Every now and then it occurs to me that since I'm essentially yelling out into the wilderness with this blog anyway, I might as well try to be another Nostradamus. The trick to that seems to make safe, predictable predictions that can be applied to a wide range of happenings. (This is similar to what psychics and astrologers do.)
For instance, I might say, "A great mushroom cloud will herald the end of many lives in a heavily populated area."
As we all know, sooner or later, as long as nuclear bombs exist, that will happen. It maybe be a month, a year, a decade, or a century in the future. But it will happen. And if it does, it's a safe bet that the perpetrators won't be looking to attack Antarctica.
So, I predict it.
In that vein, here are the rest of my prognostications:
Terrorists will wreak havoc and cause widespread panic in New York City.
The earth will shake, and the resulting disaster will end tens of thousands of lives.
A great wave will emerge from the ocean which will drown thousands.
People will be attracted to a charismatic politician who is not nearly as nice as he seems.
Celebrities with double digit IQ's will give their political opinions, and the masses will take them seriously.
The Middle East will be a hotbed of dissension and violence.
Creatures unknown to science will be discovered here on earth.
There will be a tragic war in which hundreds of thousands of people will die.
The path of the world economy will not be a smooth one.
There will be a population crisis in Africa which will make previous crises look minor by comparison.
Asians will mysteriously outscore whites on standardized tests, whites will mysteriously outscore Hispanics, and Hispanics will outscore blacks. No one will be able to explain these inexplicable differences. (Not publicly, at least.)
Professional basketball will be dominated by people of sub-Saharan descent.
Racial tensions will escalate; a large number of killings will take place around the world which will seem to be racially motivated.
The United States will become more like Brazil: darker-complected, with a shrinking middle class.
Great advances will be made in technology and medicine.
And, people who predict the future will continue to do so in vague terms, and will mostly describe basically nothing more than a continuation of current trends.