Doomers who have been following this space for the last year and a half or so are probably aware that IMO humanity, indeed mammality itself, is presently hanging by a very slender thread, with the the front line in the immediate battle being largely fought on our side by slave labour and assorted East Asian crime syndicates (heaven bless them all) against the dead hand of Schenectady. So while reviewing some Mayan Apocalypse stuff yesterday I was immediately intrigued to discover that the conventional moment for the event, this week’s winter solstice, is going to be 11:12 GMT. And that’s simply because I’ve run into a fair number of ternary/decimal coincidences in significant historical dates: e.g. 12/20 for the assassination of King Msiri in 1891, which is pretty creepy even though that wasn’t the solstice date that year.
But then I realized that since Japan Standard Time was at +9 hours from Zulu, the “star date” YYYY-MM-DD-hhmm format for the moment in Tokyo was going to be the really astonishing, if slightly dyslexic, palindrome:
Argument from coincidence, or is somebody out there pulling our leg?
This whacky circumstance ultimately traces back to a proposal from fellow transplanted Haligonian Sanford Fleming in 1879, modified 1884, so it’s possible, once you add a (mis?-)reading of the Mayan calendar , a super-human intelligence could have seen this coming from about then.
Meanwhile, it might not be too much of a stretch to suggest that the crane operator at #4 take extra care securing his rig Friday afternoon and that the off-duty control room staff keep their smart phones hot through the early evening.
In any case, we’ll know soon enough 😉
Well, so much for the Ickean fun and games. This week should see some hints as to the big interregnum moves we’re expecting during the holiday news coverage gray-out. As suggested yesterday, I’ve especially got my eye on FDIC’s pass-through rules, and how they will affect deposit insurance as compared to FHA, Fannie/Freddie, the holders of student debt and whatever other supplicants will be in line for final support package top-ups as Tim Geithner contemplates his final can-kicking bailout shot. Tim’s good, but if he can patch all the urgent holes without turning America’s debt limit discussion into a fluffer-nutter-bologna sandwich then he’s really good.
Enough for now, except we really should make an effort to post the H.4.1 numbers Thursday evening, just in case