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Let's have some fun with predictions, shall we? I've found myself involved in a few daydreams that seem prognosticesque, so I'd like to go ahead and put them down so they don't happen. Or, if they do, I can say "I bloody well told you so."
1. A current box office star will die of un-natural causes. Someone near the height of their career, like Carole Lombard. It will make them timeless and immortal in that James Dean/Janis Joplin fashion.
2. A woman will be stalked via her own blog, with a violent crime ending. It will lead to parents not allowing any of their kids to keep blogs, and the blog phenomenon will take a huge hit. Most everybody will opt to remain anonymous.
3. Karl Rove isn't going anywhere.
4. There will be some robbery/assault happening at drive-thrus across America once the bad guys learn that your car is stuck between two others with concrete barriers on both sides. Someone will try to pass a law requiring an "escape route" for drive-thru patrons in bad neighborhoods.
5. Long term: water will become so scarce in the West that mandatory foot pedals will be installed at every sink in every home. Water will only flow if you step on the pedal, and even then, it will be monitored and be shut off after a set number of minutes. This will keep people from keeping the water on while doing the dishes, and whilst brushing teeth.
6. An accidentally breakthrough in hydrogen production will make it easy to come by, without electricity or any other fossil fuels being used. This will make this current administration unwittingly prescient in concentrating on hydrogen-powered cars rather than hybrids. They will, however, take credit.
7. There will not be a Democratic president until 2012, and that will only be because of a completely-unforeseen fluke.
8. A Category 5 hurricane will strike American soil, but not a big city, and while the pictures will be stunning, there won't be a huge loss of life.
Now it's your turn. Any predictions you've held to yourself for a while?
Posted by Ian Williams at July 13, 2005 11:38 PM
Your sentiment about preserving the former WTC as a graveyard is intended as kind and respectful, I am sure. But I'd like to offer my perspective because I work next to it and see it out my office window. Of course, so do tens of thousands of others, and when we are gone, there will be another generation of people living and working there, and a next, and so on. I think leaving a big empty space, or the current enormous four-story-deep hole, is rather like burying your loved one, not in a cemetery, but in the middle of your backyard. Why don't we bury our loved ones this way? If this was the societal norm the technical and health issues could be easily addressed. Moreover, you can ask this question to the surviving family member: How can you be so cold as to bury your husband (or child) in some cemetery, far from home, rather than put them right there next to the BBQ and the pool and the swingset they loved so very much and where you can see their grave every time you want work in the garden or have a party?
We have to look at the gaping hole - and half-naked sexpot tourists gaping at it - five days a week while I continue to serve the people of NYC. Making positive and future-oriented use of real estate is valuable not just in monetary terms, but in human ones, too.
My preference was, and is, to rebuild a safer version of the twin towers. And, yes, I would work at the top of them. That would have been a little too elegant a solution, I guess.
Ian -- my prediction is that, within 10 years, thousands of American, European, and Asian tourists each year will send postcards home from Iraq where they will be enjoying their stay very much.
1) Bush will find a way to invade another country and murder tens of thousands for oil.
2) Halliburton stock prices will go up, refer back to prediction #1
3) Bush goes on trial for the murder of 53 Londoners after the current bogus story of 4 muslim teenage boys being responsible is disproven, which is slowly already happening.
4) Bush and the right-wing Christian neoKKKons will continue to take away the civil rights of people and force their Christian taliban ways on schools and the rest of society.
5) I expect the 2008 election to be stolen also much like the 2000 and 2004 elections were, with the push for nationwide electronic voting, it will be even easier for the GOP voting machine manufacturers like Diebold just to hit a button and delete whole northern cities of their votes, although some paper ballots will still exist for those Southern rednecks who can't operate voting machines.
6) I expect even more allegations of priests raping young boys, I also expect that to become a discipline in law schools, along with Environmental Law and Tax Law and other disciplines, many students will start to major in a new Christian Pedophile law as there is so much money to be made suing the hell out of the Christian sickos and their child-raping priests.
7) I also expect Bush, the CIA and the military to further their study of biological warfare weapons that are next to impossible to be detected by the human eye or nose, and they will continue to test these invisible weapons on the American people, like they did by using the postal service back in 2001 and 2002.
8) I expect more Republicunt CEOs to go to jail for stealing $ billions while wearing a suit and tie, and yes, many of these guilty CEOs will later be found to have connections to the coke-snorting idiot Bush.
9) I expect Bush to throw even more money at the jews in Israel and give more tanks and helicopters to Israel, and I expect Israel to kill even more innocent Palestinian children as the Israeli jews continue to build more illegal settlements and continue to violate international law.
10) I expect it to be discovered that Bush and his buddies were getting $$$ kickbacks from large companies located in America near the Mexican border to keep the border open for so many years so these right-wing companies could continue to exploit cheap labor.
11) As for the environment, I expect more acid rain, more holes in the ozone, more cases of asthma among children, more mysterious illnesses developing in babies, more extinction among species of animals all as Bush continues to roll back the environmental laws just so his buddies can make a quick $ buck.
12) Red Sox will have to wait another 80 or so years before they ever win the Championship again.
13) The NHL will be a thing of the past by 2010.