I hurt my fingers yesterday so I couldn't post anything. Now, with band aids all over the place, I can type again. Typepad continues to annoy me with bugs and a refusal to understand their coding is awful. But on to less serious matters [hahaha] the economy: time to pause and look at a bunch of graphs. They show a rapidly deteriorating situation which the US has never had before. Roubini's RGE Monitor publishes a ridiculous analysis about the Derivatives Beast. Evidently, this economist named 'Pickel' thinks there is no problem, all is well. The Beast is NOT eating our banking gnomes and spitting out bones! Right. And the Middle East is now sliding into a pre-revolt mode as the oil kings decide to cut welfare payments. Bin Laden is ecstatic.