This is a really interesting precedent, since it basically implies the US government thinks Bitcoins are real and valuable things, and that trading in them is legal (if it’s willing to do so itself) as long as what you’re using them to pay for is legal.
In summary: much of the damage of 2007 has now been un-done, but employment has yet to catch up with the population growth since 2007, so unemployment (and part-time employment) are still far too high. But signs are good that those will start heading the right direction this year.
The most horrifying part of this story is that the US military resented the “interference” of civilian authority in their ability to launch nuclear missiles, which is why they deliberately made the codes unnecessary, and their supposed superiors on the civilian side didn’t find out about this until an article in the press.
And nothing will ever, ever happen to you. You won’t even be charged with reckless driving. Even if, as in this case, you deliberately ran over a cyclist and tore a pedestrian’s leg off in the process.
The TLDR: when the stock market tanks, it becomes a better use of spare cash to buy equity in other companies (or buy back your own stock) than to invest in new ventures or increased capacity. The former leads to an improvement in the stock market, the latter produces new jobs. The net result is that new jobs are less likely to be created until *after* the stock market has fully recovered — which in the case of the current recession happened only this year. Which means we should be looking for strong growth in jobs to finally return in 2014.
"And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these ‘stand your ground’ laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?"