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Blood in the water

Having lost most the money I had by being out of work all last year, at least I don't have much left to lose while the financial world melts down, except perhaps my new job. And watching the tech sector stocks melt down a bit today, that's not looking so certain to me at this point either.

In the movie "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb", there's this scene where Major T.J. "King" Kong, played by Slim Pickens has to manually fix the bomb drop mechanism on the nuke he's about to drop in Russia. He gets it working, and rides the bomb down down to detonation, like a bronco, whooping and hollering and waving hit cowboy hat around like he's having a grand old time. Then boom. Then the rest of the world goes boom, as the doomsday weapon goes off in a montage of nuclear doom.

I'm starting to feel like Slim there, watching the markets. Not a damned thing I can do about them. I've spent years pointing out various signs, but it's too late now. So I might as well get the popcorn and whoop it up as the folks who started this mess go down in flames so hard that they take the rest of us with them.

See you all in the post-crash Second Great Depression. (I call dibs on the name GD2.)


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Oct. 8th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Well, if we follow the same pattern as the Great War being rebadged as World War 1, this one will end up as World Depression 2.
Oct. 9th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
Yes, no telling what were going to come out of this with. It looks like there will be some rough times ahead. I know the scene you are talking about, and it does feel a bit like that.
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
wewt, I'll bring the cars to the mad max apocalypse!
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