Chart Of The Day: By 2109 Everything Will Be "Sustainable"

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Long-time readers of Zero Hedge know that the application of Birinyi's ruler to any trend (traditionally the market, but anything works - after all extrapolating the future courtesy of a few data points is the new killing it) has long been a "favorite" topic of ours. So is media spin in the form of certain "hit" keywords, such as "transitory", "better than expected", and of course "sustainable." Which is why were are delighted when we can combine both concepts into one post, or in this case, chart, which today comes courtesy of, which plot the incidence of the word "sustainable" in English text, and comes up with some amusing predictions, such as that by the year 2109, at current trends, every sentence in the English language will consist solely of the world "sustainable" used over and over.


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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:03 | 2088539 frenchie
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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:32 | 2088645 Momauguin Joe
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Economic growth after peak oil is unsustanable. Iraq, Iran aren't about nuclear enabled maniacs. It's all about the oil.



Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:43 | 2088693 tmosley
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Economic growth WITH THE CURRENT MODEL is unsustainable after peak oil.  We will not fall into an eternal depression and just decline into savagery after peak oil.  We just move to a new model.

The only question is, will the government stand in the way of the transition or not?  Currently the answer is an emphatic YES.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:48 | 2088719 trav7777
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and AGAIN, you keep babbling and arguing about something NOBODY even mentioned, implied, or suggested!

Did he SAY "eternal depression and savagery"?!?!?  NO.

So why the fuck are you bringing it up as a point to argue against?

The CURRENT MODEL relies on growth in energy inputs.  That is the only model.  There is no way to PRODUCE anything without energy.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:43 | 2089093 LowProfile
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<--  Less heat more light

<--  More heat less light


Vote and suggest to Trav777 and Tmosely the way forward!


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:27 | 2089568 Dire Wolf
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Well, now that it has beem mentioned, I must say that I am kind of looking foreword to the whole "savagery" thing. As for "eternal depression", savagery beats Prozac hands down.

Give a savage a break!


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:02 | 2089447 AgShaman
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Peak oil is a scam like Global Warming. Oil is's supply and reserves will keep up with demand.








Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:09 | 2089482 Urban Roman
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It's priced in ... BTFD!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:32 | 2088650 Pladizow
Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:48 | 2088703 Random_Robert
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Try plugging the following text into Google trends:

"silver bull market"



Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:47 | 2088718 bernorange
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"Equilibrium", here we come!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 17:25 | 2090312 slyhill
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"end the fed"

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:06 | 2088548 Gubbmint Cheese
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A sustainable economic collapse? A sustainable reversion to the mean?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:08 | 2088556 RubberMartyr
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Most epic graph ever.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:09 | 2088557 Peter K
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On the Old Continant, sustainable will replace Stabeeleeeteeee:)

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:09 | 2088562 Pontius
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A data point is a trend.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:12 | 2088569 DaveyJones
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can we plot the phrase "those assholes?"

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:09 | 2089484 rosiescenario
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.....suggest using an inverted French curve for you a nice hockey stick meshing with reality.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:13 | 2088571 Ponzi Unit
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Fad is destiny.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:12 | 2088572 falak pema
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so a straight line is the shortest route between financial desperation and sustainable hopium; we must all be hooked on Afghan opium...hooked, lined and sinkered.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:11 | 2089493 rosiescenario
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"so a straight line is the shortest route"


No, the great circular thinking route is the shortest, and it is sustainable as it circles back on itself for infinite is evidenced by what the folks in DC are sying.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 16:43 | 2090188 falak pema
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I always knew that Ruler thingie was wimplistic, circles within circles is so simple. Who wants wimples when we have simples. 

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:13 | 2088573 tmosley
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I do love xkcd.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:12 | 2088574 rsnoble
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US stocks will sustain a rally at the open on overnight futures pumps, to collapse around noon based on reality and sustain a full recovery when the PPT shows up at 2pm and this game will sustain until tommorow. It is questionable if the sustained unemployment rally in DC by the sustained 999 weekers will have a sustained impact on tommorws open.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:13 | 2088575 dark pools of soros
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Sustainable is the new Bitchez,  Bitchez

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:06 | 2089465 AgShaman
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Sustainable is "Rock-a-fellian" code speak for Georigia Guidestones

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:13 | 2088576 distopiandreamboy
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Hmm must correlate this with "arbitrage".

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:14 | 2088579 YesWeKahn
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Only if the trend is really sustainable.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:15 | 2088588 kralizec
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That chart is on Viagra.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:15 | 2088590 gsamsa
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?? ??? ?

In 2120: 100% super sustainable

in 2150: 100% hyper sustainable


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:46 | 2088710 Incubus
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hypersustainability, eh?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:17 | 2088599 SIOP
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(note to self)

1. Create a company called "Sustainable"

2. Trade mark the word "Sustainable"

3. Sue anyone using the word "Sustainable"..

4. Profit!

5. Drink drinks with umbrellas in them along with several scantily clad women!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:49 | 2088722 trav7777
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some problems with #2 and #3 that make all the rest of it moot

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:18 | 2088600 Judge Arrow
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Objection sustained. Bailiff, drinks all around.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:20 | 2088604 RobotTrader
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It's Official:  QQQ now at 10-year highs.


Where are the bears today?


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:27 | 2088630 DaveyJones
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"official" is no longer a word for accuracy

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:38 | 2088660 Pladizow
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"QQQ at 10 year highs." - and that gives you what % avg annual growth? - perhaps 5% - FUCKING AWESOME!


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:39 | 2088672 ebworthen
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High value, low volume, just like the Beauty Queen who never goes on dates.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:44 | 2088690 somethingisrotten
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Thanks for the tip, MoMo Lizard, I just went short (long QID). 

Please let me know how I am doing a year from now.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:47 | 2088716 YesWeKahn
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Hopefully that is sustainable.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:19 | 2088605 SheepDog-One
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On a long enough timeline, apparently 'Full Retard' IS sustainable!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:21 | 2088608 Trying to Understand
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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:21 | 2088609 dwdollar
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LOL... That made my day.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:24 | 2088613 hedgeless_horseman
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Is that not the chart for abiotic oil production?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:23 | 2088617 Sandmann
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These Regressions are paralleled in politics where you meet your target or explore the Lubyanka.......eventually it will become a motivational tool for errant forecasting in the US when hard times show a persistence and immutability that makes Talking Heads even more ridiculous and absurd........Dead Bankers used to be a speciality of the Baader-Meinhof, but it could become a global franchise

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:24 | 2088621 Agent P
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Unfortunately, by 2109 I will no longer be sustainable.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:26 | 2088629 Benedict Farse
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How many sustainable economies does it take to change a light bulb?

None. The FED, ECB and IMF will screw it in real good for you Bitchez!

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:34 | 2088633 Mercury
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Squeeze humans' natural religious impulse...and it just come out the other end.

Original sin is still in, "Sustainable" is the new "Salvation" and there are still middlemen trying to strong-arm you into trading liberty for "security".

We used to worship we worship government and the weather.


Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:50 | 2088727 HD
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You sir, just pissed off the great and powerful NOAA. A forecast for disaster to be sure.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:32 | 2089001 Mercury
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I meant the weather, years into the future as predicted by the likes of Al Gore. 

As a seafearer I generally like and trust NOAA.

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