Monocultured kids

Crop monoculture is when you plant millions of acres all the same crop, preferably all one highly-inbred variety, or better yet, all the same clone. The purpose of doing so is to make crop production more predictable, to make it as much of an industrial factory process as possible. All the carrots are supposed to…

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Who is raising your kids?

ho spends more time with your kids: you, or daycare workers and teachers? What about you versus the television or computer? American elementary school students spend about 6 1/2 to just over 7 hours in school each day. Some of them stay after school for after-school programs, some come home to an empty house, and…

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Earning income in the post-wage economy

Question: “What can I do to help the poor?” Ayn Rand: “Don’t become one of them.” If the current estimates of 50-75% unemployment rates turn out to be accurate, then your kids will need to outperform 50-75% of their peers. That means as regards marketable skills; as I write this, there are already plenty of…

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No good jobs, no good help

Most of you are younger than I am, so you might not have as much personal experience watching job opportunities dry up over time. I think most people are vaguely aware of the trend though, because I’ve seen internet “memes” like “Old Economy Steve/Steven”, which typically claim that the late baby boomers had an easy…

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Who is raising your kids?

ho spends more time with your kids: you, or daycare workers and teachers? What about you versus the television or computer? American elementary school students spend about 6 1/2 to just over 7 hours in school each day. Some of them stay after school for after-school programs, some come home to an empty house, and…

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Earning income in the post-employment economy

Two hikers ran into a bear, who started chasing them. One of the hikers yelled to the other one “You can’t outrun a bear!”. The other one yelled back “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you!” –Old joke Question: “What can I do to help the poor?” Ayn Rand:…

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No good jobs, no good help

Most of you are younger than I am, so you might not have as much personal experience watching job opportunities dry up over time. I think most people are vaguely aware of the trend though, because I’ve seen internet “memes” like “Old Economy Steve/Steven”, which typically claim that the late baby boomers had an easy…

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Recollections of the future, part 1

Sally knew this was a bad idea before she even started out. Despite her misgivings, nothing was going wrong at the moment. She had just gotten off the bus downtown. It was a busy street, and business was good. On street level there was still shopping for items that were commonly-enough used to keep in…

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Someone else’s take on the post-employment economy

I’m not the only one who thinks you and your kids need to be prepared for a future that will be harsh and brutally-competitive. Here’s a documentary worth watching: Obsolete, on Amazon Video http://amzn.to/2kFn0qL If you have Amazon Prime, which is how I stumbled onto it, you can probably watch it for free. As of…

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