Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday Featured Flickr Group: Economic Clusterf*ck of 2008

Named for two-headed Janus, the Roman god of doors, hallways, gates, beginnings and endings, January is a time for looking forward and looking back. I don't know about you, but I am so glad that 2008 is finally over. However, we cannot go into 2009 without looking back to all the mistakes that were made in 2008. We have quite a mess to clean up. The Economic Clusterf*ck of 2008 group shows a vast array of photographic evidence of our present fiscal nightmare. Here's the group's description:

About Economic Clusterf*ck of 2008

Dear Taxpayer:

I am pleased to inform you about the Flickr group "Economic Clusterf*ck of 2008" which started off as a group for the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, but has been renamed in light of the continuing fun, especially this past weekend's Merrill Lynch/Lehman/AIG implosion--looks like we're in this for the long haul!

If you've somehow managed to capture "flagging economy" in a photograph, this would be a good place to toss it. If you've photographed something that wouldn't exist if the economy was stimulated, add it. Just perfected your technique to siphon gas out of your neighbor's car? That's the sort of thing we want to see. If it's related to the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, the mortgage/credit crunch, the sluggish economy, high gas prices, home foreclosures, high food prices (which has now become a worldwide problem), the weak US dollar, tumbling stock prices, or collapsing banks, then let's see your talents. Bonus points for any photo in which the comments degenerate into partisan sniping.

You can view the photos in the group in the slide show below, or visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/stimulus2008/ to join.



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