Early Voter in North Carolina

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Thirty-year-old Jenifer from North Carolina stood in line at her local library a few days ago to vote early for Obama. Here she is in her car just after casting her ballot -- and explaining with visible emotion what that meant to her as a moment of history, an action ...

On the Economy: How to Make It Through

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Tighten your belt [reallyboring / Flickr] Yolo Cowboy is willing to say it more starkly than either Obama or McCain seems to: Americans will feel the effects of the financial crisis. He believes that "reality is what we must deal with," fair or not. Yolo Cowboy lives in Esparto, California, with one ...

Financial Crisis 101

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

If you don't have time for This American Life's Giant Pool of Money or Another Frightening Show About the Economy, then Hank Green (an ecogeek) has boiled down much of the financial crisis into four short minutes. To spice things up, he wears different hats. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) All clear now? ...

Not a Game: Housing and the Economy

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found these two whimsical allusions to the mortgage crisis at the root of Wall Street's problems. Jerry from Huntsville, Alabama, feels he is one of "untold thousands" on Flickr who are "seeing and capturing life and the world, every day." Despite the playfulness of this montage he ...

Housing and Financial Meltdown

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Maureen Flynn-Burhoe is an artist in Calgary, Canada. She made this mashup back in March but had the foresight to add the shadowy Wall Street bull to the houses -- and voilĂ  -- it represents perfectly what's going on right now: [ocean.flynn / Flickr] Maureen lives in "nonlinear time," so maybe that's ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

Alternative Terrorism

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

James Pence of Glendale, Kentucky, doesn't mince words. He explains here, in a calmly biting commentary on the Bush administration's handling of the economy, healthcare, civil liberties, and other issues central to the election, how he -- if he were a terrorist -- would undermine America: That rocking chair somehow takes ...

Take Over My House Payments

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Today's Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crisis was a good reminder to feature this photograph by ~gio~. She took it in Lakewood, New Jersey, at the end of May. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) [~gio~ / Flickr] As -sina-, one of the commenters on ~gio~'s photo, says, "Love that both way sign - ...