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Changes are coming, are you ready?
In Oct. 7 Issue

The next few years we will see several changes coming along. Whether or not they are good or bad will depend on how well we adapt to them, but ready or not they will likely come.

Can you imagine us without a post office. Likely will come. More and more information is  being circulated via the internet and Fed Ex and UPS are already cutting into the basic revenue of the postal system.

This will go along with the demise of “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.

The newspaper 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 larger 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. When you subscribe you will be given an electronic device to read you newspaper on and again no papers via the post office.

The Book. The same thing will happen with the book. You will be downloading the books via the internet and will be reading or listening to them on you electronic devices. No need to go to the book stores.

The Land Line Telephone. More and more families are looking to the cell phones for their families and land line phones will eventually disappear.

The Music Industry. This is sad but you can expect the music industry is dying a slow death. Greed and corruption is the problem.  The record labels and the radio conglomerates simply self-destruction.  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.

Television. Again, lots of people are now watching via the internet and more and more of this will occur. The computer, the streaming videos, downloading movies and etc., may soon take over the ole television set.

Things. Many of the things we now own, music, family albums, books, movies, documents and our family history will be reduced to a spot on our hard drive and accessibly only via our computer.

The biggest thing we will soon see change and disappear is our 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 Goggle Street View.  Privacy no more.

Ready or not very few things will remain unchanged.

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