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So sick, so tired

Posted 05-27-2010 at 12:12 AM by disturbed1
Updated 05-27-2010 at 12:22 AM by disturbed1

I am just so sick, and so tired of ignorance! Not sure if it's a false sense of entitlement, pure laziness or what. At first I thought it was only us Americans and our Walmart Mentality, but this seems to be a world wide epidemic!

Perhaps it's because I'm from another generation. We were not allowed to use calculators in math class. I took the SAT without one, and survived 400 level Calculus and Statical Analysis classes in college without one. There was no Google, or wikipedia for us to consult while writing our papers. We actually had to use our brains.

A few weeks ago I was helping my 11 year old nephew with some middle school math. Very basic algebraic graphing. He could not grasp the idea of doing the work with out his graphing calculator. Had no idea how to plot x/y cords on graphing paper, nothing. But he did know how to punch numbers in a machine, and let it do the work.

It's not just him, his school mates, or their teachers. I see this everyday, everywhere. People that work with money everyday have no clue how to make change without a machine computing simple arithmatic for them. God forbid there's a power failure, everything would grind to a halt because people either do not know, or forget how to break out a pad and pencil. I'm not even going to touch on them attempting to figure out how much change a $20 bill gets from a $15.90 purchase. Wonder how well they would do when the batteries die in the remote? Actually be able to cook a meal with a microwave? Would they be able to walk to the store if the car would not start? Balance their check book without internet access? I doubt it.

Then there's these forums. Some people seem to believe we are psychic.
Can't play music files
Ummm, OK. What kind of music files? On what OS? With what application? Did you try another music file? Did you try another application? Do other sounds work? I mean seriously come on. People like this need to just pack up their computer and ship it back.

Or -
I have problem A. Does anyone have a suggestion?
Sure, I've had problem A, and fixed it / worked around it by doing B.
Why would I want to do B? It should just work. I'm not going to try B because I think you are wrong, I don't won't to do it, a Google search did not turn up your answer
If you're so flipping smart, and already know, why did you bother to ask for help? Why did you ask for a suggestion, and ignore a perfectly valid solution? What, do you need me to come to your place and walk you through "This is the power button, you turn on the PC by pressing this button in."

I think it started going down hill with this whole politically correct mentality. You're not fat, you're just big boned. You're not dumb, you're special. You're not ugly, you're beautiful in my eyes.
W. T. F. ever.

You are fat, put down the damn twinky and go for a jog.

You are dumb, could be border line retarded. You might seriously think about learning a good solid trade. You'll be really happy, make a fantastic living, and people will better appreciate you. When you succeed your self esteem will sky rocket. This is better than being put into a highly demanding job which you are under qualified for because of this PC bull crap, being hated by your co-workers, and customers because you ain't got a clue. Forget college, you don't deserve my tax dollars to help you get through remedial math, and under water basket weaving.

You are ugly. Make-up and plastic surgery may help, but don't get your hopes up. Sometimes you need to learn that - You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you get what you need.

Then there's the group that want everything, right now, perfect, for free, without any effort put forth at all. Seriously people. No one owes you anything! Get up off your lazy ass and do it yourself.

One that really gets on my nerves are those that equate free and open source software to automatically mean no money should change hands. Yeah, I'd like to see these people do a single days work off the clock. Let's not forget those that feel entitled (there's that word again) because they donated $0.30, and seem to think they own your ass.
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  1. Old Comment
    I agree with most of that. Maybe not to the degree you feel it, I guess I'm not that jaded yet. Getting there though...

    What really ticks me off is people who go 'Oh, I don't understand computers...' WTF? Just about everyone uses one every day of their lives and sometimes for some pretty important stuff too! Don't just revel in your ignorance. It's nothing to boast about. Make an effort to at least start to 'understand computers.' There might not always be a handy geek to bail you out all the time.
    Posted 05-27-2010 at 02:49 AM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    I do not know if you have to be older to understand your blog but at 67 most of what you said I agree with. I see no way to turn around this 'owe me' movement.
    Posted 05-27-2010 at 06:43 AM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline
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    Yeah, owe me is growing. It definitely seems to be a certain sense of entitlement.
    Posted 05-27-2010 at 08:02 PM by salmon913 salmon913 is offline
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    I can see a bit of truth in the laziness part; however, on appearance and what you said: No person makes the decision on how he or she looks. Genetics is responsible for a person's appearance.
    If you saw a person with a physical deformity, would you mock them?
    Are your weekends spent taunting hebephrenics?
    Posted 05-28-2010 at 06:34 AM by Mr-Bisquit Mr-Bisquit is offline
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    Genetics don't make you fat, eating too much and doing too little makes you fat. *Genetics makes us individuals, makes us different. We are not equal. Person A might be able to handle a twinky a day, while doing very little exercise and maintaing his weight. *Person B is different then person A and doesn't have the same genetics. *I guess if person B thought they where entitled to a twinky a day (after all why not person A gets one) and then proceeded to eat one and not increase their exercise then I guess you could say it's genetics making person B fat. I'm not a big supporter of the entitlement mentality. **
    I saw a sign the other day saying "hunger is not an option", since when? I could see it saying "starving to death isn't an option", but now just being hungry means some one has to provide you with food. I grew up poor and hungry, motivation throughout my life. Now I can eat anything I want. Though if I did I'd be fat, so I don't. At least I'm neither poor nor hungry.
    Is it me or is*America the first country where obesity is a sign of poverty? How can Americans be fat and the rest of the world not. *Most Americans get their genetics from the rest of the world. If our genes made us fat then shouldn't the rest of the world be fat.***
    ** **
    Posted 05-31-2010 at 02:02 AM by ehistodap ehistodap is offline
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    I never wrote that genetics makes a person fat. I wrote that genetics is responsible for a person's appearance.

    Including thyroid problems.

    Some people will also have a lower metabolic rate than others.

    Granted that a sedentary lifestyle can be the cause of it and in the general American populace this is true.

    Another factor to consider would be mental health.

    It would be good to check your facts before making a semi-educated statement.
    Posted 06-01-2010 at 03:19 PM by Mr-Bisquit Mr-Bisquit is offline


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