It’s the end of the world as we know it (and the weekend open discussion)


Armageddonbow spotted in Northern NJ at 6pm this evening! The end of the world is surely upon us (or G-d just has a sense of humor)

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111 Responses to It’s the end of the world as we know it (and the weekend open discussion)

  1. grim says:

    Folks, I’ve got indulgences for sale today at a cut rate price. Get ’em now while you can.

    Judgement is upon is, any time now, that said, I take PayPal.

  2. serenity now says:

    Perhaps today is the oblivion Clot has been talking about.

  3. Mike says:

    Good Morning New Jersey

  4. serenity (2)-

    To paraphrase Sartre, oblivion is other people.

  5. grim says:

    Oblivion sure picked a beautiful day to come, I’d have imagined more rain, thunder, and at least a little brimstone.

  6. What’s about to come will have people begging for oblivion.

    Oblivion is actually one of the better-case outcome scenarios.

  7. Pat says:

    Oblivion is upon me no matter what, today.

    My first all day Indian wedding – in a Sari, no less – which means another damn trip to the ER.

    I would post pics but I’ll probably be dead.

  8. Neanderthal Economist says:

    Tonight’s 6pm rapture couldn’t come at a more inconvenient time. I’ve got midfield sideline tix to 8pm philly union game.

  9. xroads says:

    will people who strategically defaulted be given more time in purgatory? will renters have reduced time? how will they judge?

  10. willwork4beer says:


    Taking Mrs. Beer to the Trenton – Portland game tonight. (Double A Yankees vs. Red Sox).

    We have great seats, so the world better not end until after the game!

  11. 3b says:

    There is a place that is sheltered on the banks of the princely Hackensack, where prices are up 26% from last year, and will remain untouched from oblivion.

  12. gary says:

    It’s well past 6:00 PM on most of the planet… where’s the f*cking apocalypse? What… the bible specified New York time?

  13. scribe says:

    Let’s put one of those beer-making machines in Grim’s basement and hide from the apocalypse.

  14. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Gary 16 no you misunderstand it is Brigadoon on the Hacky time, now I’m sure that explains it.

  15. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Hobo is in Vernon, lock the doors.

  16. gary says:

    Hobo is in Vernon, lock the doors.


  17. gary says:


    Let’s all just start drinking now and get really sh1t-faced. Then we can start posting deep, dark secrets about ourselves with no ramifications. Ok… I’ll tell one tidbit to start: I know where Jimmy Hoffa was buried. LOL!

  18. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Gary don’t you think we should wait for Hobo on the drinking, not for nothing….

  19. gary says:


    Hobo is already f*cking bombed… he’s been swilling since 8:00 AM.

  20. Mikeinwaiting says:

    I have an end of the world/rapture party to attend tonight in Hudson County. It is being held at a friends parents house (basement/backyard) in No Bergen. This site was used all through our teenage & early 20s for such events (really cool parents). House is being sold they are gone (sad), so a bunch of 50ish deviants are playing HS party tonight. Staying 4 blocks away at Mom’s, walking distance is key! Not to worry half the police force will be there. Get loud: Marshall stacks,
    full kit for the drummers, mixers, key boards. They’ll need a valet just to keep track of the guitars. (some are worth a pretty penny) This should be entertaining to say the least. Note to self do not get behind the mic.

  21. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Gary 24, he will fit right in here in Vernon.

  22. Graydon M. Ellery, III (PHD, MBA, BA) says:

    things look great in NJ.

  23. momochii says:

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  24. veets (8)-

    To some, MLS soccer is the definition of hell on earth.

  25. Mikey (15)-

    Just got back from Vernon. Girls lost 10-14 but played extremely well and battled against a team that could make the final four at Rutgers next week. My kid got a hat trick, 5 draw controls and her 100th ground ball of the season.

    In case you’re wondering where your whole township’s tax receipts go, take a drive over to Vernon HS. Anyone who wants a do it-yourself rebate can dig up some of the acres of Sprinturf or steal the state-of-the-art sound system out of the press box.

  26. chicagofinance says:

    New Yorkers prepare for possible Judgment Day

    Last Updated: 7:29 AM, May 21, 2011

    Posted: 2:32 AM, May 21, 2011

    More Print This is the last and final stop, New York.

    Scarf down one more H&H bagel, take one last stroll through Central Park, and read this, the final issue of your favorite daily newspaper — for the world, and more importantly, the city, is ending at 6 p.m. today.

    For weeks, Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, 89, has been saying that with the help of Scripture he was able to calculate that May 21 is Doomsday — although he made a similar prediction in 1994.

    Many New Yorkers laughed off the notion that the Rapture would begin today, that earthquakes would destroy all five boroughs and that there wouldn’t be any cabs — Mayor Bloomberg even offered five tips for how Armageddon would affect the city and promised that alternate-side rules would be suspended.

    Andrew Kelly
    STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: Boris Petreski of New Jersey warns commuters at Penn Station yesterday, the eve of the “Rapture.”
    But like Jor-El on the eve of Krypton’s destruction, the true believers pleaded with the rest of New York yesterday to make preparations for the first day of the rest of their afterlives.

    “I’m afraid for all the people who don’t believe the world is ending,” said Amy, 27, one of those holding end-of-the-world signs at Union Square.

    “I’ve paid all my bills, but I haven’t gone on a shopping spree. I can’t take it with me, so why buy more things,” she said. “Only my father believes me, the rest are like everyone else.”

    Some have made more drastic preparations.

    “My sister called me from down in Jamaica saying my cousins are selling their homes,” said Sasha Jackson, 23, of Manhattan. “People are selling their possessions. It’s crazy. The fanatics are creating pandemonium. Does the church have a plan for when this all falls through?”

    The massive citywide ad campaign claiming that today was the end of the world prompted opportunists to take to Craigslist to try to score real estate from those anticipating they’d be in heaven by tonight.

    “If you’re someone who will be saved and you live in a higher end apartment in one of the more desirable neighborhoods in Brooklyn I’d be interested in subletting until your return,” one ad stated. “Please, no studios.”

    Others admitted that the prospect of End Times did have them a bit jittery.

    “I’m kind of freaking out because I’m flying tomorrow, but I guess being in the air is the safest place to be during all those earthquakes,” said Rhys Fagan, 21, a student.

    Retired Staten Island transit worker Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140,000 on the end-of-the-world ad campaign here, said the Rapture is no time to have a last laugh.

    “Many people will die and continue to die until Oct. 21st,” he said. “That’s why I am handing out magnets.”

    Short-term planning

    * The end of New York as we know it will commence at 6 p.m. today.

    * The first time zone to be affected will be New Zealand, at 1 a.m. EDT.

    * Those worthy of salvation will be taken to heaven, along with the spirits of believers already deceased.

    * Their pets will be left behind.

    * Those still on the planet will not be so lucky: Earthquakes and tsunamis will destroy much of the Earth.

    * “The inhabitants who survive this terrible earthquake will exist in a world of horror and chaos beyond description. Each day people will die until Oct. 21, 2011, when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants.”

  27. Halfway through the rapture, and my sorry white ass is still here.

  28. I am going to ask every cute woman I see for the rest of the day to show me her tits.

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  30. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Hobo 25 Nothing but the best!
    Hobo 28 Sounds like fun.

  31. Mikeinwaiting says:

    “Their pets will be left behind.” Kinda wondering how that got in there.

  32. If the pets get left behind, aren’t they going to fall into all the open graves that happen when the earth cracks open and the dead rise?

    All my damn dog will do is eat my shoes once she can figure out I’m dead.

  33. 3b says:

    #26 I wonder why Amy felt the need to pay her all her bills, what with it being the end and all.

  34. Mikeinwaiting says:

    3b 33 more like run up the cards & go wild, but that’s just me.

  35. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Hobo by the way how did you like the scenery, all kidding aside it is beautiful up here.

  36. 26% 30 Year Realtor says:

    #34 Mikeinwaiting – You answered 3b’s question. Guys like you just don’t get saved!

    Hope the Preakness goes off before the world ends.

  37. gary says:

    This just in: Bergen County will be spared from the pending apocalypse. Carry on…

  38. Fabius Maximus says:

    Found this on Facebook from my friend with the CO issues.

    “We have guys installing a couple of handrails today, and Monday there’s a chimney guy coming to take $4.5K off us, then an electrician then a plumber. All to appease the town so they’ll give us a stupid CO…arrrgghhh…let me outta this town!”

  39. chicagofinance says:

    Peggy Noonan in the Op-Ed of the WSJ taking some shots at the French….

    The allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who stepped down as chief of the International Monetary Fund after being charged with seven counts including attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, are just that, allegations. He’s been indicted, not convicted. But half the French establishment knew about what they called his woman problem, and at least one previous accusation of harassment. It was an open secret. “Everyone knows that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a libertine,” said Gilles Savary, a member of the European Parliament Socialist party. He “doesn’t try to hide it.”

    DSK, as he’s known, is almost a classic villain—elegant, august, satyrlike in his multithousand-dollar suits and his multithousand-dollar suite. He is the perfect “champagne socialist,” as they’re now calling him, who preys on the weak—for who is less defended and more at the mercy of the world than a 32-year-old hotel maid, a widow, a West African immigrant working to support herself and her daughter?

    But what is most startling about the story is not the charge that a powerful man did a dreadful thing. It is the utter and profound difference between the U.S. response to the story and the French response.

    America was immediately sympathetic to the underdog. The impulse of every media organization, from tabloid to broadsheet to cable to network, was to side with the powerless one in the equation. The cops, the hotel’s managers, the District Attorney’s office—everyone in authority gave equal weight and respect to the word of the maid. Only in America (and not always in America) would they have taken the testimony of the immigrant woman from Africa and dragged the powerful man out of his first-class seat in the jet at JFK.

    In France, the exact opposite. There, from the moment the story broke, DSK was the victim, not the villain. It was a setup, a trap, a conspiracy. He has a weakness for women. No, he loves them too much. Hairy-chested poseur and Sarkozy foreign-policy adviser Bernard-Henri Levy sneeringly referred to “the chambermaid,” brayed about DSK’s high standing, and called him “a friend to women.” Jean Daniel, editor of Le Nouvel Observateur, sniffily asked why “the supposed victim was treated as worthy and beyond suspicion.”

    Why wouldn’t she be treated as worthy, buddy? One is tempted to ask if it’s the black part, the woman part or the immigrant part.

    As David Rieff wrote in the New Republic, to French intellectuals, DSK deserves special treatment because he is a valuable person. “The French elites’ consensus seems to be that it is somehow Strauss-Kahn himself and not the 32-year-old maid who is the true victim of this drama.”

    Americans totally went for the little guy. The French went for the power.

    Lafayette would weep.

    Someone once sniffed, “In America they call waiters ‘Sir.’ ” Bien sur, my little bonbon. It’s part of our unlost greatness.

    More Peggy Noonan
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    click here to order her new book, Patriotic Grace
    .The French are a very great people. They have filled the world with so much beauty, you have to wonder if God didn’t send them down here just for that. As David McCullough observes in his tender new book, “The Greater Journey,” generations of Americans, starting in 1820 or so, journeyed to Paris to learn the best in art, medicine, science and literature. They came back and filled our nation with the innovation and expertise they’d acquired there. The French didn’t just enrich us, they helped America become itself.

    Today they are great talkers, but for all their talk of emotions, and they do talk about emotions, they need, on this story at least, an attitude adjustment. They need to grow a heart. If the charges are true, this isn’t a story about sex, romance and the war between men and women, it is about violence, and toward a person who is almost a definition of powerlessness.

    Their mindless snobbery is unworthy of them.

  40. Mikewaiting says:

    It would seem all is well, world ending next year O bother.

  41. 3b says:

    #38 There is a place………….

    I can go on gary if you want??

  42. Barbara says:

    #40. Fabius
    Did you friend shop around for these contractors? I have had chimneys lined for 1,500. Not sure what his needed but at 4.5k, sounds like a rebuild.

  43. Barbara says:

    your, even

  44. Barbara says:

    I had our brick steps with brick side pedestals and limestone treads replaced a few years ago for 3k.

  45. Juice Box says:

    Just finished a kitchen and bathroom demo at a my brother’s house, blue ribbon Bergen Couny town, permits are $800, my comment to him was we should leave the gas main open. Filled up a 30 yd dumpster, I spoke spanish the whole time since I felt like a day laborer. Being a homeowner is so much fun, I am not buying a fixer upper it ain’t like HDTV my back is sore and I now need several drinks.

  46. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Farr: Housing, Housing and Housing!

    Increasingly, it appears that stock investors want to overlook what is going on in the housing market. Most believe that better job growth will eventually stabilize the housing market, but we don’t think it will be that easy. The problems in housing are not simply an issue of employment. The real issues are that 1) we have undergone a fundamental and dramatic change in the way homeownership is financed in this country, and 2) there is a huge backlog of foreclosures and other inventory (ie, supply far exceeds demand). These two issues almost ensure that housing prices will go lower in the future (absent some new and exceedingly expensive government program). If you add higher mortgages rates, the decline in housing is likely to be more pronounced.

  47. Confused In NJ says:

    The sad thing about the Dominique Strauss-Kahn incident, is the major News stations have basically convicted him in the eyes of the Public. In that they are wrong and the French are right, a person should be presumed innocent, until found guilty by a jury of their peers. The American Media likes to subjectively create news, rather then objectively report on it.

  48. Mikeinwaiting says:

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Iceland’s most active volcano has started erupting, scientists said Saturday _ just over a year after another eruption on the North Atlantic island shut down European air traffic for days.

    May be it is really the end ! Que scarey music.

  49. Barbara says:

    45 Juice
    The hard part is over. The rest is very rewarding (well, more for your brother).

  50. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Confused 47 Agreed, but also note that in France what he may have or have not done would be no big deal because of who he is.

  51. relo says:

    I heard the former head of the OFHEO speak the other day. Aside from the Yale & Harvard demeanor he sounded a lot like Clot. Make, he liked multi, everything else Thbbft!

  52. Kettle1^2 says:

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  53. Kettle1^2 says:

    Sign of the times

    extreme couponing now the hot new show on TLC

    enjoying my armageadon being simultaneously puked on by 2 young ladies.

  54. cobbler says:

    Where did you take them? Should have followed our suggestions…

  55. Juice Box says:

    Re:53 kettle nobody mentioned giving alcohol to teenagers!

  56. Kettle1^2 says:

    the 2 young ladies in question are not old enough to hold up their own heads yet and the puke is digested breast milk. Although i am sure john has a similar story, just involving two young ladies of age, breast milk and crushed velour

  57. Kettle1^2 says:

    At least i get to enjoy a nice cold sam smiths at the same time :)

  58. Kettle1^2 says:

    Re iceland doomsday volcano:

    -A no-fly zone has been enacted within a 120-mile radius of the erupting volcano in Iceland
    -white plume up to 18,000 feet seen.
    -The eruption was followed by around 50 small earthquakes, the largest of which measured 3.7 on the Richter Scale, according to Iceland’s meteorological office.

  59. mikey (35)-

    Nice. Enjoyed all the fat bikers in spandex, too.

  60. I can see why Hef built a resort at Great Gorge.

  61. Shit. I think grim got raptured.

  62. Shore Guy says:

    “Iceland’s Meteorological Office confirmed that an eruption had begun at the Grimsvotn volcano”

    Clearly, the volcano is Grim’s fault.

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  66. Outofstater says:

    So teachers have to pay to get assigned to good schools and administrators have to pay to keep their jobs? I thought the reason the NJEA existed was to prevent this kind of thing. Or was it for the children? I get so confused.

  67. JC says:

    chifi #39: The few minutes you spent wasting time reading Nooners are minutes you will never get back.

    What’s worrisome about the newsotainment coverage of DSK is that suddenly forcible rape is being equated with being flirted with by the human Pepe Le Pew.

  68. stater (67)-

    It is about money and political power. Children have no lobby anywhere in the US (since they have neither money nor influence that can be co-opted) and are irrelevant to virtually everyone in education.

    Here’s the latest in my township’s minty-fresh, Blue Ribbony elementary & middle schools:

    – A promising young teacher is being terminated because she allowed a deaf and learning disabled kid use a calculator on the NJ Ask test. Protocols dictate that any use of calculators invalidates the test results for the whole group and subjects the school to a 10K fine. Amazingly, the school could not self-report this incident fast enough.

    – As this was the teacher’s first year, she had not been trained on the NJ Ask or advised of the protocol. Once she found out about her error, she then checked the kid’s test, and found that there was only ONE correct answer. This kid couldn’t do math if she had Einstein sitting next to her (and don’t get me started on why a kid in this position is even taking such a test).

    – If you think it’s bad enough that a promising teacher is being terminated over something so foolish, think again: the school is now investigating this teacher to determine whether she allowed the calculator use in order to “deliberately sabotage” the results for the class. If she is somehow found guilty (I have no doubt she will), she could be subject to paying part or all of the school’s 10K fine.

    – Meanwhile, the incompetent Twp. school superintendent has bumrushed the school board in the past few weeks to first demand an extension of his contract (naturally, he made the demand at a skool board meeting…with no prior notice and in advance of the time period designated for negotiation), then jam through 4% raises for all the members of his office and support staff. At the same time, the district’s teachers are working under the terms of a contract that expired last year, and no end to negotiation on a new contract is in sight.

    – In a final bow to the absurd, the union is attempting to influence non-unionized part-time employees and teacher assistants to back the teachers’ union in its new salary negotiations. One of the points on which union and school board agree is that part-time employees and TAs will remain ineligible for benefits or insurance.

    – Several teacher assistants employed this school year are full, certified teachers and hold Master’s degrees. Those assistants were informed that they were not needed for next year.

    Never think that school in NJ is for the children. It is about brainwashing, mental castr@tion, graft, money, power, quid pro quo and political theater.

  69. Publicly, all the “educators” tell you it’s for the kids.

    Privately, these crooks look at the kids as product on the shelf.

  70. My wife has been a TA in the school system for the past two years. She is flogging her resume in the private sector this summer in an attempt to get out of this cesspool.

    She actually gives a damn and works hard. Not surprisingly, she also has all the patience, maturity and perspective that I lack so completely…and she’s just about to snap.

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  73. Outofstater says:

    Hobo – The more I read about New Jersey, the more relieved I am that I no longer live there. The good news is that all this stuff is coming out into the open. It’s been going on for decades only it never made the papers. I have to wonder how much lower your property taxes would be if you didn’t have to pay for all the corruption.

  74. cobbler says:

    freedy [80]
    The sorting in the index is by the number of AP, IB and “other college-level tests” taken per graduating senior. The only way this number could be pushed above 3 or 4 for the “normal” (not magnet) HS is by encouraging those students who are destined to fail, to take the test nevertheless – just to improve the “challenge” stats.

  75. cobbler says:

    And the data seems to be quite garbage-y, too. If the table states that 100% graduates in Princeton and Livingston are eligible for subsidized lunch (and that Elisabeth High is the second highest ranking school in NJ), I’d be reluctant to make far-reaching conclusions based on it…

  76. Graydon M. Ellery, III (PHD, MBA, BA) says:

    Dear outofstater:
    NJ is great place with great public servants. I saw today 2 roadside ads from NJEA saying so, and attacking Gov. Christie. Looks like he is not for children, only for millionaires.

  77. A.West says:

    Pingry? Or something like that? If the state would let go of its death grip on education, it seems that there would be a growing market for quality people in education.

    BTW, I went to a Riesling tasting at Natirar saturday. It was ok, I’m not an expert. The sweeter they were, the better I liked them. 59 degrees was the sponsor.
    Anyway, there are a couple other guys at my office there who fancy themselves wine collectors. Any advantage you can offer them that 59 degrees can’t?

  78. west (87)-

    I’m out of the wine biz. The people I was working for were a total scam. They tried to stiff the winemakers, my salespeople and me. The only principal of the company who was based in the US wrote himself a big check, unplugged the phone and disappeared when TSHTF. I’m almost done liquidating the inventory and getting everyone paid. If I get paid, it’ll be a miracle.

    My advice on wine is to shop somewhere other than 59 Degrees. You’re overpaying for the owner’s MW and overpaying to subsidize his ridiculous Bernardsville rent. He deep-sixed his old store near me in Clinton by loading it full of overpriced musuem pieces, and I suspect the same is happening there.

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  80. Outofstater says:

    Um, looks like we have some termites. Grim better call an exterminator.

  81. A.West says:

    Sorry to hear that. People like that will ultimately perish in their own moral void.

  82. chicagofinance says:

    A.West says:
    May 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    BTW, I went to a Riesling tasting at Natirar saturday. It was ok, I’m not an expert. The sweeter they were, the better I liked them.

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  83. chicagofinance says:

    Also, the wife and I are going to a lecture at Bryn Mawr College on Friday morning and then we are going to throw caution to the wind here….

  84. chicagofinance says:

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    New-wave Italian restaurants love the beer because it’s typically lighter and less sweet than many high-end American brews.

    Sarah Grueneberg, chef at Chicago’s Café Spiaggia, is not only serving Italian beer but cooking with it too. Eataly, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s multifloor Italian food oasis, will open a bona fide Italian brewery on its New York rooftop later this summer, designed by Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione with two Italian brewers, Di Vincenzo and Birrificio Le Baladin’s Teo Musso.

    On tap will be a thyme-infused pale, a chestnut mild and a wheat beer flavored with a curious Italian peppercorn. “We’re foodies, too,” Mr. Calagione said of his fellow brewers. “Just working in a liquid format.”

    —William Bostwick

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  86. Confused In NJ says:

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  87. Cheburatorsr says:

    Sop drunk….

    Doesnt mater

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  89. Hobo With a Shotgun says:

    chi (88)-

    Italian beer is cool. A great history of brewing there.

    BTW, my daughter is going to Hobart. My wife & I may just decide to move up there, too.

  90. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    Going offline for awhile. Will be on the left coast for a week. Sunnier than here, but not any warmer. So much for the beach.

  91. chicagofinance says:

    Hobo With a Shotgun says:
    May 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm
    chi (88)- Italian beer is cool. A great history of brewing there.
    BTW, my daughter is going to Hobart. My wife & I may just decide to move up there, too.

    Excellent. Any general preferences? Montreal? :-)

  92. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Nom enjoy! Yes I am still alive after last night, barely.

  93. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    Before I left, I decided to check up on some numbers I had not checked in awhile, the quarterly expatriation reports.

    For the reports released Feb. 11 (last quarter, 2010) and May 10 (1st Qtr, 2011), I stopped counting after a few hundred. I estimate both reports continue the trend of 4oo to 500 names per quarter.

    I have to do the math, but on pure dead reckoning, I think that more people left the country under two years of Obama than under Clinton and Bush for the entire period that records have been kept.

    Now, this doesn’t mean that the country is emptying out. But when you consider who is going into a consulate overseas and renouncing citizenship, and who is coming in, consider this: Poor folks who leave the US usually don’t renounce unless they have to cuz there is no tax downside for them. In fact, there are only three plausible reasons for renouncing citizenship:

    A. The renunciant’s new country requires it (highly unlikely since most foreign born renunciants would have already had to deal with that unless going to a 3rd country).
    B. The renunciant hates the US (probably a very small subset)
    C. Tax reasons (enuf said).

    tick . . . tick . . . tick . . .

  94. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Nom 99 it ain’t going to be pretty.

  95. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Hobo headed for the woods.

  96. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Time to hit the silk………………

  97. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [99] redux

    Okay, I did the math, quick and dirty.

    397 expatriates in the last quarter of 2010
    499 expatriates in the first quarter of 2011

    Hoping that this guy updates his charts

    So this is what Hope and Change looks like.

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