Countdown to the End

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Greg Hunter
21 DECEMBER 2011

Today marks the official one year countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar. 365 days from today will be December 21, 2012. Some say it marks the end of the world, but others say it is really the end of an era. An Associated Press (AP) report, yesterday, about Mexican tourism said, “It’s selling the date, the Winter Solstice in the coming year, as a time of renewal. Many archeologists argue that the 2012 reference on a 1,300-year-old stone tablet only marks the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar. “The world will not end. It is an era,” said Yeanet Zaldo, a tourism spokeswoman for the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun. “For us, it is a message of hope.”

I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen in 2012, but I am betting a dramatic change is coming. For most, life will be much harder and people will be much poorer. You’ve heard of peak oil? Well, peak credit is also topping out, and it looks like everything will hit the fan next year. Charles Hugh Smith has a similar 2012 economic outlook, and wrote an in-depth post yesterday where the title describes the entire story: “2011: The Last (Debt-Consumerist) Christmas In America.” Mr. Smith said, “A funny thing happens when you depend on expanding debt to fund your consumption: eventually the cost of servicing your rising debt reaches the limit of your income, and you can’t borrow any more, unless interest rates decline so you can leverage your income into higher debt. . . .Lowering interest rates extends the era of debt-based consumption, but it only puts off the inevitable crash when the ability to borrow runs out. Eventually the cost of servicing this lower-interest debt absorbs all your disposable income, and the borrowing skids to an abrupt stop.”

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