Why should Belize (and Japan) have all the fun? Up here at Doom North we’re just going to ignore the Economist’s “Last chance reminder for midnight deadline” subscription spam and do some speculating on how the next few hours will really pan out.
CBC program note: “Please be advised that the World will End at 7:12 AM, 7:42 in Newfoundland.”
on board the International Space Station: A large flying saucer silently parks just outside the main viewing port. A small green alien floats out of the vessel holding a cardboard sign on which is printed the legend: “Chris Hadfield, we need to talk.”
at the Negotiations: Gary Bettman announces that due to the world ending the owners have no choice but to extend the lockout by three more weeks.
on The National: Chantel Hebert debates with Andrew Coyne as to whether Marc Garneau’s extra-terrestrial experience will prove enough of an advantage to close the gap with Justin Trudeau over the rest of the Liberal leadership race. (Actually they do this anyway on days when the world isn’t ending.)
in Toronto, at the exact moment of solstice: Every television set in the greater metropolitan area turns itself on and broadcasts the following message, “You have from now until the Perfection of the Palindrome in your time zone (this time plus thirteen hours and fifty minutes) to solve the Quebec Question or we will be taking back R.A. Dickey.”
… which would indeed be the end of the world.
UPDATE (13:01 GMT): Still here 😉 Info Morning picked up the mis-information that the solstice was at 7:11, not 7:12. Looks like they were three hours early at Fukushima, but merely rattled the tea cups …
Guardian (21/21 ’12): “Earthquake Number 77 of December Hit Japan Today”
A semi-strong 5.0 earthquake shook off the north-eastern coast of Japan today, December 21, 2012. The quake centered 54km SSE of Ofunato, Japan at 08:07:18 UTC.
This week the Fed’s own MBS figure moderated up $4.590 billion, and foreign central banks continued to gobble up treasuries at a blazing pace.
This week Doom derived the NY Fed data set from a date-limited session with the Data Download Program:
Treasuries growth was again a substantial $15.887 billion, nearly matching last week’s number.
Agencies lost a moderate $3.092 billion while the “other” number edged up $0.325 billion.
The net of US obligations grew by a healthy $13.120 billion.
Twist’s ratio graphs continued down.
The Setser numbers diverged powerfully once again.
Notes and References
: “Foreign central banks’ US debt holdings rise – Fed”, Reuters, December 20, 2012.