PREDICTED OBAMA … WILL BE LAST U.S. PRESIDENT!
2-Expert Sources Cited
Reported By Mark Clayton, NEWSzines Staff Writer
As each Winter’s new year arrives … out ahead to our mutual horizon, a slurry of cooled predictions for the upcoming year begin to arrive from psychics, almanac sources, and magical and other means of message. #Year 2016 A.D. would not be the year to discard the thousands-of-years-old tradition of announcing the latest batch of New Year’s premonitions.
In recognition of that tradition, but still respective of NEWSzine’s editorial policy of never publishing news that isn’t fully vetted, this Author has been authorized to review several respected sources with accurate and long established predictive abilities. For example, #Nostradamus, after hundreds of years his books are still a leading source for ancient texts, whether researcher novice or scholar.
Another source for this article is #FortiGuard Labs, an honored twenty-first-century, tech-savvy firm known to keep a keen eye on matters, to stay ahead-of-the-curve as it concerns digital age strategies; as well as other reliable journalistic sources with a take on what is upcoming for us in the year 2016 and beyond.
First let’s take a look at what the titled doctor of science Nostradamus has to say about the unfolding future of year 2016 A.D., as reported by #Alex Noudelman, in his blog post of August 2015 regarding Nostradamus, as he outlines predictions for 2016 as originally described by Nostradamus in his #book of prophesies :
Michel de Nostredame (aka Nostradamus) was a 16th-century French philosopher who predicted many tragic events throughout history, including the Assassination of the Kennedy brothers, the rise of Hitler, the defeat of Napoleon, and the unfortunate 9/11 terrorist acts. We don’t have many seers these days who can really predict the future. Nostradamus studied astrology and various “occult” sciences and used those to predict the future.
Here is a #list of 10 predictions that he’s made for the year 2016:
Nostradamus predicted that Obama would be victorious in the 2013 elections, but he also predicted that Mr Barack Obama would be America’s LAST president. Does that mean that the time has come for the United States to pass the torch to someone else? Who will be the next superpower? China? Russia? North Korea? Nothing is certain.
In his writings, Nostradamus mentioned unusual weather patterns and natural cataclysms / disasters that will intensify further than they already are. He described the events as where ‘Water shall be seen to rise as the ground is seen to fall underneath’. We are already seeing snow in the Springtime in many parts of the world. 2015 also saw the most frigid temperatures.
- Unusual Planetary Alignments
Nostradamus also mentioned unusual planetary alignments and other astronomical type changes that will TRIGGER massive events on earth. I hope this does not mean another earthquake or tsunami.
- Middle East On Fire
Petrol and Oil in the Gulf States in the Middle East will be set on fire, according to Nostradamus’ predictions for 2016. Things are heating up for the Presidential elections in 2016, I wonder if this is coincidental?!
- Explosions in the Middle East
Many explosions will occur around the Middle East area, and Nostradamus said that planes will be falling from the sky in 2016. The Middle East has seen drastic changes and civil unrest the past 4 years. The Arab Spring has intensified civil wars in over 10 countries, including in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Somalia, Libya and Syria. We already saw the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Mar. 8, 2014. Another plane was almost torpedoed by a North Korean missile, 2 days before. Anything is possible.
- End of the World
Nostradamus also made an ambiguous statement that is making us believe that Iraq war/invasion was the first major sign (for our timeline) that the world as we know it is coming to an end. But there’s been so many predictions and prophecies already, especially that of the Mayan civilization, and all of them never came true.
- White House Games
He also stated the ‘White House’ has been #playing war like games , and have set out plans to destroy the world…..starting with the Middle East, where it is like a game of chess to ‘them’. Tension between the two have never been easy, especially with the War on Terror and ISIS retaliations. Both Iraq and Afghanistan has not seen peace since Americans entered the countries to bring in “democracy”.
3. The Poles Will Melt
This is where many global warming scientists and scholars are getting their information from. Could this be happening? If you look at the high temperatures up North, you’ll probably believe that the prophecy will come true. However, the South Pole is still frigid cold and no drastic temperature changes have been noted. Global Warming scientists have always said that the North Pole is becoming warmer than usual, but nothing hasd ever been mentioned about the South Pole.
The fate of Israel remains unclear because of Nostradamus’ predictions. However, in paragraph #34 of the Epistle, Nostradamus states that Jerusalem might be assailed on all sides, and a Western naval force (from the United States and or other nations in the New World) will help Israel in fighting the forces of its future adversaries.
If the Russians are “not” allied with Europe and the West during the beginning of this war, Nostradamus states in the Epistle that a northern king from Aquilon (an allusion to Russia) will eventually help to set things right. The United States and Russia have never seen eye to eye, especially with the conflict in Syria. It will be interesting to see how this prophecy will play out. Could the Crimean War of 2014 lead to peace with Russia? I doubt that Russia wants nothing less than world dominance, but we will wait and see what will happen.
These are challenging predictions … for example, the … Obama as the last U.S. President prediction, seems like fantasy, does it not? But, who is really is to say till the whole of that year has been played out in real-time, when those who can, like many of us will, sit back in their 2017 chairs and criticize whichever failed 2016 prediction that annoys us most at the time?
So let’s get another opinion on what is expected up ahead for year 2016, as it regards technology; comments from FortiGuard Labs, considered by many a technology reporter wunderkind who uses many sources and surveys from which to extrapolate current and future digital risks.
Now let us read words of FortisGuard Labs, see what predictive conclusions they offer about a future in 2016 A.D., as outlined in an article about FortisGuard Labs by #Derek Manky, published on November of 2015, featuring colorful but lucid conclusions and graphics below:
It’s an annual tradition … that security vendors and pundits alike can’t resist: threat predictions for the coming year.
However, this is much more than an exercise in crystal ball gazing. Vendors need to accurately predict changes in the threat landscape to design products that effectively address emerging issues. Organizations need to plan appropriate defenses and deploy countermeasures before a novel attack occurs instead of trying to pick up the pieces afterwards.
So what are the trends beyond the buzzwords? Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs has picked the top five emerging threats that will challenge our defenses and push vendors to develop novel solutions that protect customers from increasingly savvy cybercriminals, more intelligent malware, and more determined state actors.
No, this isn’t the title of a bad sci-fi movie. 2015 saw a number of proofs of concept and active attacks involving connected “headless devices” – the so-called Internet of Things. Malware that infects Point of Sale devices, for example, is now in Japan’s top 10 list of malware in the wild, while researchers made headlines by compromising and controlling a connected vehicle in motion.
In 2016, though, we expect to see further development of exploits and malware that target trusted communication protocols and APIs like Bluetooth, Zigbee, and others commonly used by IoT devices. More importantly, IoT will become central to “land and expand” attacks. Hackers will take advantage of vulnerabilities in everything from smart home devices to wearables to compromise corporate-issued devices or corporate networks. As the attack surface for IoT grows dramatically, so do the opportunities to propagate malware among the devices, many of which may find their way onto corporate networks or connect to repositories of personal data.
Yes, the sci-fi allusions continue, but for good reason: IoT will not just give rise to larger attack surfaces with more exploitable vulnerabilities but also to new targets for destructive malware. Consider the Morris worm, which hit Unix-based operating systems in 1989. It infected roughly 10% of connected Unix machines (at the time, a mere 6000 servers and workstations). Damage estimates ran into the millions from this worm. Now consider that Gartner predicts that there will be more than 20 billion IoT devices by 2020. You can do the math, but the potential damage caused by “headless worms” that could disable these machines is staggering.
FortiGuard researchers and others have already demonstrated that it is possible to infect headless devices with small amounts of code that can propagate and persist. Worms and viruses that can propagate from device to device are just around the corner.
Just this year, a decade-old vulnerability known as Venom captured media attention when it became clear that it could use floppy disk drivers on virtualized systems to break out of the hypervisor and access the host operating system. As adoption of cloud and virtualization technologies continues to increase, we expect attackers to develop malware and seek out vulnerabilities that can further compromise host systems. It’s a short step then, to additional corporate assets and the larger network in virtualized and private/hybrid cloud environments.
Beyond attacks on virtualized systems, though, attacks on both public and private cloud-based systems are increasingly likely. The prevalence of mobile applications (again, both from public and corporate app stores) make mobile devices potential vectors for remote attacks on cloud-based applications and virtualized systems.
In 2014, we predicted the emergence of “blastware”, malware designed to destroy both itself and the host system if it was detected by antivirus software. Rombertik, though somewhat overblown in the media, gave the first hint of what this kind of software could do to infected systems. We expect blastware to continue to surface, especially in cases of hacktivism and state-sponsored cybercrime.
However, ghostware takes this concept further. Whereas blastware leaves the ultimate indicator of compromise (a crashed or disabled system), ghostware is designed to extricate data and then erase indicators of compromise before it can be detected, making it very difficult for organizations to track the extent of data loss associated with an attack.
If evading detection after infection is the name of the game for ghostware, two-faced malware is all about evading detection at the outset, even under inspection by advanced sandboxing techniques. Sandboxes are designed to observe the behavior of potentially malicious files at runtime, detecting software that may not be flagged by traditional antivirus. If malware is developed, though, that behaves normally while under inspection and then delivers a malicious payload once it has been passed by the sandbox, this can prove quite challenging to detect.
More significantly, this two-faced malware may be flagged as safe by the sandbox and then reported back to vendors’ threat intelligence systems so they aren’t inspected in the future, compounding the challenges to vendors and organizations associated with this type of malware.
The bottom line for vendors is that malware authors are getting savvier while attackers are taking advantage of growing attack surfaces. For organizations, selecting vendors that can keep up with these new threats will be critical to staying on top of malware and preventing data loss and system destruction in 2016.
Click here to download the full report from FortiGuard Labs.
Whatever the accuracy of the sources herein … regarding their future view of year 2016, the sense of caution suggested between the lines of each source is palpable; and many good people still consider caution a symptom of common sense.
Yet, one telling observation about the views of most prognosticators is the sense of overly sensationalized scenarios delivered. Fear sells. Did it sell us? Maybe when predictions become over-the-top, outrageous, instead of logical, measured, sensible, the more overstated they have to become? That did not seem the case with FortisGuard Labs, whose sensible evaluation of possible outcomes remained documented and realistic.
It’s smart to prepare one’s mind and circumstances for negative realities that may play-out at some point in their future, the lucid nature of that approach being evidenced by the billions-of-dollars of insurance premiums paid annually in the U.S.A. So, it suggests we become even smarter when we are pro-active in preparation of any such prophesized events.
However, that kind of smartness does not always mean we continue to apply common sense.