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originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: seagull
Yes, I don't care how many degrees someone has. They still don't know me or my life enough to decide what's best for me.
I spent many years learning that on my own. They don't have a credential from my university with a BS in Me.
Much of my life has been defined by the power to make positive thoughts out of a bad situation.
But apparently you've confused me with someone else
i lost all hope for you several weeks ago when i read your replies in the Kelloggs worker's rights thread... in which you brazenly outed yourself as a class-traitor.
you should review what you wrote there and use it as a rule against your bulleted list in this OP... see if you can't figure it out on your own.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
I would like to welcome all readers to the newly-implemented Utopia we have all heard about so much. Personally, I think it sucks... but what do I know? I'm an old foggie, a disgruntled Bible-thumping, gun-hoarding, politically-incorrect, Karen-offending, unenlightened throwback to a much less enlightened time when evil was the way of the world... so I'm told. I take that to mean that I should be thankful for all the wonderful things this new Utopia brings, so I am starting this thread to ask for help. See, I'm apparently not smart enough to see myself how the things I am seeing are good. I have this backward notion about people being able to make their own decisions, chart their own path through life, and still be treated equally. So I really, really need help understanding why I should be grateful to the powers that be for all these gifts.
Now, all of the things I have listed are what I have observed and/or experienced directly, with my own eyes. Please do not try to tell me I did not see/experience them. I know what I saw and I am really, really, really getting tired of being lied to. If all you can do is tell me that these things are not happening, then please just go the freak away and annoy someone else.
- Grocery prices are soaring. I have personally witnessed the following price increases myself, and this is not by any means a complete list:
- Ground Beef up 50% in the last year
- Yogurt up 20% in the last month
- Fish up 30% in the last three months
- Cooking oil (including canola oil, which is what we use) up 75% in the last three months
- Ramen noodles up 40% in the last three months
- Onions up 60% in the last month
- Shortages on seemingly random items, again personally witnessed and far from a complete list:
- Tortilla chips
- Certain types of soup
- The highest gas prices in 5 years
- Fuel efficiency has been declining for a long time, and is continuing to decline. I have owned the following cars, all either new, or one-owner transers from a family member:
- 1986 Buick Riviera, 3.8L V6: 28 MPG combined, 32+ MPG highway, large car with lots of power.
- 2002 Buick LeSabre, 3.8L V6: 26 MPG combined, smaller car, less powerful.
- 2009 Buick Lucerne, 3.9L V6: less than 24 MPG, the smallest car yet (I have to contort to get in and out) and also the least powerful.
Using that progression, I think I would get my best mileage in a WWII Sherman tank. A 2022 Mini (do they still make those?) gets what?... 3 MPG? 2?
- I recently had a chance to cross an item off my bucket list... I wanted to test drive one of the new Dodge Challengers with a Hemi. Just a test drive, to feel that old feeling of power under me again. So I stopped at a Dodge dealership and asked if it would be OK for me to try one out. They were nice enough and said sure, no problem... if they had one. The only Challenger on the lot was a 2021 V6 model. Why? Because of the VLSI microchip shortage created by China. The number of production cars has decreased since they cannot get the processors they need for all the new high-tech gadgetry.
On the good side, they took my number and said they would call me when they got a Hell Cat 6.2L Hemi in.
- Overall, the price of a new car has risen by thousands of dollars.
- Fast food prices have risen to the point that it now costs very little extra to go to a nice sit-down restaurant (if one can be found).
- Help Wanted signs are everywhere.
- Wages are rising, but not as fast as cost of living.
- Service, if one can find service at all, is often rude, insolent, and uninformed.
- There are precious few specialty shops left, so online ordering is the only way to get a product that is not carried in a Big Box store.
- Big Box stores are reducing inventory, so things that were once common are now nonexistent.
- Shipping now takes a week on average, compared to 2-3 days only two years ago.
- Smaller, more efficient charities are closing. I'm having trouble finding a local charity to donate clothes to.
- Starbucks are opening everywhere, I am still a little fuzzy on what exactly a "latte" or "capucino" is... I always considered coffee to be a hot, black drink with a lot of caffeine, and which, if properly brewed, was thick enough to stand a spoon upright in. And that's only for the few times I actually wanted coffee... I prefer my caffeine cold and carbonated. So I will admit, I have never been inside a Starbucks. I wouldn't know what to order and probably wouldn't like whatever I did order.
- "Lite" beer now seems to take up 3/4 of the beer aisle. I don't understand that because I drink beer for the taste. Yes, I like beer... especially Pabst Blue Ribbon (which is getting hard to find cold, and isn't nearly as good if it ever gets hot).
- People seem to be too busy to visit any more. In my day, people would just drop by to say "Hello." That rarely happens now, usually because they "have to work." At least that's the excuse.
- People, both young and old, even when they are around family or friends, spend most of their time staring at the screen on their phone instead of talking with the people they are with. If they do talk, it is about the latest social media video with other people doing stupid things.
- Online colleges are all the rage as opposed to structured institutions. Seems to me one loses a lot of the experience by sitting in front of a laptop instead of in a classroom.
- People no longer go to college to learn; they go to college to "get a job."
- Most young people cannot add without the aid of a calculator, and have either little or incorrect knowledge about history. They also cannot write well, and believe that science is composed of decrees from higher authorities instead of experimentation and observation.
- Crime is up, and some criminals are actually moving out from the cities to more rural areas.
- I have to lock my car in my driveway, and my door if I leave the house. Otherwise, I chance someone breaking in and damaging/stealing my property.
- Marijuana is still illegal, but that is only enforced when the authorities wish to enforce it... so anyone who uses it is in essence agreeing to be imprisoned whenever those in authority wish to do so.
- The President makes and enforces laws; the Congress impeaches Presidents and makes more laws.
- Insurance companies determine what health care one needs.
- Hospitals now perform some medical procedures outside if the patient cannot tolerate a face mask.
- Doctors are to follow AMA/CDC guidelines to the letter, even if that means ignoring their patients' needs.
- Doctors no longer see sick or injured patients. Now they see patients who do not immediately need their services, and send those who do to the local Emergency Room.
- People are told to avoid the local Emergency Room because they are "taxing the medical system."
But I am sincere when I say that I want to understand why these are good things that I should be happy about. I don't see them as such, and I know that, based on what a great many people are saying, I should see them as something good. So please, will someone help me to understand so I may enjoy this Utopia as well?
Things need to change and if civilization is breaking down slowly whos to say maybe that isn’t a bad thing?