The people who seem to be most genuinely alien to older generations aren’t the ‘edgelords’ picking up the dusty banner of the '70s punk swastika. They’re the much-derided “special snowflakes” that have college professors and pundits doomsaying about the rising threat of trigger warnings and safe spaces. They’re the aggressively cute proponents of 'cybertwee,’ the soft and socially aware reaction to three decades of increasingly tired '80s chrome-and-circuits loners. We’ve had several decades of young men trying to replicate a 20th century ideal of rebellion, but the strangest and most extreme thing that a group can be right now is radically, intensely dedicated to emotional intelligence and the notion of inclusivity.

anonymous asked:

Somebody is from the ethnicity and nation that are immanently antithetical to freedom and civilization; and your recommendation for them is ice cream. If that doesn't prove your collaborationism, I don't know what would.

Honestly I’m not even clear on who I’m accused of collaborating with? In future callout asks pls include 

1) a person you consider to be a member of the Evil Other Side, so I can place you by who you dislike (Anita Sarkeesian? Mitch McConnell? Angela Merkel? Joss Whedon?)

2) a person you consider to be Sufficiently Virtuous, so I know what I am supposed to aspire to (the Chicago Dykemarch organizers? Bernie Sanders? yourself? is no one pure enough?)

3) the thing I am accused of doing (tbh I can compromise on everyone else but this is a big one).

4) whether you have sent previous asks which I am supposed to read this ask in relation to

5) if there is vague racism (talking about asks ’from the ethnicity and nation’ as if asks are from ethnicities and nations rather than people, and also as if people should be evaluated by their ethnicity and nation rather than their needs and traits and character) delete the vague racism. reread twice to make sure you got it all. 

6) your favorite flavor of ice cream (so I can improve my recommendations).

Thank you for your time! I appreciate the thought it takes to send someone incoherent vaguely racist anon doomsaying and appreciate even more the effort you will take in future to make it into coherent less racist anon doomsaying.

KageHina Week 2017: Day 2 Ficlet (Pre-slash)

This is a bit stupid, but I hope a at least a little bit fun. Written for the prompt, clothes swap. :}

He’d really only done it on a Dare. Specifically on a Dare from Tsukishima, who somehow always made him want to kick his face something. Otherwise, there wasn’t a hint of incentive or reasonable explanation he could think of for wearing Hinata Shouyou’s stupid, tiny t-shirt and jean shorts on a Friday night. He hadn’t been able to shove into his Vans, because Hinata was – again – the tiniest, scrawniest person on the planet, but the ballcap he’d been wearing over his fluffy hair was somehow big.

Kageyama grimaced in the mirror in Noya’s bedroom down the hall from the party, tugging the hem of the pink shirt down his stomach for the fourth time in as many minutes. The shorts were… so short, and tight – he never knew clothing could be this tight! He knew his voice had to be up an octave from the squeezing the denim was doing to his balls!

And he looked…

“Fucking shitty Tsukishima,” he grumbled, tilting his face to wail silently at the ceiling. He took a deep breath and then shoved out into the hallway to the living room where the team was gathered and already laughing and cheering. This was going to be worse than when he and Hinata had to strip out of their clothes on Tsuki’s Dare. At least he wouldn’t have to answer any Truths. Anything was better than that.

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anonymous asked:

do you believe in global warming?


I think most people agree global warming exists.  The issue, I feel, is that people are contested on ‘global warming theory’.  People typically know stuff like the ice caps are melting and the ozone is disappearing.  

Its what is causing global warming and to what scale that is the argument.

The biggest issue is Al Gore.  An Inconvenient Truth was basically just a fear mongering film and it kicked off a panic that can still be felt today.  It doomsayed so hard that today, if it was correct, the ice caps would be gone and most arctic environments would be thawed, with most of the coasts underwater.

An Inconvenient Truth, and its spawned fiction films like The Day After Tomorrow, basically doomed the global warming debate.  After 5 years, the world didn’t end and people basically wrote global warming as something minor.  People got burned out on global warming.

And on top of that, the attitude of much of the left in regards to global warming has not helped their cause.  There is a general reaction toward those who don’t buy climate change, to treat them like idiots.  Which, as we now know from a Trump Election, doesn’t change minds.

Deniers claim that the earth frequently cools and warms naturally.  And history tells us they’re correct to a degree.  But frequently, leftists and environmentalists will scoff at these claims and assert that global warming is 100% human caused.  At that point it becomes a shouting match and nothing is done.

Do I think global warming is real?  Yup.  Do I think it is man made?  Partially.  I think we’re also at the end of a global cooling period, exacerbating the issue.  What I’d like to see is research into how much of each.

Should we be doing our best to stop global warming?  You bet.  But I’d also like to know if things are naturally going to get hotter, even if we make the attempt.

Although I’m still on the ‘stop doomsaying, the franchise will be fine’ train, I just want to add that if I’m wrong, and it’s BECAUSE of the badmouthing that Mass Effect gets shelved, I will be pissed at the so-called fans who basically decided that because Andromeda wasn’t immediately like the trilogy, it was therefore inferior and unworthy of their time.

Andromeda is, ultimately, a good game. Hell, it’s been (issues with M/M romances aside) a bright spot for me this year, because it’s got an underlying message of hope and positivity to it, something we’re really desperately in need of this year.

It’s not Shepard’s trilogy, but OF COURSE it was never going to be. Anyone who expected that was setting the game up to fail. And hell, the story is much tighter than Dragon Age Inquisition was - that game couldn’t decide what it was trying to do, just threw everything at the wall in the hopes something would stick.

Could Andromeda be better? Sure, but so could any game out there. The fact is, this game has been horribly maligned, seemingly just because it not only wasn’t the trilogy that preceded it, but also because it knew better from the start not to try, and so set out to be its own thing.

anonymous asked:

I have recently read that For Honor's playbase has shrunk by 95% in some unofficial estimations. That has made me wonder, do game developers/publishers have a "longevity" projection for a game, similar to a sales projection? For example, does a publisher predict it will have/need X% of the launch player base still playing to be worth developing more DLC for that game? If so, what happens when a game has a larger retained playerbase than expect? What if most of the players just leaves the game?

Yes and no. Basically, a game usually gets a certain amount of time after launch to find and stabilize its player base, usually a few months at most. The development team will continue along the schedule based on the projections made during development for those months, but the leadership will watch the player base and revenue streams like hawks. Usually, if the numbers are off by a little more than expected then the plans and budgets will get readjusted up or down. If the numbers are off by a lot, then it’s either great news or ongoing plans will likely be cancelled and the game will be left to die - sometimes quietly, and sometimes with a public announcement.

This is why I wouldn’t really put much stock in the unofficial estimations of the population or doomsaying about For Honor in particular. Most publishers don’t have the kind of money to keep a development team funded for more than a couple of months post launch without some kind of return on investment. The fact that For Honor has run for more than a few months now and will continue to be supported for at least two additional seasons, plus receive dedicated servers shows me that they must be doing something right, or the executives would have pulled the plug a long time ago. I’m not privy to their internal data, but Ubisoft is a publicly traded company, and it isn’t so large or flush with cash that they could throw it away on continued development when there are shareholders to appease. If you look at their financial performance, [things have been doing well for them this year]. 

Got a burning question you want answered?

I’m happy the show is continuing and that Colin will remain part of it. I will continue to watch it, no matter how things go, so long as Colin’s in it.

I have always said that, while I ship CS, I do not wish to be known as a “CSer”. I prefer to be considered a Hooker. I would prefer even more so to be known as a whatever-Colin’s-fans-are-called, but we don’t seem to have a name (why the fuck don’t we have a name? someone get on this).

The reason being, of course, that if it ever came down to a choice between supporting CS or supporting Colin - Colin would win every time. I only ship CS because Colin’s character is a part of it. If CS breaks up and Hook ends up in a new ship - I’ll happily ship that, too.

So while I readily agree that one can still be a fan of Colin’s and refuse to watch the show, one has to admit that this decision does mean you prioritize your love of CS over your love of Colin. There is nothing wrong with that, by any means, but you must also accept that you do not speak for those who prioritize their love of Colin over their love of CS.

…and if you post hate on his feed, or even just pop in there to figuratively piss on his cheerios by letting him know you won’t be watching S7 or doomsaying the season before it even begins, you’re not being a “fan” at all. You’re being a jerk, plain and simple, and there’s no excuse for it.

Also, Colin doesn’t deserve any lame attempts to instill some kind of guilt for continuing with the show. Jen left on her own accord, for her own personal reasons, and they have nothing to do with Colin. If other cast members are or are not continuing on the show, that also has nothing whatsoever to do with Colin. He was given the opportunity to continue working in a role he loves and he accepted that opportunity. That is all. And he’s clearly happy about it. Either congratulate him or move the fuck on.

Gonna politely ask up front that all mutuals keep the following off my blog: 

  • Complaining about Teen Titans Go getting a theatrical film 
  • Doomsaying about [insert your favorite Cartoon Network show here] based on its own lack of feature film 
  • Accusing Cartoon Network of deliberately stalling the Adventure Time film
  • Blaming the current direction of things on the fact that Cartoon Network’s current president is a woman 
Thank you

I will not get on board the doomsaying of Mass Effect. So far the only source on this has been a Kotaku clickbait article that walked it back afterwards and people quoting it. Employee rotations and shuffling is common after a game release – these people are no longer needed for daily operations on the game that has been released and can go to work on other projects.

Dragon Age can be said to be on hiatus at the moment – Inquisition came out in 2014 and we likely won’t see DA4 until at least 2019. Mass Effect Andromeda not immediately getting a follow up game greenlit is likely due to this mystery new IP and DA4 being developed right now, and for all their ambitions, BioWare recognizes that three games in active development is too many plates for them to spin. Between the two, that’s probably filling up their focus for the next three years or more.

So can we, as a fandom, just STOP already? It’s easy to take this news in the worst possible light given the negative press, but a lot of this is entirely explainable through SOP for video game publishers. Calm the fuck down.

‘Yet now under the Lord of Barad-dûr the most fell of all his captains is already master of your outer walls,’ said Gandalf. 'King of Angmar long ago, Sorcerer, Ringwraith, Lord of the Nazgûl, a spear of terror in the hand of Sauron, shadow of despair.’

'Then, Mithrandir, you had a foe to match you,’ said Denethor. 'For myself, I have long known who is the chief captain of the hosts of the Dark Tower. Is this all that you have returned to say? Or can it be that you have withdrawn because you are overmatched?’

tbh I really love Denethor. He’s probably like my 3rd or 4th favorite Tolkien character. Of course Gandalf is my ultimate fave, yet somehow I love Denethor because he gives Gandalf so much sass. Like here’s Gandalf doing his usual doomsaying, and Denethor is just… totally unimpressed by it. lol

Also he isn’t even wrong when he says that sending Frodo into Mordor with the Ring was kind of an insane plan. Denethor is smart enough to know that using the Ring is a bad idea; he just thinks they should keep it and guard it and do everything possible to prevent Sauron from getting his hands on it again. Gandalf thinks that would never work because anyone who kept it would inevitably give into the temptation to use it; and maybe he’s right. But Gandalf’s plan had virtually no chance of working either; and it pretty much did work in the end only due to divine intervention. Holding onto the Ring instead, trying to defeat Sauron through force of arms (which had been done before, even while Sauron actually held the Ring!), and then – once Mordor was overthrown – just taking the Ring to the mountain and dropping it in doesn’t seem like such a bad plan, intuitively. Gandalf’s plan only makes more sense if you assume it was totally impossible that they could defeat Sauron in war without making use of the Ring themselves (which, in the end, was most likely true).

To be fair I have 0 doubt that if the Ring had come to Denethor he would have ended up using it, whatever his original intentions. Gandalf isn’t wrong about that. But I like the fact that Denethor is allowed to disagree with the heroes’ strategy – even rather scornfully – and isn’t portrayed as an idiot for it. He’s an antihero much the same vein as Fëanor, really: intelligent, competent, deeply admirable in many ways, but doomed by hubris.

anonymous asked:

Am I the only one who feels like this current barrage of consecutive natural disasters is really strange? Seriously, we get TWO hurricanes, a massive forest fire up in Oregon, and now, apparently, an earthquake in Mexico? What the hell is going on?!

If you believe an easily led fool’s words, Global Warming.

If you believe a doomsaying fool’s words, the end of days.

If you believe an apathetic fool’s words, nothing to be worried about.

If you believe my words, observable life.

The internet has become one giant cross-section of data. The world is cyclical. And we’ve only been able to watch it this closely and catalogue so effectively for a relatively small amount of time.

And recall that the majority of forest fires are man-made. We saw an earthquake in Haiti not so long ago and Mexico is not exempt from the geological ‘ring of fire’.

They’re sandwiched between the Pacific Plate, the Cocos Plate, the Caribbean and North American Plate.

Earthquakes happen whenever those big plates rub together and something pops.

If the trend of natural disasters keeps going in this way, perhaps we can worry. But not till then.

Shin Godzilla review

So I’ve seen SHIN GODZILLA a total of 5 times now. I think that’s enough to try and form a solid opinion of the film.
Yes, I liked it. I know, GASP, Matt liked a Godzilla movie. In fact, I’ve been steadily enjoying it a bit more each time I watch it, which I’m sure will baffle and infuriate many of you ;)

Godzilla himself, like the rest of the film, is the kind of bold reinterpretation that this addled and stagnant franchise desperately needed. The initial appearance is shocking, which I count aggressively in the film’s favor. The exposed fish-eyes and wriggling movement call to mind something out of SILENT HILL; a grotesque mutation that makes one physically uncomfortable to watch. As Godzilla thrashes about, his body violently attempting to adapt to an alien environment, eventually he shifts into a two-legged form, which serves as a walking visual reference to the 1954 film, complete with roar. The music, cinematography, and scene composition are flooded with visual callbacks to the ‘54 film. Godzilla shows the first signs of intelligence by noticing its own body overheating, and then retreating to the sea. It’s a fascinating and unique opening.
When Godzilla reappears, it is the towering abomination that everyone is likely familiar with now. What I find inspired about this version is that Anno, Higuchi, and co. found a new way to reinterpret the character, rather than simply “make a new Godzilla,” the modus-operandi of the franchise for a looooong time. One familiar with the series will see not simply the 1954 version of the character, but more so the original maquette, with its desiccated arms and bulbously, mushroom-cloud shaped head. Shin-G takes a metric ton of elements from the '54 Godzilla, and pushes them to the extreme - the emotionless, unfocused stare, the upright, palms-up walking pose…it’s all been culled from the first Godzilla.
The beast shows no interest or is perturbed whatsoever by the attempts of the JSDF to stop it. Godzilla makes almost no reaction to being pounded by bullets and missiles, a visual trait shown before, particularly in GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (2002). Anno takes that concept and pushes it to emphasize Godzilla’s unstoppability - the weapons of the military are so beneath this entirely reactionary creature that Godzilla doesn’t even bother retaliating until almost accidentally. Given that this new Godzilla is a creature constantly evolving to suit its environment and fend off hostile forces, it makes sense that, if the JSDF poses no threat, it wouldn’t retaliate. There’s no purpose to it.
It’s not until the U.S. forces finally wound Godzilla, after he marched across the county like a towering specte of Death, that the real light-show begins. Once again, Anno and co. reinterprets Godzilla’s signature weapon - the atomic breath has become less of a cathartic moment of audience enthusiasm and a total nightmare. The shocking layers and levels to Godzilla’s new powers are strange and visually inspired, but also wonderfully in-line with the newfound ability to constantly evolve to fight new threats. While there will always be a part of me that yearns for the man-in-suit charm of Nakajima and his brethren, I really do believe that moving to heavier CGI helped this film move into a new era and recapture the audiences of Japan, which is a sentiment I never thought I’d express.
Now for the part that most people will probably skip: the controversial political drama that envelops the rest of the film. While some decry it for being “talky” and “boring,” I found it to be fascinating and, while a little exhausting in the third act, the majority felt necessary and had a logical progression, where one scene fed into another with rapid-fire pacing. I was honestly surprised at the amount of comedy in the film - SHIN GODZILLA is perfectly willing to take pot-shots at the constant meetings, press conferences, and emphasizing how in-over-their-heads the government is. While not exactly incompetent, they are poorly structured to tackle something like Godzilla - the citations of the myriad of qualifiers and special circumstances that bog down the post-war system of government is not only chuckle-worthy, but feels close to home for the Japanese audience. Even though most of the laughs dissipate by the 3rd act, it’s been replaced by a mad dash to counter the ever-raising stakes, which are made abundantly, violently clear.

The cast reminds one of TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1997) or even GHOSTBUSTERS (1984), where the characters arrive to the setting fully formed, and while some small amount of growth or development is had, the majority of the drama plays out as how these characters, who are adults and professionals, react to the situation that they are thrust in to. It feels more believable than a character who undergoes some massive personal growth under the course of 24 hours. THOR (2011) is a good example of this. The more unique cast members are found in the rag-tag group put together by the main character, Yaguchi, and their quirks and personalities are brought to the surface through their actions, dialogue, and performances. The film blessedly eschews tiresome sub-plots about divorces and estranged children and pets and chooses to focus on how these characters are acting in the most professional manner they can, and their individuality bubbles to the surface. While I can’t immediately recall everyone’s names (there are a LOT of characters, which I personally liked, because it adds to the realism of how many people would be affected and involved in a country-wide catastrophe, not simply one globe-hopping narcoleptic who can’t even disarm a bomb), they had enough individuality that, despite the fact that my foreign-ness inherently makes it difficult to keep track of a massive group speaking a different language, I was able to suss out the individuals at play, especially through multiple viewings.
Audience favorite Ogashima, the computer-laden biologist, is a stand-out because of her mannerisms (and the fact that she’s, sadly, one of the only girls around…but this may be a commentary on the boy’s-club that is Japanese politics). What I find fascinating about her character is not only that she’s apparently tired of being the smartest person in the room, but she’s also playing her character with a touch of what I’d interpret as being slightly on the autism spectrum - it’s not a major factor, it’s merely an interesting addition to her performance that I found intriguing. There’s the spectacled “team leader” whom you find out, through a brief image on his phone, is a family man. Then there’s the doomsaying-scientist who puts a lot of information together, but only after he’s theorized that Godzilla will sprout wings or has “made itself immortal.”
All of this is overseen by Yaguchi, who’s unwavering belief in serving the country and keeping everyone together nearly makes him blow his lid, but he is the voice of optimism and the rallying force of the story. His main counterpoint is Kayako Ann Patterson, an “American” representative who initially appears as a flippant and self-serving dilettante, but is steadily revealed to be a caring and cooperative ally, without losing her flair or amusingly phonetic “English.”
The film has received criticism for its nationalistic edge and less-than-flattering portrayal of America. The latter is nothing new: America is cast as an overbearing big brother to the world in many an international production, and this is especially true in Japan. BIO PLANET WOO (2006) cast its Americans as nothing less than murderous super villains, and that’s to say nothing of the Godzilla franchise’s own proceedings. Anybody remember GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (1991)? Ultimately, SHIN GODZILLA comes across as more of a realist in the back-and-forth diplomacy of politics, although the implication that the U.S. would rather nuke Japan than own up to their prior knowledge of the monster is pretty disconcerting. Then again, it may be a manipulative element by the Yaguchi plan to buy themselves the time they needed.
By the finale, the film doesn’t come down on the side of isolationism or superiority to other nations. It takes a group effort of nations to help defeat Godzilla. Germany helps crack the beast’s genetic code, France intervenes to halt the countdown, the team purchased material from Shanghai, and even America provides support in the final plan to stop the monster. While Japan spearheads the attack, they couldn’t have done it without the aid of other nations. Even with its nationalistic pride, it’s a far cry from the constant flag-waving of a Michael Bay TRANSFORMERS film.
Of course, with its warm endorsement of the SDF and the nationalistic leanings, it could be easy to see this film as a tacit endorsement of Prime Minster Abe’s recent re-working of the role the military plays in Japan’s political structure. This was intensely controversial for the populace, and is hotly debated to this day. In the context of the film, there is a slight conservative-government-endorsement at play here: meetings and diplomacy and “by the book” slows things down and gets people killed, whereas a small, cavalier group of political, military, and private-sector personnel saved the day by throwing out politics and working towards a common goal. It’s food for thought, and while I won’t pretend to understand the intricacies of the socio-political turmoil of modern Japan, I do find it compelling and interesting to watch a Godzilla movie that takes these kinds of risks - it’s clearly something that the Godzilla-loving audiences of Japan have been starved for.
And the music, my GOD, the music. Shiro Sagisu creates some deliciously Evangelion-inspired tracks that brim with audacious power and over-the-top chorus. I absolutely love it. And the Ifukube tracks, while a bit out-of-place, are nice treats for the fans. I was wonderfully pumped-up during the final battle’s invigorating march.
Speaking of the final battle, it was wonderfully creative, and while not a definitive defeat for Godzilla, it was new and fast-paced and exciting. The final shot? Weird and terrifying.
How does it rank for me when compared to the rest of the franchise? GMK (2001) by Shusuke Kaneko remains my favorite. It’s the kind of human drama I prefer with plenty of monster action. And while I have a lot to appreciate about SHIN GODZILLA, not every Godzilla fan is going to enjoy it. Many fans have little patience for the human sequences to begin with, so I can’t really recommend this to them. If you go apoplectic when Godzilla’s not onscreen, then you’ll probably not be revisiting this one. SHIN GODZILLA is a Godzilla movie that violates a lot of the comfort-zones that the fandom has built for itself over the years, and if you’re not willing to go along with a different sort of filmmaking to have to sift through before getting to a Godzilla that breaks a lot of the hard-line rules that have been calcified over the last 62 years, then it probably isn’t for you.
But if you want to see what a gigantic pain-in-the-ass it is for a kaiju to suddenly appear in the modern world, and all of the headaches and drama that come with it, not to mention an insane Godzilla that, again, breaks a LOT of “rules,” while still being 100% “Godzilla,” give this one a few sit-downs.
I do find it wonderful that we are on the cusp of two concurrent Godzilla franchises, and they are BOTH equal parts Godzilla. What a time to be a fan.

hussainthemvp  asked:

Boy, you sure are going out of your way to defend the guy.

Not really defending Trump as much I am saying that I don’t like people panicking and doomsaying about Trump.

I mean, I think it’s clear that I don’t like him as much as the next guy. He’s a self-indulgent egotist who surrounds himself with cronies and people who are smarter than him to compensate for his lack of intelligence. He only got this far because his opponents managed out-stupid even him, which is a feat I don’t I should find remarkable or preposterous. I find his plans on trade to be extremely flawed, and while I’m not doomsaying, I feel we could run into several trade problems with China, if certain things a person I know tells me are true. While I’m not a fan of the ACA (this may come from a personal bias, considering I live in somewhat small city, and me and my family knows a several people who either can’t afford it anymore, or now have health bills as almost as big as their house notes), I don’t think it should be gotten rid of cold turkey, and more amended and fixed so it doesn’t screw over people as much (which hopefully will be done in the future, but I’m not sure if it will be Trump who does it). I don’t think he’s a giant white supremacist (anyone who even thinks that, be they left-wing or right-wing, is giant dumbass), but I would be lying if I didn’t think he was at least a really insensitive asshole when it comes to things regarding race and creed, with there being some hints of xenophobia, though not as big as Tumblr makes it.

However, as much as I don’t like Trump or his policies, I don’t like the people who try to justify their outrage with violence and harming others, especially when it involves people who aren’t even associated with Trump, including doing stuff like smashing a Starbucks window, even when Starbucks doesn’t even affiliate themselves with Trump. I support the right to free speech and the right to protest and assemble, but not when the protests get out of hand and they end up harming innocent people and burning things down, that’s where I draw the line.

I have no doubt that Trump is not going to be as great a president as his more rabid supporters think he will be (which, in fairness, I find to be just as annoying and fanatical as Hillary and Obama’s rabid supporters), but I’m definitely not going to completely lose my head over him being president, and I’m just going to wait a while until I decide to make my full verdict on him as a president.

I don’t support Trump or endorse, but I don’t support mass hysteria, either.

There was some guy in Thayd this morning that appeared to have been doomsaying before I got ingame, and linked a presumably Very Factual Article about how Wildstar is doomed or whatever and I’m like

My dude.

Take that to the left. (to the left)

Wildstar ain’t goin nowhere. <3

(see he’ll even make it easy for you, it’s YOUR left, not his)

Investors Used to Worry About the End of the World – Why Did They Stop?

It’s the end of the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

The past five years have been a bull market for doomsaying. There’s been one would-be apocalypse after another, and some of them were even real. But they haven’t been nearly as real since December 2011. That’s when we hit Peak Armageddon, and when gold hit its own peak: people trusted rocks more than governments to preserve value in a world short on it.

Lehman nearly broke our world, but just three years later it looked like things might have been getting worse. Policymakers were once again playing Russian roulette with the world economy, and every chamber was loaded. House Republicans were refusing to raise the debt ceiling without major spending cuts, and the European Central Bank (ECB) wasn’t even fiddling as the common currency burned. It was just watching the collapse. So it’s not surprise that gold hit an all-time nominal high in September 2011. Investors trusted rocks more than stocks.

But a funny thing happened on the way to armageddon. We never got there. Republicans have blustered about the debt ceiling, but they raise it when the time comes. And Germans have blustered about the ECB, but they let it throw money at Europe’s problems when the time comes for that too. It’s been such a non-apocalypse that you would have made more money investing in Greece’s stock market than gold going back to September 2011—and that despite the Fed printing over a trillion dollars, which should be good for the yellow metal.

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