A failed bailout and the after effects

The gnawing sensation I feel in the pit of my stomach is not hunger, I know. It’s dread – of the immediate future, of what’s going to happen next, and the frightening realization that those who are best placed to avoid this crisis are doing nothing to help, but may in fact be worsening it.…

No shred of evidence

The innards of the paper shredder were lying in front of me.? They seemed fine.? All right, all right, I really would have no way of knowing if anything was malfunctioning.? I couldn’t recognize a single part.? But I was looking for broken wires, debris, black smoke or, as a wild guess, insects.? There was…

The last weekend of summer

The sudden sharp cry of a bird shatters the silence and makes her look up.? She cannot see the bird, it is hidden behind the six foot tall rushes that border the pond.? So she goes back to deweeding the perennial bed.? The bird too, falls silent and soon, the drone of the bees and…

How the financial crisis affects you and me

After reading the comments on my previous post, I realized that many readers don’t seem to fully understand the broader implications of the crisis on Wall Street, and how it can affect Main Street, or the average person. We cannot afford to gloat on the collapse of the i-banks, because their loss is our loss…

In defense of those on the Street

Park Place Station, New York City. It was late in the evening and I was returning from work. As I rushed through the desolate station to catch my 3 train, I noticed a young man sitting near the steps. His briefcase lay a foot away from him, his tie hung loosely and his face was…

Social networking for all, I mean, all

On the eighth day, God created social networking sites.? “Go forth and network”, he said to all creatures.? Well, surely he must have ? I met an aquantaince other day, and was shocked at the deep, dark circles under her eyes.? She was a new mother, juggling work and housework, and I could understand that…

A feed reader’s agony

“Are you sure you want to mark 463 items from All Items as Read?” “Are you sure you want to mark 796 items from All Items as Read?” “Are you sure you want to mark 1125 items from All Items as Read?” If my Feed Reader had a voice, it would get shriller and more…