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Offline Baron

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Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« on: Jul 26, 19, 01:44 PM »
It's a bit long, so go and get some snacks, make a drink, and sit down, make yourself comfortable if you can, and off you go..... :)
Subject: Send this to those 18yrs to twenty-something who can vote!

This article was written by a college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren , who's in grad school for her MBA. It's a short article but definitely worth a read. 
 

"College Student: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us

Iím sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to ďfixĒ the so-called injustices of capitalism. 
 
I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBookís, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and weíve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we donít give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. 
 
Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.
Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, ďAn entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.Ē
Never saw American prosperity! Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing Iíve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. 
 
My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, letís just say I didnít have the popular opinion, but I digress.
 
 
Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced theyíve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why? 
 
The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didnít live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We donít know what itís like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We donít have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and itís spreading like a plague."
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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #1 on: Jul 26, 19, 05:28 PM »
It sounds about right for our country as well.
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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #2 on: Jul 27, 19, 07:09 PM »
Yep handy, they are spreading like the plague..... ;D
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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #3 on: Aug 02, 19, 01:26 PM »
Tiz true. You tell youngers about keeping milk in water, to try and keep it cold and they look at you like you're weird. They forget, it was our generation that invented their tablets, 'phones and stuff.

Shit, we never even had a TV until I was eleven.

But... food banks?

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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #4 on: Aug 03, 19, 05:25 PM »
I think my first TV my parents got, was from Radio Rentals, b&w at first in the very late 50's, and enjoyed shows like the 'Six-Five Special' etc., and then colour came out, in the mid 60's?
Sometimes with our aerials, we had a hard job getting B&W let alone colour...
Until then, if was radio Luxembourg in the mid 50's for the top 10 pop music on my small 'tranny' (transistor radio, not some weirdo thinking they are female), and the Billy Cotton Band Show on a Sunday(?) which my Dad listened to, and Grandad used to listen to 'Letter from America'.... :)

Yep the snowflakes today continually whine about the 'baby boomers' ruining their lives, which I sort of understand in a way, because our generation invented and produced things like the mobile phone, computers, tablets, and other electrickery devices, and made the internet popular.
Then MSN Messenger arrived.
Now they live on the internet and all the anti social media sites/apps, posing, pouting and doing stupid things to try and get 'likes' to see how wonderful and popular they are, and the number of 'friends' they can get on FaceplantBook etc.

In comments on places, where relevant, I always give iPhone users a top tip. To make the screen bigger on their phones, immerse it in a glass pint mug, and see how big the screen gets....
I do hope some take up my wise advice..... >:D
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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #5 on: Aug 03, 19, 07:45 PM »
I think our first tv was from Comet  a small shop in the village in those days and I am sure we had to put money in it.
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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #6 on: Aug 04, 19, 12:50 AM »
When TV first arrived we used to drive about half an hour to watch it in a shop window with a number of others gathered around.

Schools & universities are very political these days & even have 10 year olds demonstrating in the City.
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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #7 on: Aug 13, 19, 11:16 AM »
The first TV we had, after I'd got married, was a portable Prinztronic thing, from... er... Dixon's? It was B&W, with a dial, so you tuned it in, much like an old wireless.

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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #8 on: Aug 13, 19, 03:55 PM »
When we lived down on Bonchurch Shore, the reception was crap from the usual roof aerial.
So my Dad had to fork out for one mounted on a tall (probably) scaffolding galvanised pole, supported by cables bolted into blocks of concrete, on a garden high up besides the top flat beside a foot path running behind the row of house. I think it was about 20ft high or thereabouts.

In the olden days this top floor (3 story high house), was to house the servants
We moved into my Grand Dads house when he died in 1959, when I was 14 years old.
In side it was very Victorian, with the first two floors occupied by my Grand parents (Gran died in 1953), where they would use just the two front rooms, one the lounge, and the other the dining room. The back two rooms were the kitchen and general purpose back room.
In the first floor between the hall way and the kitchen, there was the old bell push board with the numbered rooms, so when the push button was pushed, it would ring a bell with a number underneath it, so the servant(s) would know which room needed attention.

Plus there were still gas lamps on the walls, which got converted into electrickery lights, to modernise the house, and the wiring was the lethal type, which was mounted on lengths of wood with grooves in it (like decking), for the three wires for 'live, neutral and earth' laid in them. The whole lot had to be stripped out and proper sheathed cables laid, as the old wires were just covered in some sort of insulation, that was rotting away....:)
The telephone was the old separate handset on a hook beside the phone on a cord, with the mouth piece mounted on the front of the phone, with the dial.
This was later replaced by the 'modern' type of bakelite phone with cradle and dial.
Back then all phone numbers were 3 digits, so easy to remember, and ours was '464' and now 6 numbers..

Apparently my Grand Dad was a Master Builder, and was involved with the building of these three houses in a row along the sea front, and have been told that the stone blocks came from the same location as the ones to build Pompy harbour. True or not I don't know.
It was on the land that was originally a coal storage warehouse, and has the 'V' marks on the back wall behind the houses, where the roofs were attached.
Coal used to be brought in to the beach in front, by barges or something, unloaded and a horse and cart job up the concrete ramp to be stored there.
There used to be a couple of brick walls there, something to be used for offloading coal, but were sort of 'U' shaped, and the bay was called 'Horse She Bay, but the seas over time have demolished them, so not much to see in the sand where they stood.

The beach was also invaded by the French back in 1545 on a beach in the next bay along, and accounts are uncertain who won. I tend to believe that our Militia gave the Frenchies a thorough thrashing, and sent them on their way..... ;D
It was a lovely house to live in, large rooms with high ceilings, so plenty of space. At some point I went inside a mates terraced house, and I was amazed as to how small it was inside..... :D
Plus out front, was just a smallish garden, a wall with gate, and about 6 feet wide road way, to the sea wall, so not far to get to the beach..Although my mother was not amused during the winter time, as her carefully cleaned front windows would be covered in salt and bits of sea weed, which also covered the garden too, sometimes with lumps of small flint stones thrown over the walls by the rough seas.
During rough weather, I always found it quite comforting in bed at night with the sea pounding the sea wall, and rattling house and the windows in the front. It was very weird when I 'joined up' and it took a while to get used to the quiet at night in the barracks, as there was no sea hitting the sea wall, and washing over it a bit..


However, I digress.......as usual........sorry about that.  :yup:
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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #9 on: Aug 18, 19, 11:59 AM »
I always knew you were a toff.

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Re: Interesting email my brother sent to me.....
« Reply #10 on: Aug 18, 19, 12:22 PM »
Cheers, yes I am retired, a toff and live the life of a billionaire..........without the money.... ;D
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