Saturday, July 12, 2008

On This Day Last Year...

While in Johannesburg, Matthias and I had a chance to do a little exploring. If you read here often, you know that I have a thick file of graffitti photos that span from Japan to Cyprus.

But there's little graffitti in Africa; spray paint is hard to come by. Hell, in some of the places I went, soap was hard to come by regardless of the money you have in your pocket. So it was a treat for me to get to Johannesburg and find a thriving graffitti community. The photos here are from inside a pedestrian tunnel downtown.

The third shot is of Matthias in a gallery that we visited one afternoon.


Stupid Economy.

It's been a long time since I worked for Investor's Business Daily or The so I must admit that I'm not as up on our financial health as I used to be.

The chaos of the markets, surge in gas prices, mortgage foreclosures, and the recent Freddie/Fannie scare has me confused - and worried - so I've been reading up.

If you want a quick look at the stats with some analysis that explains our current financial pickle, check out New Deal Democrat's blog over at

NDD and others conclude that the erosion of New Deal economic policies over the years since Roosevelt have led us into a situation where the brakes that were placed to prevent a crash are no longer working.
Hold on tight and hope that an incoming Democrat in November helps bolster our status in the world, and helps our elected officials to start reigning in corporations. Although after the FISA vote last week, it's hard to be optimistic.