The Dow lost more than 500 points;
The nation’s CIA chief was sacked for sacking down with his biographer;
Widespread talk of state secession is in the news for the first time in 150 years (while a new Lincoln movie opens in theaters);
And on top of all that, we may have lost Twinkies, those quintessentially American heart-cloggers, with the liquidation of Hostess Brands over a union dispute.
The one high point in the stock market this week was the meteoric rise of a company called Medbox. Its value shot up 3,000 percent between Monday and Thursday, from $4 to $250 per share, before settling at around $100 on Friday.
What does this great new American company make?
Marijuana dispensing machines.
Those Hostess executives must be kicking themselves.
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