As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members comere to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. We care!
We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone in IAN to write diaries for the group! Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news! IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. Drop one of us a PM to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime!
Ok, we do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
A conversation the other night during band practice got me thinking. The "older" drummers were worried that kids who don't learn cursive won't be able to sign checks or other documents.
But, those kids won't be writing or signing checks; the system is trending paperless for money transactions. Signatures will become fingerprints, or some other bio-metric information, and your ID will become your iris pattern. A sample of your DNA will replace the little footprint ID at birth.
Everything we buy will be tracked and the IRS will know when we have spent more than we earn. I have resisted a debit card for 30 years just to maintain some privacy. I acquired and used cash, but since "direct deposit" in retirement, checks have become my first line option for paying. Cash sales can be private, but checks are not.
I have long worried that the money system will break down if there is an event that interferes with electronic money; will we be left with only our change jars and a keen sense of barter?
So my question to you is.... What else do you see changing as we continue down the path to an electronic future, and citizens must use "new and improved" ways to do their daily business?