crystal ballA part of me really resists making lists like this. I feel like maybe I’m ruining the surprise, somehow.

But hey, people seem very interested, and I am after all here to serve. So, here are my predictions for 2016:

  1. Expect a much darker winter than usual here in Niagara. Go out and get a sun lamp for your home – it will do you a world of good.
  2. We’re going to see at least one plane disaster in North America due to poor maintenance. This will prompt a shift towards more stringent safety standards, which is unfortunate as the current standards were adequate and what was actually needed was an increased frequency of independent inspections. The budget for this will never be allocated.
  3. Electric-powered cars will begin to rise in affordability and accessibility. They’ll become a realistic option both practically and financially for the average consumer. People will still be heavily biased towards the familiar combustion engine, however, so expect only a minor shift in the market.
  4. Here in the Niagara Region the summer heat is going to start earlier in the spring than usual, and we’re in for a very humid and sweltering season. Worldwide, expect new weather records to be set for both heat and wind speeds.
  5. A serious decrease in the amount of profit pulled out from the oil sands in western Canada will mark the beginning of an economic slow down in that area. The cost of oil will be too low, the cost of transportation will be too high, and more flooding this year will cause ecological disasters that nobody will want to put up with.
  6. The next President of the United States will be Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders will be her Vice President, which he leverages to his advantage but prevents him from employing his more radical ideas. None of Clinton’s policies will be of particular note compared to anyone else who might have been in the same position, but her fans will blow her victories out of proportion and her detractors will attack her with rabid vehemence. Expect her opponents to come up with some contrived and tedious fireworks in her second or third year.
  7. The world economy continues its slow march forward as we struggle to return the world into one where we’re not all broke all the time. Independent contractors, consultants, and entrepreneurs become a rapidly growing body and make up a significant portion of the new middle class, which is both liberating and isolating for those involved.

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