Nostradamus predicted a Varadkar win!

Nostradamus

Quatrain 2,98

Celuy de sang reperse le visage,
et la victime roche sacrifiee,
Tonant en Leo, augure par presage,
Mis estre mort lors pour la finance

Translation

He who’s image is surmouted by blood (red head = Enda Kenny)

also victim rock(petros in greek = Peter/Simon Coveney) is sacrificed,

Leo (Varadkar) ascends, augured in prophesy,

Puts to be dead then for the money.

 

These predictions are always accurate but sometimes require some interpretation.  What is clear and beyond argument is that after the fall of the red headed leader the Lion (Leo) will defeat Simon/Peter (which seems to be Simon Coveney) and will rise to leadership as predicted.  What is less certain is the final line.  Does it mean that Varadkar will actually kill people to enrich himself?  Probably not.  It is more likely allegorical, meaning that he will do something in the pursuit of finance that causes a closure or ending of an era.

This could be the introduction of water charges, or the sale of Irish Water to a company symbolised by death.  For instance Cerberus, the three headed dog who guards Hades can be taken as a symbol of death.  Cerberus Capital Management, who have purchased NAMA funds would fill this prophesy exactly if Leo Varadkar sold Irish Water to them.  Indeed the prophesy would be fulfilled if he sold any public sector service provider to Cerberus.

Remember, you read it here!

Move over Nostradamus

Cordal

Politicians discussing global warming: Isaac Cordal

I woke up this morning to the full force of Storm Desmond.  Every weekend in the last month we have had a Storm that deserves a name.  The weather is relentless.

I switch on the TV and see floods in Peru and Chennai.  In Svalbard they are short on snow in December.  Australia faces the worst heatwave and drought on record.

There is no longer any doubt that mankind has altered the weather patterns on Earth.  Yet at the Climate Talks in Paris the politicians will continue to dither and prevaricate.  They won’t make the hard economic decisions that are needed to arrest the pace of climate change.

Politicians are too worried about the next election to make decision that will affect our great grandchildren.  But we, the voting public, have the power to change this dynamic.  As a species we need to place the common good over individual desires.  Not an easy ask.

Perversely it is centrally planned utilitarian states who can make unilateral decisions for the common good.  China and the one child policy being a case in point.  Imagine trying to impose such a restriction in the USA?

So to other events on the goggle box this morning.  Famine in Yemen, Civil unrest in Ecuador and Venezuela.  San Bernadino laments another mass shooting and ISIL claims responsibility.  Britain, France, Russia and the USA queue up to drop bombs in Syria.

In the back of my mind I heard the words of the Prophet singing the verses of his 1960’s vision.  Yes folks, forget Nostradamus.  Listen to the words given to us by Bob Dylan.  The recording below is brilliant because it is so flawed.  It is real, visceral, truthful.  The live recording in New York Town Hall carries all the hallmarks of unedited live performance.  You can hear when Dylan turns his head slightly away from the mike.

On top of that this is a Vinyl recording, complete with hiss and cracks and there is even a scratch on the record.  Pure class.

You heard it from Dylan, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall