December 26, 2005


Having discovered that I share my birthday with Nostradamus, it is only fitting that I make a list of predictions for 2006.
1. Rapid climate change. First the Atlantic circulation will stop (including the Labrador current), giving northern Europe the climate of its latitudinal siblings, northern Kamchatka and the Yukon. The severe cold will be short-lived. By 2016 global warming will gain the upper hand at all latitudes, resulting in a world virtually without seasons and inexpensive shipping from Europe to Asia via the ice-free northwest passage. Polar bears, whose livelihood depends on pack ice, will be in a tight spot.
2. The German and Japanese economies won't be stopped. The US economy will be trapped in the twin spider holes of balloonning boomer entitlement programs and tax cuts for the wealthy.
3. Front page political scandals: Cheney out-Agnews Spiro and W out-tricks Dick!
4. Long-awaited big-screen comeback of Pee Wee Herman. Director takes advantage of the pristine beauty of New Zealand.
5. The taste of blueberries will not lose its magical ability to transport me to the north country.
6. Price of oil up, biodiesel and ethanol production up, price of gold up up up.
7. The mullet makes a comeback, but not on my head.
8. A dramatic chain of scientific discoveries will link consumption of sauerkraut and bratwurst with longevity and the ability to solve word problems.
9. The Royal Shakespeare Company will perform all of the bard's works in a single season.
10. Blueberry wine.


At December 27, 2005 1:22 AM , Anonymous Tim said...

kind of scary coming from an atmospheric chemist. My only disagreement is that Germany and Japan have much more to overcome in terms of entitlement programs than the US does.

At December 27, 2005 9:59 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

I really like Angela Merkel and surprisingly the Germans I have talked with are really optimistic, saying that the only constellation that can reform the German system is the 'grand coalition.' Merkel is great because she is a minister's kid and studied chemical physics. Can you believe that Lutheran Rev. Merkel moved his family from west to east Germany in like the 50s because he knew that was where he was needed!? It is time for Japan to have a few good years I think after 15 years of malaise. Same goes for Germany.

Tim, anybody, why don't they make blueberry wine? Should be possible, and like grapes, blueberries are already covered in a thin white powder of yeast, all ready for fermentation...

At December 27, 2005 5:27 PM , Blogger Kate said...

Sauerkraut. Yum!

At December 28, 2005 8:32 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

One word: Choucroute! A hot tossed salad of sauerkraut and mixed meats (sausage, pork...) as big as your plate. Something to thank the French for!

You can find a recipe for Choucroute Wagner here:

Turns out folks do make blueberry wine. Blueberries have even more of the healthy stuff in their skins than grapes-- they are little blue vitamin and antioxidant bombs.


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