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  •  For some people, being right is more (0+ / 0-)

    important than anything else.  Making predictions is a recipe for doing just that because, in retrospect, predictions can always be changed to suit events.

    Moreover, a pessimistic prediction -- i.e. predicting a negative -- is actually better than an optimistic one.  That's because, if the negative happens, the predictor is validated and if the negative (which nobody wanted) doesn't happen, then everyone is happy and having been wrong is a good thing. A pessimistic prediction is a win-win.

    Also, if you say what you wish for, you might jinx the process.

    The guy in the pizzeria is a blow-hard and needs to talk, a lot.  Talkers tend not to do.  Which is one reason why Condi Rice going on about "chatter" was always so distressing. Waiting for terrorists to announce what they were going to do always seemed such a bad strategy.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Tue May 08, 2012 at 06:18:30 AM PDT

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