This just in, from the AP: “Everything seemingly is spinning out of control.” The editorial defies meaningful quotation, but the gist seems to be that for the first time in human history, bad things are happening and people are worried about stuff.

I did find this bit interesting:

The sense of helplessness is even reflected in this year’s presidential election. Each contender offers a sense of order — and hope.

Yep, that’s never happened before. Usually the candidates run on platforms of despair and resignation.

UPDATE: Crap. I see James Lileks scooped me on this one. I’m still catching up from being on vacation…