planet money has a million links. i was going to paste one, then i went to another and another. you can nose around your self if you want to learn more. also thought this article in the economist was pretty good.
i think the main thing is no one knows what to do. oh wait, no one does. no one knows if this bail out will work on the long run, but how bad are things going to get in the short run if we don't do anything?
it's pretty crazy the dow dropped almost 800 points. eek!