The Steady Drip, Drip, Drip Of Bad News (Cont.)

Sigh.  As I’ve noted recently, the bad news just keeps coming.  Yesterday the troubling story was about personal bankruptcies reaching a five-year high.  Today it is reports of another “surprise” increase in new filings for unemployment benefits, which reached the highest weekly total in nine months.  When every day seems to bring a fresh sign of ongoing economic turmoil, it is difficult to be optimistic.

What does this onslaught of bad news mean?  It means that, more than two years into this recession, we aren’t seeing significant improvement in our economy.  What we have tried has not worked, and it clearly is time to try another approach.

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Smell The Smoke, Hear The Jazz

Herman Leonard died recently.  An accomplished photographer, he is best known for stunning black-and-white photos of jazz performers like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dexter Gordon (pictured at right) among many others.  His vivid photographs allow the viewer to almost smell the ever-present smoke, hear the clink of highball glasses in the hushed audience, and experience the trumpeter arching back as he reaches for that final, high note.

The BBC has a fine slideshow of some Herman Leonard photographs set to music.