Volume 92, Issue 83

Wednesday, March 5, 1999


OPINIONS

American intervention

Time to pick up the litter

Predicted gloom and doom coming soon

Predicted gloom and doom coming soon



Although most people just smile and nod at late night psychic line infomercials, there's probably a certain degree of wonder we experience.

Could it possibly be true? For $12.99 a minute, a psychic on the other end of the phone will tell me if I'll ever be a millionaire or fall deeply in love?

For most of us, a second thought is all it takes to dismiss the possibility Jojo and her psychic friends can predict our futures.

Let's put aside thoughts about the greedy psychic hounds and consider the work of classic fortune tellers – like Nostradamus.

It's quite tempting to believe Nostradamus was the real thing of the psychic industry. Unlike the 1-900 psychics, Nostradamus wasn't telling the future for money. Instead, in the 1500s, he was seen an occult follower and in certain areas of Europe many religious figures wanted to see him die.

Aside from not personally benefiting from his forecasts, many of Nostradamus' predictions seem to have been fulfilled.

For example, he foresaw such events as the rise and fall of Hitler, the great fire of London in 1666, the breakdown of neutrality in Swiss banks, the coming of air battles in the First and Second World Wars as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

All and many more of these events were predicted hundreds of years before they occurred.

Having spoken of the good and the bad – here comes the ugly. According to Nostradamus' predictions, "In the year 1999 and seven months, from the sky will come the great King of Terror. He will bring back to life the great king of the Mongols. Before and after war reigns happily."

Although the interpretation of this prediction varies, many believe Nostradamus is forecasting the coming of the third Antichrist, after Napoleon and Hitler and foreshadowing the coming of World War III.

Other critics believe Nostradamus is predicting the coming of a 30-year long war in which two thirds of the world will die.

Either way, the interpretations are not very optimistic. Faithful Nostradamus followers will most likely fulfill all of their dreams before July. The rest of us, however, will just be sitting ducks – maybe seeking solace from the Psychic Friends Network.




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