In the 1981 documentary The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, a portly, cigar-smoking Orson Welles utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, and TV interviews to reveal the prophesies of 16th century French astrologist Nostradamus. His followers credit him with the prediction of major world events including the fall of King Louis XVI, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Although modern day academics have asserted that his 1555 book Les Propheties (The Prophecies) is nothing more than misinterpretations and mistranslations, and claim that his quatrains were inevitabilities obvious to anyone observant of historical trends, it is eerie to discover for oneself just how close he came to what some call the prediction of 9/11. Between you, me, and Dionne Warwick – some information is worth $3.99 a minute.
Few candidates in this year’s municipal elections have left me with an awareness of our city’s future economy like businessman Fred Rangel, a candidate for City Council District 7 who feels that tax increases and program cuts are uncreative, “typical” answers to the unavoidable economic downturn he says is on the horizon. Hmm. I wonder why the Mayans didn’t seem that worried about it.