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13 Observations On The New Holiday Spending Normal

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Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:05 | 2003402 gbresnahan
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I love Google Trends.  I've been using this to compare the GOP presidential candidates.  The results are not surprising.


Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:19 | 2003513 WoodMizer
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Thanks, Washington DC is so out of touch.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 03:14 | 2003604 steelrules
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Lets hope that's a sign of things to come.

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 13:56 | 2010474 RemiG2010
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I love all Google products!

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:08 | 2003407 Jena
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Pacemakers probably necessary for all.  Wondering what sort of garnish is best to use on those recipes for kids.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:49 | 2003467 UP Forester
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Penn State sweatpants?

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:18 | 2003417 bob_dabolina
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How is it that I see posts vanish from ZH? 

There was some post with a link to silver doctors...now it's gone. It's not the first time I've seen this happen. What gives?

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:23 | 2003428 wandstrasse
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...to silver doctors...


does your silver feel ill?

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:30 | 2003439 bullnutz
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Obviously that story is going to hurt silver bugs....but manipulation will NOT win out in the end.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:34 | 2003443 bullnutz
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I have it reposted Bob, but here it is http://silverdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/12/cmecomex-grant-jpm-temporary-waiver-for.html. I was wondering ths same thing, it's probably off topic but it could have a huge impact on us precious metal bugs.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:55 | 2003558 flacon
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Pan Asia Gold Exchange opens in June, so the waiver for JPM takes them up to May 31st. 6 more months of manipulation to buy your metals, then it's time to go for a ride to the moon and beyond. 

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:36 | 2003445 sasebo
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They hit their EDIT button & forgot to rehit SAVE ---------------

Anything else?

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 08:39 | 2003731 Sam Clemons
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TD once told me that the comments can come so fast that the servers literally overheat and comments might get dumped.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:19 | 2003419 NOTW777
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so a google search equals reality???????????



Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:19 | 2003421 wandstrasse
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the charts look quite algorithmic. F***ing Christmas algo.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:22 | 2003424 oogs66
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This is why zh is great. This isn't negative per se but isn't just spin. Well thought out research that brings things to our attention that we can decide what to do with!!

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:22 | 2003425 hawks5999
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Cheap presents are what you take to office parties. The fact that the search is down reflects the high unemployment.


There's a grey cloud in every silver lining.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:23 | 2003426 bullnutz
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Here was the post Bob.  Very interesting stuff.  Looks like JP and all the other silver manipulators are going to have a market free for all until May.  The CME, NYMEX, and COMEX have issued a temporary waiver of the requirement that market participants file an updated application in order to exceed speculative position limits.   The CME announced they have waived the reporting requirements through May 31st, 2012. http://silverdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/12/cmecomex-grant-jpm-temporary-waiver-for.html

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:26 | 2003432 Banksters
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I don't want to freak anyone out, but.



NKorea Cites Mysterious Glow Just Before Kim Death



    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea says a fierce snowstorm paused and the sky began glowing red above sacred Mount Paektu just minutes before leader Kim Jong Il’s death.

    State media say the ice on volcanic Lake Chon at the mountain in the far north cracked with a load roar.

    And in the city of Hamhung, a Manchurian crane circled a statue of Kim’s father, late President Kim Il Sung, before alighting on a tree, its head drooping before it took off toward Pyongyang.

    State media say Kim died Saturday morning at age 69. His death was announced two days later.

    Similar myths and legends also surround Kim Jong Il’s birth on Mount Paektu. Official biographies say he was born on Paektu and that a double rainbow filled the skies when he was born.



    Don't worry, Jesus, the 3 wise men, and the manger is REAL.    BITCHEZZZZZ


    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:52 | 2003474 IQ 101
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    The Manchurian crane is 'one of ours'.

    3 wise men and an agricultural building could not possibly exist could they?

    As for Jesus, you might wish to engage in further research, it is not all as legendish as you might think and if your wrong, you are beyond scroodled.

    Merry Christmas.

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 02:28 | 2003505 Banksters
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    Ok, so the whole bible is true.  You should move to NK.   You'd buy their bullshit too. One last thing, do you see Jesus in burnt toast.  If you do, you are true believer!

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 09:53 | 2003817 tarsubil
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    False legends were made for Kim Jong-Il therefore the story of Jesus was a false legend. Kim Jong-Il and Jesus could not be any more different. What a weird argument. Are you relying on some link through Elvis?

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:55 | 2003478 bpom
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    In the 'reas, they say that their rice is best, but the Nipponese say that theirs is better.

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:22 | 2003491 simone
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    "Do you believe in Jesus? … If you believe," Peter shouted to them, "clap your hands; don't let Jesus die."



    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:26 | 2003433 lizzy36
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    Jello molds.......UGH UGH UGH.

    Reminder: Diamonds Are Forever :) 

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:36 | 2003447 ThrivingAdmistC...
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    Everyone is too concerned about an economic collapse to shop.

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 06:45 | 2003666 scatterbrains
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    I wonder how a graph of holiday U.S. Mint sales would contrast to some of these charts.

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 00:58 | 2003481 gwar5
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    Interesting. No guns for Grandma this Christmas?


    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:14 | 2003508 Arkadaba
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    On a positive note: love this video. It does remind me a bit of where I grew up and where I learnt to ski - no one could afford high end equipment or clothes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=G5dOB3VSyC8#!

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:22 | 2003517 Arkadaba
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    And just something a little positive. Sometimes you need it. I think 2012 is going to make 2008 llook ike a walk in park. I wish I was wrong,, I hope I am wrong .... but I don't think so.

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 03:04 | 2003598 steelrules
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    That's BC for ya. Great video.

    Fri, 12/23/2011 - 07:23 | 2006676 Arkadaba
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    Raised in Hamiliton- but we did have skis and skates. It is great video

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 05:11 | 2003637 DollarMenu
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    Thanks, Arkadaba, that video is a real treat!


    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:23 | 2003520 San Diego Gold Bug
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    Christmas Silver Bells Video Give ZH and Tyler some Xmas Love!!

    Watch here

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:26 | 2003523 dtwn
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    #8 is quite interesting, "though noticeably absent is the phrase “cheap gifts for women.”"  It's all about that pu**y.  Gotta keep it happy.

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:50 | 2003549 steveo
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    I still think this is the best Christmas Gift I have ever received (even if I had to buy it).  

     Celestron C8 SGT XLT

    Visitors to my site kliking ads have helped pay for 7% of this fine beast, and I appreciate that, since with accessories I was $1200 over budget, ouch.    Consider stopping by and viewing some scope pics, etc.   I actually do stock charts too!

    A fantastically good telescope, able to hook up to a camera, and also able to hookup to a computer and be controlled by the computer ...."go to Orion Nebula" and it takes you right there.    It has its own GPS so it has a pretty good idea where it is in the world, then you just point it at any three bright sky objects, and it then knows automatically where everything is Exactly.    Pick any 3 bright objects and you don't even have to tell it what those objects are.

    Now that is cool!


    The Scope is only about 60 lbs wet (lets hope it doesn't get wet), but is a beast at gathering light.   These are actual pictures.   

    C'mon how about a little Christmas present for steveo?    Thanks and have a Happy Holiday season.  I will probably be pretty scarce between Christmas and New Years as far as blogging goes.


    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 01:51 | 2003550 steveo
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    del double


    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 03:08 | 2003599 Dre4dwolf
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    The economy sucks balls.

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 05:51 | 2003646 I am Jobe
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    How about Cheap Beer ?

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 09:34 | 2003786 BullishBear
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    They switch to whiskey when times are tough!





    Kill Myself

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 09:43 | 2003799 Shizzmoney
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    Awesome report. 

    Cheap beer sales are actually down a bit (although that is data based from over the winter/summer - the sales always usually pick up around football time).  Consumers are looking for more *bang* for their buck, and are more willing to try beer that actually tastes good and gives them a bit more of a buzz with less.  Plus the newer beer consumer (21-30) is more willing to sway away from cheap beer since they probably pounded them in college.  AND I know 2 buddies of mine who have been exploring more micro brewing at home.  The cheap beers that ARE doing well tend to be the low carb ones like Coors Light, Michelob Ultra, etc. as they appeal to a more broad consumer (pun intended).

    Quality, rather than quanitity, is the name of the game for the consumer today (unless its home goods like diapers, textiles, and simple foods.  Think Costco).  People who make a "New Normal" wage are looking to stretch that dollar as much as they can....until the dollar stretches itself into oblivion. 

    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 11:29 | 2004057 Snakeeyes
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    Jobless claims were down indicating that seasonal effiect may be bigger than expected. But the rest of the numbers are not so good. See and charts. Q3 GDP and Personal Consuption growth sucked.

    Bernanke’s Plea to Consume (Not Save) and the Conflicting Economic News: The Good, The Not-So-Good and The Expected (Housing)


    Thu, 12/22/2011 - 16:05 | 2005096 The Alarmist
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    Tyler should post the Google Trends graph for Zero Hedge along with some of the highlighted search results.

    Wed, 03/14/2012 - 04:25 | 2253226 jackson26
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    Such a great stuff. You have given us some interesting information. I appreciate it. I think,  US consumer has really learned the hard way to live under their means. And video is also good.

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