We’ve been trained in childishness and helplessness for a reason

And that reason is that helpless people are easy to manage. Helpless people
can be counted upon to act as their own jailers because they are so
inadequate to complex reality they are afraid of new experience. They’re
like animals whose spirits have been broken. Helpless people take orders
well, they don’t have minds of their own, they are predictable, they won’t
surprise corporations or governments with resistance to the newest product
craze, the newest genetic patent – or by armed revolution. Helpless people
can be counted on to despise independent citizens and hence they act as a
fifth column in opposition to social change in the direction of personal
sovereignty.

When training beats education, civilization dies.

California nightlife is stiff and boring

No where is nightlife more “stiff” than in Los Angeles (San Fran doesn’t have a nightlife). Maybe OC and San Diego are on par. People just pose in those cities.  If you go to any “Hot” Hollywood nightclub, it’s mostly a place for rich-kid, well-connected, wannabe or actual starlets to hang out, look cool, and posture. Forget about going to any Hollywood nightclub and seeing tons of really hot girls dancing and having fun. Not saying it never happens, just don’t be surprised if you don’t find it. It seems to happen randomly, and almost always at SBE venues. It is such a difference when you go to Miami Beach or NYC. People are having fun. Dancing. Laughing. Enjoying life.

Moreover, is it just me, or do big cities in the US just kind of suck compared to other countries? In most other countries, in the big cities. There is 24 hour life, all night night life, street vendors and markets all over, and generally there is just an energy everywhere, opportunity around every corner. People doing things everywhere you look. US cities on the other hand, tend to resemble suburbs to me. Not much street life. Everything shuts down at 2 a.m. (or earlier). And a generally uptight feeling with rules and regulations on just about everything. It kind of kills the idea of living in a city to me at all.

SF is a great place to explore CAREER opportunities

If you’re boring, insular, cold, soulless and shallow with a few exceptions. Tech companies love the bay for those reasons. Corporations LOVE to have lots of lonely people who get more socialization at work than anywhere else. Just take a look at Google or Facebook. You have people there working 16 hours a day for FREE because it satisfies their social appetite. Seriously, what else are they going to do in Silicon Valley besides work?  Hang out at the bar that closes at 11pm? It’s a great trick! The victim will never know.

Google is garbage

People investing in Google are stupid. Google has barely innovated anything for the real world since search over a decade ago. The reality is Google hasn’t really been recruiting the type of people who disrupt thinking too much. Googlers are not rule-breakers, nor disruptive people. They are screened out (intentionally) by Google’s interview process. Even the more “creative” questions are still left-brain oriented – analytical, problem solving, breaking things down into steps, etc. All of the people who have the disruptive attitude who you meet at Google were hired before 2004. Now engineering talent is devoted to improving search algorithms, and its business talent is devoted to how to improve performance on those little text ads which are slapped everywhere.

This company is going nowhere. Their corporate culture is implementation focused rather than theoretical or conceptual research focused. Those that branch out usually do so due to greed or frustration (sick of being unable to do anything or of being unable to.. boss everyone around), and don’t really have an idea worth building a business around, just some minor efficiency gain, some minor optimization, or some minor pain point not really worth addressing.

Also, most don’t really have that strong a business sense, even if they were
on the business side while at Google, and can’t operate unless they have the
leverage of a big company name behind them. Most, not all. Also, I mean,
look at the companies Google has acquired. Most of them weren’t that
special, and their founders usually move on to create something else that
isn’t that special, or, more likely, “retire.”

Sure there may be a few superstars, but by and large the employees there are average, at best, and, more than that, are risk-averse and wired to be told what to do. That is, if you give them something to do that’s worth doing or that’s difficult (and they are one of the talented ones), then they will rise to the challenge and probably nail the design/implementation, but leave them to fend for themselves and they’ll have problems.

The Postal Service is being murdered by right wing nuts

It’s classic far right wing economics. There should be no public enterprises. None. If one exists it needs to have laws put on it to kill it.

The biggest reason the USPS is losing money and can’t turn a profit is because right wing nuts passed a 2006 law saying the USPS has to fund the next 75 years of pensions in the next 10 years! No other private company in the country would be expected to do that why would they do it to the PO? Because they want to privatize and give the business to FedEx and UPS.  If this law were erased, the PO would not be having anywhere near the money problems it’s having now.

See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/postal-service-financial-problems_n_1833211.html

It’s simple folks – remove the pre-funding for USPS postal current and future employees (exactly why does this “plan” sound stupid?) and let the USPS get back to delivering mail. “The Postal Service has been a kind of cash cow for the federal government for the last 40 years,” says Postal Regulatory Commission chairman Ruth Goldway. Congress passed that part of the law during the Bush years to pad the federal treasury and make it look better than it was.

http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/travel/10-things-the-postal-service-wont-tell-you-1346029522034/

The game is being rigged in favor of private companies. Massive pre-funding of retiree and health benefits—75 years in advance!! Right. What the republican party is doing is increasing the cost of living for all Americans in the not so distant future.  Without government competition the sky is the limit for private services.  Thanks again republicans shafting the people in your efforts to further differentiate between the haves and have nots as you see fit.  For those that care to read the republican bill and see the insidious legislation here is the link –

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr6407

 

We need to bring back the insane asylum

The mentally ill should not be living among normal citizens. Dumping crazy people out of hospitals, saves mental health system money but increases overall cost to taxpayers by shifting care to more expensive jails and prisons. We’re talking one-third of the homeless population – 250,000 people – and half the prison population has a diagnosable mental illness and they are the fastest growing segment of the prison population.

The New York Times reported that in Berkeley, California, “on any given night there are 1,000 to 1,200 people sleeping on the streets. Half of them are deinstitutionalized mentally ill people. It’s like a mental ward on the streets.”

There are some very sick people living on the streets and in public shelters. Some hardly seemed to have the ability to cross the street safely. I believe that there are many, many homeless people who do not have the mental ability to take care of themselves and it would be a godsend if they at least had a facility where they could sleep and eat meals.  Some shelters become known as havens for these ill wanderers and take on the appearance of a hospital psychiatric ward. Others who are psychiatrically ill live in the woods on the outskirts of cities, under bridges, and even in the tunnels that carry subway trains beneath cities.

The homeless population, especially homeless persons with serious mental illness, should be looked up. I’m suggesting we round these people up and put them safe spaces for people who need full-time support. Not everyone is equipped to live in the community – particularly not without a concerted effort on treatment first. And once a person has stabilized in a facility they can be moved to places that still offer support but also independence. We do this for people with addictions – sober living facilities – so where are the facilities for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder?

Wow, the super bowl commercials sucked

After this years commercials all I can say is, there should be a lot of ad execs on the unemployment lines tomorrow. There wasn’t even an average commercial in the lot. Poor, poor, poor.

That godaddy commercial was really SICKENING to watch…the sounds were beyond creepy.,…the sucking spit slurping noise from that DISGUSTING ANDROGYNOUS FAT GINGER. I almost threw up my pizza after watching that. I think it should have been sponsored by maybe Pepto Bismol or Zantac, for it made you sick to your stomach. The “guy” on that commercial looked like “PAT”, the character on Saturday Night Live who no one could figure out whether she/he was a man or a woman! The only thing that would have made the go daddy commercial worst is if they had 2 dudes. I would still be throwing up, I would call in sick, burn my clothes etc.. What was Bar Refaeli thinking to commit to this ad? I really really hope this girl got paid mad cash because her career might have just seen better days. Seriously, who says prostitution isn’t legal in the U.S.A.? Hot women are for sale, face it.

Then you have the Calvin Klein commercial which was ridiculous. You have a guy in ‘mood lighting’ bending and posing. I’m surprised they didn’t have him bend over and present his asshole to show the ‘360 seamless technology.’ Both of these are wastes of commercial spots.. I mean really, why is there an oiled up, 95% naked man flexing and giving close ups of his crotch? Obviously not a commercial intended for heterosexual male viewers.

Toronto Sucks

It’s boring as fuck! It’s got that small town mediocrity combined with big city smugness. The people are very conservative and unfriendly.

This guy really breaks it down:
http://livinginthedeadcity.weebly.com/1/post/2011/12/point-system-pathetic-toronto-dating-and-social-culture.html

Toronto is a city where everyone plays by the rules and everyone is by default scared of everything they don’t know or have not been already exposed to. By definition, people in this city are afraid of “strangers”, something imbedded in the original WASP Torontonian culture that has been exponentially increasing by the arrival of a majority of persecuted immigrants who have been in some way discriminated back home. This further adds to the already pathetic, shy and insecure social culture already existing in Toronto years before the arrival of these immigrants. The key problem with Toronto’s social catastrophy is the “social deadend”, which basically means: friends that you have gathered in the early years of your life up until your early 20’s are pretty much the only friends that you will associate with in the later years of your life with few exceptions.

This is as a result of a shyness and hesitation from lack of friendliness and acceptance of someone that you don’t already know. The city is POLITE, but completely UNFRIENDLY! As a result, the average Torontonian is dependent on the people that he/she usually hangs out with for everything and does not know what to do when left alone.

Toronto is the capital of FACEBOOK as it hosts the largest number of FB users in the World. This is a direct result of the social unfriendliness of the city because its people turned to technology to communicate with the same people that they don’t have immediate access to, and make themselves feel better in a narcissistic way. Any ‘Like’ or a ‘Comment’ on their profile increases their happiness level. And instead of meeting someone new or just enjoying the day, they send 20 text messages a minute to any friend they have, hoping for a response which will make them feel less lonely and satisfy their social appetite while at the same time justifying not interacting with anyone new.

This culture is also fueled by the vast amount of diversity in the city. The illusion of Toronto being a diverse UTOPIA is quickly understood as soon as someone lives here for a few months.

Since there is no dominant ethnic majority other than the original WASP Torontonians and because of this anti-social culture pre-existent of the mass arrivals of a very diverse group of newcomers, all newcomers are forced to associate with people like themselves in order to satisfy their social appetite. Hence, the most popular question you get asked in this city is: “What is your background?”

Toronto, however, is a GREAT place to explore CAREER opportunities or if you are an employer and want to settle your BUSINESS. Because the majority of the city is made up of immigrants who have fled their motherland, they will turn their life upside down and put up with the day to day task of any job with few complaints.

This fact, mixed with the no eye-contact, unfriendly but POLITE culture in Toronto makes for a perfect CORPORATE environment.

Seeing this from an employers perspective, the employees come to work and do the job with few complaints, being extremely cautious of what they say (being POLITE), while at the same time, not making friends that would otherwise cause low productivity.

Adding to this, the employees are then dissatisfied because they have not fulfilled their social appetite. In order to make up for this, they spend money on things they don’t need, which is GREAT for companies and businesses selling those products and in turn add to the opportunities that can be explored in Toronto.

The fear of the “stranger” creates a perfect work environment. You are polite but you do not make friends. This limited POLITE interaction becomes a way to advertise (short-sell) yourself.

You do this in the best possible way, often times overcompensating for a mediocre career and an average life.

This creates a pretentious culture, that is HIGH even for a big city.

To compare, Torontonians are less likely to give you the time of day that New Yorkers even though they hold less desirable jobs and make less money.

In order to further define the Ethnic Composition:

The original Torontonian culture is closely associated with the OLD CONSERVATIVE BRITISH ROYAL culture. You are polite, do not make eye contact with strangers and do not get to know someone easily.

The other dominant group is ASIANS: they derive from an equally shy culture, further adding negative social dynamics to the city, they respect their elders (often times when they are wrong). In Asian culture, tradition is valued and the ELDERS opinion carries great weight. This further contributes to the already unfriendly Conservative culture already existing in the city.

All other groups, find themselves in a culture clash, because they see their values, such as friendship, friendliness in the workplace and open society and the freedom to say what is on your mind without being overly cautious, being destroyed. This furthermore contributes to the social dead end phenomena which is so common in this city.

DATING

The social catastrophe that is Toronto changes the Dating dynamics.

Meeting someone becomes harder because individuals are dependant on their immediate social circle to meet new people. The fear of strangers and the reluctance to get to know someone new, along with the vast diverse population of the city, who have to find someone like themselves due to religious, community and the most prevalent family pressure makes it even harder. To sum up: MOST PEOPLE STICK TO THEIR OWN.

This creates a perfect environment for online dating. Nowhere in North America is online dating more prevailing than in Toronto. It is the host city for Online Dating GURUS such as Plenty of Fish creator …. And Lavalife creator …… This is another example of Torontonians turning to technology to satisfy their social appetite.

In order to understand this phenomenon and to better understand the social dynamics of this city, we have to look at the most typical online dater:

The majority are obviously men who are unwilling to wait weeks, months or sometimes years for a woman to fall into their arms through their social networks, otherwise known as “conventional means” of dating.

The others are women similarly in the same situation. These women are often new to the city (and by “new”, they have been here for years and have not been able to to fit in and understand the social culture, hence being frustrated from this city).

Another dominant group are people of a non-white ethnic background. These are people refusing to accept their traditional community or family pressure or are having a hard time being accepted more openly through “conventional means”.

Lastly, the other significant dominant group is local women who have previously been a slave to the social stigma in Toronto and are frustrated with their life and relationship history. They are tired of having one way (the conventional way aforementioned) of meeting men.

These women are usually in their 30’s and 40’s and are frustrated with themselves for playing by “the rules” and being socially dependant to their immediate social circle. In other words, they realize that they have wasted their youth with men in sometimes very long relationships simply because it was socially acceptable to do so.

These women now do the opposite of what they have done before.

They are more open, aggressive and assertive when they see something they want. Often times this is a man 10 years younger than them. These women are trying to recapture their youth and unfortunately this is a growing group which is turning into the largest group of female online daters.

This explanation can be easily transferred to any other meeting environment such as a bar/club/coffee shop/park etc.

The women that are more open, confident, accepting and assertive, belong to this group. These women are done with their insecure ways and are trying to enjoy what is left of their dating life.

More and more women are falling into this group after years of accepting Toronto’s social norms. After years of neglecting being secure with themselves and going after what they want and after years of wasting time on relationships they were unhappy in, they are now doing that they want past their PRIME.

This group will only grow and Toronto will become a paradise for COUGARS or people dating in their mid 30’s, 40’s and possibly into their 50’s.

This growth will double because women belonging to ethnic minorities will have the economic freedom to refuse their family pressures and traditional norms.