Men And Work


From here,

America today is in the grip of a gradually building crisis that, despite its manifest importance, somehow managed to remain more or less invisible for decades — at least, until the political earthquake of 2016. That crisis is the collapse of work for adult men, and the retreat from the world of work of growing numbers of men of conventional working age.

Yes, it is a bit odd that it has been invisible.  Somebody has to pull the economy forward.  Men are the ones expected to do so.  They are also the ones that don’t have any excuses, as they (at least the white ones) are not members of an approved victim group.  Of course, there has been some complaint, but perhaps not the amount that one might expect.

According to the latest monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “work rates” for American men in October 2019 stood very close to their 1939 levels, as reported in the 1940 U.S. Census. Despite some improvement since the end of the Great Recession, Great Depression-style work rates are still characteristic today for the American male, both for those of “prime working age” (defined as ages 25 to 54) and for the broader 20 to 64 group.

Yes, and still no significant complaints.  Odd.

Unlike the Great Depression, however, today’s work crisis is not an unemployment crisis. Only a tiny fraction of workless American men nowadays are actually looking for employment. Instead we have witnessed a mass exodus of men from the workforce altogether.

Of course there are reasons.  Any type of analysis that is going to be considered to be “mainstream” isn’t really going to state the truth.  Let’s see how close they come.

Among economists and policy analysts who have examined these unsettling trends, the general consensus is that declining male workforce participation in modern America is mainly a structural, demand-driven problem — a matter of evaporating local jobs, and especially jobs requiring limited skills

Well, yes.  There is truth to this.  Globalism, China, however you want to look at it, it is a problem.  Perhaps economists might consider other factors.

If the diagnosis offered by today’s conventional wisdom is wrong, then the prescription — more and better schooling — is unlikely to solve the problem by itself. There can be no arguing against more and better education for America, of course; more and better education appeals on its own merits, as it offers our society and its citizens all sorts of incontestable benefits. But as an instrument for redressing the long-term “flight from work” by men in modern America, more and better education may prove to be of more limited utility than many of us might hope.

Yes, there might be some utility to education.  Of course, education these days does not really teach critical thinking.  Rather, it teaches that one should not engage in critical thinking, for if one does, they might find the wrong answers. In terms of education for vocations, there is probably more merit there.

Anyway, there is a large segment of the population that for lack of better words, endeavors to be practical.  That is, what is it that can obviously help me,  now and in the near future.  If education (e.g. the vocational type) was packaged as something with more prestige, something worthwhile doing, then men might be more inclined to do it.  What many young men hear is that it is bachelors degree or bust; if you don’t get such a degree, you are nothing.  So many men are not oriented to the university way of thinking; with so many trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Short answer – lot of what is said about higher education is just plain BS.

Nor would the United States seem an especially likely candidate for a massive shedding of jobs due to the displacement of less-educated workers, for the simple reason that the U.S. workforce has always had one of the OECD’s very highest educational-attainment profiles.

So he is perplexed here.  There are lots of aspects, but perhaps much of the education is not so good, and perhaps much of it is the the wrong domain.

On the other hand, labor-force participation rates for native-born, never-married prime-age male high-school dropouts are in an abysmal class all of their own

Well, maybe the fact that men don’t get married as much has big affect on there job status.  This is worth exploring, but the author doesn’t.  He might not like what he finds there.  We all know the issues, but in the mainstream, they must never be mentioned.

What economists call “demand-side effects” cannot plausibly account for America’s overall men-without-work predicament — and might not even account for most of it. While more education may always be better than less, we cannot expect more education to solve a problem that a lack of education did not cause, and it is clear that male worklessness is due to much more than just a shortage of skills and training. We can discern a more realistic role for education if we consider other dimensions of the crisis: what economists would call the “supply-side effects” and “institutional effects.” In this taxonomy, the more relevant pieces of the puzzle are family structure, government-benefit dependence, and mass incarceration and felonization.

Well, free money is good.  It is a bit harder for a guy to get it, but it is possible.  Disability, mooching off the girlfriend’s benefits, small time illegal activities, etc.   —  it can be done.

He says lots more stuff; but one thing runs through it all — the idea of incentives, be it prestige, pride, respect, monetary value, regular sex, happy domestic life, etc.  are missing.  An economic analysis really should not miss these I would think.

Exit question — when (or if) will the reality of men’s situation break into the mainstream?

Addendum by Deti:

Men and Work?

Men have exactly two choices when it comes to work:

Work or starve. Work or die.
___________

Now, having said that, to the article:

Things have definitely changed. In 1982-86 when I was in high school, I was in the “college bound” track. So i was expected to be admitted to a 4 year university somewhere and get at least a bachelor’s degree in something, like my parents before me and my maternal grandmother before them. It wasn’t even questioned. Men were either college bound, tradeschool/military bound, and unskilled/manual labor bound.

I remember bringing it up once…

“Mom, what if I don’t want to go to college?”

“Deti, you are GOING to college. You have to go. What the hell else are you going to do?”

“What if i don’t get in?”

“You’ll get in somewhere.”

I liked college, don’t get me wrong. It was just that there were no other real viable options for me.

Now? If I were coming out of high school now, there’s no way I’d go to college now. probably not even the high school with ashtrays that is our local community college. I’d probably get a CDL (that’s a commercial drivers license for you furriners) with as many endorsements as possible, and start driving professionally. i’d get licensed to drive anything street legal. Or get trained as a plumber or steamfitter or millwright or machinist. Maybe electrician, I don’t know. Possibly get trained as a police officer. Or go to college to major in law enforcement specifically to go into police work.

____________________________

What else I think is funny is how everyone keeps skirting the issues. “why oh why are men not working!!”

What they are really saying is “why oh why are men not getting educated and trained for jobs where they will earn 500% of what they need so they can marry sluts (er, um) women, and support families??”

Um, yeah. Why should men do that? Why should a man get educated to that extent so he can attract a woman with beta bux, when that same woman gave it up to Fuckbuddy Rockbannddrummer and Alpha McGorgeous and Frank Fratboy for free?

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116 comments on “Men And Work
  1. h0neyc0mb says:

    Break-out the doom & gloom ..

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=238518

    It’s maff to the rescue.

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  2. 1. The first act of a “properly educated” generation of men would be to overthrow the government and hang about a million or so “elites”.

    2. Economists should be shot dead while maintaining the most efficient use of resources and manpower.

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  3. Farm Boy says:

    Economic models don’t seem to take into account what is important. Time to get some new models

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  4. SFC Ton says:

    education these days does not really teach critical thinking.
    ………

    It never has. Yankees adopted the Prussian public education system was designed to crank out soilders and factory workers

    And said adoption got kicking up north around the time yankees got a large influx of failed German revolutionary and decided collecting taxes/ consolidating power at the federal level was the moat important thing in the world

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  5. Sumo says:

    I have written a hideous, unintelligible word salad to share with you fine people. Thought I had saved it as a draft, but I’m seriously out of practice, and it seems to have disappeared. Any admin type who wants my drivel to be public, please let me know how to proceed.

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  6. Farm Boy says:


    education these days does not really teach critical thinking.
    ………

    It never has. Yankees adopted the Prussian public education system was designed to crank out soilders and factory workers

    I meant “higher education”, which was intended to do so

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  7. Cheque d'Out says:

    Chinese Flu you say, Round Eye?

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  8. Cheque d'Out says:

    Sumo, I couldn’t see anything. Hopefully FarmBoy has superior skills and familiarity with the admin side.

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  9. Cheque d'Out says:

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  10. Boss – Do you think you can come in on Saturday? I know you enjoy your weekends but I need you here.

    Me – Yeah, no problem. I’ll probably be late though as public transport on weekends is slow.

    Boss – What time will you get here?

    Me – Monday.

    Excellent! Most excellent!

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  11. There are a lot of pictures on Oprah’s wikipedia page, but this ain’t one of them. Amazingly enough this line is there:

    “Time reported that a potential Oprah presidency and status as a #MeToo champion could be hampered by the cozy relationship she had with Harvey Weinstein.”

    Anybody know who the “offering” is?

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  12. You keep saying “Mike McHargue”. It’s pronounced “Sucker of Chinese Cock”.

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  13. Cheque d'Out says:

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  14. Cheque d'Out says:

    Squaddies – ordinary ranks
    REMF – Rear Echelon MoFo

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  15. Farm Boy says:

    Chinese Wuhan Virus

    More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/99-of-those-who-died-from-virus-had-other-illness-italy-says

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  16. Farm Boy says:

    Chinese Wuhan Virus

    Fred Fleitz, president of the Center for Security Policy, told the Washington Times that “criminal negligence and incompetence” created the crisis Americans are enduring now.

    “Criminal negligence and incompetence by China’s communist regime,” Fleitz said. “It withheld information about this disease for weeks and refused to cooperate with international health officials.”

    “Beijing also failed to close its border or limit travel. And the government refused to close the animal wet markets, which are a known source of serious diseases that spread to humans,” he added. “And now this corrupt regime is trying to blame the United States for its criminal negligence and incompetence.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/victor-davis-hanson-china-ruined-their-international-brand-with-covid-19-pandemic

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  17. Farm Boy says:

    Chinese Wuhan Virus

    Whatever happens over the next few weeks with the Chinese virus, one thing is certain: nobody trusts the corporate press. Nobody. These people are the absolute bottom of the barrel in professional prestige, a collection of low-I.Q. wannabe-celebrities, con artists, and Joseph Goebbels clones.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/03/coronavirus_lessons_nobody_trusts_the_press.html

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  18. Farm Boy says:

    Chinese Wuhan Virus

    The coronavirus lockdown in France literally forces citizens to ‘show their papers’; They have to fill out a form explaining why they are outside and present it to police

    https://summit.news/2020/03/19/martial-law-france-citizens-have-to-fill-out-form-every-time-they-leave-the-home/

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  19. Farm Boy says:

    On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act and assume dictatorial powers in the United States

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/pelosi-trump-should-assume-dictatorial-powers-now

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  20. “Whatever happens over the next few weeks with the Chinese virus, one thing is certain: nobody trusts the corporate press. Nobody.”

    Sadly, this is not the case. I personally know (and worse, related to) idiots who still believe the MSM and are puzzled as to why I basically seem to try and avoid all unnecessary contact or communication with them.

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  21. “Maxwell also claims that before his death he had told her he would pay all her legal fees in lawsuits where she was named as a defendant.

    She says she sent Epstein’s estate a letter last November demanding indemnification of those costs, saying Epstein had put it in writing that he wanted to pay her costs.”

    So she has it in writing? Notarized?

    Well then, get in line with everyone else, Cruella.

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  22. thedeti says:

    Men and Work?

    Men have exactly two choices when it comes to work:

    Work or starve. Work or die.
    ___________

    Now, having said that, to the article:

    Things have definitely changed. In 1982-86 when I was in high school, I was in the “college bound” track. So i was expected to be admitted to a 4 year university somewhere and get at least a bachelor’s degree in something, like my parents before me and my maternal grandmother before them. It wasn’t even questioned. Men were either college bound, tradeschool/military bound, and unskilled/manual labor bound.

    I remember bringing it up once…

    “Mom, what if I don’t want to go to college?”

    “Deti, you are GOING to college. You have to go. What the hell else are you going to do?”

    “What if i don’t get in?”

    “You’ll get in somewhere.”

    I liked college, don’t get me wrong. It was just that there were no other real viable options for me.

    Now? If I were coming out of high school now, there’s no way I’d go to college now. probably not even the high school with ashtrays that is our local community college. I’d probably get a CDL (that’s a commercial drivers license for you furriners) with as many endorsements as possible, and start driving professionally. i’d get licensed to drive anything street legal. Or get trained as a plumber or steamfitter or millwright or machinist. Maybe electrician, I don’t know. Possibly get trained as a police officer. Or go to college to major in law enforcement specifically to go into police work.

    ____________________________

    What else I think is funny is how everyone keeps skirting the issues. “why oh why are men not working!!”

    What they are really saying is “why oh why are men not getting educated and trained for jobs where they will earn 500% of what they need so they can marry sluts (er, um) women, and support families??”

    Um, yeah. Why should men do that? Why should a man get educated to that extent so he can attract a woman with beta bux, when that same woman gave it up to Fuckbuddy Rockbannddrummer and Alpha McGorgeous and Frank Fratboy for free?

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  23. “Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we’ve always had: work, or prison.” – Tim Allen

    Well, if there are no jobs, then work really isn’t an option is it. And frankly, it doesn’t really matter what skills you have if there is only a need for x amount that skill and you only have to be adequate to be good enough. Then it gets to be a race to the bottom.

    I remember seeing something on maybe PBS or the like 10 years or more ago how midwestern/plains states plumbers and carpenters were having to going overseas to find work. That was before the fracking boom, though.

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  24. Farm Boy says:

    Chinese Wuhan Virus

    News Outlet Claims Women Hardest Hit By Coronavirus, Buries Fact That Men Are More Likely To Die From It

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/news-outlet-claims-women-hardest-hit-by-coronavirus-buries-fact-that-men-are-more-likely-to-die-from-it

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  25. Cill says:

    Sumo bro, did you draft the comment using your WordPress.com account or Facebook or google or what?

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  26. Cill says:

    WTF (Where the F) did you save this draft?

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  27. Sumo says:

    I thought I had saved it in WordPress; apparently I did not, since no one can seem to find it.

    Not a big deal. I can try to post it whenever FB thinks it’s appropriate.

    [Try again you could.
    Be posted when done it will]

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  28. Had to stop by the office to pick up something, so I thought I’d drive by the Costco down the street. 30 minutes before the doors open and there are at least 100 closely-packed people lined up around the building waiting to get in.

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  29. Cill says:

    “it is clear that male worklessness is due to much more than just a shortage of skills and training”

    He’s talking about white males, right? The reasons for the white man’s loss of interest are pretty obvious.

    The Anti-Patriarchy System handicaps boys in education. The Fem-Woke Establishment insists that whites are the only racists in the world, that white men invented misogyny, that white men monopolize privilege, that white males are stupid, that all white male success was stolen from others, and that the very existence of white males is oppressive.

    Young whites are taught that their race and sex is a deadly disease. Of course they self-isolate and withdraw.

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  30. Cheque d'Out says:

    Hey guys! Study and join the corporate world where we’ll make sure that you’re always last in line for promotions and pay rises but first in line for unsociable hours. And don’t you fucking dare complain you ist/phobe.

    Yeah, I’ll get right on that so that I can be there when the zeppelin hits the wall.

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  31. Cheque d'Out says:

    Glad to see Deti. Have we seen BV lately? I hope all’s well with everyone.

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  32. Sumo says:

    Well, I’ll be damned. I seem to have actually managed to save the damn draft this time.

    [The Force with you it was]

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  33. SFC Ton says:

    Um, yeah. Why should men do that? Why should a man get educated to that extent so he can attract a woman with beta bux, when that same woman gave it up to Fuckbuddy Rockbannddrummer and Alpha McGorgeous and Frank Fratboy for free?
    …….

    I’m not sure that can be over stated

    Single men just don’t need as much cash. A semi friend of mine recently changed jobs and took a 28k a year pay cut.

    Can’t do that with a wife and a couple of fuck trophies

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  34. SFC Ton says:

    Well, I’ll be damned. I seem to have actually managed to save the damn draft this time.
    …….

    How in the fuck is the only zipper head in here bad at computers?

    You must be way heavy on the cracker DNA;)

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  35. Farm Boy says:

    The use of migrant labor, some of it illegal, in both Iran and Italy, played a major role in the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, emphasizing once again how open borders were a vector for the disease.

    https://summit.news/2020/03/19/migrant-labor-was-to-blame-for-coronavirus-spread-in-both-iran-italy/

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  36. Farm Boy says:

    While the U.S. media continues to obsess over Trump calling COVID-19 the ‘Chinese virus’, China itself continues to claim that America is to blame for releasing the coronavirus.

    https://summit.news/2020/03/19/china-again-pushes-conspiracy-america-is-to-blame-for-coronavirus-u-s-media-ignores/

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  37. Farm Boy says:

    Safe Space, Snowflake and Chinese Coronavirus

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  38. Farm Boy says:

    Now that big-time testing is kicking in here in the US, the Chinese Wuhan Virus numbers are picking up. How will the media respond?

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  39. Farm Boy says:

    She And Her Wife Were Anonymously Accused Of Sexual Harassment. Their Wild Story Highlights The Dangers Of Campus Adjudication.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/she-and-her-wife-were-anonymously-accused-of-sexual-harassment-their-wild-story-highlights-the-dangers-of-campus-adjudication

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  40. Farm Boy says:

    This was the media’s time to shine, a moment when we needed clear, objective information delivered by intelligent people who asked the important questions people care about so Americans could protect themselves and their families. It was a critical juncture when the media could step up and show us all that yes, the media is still important. It still matters. It still deserves our respect.

    Instead we got, “Mr. President, isn’t accurately pointing out that the coronavirus originated in China racist?”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2020/03/19/the-media-is-even-more-garbage-than-usual-n2565172

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  41. h0neyc0mb says:

    How will the media respond?

    Like a spoiled lil brat with mommy issues!

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  42. Farm Boy says:

    “Do you consider the term ‘Chinese food’ racist because it’s food that originates in China?” Rion asked. The president, of course, said no.

    “On that note, major left-wing news media, even in this room, have teamed up with Chinese Communist Party narratives and they’re claiming you are racist for making these claims about Chinese virus,” Rion responded. “Is it alarming that major media players — just to oppose you — are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels, and they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?”

    As Rion asked this question, left-leaning reporters at major news outlets turned around to stare at her or looked blankly up from their notes, stunned at the brazen condemnation coming from the OAN reporter.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/watch-lefty-reporters-squirm-as-journalist-asks-trump-why-media-echo-chinese-communist-propaganda/

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  43. Farm Boy says:

    Todays’s press conference

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  44. SFC Ton says:

    LOL Trump has to appreciate that set up.

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  45. Maybe tomorrow her question can be, “Mr. President, why do you think so many people in the U.S. media hate the U.S. and want to see it destroyed?”

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  46. Sumo says:

    How in the fuck is the only zipper head in here bad at computers?

    A history of multiple concussions. 😉

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  47. h0neyc0mb says:

    Not illegal (they .. congress .. write the law to exempt’em) .. but highly objectionable ..

    https://www.propublica.org/article/senator-dumped-up-to-1-6-million-of-stock-after-reassuring-public-about-coronavirus-preparedness

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  48. h0neyc0mb says:

    All the good men are being side-lined .. Take Cal-Uh-Han above for example .. heh

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  49. h0neyc0mb says:

    Doing the job most American men won’t do ..

    He looks like twins will be ‘spensive .. he ain’t retire’in anytime soon .. heh

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  50. h0neyc0mb says:

    Which Dad did it better ..

    or

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  51. Farm Boy says:

    Glorious Patriarch,

    So how are things in the U.K. with respect to the Chinese Wuhan Virus?

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  52. Cill says:

    Hey that baby’s bottle is empty. He is sucking fucking air FFS

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  53. Cheque d'Out says:

    Judge not lest ye be judged

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  54. Cheque d'Out says:

    A bloke on a tractor has just driven past me shouting “The end of the world is nigh!!”

    I think it was Farmer Geddon

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  55. Farm Boy says:

    An Italian virologist says that the country’s attempt not to appear “racist” in the early says of the coronavirus outbreak crippled the ability to properly respond to the pandemic

    https://summit.news/2020/03/20/italian-virologist-says-concerns-over-racism-crippled-italys-coronavirus-response/

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  56. Farm Boy says:

    “It could have been stopped right where it came from, China,” Trump said at a White House news conference.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-outbreak-trump-blames-china-for-virus-again.html

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  57. First one ok. Second one extremely stupid idea.

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  58. Kung Pao – Enter the Fist
    Good movie for casual viewers. GREAT movie for Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater geeks!

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  59. Nice bit of tractor humor to get the day started.

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  60. Farm Boy says:

    Is “China” next?


    Following a media narrative that President Trump is “racist” for calling COVID-19 the ‘Chinese virus’, the New York Times has now deleted the word ‘Wuhan’ from its coronavirus tracking map.

    https://summit.news/2020/03/20/new-york-times-deletes-word-wuhan-from-its-coronavirus-tracking-map/

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  61. Adam says:

    Try to beat the stupid factor on this tweet from a UK far left female politician.

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  62. “I see a lot of ‘proudly sponsored by’ tag lines. I’d like to see a ‘reluctantly sponsored by’ one.”

    “The WNBA, reluctantly sponsored by Subaru.”

    – Dimitry Martin

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  63. Maybe, just maybe, this could all be worth it…

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  64. whiteguy1 says:

    Quick Crazy update I’m going to start calling her Dumbass:

    Yesterday was my possession period, Youngest had told me earlier that she wasn’t feeling good and tried to skip out on coming. Finally she decided to come after a little cajoling. I’m glad I got her to come over so I could check on her (I haven’t seen her in 12 days).

    Went to Crazy’s at 5:30pm (Crazy was home), Youngest came out, I don’t know where Oldest was, she did not come out.

    Youngest is coughing when she came out to the car.
    She looked a little pale, so when I got her to my house, I took her temp.
    99.6! She tried to tell me that was normal.
    I gave her some vitamins, (C,D,zinc) and fed her some dinner.
    I tried to track where she has been.
    Youngest has been: out shopping for groceries with Crazy thursday (I think), coughing she said the whole while.
    She’s been to the beach, she’s been to an arcade with friends.

    Youngest (14) is reluctant or knows it doesn’t matter to tell her mother that she’s sick, I’m just not sure. I’m glad I got to see her at least and check on her.

    I texted Crazy about her temp, and asked if she was going to call the doctors office or should I?
    I told her Youngest should be tested.

    When I dropped Youngest off Crazy was not home (less than 1hr later) and she still hasn’t responded to any of my texts.

    I’m now in 14 day quarantine because of this nonsense, and I don’t have the sick leaver or the vacation to get sick from this bug.

    This morning I texted her again with questions on what she’s going to do…silence. Looks like I’m going to have to get either the attorneys and or CPS involved if Crazy doesn’t get off her ass!

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  65. Cheque d'Out says:

    “UK far left female politician”

    Oh no you don’t! She isn’t far-left, she’s far-wrong.

    La-La Moron is running to be leader of the limp-dumb party. The party whose last leader, she of jumbo-norx fame, Jugs Swansong actually managed to lose her own seat with her party’s manifesto leading with let’s just forget all about the Brexit referendum and stay in the EU masterstroke.

    La-La might also be known to you as the MP who admits committing domestic violence on the boy-friend.

    More recently La-La came out as a pansexual with a new girlfriend.

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  66. Adam says:

    Oh no you don’t! She isn’t far-left, she’s far-wrong.

    Same thing.

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  67. h0neyc0mb says:

    I thought it was an easy quiz too .. heh

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  68. Cheque d'Out says:

    Far wrong, in this case, is allegedly middle-ground to soft left. These days the party appears to be more defined as not being the hard left labour party and being remourniacs wanting to re-join the EU.

    Traditionally speaking the party was seen as the most dishonest in British politics. The same party would have different blurb for different constituencies, with policies to suit that seat that might be opposite to the next door constituencies blurb.

    These days we have greens and the snp giving them a good run for their money.

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  69. h0neyc0mb says:

    “Reluctantly crouched at the starting line …”

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  70. Cheque d'Out says:

    A taste of Kung Pow

    Not only but also

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  71. Cheque d'Out says:

    Kung Fu Hustle is also very good. Uses the same level of special effects as The Matrix. But with comedy.
    You can find both subtitled and dubbed versions.

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  72. Have your Cake and eat it too.

    [Most appealing Mrs. Peel would be]

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  73. Cheque d'Out says:

    Emma Peel was played by the favourite actress of oil workers on the Piper Alpha platform (Our Deepwater Horizon)

    Don’t read, you’ll hate yourself. Diana Rigg

    Another joke of the time. What’s black, got four legs and goes woof?
    Same warning. the Piper Alpha platform

    32 years ought to be enough time, can’t be too soon

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  74. Cheque d'Out says:

    Note to self; [spoiler tags don’t work].
    Bugger

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  75. Farm Boy says:

    The Idaho Senate has sent a bill to Republican Gov. Brad Little that would prohibit transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificates.

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/in-defiance-of-past-federal-court-order-idaho-lawmakers-send-bill-banning-transgender-birth-certificate-changes-to-governor

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  76. Farm Boy says:

    On Wednesday, a group of major obstetric organizations, concerned that abortion might be limited because of the nation’s focus on the coronavirus, issued a statement insisting that abortion not be considered a procedure that should be delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/priorities-obstetric-organizations-worried-about-access-to-abortion-during-coronavirus-crisis

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  77. Farm Boy says:

    As the United States prepares for a second week of lockdown to slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19), hundreds of people in Italy are dying every day from this disease. And the reason why Italy now has more coronavirus deaths than any other country can be summarized in a single word — luxury.
    In the world of fashion, the “Made in Italy” tag has a distinct value associated with luxury and status. Merchants can charge higher prices for clothing, shoes, handbags, and other fashion goods manufactured in Italy, and that value was coveted by certain Chinese entrepreneurs. During the past three decades, more and more Chinese investors bought into textile and leather-good factories in northern Italy, and they brought over Chinese laborers to work in those factories. By 2010, there were reportedly 60,000 Chinese in Prato, an industrial suburb of Florence. To accommodate Italy’s new foreign labor force, nonstop flights were established between China and Rome.

    https://theothermccain.com/2020/03/20/coronavirus-why-italy/

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  78. Joker talks re: the OP.

    ’round here we call it the “escape hatch” and not a “bail-out”, but same thing.

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  79. Farm Boy says:

    “The aggressive Chinese attacks on Sweden for our handling of the Coronavirus should be seen against the fact that the Chinese Communist Party wants to escape all kind of responsibility for the spread of the epidemic. Lousy animal husbandry and poor food standards, along with fear of the dictatorship and its culture of silence, are the main reasons why the world is presently wrestling with a terrible global pandemic. Its background lies in the inability of a totalitarian system to take people’s perceptions, security and life into account. It is not Sweden or Europe that is the problem in all this. It’s China. And it is China that, using its economic power, systematically threatens democratic countries in order to destabilize and silence criticism.”

    https://www.expressen.se/debatt/china-should-apologize-to-the-world-for-corona/

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  80. Cheque d'Out says:

    If you’re not up to date with the latest suicide attempt by the comic industry…treat yourself

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  81. Farm Boy says:

    N.J. Attorney General: It might be unlawful to let your employees call it “the Chinese virus”

    https://savejersey.com/2020/03/china-chinese-wuhan-virus-coronavirus-trump-new-jersey-covid-19/

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  82. Farm Boy says:

    Most of You Are Concerrned About People Dying from the Chinese Flu, But Please Give a Thought to the Real Victims: Transgenders Who Are Having Their Elective Dick-Amputation Surgeries Delayed

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/386427.php

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  83. Farm Boy says:

    IT’S TIME FOR THE COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS TO STOP USING WORDS LIKE “RACISM,” “XENOPHOBIA,” “HATE,” AND “HATEFUL” SO INDISCRIMINATELY.

    It is counter-productive to hector the American people (or its leaders) about describing the COVID-19 as “Chinese” or as having originated in China. It did originate there. Ordinary Americans—of all races and ethnicities—who harbor no ill will toward anyone don’t like to have the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights imply that that they are fueling the flames of xenophobic animosity. We can’t blame them. It is insulting.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/362080/

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  84. Farm Boy says:

    Eugene Police Department reports that it received an online report where the rear window of an SUV was completely shattered and the thief took all valuables including two cases of 30-roll toilet paper

    https://lidblog.com/steal-toilet-paper/

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  85. Farm Boy says:


    Although many of these women claim that they prefer to remain unmarried and/or childless, I have my doubts about how honest they are being with themselves. If it’s true, then I would presume they prefer to remain single because they can earn a decent income on their own, and they cannot find a man worthy of their standards, who earns more, and who is also willing to commit to marriage.

    https://sigmaframe.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/fighting-fires/

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  86. Farm Boy says:

    Taiwan is blaming the World Health Organization’s relationship with China for its failure to act on early warnings of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus.

    Taiwanese health officials alerted WHO of the infectivity of coronavirus in late December 2019, but the organization failed to report the claims to other countries, according to a Financial Times report.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/20/who-taiwan-coronavirus-warning/

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  87. Farm Boy says:

    Throughout the briefing, reporters peppered the president with negativity and worst-case scenarios and refused to accept his positive answers, instead needling him to admit that things are very bad and the worst is yet to come.

    “What do you say to Americans, who are watching you right now, who are scared?” asked Alexander, assuming that we’re all out here cowering under our beds. The president let him have it but good. “I say that you’re a terrible reporter. That’s what I say,” retorted Trump. “I think it’s a very nasty question.” He went on to say, “The American people are looking for answers and for hope and you’re doing sensationalism. That’s really bad reporting.”

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/trump-explodes-youre-a-terrible-reporter-as-media-makes-presser-all-about-themselves-again/

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  88. Farm Boy says:

    But when Warren called on Trump to immediately invoke emergency authority, the former Democratic presidential candidate also blurred the word “Chinese” from the original tweet, which references the coronavirus strain that has caused a global pandemic as the “Chinese Virus.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/warren-bashes-trump-over-executive-order-tweet-censors-word-chinese

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