What are your predictions for the next decade? Apr 9, 2004 11:06:11 GMT -5
Post by berschneider on Apr 9, 2004 11:06:11 GMT -5
Geirr said:Economically I don't think much will change in Europe in the next ten years, continued agricultural subsidies and protectionist practices as usual. The USA on the other hand will have to balance a budget that is getting out of hand. The 'war on terror' line will start to run thin when people start losing their jobs, consumer spending nosedives and the international creditors are knocking on the door.
In the short term the USA will take a turn to the left, George W Bush wil be voted out of office and Sen. John Kerry moving into the white house. The government will take a more centralist approach and restore relations with the U.N. and E.U. The US military will soon leave Iraq which will quickly result in a civil war between the different parties there, ultimately resulting in a more unstable middle east. the palestine/israel conflict will continue unabated.
China will continue to grow in an exponential rate economically becoming one of the strongest economies, possibly within twenty to thirty years rivaling the USA. Some countries that will be poorer in the next ten years? Germany(not by much), Hungary, Albania, South Africa(much poorer), Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Pakistan and India. Richer countries? Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Greece, China (will boom) and Malaysia will continue to grow.
Scientific achievements won't be great, by 2014 computers obviously will be cheaper, faster and more powerful but Windows will still have bugs. There will be more probes to Mars ...yawn.. There will continue to be clones of different animals but a human clone won't happen in the next ten years despite what the Raelians say. I generally believe that the environment and general way of life in western countries will be better.
Australia will have a change of government this year to the (centre left) labour party. I think the paranoia that exists in this country about terrorists will eventually dissapate and be replaced with a genuine concern for the security of the country rather than political opportunism over foreigners and ilegals. Our sycophantic servant relationship with the USA will end.
actually sounds like a balanced set of predictions.