January 18th, 2012 Posted in Bad media, Paranormal | No Comments »
So I note with interest (thanks to my convenient Perl script that emails me on occasion to let me know) that the Psychic detective has updated their website again, and I thought it might be a good idea to review their predictions for 2011. On visiting the page (http://the-psychic-detective.com/Psychic-Predictions.htm) I couldn’t help but notice that the predictions are actually for the period 2010 – 2012. So I thought what I would do is go back and see what had been predicted by the beginning of 2011 and see how accurate it all was. Which all sounded like a good idea.
Except there wasn’t anything.
One of the benefits of having a script that checks the website on a regular basis and caches it after every change is that you have a free time-machine, and you can check when changes happened. And it so happens that the psychic detective didn’t exactly put up their 2010 – 2012 predictions at the beginning of 2010. Or even 2011. No, it turns out that those predictions were first posted for public perusal on … 18th September 2011.
Yes, that’s right, they were posted almost 21 months into a 36 month prediction period. Or well over half way through it. If you read down, they try to claim that the predictions were gathered over the year 2010, and presumably apply to the period 2010-2012. If you watch over the next year, though, I’m sure this will gradually be reworded to make it look that the predictions were made years ago. Oh, and they will remove the false ones.
Unsurprisingly, they are moderately accurate (though some comments are still mystifying and absurd.) The usual stuff – financial collapse, bankruptcies, etc. Though I’m interested that they think that the dollar will collapse by the end of 2012. I don’t see that priced into the mid-term bond rates yet, but let’s give it time…
And then, at the bottom… yes, a link through to Natural News, well known nexus of quackery and nonsense. Altogether a page chock full of stupid.