Monday, October 13, 2014

Print Media Displaced By E-Books -- Douglas E. Castle

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E-BOOKS TO SURPASS PRINT MEDIA
Changes in Consumer Behavior, And Industries Affected


Over the next five years, the fate of e-books is set to vary significantly by country. In Germany, for example, it will remain a niche player for the foreseeable future, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers study published by the Economist.

Today in the United States, the e-book industry is worth about $5.7 billion while print is worth approximately $10 billion. By 2018, print and e-books will be worth $7.9 and $8.7 billion respectively in the United States.

The trend is clear: e-books and the sites that provide for the sale and/or downloading of e-books are going to increase in market prominence and profitability while print media, and the suppliers to (and of) print media, are going to be adversely affected. Some of these supply-chain variables include printing, paper, storage, publishing companies and logistics providers.

Plan your future accordingly.

Douglas E. Castle



NOTE: THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED BY THE READER AS BEING LEGAL, FINANCIAL, TAX, ACCOUNTING, ECONOMIC OR INVESTMENT ADVICE. NO OFFERING OF SECURITIES OR OTHER INVESTMENT INTERESTS OF ANY TYPE IN ANY ENTITY IS MADE HEREBY, NOR IS A SOLICITATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF SECURITIES OR OTHER INVESTMENT INTERESTS OF ANY TYPE IN ANY ENTITY MADE HEREBY. THIS ARTICLE IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND REPRESENTS THE VIEW OF THE AUTHOR ONLY.

THIS ARTICLE IS COPYRIGHT 2014 BY DOUGLAS E. CASTLE, WITH ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ANY REPRODUCTION, TRANSMITTAL OR DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ARTICLE, EITHER IN WHOLE OR PART, IS UNAUTHORIZED AND MAY BE UNLAWFUL, UNLESS FULL ATTRIBUTION IS GIVEN TO THE AUTHOR AND ALL IMAGES AND LINKS IN THE ARTICLE REMAIN INCLUDED AND “LIVE.”




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Thursday, October 9, 2014

International Business Update: Wiring Funds And Banking

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International Business Update: Wiring Funds And Banking

If you are either conducting business internationally or are contemplating conducting any type of business which may require international electronic or SWIFT transfers of funds (i.e., funds transfers inbound or outbound via wire) the current terrorist threat levels are already creating additional diligence and reporting on the part of depositary institutions, as certainly as it will now take you longer to go through airport security clearance protocol on any international flight due to the prevalance of consciousness relating to possible terrorist or Ebola virus-related problems throughout the world.

Following are several suggestions to provide your banker, or your recipient's banker – as well as the host of regulators to which they now answerable – with additional comfort regarding the nature of your transactions, business and funds. 

While you may see these steps as “overkill,” rest assured that they are not, and that they will reduce the likelihood of any holds or restrictions on your funds. Again, these are not legally mandated, but are just an extra step of precaution:
  1. Do not, under any circumstances, accept any inbound transfers, or make any outbound transfers by wire (or by check, for that matter) to businesses or other organizations located in any of the prohibited jurisdictions on US Ex-Im Bank's most recent publication of the Country Limitation Schedule (a link to which which follows for the purposes of example) or which happens to be on the Department Of The Secretary Of State's “Watchlist” (a link to which follows for the purposes of example) ;
  2. Pre-advise your bank, via email to your account officer or manager, if you are anticipating any transfer into or out of your account in any amount in excess of $1.0 million US;
  3. Have any transferor execute the following undertaking [or one in a format suggested by your legal counsel] in a signed writing and either fax or email the same to your banker (in the form of a PDF attachment) with your own covering letter to accompany it: “ _________________ is transferring funds in the amount of _____________________ to ________________ [recipient name] via SWIFT [or even via check, if you'd like to take that extra precaution when you are accepting a check drawn on a foreign bank in payment for goods or services]. This transaction is made using clean, cleared funds of non-criminal origin, and is being transferred in compliance with applicable laws; further, these funds are free of all liens, taxes, encumbrances and other claims of any sort, and are being conveyed to be utilized for legal purposes.”
The above steps will help to keep both you and your bankers in the best possible standing. Should you wish to view Ex-Im Bank's latest updated Country Limitation Schedule (CLS), go to http://www.exim.gov/tools/countrylimitationschedule/index.cfm.
Should you wish to find out if the country with which you are considering doing business is “watchlisted” by either the Department Of State or the Department Of Homeland Security, go to either http://www.state.gov/ or http://www.dhs.gov/ respectively. Both websites offer you telephone numbers to contact helpful civil servants to answer any of your questions.

Douglas E. Castle

NOTE: THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED BY THE READER AS BEING LEGAL, FINANCIAL, TAX, ACCOUNTING, ECONOMIC OR INVESTMENT ADVICE. NO OFFERING OF SECURITIES OR OTHER INVESTMENT INTERESTS OF ANY TYPE IN ANY ENTITY IS MADE HEREBY, NOR IS A SOLICITATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF SECURITIES OR OTHER INVESTMENT INTERESTS OF ANY TYPE IN ANY ENTITY MADE HEREBY. THIS ARTICLE IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND REPRESENTS THE VIEW OF THE AUTHOR ONLY.

THIS ARTICLE IS COPYRIGHT 2014 BY DOUGLAS E. CASTLE, WITH ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ANY REPRODUCTION, TRANSMITTAL OR DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ARTICLE, EITHER IN WHOLE OR PART, IS UNAUTHORIZED AND MAY BE UNLAWFUL, UNLESS FULL ATTRIBUTION IS GIVEN TO THE AUTHOR AND ALL LINKS IN THE ARTICLE REMAIN INCLUDED AND “LIVE.”

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FORECASTING, FUTURISM AND UNCONVENTIONAL PREDICTORS

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FORECASTING AND FUTURISM: USING “UNCONVENTIONAL” INDICATORS
Should Unconventional Predictive Systems Be Used By Forecasters?
By Douglas E. Castle, From The Global Futurist Blog


In forecasting and in futurism, I believe that it is best not to exclude any predictive system or indicator, regardless of how unconventional or seemingly – superstitious, from consideration. What is likely a great deal more important is just how much weight to assign to each of these systems and indicators. Going one step further, the more of these systems that one uses (assuming that each is given appropriate consideration or “weight” due to its historical correlation with the actual occurrence of events) in a multivariate prediction model, the better the quality and reliability of the forecast.

In a configuration being used by a forecaster where there appears to be a confluence amongst a large number of these predictive systems, both scientific and anecdotal, the more likely the outcome and the validity of the particular event being forecast. Plainly speaking, when all of the indicators in all of these systems point in the same direction and at the same time, the greater the likelihood of a given event's occurrence. Let's call this Douglas E. Castle's Theory Of Predictive Confluence. I like the sound of it.

Given that most self-proclaimed “Futurists” [i.e., pundits, gurus and prophets – I'm grinning now...] base their predictions either upon an amalgamation of predictions made by other forecasters or trend-spotters, or upon a combination of the extrapolation of past trends and events in combination with some applied imagination, I refuse to rule any potentially predictive system “out” simply because it is associated with the seemingly supernatural or superstitious.

In the recent past, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that when a significant number of supposedly credible authoritative sources predict an event, especially in the capital markets, it tends to come true; this, to me, is less about prediction and more about a self-fulfilling prophesy based upon a “herd movement” mentality.

In the simplest example, if a large number of these authorities and experts are predicting a bank's imminent collapse (regardless of any real financial data to support the prediction), there will be a high probability of depositors running to the bank to withdraw their funds in order to place tham at a “safer” institution, and, if the bank's shares are traded on a public exchange, it is also highly probable that the market price of the shares will take a precipitous dive. In this case, the future was actually made, and not merely predicted because of the influence of the forecasters on the behavior of consumers and investors. This is a kind of “forced future.”

In my forecasting, I use a recipe comprised of these ingredients:

  1. An extrapolation based upon correlative history and an application of my imagination;
  2. A Prediction Equation based upon all types of systems, both conventional and unconventional; and
  3. A composite of the predictions of other notable and influential futurists.

In the past, I have found this recipe to be the best for both short-term and longer-term forecasts.

Enjoy the spectacle of the Blood Moon in particular, and more generally, open your mind to all predictive systems and indicators – they all exist, some for thousands of years, for a reason. I choose to keep an open mind and be receptive, as I believe every businessperson, investor and futurist should.

Douglas E. Castle

NOTE: THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED BY THE READER AS BEING LEGAL, FINANCIAL, TAX, ACCOUNTING, ECONOMIC OR INVESTMENT ADVICE. NO OFFERING OF SECURITIES OR OTHER INVESTMENT INTERESTS OF ANY TYPE IN ANY ENTITY IS MADE HEREBY, NOR IS A SOLICITATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF SECURITIES OR OTHER INVESTMENT INTERESTS OF ANY TYPE IN ANY ENTITY MADE HEREBY. THIS ARTICLE IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND REPRESENTS THE VIEW OF THE AUTHOR ONLY.

THIS ARTICLE IS COPYRIGHT 2014 BY DOUGLAS E. CASTLE, WITH ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ANY REPRODUCTION, TRANSMITTAL OR DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ARTICLE, EITHER IN WHOLE OR PART, IS UNAUTHORIZED AND MAY BE UNLAWFUL, UNLESS FULL ATTRIBUTION IS GIVEN TO THE AUTHOR AND ALL LINKS IN THE ARTICLE REMAIN INCLUDED AND “LIVE.”

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Invitation

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Hello. If you’ve not yet joined “Colleagues Of Douglas E. Castle” on Sgrouples, you’re invited to do so by creating an account (ultra private inmail/email and Discussion Group, being run like a private club or community) at http://bit.ly/CODEC8. If you’ve already established your account, be certain to go to your Dashboard Page, go to “My Privacy Email” and click on (and choose) your “Notification Preferences”. Our group is a combination of the most secure email that you can access (check you inbox daily, or have your notifications forwarded to you) from member to member, combined with a Discussion Group [voluntary] which will have a completely practical focus: Members discussing specific business needs with other members. No theory. No selling or spam. Just requests and responses. It will be a great group -- I promise that much! Discussion posting guidelines will be posted within the next three days, so that we’re all of a similar mind. Thank you. - Douglas E. Castle
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Entrepreneurship: Support It. NOW! - Please

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Entrepreneurship: Support It. NOW! - Please.


Dear Colleagues And Friends:

I hope that this letter finds you in good spirits and in the best of health. I am in the awkward position of asking for help on a project, which is something I'm generally shy about doing. What's worse, is I haven't taken due time to address each of these letters personally, for which I am deeply sorry. If I am imposing in any way, please accept my apologies; if I had inadvertently sent you this same item of correspondence more than once, please forgive me my error. And now, to the mission, where we discuss what we can do to dramatically increase the probability of success amongst startups, early-stage ventures and small business. Please just click on the link below:

http://theglobalfuturist.blogspot.com/2014/03/entrepreneurship-support-it-now-please.html

I appreciate your kindness in reading this, and being as responsive as you possibly can. This affects all of us!

Respectfully,

Douglas E. Castle
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PLEASE HELP SELEKTRON INNOVATION ASSISTANCE

WHEN YOU CONTRIBUTE TO SELEKTRON, YOU'RE CONTRIBUTING TO SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE REBIRTH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM - INCLUDING TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY, FINANCIAL STABILITY AND JOBS!

Did you know that in 2013, 23 million small and startup businesses, accounted for 55% of all U.S. sales revenues and 66% of all jobs? During the last seven years when big business corporate downsizing eliminated 4 million jobs, small and entrepreneurial businesses actually created 8 million jobs. Yet, new businesses (the ones that create new technology and industries) have a failure rate of between 70 and 80 percent. That’s horrifying. 

They need support in these difficult economic times. There’s no federal bailout fund for them. SelekTron Innovation Assistance is raising money to create an interactive platform for these little engines to have one-stop-shopping access to all of the resources and support that they desperately need. 

Visit our preliminary website at http://SelekTronInnovationAssistance.com -- if you go to the link on the navigation bar that says (oddly enough) "CONTRIBUTE", you can make a contribution directly on the site, right on the Contribution Page. What's more, we accept PayPal as our primary means of settlement.

Restore the American Dream by helping US startups and small businesses to succeed, excel and create new industries, new jobs and entire careers! Please contribute all that you can and spread the word. You can simply copy and paste this paragraph to any of your social media accounts.  Entrepreneurship rocks! Thank you. Remember, after you contribute, you can simply copy and paste this to any of you social media accounts -- We need to go viral!

Please listen to the Audio Player immediately underneath this picture. If it doesn't appear, please click on the link which is displayed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqITM4us-9o

If you're truly concerned about the American Economy and you happen to have a passion for American Ingenuity, there are a number of ways in which you can really help us that beyond making contributions (for which we are extremely grateful). You can spread the word and bring this worthy cause in the name of a greater America to an ever-widening circle of friends (just by copying and pasting some of the following bits of social media news to your Twitter accounts, FaceBook, Google Plus and other groups where you can get exposure to a great number of people).
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Try These On Twitter, FaceBook, Google Plus And Mini-Blogging Media:

Save Entrepreneurship. Empower Brilliance. Startups + Resources = Success + Jobs


Join The Entrepreneurial Wave. Be A Proud Participant. Go to


America’s StartUps And Small Businesses Need Your Attention. Join Us. Help Them


Check Us Out. We’re Putting Resources In The Hands Of Entrepreneurs, Startups And Small Businesses. http://SelekTronInnovationAssistance.com


Join Us! Do Your Part To Re-Ignite The American Dream. All Levels Welcome.
http://SelekTronInnovationAssistance.com
Want To Access StartUps, Entrepreneurs And Small Business Clients? Fast And Easy. First-Come, First-Served. http://SelekTronInnovationAssistance.com


Have A Project? Join Our Multi-Resource Platform Beta Test! Get Empowered.

Thank you kindly for your enthusiasm and support. We'll keep you posted as things develop!

Respectfully,

Douglas E. Castle at http://www.LinkedIn/in/douglascastle and http://bit.ly/CV2013PDF8 
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Cyberworms Multiply, Awaiting Instructions

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The cyberworms (quiet, subtle creatures [remember Conficker?] which have infiltrated and infected more than an estimated 80% of the information and communications equipment in the industrialized world, and which continue to multiply through various spreading and contact vectors) are lying in wait for instructions from their programmer-masters, who will awaken them at some point within the near future and give them orders to act. We are, for the most part helpless to stop sophisticated, constantly evolving worms [they have very mutational and adaptive intelligence programmed into their code -- their DNA, so to speak], which act like remote-controlled robots which can be instructed to commandeer their hosts at any time.

A quick refresher from Wikipedia:

The first variant of Conficker, discovered in early November 2008, propagated through the Internet by exploiting a vulnerability in a network service (MS08-067) on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta.[14] While Windows 7 may have been affected by this vulnerability, the Windows 7 Beta was not publicly available until January 2009. Although Microsoft released an emergency out-of-band patch on October 23, 2008 to close the vulnerability,[15] a large number of Windows PCs (estimated at 30%) remained unpatched as late as January 2009.[16] A second variant of the virus, discovered in December 2008, added the ability to propagate over LANs through removable media and network shares.[17] Researchers believe that these were decisive factors in allowing the virus to propagate quickly.

The Global Futurist Blog (sometimes spoken of at http://DouglasECastle.com) has reason to believe (the prediction mechanism here is an amalgam of long wave theory, catastrophic event timing, and a bit of astrology and prophesy) believes that these worms will be instructed to rain mayhem over all of their host users. Further, I believe that Bill Gates and Microsoft are creeping rapidly out of supporting their invaded hardware and software due to their sharing this vision. I believe a massive attack of catastrophic proportions will be undertaken between either in 2015 or 2016.

Sadly, most virus and malware removal tools are not sophisticated enough to detect the infection, or to isolate and neutralize it, were it to be found. Many government, security and utilities systems are supposedly closed -- such that the mini-net is sealed off from outside communications. Again, I believe that there are insidious ways (employees bringing work home, or accessing closed systems from outside) that these safety measures can be easily compromised.

I cannot predict the nature of the event, but it is likely to be coordinated by giving either all or large caches of these cyberterrorbots instructions in coordinated fashion. Rest assured that it will be catastrophic, and will involve a vast show of power over established authority.

We'll keep you posted.

Douglas E. Castle 
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Help Startups, Entrepreneurial Companies And Small Businesses - Bring Back Productivity, Jobs And The American Dream

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Help Startups, Entrepreneurial Enterprises and Small Businesses to Bring Back Productivity, Technology, Industry, Real Jobs... And The American Dream!



SelekTron Innovation Assistance (visit our site, as well as our GoFundMe Page) is in the process of putting together a fabulously interactive, centralized and complete resource, toolshed (more like an arsenal!) and advice center for these fledgling enterprises. Did you know that the small business sector (in 2013) was responsible for 55% of all American jobs, and 66% of all of our US domestic revenue? Yet you don't hear about the government giving them a bailout. We want to create a highly communication-friendly site that will ultimately be the "go to" virtual helpdesk and services provider for these little engines which have made this country great, We need your help -- even small contributions. You can contribute either on the Go Fund Me Site (which uses WePay to process contributions), or directly on our preliminary website (which uses your old friend PayPal to process transactions).  Even if your contribution is $5.00 or $10.00, is will be your investment in patriotism and free enterprise.

Our campaign is new, but when we've built our machine, we will have assisted these little gems of  businesses (which now have a failure rate of between 70% -80%!) in surviving, thriving, growing and creating opportunities, industries, careers and the rebirth of the US industrialized ingenuity that have always made me proud to be an American. Give and contribute as much as you can, and spread the word amongst your colleagues, friends and connections. We cannot afford to fail. Of course, depending upon the level of contribution (from $5.00 to $100.00), you get some highly ego-enhancing goodies. Please help all of America's private sector bring back production, jobs, and support the value of our US Dollar and Flag. Thank you. Give as much as you can, either on the website (we use PayPal) or on the GoFundMe site, which uses WePay -- a highly secure processor, but not as well known.

Give yourself something to be proud of. Instead of a cup of coffee, or a movie, or an ugly airport tie, invest some of your hard-earned money in empowering the brave venture sponsors, innovators, inventors, game-changers and garage-officed brain trusts who will be tomorrow's big businesses -- if you and I give them a chance. The greatest return on investment is the small amount that you place in the hands of these workhorses; they don't waste that money on perks -- they squeeze the maximum value out of every penny. Nobody is spoiled. Everyone is grateful. Thank of how much good your spare change or your sacrificed after dinner drinks and extra helpings of dessert will do. You'll be a healthier happier Human Being and a contributor to the best cause in the world. The magic that turns visions and diagrams into real products and services. Join us. We need you. This country needs you.

Douglas E. Castle
For The Global Futurist


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