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~September 2003~ Topics

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The US House of Representatives delivered, what appears to be a final blow, to AmeriCorps supplemental funding for the next fiscal year, beginning in October. By voting 219 to 200 not to include the money in an emergency-spending bill, there will be 20,000 fewer slots for members. A year ago there were 50,000 AmeriCorps members and President Bush had asked for 75,000 to institute the Freedom Corps.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)Gavel Image, AmeriCorps’ parent, was forced to make cuts because of mismanagement and poor accounting practices. The former Executive Director has resigned and new accounting practices to improve its deficiencies are in place. There are some national service advocates that hope for additional money when the House and Senate return from the summer break.

The Association for State Service Commissions (ASC) has helped mobilize its members to educate Congressional and state political leaders on the far-reaching impact of the elimination of some AmeriCorps programs. More information on this topic can be found on the ASC Web site at http://www.asc-online.org.

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By 2050, more than 20% of the population of the US will be over 65, compared with 13% in 2000. How can you understand this group and their changing needs? The Administration on Aging of the Department of Health and Human Services has a Web site with lots of information. There is historical information and statistics on the rapidly aging population. Visit http://www.aoa.gov. For statistics click on “Professionals” and scroll to “Statistics About Older People.”

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What is coming in the future on the technology front? Here are some ideas from the editors of “The Futurist” magazine of the World Futurist Society.

  • In the next two to five years:
    • There will be car tires that only need air once per year.
    • Concentrators will produce drinkable water from air.
    • Complete medical diagnostic labs will be on a single computer chip.
  • In five to 10 years:
    • Computers you can wear or fold into a wallet.
    • Erasable and re-write able paper for programmable books, magazines, and newspapers.
    • Medicine is tailored to the individual.
    • Buildings will self-stabilize during bombings or earthquakes.
  • In 10 to 15 years:
    • There will be paint on computer and entertainment video displays.
    • Elimination of surgery by monitoring bodies and repairing from within.
    • Instant and automatic heating and cooling with zero energy costs.
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