Life is cheap and getting cheaper.
Expect the Expectable: Banks want to keep pretending they are solvent and the lead state Attorney General negotiating with them for a one-size-fits-all settlement to their mortgage foreclosure irregularities, fraud and general bad behavior has aspirations that conflict with the best interests of the states and their citizens. So who will the winners be?
Best two out of three?
Trinitarianism: The oil price shock, increasing food inflation, and enormous sovereign debts are coming together – soon – to form a three legged stool called social upheaval.
Road Sigh'n: No, the US fiscal downfall did not start with W, and Obama isn't solely responsible. We became deficit dummy's back in Ronnie's days, with the 'starve the beast' and 'taxes don't matter' mantras.
Capitalist Plot: Russia’s capitalist grain farmers, facing a continuing ban on exporting their grain to more profitable markets, are planting the smallest wheat crop in four years. Funny how that works.
Budget Balancing: “You should always remember that the GOP comes to bury Medicare, not to save it.”
Down & Under: House prices (measured by the RPX Composite) have fallen to their lowest levels in 8 years. - down, on average 34%. Case Shiller isn't there yet, but soon. The US housing market has become a "nameless, formless crisis". Over 11 million homeowners are now underwater – 23 % of all mortgaged houses. Another 2.4 million are at the break-even point, bringing the distress to over 25% of mortgaged houses.
About Unions: Production per worker per hour is up 5.2%. Wages, since the so-called recovery began, have climbed 0.3%. Too bad you don't have a union rep to discuss this with.
Live Long and Suffer: Researchers have confirmed that the overweight live longer than either the skinny, 'normal', or the obese. But now they find that the overweight folks suffer generally poorer health. Second prize is two weeks in Philadelphia.
Photos of the Future: What I did on my vacation. Are you sure having babies is a good idea?
Facts in a Certain Order: The US budget has a deficit. The US has an enormous public debt. Social Security cannot – by law – spend money it did not get via FICA taxes. Social Security has not caused even one penny of any year's deficit nor ever added one cent to the cumulative debt of the United States. People tell lies.
Progress: Drilling for natural gas in Wyoming has brought the western part of the state into competition with Los Angeles for the title “smoggiest”.
Porn O'Graph: Going up the mountain.