Black Friday (3)
This series of stories -- a trip through the epicenters of the American recession -- from Reuters is actually pretty good, once you cut through the journamalism. (Click the map for each story in the series.)
If you cut out the narrative, and just look at the photos and the quotes, it's actually pretty encouraging. How I feel, too, about the local level. Good things happening. And as soon as you get even one level of government up, things turn to shit. It's awful. That would be because Versailles sucks, and the infection is so virulent you can't get near it. It's like late blight.