52 States in 8 Months

I read a newspaper… about Christmas, money and bankruptcy.

Posted in Newark by Ulf on December 28, 2008

bild3844 I got a local newspaper from Mary a few days ago. Actually it’s not a newspaper. I mean, it looks like one, but it rarely has any content. It’s called “Newark Post”. There are altogether 16 articles inside. That’s about what you can expect from the first 2-3 pages of a real newspaper.

And the articles are just about nothing. Here is a good example: “Don’t overspend this Christmas”. They use two columns just to tell me not to buy more gifts than I can pay for, and to consider donating some money:

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The other articles are very similar to this. The one which comes closest to what I would call “news” (which I would expect in a newspaper) is about a robbery in one of our local bike shops. If I remember correctly, the thieves stole a few bucks and some liquors.

The last four pages of the newspaper are interesting again. Not for reading, just for getting a feeling about the economy in the US. The pages are full of “Sheriff’s sales”. These are houses which have been confiscated due to personal bankruptcy.

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What is frightening me the most is the sheer number of announcements. And as they all say “October 31, 2008”, I think that they all belong just to one month! That’s unbelievable! Keep in mind that Newark just has a population of about 30,000!

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