Trying to figure out just how our country could topple so quickly has bothered me for quite some time lately. Lot's of buzz words like credit default swap, toxic asset, etc. were floated around and while I was able to understand bits and pieces, the whole thing didn't become clear until I saw Jonathan Jarvis' piece on it. Spend the 11 min to watch this and I am sure you, as I was, will be happy, and enlightened that you did! If you like it you can drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know. Warning: This does not give the solution to the crisis, only the history of it!