After checking both the market and the polls today, I am reminded of the ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times".
I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin.
I see bad times today.
Dont go around tonight,
Well, its bound to take your life,
Theres a bad moon on the rise.
I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.
Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die.
Looks like were in for nasty weather.
One eye is taken for an eye.
Hang in there.
My thoughts today are with the people and animals affected by Hurrican Ike. Let's not forget that they still need our help.
The Motley Fool on the credit crisis
Global Warming, Retiring Boomers and Who's To Pay The Damages
It’s not only flooding that has insurers worried. It’s wind damage, mud slides, and coastal erosion. We’re talking tens of billions of dollars of potential damage. Right now there’s only a patchwork of state insurance funds which may not be up to the task, coupled with federal flood insurance that already went $17 billion into the hole after Katrina.
...To make matters worse, developers are planning even more homes and commercial properties in vulnerable areas. You see, 77 million boomers will be retiring over the next fifteen to twenty years, and many want to go to coastal areas where the weather is milder and the beaches beautiful – Florida, the Carolinas, coastal Virginia, Cape Cod.
Skywatch reminds us to:
Gaze east tonight for the fully illuminated moon to rise...The moon will glow a deep orange and will change into a bright orb of cream-colored light as it slowly rises higher and arcs across the night sky.
When the moon is low and just above the horizon we are looking at it through many layers of the Earth's atmosphere. These layers bend and refract the lunar light we see into burnished or deep bronze displays of color.
Photo: Harvest Moon over D.C. - Thanks to Philliefan99 for the photo