24 THINGS HEADED FOR EXTINCTION IN AMERICA

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  1. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    24 THINGS HEADED FOR EXTINCTION IN AMERICA


    24. Yellow Pages
    This year will be pivotal for the global Yellow Pages industry. Much
    like newspapers, print Yellow Pages will continue to bleed dollars to their
    various digital counterparts, from Internet Yellow Pages (IYPs), to local search
    engines and combination search/listing services like Reach Local and Yodel
    Factors like an acceleration of the print 'fade rate' and the looming
    recession will contribute to the onslaught. One research firm predicts the
    falloff in usage of newspapers and print Yellow Pages could even reach 10%
    this year -- much higher than the 2%-3% fade rate seen in past years.

    23. Classified Ads
    The Internet has made so many things obsolete that newspaper classified
    ads might sound like just another trivial item on a long list. But this is
    one of those harbingers of the future that could signal the end of civilization
    as we know it. The argument is that if newspaper classifieds are replaced by
    free online listings at sites like Craigslist.org and Google Base, then
    newspapers are not far behind them.

    22. Movie Rental Stores
    While Netflix is looking up at the moment, Blockbuster keeps closing
    store locations by the hundreds. It still has about 6,000 left across the world,
    but those keep dwindling and the stock is down considerably in 2008, especially
    since the company gave up a quest of Circuit City . Movie Gallery, which
    owned the Hollywood Video brand, closed up shop earlier this year. Countless small
    video chains and mom-and-pop stores have given up the ghost already.

    21. Dial-up Internet Access
    Dial-up connections have fallen from 40% in 2001 to 10% in 2008. The
    combination of an infrastructure to accommodate affordable high speed
    Internet connections and the disappearing home phone have all but pounded the final
    nail in the coffin of dial-up Internet access.

    20. Phone Landlines
    According to a survey from the National Center for Health Statistics,
    at the end of 2007, nearly one in six homes was cell-only and, of those homes
    that had landlines, one in eight only received calls on their cells.

    19 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs
    Maryland 's icon, the blue crab, has been fading away in Chesapeake
    Bay. Last year Maryland saw the lowest harvest (22 million pounds) since
    1945. Just four decades ago the bay produced 96 million pounds. The population is
    down 70% since 1990, when they first did a formal count. There are only about 120
    million crabs in the bay and they think they need 200 million for a
    sustainable population. Over-fishing, pollution, invasive species and global warming
    get the blame.

    18. VCRs
    For the better part of three decades, the VCR was a best-seller and
    staple in every American household until being completely decimated by the DVD,
    and now the Digital Video Recorder (DVR). In fact, the only remnants of the VHS age
    at your local Wal-Mart or Radio Shack are blank VHS tapes these days.
    Pre-recorded VHS tapes are largely gone and VHS decks are practically nowhere to be
    found. They served us so well.

    17. Ash Trees
    In the late 1990s, a pretty, iridescent green species of beetle, now
    known as the emerald ash borer, hitched a ride to North America with ash wood
    products imported from eastern Asia . In less than a decade, its larvae have killed
    millions of trees in the Midwest , and continue to spread. They've killed
    more than 30 million ash trees in southeastern Michigan alone, with tens of
    millions more lost in Ohio and Indiana . More than 7.5 billion ash trees are
    currently at risk.

    16. Ham Radio
    Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide) wireless
    communications with each other and are able to support their communities
    with emergency and disaster communications if necessary, while increasing their
    personal knowledge of electronics and radio theory. However, proliferation
    of the Internet and its popularity among youth has caused the decline of
    amateur radio. In the past five years alone, the number of people holding active ham
    radio licenses has dropped by 50,000, even though Morse Code is no longer a
    requirement.

    15. The Swimming Hole
    Thanks to our litigious society, swimming holes are becoming a thing of
    the past. '20/20' reports that swimming hole owners, like Robert Every
    in High Falls, NY, are shutting them down out of worry that if someone gets
    hurt they'll sue. And that's exactly what happened in Seattle . The city of
    Bellingham was sued by Katie Hofstetter who was paralyzed in a fall at a
    popular swimming hole in Whatcom Falls Park . As injuries occur and lawsuits follow,
    expect more swimming holes to post 'Keep out!' signs.

    14. Answering Machines
    The increasing disappearance of answering machines is directly tied to
    No 20 our list -- the decline of landlines. According to USA Today, the number
    of homes that only use cell phones jumped 159% between 2004 and 2007. It has
    been particularly bad in New York ; since 2000, landline usage has dropped 55%.
    It's logical that as cell phones rise, many of them replacing traditional
    landlines, that there will be fewer answering machines.

    13. Cameras That Use Film
    It doesn't require a statistician to prove the rapid disappearance of
    the film camera in America . Just look to companies like Nikon, the
    professional's choice for quality camera equipment. In 2006, it announced
    that it would stop making film cameras, pointing to the shrinking market --
    only 3% of its sales in 2005, compared to 75% of sales from digital cameras
    and equipment.

    12. Incandescent Bulbs
    Before a few years ago, the standard 60-watt (or, yikes, 100-watt) bulb
    was the mainstay of every U.S. home. With the green movement and
    all-things-sustainable-energy crowd, the Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb
    (CFL) is largely replacing the older, Edison-era incandescent bulb. The EPA reports
    that 2007 sales for Energy Star CFLs nearly doubled from 2006, and these sales
    accounted for approximately 20 percent of the U.S. light bulb market. And
    according to USA Today, a new energy bill plans to phase out incandescent
    bulbs in the next four to 12 years.

    11. Stand-Alone Bowling Alleys
    Bowling Balls. US claims there are still 60 million Americans who bowl
    at least once a year, but many are not bowling in stand-alone bowling alleys.
    Today most new bowling alleys are part of facilities for all types or recreation
    including laser tag, go-karts, bumper cars, video game arcades, climbing
    walls and glow miniature golf. Bowling lanes also have been added to many
    non-traditional venues such as adult communities, hotels and resorts, and
    gambling casinos.

    10. The Milkman
    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 1950, over half of
    the milk delivered was to the home in quart bottles, by 1963, it was about a
    third and by 2001, it represented only 0.4% percent. Nowadays most milk is sold
    through supermarkets in gallon jugs. The steady decline in home-delivered
    milk is blamed, of course, on the rise of the supermarket, better home
    refrigeration and longer-lasting milk. Although some milkmen still make the rounds in
    pockets of the U.S. , they are certainly a dying breed.

    9. Hand-Written Letters
    In 2006, the Radicati Group estimated that, worldwide, 183 billion
    e-mails were sent each day. Two million each second. By November of 2007, an
    estimated 3.3 billion Earthlings owned cell phones, and 80% of the world's population
    had access to cell phone coverage. In 2004, half-a-trillion text messages
    were sent, and the number has no doubt increased exponentially since then. So
    where amongst this gorge of gabble is there room for the elegant, polite
    hand-written letter?

    8. Wild Horses
    It is estimated that 100 years ago, as many as two million horses were
    roaming free within the United States . In 2001, National Geographic News
    estimated that the wild horse population had decreased to about 50,000 head.
    Currently, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory board states that
    there are 32,000 free roaming horses in ten Western states, with half of them
    residing in Nevada . The Bureau of Land Management is seeking to reduce the total
    number of free range horses to 27,000, possibly by selective euthanasia.

    7. Personal Checks
    According to an American Bankers Assoc. report, a net 23% of consumers
    plan to decrease their use of checks over the next two years, while a net
    14% plan to increase their use of PIN debit. Bill payment remains the last
    stronghold of paper-based payments -- for the time being. Checks continue
    to be the most commonly used bill payment method, with 71% of consumers paying at
    least one recurring bill per month by writing a check. However, on a
    bill-by-bill basis, checks account for only 49% of consumers' recurring bill
    payments (down from 72% in 2001 and 60% in 2003).

    6. Drive-in Theaters
    During the peak in 1958, there were more than 4,000 drive-in theaters
    in this country, but in 2007 only 405 drive-ins were still operating. Exactly
    zero new drive-ins have been built since 2005. Only one reopened in 2005 and five
    reopened in 2006, so there isn't much of a movement toward reviving the
    closed ones.

    5. Mumps & Measles
    Despite what's been in the news lately, the measles and mumps
    actually, truly are disappearing from the United States . In 1964, 212,000
    cases of mumps were reported in the U.S. By 1983, this figure had dropped to
    3,000, thanks to a vigorous vaccination program. Prior to the introduction of the
    measles vaccine, approximately half a million cases of measles were
    reported in the U.S. annually, resulting in 450 deaths. In 2005, only 66 cases were
    recorded.

    4. Honey Bees
    Perhaps nothing on our list of disappearing America is so dire;
    plummeting so enormously; and so necessary to the survival of our food supply as the
    honey bee. Very scary. 'Colony Collapse Disorder,' or CCD, has spread
    throughout the U.S. and Europe over the past few years, wiping out 50% to
    90% of the colonies of many beekeepers -- and along with it, their livelihood.

    3. News Magazines and TV News
    While the TV evening newscasts haven't gone anywhere over the last
    several decades, their audiences have. In 1984, in a story about the
    diminishing returns of the evening news, the New York Times reported that all three
    network evening-news programs combined had only 40.9 million viewers. Fast forward
    to 2008, and what they have today is half that.

    2. Analog TV
    According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 85% of homes in the
    U.S. get their television programming through cable or satellite providers.
    For the remaining 15% -- or 13 million individuals -- who are using rabbit ears
    or a large outdoor antenna to get their local stations, change is in the air. If
    you are one of these people you'll need to get a new TV or a converter box in
    order to get the new stations which will only be broadcast in digital.

    1. The Family Farm
    Since the 1930s, the number of family farms has been declining rapidly.
    According to the USDA, 5.3 million farms dotted the nation in 1950, but this
    number had declined to 2.1 million by the 2003 farm census (data from the
    2007 census hasn't yet been published). Ninety-one percent of the U.S. FARMS are
    small Family Farms.

    Both interesting and saddening, isn't it?
     
  2. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    only thing i will miss seeing is our blue crab and the swimming holes oh and the bees [​IMG]
     
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  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    It sure is sad! Makes you think, just what have we done???
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Hey Mark...you might want to add us farmers to your list of things you'll miss!! You might get a little hungry without us. [​IMG]
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    26. Individual freedom
    27. Personal responsibility
     
  6. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Quote:Hey Mark...you might want to add us farmers to your list of things you'll miss!! You might get a little hungry without us. [​IMG]

    So true! [​IMG]
     
  7. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Sounds rather like the Uk...... sad sad sad.......

    But the most important being the decline in any of the flora and fauna...anything electrical is not comparable with the decline of any native species....... makes one think.....what have we as a human species done to this beautiful planet the we are bessed to live on.... there is no excuse... but a healing is totally necessary if we are able to actually sustain ourselves and those species that came long before we did.......
     
  8. Run-A-Muck Ranch

    Run-A-Muck Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a family farm
    VCR
    Analog TV(or at least that's what I think I mean...WE DON'T HAVE SATELITTE OR CABLE....we get 2 channels now with the new converter box...that's it)
    Have a local swimming hole
    The bowling alley in the next town IS NOT anything else...It's a bowling alley and that's it...
    I still have a land line...Although I do NOT have a dialup--was cheaper to go with DSL or whatever it's called
    Never have really read the classifieds ....I do however use the yellowpages....I do read the 'classifieds' in the Farm paper I get each week...
    Never used Netflix, but also don't rent movies from a video store either...
    My first horse was a WILD MUSTANG adopted from Reno Nevada
    I love writing letters and sending through snail mail....I hate sending emails....
    My answering machine still works, and I use it daily
    I still use my 35MM camera too, even though I have a digital...I will use both...
    Just ordered a new box of checks last week....(they have farm animals on them)
    We go to the local drive-in every weekend too from Memorial Day to Labor Day each summer...Get to watch 2 NEW movies there for less than the cost of 1 in the theater...My kids love it and can't wait to get the next weekend...Heck half the time they run a price special and we can get a car load (which is what 5-8 people) in for under $10 total....
    I have some of both light bulbs in teh house too...can't afford the inital purchase up front for the 'green' bulbs...

    Hopefully I am helping in my own little way to keep some of the things alive!!!!!
     
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2009
    MN
    Quote:AMEN! Or a 'Here here!' if you prefer.
     
  10. paduanchook

    paduanchook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and as the farms get taken over by conglomerates, the more monsanto and the like take over with gmo foods. do i have to say more?

    add to that traditional families and freedom
     
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