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Old 02-17-2009, 08:32 PM
 
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Sharpness of Global Downturn Alarms Economists - washingtonpost.com

The sharpness of the global slowdown has alarmed economists, who see no apparent engine for recovery.

"Most Western developed economies are going to see the deepest downturn they've seen in a number of decades, in some cases possibly since the second World War...."If you go back six months or so . . . there was a hope that some parts of the world will escape the downturn from the U.S. economy and that would help to support the global economy as a whole. And that hope has now faded. We're seeing a downturn in virtually every area of the world."

Some economists had argued that countries like Japan and Germany were better equipped to weather the downturn. But their economies rely heavily on exports, and global demand for items such as Japanese and German cars have evaporated,

"Manufacturing, construction, financial services, non financial, retail -- wherever you look, you see a complete collapse in demand," said Julian Callow, an economist at Barclays Capital in London. "It really is like the floor has come out of confidence in global economic demand."
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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This might be a good thing. Maybe we can now dispense with this globalization nonsense, and everybody can get back to their country and begin to rebuild local and regional economies.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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China is doing just fine

China monthly auto sales overtake US for 1st time - BusinessWeek (http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D96952K80.htm - broken link)
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:27 PM
 
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When chairman Mao said 'the capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them from'.
I believe he was referring to U.S treasury bills.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:53 PM
 
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When chairman Mao said 'the capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them from'.
I believe he was referring to U.S treasury bills.
You just may be right, Mr. Beale.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:06 AM
 
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Lenin
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:32 AM
 
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When chairman Mao said 'the capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them from'.
I believe he was referring to U.S treasury bills.
The amoral beauty of capitalism is that the system would sell itself out if there is a profit in it.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:34 AM
 
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You know what is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face from Mao or Lenin.


Fluoridation!!

With apologies to Jack Ripper.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:35 AM
 
Location: southern california
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i love economics. however economists are great at explaining what happened but not at correcting or forecasting. its like a weatherman that can tell you what the weather was and is. but never what it will be.
i think we are going to crash. DC has its foot on the brakes so it will take longer but we are goin down. my guess 1 year.

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Old 02-18-2009, 12:52 AM
 
Location: toronto, Canada
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Weatherman and economists the only paying careers where people are surprised when you get it right.

Economist :
: You should say "We might see some inflation, but it might shift jobs, and miss us."
weatherman: I can see it. I sorta of wanna understand it. Why is it?
Economist: Well, it's Canadian trade deficits.
weatherman: Behind all of it?
economist: Yeah, this will get pushed by sourcing out of Canada.
weatherman: So what's it gonna do?
economist: I don't know. It's a guess, it's debt, man. Taxes all over the place.

Apologies to Nicholas Cage.
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