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Post  Panda on Sat 16 Jun - 9:21

My American Friend sent this......it is happening here as well.!!!
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This is very interesting, scary, and should be of great concern to all of us in the U.S.A.. What now?





There is nothing political about this email. It simply points out very probable changes that are in our future. My question is, "What can 'we' do about it?"

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 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 "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 prod uce 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.

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













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Post  Guest on Sat 16 Jun - 12:40

Britain doesn't have "checks". What a load of old tat!

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Post  Badboy on Sat 16 Jun - 12:42

Iris wrote:Britain doesn't have "checks". What a load of old tat!
I STILL HAVE A CHEQUE BOOK.

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Post  Badboy on Sat 16 Jun - 12:44

I STILL BUY BOOKS,ITS GOOD TO HAVE A PAPER COPY.
I STILL LISTEN TO MUSIC AND WATCH PROGRAMMES ON TV.

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Post  Panda on Sat 16 Jun - 13:20



It is true about a lot of changes since Computers have taken over so much. E-Cards can be sent free, so Birthday Card Shops are declining. The Post
Office has lost a lot of oney and decided to join the throng and become an internet provider.. Kindles are taking over and Book shops closing down,.
HMV is in dire straits because of downloading music , the Press is losing money because many of the Popular Press is now on line.

We import far more goods than we exporrt because they are cheaper and like the U.S. , major Firms are having their goods manufactured in China,
Korea and India so I wouldn't call it twaddle.

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Post  Guest on Sat 16 Jun - 15:05

It might interest you to know that Singer still manufactures tens of thousands of old-fashioned treadle sewing machines, every year. They are mainly exported to India, the Far East and third-world African countries where the electricity supply is either erratic, or non-existent. America is not The World.

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Post  Lioned on Sat 16 Jun - 17:51

FGS !! I got about half way down that list and thought life would be a lot easier if i went down to the garage and slung that rope over the rafters.
I am doing my best to encourage people to look on the bright side and look forward to all the entertaining things going on ,like the football,tennis,Olympics etc etc.

As far as i know the Post Office is doing quite well out of all the Ebay and Amazon parcels they have to deal with,certainly when i go down there i am bound to get stuck behind some old fart with a big sack of toot wrapped up in brown tape.
The newspapers deserve to die a death,i havn't bought one since all this leveson crap started,what a rubbish show that is if you want to moan about what thats costing ! I dont believe a word they print and wouldnt want to feather the nests of the likes of rebekah 'beeches' brooks nor that crustation piers morgan or the likes of any of them.
Similiarly the music industry has been ripping us off for years with their 'this is our copyright so fuck off' mantra.Why should a one hit wonder like that awful looking freak with the big fat lips,dine out for a lifetime on one crap song anyway.
Banks and cheques will be a shame to loose that as there are a lot of old folk who dont want to do their financial business on a blackberry when they'd rather be eating it in a pie.

Thats as far as i've got for now as i got to go wash the car and cook the dinner and then down the club for a few beers and the footie.


eta , It does show you how short sighted it is to become dependant on a service industry economy.That is what Thatcher wanted for Britain to destroy the Unions and it is what the USA are moving towards as the buyers from the big stores search Asia for ever cheaper bargains forcing little Chinease kids into the workhouses.Anyone who shops at Primark for their bargains might want to think about the little 9 year olds treading them sewing machines for 20 hours a day.

eta x 2. The next time our great World leaders and those Euro MPs wining and dining and prancing around the Danube want to protect the Human Rights of that hook handed terrorist who's got a Bankfull of benefits and a couple of council houses for his tribe of budding kami kazi suicide bombing kiddies they might care a thought for all them little Indians and Koreans and Chinease kids who are working their butts off to keep us warm and comfortable.



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Post  Panda on Sat 16 Jun - 18:20

I agree Lioned, we live in a crazy World and the "Human" rights act has destroyed self Goverrnment for most Countries. However, the tide is turning,
France and now Germany are taking action against the Muslims when Britain does anything is anyone's guess. A disccussion on T.V. about the Leveson
enquiry says whatever Leveson comes up with regarding freedom of speech and the PCC will be ignored and Cameron may be forced to resign by the
Tory backbenchers before the next Election.

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Post  mara thon on Mon 18 Jun - 10:04

I'm not sure this is a genuine article. I received this in a fwd email some time ago.

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Post  Panda on Mon 18 Jun - 10:16

mara thon wrote:I'm not sure this is a genuine article. I received this in a fwd email some time ago.

Morning marathon, are you talking about the article I posted or have you forgotten to post a link,

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