Economic and social factors could lead to a disastrous 2012

Falling over a cliff in slow motion


To many the start of 2012 may feel like being sucked slowly into a black hole. The consequent wormhole interstellar transfer to a parallel universe is distinctly disturbing. What happens from now on could make 2012 one of momentous historical importance or a damp squib of more of the same at slightly increased levels.

There are very few years in history where a date resonates. 2012 may well be one for the future history books. Its place in those pages, however, is unlikely to be because of a

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