Free trade is a straw man argument, a free trade agreement should only take a few sentences, something like: I will freely trade with all nations. Not thousands of pages.
Iran is another straw man argument to keep the military industrial complex gainfully employed.
Re the robot thing, they said the same thing when the majority of the country were farmers, they then went to work in factories, today what 2% are farmers. Jobs will be created in new fields, 30yr ago I'm guessing more than half of today's jobs didn't exist.
The really scary thing is that investment in business has been on the decline for decades and is a fraction of what is was. As Econ 101 showed us that is vital to creating new jobs. And that is the source of the real problem, actually what is causing that is the real problem.
I've been criticized by my liberal acquaintances for utilizing computers for everything from design to machining to accounting. "I'm stealing jobs!" So are many of you on this site! Don't you feel bad?
In-spite of my job destruction, I find it hard to find decent new employees. Currently looking. The education level of most that apply is low. Those that have graduated from high school, lack life skills. Communication: horrible language capabilities, un-readable printing. Can't add 2 & 2 let along basic trig (3,4,5!). Any idea what metric is, nope. Money management, joke!
So I have to engage in teaching 7th grade level classes, bit by bit. It isn't a matter of ultimately poor pay. We live in a cheap part of the country, about 1/2 of my guys earn $23+/hr. get some benefits and assorted perks. New hires advance based on what they are capable of.
I've got a great group of long term employees, but adding to them..... Rant over.
I didn't post this as a rant against "the machine" but rather as a simple observation that made me ask "what does this mean to me?"
This article made me think about how marketing has changed in my industry. A million years ago when Al Gore and I used to have coffee together we would postulate this thing called the inter web. We reasoned that there would eventually be some kind of key word search so I used three important keywords in my company name.
This worked for a very long time. No matter how you put those key words together I am on the top of every google search. That, in combination with better than average photography, worked really well for me.
Until it didn't.
The world found a different watering hole so my customers don't come so much from google anymore. Great photography on Houzz used to work but now everybody has great photography. In my corner of the woods there are now 130 photographers you can hire. Everybody with a DSLR has learned how to light a photograph.
A customer of mine in San Francisco recently lamented the influx of tech workers and the impact this was having on Victorian era houses such as hers. She used to have a local Re-Use store to shop at when looking for old windows, doors or moldings. That store recently closed because the new demographic of worker wants modern cabinet styles not old.
As these tech workers come to town and bid up the price of housing this will change the products we should produce. General Electric sold it's financial division to a company that last year bought 50,000 residential rental properties. When you have to compete with Wall Street to buy your first house it's gonna be tough. Trying to sell a bean counter an upgraded kitchen is also going to be tough.
Reading the NY Times usually gives me a lot to think about. Whenever I don't read it I feel like I am missing something I probably need to know.
@JWS: book is on its way, publication date is August 4th. If the mods here will let me, I'll make a post announcing its availability. Also, I'm speaking at the Las Vegas show on Friday 7/24 - I would be delighted to meet any of the Woodweb crowd.
As for regular blogging, I've been taking a breather but will probably resume in the summer. Not sure where I'll be hanging my hat, though. Not the Times, anyway. Most likely it will be on Forbes.com. I'll let you all know when it happens.
"This worked for a very long time. No matter how you put those key words together I am on the top of every google search. That, in combination with better than average photography, worked really well for me.
Until it didn't.
The world found a different watering hole so my customers don't come so much from google anymore. Great photography on Houzz used to work but now everybody has great photography"
I was thinking about this. I recently searched a whole lot about trends in marketing and they seem to point to online presence of the cerebral sort.
Things like e letters, blogging, videos, etc. Things to create a name for information searchers, and online chanel surfers.
I guess internet use has evolved. Come to think about it, I don't use the internet the same way I did 10 years ago. It has for sure replaced TV and often even books.
Outputting pro information that gets passed along can't be detrimental. And I'm sure Paul Downs gets business for being Paul Downs (and being generally very awesome).
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