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Idiocracy is Too Accurate

Posted by $ Abaco 1 month ago to Culture
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Anybody else see it? Get frustrated by it? Today after months of my dryer sounding like it's going to catch fire I went to the local Lowe's to get a new washer/dryer set. The poor young guy trying to help me was struggling. I'm used to that now. The young men who were damaged just before my son are entering the workforce now and trying their hardest. I get it. But, the first appliances I selected from the floor were not available. Anywhere. Then, the second set I liked...dryer is coming from somewhere far, far away. No problem. I can wait. But...I see this all the time - people trying to sell something that isn't available. People just failing to do basic inventory. I stood there for about an hour while this guy worked the phone, was put on hold for long stretches...etc. Then, I had a vision. I saw all of us bending over a tub and washboard. I pictured those big tv-antenna looking clothes hangers we used to have in our back yards at grandma's house. I think we may all be going back to that. I wish I was kidding, too. I'm down with it. I'm ready for a simpler, cheaper life.

On a similar note...I am not sure if I should mention that I found an area right near here that really reminds me of Galt's Gulch as described in our book. Washoe Valley. Place looks like a postcard. I'd put it 2nd behind the valley in CO that inspired it - Ouray.


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  • Posted by 25n56il4 1 month ago
    My sympathies. I went to my local Office Depot seeking a new printer like the one I've had for ages. Not in stock. Asked for ink cartridges for old printer. Not on the shelves. Suggested youngster look in the stockroom and see if he could find and guess what? He did! N
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    • Posted by $ BobCat 1 month ago
      I also recently went to orifice despot , but to get a printer cartridge for a printer I bought there five years ago. I used to to get my replacements at their competitor but they were driven out of business. Long story short ... this particular store no longer carries that particular item but the Clerk did find it in one of their stores 30 miles away. WTF. The store they drove out of business always carried it and plenty of them. Welcome to the new normal ... short or non existent inventory and only for the items they currently sell .... It won’t get any better under socialism.
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    • Posted by 25n56il4 1 month ago
      Earlier in the month I purchased a new shredder. It was the same brand as my older one but smaller. It worked for one day. I returned it and said I didn't really need a new shredder. Peace. N
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      • Posted by $ gharkness 1 month ago
        Reminds me of the DoD shredder I had before I moved up here. When it got through with stuff, there was NOTHING left. Not at all like office shredders these days.

        Original price tag on it was in the $2,500 range and I picked it up at a garage sale for $50. I think the reason they got rid of it was (besides the fact it was the size of a Sherman tank) it would get "tired" and just quit after 30 minutes or so shredding. Still, one need not worry their documents could be re-assembled with that thing.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 1 month ago
    First, I am not a prude, quite the contrary. However, after watching Game of Thrones, Marco Polo, Black Sails, et al, I'm concluding that pornography is both mainstream, and derided by the new, "left" moral majority. I could care less about naked people on TV doing anything, but which way do we want it?

    The hypocrisy from Hollywood, et al, is overwhelming. Men and women are the same. Some people are neither. We can allow people to be motivated by sex, or behave if they are, but we will take advantage of the fact that everyone is.

    This post made me connect the two thoughts. Idiocrisy was ripe with this in an obvious manner. All these new, popular, acclaimed series are as well...and five minutes later some college student will be keel-hauled in public for having sex with a drunk girl, who was probably wearing something designed to inspire lower body blood
    flow.

    Jethro Tull lyrics are a lot more reasonable about the way the real world works. Hollywood wants it both ways.
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  • Posted by JohnRandALL 1 month ago
    I go to Staples just for comic relief. The store is almost always practically empty. They never have the one item you are looking for. No one can help you, They never know the answer. Then you go to check out and it takes forever even though their is only one person in front of you, because of all the silly questions they ask.
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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 1 month ago
    Explaining how to make proper change to a cashier because the register isn't working is as frightening as the audacity to ask $4 for a egg McMuffin.
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    • Posted by $ Snezzy 1 month ago
      Occasionally I am pleasantly surprised. The cashier at Tractor Supply counted my change backwards, and I told her, "You are too young to know how to do that." Turns out she is one of those "math whiz" people, has a degree in statistics, and apparently works as a cashier for fun.

      On the other hand it confuses the heck out of some of them if you hand in $20.35 for a purchase of $18.35. "You gave me too much," they'll say.

      Also, at the flea market three weeks ago I counted change for a $5 pony ride from a $100 bill, and did it backwards. The dad paying for the ride was Mexican, and obviously knew exactly what I was doing. I asked him whether he learned backwards change here or in Mexico, and he said, "Here in the US."

      Hope springs eternal. We meet the very best people when doing pony rides! Crummy people are not interested in doing something good for their kids. It's nice to hear parents telling their kids, 'Dile: "Gracias".' (Tell him, "Thank you.") And the little kid says, "Thank you," in English.
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      • Posted by rhfinle 1 month ago
        Get a good set of darts, go to a pub and learn to play 301. You'll learn to subtract pretty quickly. Being a product of the public school system, I couldn't subtract worth a damn until I was in my late '20s. I was good at calculus and differential equations, but it took being on a darts team for me to learn to subtract.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 1 month ago
    "Just in time" (JIT) has been a fiasco from the start. Just like Utopian political ideas, it only works when everyone is in agreement and coordinated. When a hiccup occurs in the supplier stream, there's no inventory cushion, and nothing gets delivered. Proponents of JIT point to mythical logistical savings, but conveniently ignore what happens when things don't work perfectly, where the costs can outweigh the savings.

    We see the same things in the sales pitch for socialist solutions to social problems. Everyone in favor touts how wonderful things will be, while deliberately turning a blind eye to the myriad historical failures of socialism.

    Unfortunately, immature, uneducated (or properly, maleducated) minds always seek the simplest sounding solution, not having been trained to deal with a complex world. Capitalism sounds like black magic to socialists thinkers. When a proponent of capitalism tries to explain that the number of dynamic interactions among suppliers and consumers create too many degrees of freedom for absolute control, and it's better to let the market run free of government interference (Smith's "magic hand" principle) a socialist can't grasp how such a system can possibly have a positive outcome, because there's no scenario where someone doesn't fail.

    What socialists refuse to accept is that all previous attempts to create a system where success is guaranteed, and no one fails has always ended up with everyone failing, except the controlling elite. Unfortunately, you can vote your way into socialism, but you usually have to shoot your way out of it.
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    • Posted by Lucky 1 month ago
      Dr Z all true. JIT was promoted in Japan as the next great step forward. It does have certain behavioral points, like when something goes wrong it is apparent whom to blame, someone overslept, an earthquake tore up the road, but knowing exactly what the cause was does not itself rectify the error nor does it give the insight to plan, unless you soften or abolish the JIT slogan.

      How to put it generally?
      Rigid systems always work as intended, until they don't.
      Successful systems have flexibility.
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  • Posted by mccannon01 1 month ago
    My son just bought a new refrigerator that is computer controlled. He recently had to pull it away from the wall, unplug for 10 seconds, and plug it back in to force a reboot. It somehow forgot how to turn on the freezer. It's been working fine for a whole week now.
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  • Posted by KRUEG 1 month ago
    Went into a McDonalds for a coffee years ago. .90 for a large ( a long time ago). Gave the cashier a 2 dollar bill. Brought the place to a complete stop. No draw for a 2 dollar bill, NOW WHAT DO WE DO??
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  • Posted by $ blarman 3 weeks, 5 days ago
    There are huge supply-chain problems right now but I agree that is no excuse for these huge companies. How long does it take for a computer program to do a quick seek on inventory every morning so you can put accurate tags on your floor models? A few minutes at most.
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