Things That Will Die -- Predictions

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    There is nothing political about this email. It simply points out very
    probable changes that are in our future.

    CHANGES ARE COMING ----

    Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt
    to them. But, ready or not, here they come

    1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post
    office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably
    no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about
    wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive.
    Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

    2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with
    checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a
    year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead
    to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of
    the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never
    received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of
    business.

    3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn't read the
    newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print
    edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for
    reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile
    Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and
    magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple,
    Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid
    subscription services.

    4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you
    hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing
    about downloading music fromiTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I
    quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for
    half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The
    same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online
    and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less
    than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you
    start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find
    that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next,
    and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

    5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a
    lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it
    simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges
    for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call
    customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your
    minutes

    6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The
    music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal
    downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance
    to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is
    the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply
    self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog
    items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with.
    Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert
    circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further,
    check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper,
    and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

    7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just
    because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from
    their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other
    things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime
    time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common
    denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about
    every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's
    time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the
    people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

    8. The "Things" That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used
    to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the
    future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has
    a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents.
    Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if
    need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are
    all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when
    you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating
    system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into
    the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the
    Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud.
    And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.

    In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your
    whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But,
    will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to
    disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our
    lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the
    closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or
    open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

    9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on
    nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a
    long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the
    buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you
    can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right
    down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy
    something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will
    change to reflect those habits. And "They" will try to get you to buy
    something else. Again and again.

    All we will have that can't be changed are Memories.
    19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your
    Mind

    The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial"
    nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat
    and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left
    them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely
    amazing. It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial
    revolution. It was America that showed the world how to mass produce
    everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes. It was the
    great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in
    World War II.

    But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America. Tens of
    thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade
    alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in
    the same time period. The United States has become a nation that
    consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little. Do
    you know what our biggest export is today? Waste paper. Yes, trash is
    the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we
    voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to
    sell to us. The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our
    economy is now just a shadow of what it once was. Once upon a time
    America could literally out produce the rest of the world combined.
    Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than
    anyone else in the world. If the deindustrialization of America
    continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we
    going to be leaving to our children?

    Any great nation throughout history has been great at making things..
    So if the United States continues to allow its manufacturing base to
    erode at a staggering pace how in the world can the U.S. continue to
    consider itself to be a great nation? We have created the biggest debt
    bubble in the history of the world in an effort to maintain a very high
    standard of living, but the current state of affairs is not anywhere
    close to sustainable. Every single month America goes into more debt
    and every single month America gets poorer.

    So what happens when the debt bubble pops?

    The deindustrialization of the United States should be a top concern
    for every man, woman and child in the country. But sadly, most
    Americans do not have any idea what is going on around them.

    For people like that, take this article and print it out and hand it to
    them. Perhaps what they will read below will shock them badly enough
    to awaken them from their slumber.

    The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America
    that will blow your mind....

    #1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since
    2001. About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people
    when they were still in operation.

    #2 Dell Inc., one of America ’s largest manufacturers of computers, has
    announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an
    investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

    #3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S.
    manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November.
    Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

    #4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cell phones were sold worldwide. So how many
    of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.

    #5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute,
    if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its
    current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this
    year alone.

    #6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen
    18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

    #7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million
    manufacturing jobs since October 2000.

    #8 According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the
    foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30
    percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S.
    employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to
    21.1 million.

    #9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic
    output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

    #10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that
    produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good
    paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford
    Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford's new "global"
    manufacturing strategy.

    #11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in
    manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were
    employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

    #12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of
    GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

    #13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its
    manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

    #14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita
    broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.

    #15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually
    lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

    #16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different
    products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

    #17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for
    every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.

    #18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will
    be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

    #19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now
    living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of
    poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

    So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before
    we do something about it?

    How many millions more Americans are going to become unemployed before
    we all admit that we have a very, very serious problem on our hands?

    How many more trillions of dollars are going to leave the country
    before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing
    our economy?

    How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting
    war zones like Detroit before we understand that we are committing
    national economic suicide?

    The deindustrialization of America is a national crisis. It needs to
    be treated like one.

    If you disagree with this article, I have a direct challenge for you.
    If anyone can explain how a deindustrialized America has any kind of
    viable economic future, please do so below in the comments section.

    America is in deep, deep trouble folks. It is time to wake up

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    The above examples of why some enterprising person of yore invented...the bong!
     
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