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Seven Things That Will Soon Disappear

October 16, 2014

In this week’s Kiplinger e-newsletter there is a thought-provoking list of things that won’t be around much longer. I don’t have much disagreement with the list. It does make one begin to think about other things that might be added to the list in the near future. Here’s the list:

1. The Plow – Most U.S. cropland is now managed as “no-till” or minimum-till, relying on herbicides and implements such as seed drills that work the ground with very little disturbance, among other practices.

2. College Textbooks – By the end of this decade, digital formats for tablets and e-readers will displace physical books for assigned reading on college campuses, The Kiplinger Letter is forecasting. K–12 schools won’t be far behind, though they’ll mostly stick with larger computers as their platform of choice. (Note – I’ve seen no evidence that they will be cheaper.)

3. The Clutch Pedal – Automatic transmissions are becoming more efficient. (Note – I love my 6-speed)

4. You Neighborhood Mail Collection Box – First-class mail volume is plummeting, down 55% from 2004 to 2013. So, around the country, the U.S. Postal Service has been cutting back on those iconic blue collection boxes.

5. The Incandescent Light Bulb –Stores can still sell whatever inventory they have left, but once the hoarders have had their run.

6. Your Privacy –The list of tracking devices is set to boom, as sensors are added to appliances, lights, locks, HVAC systems and even trash cans.

7. Blockbuster Video Stores – Today, they’re virtually all gone; only a streaming video service remains.

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Tourism spending in the Deep South

February 17, 2014

A recent Natchez Democrat article entitled “State officials lobbying for more tourism funds,” by Lindsey Shelton, got my attention because a graphic at the beginning of the story listed tourism spending by several states. Wondering what the per capita spending might be for those states I took the numbers in the article and divided them by the 2010 population numbers. Here are the results:

Population 18,801,310
Tourism Spending $65 million
Tourism Spending per capita $3.48

Population 6,346,105
Tourism Spending $29 million
Tourism Spending per capita $4.57

Population 4,779,736
Tourism Spending $18 million
Tourism Spending per capita $3.77

Population 2,967,297
Tourism Spending $6 million
Tourism Spending per capita $2.02

50 Manufacturing Sectors that GREW over the past 10 years

In an online article Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. lists manufacturing sectors that grew during the past 10 years.  Read the list and make your own conclusions, but it appears that government-related and food-related categories grew nicely.  Small arms did not do badly either.  The ethyl alcohol manufacturing growth is related to ethanol.

1.  Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing

2.  Plastics Packaging Film and Sheet (including Laminated) Manufacturing

3.  Military Armored Vehicle, Tank, and Tank Component Manufacturing

4.  Wineries

5.  Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing

6.  Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing

7.  Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing

8.  In-Vitro Diagnostic Substance Manufacturing

9.  Digital Printing

10.  Women’s and Girls’ Cut and Sew Blouse and Shirt Manufacturing

11. Ground or Treated Mineral and Earth Manufacturing

12. Oil and Gas Field Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing

13. Spice and Extract Manufacturing

14. Custom Architectural Woodwork and Millwork Manufacturing

15. Wet Corn Milling

16. Coffee and Tea Manufacturing

17. Other Nonferrous Foundries (except Die-Casting)

18. Turbine and Turbine Generator Set Units Manufacturing

19. Tortilla Manufacturing

20. Plastics Bag and Pouch Manufacturing

21. Frozen Cakes, Pies, and Other Pastries Manufacturing

22. Creamery Butter Manufacturing

23. Roasted Nuts and Peanut Butter Manufacturing

24. Cut Stone and Stone Product Manufacturing

25. Small Arms Manufacturing

26. Electromedical and Electrotherapeutic Apparatus Manufacturing

27. Secondary Smelting, Refining, and Alloying of Nonferrous Metal (except Copper and Aluminum)

28. Biological Product (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing

29. Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing

30. Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing

31. Explosives Manufacturing

32. Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing

33. Cheese Manufacturing

34. Ship Building and Repairing

35. Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Propulsion Unit and Propulsion Unit Parts Manufacturing

36. Sign Manufacturing

37. Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing

38. Power Boiler and Heat Exchanger Manufacturing

39. Distilleries

40. Fats and Oils Refining and Blending

41. Dental Laboratories

42. Mayonnaise, Dressing, and Other Prepared Sauce Manufacturing

43. Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing

44. Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing

45. Machine Shops

46. Meat Processed from Carcasses

47. Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing

48. Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing

49. Flour Mixes and Dough Manufacturing from Purchased Flour

50. Lime Manufacturing