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May 4, 2009

Jeff R.:Iupeter Tonnans Caecusque

In 2041, Jupiter's Great Red Spot, having shrunk about ten percent, reversed the trend and began to re-expand. This development was short-lived, though: in 2043, the storm's eye had begun a collapse that would take a month to complete. The storm lost it's regular form and shape, broke up into a multitude of smaller cyclonic and counter cyclonic storms, and by 2045, Jupiter had uninteresting regular bands on its southern face.

Pundits, journalists, and historians found it impossible to resist viewing the fate of the Spot as a metaphor for what was to happen to China in the next decade.

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