2011 Forecasts


If only I had a crystal-ball to foresee the future…
But since I don’t, I will have to rely on what my vision captures, add a zest of optimism and there we have it: a nice forecast.

Forecasts are practically a wish. So here’s my wish-list for 2011:
  • People will have a broader understanding about the meaning of emigration and immigration [Emigrants must comprehend that migrating to another country signifies doing so legally; it means respecting the host country’s history, traditions, language; and remaining legal. Legal immigration is more than welcome. Illegal immigration poses a huge problem (which needs to be ethically tackled); however we shouldn’t allow bigots to use this issue as a means to spew their venom].
  • The Western economy will start to grow. Jobs will be created (although not at a desirable rhythm yet). The middle class will start spending again and banks will wake up and re-start doing their real job (i.e. lending money against collaterals).
  • Fareed Zakaria will pause the fear mongering and admit the truth: China is an investor, not a banker.
  • Europe will tone down the ultra-nationalist rhetoric that threatens to re-emerge. Any form of persecution to Jews, Muslims, Gypsies, gays and any other minority group, will not be tolerated.
  • Moderate Muslims will start to openly fight Islamists and show signs that they can win (since the rest of the world will support them). The Arab world fights for democracy and will begin to reform its society (i.e. separation between state and church; education for all; bestow civil rights upon women; yield to basic civil freedom & liberties and liberalise its market). 
  • Africa will wake up and smell the coffee. It’s time to ride the horse of development and for that to happen despotic governments must be brought down; democratic administrations must invest heavily on peace, health, education and infrastructures.
  • Nations, worldwide, will finally realize that the world has changed and that reforms (on every level) are urgent. Old strategies, old tactics, the ancient way of thinking and doing things do not, and will not, work any longer.
Final forecast: 2011 is the year of change. So let’s be brave and embrace it!

You are invited to check LS' ability to read the Crystal-ball...Here.

Comments

  1. Hello Maximus Forecasterus…

    On immigration and illegal immigrants we are in agreement…I am also guessing we would feel the same about genuine refugees…hang on were you not the one saying that Mexicans should be able to illegally enter and stay in the US?

    I would be pleased to see everybody’s economy grow…it would be nice to see the middle class saving more money and spending less…it would also be good for governments to do this…live within their means…We are fortunate in our part of the world to not have really felt the effects of the global economic collapse…

    Fareed Zakaria! Oh my so you’re the one watching CNN!

    Persecution and intolerance….So you will not tolerate any intolerance? Europe should stop looks for scapegoats and recognize that socialist economics are a failure…

    Moderate Muslims…it is interesting watching the death throes of Islamic Imperialism…Even if some icky genuine Muslims take control of Egypt et al the power of Islam is diminishing which is good…

    *Sipping my Kona coffee*Interesting…How does a government invest in peace?

    ROFL You are looking for a global game changer…well first the anti-Christ then Jesus Christ will return…

    Loved your forecasts! Interesting how we both spoke of the crystal ball eh? Nice to be back in the Graffiti saddle…

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  2. Max, glad to see you are so optimistic, given all the pessimism. I accept that Africa will wake up and smell the coffee, but what about the cocoa? Still trying to digest what is happening in the Ivory Coast. I guess we have eleven more months to see how this plays out.

    By the way, did you ever find out what Livingsword's secret was?

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  3. Hey LSus :D!

    Were you missed or what? :)

    "On immigration and illegal immigrants we are in agreement…I am also guessing we would feel the same about genuine refugees…hang on were you not the one saying that Mexicans should be able to illegally enter and stay in the US?"

    I would guess we'd be in agreement about genuine refugees if I knew your stance on it :)...
    LOL LOL no, I don't think I ever said that Mexicans should be able to illegally enter and stay in the US...and you know it lol.

    "I would be pleased to see everybody’s economy grow…it would be nice to see the middle class saving more money and spending less…it would also be good for governments to do this…live within their means…We are fortunate in our part of the world to not have really felt the effects of the global economic collapse…"

    Although I agree that saving money for a rainy day is appropriate, I also think that if the middle class doesn't spend there will be an economic deceleration (so, having all of the middle class moderately spending would be good for the economy). True, my friend; after hearing that in some countries there is a 40-45% of unemployment rate I came to the conclusion that we are fortunate indeed...

    "Fareed Zakaria! Oh my so you’re the one watching CNN!"

    LOL LOL people at CNN talk in an acceptable tone of voice...despite their inclinations.

    "Persecution and intolerance….So you will not tolerate any intolerance? Europe should stop looks for scapegoats and recognize that socialist economics are a failure…"

    LOL very good...indeed, I am intolerant towards intolerance lol. I agree with you: socialism doesn't work and it ruined the stability Europe was experiencing before socialists took over the Union.

    "Even if some icky genuine Muslims take control of Egypt et al the power of Islam is diminishing which is good…"

    Agreed.

    "*Sipping my Kona coffee*Interesting…How does a government invest in peace?"

    LOL Oh no...you must not speak of "kona" when talking to a Portuguese speaking individual (for us, this word is very bad: it is worst slang for vagina).
    Investing in peace may mean several things; however, in the African case, to invest in peace means to put the People's interests first (meaning that governments will not jump into military conflicts just because they wish to cling to power. They should negotiate everything while bearing their People's needs and safety in mind).

    "ROFL You are looking for a global game changer…well first the anti-Christ then Jesus Christ will return…"

    Are you now prepared to explain how Jesus Christ will return? Will he reincarnate?

    "Loved your forecasts! Interesting how we both spoke of the crystal ball eh? Nice to be back in the Graffiti saddle…"

    Thank you *bowing*! LOL LOL It was not a coincidence ;). It is great to have you back in the Graffiti saddle, man...I missed our conversations! By the way: when are you going to share "the Secret" over at your blog?

    LS, thank you so much for your contribution: great fun!! :D

    Cheers

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  4. Hey Looney :D!

    "Max, glad to see you are so optimistic, given all the pessimism."

    LOL Thanks...pessimism fatigues me.

    "I accept that Africa will wake up and smell the coffee, but what about the cocoa? Still trying to digest what is happening in the Ivory Coast. I guess we have eleven more months to see how this plays out."

    LOL that one was great ("what about the cocoa?")! You are right: they should smell the hot cocoa too.
    The Ivory Coast situation is an embarrassment; but I am proud of the People though: they are fighting to oust the corrupt Laurent Gbagbo. And what is amazing is that, for the first time, many African countries are against him - a sign of change.
    But let's see how the whole thing will play out indeed...

    "By the way, did you ever find out what Livingsword's secret was?"

    No, did you? I already asked him to disclose it...I am extremely curious *rubbing my hands*...
    I hope it is nothing like "I am not a Red Ruffed Lemur after all...I am a Polar Bear: surprise!!!" lol I am not sure I'd take the shock LOL...

    Looney, thank you so much for your input: awesome :D!

    Cheers

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  5. Hello Max, I have nominated you for the "Stylish blogger" award on my blog. :)

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  6. Hey D! :D

    Oh my God: thank you so much *bowing*! I have displayed it on my sidebar already (it looks good) :D!

    Cheers

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  7. Hey Max, I hope you will check the results of your predictions by 2012, lol. Great list! Anna :)

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  8. Hi Anna :D!

    LOL LOL I will check the results my optimism by 2012.
    I am glad you liked the list *bowing*!

    Cheers, girl

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  9. Hi Max perhaps you should see something about "prospective and foresight"... it will bring you unexpected answers... all the world is for castings so whats real?....anyway, i like optimistic views such as yours; and as for myself as default i'm an idealistic optimist that writes pessimism.....

    life sometime's grey, and most of the persons try to paint it blue, (thank God). resilience of course will help. but as matter submited to loads and unloads, it gets to fatigue, and hits rupture point.

    yes ... i want to believe : )

    all the best

    Gallardo

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  10. Hi Max,

    I couldn't have said it any better myself and of course we can always use a little more love in the world.

    Looking at the news is so draining, the world needs a group hug.

    Love Cheers!

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  11. Ciao Gallardo :D!

    "Hi Max perhaps you should see something about "prospective and foresight"... it will bring you unexpected answers..."

    I will follow your advise, thank you for it *bowing*.

    "all the world is for castings so whats real?....anyway, i like optimistic views such as yours; and as for myself as default i'm an idealistic optimist that writes pessimism....."

    LOL what's reality? Some would say we live an illusion, and others would say we live in an apparent reality.
    LOL and I like the way you write pessimism with a glimpse of optimism...

    "life sometime's grey, and most of the persons try to paint it blue, (thank God). resilience of course will help. but as matter submited to loads and unloads, it gets to fatigue, and hits rupture point."

    Resilience is the key; however you are right: eventually rupture occurs (and many times it translates into avoidable pain & destruction).

    "yes ... i want to believe : )"

    :)

    G, thank you ever so much for your awesome input: loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  12. Hi Lady A :D!

    "I couldn't have said it any better myself and of course we can always use a little more love in the world."

    Amen to that, sista!

    "Looking at the news is so draining, the world needs a group hug."

    *group hug*!

    Lady A, thank you so much for your input, girl :D!

    Absolute Love Cheers

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