate of nearly 1.5 million at the peak in 2005.
Am-Bushed: Seymour Hersh claims that under Bush/Cheny (1) The CIA "was very deeply involved in domestic activities against ... enemies of the state." (2) The Joint Special Operations Command operates without oversight by DoD or Congress, reported directly to Cheney's office, and operated as " an executive assassination ring". Mr. Hersh always cites multiple sources for his reporting.
Heck of a Job: The world's wealth has dropped by 45% in the last year. Where did it go?
Damned If You Do... Scientists have become far more assured in reporting their findings and far more strident in explaining the implications; the seas are rising higher and faster than predicted, permafrost is melting releasing methane, the oceans are becoming too acidic for much sea life to exist, the destruction of rainforests threatens desertification, much of the southern US has entered a long term drought, and worst of all, if Obama actually takes the necessary steps to control CO2 he will cause a "revolution."
Unanimity: Economists argue that copyright and patent laws should be abolished because they "are a drag on the economy." On the other hand, economists could be abolished on the same grounds.
Chinese Checked: Chinese exports fell over 17% in January, YoY, and a further 25% in February. And they're going to grow their GDP 8% in 2009?
Children's Crusade: If you are a first-time house buyer Uncle Sam will underwrite the first $8,000 of depreciation on your new house. A consolation prize for losing your virginity in the housing market. After the price drops 5%, you're on your own.
Wasted Days & Wasted Nights: Looking back at ten years of quixotic attempts to keep people from being people, the UN is concluding that the War on Drugs has been an abject failure. If they'd held the meeting in Juarez instead of Vienna it would not have taken so long to come to this conclusion.
Good Question: Where are the co-conspirators?
Peanut Butter & Whiskey: It now costs as much to buy protection against a US default on Treasury notes as it does to insure those of France. Is the protection on the dollar written in terms of dollars? If the dollar folds, I'd prefer to be paid off in booze.
Words of One Syllable: The economy is tanking because no one has the money or the credit to buy anything. So the GOP wants the government to cut back on its spending, too. Fair's fair and taxing the rich to create a stimulus to put the unemployed back to work simply isn't fair.
Resourcefulness: Each US citizen goes through 25 barrels of oil a year. In Japan it's 16 barrels. In China it is 2 barrels a year and in India about 1. As oil supplies decline, who's going to miss them most? Which economy will suffer most?
Back Yards: A Democratic proposal would create a new federal agency to oversee the placement and construction of new long distance power lines as part of the push for alternative energy. That sounds fine, until they decide the pylons are going to go in your back yard.
Pressing Matters: The Bank of England started printing £2 billion as its "quantitative easing" gets underway in an effort to
inflate a new bubble boost the economy.