LOL Street: open thread on Lehman/Merrill/AIG/Dow/Fed/FUD/OMG/WTF

This is an open thread to discuss what's happening in America's financial markets. Yesterday's thread is too big to load comfortably in a web browser. The Dow fell 504 points yesterday, the largest drop since 9/11, after some bummer news and then some more. Markets in Asia dived next, with Japan bank stocks taking their steepest decline in more than 20 years. The Fed meets today. Headlines are easy enough to find, you don't need us to repost them here — but I wanted to continue the discussion thread, so here it is.

Image above, from Ape Lad, who explains: "There is long-standing animosity between hedgehogs and the hobo duo. Here's previous evidence of their nefarious ways.

Previously on Boing Boing:
"America's financial system was shaken to its core on Sunday."