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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Changing Economy and The Paradigm Shift

Great article from July 27, 2012 from The Huffington Post about the changing economy as I wrote about at the link below from October 2010.


Is the Paradigm Shifting?

My comment/posting to the bottom of the article:

Here is what I originally wrote and was published by The United States Department of Energy.

This is from Oct of 2010.

I believe this is what is happening exactly as I first theorized, and if you look at the amount of technology jobs available today that we cannot fill because there is not enough of a work force properly yet trained and taught for these positions, well the two together are a great sign.

There will certainly be hard work along the way, and not everything changes or should be threatening at all, but rather very promising.

We should be making changes for the better all the time and working on upgrading our infrastructure and implementing these new skills once taught, which is happening now.

I have many links in many articles at my blog that anyone can read from reputable sites that report cold hard numbers, not a slanted view, although there is almost always a slant.

I understand business well, and I love nature, and this is a marriage that satisfies both parties an should be the focused marriage in political discussion today.

I also believe the Ford references mentioned in the article were accurate for the early pioneering years as a fledgling company, however that was not quite stated that way, as I think it was actually intended.

I for one am very pleased to see progress for both the economy and the environment.

Now hopefully the machine of the economy can get fired back up better then ever and put everyone that would enjoy the livelihood or a career back to work, as we know it is high time.

I enjoyed the article very much myself and am excited about the short and long term future.

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