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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Daniel has lived in Toronto, Canada for 28 years. He’s a loving father, practicing dentist, divorcee and a well traveled “citizen of the world”. Having had extensive experience with online dating, travel and life in the Philippines, Daniel will tell it like it is and will no doubt open some eyes. He is currently engaged to a Chinese lady that he met on CLM and will very soon get married. However, he's seen a dark side too. Get ready for the good, the bad and the ugly.
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The Sky Is Falling    

By Daniel Chermont
4981 Views | 2 Comments | 2/20/2012 8:49:32 PM

Asterisk and the mighty Gauls lived in fear of the sky falling onto their heads. Maybe the time is at hand.

First and foremost, I wish to all the CLM and ALM communities a belated Happy Valentine’s Day. For as long as we have love left in the world, there is still hope.

Amidst the entire chaotic Economic scenario in Europe, the Greek made a pause in their violent and relentless protests against their Government’s austerity measures to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This is what optimism is all about. What else is better than to celebrate love in every conceivable way?

Greece is facing the worst challenge of their History, since Xerxes the Persian Emperor invaded their country, at the time independent city States, with the largest army the world has ever seen to punish Athens. Nowadays, not even the heroism of Leonidas and his 300 elite soldiers could help them. Long live Greece and the great Greek people.

My friends, the brutal, naked and crude truth is that this is not a “Greece’s problem” or a “Europe’s problem”. If the Euro Zone collapses, so do we, we will be dragged on and plunge into a bottomless precipice.

Long gone are the days when the malaises of one country would impact only that specific country, times have changed dramatically and now the Economies are so inter-linked that this dreadful thing will afflict us all like flesh eating disease.

The first thing that comes to mind is the cartoon of Asterix and his village. The Gauls were a fearless people that were not afraid of even the mighty Roman Empire, but they were terrorized with the possibility that the sky would fall over their heads. I guess we better run for cover.

Throughout History as we know it, humanity has gone through crisis of one kind of another for different reasons at different times. Since Genesis, since the dawn of times mankind has seen it all, the wrath of God, wars, barbarians, the Nazis, revolutions, epidemics, terrorism, Inquisition, the Crusades, plague, recessions, depressions, coup d’états, ruthless kings,warlords,dictatorships and so on. What makes this crisis very unique is that the whole world will be affected, no country will be spared, no shelter, no mercy, and no safe heavens.


It seems like one country after the other is getting in trouble it is starting to look like the proverbial domino effect. What is next? Massive unemployment? Deep cuts in social programs? Famine? Regional conflicts? Unrest? Civil disobedience? A run to the banks? Anarchy? Your guess is as good as mine. Quite frankly, amongst all the scenarios mentioned above, I would rather have shrimp fried rice Cantonese style and steamed shrimp with vegetables with lobster sauce. I love Chinese cuisine anyways.

To fix the Euro Zone malaises and the world Economy for that matter is starting to sound as “Mission Impossible”.

Today it was announced that many major banks of Italy, England, Portugal, Spain, France and guess what, the almighty Germany, were downgraded. To see banks as the Paribas, Santander, HSBC and other heavy weights start to shake looks like a horror novel of Stephen King. All we can do is hope for the best.

The diagnostic is simply devastating and the prognosis is somber. Somehow, this Economic meltdown that has all the characteristics of a virulent pandemic disease will be solved one way or the other. The show must go on.

The doomsters might be very excited. I bet many people are asking themselves if this is the beginning of the Great Tribulation or whether the Mayan calendar gave us the clue that we reached the end of the line, the point of no return.

Necessity is the mother of inventions and problem solving solutions; people will find ways and means of surviving. It could be barter for a while or the creation of a New Economic order that some say is the agenda of the anti-Christ. I don’t have the slightest will or inclination to become a self-anointed prophet. I don’t have a crystal ball either, do you? If you do, can I borrow it? I would love to know the lottery winning numbers for tomorrow draw.

The media is frantic; they love bad news since these are the ones that sell papers. CNN viewers also get their eyes glued to the box in though times. One thing is certain; panic never did and will not help. Let us wait for the next episode of the soap opera. Whatever happens, will be painful for a while.

My father was in Hamburg in 1922 visiting relatives and Germany was in deep financial trouble. Inflation was totally out of control and the German currency was devaluating faster than the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Central Bank) could print new bills. The government authorized some major cities like Munich, Frankfurt and others, to print money themselves. Things were happening in a mind-boggling speed. I have German bills from this time. Some were printed in one side only!!! One thousand German marks would not buy a loaf of bread.

My father told me that one-day he went out to buy a coat and the price was too high, he decided not to purchase the coat. Later in the day, he changed his mindand went back to the same store, ready to buy the coat, it was a dreadfully cold winter. You guessed right the price was higher. Prices were literally being made on the spot, business people would phone the bank to find out what was the value of the currency, before selling you the goods. Talk about inflation. Well, they survived. We will all survive. We might have to take a bitter medicine, put up with some pain, but at the end of the day the day we will find together the solution for the equation.

Not everything is bad news though. A group of French construction workers doing a renovation in a house in Paris found hidden in a false ceiling 100 bags full of US $20 gold coins minted circa 1820. They reported their finding; the gold coins went to a bank vault. The value of the small treasure was set in 700 thousand Euros, which is a lot of dough. According to French law, half of the money will be distributed among the workers and half will go to the owner of the house. Not bad eh?

Guys, let us keep focused, hold our heads high, stay on course and keep things in perspective. No night lasts forever, every new day the sun rises again.

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#2012-02-21 16:01:02 by danruble @danruble

Yeah, after the crazy price spirals of the Germans they ushered in Hitler.. not a real pleasant thought...

#2012-02-22 02:23:41 by pourquoipasamour @pourquoipasamour

Hi Dannuble,

Thank you for your comment, it just shows that you now and understand History. It was precisely what occurred. After living under terrible and demoralizing pressure, the German society was not thinking straight. Their dreadful Economic crisis paved the way for a bunch of criminal and sadistic mad criminals, pure evil, to cease control of the country and commit atrocities that will never be forgotten. Some people got attracted by the propaganda and fake promises of those animals, and we all know the result. If we add up the numbers, is terrifying, millions and millions of Jewish people, they almost wiped out the entire population of Jewish population in Europe. Their crime? Just to follow their religion, their customs and their culture, this is a right of every human being. God gave us all the right to choose. Millions of gipsies, people with disabilities or considered a burden for the state. Over 20 million Russians, most people that lived in rural areas, 10 million Germans and on and on. Only God knows how many people died and how many people were affected indirectly or had to live hurt physically and/or emotionally for life, how many families destroyed. A true nightmare. We can never allow this to happen again. This is what worries me the most. Lenin used to say "Hunger is a bad adviser..." May God and His blessings be upon you.

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