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Guest Post: Our Peculiar State Of Suspended Animation

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Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:17 | 1280241 Ahmeexnal
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Would you want Freedom fries with your order?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:26 | 1280271 TheTmfreak
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I forgot all about that.... hah. (The whole freedom instead of French)

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 19:49 | 1281092 I am Jobe
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Obama offers surprise face time to Memphis high school seniors


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:23 | 1280257 Vergeltung
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nice link/story. thanks!


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:47 | 1280342 Herman Strandsc...
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Well said, I agree.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:15 | 1280220 oogs66
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It finally feels like its all catching up with us...maybe we kick that proverbial can down the road one more time, but the web of debt and bailouts is starting to unravel

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:19 | 1280253 john39
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the can is a rigged IED this time.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:17 | 1280243 Mad Max
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Isn't the main question just who's going to be left holding the bag?

Will it be China, Japan and other creditors?  J6P and Main Street?  Or, in a bizarroworld where there is justice, could it actually be the TBTF banks and other guilty parties?

Only the first of those options would let us keep some portion of our false prosperity, of course, and then only if it somehow doesn't lead to war.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:20 | 1280256 john39
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how about everyone outside the banker class criminal power cult?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:45 | 1280337 Holodomor2012
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The Merchant of Venice will have his pound of flesh. 

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 22:32 | 1281642 goldfish1
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Might be suspended animation this week, but people are feeling the pinch. I am. Increasing gas prices from 2.58 to 4.00, a 35% increase - a 2 car family spending $328 per month is now spending $508, a decrease to disposable income of $180. Increasing food prices...have you seen the price per pound of ground chuck lately? Many items are very expensive...a package of Lorna Doones, the small package is now 4.59. The cereal boxes are substantially smaller for higher prices, same with laundry detergent.

Clothing prices are higher. Money is getting less available for the poor and the middle class.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:21 | 1280258 RobotTrader
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So far, buying of U.S. Treasuries remains voracious.


Bill Gross continues to get "Waterboarded".....

Only a matter of time before he has to close that trade.

And then he'll have to use his $90 billion in cash to "catch up" by chasing equities...


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:29 | 1280286 Boston
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He might have to use some of those billions to chase Treasuries......after he reaches max pain, of course.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:05 | 1280422 rocker
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The reason they are buying treasuries is because they are bailing on the stock market. Plain and simple. 

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1280306 lieutenantjohnchard
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care to update us on your jcp call of the day? or tzoo? or zlc? stick to utility stocks. you'll save yourself money.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 23:37 | 1281822 suldog
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Careful with your mocking of Bill Gross.  

In 2007, he dumped his subprime holdings saying something to the effect that they were "dressed up in red lipstick, wearing pump shoes, hanging in the red-light district".

He was content to have TRF in the middle of the pack for a quarter or two.  After that, he was #1 versus his peer universe, and finished near the top for the year.

He is not often wrong with big bets, and he cares not about being early.  Which is a good thing, because with a fund that size, he has to be early.  So he might as well talk his book.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:21 | 1280260 LawsofPhysics
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Suspended animation?  Look, possession has always been nine tenths of the law.  Once all the fiat burns, it will be 100% of the law.  Got physical?  "Mark to unicorn" accounting is fantasy and will die when people demand their unicorns back.  None of this ends well, so hedge accordingly and by that I really mean prepare accordingly.  Every choice you make is technically a "hedge" in one form or another.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:09 | 1280439 rocker
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Apmex introducing fractional silver coins that memic old liberty head dimes.  What do they see in the future.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 18:38 | 1280932 RockyRacoon
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The premiums over spot are obscene on this APMEX project.  Also, what is the difference from what they are doing with these and what Von NotHaus is probably going to jail for?


Tue, 05/17/2011 - 00:42 | 1281974 aphlaque_duck
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Seriously. Buy a sack of 90% silver quarters.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:25 | 1280264 Silver Bug
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The system is unsustainable, and no matter how much extend and pretend they do. It will implode in on itself. We are moving back to a more stable system. Come Hell or High water.



Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:24 | 1280276 chistletoe
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Here's the whole history, starting with WWII:



Mon, 05/16/2011 - 17:03 | 1280673 honestann
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Oh, that is so funny... and true.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:29 | 1280287 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Lets just have a worldwide happy all debts are forgiven day.  That or WW3.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1280309 rosiescenario
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"This is not the warm and fuzzy stagflation of the 1970s..."


Using the term 'stagflation' to describe our current situation glosses over the present situation. We had 'stagflation' in the 70's and having lived through that, what we have now is far more onerous.


We need to come up with a new name that reflects where we really are.



Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:43 | 1280339 JohnG
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Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:51 | 1280375 Herman Strandsc...
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'Bankrupt'. (Pre-post Banksubservience)

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:52 | 1280357 Dr. Richard Head
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Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:12 | 1280450 rocker
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+1           LMFAO

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 18:23 | 1280897 blindman
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very nice, i would add

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 19:58 | 1281130 ctlaltDEL
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Indeed, inflation everywhere in everything ..... except for copious amounts of DSK deflation, and no printing press in the world can help that prick.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:53 | 1280372 tip e. canoe
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speaking of which, a video just popped up on my screen :  "you know that when you use Lysol at home, you'll know you're a part of something bigger..."

don't watch any tv, so guess i'm not used to this, but wow, they're really starting to pile it on.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:10 | 1280441 LFMayor
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Masturflation.  It's the only gratification we'll be getting.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 01:33 | 1282059 TwoShortPlanks
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Just use the abreviated term, Bob-n-Fred.

Congress: "Oh God, we've been Bob-n-Fred'd by the Crentral Banks!"

The Bernank: "This is not the Bob-n-Fred-er you're looking for".

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1280310 DaddyO
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It's only a matter of TIME!!!!


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:35 | 1280314 lieutenantjohnchard
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i agree with his thinking. it ought to be obvious to most everybody.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:39 | 1280322 VyseLegendaire
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Well said. 

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1280345 carbonmutant
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This is what it's like in the center of a singularity...

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:52 | 1280378 tip e. canoe
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...mirrors reflecting mirrors reflecting mirrors...

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:48 | 1280350 lincolnsteffens
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I've had a feeling of suspeded animation too for a couple of years. It is like I'm watching a movie of a tidal wave of disasters heading for shore in slow motion. For the last 6 months though it seems like the movie is speeding up. When it reaches full speed the wave will be upon us.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:32 | 1280521 Citxmech
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Kinda reminds me of this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ryPUJyQf6g  [Monty Python - Lancelot running]

It just seems to take forever - until. . . .

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:54 | 1280382 newworldorder
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Excellent post Tyler - but it does not matter.

The great majority do not know of what you speak, nor understand the powerful words you have written.

We are in the eye of the hurricane. Everything is calm until it is not. The tipping point has not been hit. The masses especially those who have not been affected by unemployment in the last 4 years do not understand any of this.

Like an attempt to jump the Grand Canyon, we have left solid ground and are presently temporarily suspended in mid air, looking at a clear blue sky. What awaits us below is not visible nor measurable in speed of descent nor final outcome.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:26 | 1280498 Ferrari
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As far as the "great majority" is concerned, I work in a company of 34 people in New England. With our accountant today I used the word "austerity" to describe the belt tightening we've been doing here and she stopped me to say she didn't know the term.

I find the ignorance of our fellow Americans guarantees our political & economic doom. Nothing else. Our true bogie man is not the banker, or imam, ChiCom, Frenchman, liberal or conservative; it is the boobus Americanus, the great majority you speak of.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:30 | 1280528 RichardENixon
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Sounds like you need a new accountant.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:46 | 1280603 Ferrari
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She's very good at what she does, and like so many others around me, has no idea of what is happening beyond her two screens.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:52 | 1280622 RichardENixon
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I know what you mean. I was in a continuing education class with a bunch of CPAs back when AIG was bailed out, and when I started talking about how outrageous is was that Geithner was in the room during the "negotiations" they had no idea what I was talking about, nor did they care.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 20:56 | 1281294 Ned Zeppelin
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Geitherner was simply doing his job: making sure TPTB got their way. He works for them, not us. 

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 17:08 | 1280681 ghostfaceinvestah
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"In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird."

George Orwell, 1984

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 17:51 | 1280813 Screwball
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Daily I am reminded how little our population understands about what's going on.  It amazes me how little the same population understands even simple math.  It's hard to be optomistic going forward.  That quote says it all.

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