With the dismal record of forecasting all the Doom and Gloom displayed for the year 2012 I thought I would ask those much more learned than myself
what they thought would transpire for the year 2013.
My forecast: There will be more of the same, some worse and some better. Wars and rumors of wars will accelerate come spring and the economy will
muddle along with the haves and have-nots jockeying for security on the world stage. I do not have a crystal ball and am not connected to any
off-world enlighten race of sentient beings who give a hoot about mankind so everything I say could and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Approximately 2 years ago I received a chain email to which I reworked and sent back to the sender. It was well received so I thought I would share.
Again it was 2 years ago but it appears many things are happening or have come pass. I responded to the talking points that were in the email sent to
me by a retired military Col.
I am not motivated to look up all the talking points myself for even a blind person can hear/see what is going on. The Tax and world view is mine and
Everyone says "world economy" yet the restrictions on American business is myopic.
A few trends for your consideration
1. 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 from iTunes. 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 until the battery goes dead.
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 or its sole use is for a security system. 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. There are even companies that allow unlimited
everything for less than $60 a month.
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 part of 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
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 not to mention the network news shows where many have come to believe the networks are
only reporting on what they want you to hear but not the news. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
Is it time for the cable companies to be put out of their misery? Let the people choose what they want to watch online or through satellite.
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. How about lets make some money!!
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 even has your house. 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 and someone somewhere is probably working on that.
19 Facts About The De-industrialization Of America That should be disturbing!
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