Of the Making of Predictions, There is no End.

Just about a year ago, I posted an article in which I listed numerous predictions which I thought would (or could) occur in 2022. Looking back on those, it is plain that I was spot on with some of them (The Good: #1, The Bad: #1, 7, 8), but face-planted in the mud right out of the starting gate on others (The Good: #2, 4, 5, The Bad: #3, 9, 10). Many could show some measure of success on a sliding scale (The Good: #3, The Bad: #4, 5). All that proves is that I am no “prophet” at predicting the future and, due to that fact, no one has to be afraid of what I say.

One event which has considerable importance in the world’s economic climate actually played out very nearly to what I had stated, namely, that the Nasdaq would fall 40% from its high at the beginning of the year 2022. See here for evidence. In fact, the Nasdaq started 2022 valued at 15, 832.80 and finished the year at 10, 466.48, or a decline of 33.5%, only slightly lower than my “official” prediction. This says nothing about my ability to forecast the stock market, but does show that I can look at current events and make a lucky guess…sometimes. (Full Disclosure: I do not trade stocks in any way, shape, or form, and did not profit from the yearlong slide of the Nasdaq. Perhaps I should have.)

Nevertheless, enough of the gloating and groaning. It is time to move on. 2022 is past, 2023 is well underway, and with that introduction, here is my list of predictions for the next year. Short, snappy, and easily proven right. Or wrong. As always, these are only guesses and do not mean anything more than what I expect could happen. Use your own good judgement.

  1. The unraveling of the C.O.V.I.D. narrative which became evident in 2022, will continue. The “officially unexplainable and puzzling” deaths from “Died Suddenly” syndrome will increase dramatically and become too prevalent to ignore or cover up. Pfizer’s CEO, Albert Bourla, will become the man America loves to hate.
  2. Due in part to the heavy-handed attempts to jab everyone with the mRNA witches-brew, resistance to the long-standing childhood vaccination protocol will also surge. More and more parents will question the wisdom of inoculating their young children with unknown chemicals which may be detrimental to their health and well-being. The link between multiple vaccinations and autism will become more firmly fixed in the minds of millions who have lost their trust in official incantations of medical science.
  3. Home schooling will be adopted by millions of suddenly awakened American parents who decide that their children are more important than the boat in their driveway.
  4. An end to the war in Ukraine will suddenly be negotiated after Clown Prince Zelensky is assassinated.
  5. The “woke” movement which reached its apogee in 2022 will begin to decline precipitously (falling off a cliff?) in 2023. Corporations will fall all over themselves trying to create distance. “Get Woke, Go Broke” will manifest itself as the Mantra of the Year. Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion proves itself to be true once again, in spite of the efforts made to try to prove it false.
  6. China will not invade Taiwan due to chaos at home. North Korea, following China’s lead, will not invade South Korea, but will continue provocative missile launches. Serbia will invade Kosovo, inflaming nationalist sentiments within the EU and sparking secessionist movements throughout Europe.
  7. Donald Trump will suffer a debilitating stroke, causing him to withdraw from politics. His die-hard supporters will be forced to look for salvation from another direction. Ron de Santis will immediately move into the vacuum. Mitch McConnell will suffer a fatal heart attack while speaking to reporters outside the Capitol Building. Anthony Fauci will die mysteriously in his sleep, giving rise to a “conspiracy theory” that he was “Epsteined”.
  8. The FED will hold the line on interest rates. Joe Biden will order FED chair Jay Powell to end quantitative tightening and return to a policy of easy money. Congress will be unable to find anything to eliminate in the Federal budget for FY 2024, declaring that “painful cuts” are just simply not possible.
  9. A bill will be introduced into the Texas legislature to begin formally considering secession from the US. It will die in committee. No other states pick up the baton.
  10. And last, but not least, my favorite. Against long odds, the Jacksonville Jaguars will win the Super Bowl, creating an instant tsunami of “dedicated” fans.

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