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You Have One Week to Tell Amazon Not to   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started Jun-2 by WALTER784; 2188 views.
Showtalk said:

That has always been true. Large corporations have more resources.

The working classes have been gathering momentum against the really large corporations because so many people they know, small business people, lost their livelihoods when large corporations undercut their prices and have been abusing patents and copyrights to freeze out any competition to create de facto monopolies.

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From: Showtalk

Jun-11

Now the covid lockdowns have finished the job.  One interesting side effect, though, is that teens are finding good summer jobs because adults get unemployment and don’t want to work.

  • Edited June 11, 2021 9:34 pm  by  Showtalk

I think in most of the cases, it's not one of "don't want to work" but more like "want to work in something better than the soul crushing hamster on a treadmill, hyper-exploitative job.

Covid assistance apparently lifted quite a few out of the desperation of taking whatever crappy thing was the first job offered because they had to have something immediately. That has given many at the bottom options they haven't had for maybe their entire lives, to take a breather and try and move up the ladder, and the ability to hold out for something better than the few crumbs that fall from the masters' table.

Ultimately, adults are returning to work but they are no longer filling positions that endanger their physical and mental health, put them in contact with an endless string of Karens and similar entitled terrors.

It also seems that people who have endured years of abuse by horrible management, once they lost that awful job in the pandemic, are able to be a little more choosy for a change, and the places that in the past made low-ball offers to spend the rest of one's life running frantically like a hamster on a wheel until they drop dead - those places are having a hard time filling those positions,

But one of the huge elephants in the living room is that child care is horribly scarce, and a lot of parents have had a lot of time to work out the math. And despite the struggle, a lot of people have re-evaluated the real value of spending 85% of one spouse's income on scarce and expensive child care on top of the "commuting and costuming" expenses and time eaten out of the day to battle an hour of traffic each way after 2 hours just to get ready every morning.

Working at home has also made a lot of people re-think the whole commute and rat race, and now that some management types who cling to the traditional ways things have been done are starting to order people back to the office, those who have re-balanced work and life are instead polishing up their resume's and going elsewhere.

So what is really happening rather than the narrative of adults sitting on their butt drawing unemployment, is a huge re-shuffling of resources and priorities, that should have happened a decade or more earlier in some people's lives but they were trapped between the bills and a job they hated but had no wiggle room to change.

Covid and the closure of many businesses forced the issue, and the stimulus and unemployment expansion lubricated fault lines that had been under enormous stress for a very long time.

The crappy low paid jobs that certain exploitative industry management types are whining they can't find workers to fill any more is merely a symptom that the fault slipped, the earthquake and tsunami has happened, and people are looking to move beyond work that could have come from a scene in "Oliver Twist".

This also happens when new economic opportunities come to an area that has ended up scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as wages and opportunity. Good example was how two call centers (some of the crappiest employment opportunities ever) set up shop in Midland-Odessa about 20 years or so ago. They were places that had impossible metrics, and they churned through a very high turnover.

Then came hydraulic fracking. All of a sudden, there were good paying oil field jobs that began to appear - many paying 3x to 4x what one could make in a call center, with real benefits, and all sorts of opportunities to greatly expand one's skillset that could be used anywhere during the next bust cycle without the millstone of student loan debt.

The call centers pretty much folded within a year. The Accutel center at Parkway and I-20 closed, and an energy outfit bought the building. The AT&T call center, at Hwy 191 and Loop 250, also folded in short order and many people who had briefly been through that meat grinder, who described it as the 9th circle of Hell, said good riddance. That building was torn down and a new HEB grocery store was built there.

And the pandemic resulted in a lot of people making more money working at HEB with good benefits and a very good and early pathogen control / sanitation program that was ahead of the curve compared to gubamint bureaucratic bungled responses.

So the unemployment permitted Darwininan selection to weed out some of the more expolitatative business practices. It put the shoe on the other foot and gave workers some choices. Highly exploitative Dickensonian type business models are deservedly having to be scrapped if they are going to survive long term.

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From: Showtalk

Jun-13

So robots will become more common to fill those jobs.

Showtalk said:

So robots will become more common to fill those jobs.

There will be a need for technicians to repair / maintain those robots.

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From: Showtalk

Jun-18

Can robots repair other robots?

Some can, but those have to be maintained and repaired, or programmed to do the repairs on the other robots.

We haven't quite gotten to "The Terminator" stage of "Rise of the machines" where we need Sarah Connor to somehow sabotage it before it can take over the world, but we are frightfully close.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Jun-18

$1,661.87 in cats (ROCKETMAN_S) said...

There will be a need for technicians to repair / maintain those robots.

Yes, but there will only need to be 1 technician per 100 or several hundred robots.

And the technicians receive much better pay than those jobs which the robots replaced.

FWIW

WALTER784 said:

And the technicians receive much better pay than those jobs which the robots replaced.

Yep, but what about the 100 people who were unemployed? The technicians would have to pay a lot in taxes to feed and house those who lose that round of musical chairs and find there is no longer any place for them in the new economy.

Unless they get an offer they can't refuse. Choose - starve in a homeless encampment, or get fed really well for a few days and then step into a little room. Some gas comes in and you just go to sleep and never need food or shelter or housing again.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Jun-19

$1,661.87 in cats (ROCKETMAN_S) said...

get fed really well for a few days and then step into a little room. Some gas comes in and you just go to sleep and never need food or shelter or housing again.

Hey now... that wasn't supposed to be made public until 2035! You're in big trouble now! (* SNICKER *)

FWIW

Edited to add: [If any of you believe any of this... I have some beautiful water front property to sell you in Florida!]

  • Edited June 19, 2021 12:34 am  by  WALTER784
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