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    Predictions that the Experts got completely wrong.

    As we're aware these days Project fear is in full throttle,though over the decades,centuries many have been totally wrong.

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    1972 the study The limits of growth,by the club of Rome.

    predicted.

    The world would run out of gold by 1981
    Run out of mercury by 1985, tin by 1987 zinc by 1990,petroleum by 92, and copper lead and gas by 1993.

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    Oxford Professor Erasmus Wilson said about electricity. In 1878, Wilson said “When the Paris Exhibition closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.

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    1893. Machine gun inventor Hiram Maxim was asked if the weapon would make war more terrible. His response was “No, it will make war impossible.

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    "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." – Western Union internal memo, 1876

    Posted from my android phone.

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    1903: “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” — President of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Company.

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    This must be the worst ever.

    1946: “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” — Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox.

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    Unsinkable Titanic.

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    As America marched into the 20th century, an essay in The Atlantic predicted that by the year 2000 we’d have abolished war, and the poor would be living in high-rise “abodes of happiness and health.

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    "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

    Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943


    "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

    Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

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    Global warming

    Just kidding

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    Global warming

    Just kidding
    Well...

    In 1972, Emiliani warned "Man's activity may either precipitate this new ice age or lead to substantial or even total melting of the ice caps..."
    http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/ic..._res_1972.html

    J Murray Mitchell, 1971:
    Suggestions by several previous authors to the effect that the apparent worldwide cooling of climate in recent decades is attributable to large-scale increases of particulate pollution of the atmosphere by human activities are not supported by this analysis.
    http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/...O%3E2.0.CO%3B2

    To help the rebutters... here's a link to study aiming to debunk my post: http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/...2008BAMS2370.1

    Top climate scientists admit global warming forecasts were wrong - Telegraph

    This one's interesting:
    “I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.” — HG Wells, British novelist, in 1901.
    I wonder what predictions there are about fossil fuels destroying the world, and CCS not working?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVmkDUkZT4

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    Chico will run out of sanook by election day

    “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” — Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Chico will run out of sanook by election day

    “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” — Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878
    Chico won't be around on election day,so your prediction is wrong.

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    How does this compare to predictions the experts got right or am I to believe that you luddites live totally off-grid in log cabins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    How does this compare to predictions the experts got right or am I to believe that you luddites live totally off-grid in log cabins?
    Quite simply, being right is never funny or amusing......

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    Y2K what an expensive farce

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    How does this compare to predictions the experts got right or am I to believe that you luddites live totally off-grid in log cabins?
    I'm sorry Bob would you like me to start another thread that suits you.

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    Bird Flu, swine flu, pig flu. All hyped as the next globall plague. There was another a year or so back, I can't even remember what that one was

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    Kansas City Star editor to Walt Disney, 1919.

    "Mr Disney, you are fired. You lack imagination and have no good ideas.”

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    "There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." – Albert Einstein

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    After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks (his former career).

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    Those Project Fear predictions in full:

    David Cameron:[at]“The job you do, the home you live in are at risk. The shock to our economy after leaving Europe would tip the country into recession.”

    George Osborne:[at]“A[at]vote to leave would tip our economy into year-long recession with at least 500,000 UK jobs lost”

    Treasury:[at]“UK economy would fall into recession”, predicted 2016 Q3 growth between -0.1% and -1%

    IMF:[at]“Brexit would trigger recession”, predicted[at]-0.3% GDP for Q3

    Bank of England: Mark Carney said “It would be likely to have a negative impact in the short term…[at]I certainly think that would increase the risk of recession.”
    OECD: Short term impact of -1.25% GDP

    Today’s GDP figures are +0.5%.

    Also worth dealing with the Remainers who are countering this by[at]whining that “we haven’t left the EU yet”. The predictions above were for the aftermath of a[at]vote to leave, not Brexit itself.

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    A school head once wrote of Albert Einstein: “He will never amount to anything.”


    A school teacher once wrote of John Lennon: “Certainly on the road to failure.”

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    Former Fed chair Alan Greenspan warned in his 2007 book "The Age of Turbulence" that the world might need double digit interest rates to control inflation in the near future. Rates have been near zero for the vast majority of the time since.

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