US "Misery" At Fresh 28 Year High

Tyler Durden's picture

It was just three months ago that we posted that the US Misery Index (inflation plus unemployment) hit a 28 year high. Today we boldy recycle that headline, and pretty much the entire post, as the US Misery Index just hit a fresh post 1983 high. Really nothing to add here: #WinningTheFuture.

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LRC Fan's picture

Are Central Bankers included in this survey? 

redpill's picture

No, they were too busy monkeyhammering gold this morning.

SheepDog-One's picture

Misery? Ferrari just sold out of all inventory. High end diamond brokers best retail numbers.

Eat the rich, bitchez.

Hugh G Rection's picture

I've asked this before, but what company is the largest producer of guillotines?

I don't usually like equities, but that's a company I could get behind.

Incubus's picture

Zero Hedge should start manufacturing guillotines.  They'd be premium-grade guillotines...sort might need to drop the blade once, or twice, or thrice to cut off a fatcat's head...but does it matter?


Personally, I'd prefer Vlad's method--or even just locking them up in cages and leaving them to starve to death.  They don't deserve a quick death.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Vlad, yes... Impalement would be a wonderful way to decorate the sidewalks of Wall St.

The guillotine blades must be dull.  Sharpening them would be considered a capital offense.  I think the blade should also be powered not by gravity, but from a slow hydraulic piston.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

Wait. Wait. How about rats, impalement and a guillotine all wrapped up in a Rube Goldberg contraption that dispensed Pirate's Booty and Sour Cream and Onion potato chips to the angry mob?

Simon Endean's picture

Dude, it's Wall St.  A Brazen Bull would be the most appropriate form of execution.

Temporalist's picture

Starving rats in cast iron pots tied to kleptocrat's reality TV show.  Please submit possible show titles.

Hugh G Rection's picture

"Of Rats and Pigs." I think a nod to the depression era novella is appropriate.


TheMerryPrankster's picture

welcome to "WHAT'S EATING YOU!!!"  Today's contestant needs no introduction, lets all welcome Lloyd Blankfein.

All right Lloyd, spin the wheel and lets see how many hungry rats you get in your iron cage. By the way today's episode is brought to you by Purina Rat Chow, which is perfect for feeding your favorite rodents, when you don't have a fatcat banker handy to munch on.

Great job Lloyd, looks like your've spun a 3. Now lets wax your belly and apply a nice coat of honey and ants to get things warmed up.


So "What's Eating You" would be my best game show name. People will get bored with just rats, so with a nice vague name, you can use any carnivore in the animal kingdom. I think it should run on CNBC and Bloomberg. Charlie Rose would make a great host since Richard Dawson isn't available due to other commitments.

andyupnorth's picture

"I killed the banks!" said Andrew Jackson on his deathbed.  He didn't boast in killing bankers.

That should be our goal too; but some collateral damage is inevitable.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Agreed, but we can still fantasize...

I like the rat in a cast iron pot idea.  Leaves too much to the imagination for the viewing audience though.  Would need a "rat cam" to document the slow escape.

Temporalist's picture

Of course it's metaphorical; the guillotine, lynching...comfy chairs.  "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"


Oh and the rat cam...splendid idea.  I suppose today it would could be glass or plastic and see through...could have an internal cam too I've seen the commercials.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Track that to the price of gas at the pump. 

I think you'll see an almost 100% correlation. Happiness in the US is a cheap tank of gas, so you get to nowhere faster and cheaper and spend money you don't have on things you don't need.

Such is how it looks to me. Anyone?


Curse of free Energy

Theta_Burn's picture

My problem is the gas in my "tanks" takes my to my earnings, pumps shuts off @100 with a 1/4 to go... so for me happyness IS a full tank @100

My sympathies Europe... really

ZeroAffect's picture

ORI, the link you provide is one perspective. Yes it is a meaningful part of the problem but the overall trend and issues are far more complicated than the curse of so-called 'free energy'. The present world system continues to be run by the Elites and it is warped, twisted, broken, FUBAR. We were promised Hope and Change but we only got more of the same and worse. Is some other event coming down the pike that leads to more promises to change the present system? I believe so but it will more of the same and perhaps a much worse system.     

Oh regional Indian's picture

True ZA, but I think it is a pivotal one, yes?


LaLiLuLeLo's picture

I just moved right outside DC. What a cluster-f***.

You should see these yups in A4 converts. complete frat broboys; just suck suck sucking away.

mick_richfield's picture

Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

macfly's picture

Jeez, and we have this till 2016, how bad is it gonna get?

Azannoth's picture

The answer to this question lies with you, no1 forces you to put up with this, just pack your bags and go

treemagnet's picture

Yes, but misery is transitory see, its the S&P that counts.

Syrin's picture

If this was posted anywhere but here, I would assume you were being serious and an epic idiot.   It's good to know your audience.

JohnG's picture

100 days till Christmas.......

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Fuckers on cnbs expect a great season.

Funny, stores aren't even hiring seasonally. All Christmas is money to Chinese shit we don't need, and debt we can't afford.

JohnG's picture

I don't  do Christmas myself......traditionally hamburgers on the grill.  No presents.

Incubus's picture

Holidays are only corporate backed events: they've long since lost any of the original meaning they were supposed to hold; I quickly learned of the real meaning of "holidays" when I used to work retail.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

That actually sounds like a really nice Christmas.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I was a child of the 50's and 60's and a young adult of the 70's. Based upon that chart I now understand why I was so miserable.

Now I will soon be a retiree of the 10's, 20's and 30's. God help me, but here comes more misery.

equity_momo's picture

And thats saying something , you were born in pretty much the golden age. If a plebian born in the 50s couldnt find happiness then thats really saying something about plebs.I now see why the Aristochracy act like they do. Whats the alternative? Being a miserable git basically.

-nothing personal CD , just an observation.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Nothing personal taken.

The Golden age? Really? That observation all depends upon what you value as opposed to what the machine society tells you to value. We all know that the machine has been lying to us for centuries. So the Golden age is all about relative perception. It all depends upon the measuring stick the machine tells us is the only one to use. For every positive you bring out I can bring out a corresponding negative.

Welcome to the machine.

Don Birnam's picture

Although a tad bit younger than the participants in this conversation, I was, nonetheless, quite familiar with a certain "machine" in my youthful days...wore the "tires" flat -- being plastic, quite literally...


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Big Wheel racing is not just for little kids anymore. There are now Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) racing meets across the country. One can view this as going full retard or reliving the good old days. So is/was the Golden age Big Wheeling at 5 years of age or 45?

Don, is that you up front leaving some fingertip skin on the pavement? Looks like you have an understeer issue there big boy. :>)

Big Wheel

Don Birnam's picture

"full retard/reliving the old days..."

Ha -- I'd have to say, in response to your thought, clearly the former...that said, however, these guys are rubes. Man up, people -- no kid worth his Pop Rocks and Bub's Daddy grape gum stick ever wore a helmet on a Big Wheel. That's cheating. It simply wasn't done. I recall my old model had the hand brake for easy spin-outs -- facilitating equally easy sidewalk pile-ups. 

moondog's picture

Ah yes, the green machine...

Rodent Freikorps's picture

They are wearing helmets to race Big Wheels?


We are doomed.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I suspect they are 'racing' on city property. Thus it's helmets......or kindly leave and take your Big Wheel with you.

equity_momo's picture

The machine has been lying to us from year dot.
But yes , the mid 20th century was a golden age for mere schleps like us. And you know it. Unless you felt you were somebody important in a former life youd be bending over for the machine even more than you have to now.
Maybe that's why we are so cynical :It's all downhill from here and that index will goto the moon before a system reset changes society for the better. But the period of change will be very very ....challenging.

TradingJoe's picture


most people do not know what Misery really looks like but we both know they soon will! May Faith have mercy but it still won't help! AM "only" 46 now, still "young" but I ve seen things, Jesus, knowing it will happen here too makes me angry and sad!

ww2vet's picture

i live in boca raton, fl-still off-season, best restaurants full, best shops full-only trash sitting at the curb

tarsubil's picture

They better live it up while they still can. Geesh, you can't possibly think that is an economic indicator, right?

Hulk's picture

Don't think we are going to see roaring 20's 2.0 ...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Damn. Too bad......because I was looking forward to a Flappers revival.