Predictions 2011, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 50 in the series 2011A

Apple will continue to put out innovative products that will keep it on the cutting edge and its popularity will increase when it markets a 3-D monitor.

Obama will work toward normalizing relations with Cuba whether Congress cooperates or not.

There will be several weather related disasters and flooding will be a problem. Problems will be worse than usual but not cataclysmic.

With the high price of gold staying up there and unemployment high more people will prospect and mine for gold. There will be a gold rush in several parts of the world and gold production will go up.

The danger of China having a monopoly on rare earth elements will finally dawn on the public consciousness and there will develop a push to mine theses elements in the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries.

Prices of essentials such as food, fuel and power will go up and many non essentials will go down. This will create the illusion that there is not as much inflation as there really is affecting he average household.

Talk of global warming will become a joke except during the summer when it does truly get warm.

The Patriots will win the Superbowl.

Academy Awards
The King’s Speech will win best Picture and Colin Firth who stars in it will receive Best Actor

Natalie Portman will receive best actress for Black Swan.

No direct pipeline to God claimed for these predictions.

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7 thoughts on “Predictions 2011, Part 4

  1. You wrote:

    “Prices of essentials such as food, fuel and power will go up and many non essentials will go down. This will create the illusion that there is not as much inflation as there really is affecting he average household.”

    The Obama administration is pushing to allow use of gasoline with 15% alcohol now. Can’t imagine that even more use of grain to create alcohol to add to gas can help food prices.


    1. It seems that whenever Obama is faced with a choice he picks the one that is the least logical and most hurtful to the people, the economy and the environment.

        1. Nitrogen problems exist from any kind of farming so it seems disingenuous at best and out right deceptive at worst of them to blame it on Ethanol production crops. Oil is subsidized far more then ethanol and no on ever mentions the energy required to get it out of the ground truck it to refineries and the energy required to refine it and then truck it to gas stations etc.

          Most of the negatives you have heard about alcohol are wrong. Probably the best evidence for Ethanol being a viable fuel that could end our energy dependence on foreign oil in the matter of a few years is Brazil who runs 50% of thier cars on ethanol and imports no oil while only utilizing about 1% of thier farmland to grow it.

          Here is an excerpt from a great site that has gotten to the truth of the matter. I have read his book and it is well researched and perhaps the most comprehensive book on alcohol fuel production and how we could be fuel independent using it. This particular page covers several of the most popular myths about Ethanol.

          “Myth: It takes more energy to produce alcohol than it’s worth.

          This myth is false, perpetuated by people that believe corn is the only crop that can create ethanol. Corn isn’t a very efficient crop, but luckily there are crops out there that are MANY times more efficient than corn. Brazil uses sugarcane to produce energy in a very efficient manner and is one of the most energy self-sustainable countries on the planet. The biomass parts of the plant that can’t be turned into ethanol are used to help distillation. It’s a very efficient method. There are other crops that are even more efficient than sugarcane, as alcohol can be made from anything with sugar or starch. There are also many companies and researchers working on creating cellulosic ethanol which will allow an even greater variety of plants to create ethanol. Regardless, some ethanol crops can be made very efficiently and produce MORE energy than consumed. It all depends on what crop, how it’s being grown, etc.

          The people that cite this myth also often discount, or completely forget, the byproducts that result from manufacturing ethanol. Even corn ethanol results in a byproduct called DDGS. This ‘dried distillers grains with soluble’ still contain all of the protein and fat, and much of the cellulose, vitamins and minerals. The only thing that has been removed is the starch. This byproduct can still be used as an animal feed, and has been proven to be better than corn when fed to cattle (quicker cattle growth!). The removal of the starch, which goes through cattle undigested, allows quicker digestion and growth of the animal when DDGS is used..”

          Also of mention is in his book he does some excellent research and traces every myth to a single professor who was on the payroll of several of the major oil companies. Still just reading his book and using logic is enough to dispel the myths. Look around his site too.

          1. There’s some good information there. It seems that corn, unless it’s from surplus, is the least efficient, medium to produce ethanol. There are much more efficient products that can be used. One of them is algae which is being developed. If we can create ethanol safely without adding to the dead zone and using nearly a half gallon of oil, I I will be all for it.

          2. Yeah I really feel he has a very good model that future communities in the new age will look a lot like. Ethanol is a clean burning renewable fuel better for the environment, engines last 2-3 times as long because there are no carbon deposits and it can even be used in Diesels and Jet engines. He has a pretty neat plan on how a farm or even community can be self sufficient with permaculture and locally or regionally produced ethanol (among other things) instead of like the current oil/gasoline model that is more centralized and fuel has to be shipped hundreds and thousands of miles to get to the majority of consumers.

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