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From Wikipedia:

This order of "jawed" leeches, armed with teeth, includes the quintessential leech: the European medical (bloodsucking) leech, Hirudo medicinalis. It has a tripartite jaw filled with hundreds of tiny, sharp teeth. The incision mark left on the skin by the European medical leech is an inverted Y inside a circle. Its North American counterpart is Macrobdela decora, a much less efficient medical leech.

Damn Obamacare!

I was trying to think of a way that humans are different from leeches.

I looked it up, and it turns out leeches have suckers on both ends while humans only have suckers on one end.

So we got that goin' for us, which is nice. .

Coastal Canada is gonna be awesome in twenty or thirty years.

The middle parts will be an uninhabited cold desert, but the coastal parts will probably still have a total human population in the tens of thousands. Which may be among the largest anywhere.

It will be interesting to see what the north facing arctic coast is like when it is ice free most of the year.

It's twue, it's twue!

-Madeline Kahn

I'm sitting on the patio watching. So far it's dodging and squirming around us.

Yes, all my economic bets are the opposite of what I think will actually happen.

Because it turns out, all the upside is on the upside. As a life long pessimist that was a hard lesson to learn.

I expect the "too many humans" problem to solve itself pretty expeditiously.

In a coleman cooler. Most of my cigars are 15 years old or older because I don't have time to smoke them anymore.

I found a 15 year old cuban cigar I didn't know I had. It's a cheap crappy one, but it's still pretty good.

I would settle for humans going extinct within the next few decades.

Which is good, because that's what's going to happen.

Is that the same definition of "took care" that the insurance companies use under Obamacare?

Thanks for voting. Please feel free to elaborate.

Didn't Dmitri Orlov have a recommendation on what kind of sailboat would be best for the post-oil apocalypse?

I am 52, so I figure my best bet is to hope for 10 more years or so of relative stability and then die.

That's going to get worse before it gets better.

At this point I think the question is not so much whether he will get elected, it's whether people will close their eyes and think of England re-elect him after four years like they did with Bush and Obama.

Yeah, global recession, complete near-term human extinction, something along those lines.

The stock market volatility drew me back here because that's the sort of thing folks talk about here. But I'm out of the stock market so I'm really interested in whether other people see something worse than that coming down the road.

Wish I had something intelligent to contribute.

Interesting that so many of the old denizens' spidey senses have been tingling lately.

but luckily they did what young Amurricans do


Stole the furniture?

Wore their overpants six inches lower than their underpants?

Watched a lot of television?

No, I am a Donald Trump follower.

I was recently informed by a bank when I went to refinance a loan that I have a substantially positive net worth. That was disturbing to me.

It is my firm belief that it makes no sense to have a positive net worth if other people are dumb enough to keep lending me money. Borrow money and buy things that creditors can't take an adequate security interest in, that's my philosophy.

I believe Donald Trump's financial outlook is the same, which is why I think he will be the next President.

My investments are:

Real estate
Tools (including guns and automobiles)
Vinyl record albums
Paper dollars
Electronic dollars in the bank
Penny mining stocks that weren't worth enough to justify the sell commission

In approximately that order.

I believe passbook savings accounts were 5.25% through most of the seventies.

For the kids out there - the bank would give you a little book, and when you deposited or withdrew money they would run the little book through a printer to print how much money you had in the book.

Weird, huh?

Protip: Following correctly requires you to accept the premise of the leader and express admiration appropriately.

Neither Trump nor Dem can do that w/out a majority of Congress.

We'll see. Both Obama and Bush committed lots of war crimes and handed out tax money to bankers and didn't really give a shit what Congress said about it. Congress responded by whining and festering and not much else.

Congress has conclusively demonstrated its total corruption and uselessness, so the next President will likely introduce the unitary executive theory to other areas of policy.

(Gloomily). It's too much for one man. (Pause. Cheerfully.) On the other hand what's the good of losing heart now, that's what I say. We should have thought of it a million years ago, in the nineties.

I think Donald Trump is exactly the President Americans want and deserve.

There is a far greater chance that Donald Trump would switch to single-payer health care, tax the rich, and rebuild our infrastructure than any Democrat.

The chance is admittedly microscopic with Trump, but several orders of magnitude smaller with a Democrat.

"Because the US markets are as reactionary as a dog begging for bacon."

Reminds me of this footage from an Alan Greenspan press conference:

Ultimate Dog Tease - YouTube

Hey shorts, turn your head and cough when you feel The Boys start to squeeze.

I willingly pay 8 to 10 dollars for a well drink in my neighborhood because it's in my neighborhood (in Arizona).

Are you telling me folks in California are not willing to pay the asshole tax? Wow.

I guess that's kind of the definition of assholes - they do not recognize the need to pay the asshole tax..

We'll all find out soon enough.

For now I work a lot and don't stress out much about the markets.

I switched to a Chromebook at home not long after they came out. I am unlikely to buy another real computer unless I start needing significant work-from-home capability.

Same reason we can't maintain infrastructure - the United States simply can't afford to pay the cost of having people do anything substantial anymore.

Because all the money goes to rents.

The good news is that not building anything and paying all our money straight to the overlords is much more "sustainable."

Don't worry, the circuit breakers will kick in at 7% down.

Although after 3:25 pm it takes 20% down to trigger.

Hope all the bargain hunters got their fill. We may not see prices at this level again soon.


Nope. Should have known.

To the contrary, I expect it will be illegal to have hair that looks real.

I should have said "I'm not hearing any of my acquaintances panicking YET."

Please do not take my cynicism as a buy recommendation.

The current lame duck US administration is just as dishonest, feckless and corrupt as the previous lame duck US administration, so bad things are very likely to happen between now and the Trump inauguration.

I have been out of the rigged Wall Street casino for five years, so I don't track it closely.

But as I recall, when the Sunday night futures were way down, that was exactly when The Boys would find a way to put the squeeze on.

If the downward momentum is retail panic then The Boys won't be able to control it, but I'm not hearing any of my acquaintances panicking.

If there's any significant short component then look out above.

Good to see you.

Inside information concerning Monday, or just a vague feeling?

We got our 10% correction, so additional wash/rinse cycles are certainly possible.

On the other hand I am not short, so there is no guarantee the market will go up.

DuPont cancer from living in Richland Washington during the Great War runs in my family.

If I were inclined to worry about such things I'd be more worried about Perfluorooctanoic acid and Round Up. But I'm so tired and conditions are so likely to deteriorate that I can't imagine living past 70 anyway.

Oh, this old thing?

Wait a minute, I have a high-security post-it note stuck over the lens on my computer, so I know you can't see what I'm wearing.

I predicted it, right here on Hoocoodanode, several times after I had a few beers.

So don't say you haven't been warned. You know it, whether or not you choose to accept it.

This discussion is not nearly as lively as I thought it would be.

I guess now that everyone knows humans will be extinct in 30-40 years, it's harder to get excited about stock market turmoil.

If people decide to vote for that, then the people can make Congress go along or get a new Congress.

But the people will probably chicken out and vote for the status-quo extinction within 50 years trajectory. Again.

Yes, with my 2L4O (too liberal for Obama) T-shirt.

The difference between Bernie 2015 and Obama early 2008 is very striking in hindsight. Obama said nothing specific whatsoever (for reasons that are now obvious). Bernie says he is going to take money from the billionaires and give everybody health care and free tuition at public colleges. Straight up socialism.

Sounds good. I'm leaving town about noon on Friday.

Did you go to the Bernie rally yesterday?