Celebrate the Decline and Fall of the U.S. Empire at YAPC::NA::2008

Greg McCarroll greg at mccarroll.org.uk
Wed Mar 12 07:55:42 GMT 2008

On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 11:00:39PM -0400, James E Keenan wrote:
> Due to the wisdom of our political elites and economic masters, the  
> U.S. dollar has tanked.
> Which means that most of the readers of this list can afford to  
> travel in the U.S. and spend those dollars like they were Monopoly  
> money.
> Which means you should all come to YAPC::NA::2008 :-)

You should probably appeal to the great European empire that awaits
with anticipation the crowning of its new benevolant dictator for
life, El Tono, with the lovely Queen Cherie at its side.

As while the dollar has tanked spectacularly, our beloved Comrade
Brown and party workers have nicely managed to give us the first 
bank run in 150 years, and the bargain basement price for this?
just 50B[1]. So we are going down against the dollar[2], compared
to our European friends.

Of course with G.W. getting rid of the main military officer in
opposition to war with Iran, I'm sure the US can speed up its
descent rate. After all why take (give) 2 messed up invasions
into the shower errr next presidency, when you can take 3.


p.s. Anyway I'll stop this cheery ranting before I tell you about the
     new game we created last night after hearing about the wheat
     shortage - with the catchy title of, BBC News Bingo - Signs
     of the Apocalypse Edition.

[1] All this is actually the total exposure if every asset (houses)
    that Northern cockup actually became worth 0 pounds over night,
    or Comrade Brown found some new and exciting way to cock up.
[2] 120 day High, Feb 20, 0.515 (cost of a dollar), against the bargain
    price of 0.473 back in Nov 8. And a current rate of 0.499. (you
    really dont want to know figures against the Euro).

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