That seems rational, and  Star Trek's Dr. Spock might agree.  However as Chuck Palahniuk has more recently noticed "All the demons of Hell formerly reigned as gods in previous cultures. No it's not fair, but one man's god is another man's devil." Further, Nikola Tesla has written, "What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics." And then religion is defined as "the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods." God is, monotheistic ally, "the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being." Hence, he or 
she, or it is a supernatural, a mystic
force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. That being the case, humans find it hard to resist attempting to divine their fragile future.

Notice that Boorstein was actually predicting the failure of rational thought as a means of solving the world's problems nearly six decades ago.

Above Batman's anti-hero Harvey Dent wins the election as Mayor of Gotham City.

And the replacement? A generalized rejection of traditional religious and scientific values, resorting to an intuitive approach to mankind's needs. James Joseph "Jim" Croce was an American folk and popular rock singer of the late 1960s. An anti-fascist, he offered no concrete ways to maintain democracy, but did think that a solid intellectual foundation was required for men and women, who should then follow their inner voice and face the consequences of being conscientious. Rejecting staid values did not work that well in practise. Note the backdrop in the second panel.

Harvey Dent was Gotham City's amiable and courteous district attorney and one of Batman's strongest allies until Sal "Boss" Maroni threw acid in his face, hideously scarring him. It also fractured his mental state, causing him to become Two-Face, a schizoid criminal mastermind obsessed with duality and the number two. His former good luck charm, a "two-headed" silver dollar with one side deface has been seized on as a reflection of Dent's half-scarred visage. He flips it to decide the fates of his victims. Despite Batman's efforts to reform his former ally, Dent is consumed by his fixation on chance and his crimes are designed to prove out his diametric philosophy. "Life is all about luck."

Wilson, a Canadian who has written The History of the Future (2000) goes on to say the Biblical misinterpretation was not a lone resource. "For others the future could be discerned in folkloric divination, astrological charts, the lines on your forehead. The Age of Reason and possibility of a worldly utopia passed. By the eighteenth century the future was increasingly seen in terms of progress, the triumph of technology and reason over nature and passion - a view that would ultimately be challenged by those who came to recognize the destructive potential that lay within technological change."

In more recent decades, we have witnessed the world of apocalyptic cults, some of which carried believers off before their time. There have also been Bogus Christs and bogus Satans; revolutionary monks, anarchial "Free Spirits, and millennial megalomaniacs, who just won't go away. Immense intellectual effort has been misspent creating prophecies, predictions, prognostications and prevarications. All this may seem the product of over-active imaginations. It does seem counter-intuitive and internally cerebral. True believers appear to lack individual purposeful sensory perception. They believe that "The truth is out there" because of the "insights" of a"guru." It seems we are "Now" in a "Back to the Future" situation

Donald Trump reported his pre-election progress to TV's Fox & Friends delayed telling them of his final rally in Michigan as it was past "witching-morning."  He told host Brian Killmeade that results were "very exciting" but declined to elaborate. "I'm a little bit superstitious... I won many primaries speaking to you first thing in the morning, so I'm going to keep that string going." That's the non-scientific method in action. As one wag noted "He had to be super about something. The Latin roots suggests a "super-stare" resulting in awe. Not all these presidents were immune from thinking there were preternatural things not dreamed of in the usual human experience.Some polls suggest that about a quarter of the American population believes in magic.

Trump is one of these.  Back in the millennial year, he went to press with The America We Deserve. In it he warned the Obama bin Laden was about to become a huge enemy.  About a year ago, at a rally in Tennessee.“In my book I predicted terrorism because I can feel it. I can feel it like I feel a good location ... I really believe I have an instinct for this kind of thing.” The New York Daily News has since noted that Trump “predicted weapons of mass destruction would be used against an American city.” If that happens survivors of Armageddon will that he was not a pathetic prophet.

Ronald Searle invented a beast that perfectly suits Trump.  Alex Shepherd reporting for The New Republic in 2016 opined that "if Trump were really psychic, how would you explain all of the bankruptcies? The “taking care of advantages in the law” argument works for a businessman, but not a psychic. U.S. presidents have relied on psychics before (Hello, Jeane Dixon!), but to the best of my knowledge, a person with psychic abilities has never occupied the White House. Trump, if elected, would be the first—as long as he’s telling the truth about his extra-sensory feelings, of course."

The Double Crow seems to have lost his wireless connection with his magical source of prognostication? As is usual in political battles the outcome was not entirely in favour of liberals or conservatives. That's the biggie!

Some wags suggested he was not braced for a win, but how could he admit that he was unprepared,? He had said, "Most people think small because they are afraid of success, afraid of decisions, afraid of winning." Possibly the Prez has his own fear of failure?

Rod was not responsible for this past up on a Calvin & Hobbes strip.With "magic" there is an element of coincidence and luck as with all human efforts at controlling that instant we think of as a moment in time.

In spite of this expressed understanding of the nature of "fate" Dilbert's creator, Scott Adams was a Trump supporter. Again, about 25% of Americans believe in the concept of good and bad luck. Olga Oksman writing for The Guardian wonder "why large numbers of people would choose to believe in an invisible, unmeasurable force over their own agency. And we know that belief in luck has little basis in reality. So why are so many successful people believers?" Trump has said that "Everything in life is luck." On the last day of the Republican convention he admitted being a “very superstitious person." And that's a straight trump. What is certain is the fact that "prosperity is not always (or often) merit-based, which leads many to search for answers as to why some deserving people fail while some undeserving succeed."

History may not exactly repeat itself but personality traits and coincidence seem to. People who feel themselves unlucky may gravitate toward those who are as it is a tenet of magic that there is contagion, along the lines of that cat and dog fight seen above. So luck or bad luck can result from contact. A second rule is that "things that look alike are alike," and a third is that psychic individuals can create lucky objects. Lucky charms create an illusion of control for the person who believes in them according to Stuart Vyse, psychologist and author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition.

Norman Vincent Peale guessed that simple positive thinking could be equally effective.Maia Young, associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management says that luck of either sort is hard to prove or disprove, but has noticed that “When people view themselves as lucky, they are more likely to choose and persist at challenging tasks.” Of course the Dark Side, when chosen, can also have a self-reinforcing effect. "The more challenging tasks people take on, the more chance there is they will succeed at some of them, giving them a sense that they are indeed lucky." As Ruth says, "There is always a choice!"

While Trump is probably not psychic in any half-meaningful way, he does have a technological avatar, which appeared in a fortune-telling booth in New York City last year in October. Constructed by anonymous artists, this "All Seeing Trump" was a movable art installation which presented a satirical animatronic version of the Republican nominee. Voiced by  comedian Anthony Atamanuik, the man in the glass booth had glowing red eyes and a grim vision of the future vocally accessed by pressing a red button.  The booth also dispensed fortune-telling cards, like those old-time Zoltan carnival-based machines.

In October TIME magazine reported that one of these old-time tickets advised passersby to build a fall out shelter. The booth was moved about and featured variously at Trump Tower, a Queens mosque and Acapulco Restaurant & Deli, Planned Parenthood, the New York Times and Fox News. Some of the prognostications seemed to have a high probability of coming true. Professional psychics are people
who claims to use extrasensory perception (ESP) to identify information hidden from the normal senses. Some of them seems self-delusional but others are admitted theatrical performers, for example stage magicians, who use techniques of distraction to produce the appearance of such abilities. That would be Trump. U.S. National Academy of Sciences have dubbed it a pseudo-science. This craft is very ancient but the word was only introduced to the English language by Edward William Cox in the 1870s.

Emily Dickinson insisted that "People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles." But Jay Leon noted, "How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?" Nevertheless, some obtain fame and fortune in spite of being caught up short of telling absolute truth. Some famous psychics (some quick, others dead) include Edgar Cayce, Ingo Swann, Peter Hurkos, Jose Ortiz El Samaritano, Miss Cleo, John Edward, and Sylvia Browne. It was often discovered that many of them were revisionists, releasing public information which did not correspond with earlier recorded answers. John Edward and James Van Praagh accused them of "getting rid of the wrong guesses... Once you pull back the curtain and see how it's done, it's not impressive at all."

This lad is an Israeli illusionist, magician, television personality, and self-proclaimed psychic. He is known for his trademark television performances of spoon bending and other illusions. Gellar has claimed his feats are the result of paranormal powers given to him by extraterrestrials, but fellow magician James Randi (who Rod saw in action years ago) have shown that Geller's tricks can be replicated with stage magic techniques. Geller is well known for making predictions regarding sporting events. The British tabloid, The Sun, looked at his record over a period of 30 years and found that his picks usually lost. In at least to TV shows Geller failed to perform. Do a bit of research and then decide?

Harry Houdini died in the decade before Rod was born, but Rod saw him in B&M movies and read his books in the library of his friend David S. Mann. Afterwards he purchase catalogues of the props used by professional magicians but they were not advertised and it took some research to find them.  People like Gellar use minimal props, but this a big industry, and most pros have diversionary objects such as cards, candles, crystal balls, charts, what have you! Harry explained how what passed for magic was managed, excepting those feats he developed personally. has an easy 10-step primer for those wanting to follow this wanton trail.

Astrology the bastard sibling of Astronomy is a visual art in the old sense of this word.  It is hedged in with rules for procedure but is nevertheless intuitive.  Generally offshore predictions are horrorscopes, but these Astrologists keep their clientèle by providing general predictions which have a pretty good chance of coming true.  Particulars are minimized, so they can always say they were not pin-pointing Trump.

Phrenology as seen by Searle. This is a pseudo medicine primarily focused on measurements of the human skull, based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules. Now seen as an amalgam of primitive neuroanatomy, and oddball philosophy, phrenological thinking was influential in 19th-century psychiatry.1809 Gall began writing his principal work, The Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System in General, and of the Brain in Particular, with Observations upon the possibility of ascertaining the several Intellectual and Moral Dispositions of Man and Animal, by the configuration of their Heads.

Character was seen as an umbrella for personality traits, and phrenology was once seen as a method for predicting good and evil outcomes based on physical observation of  the human head. If this method had remained valid, Trump ,might be described as having a "narrow ocular meridian, short forehead and deep wrinkles suggesting a pedigree of a great deal of Hunnic influence." Not a good psychiatric evaluation in the days when Germany first threatened war.

This report provided by If you take any of this at face value you have more than five holes in your head. Still that is entertainment, which has largely supplanted rational pursuits.

Rod does not approve of this graphic no matter what the hidden text says. Village is an Irish current affairs magazine  launched in October 2004 and now published monthly. It is described as having "a stringent leftist editorial filter." As for Lindsay Edward ', who purveys psychic readings in person, over the telephone or by e-mail: In March she also stated that Elizabeth May might step down and Trump would win the war on terrorism, no time frame given. She's new to this strange game, which she entered in 2016, relating that pre-ordained Trump death in October. Her Facebook page locates her in Kenosha, where she explains,  "I started reading the tarot when I was ten years old and made contact with a spirit for the first time when I was only 5! I have spent my entire life developing my gifts. Now I use my gifts to help others. I try to keep my prices low because I feel that gifts such as these should not be exploited. I use my cards mainly as a tool, read your energy and work with my guides and angels for the rest"

This image which seemed to suggest that the Simpsons TV show had predicted death for the President in February went viral on social media, but was reveled to be a fake. Huffington Post never carried this image at that time, their trademark to the contrary. On April 3, a report went out that he had been assassinated and that was also untrue.  One might have greater sympathy over fears for his safety except for that happening back on November 26, 2016 when a sign carrier was roughed up and removed from an auditorium in Reno.

Trump briefly left the stage but soon returned declaring, "...we will never be stopped. "Minutes later the Trump campaign’s social media director Dan Scavino promoted a tweet claiming that Trump survived an assassination attempt. The same tweet was re tweeted by Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.The  Secret Service interviewed Austyn Crites, and he told the Guardian’s Paul Lewis that he is a Republican voting for the GOP this year, but not Trump." Lewis said that “Someone grabbed his testicles and had his neck in a choke hold." Most reports suggested that this hoax was "effective psychological manipulation," generating sympathy for the wrong party.

The first two are plausible on scientific grounds.  There has been a deadly flu epidemic somewhere every year for years. Brexit, predictable, the signs were out. The other predictions: There will be economic chaos and riots in Europe and America; famous German buildings will burn; America will experience droughts while Europe floods; new wars in Afghanistan; vulcanism in Iceland; US/China relations stressed over satellite computers hacking; Japan arms itself against N. Korea; India and China at loggerheads;  terrorist bio-attack in Europe; new virtual reality game further enslaves imagination;  America politically divided between East and West
Strictly duuuuuh stuff?

The next anti-hero, Bottle Brushhead.

More problematic: Russia/United States Alliance devastates Syria; Shakespeare's bones exhumed (he was poisoned); giant squid found frozen in ice; Pope kidnap attempt;
August 21. Eclipse of sun, collapse of stock market; late 2017, another massive flu outbreak; Kim Jong-um falls from power; Britain, India and Australia form an economic block . We should all keep tuned?

But those predictions come from foreigners who have no intention of emigrating.  What about Americopsychs? Danielle Egnew has admitted to being a psychic pro for 12 years. Her abilities include: "clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, empathy, psychometry, mediumship, remote viewing, profiling, channeling,angelic communication, extra-terrestrial interpretation and tonal healing" as well as "ministry." That covers all bases with the exception of scientific knowledge. Still, she thinks he is a narcissist whose hearts bleed "chakra." She guesses that ""This creates an obsession with drumming up and receiving 'attention' from others, and a sheer instinctual panic if they are not the center of all energies... Trump lives in a never-ending hell on earth, authored within his own internal chaos. Which is why he attracts Darkness." That's the short story. The full ying and yang is found at In researching this bit of the past, Rod only found one psychic who suggested giving Trump a chance. But he has that chance, come what may!

To look in on all of Rod's long tedious formal essays concerned with Irish and Scottish magic, google druidheachd (1990). It is incomplete, flawed and repetitive and free of charge, but was written so that he could inform himself, and not for profit. While in the neighbourhood of prediction through horrorscopes. Hillary Rodham was born in 1947 more than a decade after this writer. Her paternal ancestry was English but her matrilineal line goes back to a female ancestor is Jeanne Ducorps, one of the Canadien "Filles du Roi." She married not Just Plain Bill, whose background was English and Scottish.

This horrorscope looks like an extreme reach, but Trump is superficial. Gemini: "The Twins" somewhat co joined?

.On the other hand, this does seem descriptive and problematically true. Note the Gemini horoscopic sign at right. Does Searle suggest they are "half-baked" from birth? Note the uncanny resemblance of the horoscope sign to his to various Rrump corporate logos.

He is neither Batman's urban nemesis Two-Face nor the Gemini Twins, but he does seen to have polar personalities. Images by Ronald Searle. Rod has known what a Toff was  since playing a part in an English theatrical farce. It has both lower and upper class connotations.

Bet you thought Donnie was the Taurus? Not a Leo either! She's way smarter, and an earth goddess, but mortals of this ilk are no less amoral than male counterparts.

This business of duality is a commonplace theme in mythology, and two headed crows and eagles are legendary heraldic symbols in many Teutonic families. The Trump international coat of arms features the double headed eagle.  In pagan times, the immortal creator-god was typically represented as a shape-changing dual entity which might manifest as a dark force for evil or a light force for good. Magpies were considered birds of ill omen when seen singly, since one could not judge what might occur where there was an admixture of good an ill traits. A well known rhyme was first recorded around 1780 in a note in John Brand's Observations on Popular Antiquities: "One for sorrow, Two for mirth, Three for a funeral And four for birth." With a balance of opposing traits, people felt better protected. Jackdaws, crows, and other black birds are associated with the rhyme, particularly in America where magpies are less common.

"Gemini traits. Expressive and quick-witted, Gemini represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face. They are sociable, communicative and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful and restless." That is superstitious nonsense?

From a poster showing the Edwardian stage-magician Thurston and his supposed avatar. "A Gemini’s worst trait is shallowness – both intellectually and emotionally. They tend to get restless when things are peaceful and quiet. Unfortunately, this drives them to create a scene for the sake of their own amusement. Bizarre ways of self-entertainment include picking fights with others or carrying tales to provoke controversies. They cannot tolerate boredom and tend to make a nuisance of themselves in an effort to change the situation. Their zest for life takes a toll on their health. Too much fine dining, travelling and partying worsen problems as they grow older.
Finally, Gemini have a problem remaining faithful in romantic relationships and are constantly attracted to the passing parade of potential mates. Short term winners, they are predestined losers.


That desire for novelty in relationships can be a two-edged sword, whether one believes in astrology and the two-in-one theory or not. As noted, another classic case of a prediction terribly off the mark.

In the current instance, the result was political misogamy.

Trump would have been as great as Houdini,Thurston or Randi if he had only chosen the threatre arts as a career.
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah spoke about Donald Trump’s showmanship, “Trump’s a magician who never finishes a trick, Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see: I’ve placed this lady into a box. All right let’s move on."

Wee Donnie is certainly a straight-forward individual with some of the sociopathic traits. According to the Bible, the golden calf was constructed by the Israelites during Moses' absence, when he went up to Mount Sinai. Moses burnt the golden calf, ground it to powder, scattered it on water, and forced the Israelites to drink it. The followers of Aaron who had worshiped this idol were then slain by followers of God. Note that  the Trumpian bull is shown wearing the headdress of Hathor - a solar disk with cow horns. The horns were symbols of her duality. She is often depicted as "Mistress of the West," the land of the dead. In other roles, she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands, and fertility; all appropriate in this case.

While we are still into dual BS. There is the above cartoon and Ronald Seale's US Justice Department critique of another era.

He was being critical of that department when it was in the hands of Bobby Kennedy.The New York Times, notably having criticized his appointment as Attorney General three years prior, praised Kennedy for raising the standards of the position.  But that's the distant rather than the immediate past, although this warning may still apply. Remember that Justice wield a two-edged sword.

All of this can be debilitating without comparing and contrasting real and virtual characters.The Tannen family was, of course, Teutonic? Tannebaum. "Oh, Christmas tree, Oh. Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches, etc." "Lucky" by the way, is a word correspondent with "Lokki," the trickster immortal. So Back To The Future might be construed as predicting Trump? That's not all there is.

It is possible he has remembered this slight?

Trudeau's comic strip goes back much further in time. That last reference was to all that marble in the first Tump Tower.

It is unlikely that L'il Abner cartoonist Al Cappacino was parodying Trump.

And this Maine-based horror writer was unaware of this threat o sanity back then. Rod has actually known two Canadians named Stillman back before the film made this name repulsive.

The reason it first appeared in Canada was the fact that it was directed by a Canuck named David Cronenberg. The plot revolves around Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken), who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers.

Johhny has a vision of Stillson becoming President of the United States and ordering a nuclear strike against Russia that brings on a nuclear holocaust. Thinking he has no choice but to kill him at a rally held in a church. His shot misses the target, but Stillson grabs a baby and holds a baby from his estranged wife, using him as a human shield. The child is actually Stllson's from a previous encounter before her marriage.

A photographer snaps a picture of Stillson holding the baby as Johnny is shot by a security guard. A fatally wounded Johnny grabs Stillson's hand. He foresees that his political ambitions are ruined,following publication of the photo. Stillson later shoots himself leaving this artifact.

Characters outside The Dome provided by Dr. Who. Stephen King, interviewed by The Guardian, had this to say about his TV series which commenced in 2009: “Big Jim Rennie in Under The Dome is cut from the same cloth. He’s a car salesman (selling being a key requirement for the successful politician), who is the head selectman in the small town of Chester’s Mill, when a dome comes down and cuts the community off from the world. He’s a crook, a cozener and a sociopath, the worst possible choice in a time of crisis, but he’s got a folksy, straight-from-the-shoulder delivery that people relate to. The fact that he’s incompetent at best and downright malevolent at worst doesn’t matter.”

"Both these stories were written years ago, but Stillson and Rennie bear enough of a resemblance to the current resident of the White House for me to flatter myself I have a country-fair understanding of how such men rise: first as a joke, then as a viable alternative to the status quo, and finally as elected officials who are headstrong, self-centered and inexperienced."

"Such men do not succeed to high office often, but when they do, the times are always troubled, the candidates in question charismatic, their proposed solutions to complex problems simple, straightforward and impractical.

The baggage that should weigh these hucksters down becomes magically light, lifting them over the competition like Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar film Up. Trump’s negatives didn’t drag him down; on the contrary, they helped get him elected.”

Wee Donnie says "The real excitement is playing the game." "In the graphic novel Batman: Two Faces, Batman actually turns out to have disassociative identity disorder -- commonly referred to as 'multiple personality disorder.' He is still Batman, but he secretly also has a second personality that is the Joker and commits murders. When he finally finds out that HE is really the Joker, Batman commits suicide, thus in this story Batman technically "kills the Joker."

Trumps enemy may reside within?

"Here in America, we don’t give in to our fears. We don’t build up walls to keep people out because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home — from innovations like Google and eBay to inventions like the artificial heart, the telephone, even the blue jeans; to beloved patriotic songs like ’God Bless America,’ like national landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and, yes, the White House — both of which were designed by architects who were immigrants." - Michelle Obama