June 21, 2005 @ 2:07 pm by sean
If anyone is interested, we are celebrating my birthday on July 2nd at our cottage in Lexington Michigan. You are invited.
I wrote the last paragraph of the last post when I got to work yesterday, then didn’t stop working until about 10:15. So I got an extra hour and a half of time yesterday. It was a looong day. But I got another weeks worth of experience compared to the past few weeks here. It was kind of dissapointing to get home at 11:30, go to bed a little over an hour later, then get up and leave for work again in 2 hours.
I was going to add more to that paragraph.
I was going to say how much I enjoyed seeing the joy on grandpa’s face as he watched his sons and grandchildren shoot well.
We had dinner at grandma and grandpa’s and hung out with all of mum’s side of the family. If my kids are as roudy and disobedient as some of my cousins, they are going away. Military school, boarding school, asylum. Somewhere. I will not stand to have such insolent children.
My last day at the Gleason’s was yesterday. It was a good experience. I wish I would have been there for more of it. I was gone most of Friday and Sunday. Ben and Lisa visited Saturday and took me to Uno’s.
I am currrently looking through the April 2005 issue of Popular Science. Every week they do a ‘reader poll.’ The question answered in this issue is “Would you favor efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions even if they could hurt the economy?” The answer, 47% yes, 53% no. That is why I despise this country. If you shop at Wal-mart, Starbucks, K-mart, Sams, Costco, Target, Meijer, dollar stores, that will make it very difficult for us to remain friends. There was a program on PBS last week on Wal-mart. It just gave me more reasons to despise that establishment. Not just because how little it pays its employees. And not because the workers at the factories in China don’t get paid a liveable wage. Those are definite reasons. But also because they are ruining America, and American’s don’t care, because American’s get convenient, everyday low prices, and that is apparently all the most of them care about. Detroit isn’t the same as Chicago. I’m sure some people are very happy about that. Rochester Michigan isn’t the same as Rochester New York. But these national retail chains sell the same product do everybody, effectively removing from the community the traits and characteristics that make it a community. One nation, under corporate retail chains, with exploitation and everyday low prices for all. Local businesses supporting local economies is how a community can remain unique. But once an influence like a national chain comes in, the low prices they are able to offer through larger influence puts the local business, out of business. The point of competition, is to eliminate the competition. This isn’t just Wal-mart of course, it’s any corporate retailer.
So what happens if trends continue? Two years ago, according to the president of GM, there were 60,000 engineering and science college graduates of US citizenship. India had 300,000 thousand, China had 600,000. Factories across the US are closing and jobs are going overseas. American’s continue to buy products produced in other countries, preventing profits from staying in the United States. Tech support jobs are going overseas. The poor in the US are staying poor, or getting more so as corporate retailers pay as little as possible to offer the lowest prices possible. All character of American people and cities and towns are lost as people all across the country are buying identical products, in identical buildings with identical architecture paying identical prices.
Eventually major corporations will put any small private business out of business. We will be forced to provide for ourselves, or shop at a major corporation. Jobs will continue to go overseas to support the low prices we want. We will have to take jobs at large corporations because they will be the only jobs left. Those jobs will go overseas because it will give us lower prices. We will become jobless and not be able to purchase even the low-priced products supplied by major corporations. Major corporations will crumble. Our economy will fail. All in the name of convenience and low prices.
CAPITALISM WILL COLLAPSE UPON ITSELF.
Hm. Sounds familiar.
“Working men of all countries, unite!”
Well, it’s 2:07 now, and I haven’t had any work yet. I guess I’ll start replying to emails. Jobs should show up soon as after I start something new.
I’ll be 21 in a week. (excuse the pictures of the women.) So, supposedly this turns alcohol into vapor you can breathe. That means no hangover.
I don’t really want one.