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24 мая, 22:36

Основные фондовые индексы США в последний час торгов демонстрируют позитивную динамику:

Компоненты индекса DOW торгуются смешанно (15 в минусе, 15 в плюсе). Больше остальных упали акции General Electric Company (GE, -1.75%). Лидером роста являются акции McDonald's Corporation (MCD, +1.35%). Большинство секторов индекса S&P в плюсе. Больше всего упал сектор основных материалов (-0.4%). Лидер роста - сектор конгломератов (+1.0%). Информационно-аналитический отдел TeleTradeИсточник: FxTeam

24 мая, 20:40

Wall Street. Основные фондовые индексы США умеренно выросли

Основные фондовые индексы США незначительно прибавили в среду, нацелившись на пятый день роста подряд, перед публикацией протокола заседания Федеральной резервной системы, который может укрепить шансы на ожидаемое повышение процентной ставки в следующем месяце. Кроме того, как стало сегодня известно, объем продаж жилья на вторичном рынке США сократился больше, чем ожидалось в апреле, что было обусловлено хронической нехваткой домов на рынке, которая удерживала цены на высоком уровне и оттесняла потенциальных покупателей жилья. Национальная ассоциация риэлторов заявила, что в прошлом месяце продажи домов на вторичном рынке снизились с учетом сезонных колебаний на 2,3%, и составили 5,57 млн единиц (в перерасчете на годовые темпы). Цены на нефть резко выросли после публикации отчета Минэнерго США по запасам нефтепродуктов, но вскоре утратили заработанные позиции, и снова оказались на негативной территории. Минэнерго США сообщило, что запасы нефти резко сократились, превысив прогнозы аналитиков. Также данные отразили снижение запасов бензина и дистиллятов также снизились. Согласно отчету, на неделе 13-19 мая запасы нефти упали на 4,4 млн баррелей до 516,3 млн баррелей. Аналитики ожидали снижение лишь на 2,733 млн баррелей. Большинство компонентов индекса DOW в плюсе (17 из 30). Больше остальных упали акции - General Electric Company (GE, -2.12%). Лидером роста являются акции McDonald's Corporation (MCD, +1.29%). Большинство секторов индекса S&P в плюсе. Больше всего упал сектор основных материалов (-0.5%). Лидер роста - сектор конгломератов (+1.7%). На текущий момент: Dow 20949.00 +34.00 +0.16% S&P 500 2398.00 0.00 0.00% Nasdaq 100 5714.00 +2.50 +0.04% Oil 51.19 -0.28 -0.54% Gold 1253.00 -2.50 -0.20% U.S. 10yr 2.28 +0.00 Информационно-аналитический отдел TeleTradeИсточник: FxTeam

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24 мая, 19:55

Hundreds protest over minimum wage at McDonald's stockholder meeting

OAK BROOK, Ill. (Reuters) - Hundreds of fast-food workers demanded wage increases as they marched outside McDonald's Corp headquarters during the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday.

24 мая, 16:31

Точное попадание: как выбрать маркетинговую стратегию для b2c-стартапа

Почему продукт, каналы коммуникации и четкий план важны для выстраивания маркетинговой стратегии стартапа?

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24 мая, 15:26

Thousands of protesters brand McDonald's the 'Trump of corporations'

Marchers in Chicago claim the world’s largest fast food chain supports low wages for workers and allows sexual harassment, ‘just like Donald Trump’Thousands took to the streets of downtown Chicago on Tuesday night calling McDonald’s the “Donald Trump of corporations” and protesting low wages and sexual harassment at the world’s largest fast food chain a day before the company’s annual shareholder meeting.The protest, coordinated by pressure groups including Fight for $15, a union-backed lobby group calling for a hike in US minimum wage, plan a second day of protests at McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago on Wednesday morning. Continue reading...

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24 мая, 14:00

World's Largest Restaurant Companies, 2017: McDonald's Slips While Darden Makes Gains

The macroeconomic challenges that have hurt the restaurant industry in the last year are reflected in the 2017 FORBES Global 2000: some of the biggest restaurant names on the list -- including McDonald's and Yum! Brands -- find themselves sitting at lower rankings than they did just one year ago.

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24 мая, 06:46

Американец предпочел сделать фото с клоуном во время триумфа дочери

Жительница Техаса Икра Хусейн (Iqra Hosain) опубликовала в Twitter видеоролик, в котором она дает интервью, а в это же время ее отец увлеченно делает селфи с Роналдом Макдоналдом. Девушка вместе с семьей пришла на благотворительный вечер в Дом Роналда Макдоналда (Ronald McDonald House Charities).

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23 мая, 23:23

How Restaurants Are Benefiting From Introducing Healthier Menu Options

Most fast food restaurants are introducing healthier menu items. McDonald’s has been the front runner in these menu innovations, and the company is trying to transform itself from a “junk food” destination to a healthier fast food establishment.

23 мая, 19:01

An explosion, then young fans flee in panic

THERE was a blast and then chaos, as young fans of US pop star Ariana Grande fled in panic and parents searched frantically for their children after a suicide bomb ripped through foyer of the Manchester

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23 мая, 12:42

Unions say Tories' zero-hours workers' review doesn't go far enough

Review of contracts and gig economy expected to argue that new rules are needed but unions say proposals are weakUnions have expressed anger at the proposal that workers on zero-hours contracts should be the given the right to request guaranteed hours, saying it does not go far enough.A government-commissioned review into employment practices is expected to make the recommendation next month. Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, who is leading the review into insecure work and the gig economy, will argue that new rules are needed to ensure businesses are not exploiting workers. Continue reading...

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22 мая, 16:32

How To Trade Apple, Home Depot, McDonald's And Wal-Mart, Which Hit Post-Election Highs

Is the Dow Jones Industrial Average topping out or has the benchmark simply stalled before another leg up?

20 мая, 23:48

Remarks by the Vice President at an Armed Forces Day Celebration

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Dayton, Ohio 3:20 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, all.  Thank you, General.  It is Armed Forces Day 2017.  And on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump, I’m just here to say thank you for your service in the Armed Forces of the United States of America!  Every American is grateful and every American is proud.  (Applause.)  You can sit down and relax.  I’ve got a few things to say.  I want to thank General Berry.  Thank you for welcoming us here today.  And on behalf of President Trump, thank you for your resolute leadership here at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  General, we are truly grateful for your outstanding leadership here. Let me also thank General Duke Richardson, General Randall Ogden, Colonel Adam Willis, Colonel Bradley McDonald, Chief Master Sergeant Kathlina Racine for the warm welcome to this historic field.  This is an outstanding leadership team at Wright-Patterson, and we are grateful for their leadership.  (Applause.)  I’m also so pleased to be joined today by two outstanding public servants from here in the great state of Ohio -- Congressman Warren Davidson, who is a West Point graduate and an Army veteran.  Thank you, Congressman.  Thank you for joining us on Armed Forces Day.  (Applause.)  And a man I served with when I was in the House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Turner, who is actually chairman of the Tactical Air Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee and a great, great champion of our armed forces for now nearly two decades in the Congress.  Congressman Mike Turner, thank you.  (Applause.)  And to all the men and women of the United States Air Force and your families, it is an honor to be here with all of you today.  My wife was born on an Air Force base you’ll be glad to know as her father served in uniform.  (Applause.)  We're so proud of you all and grateful to be here on this special day and this special place. And really as I said before I’m just here on President Trump’s behalf while he’s on the other side of the world -- simply to say thank you. The Good Book tells us, if you owe debts, pay debts.  If honor, then honor.  If respect, then respect. And today is merely one more installment on behalf of the American people on a debt of honor and the debt of gratitude we’ll never be able to fully repay to all of you who served. I can't think of a better place to celebrate Armed Forces Day here at Wright-Pat.  Just two days from now, I’m told, Wright Field will celebrate its 100th birthday.  And since 1948, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been crucial to United States’ security and our national defense.  In fact, today the research and development and testing that happens here ensures the unquestioned dominance of the United States Air Force in the skies across the world.  Wright-Pat, thank you.  (Applause.)  But thanks to all those who are stationed here -- 5,200 active duty servicemembers; 1,900 reservists.  And today is your day.  Since 1950, the third Saturday in the month of May has been set aside as a time for all Americans to join together and show the profound gratitude that we all feel each and every day to the men and women of our armed forces. And President Trump is proud to continue that tradition this year.  In honor of Armed Forces Day, the President issued a proclamation in his words to “salute the bravery of those who defend our nation’s peace and security.”  And salute you, we do. Today, in communities large and small on Main Streets and meeting halls, in homes, and in hearts, and in gatherings at military bases across the nation, the American people are taking a moment to pause, to say thank you to you heroes who protect our freedom, our families, and our very way of life. And to every American that's looking on, I say if you see a member of our armed forces on Armed Forces Day, make sure you just reach out your hand and say those most deserving of words to this all-volunteer military:  Thank you for your service to the United States of America.  (Applause.)  You're part of the cord of service that stretches back into the midst of American history.  In every generation, the sons and daughters of liberty from every corner of our country have answered the call of duty and answered it with courage and self-sacrifice and commitment.  Their service and their sacrifice kept the flame of freedom alive in their time, and now you've stepped up and stepped forward to defend our freedom in your time. You are among the rest of us, but make no mistake about it, you are the best of us.  And so are all of your brothers and sisters stationed around the wider world. Today nearly 1.3 million Americans are serving in active duty in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.  Another 800,000 Americans stand ready in our reserves.  But wherever they are at home or abroad, the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States stand stall and stand together.  And you form the unbreakable backbone of American freedom.  (Applause.)  Today we recognize what you do every day, but we also recognize that you do not in many cases serve alone.  So allow me to take a moment to say thank you to the family members who serve beside you, stand behind you.  Let’s give thanks to the families of our armed forces, especially those that are with us today.  (Applause.)  The truth is that while our servicemembers enlist, it’s a family that serves, isn’t it?  It’s family that makes the sacrifices.  And know today that the family members who are here, the spouses, the children, the grandchildren, you have the gratitude of our Commander-in-Chief and every American. My wife and I know a little bit of what it’s like to be in a military family.  While neither of us wore the uniform, our fathers both served in the military.  And we're the proud parents of a United States Marine who happens to be an aviator.  So that's close the Air Force, right? I couldn’t be more grateful as the proud parents of a member of our military to serve a President who is so dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, their families, and our veterans.  And I want to assure you, President Donald Trump is fighting tirelessly every day, and we will rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy, and we will once again as a nation give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources and training you deserve to accomplish your mission and come home safe.  (Applause.)  And with the strong support of President Trump and our armed forces, we’ll give you the resources to accomplish that paramount mission of combating and defeating the terrorist threat to our nation in ISIS. And today because of our armed forces, I’m pleased to report ISIS is on the run, and we will not rest, we will not relent until we hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source so you can eliminate the threat to our nation and to our allies in the years ahead.  (Applause.)  You’ll be glad to know as members of our armed forces, earlier this month, President Trump signed at $21 billion increase in funding for our armed forces.  It was the biggest investment in military readiness in nearly 10 years.  And President Trump is working with leaders in Congress, like those that are gathered here today.  And in the coming budget that will be unveiled this next week, we're going to propose the largest increase in defense spending since the days of Ronald Reagan.  (Applause.)  With the strong support that you all deserve and receive in the Congress of the United States, our President is going to make the strongest fighting force in history even stronger still.  And with renewed American strength, President Trump is standing with our allies and standing up to our enemies.   At this very moment, President Trump is overseas renewing America’s role as leader of the free world.  As we speak today, the President is in Saudi Arabia, strengthening our alliances across the Arab world.  In just a few days, he’ll be in Israel.  He’ll close out his trip in Europe, where our President will reaffirm America’s commitment to our treaty allies in NATO.  President Trump has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people.  And I know in my heart -- serving with him as I do every day -- that President Donald Trump will be the best friend the Armed Forces of America will have ever had in the White House.  (Applause.)  He will faithfully support you just as you have faithfully stood forward to defend our nation and the precious gift of freedom.  But today, all of America celebrates the men and women of our armed forces.  You are patriots, all.  You're heroes.  Not just to your families and your community, but to every American.  Frankly, you're the pride of the American people, the best among us, and we're grateful one and all. To wear the uniform of the United States of America plain and simple is to earn the eternal appreciation and the prayers of the American people.  And be confident of this:  On this Armed Forces Day, your Commander-in-Chief and every American who lives under the protection that you provide will stand up this day and simply offer a word of thanks.  And we salute you for your service. We pray today God’s protection on you as you serve and defend this nation.  May God bless you as you serve this, the greatest nation on Earth, and may God bless your families, and may God bless the United States of America.   Thank you all and happy Armed Forces Day!  (Applause.)  END 3:35 P.M. EDT  

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19 мая, 18:00

Учимся красиво "бить" словами — нестандартные ответы

1. Рот будешь открывать у стоматолога.2. Ваш ум затмить способен свет торшера.3. Да девушка, красотой мир вы не спасете.4. Засохни, гербарий!5.Чтоб ты свою свадьбу в «McDonalds» отмечал.6. Не зли меня, мне уже трупы прятать некуда! Да ладно, шучу я, шучу, есть ещё место.7. Помолчи, жертва пьяной акушерки!8. Что на жизнь насрть? Или бегать быстро умеем?9.Может перейдем на ты? А то мне в морду дать вам не удобно.10.Говорите, говорите… я всегда зеваю, когда мне интересно!11. Когда аист принёс тебя твоим родителям — они долго смеялись и хотели сначала взять аиста.12. Эй вы, пятеро! Да, да, вы, четверо! Идите сюда, трое! Еще раз увижу вас вдвоем — отпидячу! Ты меня понял?!?13.Да что бы тебе в бане чайной ложкой можно было прикрыться!14. Детка, я тебя не пугаю, я же не зеркало.15. Тобой Бабайку в детстве не пугали?16.- А ноги — как у газели!- Что такие стройные?- Нет, покрытые шерстью…17.- Какие у вас длинные ноги… Особенно левая.18. Пушкин дописался, Гагарин долетался, А ты щас {censored}!©19.-Девушка,скучаете?-Не настолько…20. Че стоишь? Бегаешь быстро или у тебя запасная челюсть в кармане?21. Клизма, знай своё место.22.В тебе есть одна хорошая черта, она делит задницу пополам.23. Дааа…не всех Чернобль стороной обошел.24. Иди, приляг, желательно на рельсы.25.Правильно делаешь, что хихикаешь, - с такими зубами не смеются.26.Я б вас послал, да вижу — вы оттуда.27. Скажите, а Вы в мультиках случайно не снимались?pikabu.ru

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19 мая, 17:57

На Burger King подали в суд за рекламу в концлагере

Администрация мемориального комплекса Дахау подала в суд на сеть фаст-фудов Burger King, обвинив ее в распространении лифлетов на своей территории

19 мая, 14:20

Taylor Swift and 15 Other Celebrities Who Eat at Fast Food and Chain Restaurants

Curious which celebrities eat at the same fast food places and chain restaurants you do? You might be surprised by their favorites.

18 мая, 23:39

Planned Parenthood Closes 4 Clinics In Iowa After Funding Cut

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that it will be forced to close four health centers in Iowa because of a new state law that prevents Medicaid patients from seeking health care at the family planning provider.  The four clinics in Sioux City, Burlington, Keokuk and the Quad Cities, which collectively provide health care to almost 15,000 patients a year in Iowa, will be shutting down in June because they cannot afford to operate without public family planning funds. Planned Parenthood said three of those four clinics are in counties with relatively high rates of chlamydia, and the Burlington and Keokuk clinics are in rural areas where women will now have to drive over an hour to reach the nearest family planning provider.  “I am concerned about the health and well-being of the people in Iowa who now can no longer turn to their trusted health care provider,” said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood. “What is happening in Iowa is what we could see across the country if Congress passes this dangerous law to defund Planned Parenthood. This is hardest on people who already face barriers to accessing health care — especially people of color, young people, people with low to moderate incomes, and people who live in rural areas.” Gov. Terry Branstad (R) signed a budget bill last week that rejects $3 million in federal Medicaid funding for family planning and instead establishes a state-run family planning program that excludes organizations such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortions. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had been serving about 30 percent of the 12,000 patients in Iowa who accessed family planning through Medicaid, so those patients will now have to look elsewhere for birth control, Pap smears and sexually transmitted infection screenings.  Texas passed a similar law in 2011 that had devastating consequences for low-income women in the state. Republicans slashed the state’s family planning budget in order to defund Planned Parenthood, forcing 31 clinics to close and reducing access to long-acting contraceptives in the state by about a third. As a result, there was a 27 percent increase in births among women who had previously relied on Planned Parenthood for family planning.  Republican lawmakers in Iowa said there are other health providers besides Planned Parenthood that can meet women’s needs. State Sen. Amy Sinclair (R) said Iowa would still provide health care “in a way that is balanced with the needs and the concerns and the conscientious objections of those taxpayers that we represent who frankly are offended to their very soul by the intentional and unnecessary termination of the life of another human being.” But other health care providers in the state are nervous about having to absorb all of Planned Parenthood’s patients.  “They’re assuming we’re the alternative,” Ted Boesen, CEO of the Iowa Primary Care Association, a nonprofit network of clinics, cautiously told The Atlantic. “But we’re waiting to see what kind of a scale it is.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 мая, 21:27

10 Reasons Why the Future Will be Amazing

Via The Daily Bell Imagine if a third of your family died of the plague as religious fanatics preached “The end is nigh!” and threatened that the few pleasures you could squeeze out of life would lead to your eternal damnation. As wars raged around you, surrounded by death, disease, and the lowest grimy depths of poverty, it would be understandable to think the world was in the midst of an apocalyptic collapse. There have been a lot of periods throughout history when people thought they were living during the end times, and for some, this was an understandable attitude. But what about the person who tweets that the world is going to hell while safely sipping a latte on a city avenue? In many ways, things have never been better, yet there is still so much pessimism about where the world is heading. It’s not all the fault of the negative people. There are those who dedicate their careers to making sure the population stays angry, stressed and scared–we call them the media. I admit to being a part of the problem at times out of my failure to balance alerting readers to real dangers and giving breath to needless anxiety. Of course, there are some things that need to be addressed in order to make sure human lives continue to improve. But already progress is overwhelming. All you need to do is look around to realize that we have a historically unrivaled ability to shape our lives to match our dreams. As penance for any past negativity about the future on my part, here are 10 reasons to be excited and hopeful for the future. 1o ways that we are not on the edge of a cliff, but at the foot of a glorious mountain of prosperity. 1. The Democratization of Exponential Technology. Technology is allowing anyone to be economically independent, and its rapid growth is paving the way for unprecedented access to freedom and wealth. Democratizing technology means the masses now have access to what only the rich and powerful once controlled. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler describe this process in their book Bold, about creating wealth in a changing world. They reference a chart that shows how technologies develop, from an initial idea which only a few understand, to excitement when the public catches on, to disillusionment when people realize it’s not ready yet for mass adoption, and finally to a user interface that allows the technology to be widely adopted by non-experts. When my uncle bought a VCR in the 1980’s, it cost him somewhere around a thousand dollars. He paid a high price for the reward of being one of the first to own a new technology, and in doing so helped pay for the next generation of much cheaper VCRs. Democratization is what happens when those hard costs drop so low they become available and affordable to just about everyone. The same thing happened with cell phones, computers, and cars, and the process is now continuing with things like 3D printers, infinite computing, and robotics. 3D printers are about to become household items revolutionizing the consumer industry. Imagine having the ultimate choice in what specific products you need, downloading a design online, and printing the item in a matter of minutes. The first few people who own one will pay a ridiculous cost, and show off to all their friends with glee. We have them to thank for the later affordability of technology. Quickly the price will drop, and the initial cost of the machine will be dwarfed by the savings in the products you can personally manufacture in your own home. And that is just one example. There are now tons of internet based tools which allow any individual to access mountains of computing power, office tools which used to cost thousands of dollars for a license, file storage, video editors, website hosting and so much more. Do me a favor and add your comments about specific technology that has been democratized that is meaningful to you. For me, cryptocurrencies, and online publishing tools for the web and print have had the largest impact. 2. Transportation is on the verge of a revolution. I am so ready for driverless cars. Time is the most valuable resource, and morbidly limited. Anything that allows me to kill two birds with one stone is something I want. If I can reclaim a few hours here and there while getting to my destination, that makes me more productive. After half a century of using basically the same exact technology for airplanes and cars, we are finally about to get something new and better. Self-driving cars, the hyperloop, and space planes will make travel and shipping cheaper, safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly. Part of this revolution will be enhanced by 3D printing as the costs of making engines and other components freefall. The final frontier, space, is opening up, giving us countless new solutions to Earthly problems and a backup plan in case Earth hits a roadblock. Peter Diamandis started an asteroid mining company; Virgin, SpaceX, and others are competing to be your premier space travel agents, and bullet trains and hyper loops promise to make ground travel efficient enough to have breakfast in Boston and lunch in Los Angelos. Lord Wellington famous lamented in the 1800’s that railroads would “only encourage the common people to move about needlessly.” He could move about all he wanted due to his wealth and stature. It’s been a long time coming, but technology is the great equalizer of human beings. The freedom to move about needlessly allows anyone to seek better opportunities, innovative experiences, and specialized knowledge. 3. Beer is only getting better. Make no mistake, civilization is built on beer, and putting a microscope to the delicious beverage can indicate the type of society in which we live. The pendulum has swung from quantity to quality as craft beers continue to take a larger share of the overall beer market. Over 20% of the money spent on beer in America went to craft breweries in 2015. There are also a record number of brewpubs, microbreweries, and craft breweries in America, and still almost ten times as many breweries opening than closing each year. This tells us people are preferring local breweries to supply their beer, despite the world becoming more globalized than ever. Some people tend to think of businesses as only getting bigger, crowding out competitors, and eventually establishing a monopoly. That was arguably the case for a while, as Anheuser-Busch and Miller-Coors dominated the beer market. But people’s standards must have risen, and with it, their quality of life, as they can now enjoy a decent beer. The success of craft breweries is a positive indicator of what people are valuing in business–local, quality, and an experience. 4. Mom and Pop Restaurants are thriving. At first glance, this may seem unimportant and erroneous to the larger point. But think of the implications of why mom and pop local restaurants are topping their chain competitors. This is another sign that the American dream is alive and well. It is part of a growing trend that people are looking into the businesses they support by reading reviews and shopping around. In a world where anything can be ordered on the internet, people don’t want the same computer-like feel when they go out to eat. This is a great sign that the culture is embracing research to make informed decisions about using products and services. It also suggests people do not want a prepackaged factory experience but are counting on restaurants to wow them–after all, they have plenty of other options. I think this goes hand in hand with the local food movement, as people pay attention to whether food is nourishing or poisoning them. The ebb and flow of society offer these corrections. Humanity was correct to be super excited about factories, assembly lines, standardized products, and mass production from the late 1800’s onward. But at some point, it went too far, and we are just now reclaiming some industries that might not need to be so streamlined after all. 5. Reefer Madness. How could things be getting worse when you can now smoke weed without the threat of being caged in 21 states? But seriously, marijuana legalization is another indicator of a cultural shift toward chilling out and allowing a live and let live philosophy. The war on drugs was a failure, costing far too much money and human lives. Cannabis legalization is showing the first cracks in the colossal disaster. But the most important thing is that we are stepping away from legislating morality, and letting people make their own choices, and not be thrown in prison for non-violent victimless crimes. We can also now properly research the many potential health benefits of cannabis, which could lead to a new health revolution. Cannabis is the lightening rod of healing herbs, but it will help free the mind to pursue other promising herbs that humans have forgotten can heal and prevent a multitude of illness. 6. The internet is growing up. Let’s not forget that the internet is still maturing, and only in the last two decades have we begun to see the monumental upsets in industry that the internet has caused. Disruptive technology is what Diamandis and Kotler refer to as “any innovation that creates a new market and disrupts an existing one.” The internet has put the power to disrupt the largest technologies in the hands of the people. The creators of Airbnb and Uber disrupted the behemoth hotel and taxi industries, without furnishing a single room, or buying a single car. Finding employees and creating products was costly and time-consuming before crowdsourcing came along. Now hop on the internet, and gain access to millions of people willing to do free and cheap labor to help you learn about an industry, create a database, analyze mountains of information, or design a new logo for you. Even websites like Craigslist should not be overlooked, connecting people far and wide for exchanges of services and products. For me personally, being able to work from anywhere in the world is the ultimate freedom. I am currently sitting under a tree at a picnic table on a mini-farm in Florida. The topic of how the internet has changed the world could fill countless books. So let me know in the comments the specific ways it has helped you achieve goals, and live a better life. 7. Cell Phones and Mobile Networks put the world in your hands. Mobile devices are also just coming of age, and work hand in hand with the internet to provide unparalleled access and options. Again, this is one of those technologies that we have the insufferable 80’s and 90’s yuppies to thank for making it available to the masses. Those rich technophiles with terrible hair and oversized suits paid for the advancement that gave to us handheld devices with more computing power than the entire world had just 50 or 60 years ago. Rescuing yourself from a car breakdown, meeting up with friends and family, or coordinating important events has become child’s play. You have access to a world of information, tools, and entertainment wherever you go. Don’t use that power to tweet about how much life sucks. 8. Soon, Everything Will be Free. Or at least the costs will be so minuscule that it is an afterthought. Already we pay for more and more with our personal data, albeit so that the companies can then sell things to us through extremely targeted advertising. But the ultimate power still rests with us on whether or not we buy what they are selling. And even when they sell things they have to give some free stuff away first. Who subscribes to anything without first using the free trial? And I know I’m not the only one who fills up on free Chinese food samples at the mall. Free wine tastings? I’m in! I wrote a novel about life in 2115 New England after the collapse and rebirth of society. In the novel, advertiser’s apartment, or adaps, were available for free to anyone, as long as you could put up with constant advertisements all over your walls. One character routinely filled up on free samples from the market, after leaving his job at Utopacorp which provided everything an employee needed–housing, healthcare, food, recreation–in exchange for 30 hours of easy labor per week.  He lamented the fact that he could not afford to travel to the moon, or that he was not rich enough to get an adap bigger than a studio apartment. He was oppressively forced to rely on free clinics for medical solutions because he could not afford to inject nanobots which prevent 99.9% of diseases. He avoided the free church dinners because he didn’t want to be preached at while filling up. But I didn’t just make these things up, I based them on the trends that we are seeing already. For some reason, people are still paying for college while everything they teach you is available online for free, for the small price of putting up with advertisements. You can join communities like Couch Surfers for free accommodations, and get free books, toys, and clothes from recycling websites. Stop in any McDonald’s parking lot for free wifi, and camp in any Walmart parking lot for free. Get your first teeth cleaning free at Aspen Dental. Go on Craigslist to find free wood, free plants, and free building materials. Dumpster dive for free meals past the expiration date, but still perfectly fine. The more competitive business gets, the more free stuff we get to lure us to their products and services. The more wealth is created, the easier it is for companies to provide basic free services (Pandora for music, WordPress for publishing, FreedomPop for mobile service), in the hopes that you upgrade to their paid services. The future is free. But you will always be able to pay for an upgrade. 9. Healthcare is Improving Despite the Industry. Don’t look to the government to advance this one, they put bandaids on bullet wounds. Yet the tools to massively improve health and longevity are budding. The sick healthcare industry is poised to be healed by disruptive technology. In the 1920’s, President Calvin Coolidge’s son died from a splinter he got while playing tennis at the White House. The poorest person in America today has access to better healthcare than one of the most powerful people in the world fewer than 100 years ago. Many of the ills in the world can be chalked up to growing pains, trying to patch an old outdated system instead of embracing the new one. My grandfather, leading the research and development department of a company in the 1960’s, created a new process for thawing blood in hospitals. Nurses would have to guess about how much blood they would need throughout the day for infusions, and set the frozen bags out to thaw. He developed a system for rapidly thawing the blood without destroying it. The nurses rejected his innovation because they thought it would be a hassle. They were stuck in their ways. Sometimes, you need something entirely new in order to not be negatively influenced by old rigid systems and prejudices. There is a bill right now in Congress to allow over the counter hearing aids to be sold. In other news, you currently need a doctor’s prescription for a hearing aid! This just shows how slow those in power are to come around to advancements which seem obvious to normal people. People might be 3D printing their hearing aids with illegally downloaded designs before congress gets around to graciously allowing us to take healthcare into our own hands. Many of these technologies discussed here will contribute to rapid advancements in healthcare, as long as cultural dinosaurs don’t successfully stop the progress. Medical devices will be 3D printed. Diseases will be diagnosed with handheld devices, apps, and artificial intelligence. Preventative care will eliminate some of the most costly aspects of medical care. And if I am correct in the local beer and food movements being indicators of society’s values, we will see a rebirth of people treating food as medicine, avoiding the vast majority of current medical problems. 10. Freedom. No, not democracy, freedom. This is a hard one to define, and even harder to see a larger trend. There are places on Earth today as oppressive as ever, and there were places in 2000 B.C. where you could be as free as the wind. But combined with modern technology, humans are about to become absolutely free. And it will not lead to The Purge or Mad Max. The limits of freedom are obviously the collision with other people’s freedom. It was difficult in the old days to allow people to be free without having their freedom cause negative externalities for others. But in the modern world, technology is making it easier to regulate actually harmful behavior, without violating the freedom people need in order to be prosperous and happy. Citizen journalists now have the power to record and publish abuses of power. Amateur sleuths comb the internet for signs of conspiracies and power grabs. There may be more laws than ever, but many are impossible to enforce and easy to get around. The power structure of the past millennia is crumbling as humans become more connected, sharing information, and lifting one another up to realize their potential. Technology is liberating. The ability to travel is freeing. Information is power. Everything on this list contributes to lubricating human interaction to reduce the friction that causes conflict. And without conflict, with options for redress, with advancements in the quality of life which make crime pointless, we get closer to true liberation. We aren’t there yet, but the future is blooming at an exponential rate.     Don’t fear the future. Embrace the exciting changes which are transforming the world into a better place. It is an exciting time to be alive, contributing to the construction of a bold future of freedom, prosperity, and peace.

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