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BANK PANIC: Economy-wide concern over the stability of the banking system prompted by the failure of a few banks, which then contributes to the failure of many more banks, which contributes to the failure of even more banks, in a snowballing effect.

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GRAY SKITTERY
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who is often startled by loud noises and quick movements, and easily distracted from whatever you're doing. Family and friends constantly utter the phrase "just decide" whenever you're around. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time watching the shopping channel wanting to buy either a New York Yankees baseball cap or several magazines on home repairs. Be on the lookout for cardboard boxes. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter J, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 465872. Your preferred shopping venue is mail order catalogs. Your special symbol is the question mark (?).


Is this You?

As a Gray Skittery, you are ambivalent, indecisive, and uncertain. You are in a constant struggle between the forces of demand and supply, production and consumption, good and evil... and you're losing the battle. You have trouble making decisions and choosing from among the seemingly infinite number of options that you perpetually face. Your shopping experiences are inevitably confusing.


This isn't me! What am I?
REDUNDANT INFORMATION

Information received by the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) that is old, familiar, and usual. Because redundant information is not presumed to be threatening it can be largely ignored by the automatic response that is commonly termed the "fight or flight" reaction. The alternative is novel information, which is unfamiliar and potentially threatening.

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A Random Walk Through Some ECONOMIC STATISTICS

A pedestrian must always be on guard during any economic excursion, especially when passing the Sylvester J. Peabody Federal Office Building here in Shady Valley. You never know when a window will burst open sending a barrage of glass slivers and economic statistics haphazardly into the street. This is usually followed by a pointy-headed economist who pokes his pointy head through the remaining shards of glass to adamantly declare that there's absolutely, positively NO RECESSION! But he'll recheck the numbers just in case there really is one. WATCH OUT! DUCK!
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"Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune."

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