I haven't been able to post to Democratdad very frequently this year for the simple reason that my family has been in a crisis. My wife has been battling cancer. And now we have this financial meltdown happening in the markets. After all of our casual prognostications over the past years -- haven't you had these conversations? -- about how the Great Collapse is coming (brought on altenatively by peak oil, national debt, the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, erosion of the values of citizenship, etc.)... well, it's here.