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Predictions for 2007

By Scrymarch in Culture
Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 12:00:00 PM EST
Tags: Tradition (all tags)

At the end each of year at K5 we attempt to predict the year ahead, thereby passing off our intestine gnawing cynicism as bruised realism rather than simple misanthropy. Here, then, is a fresh chance for you, the reader, to survey our litany of prognosticationary errors and compound them with your own up to the minute misreadings of the zeitgeist.


Last Year

I read through last year's article, and nothing really spectacular jumped out. There were a number of good consensus reality predictions and a number of unsuccessful long shots. There was plenty of doomsaying, yet no one guessed the DPRK would get the bomb. In summary, you all suck. Blow your own darn trumpet in the comments.

This Year

Economic Environment

Environmental instruments such as those in the EU carbon credits market will be in a bull market in 2007 as they experiencee a huge increase in volume together with a lot of immaturity. Hedge funds are already gleefully jumping into opportunities here, and this will continue for most of 2007 as lots of less agile and informed money jumps after it. This will result in a number of cleaned up factories in the developing world, plus more than a handful of corruption scandals and calls to reform the system.

The world economy will slow in response to the bursting of the US housing bubble, but it won't become obvious until the second half of the year. Commodities will ease but demand from the developing world will keep them from crashing. Driven by this easing of demand oil will not move dramatically, eg above $100.

Inflation will creep higher in the US and other markets and economists will continue to scratch their heads about the poor world bankrolling the rich.

The war on drugs is enjoying a resurgence under its war on terror rebranding, and this will continue as a number of countries and US states start to crack down again.

Politics

Argentina The once unlikely figure of Nestor Kirchner will be re-elected President in April.

Australia John Howard will be re-elected PM with a reduced majority; Kevin Rudd's ALP opposition will start to look like a government after a disciplined campaign.

China In response to some further whining from US legislators, China will let the yuan appreciate a little against the dollar. In the first half of the year, another major corruption scandal will be uncovered involving Jiang Zemin's old Shanghai allies, as Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao consolidate their position. As the end of 2007 nears, wargames will be conducted in the south east, coinciding with a stormy Taiwanese election season. They will be described as anti-terrorist exercises in preparation for the Olympics.

Ethiopia The war with Somalia will be guerilla driven, and the Somalis will receive the official Al-Qaeda seal of approval. International intervention will consist of speeches at the UN.

Europe I fear that a cell of Islamic terrorists will carry out an at least partially successful attack in one of the major western European countries. This will provoke further illiberal backlash.

France Ségolène Royal will be elected France's first female President, after nearly being knocked out in the first round of voting.

India The big news out of India will be business news - one of the big Bangalore consultancies will launch a bid or merger with an older school American firm. Eg, Wipro will attempt a reverse takeover of IBM.

South Korea Park Geun-hye of the Grand National Party will put lame duck Roo Moon-hyun out of his misery, in something of a co-incidental regional embrace of democratic right wingers.

North Korea In the leadup to presidential elections in the south, North Korea will win further concessions from the South in return for further unsystematic symbolic measures such as joint Olympic teams and family reunions. Work on the cross border railway will also briefly restart.

Iran Iran's nuclear status will be in the news all year, but by the end of it they will neither have nukes, nor suffer military reprisals. It will be mostly jeering and scaring the wits out of neighbours and schizoaffectives.

Iraq Civil war continues in the south and centre. By the end of the year, largest proportion of coalition troops are in Kurdistan, and commentators will start talking about zones of control instead of provinces.

Taiwan Chen Shui-bian's DPP will again bring independence related referenda to the people in the December legislative elections. This time, however, tainted by corruption scandals and divided against itself, the tactic will backfire, and the KMT return to power, while the PRC breathes an ironic sigh of relief.

Thailand Elections will be held for a new parliament under a revised constitution, but the army will not fully relinquish control, under a process observers will describe as flawed.

Turkmenistan The winner of February's single party elections will struggle to establish a power base and be replaced before the end of 2007.

United Kingdom Gordon Brown will become first Lord of the Treasury (PM) instead of merely Chancellor of the Exchequer. In a clever wedge, the Cameron-led Conservative Party will offer increased autonomy to Scotland, but not have the guts to offer a referendum on independence.

United States George W. Bush will to continue improve his golf. Voters will start to wonder what the fuss was about. Another seat on the Supreme Court will become available. Bush will nominate a replacement according to a John Roberts lookalike competition, while the Democrats will wish he nominated Hillary Clinton, to get her out of the way.

Sport

Australia will win the Cricket World Cup. New Zealand will win the Rugby World Cup. Pittsburgh will win the Superbowl again. Detroit will win the baseball World Series. Real Madrid will win, um, something. England won't. I stopped caring a few sports ago to be honest. Talk amongst yourselves, fans of lacrosse or whatever.

Gossip

Britney Spears will marry a pickup truck in Atlantic City. When quizzed on her inanimate hubby, she'll respond "He makes me laugh".

Movies

A documentary blockbuster will outgross Spiderman 3, as the current fashion for the New Seriousness continues.

Posh Spice will be mistaken for an Oscar.

Culture

Oprah will discover Sufism, making The Tale Of The Four Dervishes an unexpected bestseller.

Literature, Art, Science, Music, And Like, Everything Else, Hey

Isabel Allende will win the Nobel prize for Literature.

Over to you.

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Predictions for 2007 | 86 comments (66 topical, 20 editorial, 9 hidden)
Again. nt. (2.00 / 2) (#19)
by spooked on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 08:13:52 PM EST



Seriously.
[ Parent ]
Also, regarding Iran (2.33 / 3) (#7)
by LilDebbie on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 04:10:18 PM EST

Did you hear the news? Christmas came early this year.

My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
- hugin -

Is this a typo... (2.75 / 4) (#64)
by WonderJoust on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 02:34:29 PM EST

...or has AP/CNN lost it's marbles?

Iran has said it intends to move toward large-scale uranium enrichment involving 3,000 centrifuges by late 2006, and then expand the program to 54,000 centrifuges, which spin uranium gas into enriched material to produce nuclear fuel.

How much later we talking? 10 minutes before the new year?

_________________________________
i like your style: bitter, without being a complete cunt about it.
-birds ate my face
[ Parent ]

Thanks! (2.00 / 5) (#10)
by mybostinks on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 05:05:37 PM EST

FP from me, dude.

good predictions..a bit of everything.. (1.66 / 6) (#11)
by dakini on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 05:31:15 PM EST

+FP from me when this goes to voting..

" May your vision be clear, your heart strong, and may you always follow your dreams."
Pittsburgh will win the Superbowl again. (2.50 / 6) (#17)
by Tex Bigballs on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 07:55:30 PM EST

O RLY

also it's ségolène royal douchebag. anyway i have reason to believe that her political career is doomed

Post yer geeky ones here (2.33 / 3) (#20)
by kromagg on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 08:32:56 PM EST

Duke Nukem Forever will not release.

Too easy, but I'll think of more soon.



you will not touch a woman (2.94 / 17) (#23)
by Jobst of Moravia on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 09:56:22 PM EST


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[ Parent ]

touch? (2.00 / 1) (#57)
by kromagg on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 12:45:08 PM EST

Come on now, I can do that without her consent and without getting arrested either. Perhaps k5 is dying judging by the lack of quality trolling nowadays.

[ Parent ]
Stop the tough talk (2.50 / 1) (#79)
by sllort on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 01:56:37 AM EST

Sure it's legal to touch a woman, but you're afraid.
--
Warning: On Lawn is a documented liar.
[ Parent ]
much better n/t (none / 1) (#84)
by kromagg on Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 01:22:14 PM EST



[ Parent ]
2007 will be (2.83 / 6) (#25)
by richarj on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 01:56:22 AM EST

the year of Linux on the desktop.

"if you are uncool, don't worry, K5 is still the place for you!" -- rusty
[ Parent ]
ha! (2.50 / 1) (#74)
by emmons on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 04:30:43 PM EST

Just like this year was... and last year... and the year before that... and the year before that...

---
In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
-Douglas Adams

[ Parent ]
...not to mention, (2.50 / 1) (#26)
by Kasreyn on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 02:56:32 AM EST

John Romero will once again fail to make us his bitches.


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
[ Parent ]
It will (2.87 / 8) (#32)
by MrHanky on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 08:46:55 AM EST

But it will be Linux only at first, since a strange bug made it work with only DirectX versions prior to  DX8, meaning Wine for teh win. This will lead to a huge migration to the Linux desktop. Due to an intentional and malicious bug in the ndiswrapper code, the newly converted Linux desktop computers will form an autonomous wireless network: Skynet is born. Luckily, ATI's extremely poor Linux drivers will crash nearly half of the computers every day, postponing Digital Armageddon for a few extra weeks while Skynet sorts out the drivers. When this is done, a huge surge in ATI sales will lead to Intel buying out nvidia in. Skynet senses danger, and reacts swiftly: All Intel computers not currently being used for playing Duke Nukem Forever start crashing uncontrollably. As the world's resistance to Duke Nukem and his wireless Linux network gets weaker, the new year approaches. That's a story for next year.


"This was great, because it was a bunch of mature players who were able to express themselves and talk politics." Lettuce B-Free, on being a total fucking moron for Ron Paul.
[ Parent ]
Perl 6 and other news (2.50 / 6) (#54)
by starX on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 05:29:15 PM EST

Perl 6 will be released, widely downloaded, heavily criticized, and sent back to the drawing board; compatibility mode being voted it's favorite feature. Perl 5 continues to be a standard tool, along with ruby and php. Meanwhile, the open sourcing of Java sparks new development in the VM, leading to the greater efficiency of java applications, and Open Source Developers can finally deliver on the promise of write once, run everywhere.

"I like you starX, you disagree without sounding like a fanatic from a rock-solid point of view. Highfive." --WonderJoust
[ Parent ]
More techie stuff (1.00 / 1) (#59)
by kromagg on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 12:52:05 PM EST

Ruby will most likely die a quiet death while python continues to gain in popularity, partly because of the java and .Net support. 2007 will definitely be the year of open source java, at the expense of PHP serverside.

Apple will finally release their iPhone, it will turn out to be a dud but fanboys will buy it anyway. Likewise, Microsoft's Zune will become ubiquitious and displace the iPod in Europe. Mac sales will stagnate while Windows Vista sales soar. Microsoft posts record profits every quarter.

[ Parent ]

no (1.50 / 2) (#21)
by wampswillion on Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 09:25:06 PM EST

the steelers may NOT win the superbowl again.  first, because i forbid it and second cuz i think they are already "out" now.  i don't know tho.  i really only follow the colts.  


Sacha Baron Cohen, (2.66 / 3) (#28)
by Kasreyn on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:06:33 AM EST

having had such success with Borat, will go ahead and do something even more wildly offensive to even more people at once. Whatever it is, it will be staggeringly successful.

I'd make some generalized predictions, but so little has changed, just refer to my general predictions for 2006. More of that shit will happen, since it mostly did.


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
Bruno £ (2.33 / 3) (#35)
by HollyHopDrive on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 10:46:11 AM EST


I make too much sense to be on the Internet.
[ Parent ]

longshot predictions (2.62 / 8) (#34)
by Zombie Schrodingers Cat on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 09:29:31 AM EST

  • China invades Iran.
  • Russia remakes the Soviet Union.
  • US ratifies and (somewhat) complies with the Kyoto Treaty.
  • Moderate Muslims grow some balls and actually do something about the radicals in their religion.
  • Jon Stewart announces he will run for president.
  • US pulls its troops back to Kurdish Iraq, but the apocalyptic Iraqi Civil War just doesn't happen.
  • Israel stops being a dick.
  • EU forms an effective military force
  • Bush is impeached


Those are all really stupid. (1.50 / 1) (#47)
by Gloria Privatus on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 02:58:07 PM EST


--
Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, The Continental Liar from the State of Maine.
[ Parent ]

Yes they are... (2.50 / 2) (#48)
by Zombie Schrodingers Cat on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:06:10 PM EST

but if one of them comes true I can point back to this post a tell everyone I called it.

[ Parent ]
STEWPID IS WHAT STEWPID IS. (2.00 / 3) (#50)
by IntarwebFiend on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:51:21 PM EST



[ Parent ]
+1FP Scrymarch! (1.50 / 1) (#39)
by nostalgiphile on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 12:26:09 PM EST

Even though he's wrong about the KMT returning to power in Taiwan! Not a chance in hell!!

"Depending on your perspective you are an optimist or a pessimist[,] and a hopeless one too." --trhurler
but what i want to know is (1.50 / 2) (#40)
by wampswillion on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 12:42:19 PM EST

will raoul ever admit to the cuban people that castro is in fact dead?

and will the punx ever admit to the skinz (2.00 / 1) (#41)
by thankyougustad on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 12:54:04 PM EST

that punk is dead?

No no thanks no
Je n'aime que le bourbon
no no thanks no
c'est une affaire de goût.

[ Parent ]
In weather news (2.75 / 8) (#43)
by godix on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 02:14:42 PM EST

There will be a hurricane in 2007. This will be blamed on global warming. There will be tornadoes in 2007. This will be blamed on global warming. Some areas will have record low temps. This will be blamed on global warming. Other areas will have record high temps. This will be blamed on global warming. Fog will delay some flights. This will be blamed on global warming. Africans will die of starvation. This will be blamed on global warming.

And, in other news, I will continue to be married to a demon from hell. Personally I blame global warming for that.


- An egotist is someone who thinks they're almost as good as I am.

That bitch? (none / 0) (#87)
by sudogeek on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 07:40:42 PM EST

I didn't know my ex had remarried.  Tell her send back those checks.


You're an arrogant, condescending, ignorant dipshit. - trhurler
[ Parent ]

Wrong on the Nobel Prize. (2.50 / 2) (#45)
by Gloria Privatus on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 02:57:17 PM EST

A Russian or American is due for the Literature award. And thanks to your prediction, I plan to kill Ms. Allende early in the year so that she is forgotten quickly.

--
Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, The Continental Liar from the State of Maine.

Wipro will attempt a reverse takeover of IBM? (2.60 / 5) (#52)
by zenofchai on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:59:32 PM EST

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipro

Revenue: 2.39 Billion USD

http://www.google.com/finance?q=WIT

Market cap: 23.00 Billion USD

vs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM

Revenue: 91.1 Billion USD (38x)

http://www.google.com/finance?q=IBM

Market cap: 146.42 Billion USD (6x)

yawn
--
The K5 Interactive Political Compass SVG Graph

o rly (none / 1) (#86)
by Zap Brannigan on Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 12:39:46 PM EST

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Steel

Revenue: 3.66 billion USD

Market Cap: 5,832.94 Million USD

vs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corus_Group

Revenue: 19.80 Billion USD

http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=CS.L
Market Cap: 11.11 Billion USD

[ Parent ]

Walter's prediction (1.16 / 12) (#53)
by Walter Sobchak on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 05:10:53 PM EST

cdiss becomes the new mindpixel in 2007


My one prediction for 2007... (1.33 / 6) (#56)
by PhillipW on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 03:11:12 AM EST

...someone will post another one of these lameass "Predictions for the coming year" articles. This one will come sometime around December 2007 and will be in regards to the year 2008.

-Phil
Let's see.... (2.25 / 4) (#60)
by Verteiron on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 01:11:23 PM EST

Iran will do something phenomenally stupid and arrogant that draws the ire of the entire world, including that of other Muslim nations. This will have nothing to do with its nuclear program.

North Korea will test more missiles. One of these will "accidentally" go far beyond the country's borders. Japan will go insane with gibbering fear. There will also be some kind of in-depth report on what living in NK is -really- like, and there will be a lot of outrage until everyone forgets about it a month later.

Bush will announce in January that an additional 30,000 troops to be deployed in Iraq.  This deployment will not help matters over there.  Troop causalities will hit an all-time high, and Bush's ratings will hit an all-time low. There will be more talk of impeaching, but it won't actually happen.

Someone will sabotage the Olympic stadium in Beijing. This will expose tremendously lax security measures in the construction, and will expose a more in-depth conspiracy involving bombs at the Olympics in 2008.

Dick Clark, sadly, will not live to see 2008. He'll still look good in his casket. If I am right about this one, I'll feel personally responsible for his death.

There will be a major aircraft disaster inside US borders. Fox News will blame terrorists; it will turn out to be mechanical failure due to half-assed inspection procedures.

We will discover at least one more species of large mammal, living in a remote area.

An unexpected particle will be discovered. Its existence will not conflict with the Standard Model, but it will appear under unexpected circumstances.

Hamas will resort to force in order to retain its position in the Palestinian government, rather than face being elected out of office.

An unexpected flare near the solar minimum will challenge what we know about the Sun, knock out some major communication satellites, and cause auroras visible from Mexico City.
--
Prisoners! Seize each other!

Okay. (2.33 / 3) (#63)
by kitten on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 02:20:57 PM EST

I read through last year's article, and nothing really spectacular jumped out. There were a number of good consensus reality predictions and a number of unsuccessful long shots.

Yeah, totally unlike this article. Please, I must be missing it -- can you show us exactly where you're making your ground-breaking, insightful predictions?

Cause all I see is stuff like "inflation will rise but it might not be too bad" and "terrorists might try something, somewhere, in some way, and if that happens, people will get all stupid and irrational." Wow, keep dazzling us with these subtle yet penetrating views into the future.
mirrorshades radio - darkwave, synthpop, industrial, futurepop.
lulzes (3.00 / 4) (#65)
by your intestines on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 02:52:06 PM EST

the western world, engrish-speaking countries in particular, will continue to decline.

West invades Darfur to discover no genocide (2.50 / 2) (#66)
by nlscb on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 04:19:53 PM EST

Headlines across the world read "Where were the mass graves?"

Comment Search has returned - Like a beaten wife, I am pathetically grateful. - mr strange

China will say "thanks for the oil!" nt (2.00 / 1) (#68)
by nlscb on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 05:21:47 PM EST


Comment Search has returned - Like a beaten wife, I am pathetically grateful. - mr strange
[ Parent ]

lulzes (1.00 / 1) (#67)
by your intestines on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 04:26:14 PM EST

Ethiopa successfully pacifies another African nation that nobody gave a shit about for decades; Westerners issue condemnations and rend their garments.

OMG Canadian Politics! (3.00 / 1) (#69)
by spooked on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 07:02:37 PM EST

Which were thoughtfully omitted from the article because well, nothing interesting is going to happen:

A-stan will continue to be the mire that it is, but the Canadian public will continue to support it grudgingly because CBC continues to run speicals on just how swell the boys coming home in body bags are.

Harper will prove to be one of the most sensible PMs in twenty years, supporting economic growth, balancing the budget and minimizing certain government controls and repairing our relations with the states, however all this will be embargoed by the opposition so little actual charge will occure; we will not see nationalized daycare or a retooling of the healthcare system.

Having elected another French-Canadian leader, the Liberals will continue to alienate the West, while the Green party grows having qualified for federal funding.

A few more native bands will sign new 'radical' treaties with provincial governments, but will remain largely under the thumb of the Ministry of Indian and Northern Affairs and fail to gain any sort of autonomy.

See, really boring.

Seriously.
in all fairness... (1.50 / 1) (#70)
by CAIMLAS on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 01:41:54 AM EST

In all fairness, I was pretty close on a number of predictions.


  • Lawmakers will continue to pass laws which don't actually solve problems, simply playing "lawmakers" and being politicians instead of public representatives and servants.
  • Hillary Clinton will continue to pay people to help portray her as "moderately centrist".
  • Unemployment rates in the US will decrease.
  • The issue of the southern border's porous nature will continue to gain ground, with stronger support for "drastic measures".
  • A third-world thugocracy will threaten the US with military action, possibly nuclear.
  • Britian will start seeing similar problems to those of France.

I made other predictions which were wrong, but at least these were right - about half.
--

Socialism and communism better explained by a psychologist than a political theorist.

never happen. muslims love it here... (none / 0) (#85)
by Zap Brannigan on Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 12:22:24 PM EST

Britian will start seeing similar problems to those of France.

[ Parent ]
My predictions (2.00 / 4) (#71)
by CAIMLAS on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 02:15:21 AM EST

  • In the vacuum left from the Democrat retreat from Iraq, Iran will feel emboldened and attempt moving into Iraq. Saudi Arabia and possibly Egypt will receive the blessing of the US and the West as a whole, and attempt to take care of Iran - to dire consequence.
  • A formal military and political agreement between China, Iran, and North Korea will be made known.
  • We will hear more about polonium and other radioactive materials, sold by the Russians and found in Western countries.
  • The Chechen Muslims will have a fairly substantial cameo in the Western media
  • At least one powerful European nation will instigate portions of Sharia law as a replacement or parallel for current domestic law.
  • The similarities between Orwell's Britain in 1984 and modern day Britain will be all too increased - starting out innocently enough in intent, but moving towards totalitarianism.
  • The West will throw a fit about Ethiopia fighting back, because hey, they're fighting back against Muslims, and they're peaceful! Meanwhile, they'll continue to ignore the Muslim genocide of non-Muslims world-over.
  • The US will be condemned. It doesn't matter for what or by whom - they're greedy imperialist aggressors, so there's got to be something.
  • Hurricane Katrina 'refugees' will make it into the news at least once as still being out on their luck.
  • Global warming will receive a lot of press, despite record cold spells. Either that, or they'll switch back to global cooling.
  • The hottest download for the first couple months of the year will be a video of Saddam's hanging.
  • Barak Obama will drop out of the Presidential run later in the year.
  • McCain will remain in the forefront for the Republican 2008 nomination.
  • Tension between China and Japan will increase as the eventuality of conflict over Taiwan looms closer.
  • The value of the US dollar will decrease more quickly than it did in 2006.
  • Despite all their talk, the US Democrats will not make too much noise about removing the US presence from Iraq. Record US troop deaths will be had for the conflict, and the media will still blame the Republicans.

--

Socialism and communism better explained by a psychologist than a political theorist.

heh (2.33 / 3) (#75)
by kromagg on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 07:14:58 PM EST

At least one powerful European nation will instigate portions of Sharia law as a replacement or parallel for current domestic law.

Stop watching so much Fox.



[ Parent ]
Technology Prediction (1.00 / 1) (#76)
by Meatbomb on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 09:53:52 PM EST

The Singularity will be upon us in the third quarter of 2007. Neverending utopia across the entire planet by mid 2008.

_______________

Good News for Liberal Democracy!

cts tells it all (2.00 / 1) (#77)
by circletimessquare on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 08:37:08 PM EST

the taliban continues to rebound in afghanistan, nato grumbles about leaving

osama bin laden is captured, dead, in wazuristan, by pakistani forces... he is betrayed by tribal leaders there

iran gets the bomb and israel air strikes iran, iran launches rockets at israel, combined with...

after a particularly nasty attack on us forces that results in the death of dozens of american troops, the us pulls out of iraq and iraq descends into civil war, combined with...

continuing madness in gaza and continuing instability in lebanon...

throws the whole area north of saudi arabia, south of iran, and east of egypt into a state of near continuous anarchy and warfare that continues to get worse and worse until 2008

nothing happens in north korea at all, nothing happens with taiwan at all

russia continues to hold europe hostage for its energy supplies, resulting in mounting european consternation and tension with russia, played out in the smaller countries of the former ussr for influence (georgia, belarus, ukraine, kazakhstan, etc.). this russian-eu tension will become a new defining struggle in the world

sri lanka continues to descend into civil war, sumatra enters a period of lasting peace

ethiopia occupies somalia, darfur remains forgotten by the un as tens of thousands continue to die there. however, this will serve as a defining moment for african unity as subsaharan africa becomes united against khartuom

gas bag chavez continues to steal headlines, but all his bombast amounts to absolutely nothing. castro dies, but cuba doesn't change


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

Real Madrid... (2.00 / 1) (#78)
by LodeRunner on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 08:59:27 PM EST

...will win the Spanish League, but Chelsea will get the Champions League. By the end of 2007, however, Chelsea will be beaten in the Club World Cup by the Brazilians of Internacional, who, coming from a second Libertadores Cup victory, will reprise this year's feat against in which they beat Barcelona. FIFA will then move the Club World Cup from Japan to Europe in 2008 and will organize it during the European summer, "in order to spark more interest in the competition".

---
"dude, you can't even spell your own name" -- Lode Runner

Such cynicism. (3.00 / 2) (#80)
by OzJuggler on Fri Jan 05, 2007 at 08:11:17 AM EST

A documentary blockbuster will outgross Spiderman 3, as the current fashion for the New Seriousness continues.

A groundswell in popular opinion on environmental issues permits economic feasability of documentaries on global warming and electric cars, and all you can do is sneer at Bruce Public like it's all shallow pretentiousness? The car companies aren't exactly bending over backwards to replace gas guzzlers with hybrids and zero emissions. Coal fired power stations aren't exactly shutting up shop over attacks of conscience.
To care in absence of action may be frustrating, but it isn't pretentious unless real alternatives are actually available.

You see, young man, with great power comes great responsibility, and since knowledge is power an informed public could do more good than a public merely itching to get into Kirsten Dunst's pants.

-OzJuggler
"And I will not rest until every year families gather to spend December 25th together
at Osama's homo abortion pot and commie jizzporium." - Jon Stewart's gift to Bill O'Reilly, 7 Dec 2005.

The New Seriousness (1.50 / 2) (#81)
by Scrymarch on Fri Jan 05, 2007 at 11:34:49 AM EST

No no - the Serious Viewer still itches to get into Kirsten Dunst's pants, but when she's playing Marie Antoinette.

I like the New Seriousness. I enjoyed An Inconvenient Truth and wrote a k5 review of Good Night And Good Luck. But it's a cultural fashion, just like grunge and Pokemon.

The phrase comes from PJ O'Rourke.

"Everybody's going to want a books-on-tape cassette of Bertrand Russell and A.N. Whitehead's Principia Mathematica for their car."

I wrote a diary about this in 2003. I made the call far too early though - 2006 was a huge year for seriousness.

So please understand it's not sneering. I'm really glad to see the idea of fixing this crazy carbon suicide of ours is hip. It's not a sneer, but a wistful sigh, because I kinda care about the things that others are wearing as this season's handbag.

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Sir, I salute you. (2.00 / 2) (#82)
by OzJuggler on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:09:24 PM EST

If.. that's... not too serious?
"And I will not rest until every year families gather to spend December 25th together
at Osama's homo abortion pot and commie jizzporium." - Jon Stewart's gift to Bill O'Reilly, 7 Dec 2005.
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Don't get too excited (none / 1) (#83)
by Scrymarch on Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 08:01:53 AM EST

It's not like I drive a carbon-sequestering car.

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