Flannery is Australia’s real Nostradamus kid

We can learn from history

The entry on Nostradamus in Wikipedia is very instructive in understanding our ex-Australian of the Year, Tim Flannery, and his rise to such national prominence and influence.

Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus’s quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power.

Following popular trends, he wrote an almanac for 1550. He was so encouraged by the almanac’s success that he decided to write one or more annually….

It was mainly in response to the almanacs that the nobility and other prominent persons from far away soon started asking for horoscopes and “psychic” advice from him, though he generally expected his clients to supply the birth charts on which these would be based, rather than calculating them himself as a professional astrologer would have done. When obliged to attempt this himself on the basis of the published tables of the day, he always made numerous errors, and never adjusted the figures for his clients’ place or time of birth …

He then began his project of writing a book of one thousand mainly French quatrains, which constitute the largely undated prophecies for which he is most famous today. Feeling vulnerable to religious fanatics, however, he devised a method of obscuring his meaning by using “Virgilianized” syntax, word games and a mixture of other languages …

The quatrains, published in a book titled Les Propheties (The Prophecies), received a mixed reaction when they were published. Some people thought Nostradamus was a servant of evil, a fake, or insane, while many of the elite thought his quatrains were spiritually-inspired prophecies. In the light of their post-Biblical sources, Nostradamus himself encouraged this belief. Catherine de Médicis, the queen consort of King Henri II of France, was one of Nostradamus’ greatest admirers. After reading his almanacs for 1555, which hinted at unnamed threats to the royal family, she summoned him to Paris to explain them and to draw up horoscopes for her children … By the time of his death in 1566, Catherine had made him Counselor and Physician-in-Ordinary to her son, the young King Charles IX of France.

According to David Spears, political editor of Sky News, Tim Flannery is to become the chairman of the Gillard government’s  Climate Commission. Its role is to build community consensus for a carbon price in place of a citizen’s assembly. What goes around, comes around. For a brief look at the record of our own true blue Nostradamus kid, go to Andrew Bolt’s summary.

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