Depression watch

Number Three, the Deutsch:

German billionaire Adolf Merckle has committed suicide after his business empire, which included interests ranging from pharmaceuticals to cement, ran into trouble in the global financial crisis, his family said Tuesday.

The global economy is obviously not into a full force contraction yet, otherwise these suicide reports would be occuring on a daily basis rather than a biweekly one. Although it’s also possible that perceptions haven’t quite caught up with the grim reality.