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Author Topic: Scenes of the Recession from around the world  (Read 4054 times)
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« on: March 18, 2009, 10:27:45 PM »



Some good photography on the effects of the recession. Where I live (in a small Ozark mountain town in Missouri, US), I get no more junk mail (woohoo!) and more than half the residents do their banking at check cashing/payday loan places, because they're unable to keep enough money for a checking account with a bank. Talked to the best real estate lady in town in a line at the post office yesterday and she said she had sold only one house in the past 14 months. Wow.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2009, 11:36:44 PM »

eventually things will get better.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009, 02:00:07 AM »

Where I leave things look badly too: many companies do not have enough orders, some have collapsed, some  have fired a lot of people, and the construction segment is also powerful hit, as less people buy houses or apartments. There has been a rush to buy, to get credit, to spend money, before the recession begun, but now it is very hard to get a credit from the banks and some people are having problems paying their credits. A lot of Romanians worked abroad, in Western Europe, but many of them had to come home as there are great problems too. Unfortunately, they were very important for out economy, as they sent important sums of money home.

Sure, things will get better, the question is when. And, very importantly, which is the lowest point we will reach.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 04:44:20 AM »

The local food banks are overwhelmed.
The ripples of unemployment are spreading.
The tax base is shrinking.

In times like these it's especially important to find ways of reaching out a helping hand to one's neighbours wherever and whenever possible.
A little kindness here and there might afford someone the only bright spot in an otherwise miserable, demoralizing day.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009, 08:00:18 AM »

eventually things will get better.
Someone, somewhere, have probably said that some billions years ago, before the last Big Bang!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2009, 08:00:43 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2009, 08:06:29 AM »

eventually things will get better.
Someone, somewhere, have probably said that some billions years ago, before the last Big Bang!  Grin

Time appeared with B. B. Don't you agree that things will get better? I think that the affirmation is correct, the question is for who they will get better.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2009, 08:13:40 AM »

Sure, I wasn't suggesting that it wasn't correct.
Just a matter how "how long before", or "how bad before".

But of course a bit of optimism is welcomed and probably necessary too.
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2009, 08:25:41 AM »

Sorry, I didn't intended to accuse you of anything. And I totally agree with you:
bit of optimism is welcomed and probably necessary too.
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2009, 09:37:06 AM »

In times like these it's especially important to find ways of reaching out a helping hand to one's neighbours wherever and whenever possible. A little kindness here and there might afford someone the only bright spot in an otherwise miserable, demoralizing day.

Great point, which leads me to remind everyone: Treat your "handyman" neighbors well -- the guy who can climb on a roof, fix a plumbing emergency, or do some carpentry -- since you might need their help repairing something over buying new or hiring someone expensive. If you live in a neighborhood full of lawyers, you now see how useless they are!

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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2009, 09:59:44 AM »

How about 10 or so who work online get together and buy a big building together to live in?  DC House!
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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2009, 10:13:59 AM »

And then when cody eats all the money, the house will be foreclosed. We have to train cody that coins are not for eating
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2009, 11:19:08 AM »

How about 10 or so who work online get together and buy a big building together to live in? 
Always coding, eh?  I assume this is the apartment model.

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« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2009, 06:12:11 AM »

In times like these it's especially important to find ways of reaching out a helping hand to one's neighbours wherever and whenever possible.
A little kindness here and there might afford someone the only bright spot in an otherwise miserable, demoralizing day.
This is so true. People here in the Silicon Valley are becoming unbelievably rude and aggressive, especially on the road & in retail stores. Sometimes I get the feeling that I'm the first person on a cashier's shift to smile or say "thank you". They're usually surprised, and they're getting very appreciative of even the smallest nicety.

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