Under 8000.

hot diggity damn.
And this makes me shudder-
"Pros Say: Get Used to Idea of Dow at 6,000

Stocks were down heavily Thursday, following Wall Street's overnight selloff. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a 5-1/2-year low, below 8,000, as a U.S. bailout of the auto industry appeared unlikely, spurring further economy fears. CNBC's experts believe the blue-chip index will fall a lot further before year end." LINK

or if that's too cheery for you, how about this one;
"Stocks fell in Europe and Asia on Thursday, a day after a withering sell-off on Wall Street sent shares to their lowest close since 2003.
“The problem is there is absolutely no silver lining visible,” said Arjuna Mahendran, head of Asian investment strategy Asia at HSBC Private Bank in Singapore. “The financial crisis may now be at its tail end and we are now in a second phase where corporate distress is the key issue. A third phase may come early next year, when emerging markets will really struggle as the crisis widens and exports continue to shrink.” LINK

I am so so sorry.

" Polar bears are starving, drowning, resorting to cannibalism " LINK

I don't even want to breathe.

Right now- earthquake off Indonesia. Tsunami warning.


California burning. Again.

" Firefighters on Sunday picked through the devastation wrought by wildfires in two counties on Sunday while struggling to contain another monstrous fire that erupted suddenly in Orange County Saturday. The flames destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 10,000 people along the southern coast to evacuate.
...Firefighters were still trying to beat back ferocious wildfires in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara but were beginning to contain them. In the San Fernando Valley, there was fear that as workers sifted through the rubble of a trailer park that was quickly destroyed, an untold number of bodies might turn up. " link

That freaking mud volcano still going, 2 years later. Gov't gives up.

I can't believe this is still going on! In 2006, I posted about this bad boy a lot. Dang. They tried to "choke it" by dropping in a lot of concrete- one idea, that has, unsurprisingly, failed.

Well, it looks like the Indonesian government is giving up on it.

"Indonesia's vice president said on Friday the government had given up all hope of halting a mud volcano in East Java which has displaced thousands of people, hurt businesses, and destroyed the local environment.
The disastrous mud volcano, which started erupting in May 2006 near Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya, has proved a huge problem for the government.
The hot, noxious mud has displaced more than 50,000 people, submerged homes, factories and schools and is now flowing at a rate of more than 100,000 cubic meters a day. Various attempts to halt the flow have all failed." LINK

We're all going to die. Sooner."Brown clouds dim Asia, threaten world's food"

"Thick brown clouds of soot, particles and chemicals stretching from the Persian Gulf to Asia threaten health and food supplies in the world, the U.N. reported Thursday, citing what it called the newest threat to the global environment.
The regional haze, known as atmospheric brown clouds, contributes to glacial melting, reduces sunlight and helps create extreme weather conditions that impact agricultural production, according to the report commissioned by the U.N. Environment Program.
The huge plumes have darkened 13 megacities in Asia — including Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Cairo, Mumbai and New Delhi — sharply "dimming" the amount of light by as much as 25 percent in some places." LINK