Sunday, April 16, 2017

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

I don't think I do any more online shopping than I did in 2010.  It could be that others are finally reaching my level of purchasing.  We still do a good bit of shopping in stores.  So, I don't think they will all disappear.

The article goes over several reasons for falling retail sales.  I think most of them people are already aware of.  But their prediction about the future is interesting:

From the Atlantic:
Finally, a brief prediction. One of the mistakes people make when thinking about the future is to think that they are watching the final act of the play. Mobile shopping might be the most transformative force in retail—today. But self-driving cars could change retail as much as smartphones.

Once autonomous vehicles are cheap, safe, and plentiful, retail and logistics companies could buy up millions, seeing that cars can be stores and streets are the ultimate real estate. In fact, self-driving cars could make shopping space nearly obsolete in some areas. CVS could have hundreds of self-driving minivans stocked with merchandise roving the suburbs all day and night, ready to be summoned to somebody’s home by smartphone. A new luxury-watch brand in 2025 might not spring for an Upper East Side storefront, but maybe its autonomous showroom vehicle could circle the neighborhood, waiting to be summoned to the doorstep of a tony apartment building. Autonomous retail will create new conveniences and traffic headaches, require new regulations, and inspire new business strategies that could take even more businesses out of commercial real estate. The future of retail could be even weirder yet.
Well if that's the case, they better be built like vaults, dispensing purchased items.  Because I think thieves will be watching for the self-driven vehicles to make a killing.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Clemson ‘Diversity’ Training: Time Is Culturally Relative, Expecting Promptness Is Racist

This is not the Clemson college I remember.  It makes me wonder how far off the deep end my alama mater South Carolina has dived.

In one slide, employees are taught that tardiness is acceptable because the concept of time is culturally relative. Thus, every culture’s perception of the actual time must be respected - since one “cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.”

The slide gives the example of “Alejandro,” who called a 9:00 AM meeting, and teaches that he should not rebuke a group of foreign professors and students who show up late:

“Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture.”

Thus, the slide teaches, Alejandro shouldn’t impose his definition of time on others, because “his cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other."

The more incredibly stupid thing I've ever read.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How I Made My Own iPhone - in China

This video shows a world of life that is totally foreign to us.  When we think of street markets, we think of food or tourist stuff.  We NEVER think of street markets selling electronic parts like we see in China.

That is because, this was kept from us.  And most markets like these are OUTLAWED and BANNED in large US cities. Which is ANTI-CAPITALIST.  Laser etching on a street corner????  Ever see that in the USA??  NEVER!!  There is really something wrong in our nation.

An amazing video.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

California High School Replaces Mirrors in Girls’ Bathroom With Positive Message Signs

What complete BS.  Just more coddling and dumbing down our kids.  We are in such trouble. We will not be able to compete with other countries for business.  We'll be too busy crying because out feelings are hurt!
A high school in California has replaced all the mirrors in its girls' bathroom with positive signs that say messages like "You're strong enough" and "You are beautiful."

Laguna Hills High School student Sabrina Astle, 17, a member of the Kindess Club, came up with the idea to have students read happy thoughts rather than look at their own reflections. She made the posters for the school's "What If …" Week, ABC News reported Tuesday.

"Then we had What if … Week," she said, which is designed to bring the campus together. "Each day has a specific message. The message for Thursday, March 23, 2017, was ‘What if we showed more love?'

"I felt that this would be a good time to hang the signs. I put the signs in the bathroom the night before so students would see them throughout the next day," she said.
Makes me want to hurl...