Old Moore’s Almanack: World Event Predictions 4th June

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The first set of predictions surround the full moon on 4th June.  Apparently this is a powerful and lively alignment and raises significant questions regarding freedom and the balance between rights and responsibilities.  The actual details are thus:

  • Education will be the priority and there will be initiatives to encourage sport in schools.
  • There will also be concern about violence in schools and precautions should be taken to guard against a high risk of a high-profile stabbing or shooting.
  • West African states seem intent on damaging their own best interests.

Let us see how that panned out:

  • Education will be the priority and there will be initiatives to encourage sport in schools – Not only is the news dominated by the Jubilee but it is a Bank Holiday and half term so political statements about education (about anything really) are muted to non-existent.
  • There will also be concern about violence in schools and precautions should be taken to guard against a high risk of a high-profile stabbing or shooting – Again, as mentioned above, it is half-term so children are on a break from school. There has been no high profile stabbing or shooting at a school or elsewhere.
  • West African states seem intent on damaging their own best interests Again, nothing of note except the tragic accident in Lagos, Nigeria where a MacDonnell-Douglas MD-83 aircraft crashed into a crowded residential area killing all aboard.  However this accident can not be deemed an answer to the stated prediction for there is nothing but sympathy for Nigeria and the Nigerian people regarding this terrible event.

To be honest from a UK perspective nothing was happening in the world except the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.  All the media was dominated by it and for once politics was taking very much a back seat, so perhaps the seeds of some of these stories were beginning to grow but were blocked from the light but the dominant news story of the last week.

Interestingly there was a transit of Venus (across the Sun) 5th/6th June 2012 the last one for 105 years and so (unless I break the current longevity record) will be the last one that I will see.

But once again, if you think that I have misrepresented the news and/or been unfair to Old Moore feel free to comment.

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Old Moore’s Almanack: World Event Predictions 20th May

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Apologies but due to personal commitments I am writing this up 2 weeks after the event so therefore please excuse anything I miss out.

This set of predictions revolve around the new moon on the 20th May (which just happened to be an eclipse).  Let us see what was predicted:

  • There are strong indications of buoyancy in the property market for the third month in a row.
  • The government will bring in fresh education reforms with new encouragement for independent schools and home-schooling.
  • The United States economy is entering a difficult period and it will experience foreign-policy reverses as it is forced to compromise in the Middle East and central Asia.
  • Egypt is experiencing deep instability and a threat from Islamic fundamentalists.
  • Severe weather conditions could predominate in the Southern Hemisphere.

Let us see how these predictions panned out:

  • There are strong indications of buoyancy in the property market for the third month in a row – Across all housing market indices there are no signs of buoyancy.  At best one could say they are stable but in most regions of the UK they are declining with only the London market bucking the trend and skewing the overall average.
  • The government will bring in fresh education reforms with new encouragement for independent schools and home-schooling – There doesn’t seem to be anything of great significance in the news except for a speech by the opposition leader Ed Miliband bemoaning vocational qualifications but no governmental reforms.
  • The United States economy is entering a difficult period and it will experience foreign-policy reverses as it is forced to compromise in the Middle East and central Asia – The US economy (as is the whole world) is definitely looking precarious, with poor jobs and output figure it certainly looks like the US will go for QE3 to attempt to stabilise the dollar in the maelstrom that is the current marco-economic climate.
  • Egypt is experiencing deep instability and a threat from Islamic fundamentalists – Egypt is still struggling to come to terms with the fallout from the Arab Spring and the overturning of Mubarack (who as I write this has just been sentenced to life imprisonment) on its steps to democracy.  Egypt is looking at its first free presidential elections in 30 years but the choice is not necessarily what one could hope for. The two leading candidates are Ahmed Shafiq who is tied to the Mubarak era regime and Mohammed Mursi leader of the Muslim brotherhood.  However Egypt is currently experiencing severe unrest and there has been accusations of voting irregularities so there may be a delay to the official announcement of candidates for the 16th June elections.
  • Severe weather conditions could predominate in the Southern Hemisphere – There does not seem to be anything in the news.

As I always say if there is anything you think I have missed or have been unfair in my representation of the news then feel free to comment.