We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It kind of sucks in my business, which is one which is not usually very optional. We have not hired for over two years and have laid off quite a few professionals and assistants. Do I see a re-do of Carter's stagflation?
The economy absolutely sucks. No growth, we don't hire or even replace the people who quit, raises and bonus are non-existent - just be happy that you have a job. Now inflation and gas prices are eating away at what we have and earn.
Report from the small business trenches: this is terrifying. I thought after two years of severe recession, the economy would start improving. Instead, we just had (in April) our worst month ever. I wonder if people in DC have any idea how bad it is out here. Nobody is spending money. I think there are a lot of businesses that are teetering on closing their doors.
...looks like this thread may in the mood for yesterday's Nyquist column.
Here's something else. i found it awhile back, in a search for something related, and saved it. Woke up about 4AM with the usual world situation dread all over me. Idling thru the old 'misc' folder doing a spot of filing and deleting, and thought i'd give it another --closer --listen.
Try to look past the apocalypso opening, and even the URL provenance, and focus on the fact that this lady is real --it was the remembering of several post-9/11/01 refs to her that had set me searching for her name, and led me to this MP3. The radio interviewer and the interview are i think real (refs in volume appear elsewhere in search). TRhe key to getting something useful out of listening is to remember that this lady, notorious for having 'predicted 9/11' and addressing the Duma some months before the WTC attack on the need to quickly exit the US Dollar, is being interviewed in this URL on November 20, 2008.
Now the third thing, which makes this comment timely, is that yesterday the news came that the EC is beginning a probe into two matters relating to the great crash: a little company called "Market", and the explanation for how the new ICE (Intercontinental Exchange, also like 'Market' London-based) managed to garner so incredibly much of the CDS biz, at the expense of the usual routings of such trade.
With brevity in mind, let me just opine that this EC probe is at the very heart of the whole theory of design of the collapse, and concerns information that the people you would expect to know about these items surely must indeed have known for some time (whether involved in the attack, or whether just as informed and horrified, yet unable to publicly discuss), and are for some reason (perhaps someone such as Angela Merkel has decided to push it into the light) now deciding to go public.
If this EC probe is covered in the news, if the public shows interest enough that a perhaps trial balloon is kept aloft, then the western financial system will have decided to forgoe the endless worsening root canals and just have the rotten teeth pulled --IOW we may be not quite dead quite yet, insofar as having a chance to recommence living the life we have known.
--who knows what effect she is after --maybe the ones she had on you or me, jpm. But search her name:
dr. tatyana koryagina
...she's a high-echelon economist in Putin's government. What induced me to link that interview was her description of three major attacks planned on USA, and that two of them (2001 and 2008) are already history, and that the third, to which she refers in the 2008 interview, was going to be on the oil front. The second, the financial system attack, was ongong at the time of that radio interview, but the third, the 'oil attack' was then in the future.
It may have begun in the streets of Cairo some few months ago.
But there is some optimism in that the second attack --the so-called 'subprime bubble' --is apparently to be ferreted out for the public: