Monday, September 03, 2012

Labor Day 2012 -- the decline of the middle class.

Labor Day 2012 -- The Decline of the Middle Class

When I took this photo in the window of Tiffany's on New York's 5th Avenue, it was the spring of 1981, and the Regan Revolution was just getting started. The erosion the middle class was just beginning to get underway. The gap between rich and poor, the two "bag ladies" in the photo, could still be represented by an empty place on a park bench. Today it's become a chasm bigger than the Grand Canyon.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Once in a blue moon -- what was hiding behind the clouds Friday night in Madison

Once in a Blue Moon
The Blue Moon is the name for the second full moon in a calendar month. It happens because the phases of the moon are slightly shorter than a full calendar month, so eventually there's an "extra" full moon, the blue moon. Friday night's cloud cover obscured the real full moon, so here's a fanciful recreation to tide you over until the next Blue Moon in 2015.