Economic Alert: If You’re Not Worried Yet…You Should Be

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

Economic Alert: If You’re Not Worried Yet…You Should Be

 

For the past four years I have been covering the progression of the global economic crisis with an emphasis on the debilitating effects it has had on the American financial system.  Only once before have I ever issued an economic alert, and this was at the onset of the very first credit downgrade in U.S. history by S&P.  I do not take the word “alert” lightly.  Since 2008 we have seen a cycle of events that have severely weakened our country’s foundation, but each event has then been followed by a lull, sometimes 4 to 6 months at a stretch, which seems to disarm the public, drawing them back into apathy and complacency.  The calm moments before each passing storm give Americans a false sense of hope that our capsized fiscal vessel will somehow right itself if we just hold on a little longer...

I don’t have to tell most people within the Liberty Movement that this is not going to happen.  Unfortunately, there are many out there who do not share our awareness of the situation.   Debt implosions and currency devaluation NEVER simply “fade away”; they are always followed by extreme social and political strife that tends to sully the doorsteps of almost every individual and family.  The notion that we can coast through such a tempest unscathed is an insane idea, filled with a dangerous potential for sour regrets.

There are some people who also believe that the private Federal Reserve with the Treasury in tow has the ability to prolong the worst symptoms of the collapse indefinitely, or at least, until they have long since kicked the bucket and don’t have to worry about it anymore (the ‘pay-it forward to our grandkids’ crowd) .  I can say with 100% certainty that most of us will live to see the climax of the breakdown, and that this breakdown is about to enter a more precarious state before the end of this year.  You can only stretch a sun-boiled rubber band so far before it snaps completely, and America’s financial elasticity has long been melted away.

A pummeling hailstorm of news items and international developments have made the first half of 2012 almost impossible to track and analyze.  The frequency at which negative information has surfaced is almost dizzying.  However, a pattern and a recognizable motion are beginning to take shape, and, I believe, a loose timeline is beginning to form. 

At the end of January, I covered the incredible nosedive of the Baltic Dry Index (a measure of global shipping rates that signals a fall in global demand) to historic lows.  I pointed out the tendency of stocks and the general economy to crash around 8 months (sometimes a little longer) after the BDI makes such a dramatic downturn.  Mainstream analysts, of course, attributed the fall to an “overproduction of ships”, which is the same exact excuse they used when the BDI collapsed back in 2008 just before the derivatives bubble burst.  It would seem that the cable TV talking heads were wrong yet again, as the international market facade quickly evaporates right in line with the BDI’s almost prophetic knack for calling an economic derailment in advance.

Here are some of the most important reasons why every American should be prepared for much harder days, especially before the end of 2012:

The European Union Is Officially Dead In The Water

Stick a fork in er’, the EU is done!  We are talking about full scale dismantlement, likely followed by a reformation of core nations and multiple collapse scenarios of peripheral countries.  The writing is all over the wall in the wake of the latest election results in Greece and France, where, as alternative researchers have been predicting for some time, the battle between the government spending crowd and proponents of austerity has reached a fever pitch. 

The Greeks and the French are royally pissed over draconian cuts in public programs and the destruction of pensions which have been a mainstay of their economies for quite some time.  They are also furious over being sold off like collateral to the IMF and World Bank.  Rightly so.  Like the American taxpayer, the taxpayers of floundering EU nations are wrongly being held responsible for the financial mismanagement and fraud of their governments and global banks which have remained untouched and unpunished for their trespasses.  The problem is, the voters of both countries are signing on to the socialist/quasi-communist bandwagon in response.  In Greece, the Left Coalition Party, a splinter group of the traditional communist party, has now taken a primary position of power:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/07/us-greece-idUSBRE8440DG20120507

In France, voters have elected socialist Francois Hollande (a Bilderberg attendee), whose latest promise is to spend France into recovery through his “pro-growth agenda”:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/french-president-elect-hollande-won-t-difficult-obama-195617064.html

I have no doubt that the elections of the EU are as manipulated by elitists as they are here in the U.S., and I’m sure false paradigms abound.  Have Europeans forgotten that it was overt government spending that set them on the path to calamity in the first place?  Or, are they like Americans; just desperate for any change in the ranks of leadership?  One would think that they would take note of the problems here in our country and realize that electing a socialist to replace another socialist is no way out of economic hardship.

Former officials like Nicolas Sarkozy may have claimed to be distanced from the socialist ideal, but, as with all globalist puppets, their actions did not match their rhetoric, and they have always supported policies of centralization and big government.  The French and the Greeks have essentially replaced closet collectivists with outspoken collectivists, and will see NO relief from the crisis in the Euro-zone as a result of the political reordering.  In fact, the stage has now been set for a volatile chain of dominos.  Germany, which is the only economy left holding the EU together, has been unyielding on austerity cuts.  A conflict between France and Germany is now inevitable.  Neither will compromise their position, and I can see no other eventual result than a reexamination and perhaps abandonment of the EU charter. 

How does this affect America?  Being that international banks and corporations have forced our countries into interdependency through the engineered chicanery of globalization, any collapse in Europe is going to strike hard around the world, but the worst will hit the U.S. and China.  Which is probably why China is disengaging trade away from the U.S. and the EU and focusing on other developing nations:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/08/us-china-economy-trade-idUSBRE84702N20120508

If you thought the Greek rollercoaster was a pain in the neck for investment markets, just wait until the whole of the EU is in a shambles! 

Spain is next in line, with a 25% official unemployment rate and a massive black market economy forming.  As I have been saying for years now, when governments disrupt the financial survival of the people, they WILL form their own alternatives, including black markets and barter markets.  It is about survival.  The Spanish government does not care much for these alternatives, though, and has now banned cash transaction over 2500 euros in a futile attempt to squeeze taxes out of the populace through digitally tracked payment methods:

http://thedailybell.com/3814/Spain-Bans-Cash

Another major concern for Americans is the fact that Europeans are inching towards an abandonment of the dollar.  Francois Hollande has openly called for an end to the dollar’s world reserve status, and with a majority backing of the French people, he could easily make this happen, at least where France is concerned.  All it takes is for a few key countries to publically and completely drop the Greenback and the dollar’s reputation as a safe haven investment will be quashed.  This could very well happen before 2012 is over.

QE3 Is The End

Here is the bottom line; U.S. growth is a theater of shadows.  There has been no progress, no recovery, only the misrepresentation of statistics.  Millions of Americans have fallen off unemployment rolls because they have been jobless for too long, which lowers the unemployment rate, but does not change the fact that they are still without work.  Durable goods orders are dropping like an avalanche.  U.S. credit has been lowered yet again by rating agency Egan-Jones.  With China making bilateral trade deals in numerous countries on the condition that the dollar be dropped as the primary purchasing mechanism, and with the EU turning to economic mulch, the currency’s safety is nonexistent.  Traditional investors who cling to the idea that a falling Euro spells dollar strength will be sorely disappointed when the currency is suddenly being rejected in international currency markets.

The Federal Reserve has already stated that any signs of “relapse” into recession (the recession that we never left) will be met with all options on the table, including QE3:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/us-usa-fed-idUSBRE83B1KD20120412

I believe that QE3 will probably be announced this year (due in large part to trauma from Europe), and, that this will trigger a mass movement by foreign nations to drop the dollar as the world reserve.  QE3 will be the straw that broke the camel.  How exactly this will play out socially and politically, I do not know (I could take a good guess though).  But, the technical results are predictable.  The Fed will respond to the lack of treasury purchases by ramping up fiat printing in order to cover the ever increasing costs of the government machine.  The Greenback will immediately lose a large portion of its value, at least in terms of imported goods, causing inflation in prices.  Oil and energy prices will skyrocket if OPEC follows suit (which they will, though the Saudis may still honor dollars for a time).  Doing any traditional business will become nearly impossible, and price inflation will dominate the lives and the minds of average unprepared citizens.            

The amount of time that it will take for these difficulties to unfold is also not clear.  We are operating in uncharted territory, and dealing with a collapse scenario on a truly planetary scale.  My best advice is to assume that the avalanche will move fast.

While markets in our country have seen only mild disruptions so far this year, their solidity is predicated on a host of props and costume pieces, any one of which could pull the rug out from under America’s suspension of disbelief if it strays but a little from the illusion.  As long as the dollar holds, stocks can be infused with bailout juice through major banks.  So can major companies and even desperate state governments on the verge of bankruptcy.  The Dow will remain relatively friendly, and day traders and the public will remain happy.  As soon as the dollar comes into question, all bets are off…

Does This Mean Doom, Or Just Another Bad Day?

The real beginning of today’s collapse is tied to the events of 2008.  The pace of it has been deceptive, but also, in a way, it is a gift.  Over the past four years, I have personally seen the awakening of thousands of people that may have never had the chance if the system had gone into full spectrum breakdown right away.  The question now is, how much longer can the U.S. wobble along on one wheel?  In my view, and from the evidence I see in markets at the moment, not much longer. 

It is hard to set aside any expectations that the next leg down will be easy to digest for the populace.  The reality of our predicament is starting to hit home.  All the tax return checks have been spent.  The credit cards have been maxed.  The new cars have been sold off and traded in for ghetto-mobiles.  The good jobs have been replaced with Taco Bell slavery.  A trip to see The Avengers is now the family vacation.  And, the distractions of reality TV just aren’t buttering our bread anymore.  It’s the little things at first that really signal the financial mood of a society, as well as reveal the more vital and looming issues just over the horizon.

All indicators suggest that this year will be unlike any other before.  In 2008, we saw the first trigger events for the collapse.  In 2008/2009, we saw the creation of the bailout culture, setting the stage for inflation and dollar disintegration.  In 2010, we saw the first bilateral trade deal cutting out the dollar between China and Russia, which is now the template for trade deals all over the globe.  In 2011, we saw the first downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and the crisis in the EU become epidemic.  In 2012, I see not just another difficulty to add to the mountain, but a culmination of all these detriments to produce something entirely new; a vast and subversive realignment forcing many of us to take a more aggressive stance in the fight for an economically and socially free America.

Financial disasters have always been a convenient catalyst for a host of even more frightening obstacles, including civil unrest, and blatant totalitarianism.  This is the cusp.  It is one of those moments that people of later generations read about in awe, and sometimes horror.  The “doom” is not in the event, but in the response.  What we make of the days approaching determines the darkness that they cast upon the future.  It is a test.  It is not something to be dreaded.  It is something to be seized upon, and dealt with, as great men and women before us have done.  At the very least, we know that it is coming.  That, in itself, could well seal our success…

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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 12:57 | 2407116 akak
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Then, according to legal docs, Travolta began rubbing the masseur's leg, touched his scrotum and the shaft of his penis. 

I wonder, does the masseur have a rubber scrotum?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 20:49 | 2408657 fuu
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+1

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:46 | 2406229 Silveramada
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Ben AssShalom is trying so hard to avoid the winter cycle of the economy by burning trillions of federal reserve notes-ponzi-monopoli paper, but the same paper will only give you little fire and heat, and the clouds are now gathering around the US financial system... the great cold is coming

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:14 | 2406378 DosZap
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There's the gold smash down everyone was waiting for. 1585 by lunch?

Bring it..............................been waiting for a good chance at some DCA.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:25 | 2406435 toady
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I have amassed a stack of paper to exchange at the coin shop. Now I just need to catch the falling knife.

Today or tomorrow?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 11:27 | 2406750 RWR
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EVERY AMERICAN TAX PAYER NEEDS TO WATCH THIS!

 

http://www.wthr.com/video?clipId=7054149&autostart=true

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 12:49 | 2407068 Silver Bug
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The part is just starting. Hold tight to your gold, silver and guns.

 

http://silverliberationarmy.blogspot.ca/

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 08:53 | 2406004 GetZeeGold
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What.....me worry?

 

Excuse me......I have to go buy some gold now.

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:14 | 2406084 azzhatter
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you must be......well..... uncivilized

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:15 | 2406090 GetZeeGold
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My momma was a Philistine......it runs in the family.

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 08:54 | 2406005 maxmad
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Collapse BITCHEZ!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 08:56 | 2406016 Seorse Gorog fr...
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'...Francois Hollande (a Bilderberg attendee)'

 

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

(The more things change, the more they stay the same)

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 08:57 | 2406017 ChrisDG74
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Don't worry. The Bernank has our back. Go long HPQ(for the ink).

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:02 | 2406035 GetZeeGold
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I hear the distinct sound of helicopter turbines winding up in the distance.

 

Romeo foxtrot......shall we dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkH5Ak4wAnY

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:38 | 2406185 Boeing Boy
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+1 made I laugh..

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 08:59 | 2406023 1835jackson
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Prosperity....Peak.....Decline....Bottom.....Frustration.....War........Rinse and Repeat. Humanity has this very annoying tendency to NEVER learn. Fuck, I will eat my hat if we have peace at the end of this mess.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:06 | 2406252 Ag Tex
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Not so much humanity never learns, rather history is intentionally deleted, manipulated and skewed so humanity can't learn.

 

"History is a set of lies agreed upon."  - Napoleon

 

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:27 | 2406458 Jake88
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"Humanity has the annoying tendency to never learn" Well Duh! Have you met any humans. Why would you expect them to learn.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:00 | 2406027 the not so migh...
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I like the positve attitude ending of the article.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:03 | 2406039 Dr. No
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 It is a test.

Considering how Americans have been doing on tests recently, I am not sure how it will play out.  I do recognize some events are out of my control.  So that is a start.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:25 | 2406128 francis_sawyer
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"We're #39!"... America... Fuck yea!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:00 | 2406031 Fate
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Wonder how long it'll be before the "peripheral" nations start calving off the Eurozone like icebergs off a glacier?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:01 | 2406034 youngman
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"Traditional investors who cling to the idea that a falling Euro spells dollar strength will be sorely disappointed when the currency is suddenly being rejected in international currency markets."

I agree with this statement...smaller up and comers will try to stay out of the dollar as they see what is going on...and they do not wan to lose the hard earned gains they are making....so gold and silver is one option...another is a new reserve currency or at least another option.....so all those run to stability of the US Bond market are going to get burned...the Fed will buy all that is being sold...until they can´t...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:07 | 2406053 cowdiddly
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Im going to do just the opposite of what that bagholder Buffets is talking. Im looking barbarious relics and a good cave to buy.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:09 | 2406064 GetZeeGold
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Better hurry or you'll get stuck in line behind fat Chuck Munger....could take all day if that happens.

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:27 | 2406135 francis_sawyer
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Bank holiday in 5...4...3...2...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 11:07 | 2406655 skipjack
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It's all in the timing.  The Euro will get smashed first, then the BRICs plus Australia and India, then the USD will slide into oblivion.  For a time, the USD will be the least poxed whore in the brothel...then say nighty-night to the USD as well.  The USD will be the last to be rejected...but its turn will come.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:04 | 2406040 JustObserving
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"I have no doubt that the elections of the EU are as manipulated by elitists as they are here in the U.S."

Not just elections - markets too.  Gold and silver should be rallying on the Greek news.  Gold down 1.6% and silver down 2.12%.



Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:21 | 2406113 Roger Knights
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Gold's decline during these crises in Europe is partly due, I suspect, to central banks "lending" their gold to national banks that are short of cash. These banks then dump it on the market (they're in a rush).

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:09 | 2406353 americanspirit
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And the Chinese buy every gram

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:03 | 2406041 manhunter
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The EU is not 'done'. The French and Greeks will learn what Berlusconi learned; the ECB cannot be forced to fund government defecits. The link between the currency and the nation/state is severed. This is the strength of the euro; the ECB will maintain the banking system, not the profligate state.

Compare that to the US which prints its mistakes onto the back of the currency.

Euro is strong like bull. The USD is doomed. Euro FTW.

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:10 | 2406067 LawsofPhysics
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LOL!!

So the Euro is strong because it will save banks and not the state?  What is it that banks actually produce of real value again, I mean aside from debt?  FAIL.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:42 | 2406214 manhunter
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Banking system comes in handy; try to live without one. If Greece wants to try that, they can leave the euro. Not likely.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:34 | 2406488 LawsofPhysics
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I think you better rethink your position and ask yourself what is more important, banks, or the rule of law.  Banks and the financial sector have had the chance to police themselves and prosecute the fucking fraud.  They chose not to, now everyone will pay the price.  Fuck the paper-pushers.

Not very familiar with Greeks are you.  Wake the fuck up and get outside you parents basement.  The Greeks were never really credit worthy and they knew it.  The greeks will be just fine. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 11:04 | 2406646 DaveyJones
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banks and the finance sector have also ballooned way beyond their normal percentage of the economy. Much of it is unnecessary, counterproductive and criminal 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 11:25 | 2406734 manhunter
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Don't misunderstand; some banks can and will fail, but the system will be maintained. They need that for trade.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 12:28 | 2407002 Dumpster Fire
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Well that was much ado about nothing then.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:21 | 2406289 taeonu
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Centeral Banks get the athority to print money from the State so who exactly is going to issue the full faith and credit to back up the banks currency?  All the State has to do is rescind the authority of the banks to create fiat money and leverage it to infinity via fractional reserve banking and then nationalize the banks and it's game over for the banksters who by then will be sitting in State owned prisons.

Also, currently the banks own the State so why would they cut off their ability to unload their debts onto the public?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 11:26 | 2406740 manhunter
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You obviously have never looked at the ECB structure. If you did, you wouldn't write this.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 12:35 | 2407026 LawsofPhysics
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Contradict yourself much?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:04 | 2406043 orangegeek
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If gold is supposed to be going up, why are gold stocks way down?

 

http://bullandbearmash.com/chart/spot-gold-daily-7-2012/

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:11 | 2406072 RoadKill
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Arghhhhh....

Debt defaults and deflation are BAD for PMs (hehehe PMS).

You need printing. How many times do I have to say it.

Eather gold and spx are both going to 1000 or they a.re both going to 2000

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:17 | 2406097 GetZeeGold
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If gold is supposed to be going up, why are gold stocks way down?

 

Because they're getting shorted with hot QE cash.

 

Any other questions?

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:31 | 2406157 MrRadiologist
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Your IQ is too damned high. [/sarcasm]

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:04 | 2406044 monopoly
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Agree, I am making my ususal phone call to a fine company where I purchase my freedom. What a discount this is. The Madness of the Crowds. Beyond words.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:20 | 2406105 GetZeeGold
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When everyone else is losing their heads....make sure you keep yours.

 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 12:38 | 2407043 crouton
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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:04 | 2406045 Jason T
Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:42 | 2406211 bnbdnb
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The head and shoulders of God.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:04 | 2406046 bdc63
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"The doom is not in the event, but in the response"

Hit the nail on the head with that one, and it scares the freakin shit outta me ...

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