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What Happens When "The Workers" Just Don't Care Anymore?

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

One of the big problems in America today is that a lot of people simply do not seem to care about what they are doing anymore.  The level of sloth, laziness and apathy that we are witnessing in this country is absolutely mind-numbing.  Of course this is not true of everyone.  There are still many Americans that are extremely hard working.  But overall, it really appears that people are not taking as much pride in their work as they once did.  Some of the examples that I am about to show you are quite funny.  Others are more than just a little bit disturbing.  But they all have a common theme.  Americans from all walks of life are simply giving up.  Whether they are teachers, delivery people or fast food workers, the truth is that there are a whole lot of people out there that seem to have mentally checked out.

For example, take a close look at the midterm exam posted below.  Does anything stand out to you?...

Midterm Exam

If you can't read the writing in the red box, this is what it says...

"In all honesty, I am already bored with this topic. It is far less interesting than I had hoped and I really don't want to finish this essay. I'm fairly sure you don't really read these so I'm just going to put enough words down to make it seem like I wrote a lot while I kill time. Wanna hear some words that rhyme with time?


Crime, dime, mime, (haha mimes are funny), chime, lime. Aw dude you know what has lime in it? Sprite, it like lemon lime. I could really go for one of those about now, but not sierra mist, that just isn't the same. It tries too hard to be sprite but it just cant pull it off. It should just try to be itself and stop trying to measure up to other sodas."

To be fair, there is a tremendous amount of debate about this photo on the Internet.  Some people insist that no teacher would ever be so careless and that this picture must have been photoshopped.  Others that have studied this photo insist that there is no sign of alteration and that it is 100% authentic.

I will let you come to your own conclusion.

What is undeniable, on the other hand, is that there are a lot of delivery people out there that simply do not seem to care anymore.

For example, in the YouTube video that I have posted below, you can watch a postal worker drive her truck on to someone's lawn.  She is so lazy that she doesn't even have the energy to take a few steps and place the package at the customer's door...


And in this next YouTube video, another postal worker does not even get out of his truck.  He just carelessly tosses a package (which could contain something very expensive) toward the customer's home...


What would cause someone to act like that?

What has caused so many Americans to no longer take any pride in their work?

Another place where this can be seen frequently is at fast food restaurants.

For instance, the photo that I have posted below of a Wendy's employee gulping down soft serve ice cream with his mouth under the Frosty dispenser went viral on the Internet a while back...

Wendy's Employee Enjoying A Frosty

I don't know about you, but to me that is absolutely disgusting.  Needless to say, that worker quickly lost his job.

And of course there is no shortage of other fast food horror stories out there.

The following is one of my favorite examples...

Tony Hill, a pastor in Baltimore, Maryland, once got a deep-fried mouse along with his chicken at Popeye's. The old "I found a rat in my fried chicken!" urban legend is decades old - this particular story was given a little credence, however, by the fact that local health authorities confirmed that the Popeye's in question had a rodent problem.

These days even the criminals are getting lazy.

The following story is very tragic.  Violent crime in America is on the rise, and as the economy continues to get worse people are going to steal just about anything that is not bolted down.

In the little town of Denison, Iowa, a couple of thugs recently shot and killed an elderly couple while they were attempting to steal some scrap metal...

A Denison man told investigators that he and another man shot two people, then set fire to a trailer with the victims inside, according to court documents.


Jayden Chapman said he and Michael D. Schenk shot Marvin Huelsing, 80, and Alice Huisenga, 81, on Monday, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Crawford County District Court.

This is the kind of thing that we are going to see a lot more frequently in the years ahead.

Those thugs thought that they would get away with murder by burning the victims inside their own trailer, but they foolishly left behind a receipt from the Wal-Mart where they had just been shopping at the scene of the crime...

A pickup truck more than 200 yards north of the trailer also was burned. Near it, investigators found on the ground a receipt from the Denison Walmart with a debit-card number from a food-stamp card. Authorities determined the card was assigned to Schenck.

In this case, justice was served by the slothfulness of the American people, and I hope that those murderers are given the highest penalty allowed by law.

But in general, slothfulness is a terrible thing.  And it isn't just a few people that are being slothful.  This is a national disease.  I like how Jim Quinn put it in his recent article...

The government controlled public education system has flourished beyond all expectations of your owners. We’ve become a nation of techno-narcissistic, math challenged, reality TV distracted, welfare entitled, materialistic, gluttonous, indebted consumers of Chinese slave labor produced crap.

But even though so many of us are aware of what is happening to us, we just can't seem to break out of it as a nation.

It really does seem like most people are walking around in a fog these days.

Maybe the fact that 70 million Americans are on mind-altering drugs has something to do with it.

I don't know.

But unless Americans start taking more pride in their work again and start living their lives with meaning and purpose, it is going to be very difficult to envision a positive future for this country.


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Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:02 | 4608574 0b1knob
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Too Long; Didn't Read.   Too many words.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:11 | 4608596 AssFire
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Exactly, I mean what's the difference between ignorance and ambivalence?

I don't know and I don't care.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:15 | 4608615 Jack's Digestib...
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Why would I want to participate in [read: enable] a society deliberately engineered to screw me? Bump that.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:28 | 4608649 weburke
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regrettably, rumor has it that the  50 million people on food stamps are slated to get hit with  a virus in the electronic food stamp system. not all of them, but plenty of riots will result. worse if it continues. there is no food stamp plan b.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:50 | 4608699 mvsjcl
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I thought Wal-Mart showed plan B: simply open doors and allow them to take whatever in the face of threats and violence.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:29 | 4608781 James_Cole
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What a dumb article....145 million workers armed with cameras. You think if everyone had a camera + the internet in the 60s (or any decade) you wouldn't see shit like this?

The government controlled public education system has flourished beyond all expectations of your owners. We’ve become a nation of techno-narcissistic, math challenged, reality TV distracted, welfare entitled, materialistic, gluttonous, indebted consumers of Chinese slave labor produced crap.

Right, that’s entirely the fault of public education. And I’m sure all of you are fucking math experts, your home school teach you linear algebra? If only there was no public education, everyone would be a genius. 



Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:41 | 4608823 tmosley
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Of course.  You can't REALLY become a third world country until your people have adopted third world attitudes.  Now we just need to devalue our currency so they also get third world pay, and all will be well (for some).

Edit: James, you really wouldn't.  Minimum wage in the 60's was five silver quarters.  If fast food jobs paid that much, you would have far more professionalism among your workers (not that we should raise the minimum wage, rather we should readopt the fiscal and monetary policies that allowed us to pay those extravagent wages without breaking our small businesses).

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:43 | 4608837 negative rates
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Tell um he's got 3 months to learn cursive or it's curtians for them.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:30 | 4608978 lasvegaspersona
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negative rates

hope you are sitting down. THEY NO LONGER TEACH CURSIVE.

That is what I was told by my son's teacher at a Las Vegas middle school...believe it or don't but as far as I can tell it is true.

I guess it was taking time from diversity training.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:55 | 4609042 franciscopendergrass
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Why teach cursive when they have qwerty keyboards on cellphones.  Prepare for Rome to fall sgain.  Time to store more water, food, gold and ammo.  When this baby goes down, it is not going to be pretty.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:58 | 4609051 DoChenRollingBearing
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^^^  What these guys are saying.  Prepare.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:08 | 4609079 TeamDepends
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That picture is racist.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:42 | 4609179 Vampyroteuthis ...
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You know, when your job is dead end working for a total asshole, it is easy not to care. This is why socialism fails, no incentive to do anything.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:02 | 4609235 TeamDepends
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Mein Kampfire by S. Alinsky (bulletpoints):

1)  Control healthcare

2)  Increase poverty

3)  Increase debt

4)  Control guns

5)  Welfare-  Take control of every aspect of their lives

6)  Education-  Commiefy them!

7)  Remove God from everything

8)  Class warfare

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:04 | 4609244 Skateboarder
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Welp, most of those are fully checked off. A few patches here and there, and a few million hollow points later...

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:30 | 4609316 UnpatrioticHoarder
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Orlov has compared collapse in the US and USSR. He sites bright Russians who knew the system was a joke and so took jobs like tending basement boilers - they could sit and read all day.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:34 | 4609325 Four chan
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personally i checked out around 2004 after a divorce showed me the folly of life.

i stopped being a productive american and have zeroed out my taxes every year,

actively searching for galt's gulch because i am a producer, a mind, i am john galt and i will leave before being shackled. 

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:20 | 4609663 Handful of Dust
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Reading makes my head hurt.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:59 | 4609866 Headbanger
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Yep..  Everybody is going completely "John Galt" !


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:44 | 4609898 GetZeeGold
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I was promised a larger participation trophy.


This sucks....I quit!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:54 | 4609905 Ying-Yang
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"But unless Americans start taking more pride in their work again"

Should be But unless Americans business owners start taking more pride in their work and employees again, it isn't going to change.

It starts at the top. During my 50 years of owning businesses and earlier being an employee, owners used to give a shit. If owners cared employee would as well.

Big downward spiral of me first.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:14 | 4610004 No Quarter
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Totally agree with that statement- have been in business for 13 years, and have always taken great pride in our work and performing to the best of our abilities/exceding industry standard. The results of that  have been an appreciative and loyal client base that carried us through even during the worst of the collapse. Others in our line of work, eh, not so much. I WILL say, as an owner, there have been certain employees that, no matter how you try to prod or incentivise them, they just don't seem to care about the quality and/or don't see any value in it. Frustrating.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:18 | 4610872 detached.amusement
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Its tough when the workers of america see their business owners see a storm coming and start pulling as much as they possibly can into their pockets, even at the expense of their workers.

"right, remember that promotion and guaranteed bonus you have...well...we decided that we cant have people doing the same job and one has a prootion and the other doesnt.  But dont worry, we wont dock your salary...we'll just institute a salary cap about 4K over your current salary, and we're pretty sure you wont miss your bonuses going from alllllllmost 5 figures down to zero...ours were in danger of dropping below 7 figures, and we can't have that, see..."

Fuck business owners that gambled like mad and lost hard in 2008 and decided to make up the difference by fucking their employees over.

Crap like that REALLY drives someone to care about their job...oh right, if you like your house and all...keep toilin', slave.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:10 | 4609716 August
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From the other side of the planet, I salute thee!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:35 | 4609944 tarsubil
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My divorce showed me that our society does not care about a commitment and the fundamental foundation of human society. You make vows but at anytime for any reason can walk away and if you're a woman and lawyer up first you can benefit from this position.

Our society has already collapsed. People are in such a fog that they don't even realize it.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:40 | 4609951 artless
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"personally i checked out around 2004 after a divorce showed me the folly of life."

For me it was 1992 when that complete loser stood up at The Prez debate and said the candidates should think of the electorate as "their children". Bubba Clinton lept off his stool to answer that one and won the election.

People it's been OVER for a long, long time. I was 23 in 1992. I chose not to take part in the American PipeDream. Nice to see more and more folks figuring out.

And to James_Cole:

PLease enough with tha apologist for all things government posts. You're like the Fonestar of Public Ed, The Welfare Sate, The Interventionist State, and every and anything that Morgdor on The Potomac shits out.

It's boring. And moronic. ANYONE that defends the US pub Ed system is simply ignoring the data and the facts. It is an abject failure. We spend the most money in the world on it and we get a shitty RUI. Continiung to expect different results by doing the same thing again and again is fucking insane. Get out of your left/right state worship poltical paradigm and use your head. Have you not seen The Kahn Academy? Is not EVERY private school in your nech of the woods BETTER than any public school?

Please I went to a TPO TEN IN THE NATION ranked High School. It was a fucking joke. I have family anf friends whop are public teachers and admin. NOT A SINGLE one says the system works or is anything but a shit show.


Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:45 | 4609188 jeff montanye
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assfire, difference between ignorance and indifference: i don't know and i don't care (optional: mickey mouse's underwear).

ambivalence: you care, you're not sure in which way.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:54 | 4609368 wee-weed up
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The Liberal Socialists and the Democratic Party and their education unions (and their union dues kickbacks to said party) took over the American public education system in the 1960s. All else is unfortunate resultant history...

Shame on this country for ever allowing that to happen!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:50 | 4609499 Son of Loki
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People at work say I'm indifferent, but I don't care.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:46 | 4609745 HardAssets
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wee-weed up:  "The Liberal Socialists and the Democratic Party and their education unions (and their union dues kickbacks to said party) took over the American public education system in the 1960s. All else is unfortunate resultant history...

Shame on this country for ever allowing that to happen! "


It goes back far earlier than the 1960s - actually to late 1890s - early 1900s when private foundations (Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc) purposely transformed American education. They sought to eliminate the teaching of true American history & foundations, critical thinking skills, and to provide training for compliant workers who would not be able to effectively complain or be informed & active citizens of a democratic republic.

Its not about 'dems' vs 'repubs' - - - that is an illusion. The same agenda is followed no matter what politicians are in office.  John Taylor Gatto has written extensively on this. Here is his book 'The Underground History of American Education' which can be read online for free. Welcome to the Matrix, your red pill awaits:



Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:35 | 4609945 onthesquare
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I am hording sliderules

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:40 | 4609606 SAT 800
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It 's been years and years since they taught hand writting in the school "system"; but they can print "real good"; spelling, not so much.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:42 | 4609610 VD
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"writting" & readding

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:54 | 4609625 TeamDepends
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It's the orral's that's be the hardest.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:14 | 4609720 Rock On Roger
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Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:16 | 4609931 actionjacksonbrownie
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Ther is no "g" in "readin" or "writin"

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:40 | 4609001 TuPhat
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Actually my son was home schooled.  He did learn linear algebra at home and then went to college.  He is now emplyed as a Nuclear Engineer and he is good at his job.  He also cares about his work.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:55 | 4609043 James_Cole
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Actually my son was home schooled.  He did learn linear algebra at home and then went to college.

There's always somebody lol.

"We taught my daughter linear algebra by 3rd grade, in 4th we did differential geometry and discrete time fourier transformation..." 

You know, the regular home school curriculum.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:13 | 4609097 nmewn
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"You know, the regular home school curriculum."

You know something about home school curriculum do you?

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:17 | 4609106 TeamDepends
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A- Nice Job!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:27 | 4609140 DoChenRollingBearing
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I see how you did that!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:14 | 4609880 BabylonDeer
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And what's the difference if he "cares" or not about his job?? People just realized that a "job" is just a kind of slavery, and there is no difference of "how" do you see the time that those bloodsuckers take from your life. It's not your anyway, so why care of it?.

The labor cult is just way too 50's, just realize that you have a limited amount of time to waste it on low paid jobs. Specially if you work in a envireonmentally hazardous place that limit your time even more...

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:58 | 4610141 MontgomeryScott
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"A- Nice Job!"

@ team-d,

That was the first thing I noticed. The cirriculum looks like a good 8th grade English test, and the teacher gives this misanthropic twit an A- for his/her/its (let's all be P.C. now) choppy unlined printing and abject failure to answer the question seriously, as IT waxes immortal about 'being bored'. The teacher actually thinks that this response is WORTH an A-...

I can't WAIT for 'common core' to take root...

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:40 | 4609173 HoofHearted
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Well, dipshit, some of us are college profs in (wait for it) mathematics. And we believe kids can handle stuff like linear algebra in high school. Not only that, we take the kids with us to work and let them sit in on our classes or on the classes of colleagues we trust. It's nice to be able to take them with you on a sabbatical in Germany and let them get immersed in the language. It's great to study art when you are actually going to Giverny. 

And these kids will eat the public school kids' milkshake when they go out on a job interview. Problem is they will try to help the dipshits out, too, because they have learned compassion rather than the Lord of the Flies mentality that I got in high school.

Don't get me wrong...there are some real dumbfucks trying to do homeschool too. And their kids are just as likely to eat directly from the ice cream machine. The percentages are just smaller in the homeschool community we hang in. Probably goes with all the professors being the ones who do the homeschooling. There just might be something to that...

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:47 | 4609197 FredFlintstone
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Then there is the private school route, which we chose for our four. Home schooling, like public schooling is a risky proposition IMO.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:05 | 4609250 James_Cole
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Hoof has the solution: every kid just needs parents who happen to be professors!

Actually you just gave me an idea.. What if we took someone like you (math prof) and searched in the community for people with similar knowledge in other subjects...say chem, physics, lit, history etc. and have them home school a bunch of the kids from the community together. Actually, even pool money together to buy materials for this community learning centre, maybe even a building!

We're on to something here I'm certain of it!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:09 | 4609261 JohnFrodo
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they could form sports teams

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:59 | 4609388 willwork4food
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Home School team sports is common. I was a coach and admin for a couple years. Great kids, very respectful, well behaved and WANTED to learn. This has given me hope in America, wherever she may be 20 years from now.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:46 | 4609358 nmewn
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Just one caveat and I'm in, the parents get to fire the teachers who fail at teaching.

Up for it? ;-)

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:56 | 4609382 James_Cole
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Yes, and double to the admin.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:56 | 4609512 bigkahuna
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Get rid of the admin - ban them from the public sector and make them get private sector work. Replace them ALL with a mainframe or mid-range. Double all teachers' salaries that were not fired with the admin - and begin to selectively hire new teachers.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:20 | 4609441 Tall Tom
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Do the teachers get to fire the parents whom are failing at parenting?


Education begins at home.


Turn off the God Damned TeeVee and READ TO YOUR CHILDREN.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:44 | 4609615 Liberty2012
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Tall Tom,

"Do the teachers get to fire the parents whom are failing at parenting?" Of course not.

How about teachers firing students? No one should be a slave. If your students don't care to learn, you are free to find some that do want to learn.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:46 | 4609689 Tall Tom
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Children are natural autodiadacts. If the student does not want to learn then there is some force which is destroying that natural ability.


That can be a home environment which is not condusive to allowing the exploration. It may be a school environment which is too restrictive and regimented. It may even be that the child is in poor health. But generally it is a combination of the major causes.


A teacher does not really teach but facilitates the learning experience. Hopefully the teacher can do this through instilling ENTHUSIASM into the child through encouragement.


No the teacher should not be allowed to fire the children whom do not know what is best for themselves. Children are to be loved and cherished. They, however, are not tiny adults.


Personally I think that Public Schooling is an abysmal failure. The onus and responsibility for child rearing needs to be placed upon the parents totally, soley, and the Government needs to back out of education completely. If the parents refuse then they need to be held criminally responsible for child neglect, child abuse, and jailed. Nobody is to be allowed to harm a child.


I had the most amazing conversation with a three year old girl today. She and I bartered for toys. She is looking forward to her ballet classes.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:16 | 4609435 Tall Tom
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But will these people work for free?


Is that what you suggest? (You did not even provide a sustenance stipend for their time and effort.)


How much will they contribute without adequate compensation?


Most public funds spent for education does not provide for teacher's salaries but is directed toward "administrative costs".




Pull your children from Public Schooling TOMORROW...on Monday...if you truly love your children. Homeschool them.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:58 | 4609519 James_Cole
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Don't get me wrong, I'm all for paying teachers high wages. IMO they are the cornerstone to any democracy and particularly in a capitalist framework should be highly compensated. Finland has the right idea.

I was trying to sarcastically make the point that not all kids have professors (with spare time to boot) as parents which is why public ed is necessary.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:26 | 4609671 Tall Tom
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Sir...I have never had one moment of "spare time" as I, like everyone else whom I know, has 24 hours in a day.

So I have to set aside time and prioritize for that which is most important to me.


If you love your children more than you love your income then you will not work long hours or have your spouse work long hours. I know that it may mean a decline in a person's "standard of living". It is a sacrifice of the personal desires over that of the the needs of the children.


One does not need be a College Professor to homeschool children. If the parent is deficient in any subject matter then it can really be a bonding experience as both the child and the parent explore the subject material together. It is then a process of mutual discovery, full of the exctement for learning, rather than a boring lecture delivered by a disinterested teacher in an overcrowded school classroom.


Public Schooling destroys the autodiadect nature of the child through regimentation.


No. Public Education is not "necessary" at all. I disagree. In fact it is a hinderance.


I am writing this as a former proponent of Public Education and as a former teacher. What I have observed in the current classroom has sickened me.


When the Special Education Teacher and Classroom teacher gossip in the classroom while neglecting their duties,

When I was teaching the students Math in that same classroom as a parent/observer, following my instinct as a teacher,

When the principal of the school KNEW that it was going on and did not stop it,

When the Principal of the school was more interested in outward awards than in the actual progress of the attending students,

then it is quite apparent that the school was failing the children even if the grades did not reflect it.


Then, sometimes, the teachers will change the students answers on the Standardized Exams in order to secure themselves a raise.


As a teacher when I assigned a grade of an F to a student it was a grade of Failure.

Yes the student had failed to master the presented material.

But I had failed to teach that student.

The knife cuts both ways. It is a Double Edged Sword.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:13 | 4609718 James_Cole
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If you love your children more than you love your income then you will not work long hours or have your spouse work long hours. I know that it may mean a decline in a person's "standard of living". It is a sacrifice of the personal desires over that of the the needs of the children.

Your whole comment is absurd, as if written from another universe. Public education historically has had excellent outcomes worldwide - and continues to.

The idea that parents are naturally gifted educators is also nonsense. Your example of parents 'learning' with their children is another absurdity. Ever had someone 'teach' you something when they had no idea what they were talking about? Yeah, real great lessons there!

And families with two working parents? Oh well, screw those kids. 

The best education systems world wide are all public and none are home schooled. Poor education outcomes in the US are also largely an issue of poverty rather than teaching. Wealthier kids generally have quite good results in the US.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:59 | 4610664 Tall Tom
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I guess that I am from another universe as I was reading at the age of two...There was no school that taught me. I was taught at home by my lesbian adoptive parents.


Actually I guess that you were never involved in any study group at school as the group were totally clueless while working on an assigned project.


Also I guess that the funding for peer tutoring needs to be removed as you claim that it does not work, Mr. Cole. (I know from anecdotal experience that it does work.)


You can buy into what you please.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:23 | 4609570 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I think you are onto something indeed. But not in the way you probably mean. Keep it local. I have no problem with a simple form of public school like that, provided that it is run entirely locally, with teachers who can be fired locally, as in parents have a say in it. To make this work at all, we also get rid of the dept of education, teachers unions, common core, all of it, and move back to how it was done many decades ago, back when American schools were producing the best and brightest.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:00 | 4609706 BooMushroom
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Your post is sarcastic, but highlights an important point: many of the teachers now are not professors of math/chem/lit/etc. They're all "education" majors. Which means that they're good at cramming kids' heads full of stuff... But they don't have a real strong grasp of the things they are hired to teach, just how to teach it if they did.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:05 | 4609711 Freddie
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If you are trying to be witty you failed.  You get a few points for knowing what a fourier transform is.  

Do a little research.  There is plenty of homeschooling interactive software, websites and other tools that make home schooling a lot easier and cheaper than sending your kid to prison (pubic school).

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:34 | 4609892 RSloane
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Believe it or not James, that's beig done all over the country outside the public school system. But don't worry, the US public school system can cantinue to place lower than Ruanda in middle school math and comprehension, not to mention our fine public school system high school students placing much lower than Taiwan in science. Oh if only they had teacher's unions, then they would achieve true paradisio.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:06 | 4609991 HoofHearted
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It happens...often. They are called homeschool co-ops. We take an hour a week to introduce subjects at levels the children can handle. And then we field questions as the parents try to engage their kids in the topic. Sometimes we are emailed several questions in a week, or called on our phones, whatever. And we lean on the expertise of other like-minded people. My ten year old can write better papers than most of my college students (probably because it is an engineering school at which I teach, but...). I give credit to his rhetoric teacher, but he and I sit down and discuss every paper before he turns it in to her. And no, she is not a prof. She was a former grade school teacher who got fed up with it all and said her kids would never go to the schools at which she was teaching. 

Thanks for re-inventing the wheel. We're part of three such co-ops here in the middle of Nowhere, FlyOver Country.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:08 | 4609257 JohnFrodo
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My children were home schooled, they learned to finger paint, now they grow Pot in Colorado and are putting real Picasios in the house.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:35 | 4609462 Tall Tom
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Just what in the hell is a "Picasio"? Do you mean Picasso?


Personally I am more into late 19th Century Impressionism. A Monet or a Renoir is more to my tastes. But to view the movement in a Van Gogh is a real thrill.


Pablo Picasso did some disconcordant work, Cubism, and can be appreciated as it demonstrates the beginnings of the Societal Breakdown occurring the the early to mid 20th Century.


Do you really appreciate Fine Art?


As I am a product of Private Schooling I was introduced to that appreciation. Most Public School products cannot even identify a Picasso, spell Picasso, or differentiate Fine Art from trash.


Homeschool your children and allow them the opportunity to discover Fine Art. Maybe instead of attending class they will end up with class.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:08 | 4609713 Freddie
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Get back to us when they can afford a real Carivaggio.

I love this stupid meme about how I am going ot get rich growing pot.  Good luck.  When supply and demand equalize, you will be better off growing sod.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:22 | 4609728 Tall Tom
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Many years ago, when my first nephew was eight years old, he went to attend a week long camp. I went with my mother to go pick him up. But there were other adults, the children wanted to ride home in the car together, and I was "stuck" as a passenger driving back with them.


So, instead of hearing a bunch of cut up wise cracking eight year olds driving me nuts for an Hour and a Half I suggested that we play a game.


I asked the children, "What two numbers added to nine and multiplied to twenty?" My nephew blurted out, "Five and Four". Good. Then I asked, "What two numbers multiplied to 42 and added to 13?"


The driver of the car, this woman driver, exclaimed, "That is too hard for them. They are only eight."


I replied, "No. It is not too hard. My nephew is doing it and he is eight. Children will do exactly as you expect them to do. No more and no less. They aim to please."


So I repeated the question, "What two numbers multiply to 42 and add to 13?" My nephew answered it correctly again, Six and Seven. I replied to my nephew, "I know that you know how. Let them figure it out."


(And now he is 37 years old...with children of his own...Wow does time fly.)


Then I asked, "What two numbers multiply to ten and add to seven?" One of the other children answered it correctly.


By the time that the drive was completed all five or six of the children were proficient and competitive. The woman was speechless.


That was an introduction to Algebra with two equations and two unknowns.  x + y = C1 ; xy = C2 ; Solve for x and y.


Eight year olds were doing it.


Let's play a game...

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:38 | 4608998 James_Cole
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Edit: James, you really wouldn't.  Minimum wage in the 60's was five silver quarters.  If fast food jobs paid that much, you would have far more professionalism among your workers (not that we should raise the minimum wage, rather we should readopt the fiscal and monetary policies that allowed us to pay those extravagent wages without breaking our small businesses).

Not that I disagree with your sentiment, but you telling me you never had your luggage / post bashed up prior to the 2000s? 

I know when I worked this type of job in my teens people were doing all the same sorts of things this article is going on about, just wasn't cameras around to capture it all. I doubt it was a new phenomenon at that time. 

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:29 | 4609144 tmosley
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The 90's was already bad.  Really, it got bad after the 70's.

Fast food workers used to be the young people of the community.  Now they are older (non-teens) from the lower class.  Those people used to work higher paying jobs involving manual labor.  The capital has been stolen, and as a result, people do what they must, and become despondent. Young people don't get jobs any more, and even if they did, their wages buy so little they don't take themselves seriously.

I worked fast food in the 90's, as a pizza delivery driver.  Sure, there were some fun shenanigans, but nothing unsanitary.  The delivery drivers made good money (through delivery fees and tips+$5.15/hr), and so acted much more professionally.  The only ones who really misbehaved (had sex in cars in the parking lot, or smoked dope out there) were those on minimum wage without tips.  The delivery drivers and waitresses were good and pretty dependable (as much as 18 year olds can be).

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 03:00 | 4609766 Nostradalus
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my best friend pissed in the pickles at McD's in 1978. fact he was quite proud of, and laughingly recited the deed oftentimes

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:06 | 4609992 effendi
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Back in 1979 (Australia) when I was 16 I went to school with a Greek boy who worked in a fish & chip shop (battered fish and french fries to Americans). Someone broke in one night and crapped in the deep fryer.

The shop owner just scooped it out and did not change the oil or clean the vat.

And another friend worked in McDonalds, when a tray of uncooked hamburger patties fell on the floor the manager picked them up and had them cooked to sell.

So how many other examples of both employers and employees doing this stuff occur every day in just about every country?

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:59 | 4609389 Antifaschistische
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I even gave the USPS the benefit of the doubt until they lost a wedding gift I sent in January.   The collosal stupidity I had to deal with was just absolutely unbelievable.  The only thing that exceeded the stupidity, was the apathy.  I went over everyone's head and called the 800 number.  They were worse.  I filled out an online claim form where someone will contact you....(I believe within 24 hours).  Never heard back at all...that was 3 weeks ago.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:29 | 4609585 Liberty2012
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Tmosley great post and edit

5 silver quarters in today's money is about $25 or $30

Invisible slavery - the greatest con ever

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 04:38 | 4609837 Hughmon
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I will be genorous and suppose that you will get numismatic value for those quarters 5 x $8.00 = $40 hardly a living wage. Melt value for those quarters would be ~$3.60

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:08 | 4609917 fedupwhiteguy
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That's 5 90% silver PER HOUR!!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:51 | 4609032 franciscopendergrass
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Parents are to blame more than the public education system.  Government cannot solve problems that parents aren't willing to fix.  Using the public education system as a form of babysitting is what is basically going on right now.  If the student is not doing well in school, blame the teachers.  Granted, the public school system socks but it does such as bad as some of these parents out there.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:09 | 4609084 SilverDOG
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100% correct.

Those who disagree, are lazy ass parents.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 04:45 | 4609840 Squid-puppets a...
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very polemic

we used to have one parent stay home all the time to help teach the children. nowadays you need both working - thats if you ever want to own a house at nosebleed prices and avoid being homeless in your old age

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:11 | 4610192 HoofHearted
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It is *not* impossible to survive today with one parent working. We have not yet reached our retirement ages, so we may end up homeless for all I know. We just say no to all the iCrap, don't eat out very often, and work hard to maintain things around the house. The minivan is six years old, the truck is seven, and both have been paid off for some time. We have a house and 15 acres with a barn, chickens, an orchard, a garden, a tractor, and a swimming pool. The kids even have a gokart, so we do indulge some. We spend about $6000 a year on homeschool materials and co-op fees. And then my wife doesn't have a salary coming in, and she has a master degree. So we're probably dropping $50-60k a year there also. 

You just have to say no to cable television, the expensive phones and contracts, brand new designer clothes, etc. And luckily my wife is beautiful enough that she dosn't have to spend tons of money on makeup to make her look presentable. We don't get $40 haircuts. We don't buy a new car every third year. It really can be done. You just have to make the decision to live on less because the investment in the kids is much more important.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:25 | 4610683 Tall Tom
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Most are unwilling to make the sacrifice as they are hedonists and do not truly love their children. They see their children as a burden.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:43 | 4624803 SilverDOG
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THAT, is the truth.

Most, "Can't HANDLE the TRUTH!"

The only aspect missing, is the children are not even looked at. 

The parents are only looking to see for themselves.

F-ing irresponsible cowards succumbing to genetic message, procreate.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:54 | 4609040 Policraticus
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Absolutely a dumb article.  We all know that red ink has been removed from all schools at all levels.  However there may be some reason for concern.  What if the teacher actually used red ink.  I will notify the ACLU first thing in the morning and if this actually happened, there will be Hell to pay. 

Thanks for the heads up James. 

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:13 | 4609268 DanDaley
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If only there was no public education, everyone would be a genius. 


If only there were no public education...(subjunctive, baby, subjunctive). Public school?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:54 | 4609761 August
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'Murcans don't need no subjunctive.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:11 | 4609383 rbg81
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Yeah, because there were no lazy, incompetent, or dangerous people working before 1980.  Please.  My older brother got a wrench wrapped around his head working at a Chrysler assembly line back in 1972.  Some thug he was trying to train didn't take kindly to being told what to do.  He never went back, but the thug kept his [union] job.  It was a fucking jungle.  Surprised any cars got produced at all.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:50 | 4609497 401K of Dooom
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Mr. Cole may I ask you a question?  Then why has our public education system not worked according to expectation?  Do you have an explanation for the people who are ignorant and not able to function in our society?  Mr. Durden, could you give Mr. Cole an article to elaborate on his explanation?  Thank you.


Just for the record, my explanation is that public education has foundered due to several causes.  The most numerous are the parents who take their childrens side even if the kids were caught red-handed committing a crime!  Oh and the drug culture was flourishing but no one did anything about it!  So don't expect me to send my kids into the drug dens of public education so you can feel good, you liberal!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:21 | 4610431 Weisshaupt
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Its a good plan actually. Once the Walmart is empty they looters all starve within a few weeks, or get shot down trying to do it to private homes..  Problem solved. 

Its really not just the low-paid workers who no longer care.  Anyone who has worked in Corporate Ameria knows that co-worker who does nothing and never gets fired.  There is no accountibility and under Obama there is no reason to maintain a work ethic - there will be no retirement, and no career. Ride the system till the next layoff, then ride unemployment,  then ride welfare,and use that time to gain your galt skills.  Grow food. Start an under the table all cash business,  and practice your marksmanship, because you are going to need it. 

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:25 | 4608960 TeddyBear
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The USDA says that there were 23,052,388 households on food stamps in the average month of fiscal 2013,


But I have proof that workers are not as good.


It is not just the poor.

HBO line up is random, 10 years ago all night would be the same genre.

The US cannot go back to the moon???

We cannot know why, Only that it is Sub-Standard.....................

This is good:

George Carlin

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:26 | 4608962 lasvegaspersona
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gubermint spearment?

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:29 | 4608652 Urban Roman
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Free Jon Corzine!


Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:32 | 4608661 ILLILLILLI
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I believe that Ann Barnhardt would take him if he is she could hang him. 

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:37 | 4608672 THX 1178
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That one guy is weezin' the juice.

BTW Ann Barnhardt is a crazy bitch. Not saying she's wrong, now.

But gat Dam!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:02 | 4608883 Skateboarder
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I totally have a crush on Ann Barnhardt. if you're reading this, Ann, <3.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:24 | 4609301 RafterManFMJ
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Love you too, Ann.
Sorry my text game is horrible

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:48 | 4609361 jerry_theking_lawler
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Me Ann....always liked em a little crazy. Ann, I wanna have your babies.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:59 | 4609392 MedTechEntrepreneur
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I hope you guys like it up the ass, cause guaranteed she's got a strap-on.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:45 | 4609491 Tall Tom
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She is a devout Roman Catholic. I seriously doubt that character assassination. Stop being a jerk.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:58 | 4609508 10mm
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Every Pape girl friend including current one is a Freak-A- Zoit. Closet sluts and I like it. But in a buisness ethical standard, shes got my respect.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:42 | 4609485 Tall Tom
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She may even be reading this and posting on ZH...I have a funny feeling about that.


I have much respect for her as she is an honest woman.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:24 | 4609732 Freddie
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Honesty is in short supply in this world.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:25 | 4609449 Husk-Erzulie
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Crazyiern ratshit, smart as a whip.  Crush right here too.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00 | 4609514 Oliver Klozoff
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She took the Orlov route.

Right after the IRS stole all her money she took one of those "easy" jobs and deprived an undocumented alien at the same time.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:45 | 4609901 PT
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I love Ann too.  But I'm not good enough for her.   :(


Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:02 | 4608884 Mike in GA
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She's not crazy, she's uncompromisingly principled.  In today's world of compromise, compromise, compromise; to remain steadfast with your principles is considered radical.  Thus, in a world gone crazy, only the sane seem out of place.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:18 | 4609284 DanDaley
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No, she's crazy, but so what?...crazy can be good.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:45 | 4609492 caustixoid
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Yeah, but does she plot above the diagonal?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:31 | 4609940 fedupwhiteguy
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Yeah, keep on watching the boob tube. That'll get you right as rain. You betcha!!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 22:22 | 4609290 RafterManFMJ
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If you're one step ahead of everbody you're hailed as a genius; if you're two steps ahead you're reviled as a madman.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:03 | 4609402 lunaticfringe
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She is nuttier than a holiday fruitcake.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:57 | 4609909 PT
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She's got more balls than the rest of the planet combined even if everyone had their own billiard table.  You think she's crazy because you haven't got the balls to put your principles first to the extent that she did.  Her "craziness" is simply proof that she is actually a human being - freaking out at what has to be done and then doing it anyway.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:28 | 4609936 fedupwhiteguy
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(awesome escapist movie btw) Your eval of Ann is waaaaay off base. I personally liked when she called out Palin and West for their failures. She's at the top of my list of desirable all-around females to share the foxhole with.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:38 | 4608675 kaiserhoff
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Good start on an article Michael, but you missed the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

Government and health care jobs pay a multiple (5 or 10 times+) in wages and benefits compared to a real, private sector job.  Who wants to be a slave.  Who wants to be treated like dirt.  Do a little research and you will see why the "economy" looks OK, but no one wants to do the damn work.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:05 | 4608739 Bangin7GramRocks
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5 or 10 times! N-WORD PLEASE!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:40 | 4609002 TheMeatTrapper
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Nigger yourself. When you factor in how little actual work they do, the benefits, the insurance and the pension plans - which most private sector workers never get - yes government "workers" make multiples of what the productive sector make. 

They have zero stress, zero deadlines and zero accountability. They don't have to compete, they don't have to make a profit, they don't have to adapt to changing market conditions. They have to sit and do as they are told. Period.

I refuse to hire prorgrammers who come from a government background. They are experts at working on projects for years and never actually delivering anything useful. 

Fuck the government and the tit suckers that work for it. 

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:00 | 4609911 PT
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Lucky for me, not all bosses think like you.  Otherwise I would've been totally fffaaaarrrrrkkkked.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:22 | 4608776 Muddy1
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Yes, Michael had a good start on the article, but then he realized that he just doesn't care anymore.  This article was noticably vacant of his usual references to statistics.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:36 | 4609470 TheReplacement
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Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:23 | 4608953 Yardfarmer
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this is from her site:

3.  I have two Masses per month locked-in, and for the non-benefactor Mass I have been cycling through family, friends and people who have done grievous personal harm to me specifically.  Today, however, I decided to finally bite the bullet and dedicate this month’s Mass to Jon Corzine.  Yes, as in MFGlobal Jon Corzine.  As in the Jon Corzine who I still firmly believe should be arrested and tried for his theft, and upon conviction be executed.  Remember, to deprive a man of the justice due him is a sin equal in gravity to his crime.  Thus, my position has not changed in that regard, just so we are clear.  But, as with any criminal, the hope and prayer is that of conversion, sincere repentance, salvation and that the criminal enjoy the Beatific Vision for all eternity.  Jon Corzine is no exception.  My hope is that the death of Corzine’s son (which is being reported as a suicide) might jar Corzine, psychopath though he may be, into some sort of conversion experience.  I know it is a long shot, especially when we are talking about sociopathy/psychopathy, which is by definition the pathological absence of regret, shame or guilt, but I also know that Our Lord said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  So, I am going to ask Our Crucified Lord to affect the conversion and save the soul of Jon Corzine, a man whom, it is completely accurate to say, I have hated.

The Corzine Mass will be on March 19th,

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:03 | 4609066 DoChenRollingBearing
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Forgiveness of everyone is an important part of saving one's soul.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:09 | 4609087 TeamDepends
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+1 Superb!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:15 | 4609101 SilverDOG
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Assuming as the majority of tards similat to you; your soul has been f-ing lost.

You gave it away dumb ass.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:30 | 4609152 DoChenRollingBearing
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For the mild stroke delivered here in Fight Club, I forgive you SilverDOG.

Matthew 6:14, 6:15

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:45 | 4609190 TeamDepends
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Always lead by example.  There is no other way.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:49 | 4609201 DoChenRollingBearing
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Hey, it's up to guys like us to help make the universe a better place.  

It really IS an important responsability.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:51 | 4609501 Tall Tom
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I am too angry at times...most of the time.


I am happy that you are at peace.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:07 | 4609538 DoChenRollingBearing
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Tall Tom, I am not at peace nearly as often as you might think.  But, I'm trying.  We're all works in progress.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:06 | 4609644 Liberty2012
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Tom, move past the anger - it is a waste of time to stay there ;)

Life is Beautiful

A journey and a destination at the same time

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:30 | 4609857 Canoe Driver
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Wall Street are not the only ones doing well. There's also Silicon Valley, and Big Government. To a lesser extent, real estate, insurance and entertainment, too, continue to funnel wealth to those that already have it.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:30 | 4610715 Tall Tom
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I am doing the best that I can. I vent a lot here.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:51 | 4624829 SilverDOG
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Keep your assumed credit for yourself.

Do not need here in reality.

See it, touch it, taste it, hear it, smell it, KNOW it.

Skipping hearsay based belief.

You have no difficulty doing so in financial regards. 


Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:15 | 4608755 algol_dog
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Hard to be motivated when the crooks on wall-street are making more than your years salary in 5 minutes -

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:43 | 4609012 TheMeatTrapper
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I do not draw my motivation based on the actions of others. 

That mentality is at the root of the problem. 

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:56 | 4609613 Franktastic
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I do not draw my motivation based on how many dollars i can make. 

That mentality is at the root of the problem.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:16 | 4608761 0b1knob
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If its free then I will take two of these "John Corzine"s.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:31 | 4608659 valley chick
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Whew!  That was painfully long to read!  Now back to facebook and post some selfies!

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:54 | 4609038 Thoth
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Exactly. "Aww got busted for eating soft serve, oh well elligible for unemployment again. They were just racist, gimme".

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:15 | 4609552 Nick Jihad
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At least he spared his employer the expense of a paper cup. workers get no respect these days

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:08 | 4609082 GeorgeHayduke
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Maybe this is what you get when the economy for the vast majority of people is based purely on service jobs.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:59 | 4609703 hobopants
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Exactly. An illegitimate, unconstitutional government has legislated away (honest) upward mobility and replaced it with a bunch of free shit I don't want and didn't ask for. Lazy? slothful? I'll make you a deal, take all of your social safety net bullshit and shove it directly up your ass, then give me back  the freedom, not the opportunity, the fucking freedom to succeed in my own way, without all the superfluous bureaucracy, taxes and flat out harrasment, and I'll show you what made this country great in the first place. Until that date, kindly fuck off.



Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:10 | 4609921 PT
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As far as I know, there is still plenty of land on this planet that is classified "uninhabitable".  If you can find a way to make a small patch of that habitable then you might still be able to make your dream come true.

Let us know if you succeed.  I'm looking for hints.  But don't shout out the answers too loud or the bugmint will come looking for you. 

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:23 | 4610028 effendi
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Most of the uninhabitable land is locked up, mostly by various government departments. National Parks, Military Reserves, State Forests, Wilderness Zones etc. 

You build any permanent structure (or often even a tent) and they will arrest you. Same with cultivation, or hunting, or fishing, or having livestock.

Many foreign countries will not let foreigners own property or obtain permanent residence. Also most of their uninhabitable country is reserved for the natives (like the Eskimos or Amazon Indians) as an exclusion buffer. 


Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:48 | 4613406 PT
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Well, I guess "permanent tourist" it is then.  Guvmints luv tourists!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 04:10 | 4609814 Gold Eyed Cat
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You got it right Jack! Why would anyone want to participate in a society deliberately engineered to screw us?

Recently, the really cool company my man works for has totally gone to shit.

They are now purposely understaffed, and short on parts.  They no longer offer any chance of promotion, and most workers have capped salaries.  They "postponed" the 2013 mid year bonus, made "sincere" promises, stalled, and then predictably cut the end of year bonus in half.  There will be no 2014 bonus for techs unless they are "outstanding" and build a green energy school for the blind in their spare time and end up in the national news for it or something similar.

They have a mandatory end of April deadline to upgrade ALL Windows operating systems or risk locations being shut down by CC companies.  They have sent out several threats and warnings about getting it all done.  And yet they have NOT sent out all the necessary hardware/software to complete the task.  

Supervisors cancel monthy meetings half of the year.  Upper management no longer makes skip level meetings.  Metrics and evals that salary increases are based on are randomly changed, missing or completely unrelated to the mountain of work dumped on people.

Managers who used to preach about "balancing work with family life" now call, text or email any hour of any day and expect an immediate answer.  Weekends are now only off days if no one can think up a reason to call.  

It used to be such an interesting tech job!  Now it's a big red box of crap.

This is why even skilled, hard working people no longer give a fuck.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:22 | 4609856 Canoe Driver
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Most of these people know they haven't any chance under the present system, which is essentially a melanin-hierarchy, with the darkest on the bottom. The equal treatment that would be necessary is, tribally-speaking, counter-intuitive, and so the meager efforts of government to provide "equality" are failing miserably. The incentive, of course, for those at the top of the hierarchy, to genuinely give up a bit of the local real estate is self-preservation, but they can't really see that, because the "owners" of the system are generally not very bright either.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:49 | 4608697 Bangin7GramRocks
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The owner class stopped giving a fuck about employees, so why should they give a fuck about the job? Check out a Costco. They treat the workers with respect and living wages and the owners are rewarded with motivated and engaged employees. Don't piss in your well and bitch about the water tasting like urine.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:20 | 4608766 crunchyfrog
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Spot on.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:04 | 4608891 capitallosses
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Great point. Called two different Costco stores today to check if something was in stock, and in both cases I was surprised how nice the employees were.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:59 | 4609227 Yes_Questions
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Hundreds a month I spend with that company for food and sundries and do not shop around to see if I'm getting a good price.  Their stores have products I use, can buy quality, and when in a store I've never been in, like this afternoon: can get a straight forward answer whether "Those are the eggs we have". 


I spend NO MONEY at Wal Mart/SAM'S club.




and I'm a man of means by no means..




Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:25 | 4609445 Matt
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Costco has 9% mark-up on everything. It's their rule, no more, no less.

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