Eminently Brilliant

Hotel Lost Liberty

A plan to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road, Weare, New Hampshire.
Eminent domain will have to be used to obtain that property.
Who lives there? Justice David Souter.

If one were to predict on the odds, one would predict the Board of Selectmen will turn the idea down. But I am going to go out on a limb here…what do I have to lose…I’ll only make my record worse. I predict Justice Souter will be looking for a new home by the end of the year. (And I also predict at least 4 more similar letters. I don’t know the addresses, or the cities, but they’re probably not too difficult to look up.)

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  1. DL Emerick

    Being a prophet is a tough thing.

    First, you might learn how to be ambiguous — much more than you are right now. For example, read some of the Delphic utterances — (Cosa) NostraDamnUs — or NotreDramaUs. You have to make your prophecy so that, whatever happens, your prophecy shows that it was necessarily true like a tautology, only no one could tell (law of uncertainty) which of its possible meanings it had before the event happened.

    Or. second, you could learn the arts of retro-prophecy, as the Prophets of Israel did — just start singing about imminent disaster (there’s always something bad about to happen anyway), and let your students later redact the texts, more specifically, to get the detailed descriptions more exactly correct, after they read the morning headlines, and so on.

    Or, third, you could learn to be a corporate Prophet like Bush or Cheney. In this mode of happy-days prophecy you just deny that any thing has ever happened except exactly as you said it would happen. Pretty soon, especially in a corporate dictatorship, everyone believes you (or else they are fired). This self-deceptive kind of prophecy lasts at least until the market discovers the truth.

    Even then that almost never happens (But, see also ‘Enron Exception’), so why worry? They never discover the truth unless something really bad happens — and even then you can often blame it on something or somebody else — the unforeseeable badness of luck.

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