In the first half, professional astrologer Linda Schurman shared her predictions for 2011 and beyond. A new cycle starting in March will encourage people to "wake up and take command over their lives," she said, adding that there needs to be a re-localization of families, friends, and groups, banding together to help one another. Her financial investment suggestions include gold and silver, data security companies, and energy & agricultural commodities.
The economy will worsen, and there'll be an upsurge in crime, terrorism and violence this year, she predicted. But the next great crisis, she continued, will be global water shortages caused in part by droughts and fires. Schurman said we'll come out of the current depression by 2018, only to fall into another one by 2020. However the period of 2024-2026 will usher in a new kind of economy that is more egalitarian, and a new energy source that doesn't run on fossil fuels. She also foresees a significant earthquake on the West Coast that will extend down into Mexico, occurring between May and June 2012.
In the latter half, trends analyst Gerald Celente discussed some of the top trends for 2011. He also sees increased levels of crime, with older people becoming involved. "Crime is becoming as American as apple pie," he quipped, from the welfare cheat to the Wall St. con artists to the politicians. Another trend will be a "Crackdown on Liberty," with encouragement to report on fellow citizens, and mechanical drones (already in use Houston and Miami) spying on people, he warned.
Other trends included "Screw the People"-- efforts by the "authorities" to extract funds to meet fiscal obligations, and "Alternative Energy"-- employing new physics to create useful devices. Celente also debuted a new trend he called "Know the Hand that Feeds You." He foresees food prices skyrocketing, and increased incidents of tainted foods & recalls, leading to a big demand for clean foods. See his full list (PDF file) of trends for 2011.
News segment guest: Christian Wilde