merchant of doom

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merchant of doom

A person who always focuses on the potential negative outcomes of a situation. I refuse to watch the evening news anymore because the reporters have all become merchants of doom.
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I voted to leave in the referendum even against the advice of the all the merchants of doom who predicted dire warnings but which never prevailed.
Frank McClure emailed: "I would just like to remind all the merchants of doom, and deluded Rangers fans, form is temporary, class is permanent."
Given this state of affairs, it may yet be premature to write off the pessimistic scenarios spun by the merchants of doom. The latter may well be in the know of a thing or two, unbeknown to us lesser mortals.
"And let me say this worst speech in living memory to those merchants of doom, the whingers and the whiners who say we should have done better, we didn't win.
"I say to the merchants of doom, in the words of Shakespeare's Henry V, if you have no stomach for this fight depart the battlefields" - Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey's message to delegates at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.
As much as the ratings agencies are generally the merchants of doom and gloom, the 2015 troika forecasts appear to be overly optimistic.
Now, just because he's lost games to the champions of Spain and Holland either side of a draw with the best team in Germany, the merchants of doom are already sharpening their daggers.
Not surprisingly, the merchants of doom are already pointing out we effectively haven't spent anything.
In their book Aging Nation, Schulz and Binstock (2006) identified "merchants of doom," by whom they meant a variety of academics, political figures, and journalists who argued that the United States cannot afford "the aging of our population" (p.
In Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Old in America, Schulz and Binstock attempt to answer this question and rebut the alleged misconceptions of the "Merchants of Doom."
Binstock decrying the scare talk of the "Merchants of Doom" who are busily selling investments or antigovernment rhetoric, adding that Social Security can be sustained without major intergenerational pain and Medicare saved by total health system reform.
The merchants of doom opposed to holiday homes in North Wales often refer darkly to the fate suffered by the Lake District, where so many homes are taken by holiday makers.
However, the book debunks the aging crises put forth by the "merchants of doom;' who predict huge dependency burdens, Social Security bankruptcy, and intergenerational conflict.
Yet the merchants of doom and gloom are now predicting an outpouring of vomit and violence as bingers drink themselves senseless.