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Baby, It's Cold Outside

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On the matter of financial "reporting", if only we were that poised for prosperity!  

I question items like the headline hype of a better economy and housing market.  

The upbeat economic newspaper articles that end with quick and sneaky "on the other-hands", not meant to be noticed or digested.

Just in time for Christmas, the widely reported "soaring" consumer sentiment has me wondering.   Have we been programmed for Christmas?

I invite you to read, as I do, the very end of the bullish business headline stories, where words and statistics to the effect of "never mind" are found.

(Digression: for those who don't remember "never mind", Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, or her characters Emily Litella and Roseanne Rosanadana, you alone understand the removal of Gilda's name from a local Wisconsin Gilda's Club, the cancer organization created in her honor).

Is Christmas this year the evidence and launch of an improving economy, a reinvigorated America, and if so, why the frowning pusses?

It's the hap- happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings
And gay happy meetings when friends come to call
It's the hap- happiest season of all

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The short (and mostly the long) of it seems, at least anecdotally, to be that the facts of most people's lives in America remain a humiliating secret, (i.e. not so thriving or filled with "gay" happy meetings).

Therefore, "tis the season of denial and self-denigration that comes from not feeling jolly.

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

Since someone has to do it, here it comes.  

No, not Santa, but my yearly tradition of noting a distinct disparity between Christmas and real life.

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Sample questions:

How would our society look, how different would we feel, if people were truly friendly and caring with each other?

How would behavior change if love was commonly offered and truth a desired commodity between friends?

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