Here are the headlines that have greeted me in my first few minutes of consciousness this morning:
American Airlines files for bankruptcy as losses mount
States face a crushing economic outlook, fiscal survey says
Home Prices Decline
Businesses Scramble as Credit Tightens Across Europe
‘I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity’
Militants Turn to Death Squads in Afghanistan
Radiation covers 8pc of Japan
On the bright side, Facebook seems to believe that it's worth $100 billion. That's good news for about 500 shareholders, anyway.
I shall now go to the breakfast table and see if I can do something about my blood sugar level. Maybe things won't all seem so bad when I get back.