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In one day, 65000 jobs evaporated on this planet. In ONE day. Hell, when Harley Davidson loses 1000 jobs, it's pretty much the apocalypse.

I am thankful to still be working. My list of complaints with what I do and how I do it have fallen away again, even though I know those will rear their ugly heads at some future point.

I figured it was so bad that with my own personal financial sludge pile, the economy, a bad and worsening shoulder, and global weirdness, I just cancelled a trip I wanted to make.

I was afraid that somehow on the trip all my charge cards would somehow implode and I would never make it home. Truly, the bad vibes around this trip were stressing me completely.

Afraid, it's a term a lot of people are familiar with right now. With all the hope thrown around last week, afraid is still right up front in everyone's face.

David Letterman said last night that W was enjoying his retirement, but not near as much as we are enjoying it. Wryly I thought, well, if I can't have a retirement of my own, I may as well enjoy somebody's.

So what comes after Bloody Monday? Tumultuous Tuesday? World of Warcraft Wednesday?

At this point I think it's a fair guess that we are all still quite completely screwed.

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Comment by SydTheSkeptic on January 27, 2009 at 7:07am
We're definitely in uncharted territory here. I'm not saying people should be screaming in the streets, but I think the common citizen is unaware just what the implications are in the very near future. They don't see anything changing, although they hear about these job losses on the news, but I'm not sure they get how this is just the beginning.

Is it doomsday? No. Just a very hard time for most of us in these next few years, and then- HOPEfully, a slow recovery. That's what I'm hearing from the so-called "experts" (but even they're not too sure...)
Comment by gabrielized on January 27, 2009 at 7:08am
Yes, the experts that said nothing as it started, said nothing as it got worse, and then whee! Magical recession! LOL.
It's going to be years, that's for sure.
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on January 27, 2009 at 7:14am
I've been a member of for years and there have been economists that predicted this would happen, exactly as it HAS happened, since 2001...
It could be worse...the NEOCONS could still be in power, in which case, we'd REALLY be screwed.
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on January 27, 2009 at 7:38am
Deregulation works for the rich when the rich are mostly in power.
Even if the Dems grow legs, the ball's rolling downhill and it'll take a lot of years for us to even feel the momentum start turning around. Too much damage has been done and those who benefited the most from these war years will find ways to liquidate and preserve their wealth.

History's shown that when the disparity between rich and poor is so wide, that is the makings of a revolution. However, the media as a tool for numbing down the masses was not a factor...
Comment by photo2010 on January 27, 2009 at 10:28am
Saw a discussion of how the nation's infrastructure is falling apart. Why can't the government employ all the appropriate out of work folks to fix it? Also give filmmakers, photographers and other artists jobs documenting the labor? It's been done before.
Comment by photo2010 on January 27, 2009 at 1:57pm
To Deborah: It was the New Deal I was thinking of, specifically the Works Progress Administration or WPA:

"From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Works Progress Administration road project.
The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 to the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest New Deal agency, employing millions of people and affecting most every locality in the United States, especially rural and western mountain populations. It was created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential order, and funded by Congress with passage of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 on April 8, 1935. (The legislation had passed in the House by a margin of 329 to 78, but got bogged down in the Senate.) [1]
It continued and extended relief programs similar to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) started by Herbert Hoover and the U.S. Congress in 1932. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA provided almost 8 million jobs.[2] The program built many public buildings, projects and roads and operated large arts, drama, media and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing and housing. Almost every community in America has a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. Expenditures from 1936 to 1939 totaled nearly $7 billion."


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