links for 2009-03-22

  • "We're fools, protagonists in a kind of gruesome comedy about the marriage of greed and stupidity. And the worst part about it is that we're still in denial — we still think this is some kind of unfortunate accident, not something that was created by the group of psychopaths on Wall Street whom we allowed to gang-rape the American Dream."
  • "Chicago became the “Hobo Capital of America” during the late nineteenth century, as migratory workers hopped freight trains headed to and from the nation's busiest railroad hub. By the 1910s, authorities estimated that 300,000–500,000 transients passed through the city annually, with 30,000–70,000 of them present on any particular day.

    Comprising primarily native-born single white men, this mobile community established a “hobohemian” district in Chicago."

    (tags: history)