Can You Predict Some Things Just By Paying Attention?

An employee of ours sent us a copy of this article from The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/07/AR2008090702262.html?sub=new - titled "China's Outsourcing Appeal Dimming"

And another person on a Forum I follow just recently posted a link to an artile titled, "The Next Bubble: Pessimism" from cnnmoney.com:

I often wonder about how one big change in something, by necessity, creates other far-reaching changes. I know it's occurred in my life, and also historically. But can you in some ways predict what is about to happen?

Another friend in a Forum started a thread a while back about "Trend Identification (Futurology)" which I found incredibly interesting. She commented that at the height of the real estate boom she noticed that all of these brand new, big houses in her area had no landscaping. Now normally if you bought a new house one of the first things most people normally do is begin to landscape it. She realized that they probably had no money for it; with the prevalence of "no money down" loans and low introductory rates they were in houses they maybe couldn't afford.

Sometimes just opening our eyes and taking a good look around can tell you a lot about where we are going. These two articles gave me a lot to think about!

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