OP, thanks for setting up this thread. It makes sense to me that if an event occurs within the given time frame that might have major repercussions in
the future, then it's a good idea to log any reports of happenings that could be related to this.
From my reading within several ATS threads on this subject and material in other places as well, it seems that the key thing here is an aspect of
"novelty". That is, whatever "it" is (if "it" exists or happens at all), then it needs to be something way out of the norm. It must be something
new, original, hitherto unknown... Novel.
Reports of trouble in Jerusalem are not out of the norm, neither is fighting in Afghanistan and those regions (nor Lebanon vs Israel problems), not
even fighters taking UN hostages (or killing UN personnel), landslides, earthquakes, storms, floods, meteorite impacts, potential or actual bridge
collapses, bank collapses, other financial collapses, trouble with banks going offline... Not even assassinations of presidents or other leaders are
Now, if NASA had got their rocket launched on time yesterday at the very first attempt, then that
would've been novel...
Couldn't let that go without some comment...)
Seriously though, there is nothing that has been posted in this thread thus far that would truly
qualify as novel
. We can turn things
this way and that and try and claim such-and-such an event as being pretty novel, but that doesn't make it so.
One the surface of it, it appears that this event -- whatever it is -- would need to be something that would make most of us sit up and say "Hey,
I've never heard of anything like that
before," or even just "What on Earth does that
However, it could well be that an event which occurs at this time might appear rather run-of-the-mill in terms of the way we have been largely
desensitized to human suffering and the ability of humans to inflict suffering on others (in the name of their country, their religion, their
politics, their money...whatever), but
it could be the catalyst that precipitates a novel event at a later time. Such was the case with the
assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in June, 1914. That in itself was not novel, because assassination has been part of the human scene as long as
we've had "VIP's". But within a couple of months, it had served to precipitate a new war, one which became known as the First World War -- and
concept (of a "world war") was pretty novel.
The use of atomic weaponry in the closing days of WWII was also "novel"...horrendously so...
So as I see it, the OP deserves thanks for starting this thread, because while none of the events reported so far are truly novel in and of
themselves, one of them (or a combination!) might lead to something later that is novel.
The naysayers who have made their statements here have their own perspective on this, which is clearly different from that of many of us. That's
fine. We need
varying perspectives. But we also need to acknowledge that just because we don't get a jaw-dropping "novel" event right now,
we don't want to be caught totally unawares by a possible chain of events that could lead to one. History is littered with people who were surprised
because they didn't see the writing on the wall or else they saw it, but didn't want to read it and take it on board as something worthy of note.
Just my 2c.
Edited for typos.
[edit on 28/10/09 by JustMike]