SIMPLE Things are beginning to break. Just an observation.

Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 9 months, 3 weeks ago to Ask the Gulch
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To add to the sensational stuff like ground crew getting sucked into jet engines (yes that happened just a few months ago) now just for giggles I like tracking my packages. I’ve been ordering stuff for years. I remember how packages could be tracked in a pretty straight line across the country from hub to hub. Now I see lots of back tracking. Packages stalled for days in a hub. I’ve even watched stuff sail right on by and go until it hits one of the coasts. As an indicator I believe it’s a pretty good sign that even if they would call us all “Bigoted Fascists” because we don’t celebrate people’s personal life choices with the acceptable zeal, that the competent ones are indeed Going Galt. Even if they don’t know there’s a name for it. And I must admit that everytime Jeff Bezos fails to get me my widgets in 48hours…..I giggle inside just a bit.
Does anyone else have some observations and indicators?

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    Posted by VetteGuy 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I've had similar issues with packages. One actually made it all the way to my town, then took off again hundreds of miles away before finally coming back.

    On another track, my doctors tend to send me a plethora of reminders for my appointments, requesting confirmations. I might get a text, email and phone call about the same appointment. It makes me wonder if they have a LOT of trouble with people just not showing up.
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    • Posted by kddr22 9 months, 3 weeks ago
      We only call to confirm appts , but it is an issue with no shows as I would say I have about 30% no shows on my schedule. Most do not call to cancel just do not show...
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      • Posted by VetteGuy 9 months, 3 weeks ago
        Thanks for confirming my suspicion. I consider appointments a firm commitment. To fail in that commitment (especially without even calling to reschedule) is beyond just bad manners or inconsiderate. It's a breach of a verbal contract.

        It seems to be a generational thing. Younger people definitely don't see it the way I do.

        About 20 years ago now, my daughter had a job at a grocery store. My wife saw the manager one day and was apologizing for our daughter being late a couple of times. His reply was that she was one of his best employees! She might be a few minutes late, but at least she showed up for her shifts. Many of the other employees would just not show up at all.
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  • Posted by $ 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hahaha here’s the latest….apparently it’s just too much for the USPS system to ship a gallon of oil from Southern Michigan to Northern Michigan. It made it to the next town over and was damaged so it was returned to sender as undeliverable. I guess I’m just going to have to drive across town and get some myself. Delivered to a retailer from a distributor by a private company. ;)
    It is now just too much for the system to deliver a 5 pound package 200 miles. Enjoy the Decline. ROFLMGDAO!

    PS……and now we know how secure the Mail in ballot process is as well.
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    • Posted by NealS 9 months, 3 weeks ago
      You got me. I had to look up ROFLMGDAO! That must be an age thing? (I'm going to have to look it up again, because I already forgot what it means,) On my second attempt I found this one. ROFLMBOPIMPTIME.
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      • Posted by $ 9 months, 3 weeks ago
        I am Gen X. We thought the world was always going to be like the world we grew up in. But the Millennials came along and started F’ing it all up.

        Gosh (wink at Nan)
        Darn (wink at Nan again)
        Arse (still winking)
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        • Posted by NealS 9 months, 3 weeks ago
          I'm Generation Post War (actually still in it), that's three generations older than you. We only learned things like “Eeny, meeny, miny, mo”, but that's been changed too from it's original version. I guess that's what keeps us going, so much to learn, so little time.

          My real point is I'm pleased to know that there are younger generations, like yours, where there exist members that are aware of Ayn Rand's writings, and seem to follow many of her opinions. Everyday I run into people that have never even heard of her, and some of them are as old as I am.
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  • Posted by $ Radio_Randy 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    And here I thought you were addressing the numerous train wrecks and plane crashes over the past few months...

    Who is John Galt?
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    • Posted by $ 9 months, 3 weeks ago
      Oh I’ve been paying attention to those too. I’ve got one flight in October I need to squeeze in before I’m not flying anymore. “Incompetence….coming soon to a cockpit near you.” I’m just shocked at the formerly simple stuff that is stumbling fumbling bumbling now.
      Incompetence is definitely working it’s way up the “food chain”. When it hits Civil Engineering it’s going to be horrifying.
      Cuz’ da maths be hard.
      Being concerned about Tensile Strength and Shear Loading are fascist constructs propagated by bigots.
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  • Posted by mccannon01 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    What I see is the slow eschewing of the meritocracy driven side of society. Ayn Rand illustrated the phenomenon quite well.

    "...competent ones are indeed Going Galt. Even if they don’t know there’s a name for it." Well stated and seems to be happening all over.
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  • Posted by Aeronca 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Yes of course. I see all around me idiots walking, driving, can't get any help from them in a store. Someone texting in their car, stationary, at a Stop sign in the middle of heavy traffic. A kid walks into the street staring at his phone, stops under the green traffic light that I am fast approaching, he looks up, looks back down at his phone, keeps walking...We are distracted, on drugs, depressed, the PSYOPS are working very well. All that "social media" software is hurting the children and many of the adults.

    America and much of the world is asleep at the wheel and we are at the mercy of the level of thievery that the thieves decide they deserve. So long as the liars and looters take their unfair share without slaughtering the whole pig, we can keep on keeping on.

    Soon the Republicans and the Democrats will be fighting over whether or not to spend 20 trillion dollars. Dems-30$ trillion, Reps-10$ trillion. What a compromise! A bipartisan deal.

    Bipartisan = We the People are Getting Screwed and we're also Paying the Politicians for the Privilege.
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  • Posted by $ pixelate 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    It is the orchestrated ascendancy of mediocrity and incompetence. I think that we are at the high water mark in terms of having the luxury to carry all the misfits, loafers and malcontents. The next few years will be interesting. Get your house in order. Enjoy the decline.
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  • Posted by chad 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I ordered three fruit trees from a reputable firm and it was supposed to be delivered by a large shipping company. One went to my neighbors house even though we both have clearly marked addresses, the other two went to a different state, town of the same name, different zip codes, and by the time they made it here they were dead.
    I have tracked some orders that 'pause' at a mid transfer point for several days before moving again.
    Never had this problem before.
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  • Posted by $ 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I’ll add that store bought produce not being anything like it used to be. Once you get it home you better consume it in 2 days or it’s rotten. Transportation or getting it out of the fields is definitely malfunctioning.

    So in this era of Climate Change despite their inconsolable fear and demanding everyone pitch in they’ve somehow managed to make “the system” LESS efficient.

    And we haven’t even felt the IMPACT of the EV Big Rigs yet! That’s going to be a shit show. Can’t wait.
    I hope they don’t lose my popcorn.

    Just a PS….my father had a 1979 Pontiac Sunbird. Four cylinder, manual transmission, rear wheel drive. Carburetor. No A/C. I used to calculate the fuel mileage for him. That thing got 49MPG once. And regularly broke 40mpg. We KNOW how to get vehicles to be fuel efficient. Or KNEW rather. But THEY Effed it all up. I don’t care how much “emissions” devices they put on a vehicle. Less fuel burned is less pollutants in the air……period. It’s not about the environment to THEM. Never was. It’s all about the money and control. My point is everytime THEY don’t let the free market drive change THEY make the very thing they’re allegedly concerned about worse.
    OK rant off.
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  • Posted by skidance 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Just recently, I had a packaged delayed for about a week. It was forwarded to several different carriers before its eventual delivery. Senseless!
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  • Posted by $ blarman 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I have to wonder how much of this is incompetence and how much is intentional/sabotage. Remember, just in the past year there have been a massive and unprecedented number of food production facilities which have mysteriously caught fire and either burnt to the ground or are now inoperable. Then just this morning my wife came across an article saying that countries all over the world are halting their food exports.

    Buckle up. There's turbulence ahead...
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  • Posted by GaryL 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I always thought since FedX, UPS and Amazon can track all those packages from purchase to delivery and be pretty accurate, maybe they should track all the ballots and count the votes. Not so much any more.
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  • Posted by $ katrinam41 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Watching the incompetence of fast food workers who can't make change without counting on their fingers, let alone make the machines run properly is just one small sign of AS happening right before our very believing eyes. Like many of your shipped orders, mine have traveled almost as far as I have, through twists and turns that make absolutely no sense. Produce is a crap shoot, unless I shop very locally, no guarantees that what I need will be on any shelf. Some have gone Galt, others just don't care, and like the book, it's impossible to tell which is which. Roads are coming apart, bridges are collapsing, derailments occur so often now that the msm don't even report most of them, or the increasing numbers of food production plants destroyed. We are in those final chapters. Take cover and go gray Galt.
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  • Posted by Jerrylem 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    This was started in the early 90s and now products are beginning to fail due to under educated engineering.
    There is also the problem of companies letting the general work force put forth ideas on engineering.
    This is why I'm slowly checking out of society for my safety by evaluating every product that is needed to live a comfortable life.
    I understand no circumstances that one should buy from China.
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  • Posted by Binkley 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I've had packages go into that BLACK hole sometimes too. And never coming out.

    USPS is the best at it. Sending them into the BLACK hole.
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  • Posted by $ 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I really like Automobile engineering, probably because my father and brother both were engineers. I’ve long thought that automobile engineering hit its zenith sometime in the 1990s. The quality was there, reliability was there styling was maybe….meh… but that could have been improved. Then 2000s hit and I truly believe they began designing for planned obsolescence. My dad used to tell me about arguments they would have in meetings regarding cheapening components. Dad would say “If we make it out of this it will never be the part that fails.” He said the bean counters were obsessed with saving 5cents per part. Funny how the supposed “savings” never resulted in cheaper vehicles. I’m sure now when that part wears out a mechanic has to be paid $90 and hour to tear down and change the part. Again an example of how they end up making the whole system less efficient when they pursue other things besides simple excellence.
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Everything is turning to crap, and that is why, every day I produce/create a little extra, No Charge, for my Customers, they'll always come back because everywhere else, they'd get a raw deal.

    They deserve a break today and every day. They are normal everyday Elites on the Street ignoring the Great Unwashed.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    I haven't had any problems with Amazon orders on their recent Prime Day. I ordered disc brake components, jack stands, and a caliper compression tool to do the front brakes on my 2017 Nissan Sentra which I received all items in two days.
    When my wife does online orders the items go from one terminal to another. She will receive the merchandise three weeks later.
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