2010 Psychic Review and 2011 Preview

As it was last year, and likely will be again next year unless the Reptilians get us, it’s December. Unsurprisingly, psychics in late 2008 made their various predictions about 2009 and I examined the claims of two: self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne and Nostradamus fanboi John Hogue.

I wonder if they did any better for 2010, or at least better than some other psychics such as Toronto-based Nikki “Psychic to the Stars” who predicted (among many other things, but these were some of the silliest) that:

  • Dr. Phil would get robbed and kidnapped.
  • There would be a problem with the moon’s atmosphere.
  • Possible kidnapping and assassination attempts on the queen of England.
  • Giant bats would attack parts of South America.

But I’ll give her credit for this gem:

2010 In Review

In any case, let’s check back on Sylvia. Oh wait, we can’t because to see her annual predictions now, one has to join the “Inner Circle” and pay between 17.85 and 79.95 American dollars. The Wayback Machine turned up bupkis (though it’s possible I’m incompetent). Yet, interestingly she still wanted us to see how fail her 2009 predictions were for free for some reason…

But I’ll “predict” (ho hum) her 2010 predictions thusly: things so glaringly obvious she might as well predict sunrise, things too vague to be verified, and things that are flat out incorrect. Nothing interesting, but I suppose the entire point was to ruin our fun. Any readers with access know what she predicted? Let us know in the comments. Regardless, she’s still wrong about the president of the US dying, skin cancer in children rapidly rising, and the common cold being cured (predictions that were included in her 2009 batch).

If you look closely at the website with her predictions, you can see that the link still says 2008-2009 and the text reads the same with one small change – the dates appear to have been changed in the opening paragraph to read 2010-2011 and they’ve left her old predictions that covered a span of a few to several years. That’s just lazy. They’re not even trying anymore – probably because they are making money hand over fist from their die-hard fans no matter what she says.

John Hogue is perhaps more confident in his abilities. Though one has to buy his book to get the full version, he does provide a summary for free on his website. Just like last year, he claims that his climate predictions were 100 percent accurate – I assume he may have copy/pasted this paragraph because it reads exactly the same. Man alive, psychics, do you think we don’t remember what you’ve said? He has nothing really interesting to say, but there was this gem of a hyperbole that I feel I must share with the world:

World War Three begins in 2010, but not the war anyone imagined.

Whoops.  I don’t think there’s any charitable way to make that a hit, but hmm. Not what we imagined, huh? What could he possibly mean by that?

Mother Nature declares a Third World War on human beings.

I didn’t notice anyone being nuked by a tree. Seriously, though, if he means that global climate change is continuing at as steady a pace as ever… well no shit, Sherlock.

His other available predictions are just political and economics opinions wrapped up in predictiony language.

Uh oh, this year is looking like a bust. I think Sylvia and John could take a lesson from Nikki and just go for it, like: Category Five Hurricane wipes out Miami (actual Nikki prediction). Now that takes balls.

2011 Preview

But wait. Mike Adams, yeah that Mike Adams, promoter of anything even remotely nonsense-tastic from astrology to homeopathy, has decided to weigh in some predictions for 2011. First, I want to give the context of his own personal (and sure to be not at all ridiculously biased) evaluation of how he did in 2009. For example:

Prediction #1 - Big Pharma will begin to implode – Right

No qualifiers whatsoever for why he’s right about that. Conveniently, some of the things he got wrong seemed to be things he was happy to be wrong about… He does the same at the end of this year’s article. Oh, this is promising. So what’s in store for 2011, Mike?

General Vaguery

  • More people growing their own food.
  • Increased awareness of natural remedies and health freedom.
  • More people waking up to reality. (He clarifies this by explaining: “More and more people will be awakened into a state of awareness [emphasis his].” Oooooooh. Of course.)

Specific upcoming victories in the world of natural health

  • The People will achieve significant victories over GMOs
  • FDA forced to admit “mercury fillings” dangerous
  • Next big battle over water fluoridation
  • Surge of interest in Libertarian political philosophy
  • “Tenth Amendment movement”

Specific short-term predictions

  • Big Government war on Internet freedom
  • By end of 2012, “significant” food supply disruptions in North America
  • Food prices climb with alarming speed over the next two years
  • Oil prices will also trend sharply upwards over the next two years.
  • By late 2012, the economic downfall of the United States will have accelerated

Long-term predictions

  • Disappearing “health middle class” and a great divide between the healthy and the sick because of superfoods, the sun, and nutritional supplements (which he happens to sell). The sick get to wallow in processed foods, prescription medications, and ignorant doctors “even if it kills them”.
  • By 2025, the FDA as we know it today will be ancient history, and a new era of food freedom and health freedom will have swept across the former United States of America.
  • By 2030, it will become obvious that all those people treated with vaccines, chemotherapy, pharmaceuticals, and conventional medical procedures are largely infertile and dying from degenerative disease.

Bold words, Mike. Bold, paranoid words.

I wonder if Mike has ever heard of SMART goals. SMART is a method of goal-setting that ensures that goals are specific and measurable. I see a problem with several non-SMART predictions in which there is no way to objectively measure accuracy, therefore I predict that he will claim to get several of these predictions right, particularly the vague ones that are good for his business (see the brilliant “More people waking up to reality” bit), while Big Evil Pharma continues to wither and die in its corruptness.

I can’t wait until next year to see how he did. For more on Mike Adams’ predictions, see this excellent Facebook post by Richard Murray.

Happy New Year! And just think, next year we get to preview the 2012 predictions. Bring your popcorn.

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    Kim Hébert is an occupational therapist. She is interested in the promotion of science and reason, particularly regarding therapeutic health interventions. She blogs occasionally about occupational therapy and other health topics at Science-Based Therapy. Her hobbies are art and astronomy. **All views expressed by Kim are her personal views alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of current or former employers, associations, or other affiliations. All information is provided for discussion purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for consultation with a licensed and accredited health professional.