Happy New Year!

I suspect Lambert, who is DJing the site (I have an ungodly early flight today but in a bout of good fortune have fireworks outside my window as I am writing this), will also offer his New Year wishes, but I wanted to thank readers for their input and support. I think a lot of you enjoy the commentariat, and I wish all of you (the active participants as well as the lurkers) a great 2012!

And for all of you, to fighting the good fight in the new year!

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34 comments

  1. indio007

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! ESPECIALLY YVES!
    THX FOR EVERYONE FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO MY UNDERSTANDING!
    MAY THIS YEAR BE THE YEAR WE HOLD THE CRIMINAL’S
    FEET TO THE FIRE!

    1. Union Member

      just came from Zuccotti Park, no champaign, but the Police brought pepper spray.

      People seemed very enthused, and all those I spoke to directly, said they felt this would be a good year, with some real change. However, I’m with you in that I won’t be optimistic until handcuffs are handed out rather than bonuses.

  2. securecare

    Joyous New Year to all.

    May this be the year when our planet begins leaving the past behind and moves into a sane future.

  3. barrisj

    Right, be fair…do any of you really, really look forward to 20-bloody-12, for God’s sake? Come on, let’s have it…yes, or no?

      1. barrisj

        Well, to assume the worst, I suspect. Being a congenital pessimist, how can one think otherwise? Mass cretinism has gripped the planet, and I frankly don’t see an alternative to more-of-the-sodding-same, thank you very much.

        1. ambrit

          Dear barrisj;
          Her Majesty, the late lamented Queen Empress said it best: “Just lie back and think of (The Bank of) England.”

  4. nowhereman

    Happy New year, and let us all hope that if things don’t get better, a least more people know about why.
    Thanks Yves, I’ve been lurking for quite some time, and it’s been worth every minute.

  5. Lambert Strether

    No need. I’m happy and grateful to be here.

    And again, I think 2012 is going to be a very interesting year, and not just in the “interesting times” sense. Not to minimize our current plight.

  6. EmilianoZ

    Let us make this year a great year! Let us all support OWS to the best of our abilities.

    Happy New Year to Yves and all NCers, the greatest web community on earth bar none!

  7. ReaderOfTeaLeaves

    Well, 2011 was a remarkable year, and here’s to new economic thinking in 2012.
    Thanks to Yves, and everyone else.

  8. pepaya

    posting yang bagus untuk dibaca dan di mengerti.
    Terima kasih atas petunjuknya.

    dan kami mengucapkan

    Selamat tahun baru 2012
    Semoga kesuksesan menyertai anda.
    berkarya terus dan bagi-bagi ilmu ya.

  9. David

    Happy New Year to All, may it be a better one for all. Anyway, I agree it will be a more interesting one than those of recent vintage.

  10. Mary Clinton

    Best wishes for 2012 to all!

    Many, many thanks to Yves and the crew for the enlightenment they provide in these dark times.

  11. skippy

    The laughter on the street outside the tavern this evening was merry. Inside the hum of voices told of more happy people having a good time to the gleeman´s music. Cayana hadn’t been to the city for a while and it was nice to have gotten out of the tower for once. With her new work she just hadn’t had any time for herself, not with everything going on she didn’t quite know if she really liked knowing. It was a bit hard accepting the fact that her father wasn’t who she had thought it was.

    Stepping through the doors of the tavern she looked around. No one recognized her, which was good. She had told one of her sisters that she was going out and the woman had woven her a disguise for the evening, unless someone kissed her they wouldn’t know the difference between the mask made of saidar and a real face. With the weave Cayana didn’t look quite like a Saldaean, her eyes weren’t as round, they were now clear blue and her cheekbones slightly higher. The face she had been given wasn’t as she would have liked it but it was all good if she decided to do something that wasn’t really good for an Aes Sedai to do. Not that she was planning on it, but it had happened at times when she met a man who managed to see her skills in getting men drunk and matched it by getting her tipsy. One or two of those men had become lucky, others had regretted ever starting to drink with an Aes Sedai. To add to the face her dress for the evening was more snug than usually revealing her body contours but still leaving enough for the viewer to imagine, it was high necked since she didn’t feel like having someone converse with her chest this evening.

    “Two men sitting at a table near the door shouted and waved at her. The men were young and already way to drunk to have any fun with so Cayana only waved back as if shy, with a smile and then walked further into the room. There were dancing going on on the tavern floor and before reaching a suitable table, she got bumped into by a few of the couples that had lost their sense of direction as well as place. She sat down and ordered a glass of wine. As she waited for that she let her eyes sweep across the room searching for a man she could have some fun with, be that flirting or something else.” — ????

    Skippy… have some of that which makes you content, what ever it maybe…. Edgy Lovely Lady… best of… if such is possible.

    1. Fraud Guy

      That’s a mighty large group of unhappy people you’re trying to create; if they start pushing that downhill, there are a lot of dogs that are going to get kicked.

  12. Iolaus

    Thanks, Yves, for this truly essential outlet. Thoughts for the New Year:

    The first habit of highly effective criminals is to make corrupt systems complex enough so that most people cannot understand them.

    and

    The person who steals your pants still gets into them one leg at a time.

  13. LarryTOregon

    I liked this quote by Mark Ames in today’s NC headline:

    WE JUST WANT THE BEAST TO KNOW ONE THING AS IT SINKS SLOWLY TO ITS KNEES: THAT WE PUT THE FIRST ARROWS IN ITS HIDE, AND WE’LL BE THERE TO CUT ITS THROAT.

    Godspeed, Yves and Naked Capitlaism Community

  14. peter brown

    As the world’s greatest cynic I have found this a great site. Keep up the good work. A pity the Aussie mainstream media don’t allow themselves the occasional reality check. They are confidently predicting another 10% to 15% increase in property prices in 2012 whilst our Treasurer (the world’s greatest according to his peers…I think he even got a gong for this) says we have nothing to worry about. It’s when I hear stuff like this that I really start to worry.

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