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July 21, 2007

Apocaholics Anonymous

Standing And Facing The Stampede

This came in recently. Too irresistible not to share.

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Welcome to Apocaholics Anonymous--A Crusade For Panic-Free Living

Updated for the Atlanta Investment Conference 20th Anniversary Reunion, 8:45 am, April 20, 2007

By Gary Alexander, Recovering Apocaholic

Hi, I'm Gary and I'm a recovering Apocaholic. I am currently Apocalypse free for nearly 18 years. I left the church of the Religious Apocalypse in 1976, over 30 years ago, and I resigned from the secular church of the Financial Apocalypse in 1989. Yes, I still feel the urge to proclaim the end of all things, from time to time, but I white-knuckle my way to a history book for a little perspective, and then I breathe easier. If you wish to join AA, the only requirement is that you give up the adrenaline rush of media-fed fantasies.

Since I spoke to you last on this subject, in 1994, we have survived "Bankruptcy 1995" (the original epidemic of Hockey Stock charts), the Big Bang in Hong Kong, years of Y2K scare stories, a SARS epidemic, Mad Cow disease, Bird Flu, a real threat on 9/11, Triple Deficits (Budget, Trade and Balance of Payments), wars in Serbia/Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, Deflation in 2003, Inflation since then, The Perfect Storms of 2005 (Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the 3 Witches of the Bermuda Triangle), and today's reigning fears of Global Warming, $200 Oil and the Sub-prime Housing Loan Crisis Implosion. . . .

Full text at http://www.godward.org/commentary/Out%20of%20the%20Box/Apocaholics%20Anonymous.htm

However, I fear that the herd is thundering over the plain with too many kiloton x mph of accumulated bovine momentum for the message to have much effect now. But valor in the face of hopeless adversity is glorious, nevertheless. Or as the famous Irish rallying cry has it, "Now is the time for the futile gesture!"

 
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