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The Perfect Storm Is On The Horizon i1 & i2

August 12, 2017 Leave a comment

The perfect storm is coming and no one will be able to stop it.  Today is a day in 2017 and within the next years perhaps within 10 years changes will happen blazingly fast.  The following issues may or may not be politically correct and are partly my observation.  That’s not why I choose to deliver this message like this.  These are points that I think go unnoticed and I’m just putting my spin on them. I will be releasing a couple of points a week. 🙂 Well, that’s if I’m not interrupted and have the time.

Issue 1:

The majority of baby boomers will be retiring.  As retirements start most will not spend as much as they did when working and sadly they’ve not saved much over their lifetimes. This will cause a drain on programs designed to assist those in need and will not put money back into the economy. I did see a Bloomberg report the other day that said retires need to learn how to spend money. WTF. That won’t help. Leave us alone we know how to spend and while our saving habits has a lot to be desired, our spending won’t change nor improve where the economy is headed. Here is the link to that report. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-16/rich-retirees-are-hoarding-cash-out-of-fear

It’s not hording. Does Greece, Argentina, Brazil and other countries not give you pause? Those folks are practically selling body parts to get food for their families.  That could very well happen in the United States. What we will see are people fighting for specials at Walmart’s and others stores around the holidays. And, to think some communities outright ban victory gardens or gardens to help supplement a grocery bill.  We must all learn and relearn how to help our self as no one will be there for you or your family….

Issue 2:

The cost for medical and other benefits will be staggering.  Partly due to our over indulgences and becoming fat. Yes fat and not the politically correct obese. Health issues associated with being fat are diabetes, heart failure and kidney damage.  Medicare is not what it should be and healthcare in this country, seems to be devoted to the insurer’s enabling them to invest money into other things. And when those other things come crashing down. (Housing bubble, stock bubble, TECH BUBBLE! etc. .) HEALTH CARE COSTS WILL INCREASE.  The notion that there is a healthy fat and fit person is a misnomer. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/obesity-healthy-not-possible-fat-fit-study-coronary-heart-disease-stroke-birmingham-university-a7739891.html

Let’s not start talking about the NSAIDS that are freely handed out and taken by all. Even our own government is issuing warnings about NSAIDS. https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm150314.htm

I’ve not seen nor heard ad campaigns announcing this have you??

Issue 3:

 

Next UP…..

 

Circle Of Miles And Taxes

Gas taxes in the state of Washington based on http://dor.wa.gov/content/findtaxesandrates/othertaxes/tax_mvfuel.aspx  we’re taxed about .67 per gallon of gas sold.  A lot of our property taxes go for highway projects as well.  Changing to the system of miles traveled will cause in the short term a drop of state tax revenue.  And, you know they will try and replace that lost income.  Keep incentives for purchasing electric cars and charge declining flat tax based on purchase price over the life span of the car. Transportation and autonomous vehicles will become a reality. Uber is experimenting in Ohio and has made an autonomous beer delivery run.

Take a look at a map and draw a circle in a 100 mile radius from your home you’ll be surprised at how much there is to do and see right where you live.  We don’t get much out of our home zone.  And, within that zone lies our commute paths. To and from work. And, on weekends an occasional trip across the mountains.  Other than taxation for miles driven, possibly tracked by gps, laws will have to be assessed to see how to protect our privacy. New laws either need to be created or old ones enforced to protect our privacy and our home locations.  From the metric centric point of view, the correlations provide a unique challenge for all of us.  Just random thoughts. J

Electric hybrids are supposed to be more efficient and at this time our state don’t tax based on miles driven.

People who work in SF, sometimes live 2-3 hours away from the job. Would self-driving cars change that?  Not sure but If I were to take an automatic vehicle I would hope that there would be lanes of traffic to account for autonomous driving.

10 years into the future a self-driving car will be smaller and lighter. They will go forward and back and from side to side.  The rules of the road will have changed because these little things would get crushed.  You’ll start out in the morning leaving in your self-driving car. You strap in and pull down the table in front of you and get comfortable for the commute. On your head are the latest in 3D real vision. You’ll Watch a little news, reply to email and take a quick 3d selfie to post on the airwaves channel. Life is good.

Arriving stress free at work your self-driving car drives directly to the parking garage elevator where you are whisked away and delivered promptly to your office.  Lunch is 3d printed ham and cheese on rye. . Life is good.

On the way home, put your 3D real vision on get lost playing the latest game.  Arriving home safe and rested, Life is good.

Perhaps flex time. Commute every other day in the self-driving cars.  It is and will happen as roads get more congested.

What solutions would you offer for autonomous and self-driving vehicles?