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Of the more specific predictions that I made - I could only give myself credit for 2 of 9. Not a very good showing - except perhaps by the standards of those who predict specifics about the future.
Nonetheless, it is entertaining to make a few more predictions just to see. In that spirit here are my 9 predictions for 2015:
- It will be one of the three hottest years ever recorded globally.
- Obama attempts to put ending mass incarceration onto the public agenda. In particular, the incarceration of non-violent drug offenders. The possibility of blanket pardons cause the Republicans to go ballistic and half of the Democratic party runs for cover.
- Ebola flares up in Asia. These several thousand deaths rattle the global economy much more than the African outbreak did.
- Americans are shocked when police officers in a major metropolitan area are found to have intentionally singled out and assassinated several critics of police brutality.
- Globally, disgust with their political elites continues to bolster support for radical, anti-establishment parties, and in more than one European country they win power, if not for long.
- Occupy re-emerges as a political force among the younger generation - organized around its "debt jubilee" and other efforts to disentangle young people from participation in an economic and political system that is rigged against them. The Establishment derides them as naive and disengaged.
- (Carried over from last year) One of the world's great monoculture crops will mostly fail this year. Although this will be blamed on a new pest or blight, the failure will actually be due to a combination of narrow genetics, unstable climate and the decline in agricultural research.
- Kitchen gardens, backyard chickens and other small animal husbandry continue to increase dramatically in popularity and practice in the US. Grassroots pressure to change zoning and regulatory restrictions continue to find success.
- Oil stays below $70 per barrel. Low gas and oil prices drive several mid-sized energy companies in the US to loan defaults and bankruptcy. The government organizes a multi-billion dollar bailout of loan guarantees and subsidies to keep drilling operations going, and to keep dreams of Saudi America alive.
So, I'll revisit these at the end of the year and see if I can top my 2 for 9 mark!
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