"The 100-Year Toaster" (Ch. 2)

How did the entire world get sucked into its excessive consumption addiction?  This morning, we look at some of the people, inventions, and circumstances that have paved the way.

But first, a look at a very few headlines and a HUGE problem forming in our view of markets.  The future, at least in some chart views, is on the verge of “blinking out.”

Definitely a fasten your seat belts people.  “Sell in May” might mean more than “and go away” might involve an unusual amount of “going” this year.

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“The 100-Year Toaster” (Ch. 1)

Worthwhile reading for all, we hope, though especially Millennial’s, as we trace the “Death of Quality” in consumer goods.  As the trip evolves, we arrive at some interesting “facts” about the future.

This being a holiday weekend, we hope you enjoy the outline presented here and will share any additional areas that might usefully fit.

As the old Danish saying goes:  “It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the Future…”  Except that our task is easier today in a world of spreadsheets and databases .  These allow us to move the “future” a little nearer; allowing finer focus and clearer inspection.

After headlines and charts, of course.

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Prepping for “LAWS”

Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems.  You will also meet TEWS (tethered-electronic) weapon systems).  You might see a frame of a video I made in 2004 on remote controlled surveillance e vehicles…and you might infer quite properly (now that all my NDAs in the area have expired) that I do have a fact-based vision of a very ugly future when comes to urban warfare..

Most people have never penciled the future out in this subject because it is so ugly, horrific, and anti-human.  Tends to scare the hell out of you. I Robot IRL and not the happy ending.

Special Bonus: A link to video coverage of the riots in Indonesia overnight from our Jakarta Bureau.

Before we get to it though, how about some headlines, charts and coffee?

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PopDrop and SynGro

Two big stories this week frame a change in how the US Economy works.  The CDC reported the American birth rate is now down to the lowest level in 32-years.  At the same time, claimed president Trump Thursday, smuggled children constituted almost 65% per illegal border crossers this year.

Here’s the problem: We have a population drop (PopDrop) problem at the same time we need synthetic growth (SynGro) to keep the economy from imploding. 

The MainStreamMedia is either deliberately lying about what’s going on, with the battle for  future of tax revenues, or they are incomprehensively stupid.

Notwithstanding the Stanford-Binet’s,  a tale of two economies today, as we sort through the idea of merit or just keeping the doors open to everyone.

After tea and crumpets (OK, coffee & charts, then) of course.

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