Feels Like Atlas Shrugged Lately

Posted by $ Abaco 5 months ago to Philosophy
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In watching what's going on lately I can't help but feel like we're really living Atlas Shrugged in America. What I'm noticing is a shortage of everything. We have a shortage of lumber to mend our fences after a recent wind storm. When I call utility companies to pay bills or ask questions, the wait times are 30 minutes plus. Everything has very long lead times. My buddy bought a new Corvette but has to wait well over a year to get it. The government clamors for these new vaccines, then after they over-regulate them they complain that they're sitting in freezers not being used at the same time they complain that they don't have any vaccines (maybe this is just a California thing). I'm going through multiple contractors for remodel work at my home (California home). They come out, walk the house, discuss the scope of work, then promise a quote that I never get. Ever. They're willing to act like they're going to give an estimate. Then, nothing. It's like they don't want to work. That really reminds me of AS...when people just don't want to work. I'm seeing that in a few areas of activity... Around here teachers, for the most part, aren't willing to go back to teach in school. Personally, I see this as a blessing. But, my opinion is meaningless. They're getting paid to do a job and they don't want to do it...possibly even if the pay goes away. Anyway...it just feels odd lately to see what feels like a massive retraction in peoples' willingness to put forth any effort, paid or not.


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  • Posted by ProfChuck 5 months ago
    It's worse than Atlas Shrugged, if that's possible. It's heading toward "Anthem".
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    • Posted by $ 5 months ago
      ...need to read that...
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      • Posted by mccannon01 5 months ago
        Get a hard copy or e-copy on your PC that the outside world can't get to. I just saw a little news item on TV where Amazon is starting to erase books from their inventory and some have complained certain books have disappeared off their kindles. This is Fahrenheit 451 in the digital age. Side note: I'm waiting for a follow up and confirmation of that news report because even though I heard it and saw it, it's hard to believe.

        Side note 2: Bye bye Dr. Seuss. This one is real!
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        • Posted by $ 5 months ago
          Yeah...Dr. Seuss(?) How in the hell does one ban that?...
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          • Posted by mccannon01 5 months ago
            According to the news this morning at least 6 of his books are "racist" and must be stopped being used in schools. I didn't get the list - it was a "WTF!!!!!" moment for me.
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            • Posted by jdg 5 months ago
              The publishers have stopped printing them. Remember that six multinationals now control 90% of all communications industries -- not just TV and movies but phone companies, internet providers, and book and newspaper publishers too. If they decide to blacklist a book, good luck getting it published where anyone will find it.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 5 months ago
    I sense something like this too. In healthcare the lack of market forces is completely outrageous, but that's another topic.

    My speculation is electronic payment has something to do with it. It separates the work from the money. Paychecks are auto deposited. Credit cards are paid by auto draft. You can buy something by pressing a dash button, by clicking on your phone, or by asking a computer for it by voice. It's difficult even for an astute consumer using these devices to keep track of their work and spending. So many people have money flying around, and it's not nearly as obvious if they need to work OT or a second job if they want to afford some product or service. They end up struggling and being open to the argument the "capitalist system doesn't work." It really doesn't work if you don't pay attention.

    I also think in the contracting world there are some people who go into because they can't hold jobs because they're disorganized. You also have E-Myth people who liked a job function and decided to start a business around it, but they're not that good at or excited about running a business, which involves tracking projects through leads, estimates, SOW, PO, deliverables, invoicing, and collections. This E-Myth figure was me, BTW.

    The result of all this is with home repair contractors, I find it better to go through a larger company that has people dedicated to managing the business rather than smaller orgs where a few people try to juggle responsibilities, often without a clear plan of how their process should work
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    • Posted by $ 5 months ago
      I tend to agree with your points, Circuit. Reminds me of how I am regularly reminded (how's that for redundancy) of normal people's spending habits. I'm always horrified by it - LOL. "I have money. Spend the money. " ACK!!!!
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      • Posted by CircuitGuy 4 months, 3 weeks ago
        "I have money. Spend the money."
        I think sometimes it's worse than that. When I had two kids in diapers, I recall going to Target with the kids and swiping a card. It could have been for a million dollars. I just swiped. When I use cash, that never happens. I always remember the exact amount I counted out. I think these new money technologies make it easy to spend money in such a way you don't even register you spent money. It's so easy to sign up for monthly services or request something from an electronic device, and it all happens so easily you don't notice.

        I don't know if other people are more able to grasp cards mentally, but I use mostly cash b/c I can mentally keep track of it better.
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    • Posted by AmericanWoman 5 months ago
      Physicians and PA's are very active in pushing virtual which includes using Zoom and Chrome must use both think about that for a minute. They are also pushing testing that puts your private information into a data base what happened to HIPPA? Pushing survey of what vaccines you have had in your life..
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  • Posted by $ BobCat 5 months ago
    Not only what you described, but also the specific items that one used to get at various retailers is diminishing. For instance, yesterday I needed to replace the wick on my kerosene heater so I ventured out to where I purchased it (local hardware store) several years ago. As you guessed, they not only did not carry kerosene heaters, they did not even carry replacement wicks. So after trying several other hardware and farm and ranch stores, I gave up. Finally found a hardware store via the internet on the east coast that carried what I desired. (I refuse to use amazonia !

    The point is: Not only do people not want to work, but finding items that one used to be able to find in the local retail stores everywhere is getting to be more difficult also. all this is not going in a good direction.
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    • Posted by $ 5 months ago
      I hear you. Around here I am shocked (as I was in 2008) about how many establishments are empty shells now. First to close was my gym - a big, busy place. Then, the Outback. Then a bunch of mom-and-pops, etc... I now have a gym at home in the back corner of my garage - thank goodness...
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      • Posted by freedomforall 5 months ago
        I hit that realization in Dec 2019 before the 2020 unpleasantness. I had an errand near one of the biggest malls in the Atlanta area a few days before Christmas - what should have been the busiest retail time of the year. I went by the mall and was astounded at how empty the parking area was. I went inside and more than half the shops were shut down. The 'anchor' stores barely had any customers (e.g., Macy's.) The only 'busy' store was a large Asian grocery store. That was in a supposed boom time for the economy - according to the administration. Atlanta was supposed to be a 'bright spot' in that economy with low unemployment.
        Rubbish. Retail is dead until we decide to start shopping at local small businesses again and stop trading with the enemy: Amazon, Wal-mart, etc.)
        Of course, the banks are still rich because the fed and the con-gress keep them afloat with constant bail-outs, protection from competition, and laws that favor the banking cartel over the People.
        Government is the domestic terrorist.
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      • Posted by $ BobCat 5 months ago
        Also have been noticing that the aisles in the stores are getting wider and longer as the shelves are becoming less crowded. Not a good sign as their overhead costs continue to rise.
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 5 months ago
    The company I work for is short handed and we’ve been slammed with orders. We are an essential business. We can’t get people to come to work. We tried to hire a guy but he said “I’ve still got 57weeks of unemployment. And I’m making the equivalent of $22 an hour on it. My health coverage is handled by the VA. So, No, Thank You! I’m taking a year off.” I’m not exaggerating. Those were his EXACT words. I’m feeling a little shruggish myself.
    Props to the Fahrenheit 451 reference. Most of the “college educated” millennials probably don’t even know what that is.
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  • Posted by RonC 5 months ago
    After seeing the rolling blackouts in CA and the total loss of grid in texas, I can't think of a reason why green energy would skip Ohio. So, we had an auxiliary generator installed to cover the entire house. We're old and infirm, we need heat and air. And security. If the greenies put a cap on natural gas to go along with electricity, I've already confirmed it can be converted to lpg.

    The government wants our way of life. I'm not in the mood to cave in on anything. I'll keep my rental homes business, my guns, my ability to travel, and if needed my ability to live without the grid.
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  • Posted by term2 5 months ago
    I think its the result of the "great reset" philosophy on the part of the collectivists. Whenever you disrupt the way people are accustomed to interacting with each other, supply lines get screwed up. They left wants a reset- what that means is that the current way of doing things is STOPPED, and then a new way is found. Kind of like when you want to stop the Titanic- you dont just throw it into reverse- you have to stop the engines before you can reverse them.

    Of course, with collectivists, they have no problem stopping things, BUT they have no idea how to start them again- hence the shortages.
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  • Posted by upston 5 months ago
    On the contractor matter I can tell you they come out to size YOU up not the work. In these times they are looking for easy to ripoff homeowners. CA is a magnet for victims and predator's sad to say.
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  • Posted by ycandrea 5 months ago
    We are in much worse shape because there are no real capitalists anymore to restart our country after it falls. At least I don't see them. The big businesses, shakers and doers are of the likes of Jeff Bezos and tech giants that have no real love of our US Constitution.
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  • Posted by mccannon01 5 months ago
    Every time my wife and I venture out to do any kind of shopping we notice more and more empty shelves. Not only shelves, but all those annoying displays crowding the aisles in the local grocery stores are disappearing - those goods are now being used to fill empty shelves.

    Edit add: Agree about the contractors. I need a roof repair and have put in calls to roofers. Any calls returned? Not yet!
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    • Posted by term2 5 months ago
      I say- every day is a new day in this grreat reset era. Mostly things getting worse. Soon they would have us sitting in a cold, dark house waiting for restrictions to be lifted.
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      • Posted by mccannon01 5 months ago
        You're right, but you've got me smiling here, term2. My wife and I have done camping for years in all kinds of weather and have been without power on a number of occasions (even up to 14 days in winter) so we have the knowledge to do 19th century living for quite a while. We've used the fireplaces in our house for cooking and heat and have enough candles and oil lamps to last a long time as well.

        It seems the Neo Communist (Democrat) party in the Peoples Republic of NY keeps trying to roll an anti wood burning bill through the legislature, but it gets shot down each time so far.
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        • Posted by term2 5 months ago
          The whole idea that we should rely on other people as some sort of matter of right to insure our survival is a bit over the top. Certainly the leftist governments can promise that, but they rarely actually deliver on the promisse.
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  • Posted by malonejr 5 months ago
    Dawn and clear your fraudulent COVID protection Identifier, ensure it is moist to allow all moist mucus viruses passage.
    Put on the Blue Clown Suit and make sure your neck ruffles don't cover your facial indentifier!
    Put on the crazy clown wig, again, make sure your facial prophylaxis identifier is clearly seen from above.
    Inflate your shoes so that you can have your toes stepped on at every turn, enraging your Social Justice Warrior.

    I have been watching this crap since they drove Nixon from office.
    Apparently, the Dummycants really love Ayn Rand, she has given them the blueprint and plans on how to succeed in destroying capitalism and all it has brought us.
    After all, the elites can not stay above the masses without proper planning and execution of all the woes that rand was pointing out in her work!
    Let's get back to the world of production of capital, not the production of these high morals that are only there to keep these criminals in the lifestyle they have come to enjoy!
    I say term limits or no pay & benefits, their jobs were voluntary, remember??!!!
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 5 months ago
    For Goodness Sakes! Shipley's Donuts closed in our little city! What will we do?
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    • Posted by term2 5 months ago
      Just like with Biden stopping the pipeline projects and throwing a lot of people out of work- he tells them to go find another job in solar energy production (maybe sometime later when the jobs open up and you are manage to get hired with the new skills needed).

      In your case, just go find another donut shop- biden doesnt care
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    • Posted by $ 5 months ago
      Now THAT'S something to be concerned about. That said - I did some research around my Gulch home and found a fantastic donut shop. I have one or two per month (watching my figure) and these guys are fantastic. Good find!
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 5 months ago
    there is no question in my mind that the US is heading down the slippery slope into "1984"/"Anthem". Here in north central Arizona the vaccine is only being given to tribal members, hospital employees, & first responders. In Maricopa County you have to wait in hours long car lines. Some friends of mine who have immune disorders are getting conflicting information from municipal health depts, & one who is a naval vet and author who has a slow case of MS can't get a straight answer from the VA whether it's safe for him to get the injection. Also, the Republican governor here as of this evening on local Fox affiliate stated that more vaccine is coming to the state. But, so how I'm believe that Arizona is being penalized because it's a Republican run state.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 5 months ago
    Goodbye welfareI have a theory on the $15 minimum wage. If a person's salary goes to $32k plus they won't be getting Medicaid for the kids. No food stamps. No subsidized rent and/or utilities. In other words add all this up and it's beyond $32K. Once again, the Govt. wins!
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