NineShifter David Reilly sent me this wonderful photo from 1915 (that would be 100 years ago).
By 1915, there were lots of cars. But carriages had not disappeared and in fact many people, mostly older, believed carriages would outlast the horseless carriage. Here in this photo of Terre Haute, Indiana, David's hometown, all you see are carriages.
Today TV, cars, football, suburbs, landline phones, and much else are all in decline, but still here. Just like 1915. Thanks David !
Next week we will be honoring Julie Coates Draves for being a 1960s Civil Rights Leader.
-The KKK tried to kill her. -A mob surrounded her house with the attempt to burn it down. -The Grand Dragon shook her, called her a "white slut" and promised to get her. -The white community shunned her. She was only safe in the black community. -The police chief memorized her license plate number, and the police at that point were not on the side of civil rights.
And yet she led civil rights activists in Greensboro, NC, into history. She held the first black beauty pageant there. She led marches, sit ins, and more. She had tutors go into the "projects," the low income housing where people lived. She refused to be intimidated when they hassled her, and her employer fired her, for riding in a car with an African American. The Woolworth counter in the Smithsonian is the one she sat at. And as a waitress she dumped a pitcher of ice water in the lap of the Grand Dragon.
Julie Coates Draves will speak Tues Feb 3 before the UWRF Black Student Union; and Wed Feb 4 at the River Falls Public Library, 7-8 pm free and open to the public. Thank you Julie.
Here's wny Minneapolis is bragging about all the Gen Yers moving there: it's the key to economic prosperity.
It's not just about age. It's about college educated Gen Yers moving there, because college educated Gen Yers are more likely to be knowledge workers, the most important workers in the economy in this century.
Knowledge workers create prosperity, and they create more prosperous jobs for everyone else.
Click on the photo to enlarge it and read the headline.
Americans are basically clueless about our economic prosperity and future, which totally rests with knowledge jobs and the knowledge economy.
How clueless you ask? Here's how clueless. Americans do 76 searches for the term "manufacturing jobs" for every 12 searches for "knowledge jobs," 6.3 times as many. By contrast, the English do 15 searches for knowledge jobs for every 34 for manufacturing jobs, just 2.3 times as many searches for manufacutring jobs. And the Australians do 27 searches for knowledge jobs for every 33 searches for manufacturing jobs, only 1.2 more.
What's that mean? It means Americans do a lot of searches for the obsolete and declining manufacturing jobs, while they do very few for the term of our 21st century future of our economic prosperity.
Here's another measure of the decline of America: the Knowledge Economy Index.
America, the #1 country in the world during the last century, right up to around the start of this century, is slipping among post-industrial countries. Slipping badly. Here's more data.
The World Bank has created a Knowledge Economy Index and ranks countries according to their strength in the knowledge economy.
In 2000, the United States ranked 4th.
In 2012, the United States fell to 12th. Eight other countries surpassed the U.S. in the last decade.
No other country in the top 73 fell 8 spots. You have to get to Peru (74) and Jordan (75) to find the next countries falling 8 spots.
Germany gained 7 spots and is now ranked #8. Canada gained 3 spots and is now ranked #7. Finland gained 6 slots and is now ranked #2.
The Top 15 changed little (Austria fell to #17, Taiwan,China gained 3 to #13). The current ranking: 1.Sweden 2.Finland 3.Denmark 4.Netherlands 5.Norway 6.New Zealand 7.Canada 8.Germany 9.Australia 10.Switzerland 11.Ireland 12.United States 13.Taiwan, China 14.United Kingdom 15.Belgium
What do 10 of the 15 have in common? They are all in Europe, which NineShift has previously identified as the current and likely "winner" for the 21st Century.