The no smoking sign has been turned off. I think the 'ride' has begun and I feel that most are still oblivious. Watched the network guys who have to wear makeup before they can talk to us say that everything is alright and we should be BUYING into this market... WTF?? Everything you hear from the News, your banker, your REALTOR, and your neighbor is carefully planted propaganda; placed to part you and what's left of your money. I know you can't eat Gold but you also can't eat your evaporated Roth IRA or 401k in 20 yrs if ITS GONE!!! The world saw 6.9 TRILLION in market value evaporate this week. The FED declared yeaterday that it would NOT intercede in the markets and then did so 3 time 24 hours later. Central banks (Like the Fed), around the world injected 384 Billion in loans this week. (That is 384,000 piles of ONE MILLION dollars.) This is about as smart as pulling out the whip on your exhausted and dying horse to win the race. The horse is still going to lay down at some point... There has never seemed to be much interest in the state of the economy around here and many of you may hear the term 'subprime' and think it doesn't effect you but it does and will and will continue to effect us all for the next few yrs. Sub-prime is just the current scapegoat for a situation that has been set up long ago. The perfect storm is on the horizon.