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Ten Things That Will Disappear?

Unfortunately I do not know who shared or created these predictions with me. I likely will miss some of these events but I question the second item, The Check, will not be a near term thing to disappear. It will happen but not so fast. It will be around for at least 20 years in my opinion. I have made some minimal personal comments and several when you reach the summary  observations headed with “Logic is dead”.  C Brewer

  • 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 about wiped out the minimum revenue needed

  • to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail today is junk mail and bills.

  • 2. The Check

  • Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check 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.

  • 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 “catalogue 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. Joined Handwriting (Cursive Writing) This is a huge mistake that will haunt America for a long time, Signing your name should never be eliminated in my opinion. CB

  • Already gone in some schools who no longer teach “joined handwriting”

  • because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type

  • (pun not intended)

  • 10. 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.. “They” will try

  • to get you to buy something else. Again and again and again.

  • All we will have left that which can’t be changed…….are our “Memories”.

  • Logic is dead. I question that logic will ever be dead. CB

  • Excellence is punished. We started punishing excellance in the 1960’s with quotas which resulted in the rewarding of Mediocrity. These two actions have caused our need to import help in nearly every educational segment of our lives. This is self inflicted  stupidity by our Congress and the 28 continous years of Progressive leadership from Bush one to Obama who dumbed down our population to satisfy quotas in our education system. If the people clean out all of the Congressional quota weaklings and let Trump implement modern educational changes we can reduce the need for foriegn help. CB

  • Mediocrity is rewarded. The saddest thing that ever happened in my long lifetime. CB

  • And dependency is to be revered.. This will take 50 years. CB

  • This is present-day North America. Obviously the hardest thing to change. CB

  • When crooks rob banks they go to prison.

  • When they rob the taxpayer they get re-elected    ANON Sound logic for sure. CB

AMERICAS FUTURE. ARE YOU PREPARED?

I received an E mail from my old friends, Mike & Emma Cobb that aroused me to post this article. All of the facts quoted were from the message and I have paraphrased and added some commentary to better describe the speed and impacts of these major changes we face “NOW”. I am not prepared for this, are you?

I have watched the invention of so many new changes in my 84+ years it makes my mind swirl to even think of what is upon us today. I have seen the telephone revolution from crank phones and live operators to ones today with more options than the first IBM computer. My first “bag phone weighed over 5 pounds. I communicated with customers in the early 1990’s by cable grams. In Asia at that time I could not even reach my wife by telephone except in large cities like Singapore and Tokyo. Get ready folks we have some real adjustments headed our way at warp speed.

Get ready to imagine a world without a Post Office. They are in financial trouble that even Congress will have no way to sustain its operation much longer. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the revenue required to just keep the post office alive. Most of your mail today is catalogs you don’t use, charities begging for donations usual junk mail and bills.

I read that Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars each year to process checks. Credit and debit cards coupled with online transactions will be the only way to pay your bills unless you go in person. We already pay some bills by having the seller debit your bank account. I still get my SS check by mail but the same government that supports the Post Office is demanding I accept a direct deposit in my bank. If we can’t get bills or pay bills by check the Post Office can’t survive with Valentine, birthday and Christmas cards to even pay its retired employees. Walmart could make a profit running the postal service and they have the stores in place.

Next is the Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. I get a request to subscribe to the internet versions of the Austin newspaper today by E mail. Printed newspapers will disappear like the iceman, milkman and laundryman that were in business when I was a boy. I read that the newspapers are meeting Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone  companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

Some will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. Some people can’t handle any change. Now you can download books, movies, live TV and music at a fraction of the cost of a book, DVD or an album. Times have changed the market and reduced the costs. As an example you can now download music from iTunes and just by the one song you really wanted instead of the entire album.

Land line telephones are already an unnecessary expense unless you have a large family, make a lot of local calls or have a Fax machine. Most people, like me, just keep it simply because I have always had one. If you still have a land line you are paying double charges for that extra service. All of the cell phone companies will let you call other customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.*

Television revenues are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. They also play games, visit Facebook, Twitter, etc,cable get the news from blogs and lots of other activities that consume the time that they used spend watching TV. Cable and satellite rates are increasing and we now have to endure an increased volume of commercials about every 4 minutes.

Another thing that older Americans were made to learn was cursive handwriting. Many schools no longer even teach “joined handwriting” because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type.

Privacy was a right all American enjoyed that is now a thing of the past. It’s gone. In fact it’s been gone for a long time. Now we have cameras on the street, in most of the buildings and even built into your computer and cell phone. The government, and God only know how many others know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates and the Google Street View.

If you buy something, your buying habits are known by anyone who desires to buy them. Living in a rural area like I do makes buying from the internet a necessity rather than an option. I can purchase or just shop on the web for a pair of shoes and when I go to the Weather Channel five minutes later I will see an ad for the exact shoes I just bought or looked for.

Saving the best item to close with from the article I received was one thing that Obama, Congress, the Supreme Court or anybody else on earth can’t change is our “Memories”

Along with myself, many have already lost or can’t remember some already!

I wish I could give credit to the person that wrote the article I received but the message and even my commentary should be a warning that our biggest enemy is our own government. You can be assured they will find ways to make it worse, more difficult and tax it to maintain our welfare systems. Keep the poor, poorer to get re-elected.

C Brewer

HOW THE INTERNET STARTED

My great friend Ron Jenkins sent me these words of biblical wisdom I had to share with others. I have no idea who searched out these facts.  CB

(according to Biblical scholars and for the non computer literate) 

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.

And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou cans’t trade without ever leaving thy tent?”

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”

And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums.

And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.”

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or e Bay as it came to be known.

He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”

And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.”

“YAHOO,” said Abraham.

And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside.

It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began!!!

And that’s the truth!

ANON

GOVERNMENT MANAGED BUSINESSES

 

I have created nine different businesses in the US and Canada in my lifetime. I retired some 17 years ago and three of these businesses have survived, all three over 21 years and two over 27 years. Why, because they made a profit. Two were sold and four were failures.

One would think that any business venture would be sold, disbanded or reorganized if it failed to produce a positive return on investment. I have served on or consulted with several non-profit organizations in my 81 years and they have to at least break even to survive. This business segment is not allowed to make a profit; it is called a “net favorable balance”. Depending on the ingenuity of the creators and the diligence of the IRS, this form of business can provide some extremely attractive salaries and fringe benefits. I have always regretted I did not attempt to be a television evangelist or become a politician and really make some big bucks. The residuals alone would be awesome.

Our government chose to create the US Postal Service (USPS) a long time before Fred Smith was born. I suppose there was no one alive at that time to attempt providing the US mail as a company. It was dangerous to avoid Indians and robbers but at least Wells Fargo did deliver packages and probably mail for the government. Our USPS has never come close to producing a net favorable balance in my lifetime. Their losses have multiplied every year and make a sizeable contribution to our national debt every year.

 As citizens we just expect the USPS to deliver the mail and ignore the obvious mismanagement and unionization that will never be corrected. We would never allow this to be Fedex Postal Service, UPS Postal Service or Wal-Mart Postal Service. These companies have demonstrated they can be profitable even with the burden of regulations we keep piling on business with Obama. Two have proven records that have been profitable competing directly with the US Postal Service delivering packages.

Just think about Wal-Mart as our source to deliver the mail. They already have a huge distribution network, stores in nearly every location in the United States. With some changes to eliminate thousands of small Post Offices that survive at the pleasure of politicians we could save  billions. In addition the USPS could sell some equipment they have and any required buildings to Wal-Mart.

Then the thousands of unnecessary USPS buildings could be sold to anyone who thinks they can make a profit in a business located in America. This might be the closest thing to a fairy tale in this article based on the anti-business climate today.

Should the American citizens, illegal aliens and the voting dead can’t muster the courage to completely overhaul the Congress, Executive and Judicial branches of our government today it will just get worse. People have the power to send them to the unemployment lines, including the liberal dingbats on the Supreme Court. Next I will explore selling the USPS and other government managed entities to China. That should be interesting?

C Brewer

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