The creaking of the gibbet keeps getting louder and louder as the new year approaches. Experts,commentators,entire institutes of economics,various and diverse spokesmen of governments have all, it seems, arrived at some consensus in all their prognostications. Global capitalism is ” dans la merde”.The various accepted indices showing projections of rates of unemployment,strength of economic activity, etc.are all on a consistent,and let’s hope irrevocable, downward trend.There’s no point in worrying whether the global economy and the fate of nations is going to go to hell in handcart;we already are in the proverbial handcart.Huzzah!! Here’s to 2012!!