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... that it is not 05/21/11, in the American style, but 05/11/21 in the European style, 5 November, 2021.

The proof:
(1) 21 cannot be a month. So it must be a day or a year.
(2) November 21st leaves 05, and November 21, 2005 has already passed.
(3) So 21 must be the year.
(4) It can't be May 11, 2021, since May 11th was Salvador Dali's birthday. Enough said.
(5) God is a mathematician, and would not use any date as disorderly as Month, Day, Year ~ it will certainly either be from longer period to shorter or shorter period to longer. Since in the end time, the time will come when the year is redundant, clearly it will be shorter period to longer so that in the last year, the year can be dispensed with.

Ergo, 5/11/21, 5 November, 2021, qed


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 01:45:36 PM EST
As the Duke of Ellington once said, "All god's chilluns got music, even the damn mathematicians."

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 04:09:19 PM EST
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... well, I'll be happy to bet you a beer that there will not be a rapture on 11 May 2012.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 04:17:10 PM EST
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Will be a pleasure to lose this bet, and in fact, cover the entire evening. You handle travel, and i'm there.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 04:47:50 PM EST
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Oops, that's 11 May 2021.

Anyway, I may be able to save enough for a trip to Europe by 2021, though maybe I should save it in RMB¥.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 02:14:08 AM EST
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Save in grain. Or grain alcohol.

The RMB¥ may well have been de-pegged from the US$ by then, making it fairly useless for US/EU travel.

I'd say "save in €," since the BuBa will ensure that the currency is sound, even if it has to kill the Union to do so. But exchanging those € for D-Mark when Europe goes to shit due to that attitude would be a hassle.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 24th, 2011 at 05:09:27 AM EST
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Save in Bunds, then.

Economics is politics by other means
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 24th, 2011 at 05:10:45 AM EST
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Depegging only hurts if it drops as a result. Since the effect of the basket peg is to discount the RMB¥, unpegging would seem likely to increase its US$ or € value.

Of more concern would be a loss of the existing warlords and mandarins of China of the mandate of heaven.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue May 24th, 2011 at 02:47:28 PM EST
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Depegging only hurts if it drops as a result. Since the effect of the basket peg is to discount the RMB¥, unpegging would seem likely to increase its US$ or € value.

Depends. If they de-peg because domestic inflation has turned their previously undervalued peg into an overvalued peg, you might be in for a rude surprise.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 24th, 2011 at 04:09:48 PM EST
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why would that cause them to depeg? they have a hidden basket peg, so they can adjust peg incrementally as they go.

if you mean, maybe they'll have runaway inflation and negative real interest rates ~ well, yeah, but since us$ is from an economy actively pursuing deindustrialization and the development of underdevelopment, the us$ risk of runaway inflation is more severe.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue May 24th, 2011 at 08:36:05 PM EST
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