23 Replies to “2011 Prediction Thread”

  1. the universe will continue to seek equilibrium.
    we will all do our parts in this effort.
    all language will consist solely of metaphor.
    moral agency will be asserted.
    decisions will be made.
    the rightness and wrongness of all decisions will be debated.
    all debates will be arbitrated through violence.
    actions will be taken.

  2. i really like Detroit. i want to live there. i like roomy neighborhoods with lots of greenery. at night, i like the fact that i can see the stars and still be “in the city”. wonder if i can start a garden outside without the aid of a jackhammer?

  3. No major financial fraud convictions. None. Theatrics – likely.

    Some J6P somewhere is going to lose it and “justify” the continuing string of government crackdowns.

    US government post-Wikileaks regulation will do to the Internet what TSA has done for flying -virtually touch your junk.

    2011 will not be a good year for municipalities (or their bonds) or public unions.

    Repeal of DADT will exacerbate significant issues within the military and provide additional recruiting opportunity for insurgents.

    High profile suicide(d)s.

    US Constitution translated into Klingon.

    There will be blood.

  4. Everyone will have their own personal disease with matching prescription and medication. Those who resist taking pharmaceuticals of any kind will be labeled pariahs and called unpatriotic.

  5. “Oh and I will miss Doom’s H50 walk-on.”

    UR, as soon as I figure out what and where the H50 is, I’ll be there for my scheduled walk-on. Not to worry too much. They can always put a plank up my backside and tie me to my horse, El Cid style.

  6. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/todays-wtf-data-point-meet-cias-wikileaks-task-force#comment-824362

    by MsCreant
    on Wed, 12/22/2010 – 14:10

    We are beyond the postmodern moment.

    The first order of the symbol, the symbol corresponds to reality. If a dude has a crown, he is king.

    The second order of the symbol, the symbol bifurcates from reality, you have pretenders. The upper classes can afford to dress like kings. Some one with a crown may not be king.

    The third order of the symbol, the symbol does not correspond with reality because it can be mass produced. All of society may wear crowns if they wish, crowns no longer distinguish kings.

    The fourth order of the symbol is the order of the simulacra, it is the truth that hides the truth that there is no truth. This is where the symbol is finally, totally divorced from reality. What is a king? Do kings have kingdoms? King of Pop? Elvis, Michael? Magic Kingdom? Is that a real kingdom? How about the housing project in the magic kingdom? Is that in a real kingdom? Is it a “real” housing project? What is real? This is the Post-Modern moment. Truth is mass produced, recombined, and homoginized. The original association of the symbol to reality has dispersed into a hyper reality.

    This is where Baudrillard left us.

    I’m proposing that there is so much fraud, so much deliberate dishonesty, so much manipulation and misrepresentation, that we have moved beyond the postmodern moment into the fifth order of the symbol. I think I will call it the Postmortem moment.

    It is the moment that marks the death of everything. When there is no truth because it has all been dissipated into matrixes of meaning relativity. In a postmodern sensibility about things, you consult history, but you constuct local truths that serve for the moment, knowing that they cannot be the truth for all time. This is a nice idea, but it assumes that all the players are trying to work together for the best of the collective. It falls apart when the players higher up have one goal, and that is deceit.

    The postmortem moment represents the death of the meaning system itself. Nothing and no one in authority can be trusted. Beyond the simulacra, the decoupling of symbol from reality is now being harnessed in a cynical manner to manipulate short term outcomes.

    Just thinking out loud, having a WTF moment, a postmortem moment, brought to me by the CIA.

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    by DavidPierre
    on Wed, 12/22/2010 – 14:17

    Stop… Ms!

    Just caused a powerful flashback!

    Ken Kesey is in my head, talking to me again.


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    by Gully Foyle
    on Wed, 12/22/2010 – 14:21


    Bullhorn: Man, you guys ain’t had no waffles like these. These waffles are so good, they’re like they come from down South. These buttery motherfuckers will melt in your mouth. Man you ain’t had no waffles…
    Black Dynamite: Wait! Bullhorn, what did you just say? You said, ‘Melts in your mouth’. Quick…
    [erases the restaurant menu blackboard]
    Black Dynamite: What else melts in your mouth?
    Cream Corn: M&M’s!
    Black Dynamite: Exactly. And not in your hands. And who makes M&M’s?
    Militant #3: Mars Candy Company make it. Yeah, yeah.
    Black Dynamite: And Mars is also…
    Saheed: The Roman God of War.
    Black Dynamite: Who is the Greek God of War?
    Militant 2: Ares.
    Black Dynamite: Now, you take Mars and spell it backwards, drop the S.
    Cream Corn: Ram. That’s right. And ram is the zodialogical sign for Aries. Oh! Now dig. Ares’ half-sister is Athena.
    Black Dynamite: Now you’re getting it.
    Cream Corn: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Athena, Athens.
    Saheed: Which is the capital of Greece.
    Black Dynamite: And as we all know, zodialogical astronomy was created by the Greeks in…
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: 785 B.C.
    Militant 2: And 785 is the area code to Topeka. Oh, my God. 785 is the area code to Topeka, Kansas!
    Bullhorn, Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: Code Kansas!
    Black Dynamite: Now take that, spell it backwards and drop the S.
    Militant #3: Snake doc. Snake doctor, yeah!
    Black Dynamite: Yes. And brothers, who is the Greek Demigod of Medicine who believed that snakes’ tongues had mystical healing powers?
    Cream Corn: Aesculapius, of course. He had a staff with snakes intertwining all around that bitch. They called it Aesculapius’ staff. It’s a symbol the medical field uses to this day.
    Black Dynamite: Now, what legend involving snakes is in both Greek and Roman mythology? Now, come on. It involves Aesculapius’ own father.
    Woman at table: Apollo.
    Black Dynamite: Yeah. Thanks, lady.

    Saheed: That’s right. Apollo slew the serpent at Delphi, which was a big-ass snake.
    Black Dynamite: And what, brothers, is the biggest snake in the world?
    Woman at table: The South American anaconda.
    Black Dynamite: What she said.
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: Anaconda Malt Liquor!
    Black Dynamite: And what is the slogan for Anaconda Malt Liquor? Anaconda Malt Liquor gives you…
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: WHOOOOO!
    Black Dynamite: Gives you what?
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: WHOOOOO!
    Black Dynamite: And who else is famous for…
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: WHOOOOO! Little Richard!
    Black Dynamite: Who?
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: Little Richard!
    Black Dynamite: So, what they’re really saying is…
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: Anaconda Malt Liquor gives you… Little Richard?
    Black Dynamite: What is another word for Richard?
    [Black Dynamite crosses out ‘Richard’ on the blackboard. The gang look down on their pants]
    Cream Corn, Saheed, Militant 2, Militant #3: Gunsmoke!
    [the gang run out of the diner towards Gunsmoke’s apartment]

  7. Bank of America buys up anti-BoA domain names
    By Hayley Tsukayama

    Talk about keeping your enemies closer. In a preemptive move against a potential Wikileaks attack, Bank of America has gone on a shopping spree, registering domain names of sites that insult their top executives.

    Domain Name Wire reported on Monday that the bank has bought “hundreds of domain name registrations,” with names such BrianMoynihanBlows.com and BrianMoynihanSucks.com, in reference to Bank of America’s chief executive. The bank also purchased .net and .org versions of the sites, plus some that take aim at chief financial officer Charles Noski, Chairman of the Board Charles Holliday and board member Charles Rossotti.

    The move may backfire on the company as word spreads. Gawker has already made a list of cheeky and insulting suggestions for domain names. And it challenged readers to do the same.

    (h/t to Techland)


  8. Ann-Margret, white fur coat (not much else), Harley, singing and dancing, Las Vegas Hilton, circa 1975.

    I predict that won’t happen again.

  9. The postmortem moment represents the death of the meaning system itself. Nothing and no one in authority can be trusted. Beyond the simulacra, the decoupling of symbol from reality is now being harnessed in a cynical manner to manipulate short term outcomes.

    symbols always have and always will be used to manipulate. as if, for example, today, “$”, carries more or less weight, and is more or less divorced from the world than, say “+” (the cross) was in 11’th century europe. nothing changes.

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