Ten years ago, you might have thought that we’d tumble into a depression when hell freezes over.
So it’s troubling news today on two fronts: Government economists confirm that, yes, we’re in a recession and have been in one for quite a while.
And, contrary to what scientists once thought of a young Earth that was hot as Hades, that hell could very well have been ice-cold.
As the New York Times points out this morning in one of its regular, sweeping science stories about events millions of years ago:
The only American who was alive back then, Senator Robert Byrd, couldn’t be reached for comment on the Times‘s assertions.
Adding to this morning’s chill is the saga of Plaxico Burress, who mistakenly thought that happiness is a warm gun and instead found himself and his career in the chilly Tombs.
Make sure you don’t shoot yourself in the foot. Keep your hands on your computer …
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
AP: ‘Panel warns biological attack likely by 2013’
McClatchy: ‘Economic researchers say recession started a year ago’
When running against now President-elect Obama in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton asked voters who they would want in the White House answering an emergency call at 3:00 a.m.
The voters resoundingly chose Obama to be on the receiving end of that phone call. But with her nomination Monday to become secretary of state, the Democratic senator from New York will likely be the one dialing the phone and waking the president with news of an international incident.
Clinton made an effort during the campaign to portray Obama as inexperienced on matters of foreign policy, while touting her own thin credentials during her time spent as first lady.
Washington Post: ‘A National Security Team That Looks Like the Nation’ (Al Kamen)
Wall Street Journal: ‘Delinquent Mortgages Set to Nearly Double in 2009’
McClatchy: ‘Florida, banks halt foreclosures for 45 days’
N.Y. Times: ‘When Hell Cooled Down’
McClatchy: ‘Obama’s “team of rivals” also has some rival ideas’
Wall Street Journal: ‘China Fears a Reverse Migration’
McClatchy: ‘Dozens killed, scores wounded in spate of Iraq attacks’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Goldman Faces Loss of $2 Billion for Quarter’
Wall Street Journal: ‘New Strategy Drives Obama Picks’
N.Y. Post: ‘BUS DRIVER SLAIN’