>In the last few years, every time Husband went to an investor meeting for some company in which his firm invested, he came home with generous goodie bags with things like gift certificates to move theaters and restaurants, North Face jackets, fancy chaise chairs for picnics, and large canvas bags perfect as beach totes. Back when the iPod Shuffle was a shiny new invention, Husband received one as a hand out, which he gave to me. I've used it at the gym ever since.

Not long after I loaded my little music machine up with quality hits from Madonna, the Beatles, Bon Jovi, Dido, and Christina Aguillera, I found that I could not sync it again. A little message flashed on screen saying that my Shuffle was "corrupt." I don't care enough that I'll buy a new one until the whole unit dies, but today as I charged it, I thought about how appropriate the corruption charge is.

The pursuit of personal wealth accumulation is out of control. The Madoff ponzi scheme debacle has bankrupted several foundations which supported organizations that assist low income communities. The executives of investment banks and hedge funds are for the most part still paying themselves fat bonuses for their failures, the bills for which the taxpayers are footing. Perhaps some of this rubbed off on my iPod Shuffle, huh?