Pseudo Sales

I recently read about the dramatic reversal of fortunes in Dubai. Some 500,000 cars have been abandoned by departing foreign workers, and construction has ground to a near halt, including completion of the world's tallest building. Businesses are bailing out. It brought to mind a conversation I had a couple of years ago with an American engineer as we returned to the United States from Dubai. He said he had seen some very poor engineering in the construction of some major buildings. In particular, foundations were improperly prepared to support buildings on sand, which is about all you have in Dubai. He thought a day would come when some of these buildings would begin to fail, if not collapse. Dubai is a metaphor for the economic upheavals we're experiencing. We have our own version of Dubai. Las Vegas has suffered a dramatic halt to the super-size expansion of recent years, though at

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