Predictions for 2021 from a no-account camel with nose under tent

The first week of 2021 is upon us and I have something to say about it and the rest of the year, which I am dubbing C+1, or 2020 (COVID) plus a year.
I have heard stories about camels getting their noses under tents and then eventually the whole beast is inside taking over your home. It is a parody much understood in many resort areas. Attract those from near and far to visit, gladly take their money year after year. Then you turn your back and the fox has full control of the hen house and you are not invited to the next yardbird BBQ.
Oy Vey! Can I have an amen! Brothers and sisters of North Central Washington, what we have here is a failure to communicate and thus we go to war, the manifestation of broken diplomacy, failed relationships. 2021 will be marked by monthly major breaking news centered around the theme of misunderstanding, which will lead to the three things that has controlled the human population on this planet “since the dawn of man.”
Right off the bat we have a problem, why couldn’t it be the “evening of the woman? Or the afternoon of children?
Well of course it can. The roles played by age groups of either sex over millennia is simply what that sex desired during that time period. We choose our role every day. Once chosen, we must live with the results of our actions while playing that role. This includes everything we touch mentally, physically, emotionally.
The philosopher Thomas Malthus said in 1798 that war, famine, disease and disasters are what will always curtail burgeoning populations back to a more sustainable plateau from a previous spike.
Malthus is known as the father of demographic research as a serious academic subject, but it is much more than that. Pragmatism comes to mind.
The survival of millions thus relies on the death of millions.
Cut this column out and place it on the refrigerator door so that every morning, along with your V8, you can appreciate still being vertical in an otherwise horizontal human race.
In 2015 I predicted Donald Trump would win the presidency. This time I needn’t crawl that far out on the ledge. I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way.*
Predictions for 2021:
• Cyber warfare will escalate between North Korea, China, Russia and the U.S.
• Food wars will cause shortages the world over for many staples
• Chemical and viral warfare happens on an unprecedented basis
• Coronavirus goes into high gear with intense contagions constantly morphing into new strains eventually needing newer vaccines
• Worldwide, 5 million will die from COVID  
• Many nations will close borders and expel immigrants
• Expat communities worldwide will face internal attack from host countries
• Natural disasters will continue: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, wildfires, snow, rain and wind “events” everywhere
• Refugee camps will turn into places of slaughter
• So many economies will be ruined as to disrupt the entire supply chain
• Shopping online will lead to the bankruptcies of thousands of Brick and Mortar retail companies
• The travel, hotel and restaurant industries will collapse and resemble how the world was in the 1800s
• Urban gardens will become de rigueur
• Racial unrest, gun violence, gang violence and quasi-military actions will be everywhere all the time
• Drugs and alcohol will flourish and cause more death by disease and guns
• The world’s air quality will improve as economies suffer and infrastructure collapses for various reasons
• Major stocks of farm animals will have to be destroyed from disease
• We will relive the 1960s as radical groups, political extremism is extant
Now for you optimists out there, I present the lyrics as teased above:
*Johnnie Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now” 
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (Bright), bright (Bright)
Sun-shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (Bright), bright (Bright)
Sun-shiny day
I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (Bright), bright (Bright)
Sun-shiny day
Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies
Believe it or not, I wish you all a Happy New Year! And I hope we all make it to the end of 2021. 
Gary Bégin can be reached via email: Comments may be used as Letters to the Editor in future NCW Media publications.


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