2017: PREDICTIONS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. First of all, of course, we want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. For our Chinese friends, 2017 is the year of the Rooster. For obvious reasons much closer to home, I find that a bit ironic.
My sense is that despite anxieties and concerns to the contrary, it will be a good year for all 22 nations this magazine reaches. I believe that the international community will discover that it does not need America nearly as much as was thought and that true balance of trade is not the sole province of giants.
I predict that America will learn the harsh lesson of true populism and that is that one assumes responsibility for most areas of their lives and then elects individuals of courage, compassion, wisdom and integrity to handle the rest.
I believe that America will experience a type of regional balkanization in reaction to what happens at the federal level. Some areas, such as the Deep South and the Rust Belt, will be impacted more than some other regions, with the West and the Pacific Northwest being in the best position to wean themselves off both federal funding and federal legislation.
I expect traditional entertainment from the new administration. Magicians ~ those whose patter and gestures distract from what the hands are actually doing ~ will become vogue at all levels and for awhile, the people will be deceived.
But when the legislative legerdemain is discovered, it will be by his staunchest supporters and because they will have been its victims, reaction will be strong, vocal, violent and very apparent at Congressional mid-term elections.
The new president will be involved in legal proceedings of a personal nature that will further compromise his ability to fully actualize his on the job training. This will keep him constantly in the media and his opposition will continue to exploit his ignorance, lack of statecraft and general boorish behavior. He will likely receive more coverage than JFK.
I believe this will be an interesting year, but hardly an apocalyptic one.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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Happy New Year to you and our NorthStar readership. It has been such a pleasure to write for you all these past two years. Wishing peace and prosperity to everyone in 2017 and hoping, too, that the next year will be another step in peoples’ consciousness about our little blue planet.
On 15 December 2000, the Chernobyl atomic station was fully stopped and now ~ 30 years after the catastrophe ~ it attracts tourists from all over the world to learn more
There is museum in Kiev for those who are not ready to go to the place directly. Very moving are the letters to beloved ones heroes working on eliminating or at least decreasing the influence of explosion. At the entrance, there is a stand dedicated to Fukushima, Japan.
After all these warnings in the modern world, humankind should really abandon the nuclear atom idea. It is not a “friend” as it was advertised in old Soviet schoolbooks and it is not domesticatable. With all the sources of energy available in our technological century, that is possible.
For the New Year, new world, new thinking is vital. Education here is important. For the young generation, ecological education through the games could be introduced. Shall I mention board game Crunch Time: who will save the planet http://playcrunchtime.com?
Here, the players receive carbon points for non-ecological activity like leaving tap running or light on when not needed. There is a possibility to construct solar panel, wind or biomass energy farms. The main goal of the game is to restore damage caused to the blue planet and restore it.
I highly recommend it.
Take care, Mishka and stay warm. Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.
Olya Bereza – European Editor ` Пятница, 30 декабря 2016, 14:53 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:
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