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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Les Misérables: Gold teeth for sale in New Orleans

From Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis...

The person who submitted the photo writes...

"Got the photo from a friend. The white sign that has been blacked out used to be the Toy Center. The biggest & best toy store in New Orleans in the late 50's early 60's. The Coca Cola bottling plant & Tulane Shirt Company were just to the left on S. Jefferson Davis Parkway. Times have changed."
I remember back in the early Nineties when Haiti was being torn apart following the military coup that overthrew Aristide. People there became so hard-up for money, that they had resorted to looting cemeteries: digging up graves to steal jewelry, gold teeth and even silk casket linings to sell. That's the kind of desperation that whenever I see a picture like this or hear somesuch else so similar, I have to wonder how far we really are from the edge of that abyss.