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Realistic 2012 horoscopes

I happened to run across this page on Yahoo today, containing horoscopes for 2012. I thought they were a bit optimistic, though. Considering all the other analysis I’ve seen about what 2012 is expected to bring, I think we need more realistic horoscopes. I’m thinking something along the following lines:


This is a good year to be true to your astrological sign and become a sheep herder. When it becomes difficult to buy food because of worldwide financial calamity, you’ll have sheep’s milk for cheese, and you can also shear the sheep to knit new clothing when your current clothes wear out. As a final measure, rack of lamb is delicious. Don’t forget to buy shears and knitting needles.


Of course, those under this sign tend to be bull-headed, and will probably be some of the last ones to admit that their savings and other investments have been wiped out. So harness that stubbornness, and doggedly insist that all your assets be converted to gold, and bury it in your back yard.


The sign of the twin is a good tip to stock up on duplicates of anything you really need for survival, since it might be hard to buy them after the meltdown hits. So buy another Glock, another shotgun, and another AR. Don’t forget extra ammo for all of them!


Your sign indicates that you should move somewhere that you will be able to catch shellfish for food. Watch for condo deals on the shoreline in New England and especially Alaska. You might want to consider taking a job on a crab boat to build up some expertise.


Thank goodness you are endowed with bravery, since you’re going to need it this year. Use it to plan your defensive perimeter. Sight in likely entry points, and be ready to distribute the ammo you’ll need when the marauding invaders come for your food after they’ve finished looting the grocery stores.


Be true to your sign. This is not a good year to get pregnant and have small children to feed. If you do, you can forget about toys next Christmas; they’ll be lucky to get a full meal. Plus, the collapse of the school system means that if you do have children, you better stock up on home schooling supplies.


Use this year to bring some balance to your life. Add martial arts to your shooting practice, for example. And you’ll balance better by losing some weight and getting in shape. That will make your home defense much easier during the food riots.


Your natural tendency to be short tempered must be controlled this year especially. When a suspicious character comes to the door seeking food, don’t be too quick on the trigger. Instead, put out a sign explaining that you don’t have any food to give away, and pretend not to hear the door. Only shoot if they ignore those measures and try to break in.


As with the advice for Aries, you should investigate keeping some goats. In addition to the advantages of sheep, goats also are cantankerous enough to assist in property defense. Their milk makes better cheese, but they’re not such good eating. So lay in some extra canned goods to go with your goat’s milk cheese. Watch out for Occupy Wall Street types, who will probably start rioting as soon as the grocery store runs out of goat’s milk cheese for their arugula and baby beet salad.


This might be your year to express your affinity for water and buy a house boat. It would be a great haven to ride out the riots and other civil unrest, as long as you could find enough fuel to scamper off to a safe spot. Scout out some likely spots ahead of time to lay in some emergency freeze-dried food, and don’t forget your rain collector for potable water.


Your path to surviving 2012 will likely mean lots of fishing. Tune up your equipment, lay in some lures, and don’t forget spare knives for scaling and fileting your catch. A portable mercury tester wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

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10 Responses to Realistic 2012 horoscopes

  • Shoot. All I have to do is make it to December 21, 2012. Then a cataclysm is supposed to take place when the Mesoamerican Long Count ends.

    • On the other hand, FBI agent Fox Mulder claimed that December 21, 2012 is when the “aliens” come back.

  • I guess us Sagitarians will have a dull year if above if any indication πŸ™‚

    • @The Shark You too? I was gonna suggest we don’t HAVE a future, but…..maybe it’s so good he didn’t want to say anything because the others would be insanely jealous?

      • @looker Looks like I just overlooked one. Sorry, but I’m new at this horoscope stuff.

        You guys can write one and I’ll insert it. I suppose it should have something to do with using bows and arrows to defend your food supply.

        Just think – how often do you get to write your own horoscope?

        • @Billy Hollis “how often do you get to write your own horoscope?”

          Really? heh, most days.

        • @Billy Hollis @looker You guys can write one and I’ll insert it. I suppose it should have something to do with using bows and arrows to defend your food supply

          >>> I dunno…..the words “solid gold toilet” spring to mind πŸ™‚

  • Ah, we indulge in apocalypse porn…

    I don’t need a second Glock. I don’t really like Glocks. And I have several shotguns… Maybe I’ll put in another Coleman stove…

  • Krugman doesn’t seem to understand his own point …
    This is, however, a really bad analogy in at least two ways.

    First, families have to pay back their debt. Governments don’t β€” all they need to do is ensure that debt grows more slowly than their tax base. The debt from World War II was never repaid; it just became increasingly irrelevant as the U.S. economy grew, and with it the income subject to taxation.

    Second β€” and this is the point almost nobody seems to get β€” an over-borrowed family owes money to someone else; U.S. debt is, to a large extent, money we owe to ourselves.