Those damn techie gadgets we all stare at. Keep on ruining yourself, America.
Reading zerohedge, as I often do, I came across an article about Obamacare, entitlement programs, and adult children living at home… there’s a trend here. Read on. Anyway, after reading the article, I found myself reading the comments from other readers. As usual, they’re priceless. I will share:)
Comment by Staplegun – I’m in my 20s and know how to fix my jeep, hand-load my own bullets, garden, suture wounds, and not act like a self absorbed feminine hygiene product. But my dad was born in 1939, so I was raised far differently from my contemporaries. He taught me that being a man was more than having a beard and wearing flannel. And yeah, I moved out at 17 to go to school. I never came back because I didn’t want to be around the grouchy old man. I worked summer jobs to stay in an apartment during summer break, and eventually worked during school because I had helped start a business and hated student loans. My/our contemporaries are mostly tech obsessed weenies who faint at the sight of dirt or blood.
All respect to Hedgeless, but I think he is overlooking the fact that until the postwar era, it was normal for women to live with their parents until they were married. In many families, it was normal to have 3 generations living and working on one farm at the same time. The problem that I see today isn’t that adult progeny are living at home, its that today’s version of living at home doesn’t require them to act like adults. Where in the past, you would be expected to help in the garden, work the mill, etc. etc.; today’s big kids live at home so that they don’t have to appear poor to their friends. By living at home, they don’t translate the saved expense of rent by saving or investing. They just use the leftover income to buy consumer crap, have $200 bar tabs, and live the life of the $20,000ianaire.
I did get some money from my grandfather once. He left me a big box of Morgan silver dollars. Living through the depression teaches you something I guess.
Comment by drdolittle – Agree w staplegun. It’s entirely normal for multiple generations to live in the same place. It’s abnormal for the family to be as splintered as it is now. By design? If you don’t have family to help you out during the inevitable down times you’re dependent on the state.
My stepbrothers were prime examples of the problems though. They lived w my dad until about thirty, not even bothering to help on the farm occasionally. Honestly, I never understood it. One got a rash on his back from lying on the couch too much. Not kidding.
My brother and I weren’t offered an option of helping on the farm or not, nor were we paid for it. Dad’s 70 now and believed kids worked for their room and board. Thank god he did. I hated it some then, esp when my friends were hanging and I was chopping tobacco but looking back on it it was the best. A lot of good memories. And, I’m not afraid to mow the lawn even though the weatherman may warn us to “stay inside for the heat index is dangerous”.
Gotta admit though, most 20 somethings are complete pussies now. I have no idea where my daughter’s are going to find a man to marry. Latin America?
Comment by harami – The Millennial generation needs to be renamed the Scapegoat generation. Being a 20 something dude with a family of my own and having been blessed with a decent brain and chosen to think for myself and exercise critical thinking I’m able to look back and recognize the heaps of BULLSHIT I was spoon-fed throughout my entire life from television, public school, and even the internet.
My generation has grown up not knowing anything other than easy credit (since the credit ceiling was abolished in 1981) and how special we all are regardless of whether or not our only skill is mouth breathing. We’re all precious little snow flakes that need to be nurtured and given a chance that deserve the best even though we’ve never worked for it.
While we need to take personal responsibility, I’m personally fucking sick of my ‘elders’ pointing the finger who let this shit happen. Thanks for handing me and my children insurmountable debt in the form of slavery the rest of my life.
Fucking old ass cunts, turn that accusative tone back on yourselves and realize us unproductive young uns are the direct result of your Summer Lovin’ and other horse shit.
There you have it. From the mouths of babes er old folks who give a real shit. Hope you enjoyed the all too real comments by real people who see us sliding into a tar pit. As for my comments, I welcome my kids today and when they’re older with open arms. They have chores and are involved in positive activities that will help mold them into intelligent, hard-working, well-balanced adults. I have no fear of them becoming lazy potheads who want to to lay around the house all day because it will never happen.
Fading freedom. What do I mean by that? Here in America we have the opportunity to shop at the largest retail outlets, dine at the most popular fast food restaurants, watch the best television programming on the planet… what could I possibly mean by “Fading Freedom”?
As many of you older folks know, from past experience, freedom or happiness isn’t necessarily defined by what multinational corporations have built around us. Freedom isn’t a manufactured reality that limits product choice, types of reading material, and movie themes. It also isn’t defined as “safety” er trading in freedom and liberty for feeling safer. But that’s what is occurring. This fade of past America is no longer happening behind closed doors. It’s reported about all the time. We’ve just become so used to the fade and the fast changing story-lines that we pay little attention to much of anything anymore besides what has been created for us – cheap imports, crap food, and dumbed-down TV shows. But wait there’s more… I mean I could go on about this for hours. Instead, I will compile a list of some of the things that have been going on that is making our freedom fade away.
The Patriot Act is an anti-terrorism bill written in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks or a surveillance superstructure.
National Defense Authorization Act is where you can be arrested and detained without recourse to an attorney or the courts.
Drones can kill Americans in America is the best definition.
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has been less than forthcoming on why they are stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition.
TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has been groping customers like they are simple cattle.
PRISM surveillance program is a clandestine mass electronic surveillance data mining program that has been used to spy on Americans and other countries citizens within search engines, emails, telephone records, and more.
INDECT (For the Security of Citizens) is for the development of solutions to and tools for automatic threat detection.
Military Spy Blimps will allow the Army to see for 320 miles in any direction from 10,000 feet above the earth. The system can be set up to operate on its own for an entire month without requiring refueling, and offers the Pentagon surveillance capabilities that dwarf other options at a penny of the cost.
Big Dog funding by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is a dog robot that pursues no matter what the terrain.
Remote Controlled Hummingbird funding by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is another way to spy.
These few links are but a few that demonstrate how our free country and other autonomous countries are fading into police states. Is it making sense yet? It’s but the tip of the iceberg. Stay informed and speak out against Big Brother and the Orwellian America er Orwellian world that is fast arriving.
I received a review of my newest novel, The Wastewater Plant, the other day on Amazon. It was a scathing, one-star review that appeared to come from someone that works in the wastewater industry (just as I do) as opposed to someone looking for a wild read. I wasn’t sure if I should respond or just let it go, so I did some research on whether or not it’s appropriate to respond to reviews of your own product. It turns out that it depends on how you go about it, meaning be professional.
Online reviews are very important. Especially your first reviews… those that potential customers actually read. These reviews can damage your product’s reputation, thereby damaging your ability to sell. Granted, some products deserve a poor review; such as books. Others, maybe not so much. Visiting a writeup titled, How to deal with bad reviews online, I took it to heart. I have no desire to start an online flame war or to respond to reviews, but since writing novels is a way for me to potentially provide an even better life for me and my family, I need to clarify what my book, The Wastewater Plant, is as opposed to debating a harsh review.
The Wastewater Plant is a horror sci-fi thriller. It is fiction. And I happen to work in the field therefore I am privy to many positive things that happen and the negative things too. What this book is not – a documentary, a biography, an autobiography, a technical manual, or a how-to manual. It’s a made up story that mixes rough personalities and not-so rough personalities with unreal conditions.
Take a moment to think about how many fiction novels and fiction movies that have been made about corrupt police officers, space-faring cops, alcoholic firefighters, and murderous doctors. There’s tons of material on those kinds of scenarios… most of it fiction. Of course, they have their critics too. Still, since I am the first wastewater plant operator, that I am aware of, who has penned a dark tale about a wastewater plant, I want to take this opportunity to say that I wrote this as a way to get the wastewater profession some exposure in the form of fiction. I did not write this novel as a teaching resource. It is filled with workplace politics, hostile feelings between fictional characters, folks who can joke with one another, a wastewater plant struggling to operate under dire conditions, a nondescript affair between two fictional coworkers, a black ops military unit, and a creature that comes from God knows where. So if you happen to work in the wastewater profession and you were hoping for rainbows and unicorns or the happiest operator crew on the planet… take a breath and assess the book on it’s true merits and what it is meant to be – a horror sci-fi thriller.
With all that said, I welcome reviews, good or bad… hopefully good. But please review it as a fictional story as opposed to a blight on the wastewater profession. It’s not personal, but this field will not remain free from the clutches of the story teller either.
I just finished an interview today for another public works related magazine concerning my newest novel, The Wastewater Plant. So exciting! But to really top it off I have another interview lined up with a powerful public works related organization. Plus, check this out, I have THREE new write-ups about my newest novel. YES!!!
The links are located below so you can read them for yourself. Please pass them along to anyone who enjoys the old fashioned skill of reading as opposed to scanning.
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to interview me or write about my novel/s. It really is appreciated. Seriously!
That’s right, folks! I was given the opportunity to be interviewed by Kelley Lindsey of Public Works magazine about my newest novel, The Wastewater Plant. I took that opportunity quicker than a buck jumping a doe! WOW! So exciting.
After reading the interview I hope that you’ll purchase a paperback version or an eBook version of The Wastewater Plant, read it, and then place a positive review at Amazon if you feel that I deserve it.
Please feel free to contact me at dodgewinston@yahoo(dot)com. I’d really like to hear from you. And if you think that you may have had an aspect of yourself featured in my novel, The Wastewater Plant, and you’re unhappy about it… well, welcome to the world of fiction, artistic expression, and NO it is not entirely you… it’s an interpretation under dire circumstances. It’s a science fiction-horror novel.
I’m working on my fifth novel now; a collection of short horror stories related to the field of public works. I hope to have it completed by December, 2013. Hope I can make the deadline I set for myself. It’s coming along. In the meantime, please enjoy all four of my other novels located HERE.
Thank you for your interest! And thanks, Kelley Lindsey! You are magnificent!
I write horror, paranormal, supernatural, and science fiction themed novels, but just because I mainly write fiction doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in reality. I am quite interested in reality. The question is which reality? The one that has our markets climbing high, plenty of government programs to support the needy, and low home prices for all or the reality of our massive, government fueled debt, the fact that the NYSE margin is at all time highs, and our politicians lie through their teeth to us (Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS attack dogs, spying on AP)?
In my mind I see a storm ahead. And when storm clouds gather, one must batten down the hatches and assess the situation moment by moment. People should steer their ship away from Hollywood fueled BS, backstabbing based game shows, Dancing with the Stars and hone in on acquiring real skills. Skills can get you a job, save your life or at the least, keep you in demand with your friendly neighbors (if you keep your face stuffed in your iPad I suggest you go meet your neighbors).
This brings me to my permanent reading list. You see, everyone should have a set of helpful books that they enjoy referring to again and again. These should be books that teach you something useful as opposed to useless trivia about movies and pop-stars.
In no particular order I enjoy referring to the following when the bug strikes:
All of the above books are based on skills that allow one to live without being dependent upon the system. Now don’t get me wrong. I enjoy clean water, showers, eating junk food, going to the movies, and discussing useless trivia, but what would you do if the economy collapsed? What would you do if the grocery store was ransacked and you had no food or water for days or even weeks? Do you have any skills or any books that can teach you something of real value? I bet you’re one of the millions of domesticated animals stuck within the mental cage of the zoo of “civilization”.
I suggest, to just be on the safe side, that you invest in some books similar to the ones I listed above. What can it hurt? If anything you’ll learn something of value and strengthen your ability to be self-reliant.
Just remember, both man-made and natural disasters are equal opportunity haters. They’ll whip your ass no matter who you are!