Personally, I think Professor Panarin's prediction is probably premature, but perhaps not impossibly prescient. Obviously not the first. Isn't 2010 awfully close to 2012, the supposed year of the Rapture, the Mayan apocalypse, and also the beginning of the Age of Aquarius?
Arthur C. Clarke thought 2010 might be "The Year We Make Contact." In this economy, if it's the year we make contacts, at least somebody will be manufacturing something.
My thought was, according to his map, I might actually end up better off.