Predictions 2011

Kind of fun. CNN has some predictions made by experts in various fields to the New York Times in 1931– check out the hits and misses…

I thought the net would abound with provocative and edgy predictions, but most psychics favor the vague. I’m posting these predictions by Tremcrst who’s not afraid to say in plain English that Toronto will be over-run by bats. Other predictions here.

I think our readers are likely to get at least a few hits. How about it? What’s your predictions for 2011? Let’s not wimp out, like some, and predict that ‘a natural disaster will occur in China’. Look at China on a map. It’s big. Also, ‘celebrity overdose’, sadly, is just about inevitable.

Here’s some predictions for the first six months…

January 2011– cyberattack on banks make debit cards useless for a day.
February 2011– Dow Jones hits 12,000
March 2011– Roots Cafe opens on Westminster Street, becomes a happening place.
April 2011– Heat wave in Northeast spurs fears of global warming.
May 2011– Rabid coyote terrorizes South Kingston
June 2011–Mass wedding on the State House lawn, in rainbow colors.

So, I’ve put it in writing, let’s see if my random guesses psychic predictions come true.

Mr. Green, who is sometimes scary with his prescience, is on the fence. He says that 2011 will either be a very good year, or a very bad one. Not a dull year, such as 1987, which you cannot off the top of your head recall anything about. Jessica McClure falling down a well and ‘Hustler v. Falwell’ making the Supreme Court is all that rings a bell with me.

So far we have–

Observer
North Korea heats up and sparks conflict.
Elderly Fidel Castro passes.

Kiersten
Central Falls drags the rest of the state down with its financial crisis.

Nancy
as above
Central Falls, with its unique topography, its narrow, walkable streets, it’s many boarded up triple-deckers and vacant storefronts, becomes Greenwich Village North. Latte-drinkers might be annoying, but it beats having a disgraced prison-for-profit in the heart of town.

Ten points for being specific–Allison Warden predicts that the Rapture will come May 21, 2011. She’s driving around in a sporty Rapturemobile to get the message out. I’m not sure why, though. She believes in Predestination, so what’s the point?

Chinese New Year is February 3rd. It’s the Year of the Rabbit. The Yin Metal Rabbit to be specific. That would make a great comic book character. Predictions for your animal sign here. We have two more months of the Year of the Tiger, so maybe by Spring we will be in a less fierce and more cuddly space.

So this political forecast says. Bad time to buy defense industry stocks, good time to buy real estate. But you might not want to make any long-term investments, or bother paying off your credit card. The world is going to end in 2011. If, however, the colliding asteroid scenario doesn’t play out, and we get the Rapture instead, the Republican Party is history in 2012.

And what list of predictions would be complete without questionable translations of the word salad composed in Medieval French by Nostrodamus? Keith Tax studies the ancient mystic, and the writings of Edgar Cayce, concluding that the economy will improve. Unfortunately the East Coast will disappear under the Atlantic, which makes me think twice about taking out a loan for a new roof this year.

CBS News predicts that the US will begin to pull out of Afghanistan and that Congress will come together over the national debt. Of which a large expense is war, but will anyone in Congress be brave enough to say it? Austerity for the workers, tax cuts for the rich should be a tough sell, but it works in the short term– gets you influential friends. I predict that the Tea drinkers will be trying simultaneously to look like mavericks and march in step.

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a frigid winter– not good news with the price of oil going up. Snow’s blowing sideways now and I’m predicting I’ll be late for work tomorrow.

Sophia Angelique has some pragmatic analysis of the difficulty of predicting the future before it happens, but has a link to the year of the rabbit. She says the arts will be big this year, backing up my prediction that the Roots Cafe will flourish and blossom this spring.

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4 responses

  1. I hate to make this one-the Korean peninsula will be at war.Things are beginning to enter that self perpetuating downward spiral thanks to the absolute maniacs running North Korea.
    I also think Castro might take a dirt nap.

  2. I hope you’re wrong about Korea, but things are escalating there for sure.
    One psychic I didn’t cut and paste predicted the ill and elderly Castro would die in 2010, but it looks like he’s good for at least a couple of weeks.

  3. I’d also like to add my prediction that the Central Falls receivership will trigger downward ratings for all things money-related for Rhode Island, ie bond ratings, ability to borrow and build, etc. A commenter on Projo said “Remember: Rhode Island is the Central Falls of New England.” Let’s hope not.

    Oh, and I also predict that lots of teachers in Central Falls get disciplined and/or fired for the absenteeism problem.

  4. The piggy public employees in RI don’t care a tinker’s damn about the populace.
    Federal retirees under the old(pre-1984)have received no COLA’s for two years running and you don’t hear the whining.In spite of health care premiums rising.
    The reason:no inflation.So I guess the gasoline,home heating costs,and grocery prices have remained steady.BS.But-I guess everyone has to take a hit EXCEPT RI public employees.Maybe their greed will result in no checks.How about that?Social security recipients also were frozen and VA disability benefits.What the hell,someone goes and gets screwed up serving in a dubious(or justified for that matter)war and it’s no problem to make savings on their backs.
    The scumsuckers in Congress exempt themselves from pay freezes,health care issues,and any other inconveniences.How nice for them.Merry Xmas all.

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