As the Economy Crumbles features selected news summaries with links to further information about the lousy economic trends affecting many of us. The rose-colored rhetoric, hype and spin from economists, bureaucrats, PR flacks and analysts emanating from Wall Street and the financial media requires a skeptical mind and a well-functioning bullshit detector. In this issue: Prospects of an Oil Shock; Climbing Gas and Energy Prices; Record Homeless; War, Deficit & the Economy; Birth, School, Work, Death; Jobs? What Jobs?; Slump, Fall, Decline; Going Bankrupt; Run for the Hills!; and European Woes Continue.