Archive for February 9, 2021

Boomers are in trouble

Posted: February 9, 2021 by chrisharper in Uncategorized
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By Christopher Harper

Amid the carnage of economic shutdowns during the pandemic, baby boomers have suffered more than any other age group, according to

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 900,000 Americans between the ages of 60 and 69 lost their jobs between December 2019 and December 2020, a 5 percent decline in the number of employed people in that age group. Some 21.2 million Americans in their 60s are no longer in the labor force, the BLS reported.

MarketWatch interviewed several people in their 60s, with long records of professional success who were “trying to find purpose or, at least, some income to help pay the bills. None of them ran a hedge fund or cashed out in an IPO. None attended Ivy League colleges but went to state universities or technical schools and lived solid middle-class lives as loyal, productive employees, raising families on high five- to low six-figure incomes.”

All had been laid off with no explanation. Those interviewed had sent out dozens of resumes but got few job interviews and even fewer offers. All firmly believed they faced systemic age discrimination.

Curtis Berndt, 65, told MarketWatch that he thinks that people eliminated him because of his age, “You go in, they look at you, and they say ‘too old,’ and you’re done.”

Berndt began as a draftsman and then moved into product design. For more than 40 years, all in Indiana, he did advanced quality control and streamlined manufacturing processes to reduce defects and improve efficiency.

“Everything was good, and then all of a sudden — and I mean, really, all of a sudden–there was a huge financial issue, and they decided they were going to have to get rid of people,” he said. “I had just turned 65, and three days later, they didn’t need me anymore. It’s impossible to prove, but they assured me that my age had nothing to do with it.”

Berndt has applied for about 50 full-time job openings and gotten a handful of interviews.

“They say everything’s good until the face-to-face interview, and then it’s dead. From other people I’ve talked to in my age group, that’s pretty much the pattern,” he said.

When Karen Mater was a young geologist working on oil wells in southern Indiana, a male rig worker said to her one day, “I don’t think women belong in oil fields. What do you think?”

“I said, ‘Well, I’m the wrong person to answer, because here I am,’” she told MarketWatch.

But the strain on her young family of being away for two or three weeks at a time caused her to change careers. Using the computer knowledge she’d acquired as a geologist, she took a job at nearby Central Michigan University, where she had earned her master’s degree.

Twenty-three years later, in August, the university let her and others go.

“They decided they had to really slim down, and for whatever reason, they picked my job to eliminate,” she said.

Since then, she’s applied to at least 45 jobs, but with no luck.

While Berndt and Mater said they should be all right financially, more than half of those 55 and older are expected to end their lives in poverty, MarketWatch reported, mainly as a result of the shutdown of the U.S. economy during the past year.

My generation is in trouble. I hope someone in the Biden White House is paying attention!

Reality Doesn’t Care Under the Fedora

Posted: February 9, 2021 by datechguy in Uncategorized

Today three weeks after his final day in office the Senate takes up a 2nd impeachment of Donald Trump despite questionable constitutional grounds.

The media continues to beat its collective breasts about Trump but the political theatre that is taking place doesn’t change the reality.

Donald Trump wasn’t impeached for a speech, he was impeached for the unpardonable crime of having had gotten so many votes that the left had to steal an election openly and refusing to simply take it without complaint.

That’s the reality of this impeachment and no amount of spin will change it.

Mike Lindell put out a documentary called Absolute Proof last week laying out a public case that Election 2020 was stolen. Youtube promptly had the video pulled as did at least one other video hosting service. Last week Twitter Banned him and his pillow company.

If this was just nonsense, these powerful people would easily counter it point at it and laugh at it instead on banning it left and right and let people make up their own minds.

I trust you to do that.

Reality isn’t dependent on Youtube or Twitter.

Speaking of Banning, Gateway Pundit found it self permanently banned from Twitter after producing video of tens of thosands of ballots being delivered to the TCF center with promises of more video on the way.

You can see that video here and here

As I’ve already said no amount of banning affects actual reality and in the end all they will do is chase their customer base away.

A lot of experts are blaming the Kansas City Offensive Line for their defeat by Tom Brady and the Bucks on Sunday. It should be noted that a lot of these same experts didn’t think those backup linemen were going to be enough to stop Patrick Mahomes who they were already calling the next GOAT and that having seen some parts of the game on youtube later that it’s likely that nobody but Mahomes could have stayed away from the rush long enough to have a shot at all.

Meanwhile leftists are saying it’s racist for Brady to beat Mahomes during black history month.

Reality however doesn’t care about what those analysits say or what those woke idiots say, it only cares about the final score Tampa Bay 31 KC 9

Just a reminder, talk is cheap, action is what counts.

The family of Mychael Johnson is “demanding answers” after he was killed in a shooting which followed a stolen car spree and an attempt to take an officer’s gun during an attempt to arrest him as he tried to carjack another vehicle after crashing his 1st one. The answer comes in this story:

Court records show Johnson has been arrested numerous times since 2007 on multiple drug related offenses involving marijuana and cocaine. In addition to facing charges for possession of a firearm by a felon and robbery, Johnson also twice was arrested for fleeing or attempting to elude officers.

Reality doesn’t care if Mr. Johnson’s family wants to pretend that he was just someone who “wasn’t perfect” the reality is that if you live the life of a criminal thug you tend to die like a criminal thug