I enjoy listening to Aaron Flint’s radio show from 9 to 10 in the morning. I gave up on the Missoula radio show, mainly because they gave up on themselves.
Two callers this morning were talking about exactly what I’m talking about in my latest book - the influx of tourists, the changing culture, and the lack of camping spaces because of this.
“If we want to go camping on the weekend, we have to head up there on Tuesday,” one caller said, and he’s exactly right.
The caller before him was calling from San Diego, telling us he wants to move here, and that he actually shares our values.
In other words, he wants to keep Montana the way it is; he doesn’t want it to become the kind of hell he’s escaping from.
What so many fail to realize is that it’s already too late.
I was downtown last night and vaccine talk came up. One young woman in her mid-to-late-twenties said she’s not going to get the vaccine.
I pressed her on this. “What if you have to get the shot to keep working?”
“Well, in that case I’ll get it.”
Healthy young woman that’s skeptical, but once you put the prospect of losing her minimum wage job (with tips), she’ll cave pretty quickly.
I suspect most Americans are about the same - threaten their ability to keep watching Netflix while drinking White Claws to excess, and they’ll throw in the towel.
We all know that July 4 is the deadline to get vaccinated, for the nation to get up to 70%.
And we all know that the country isn’t going to reach 70% by July 4.
So what happens then?
Should you buy gas, and how much?
Personally, I’d like to get a fuel drum and keep it in my garage. That sucker’ll hold 55 gallons, which would cost around $160 at the current gasoline price.
I expect a week from now, that same drum would cost $250 or more.
When our country’s infrastructure is so poor that third-world hackers can infiltrate with ease, shut it down, and have us scurrying around like ants...well, you know our country is weak.
But let’s keep lying to ourselves, pretending that we’re the greatest country in the world.
Great at what, exactly?
We can’t win wars, we can’t fix our roads, hell...we can’t even pass a budget. But you know what we are good at? We’re the fattest, the laziest, the stupidest, and thanks to our corporate media, the most gullible.
While I’m thinking of stocking up on gas, most Americans are completely oblivious to any kind of pipeline attack over the weekend.
31% of men haven’t had sex in the past year.
“‘There are now many more choices of things to do in the late evening than there once were and fewer opportunities to initiate sexual activity if both partners are engrossed in social media, electronic gaming, or binge watching,' said Dr Jean Twenge, a professor in the department of psychology in San Diego State University said in an editorial accompanying the report.”
But they have no one.
It’s really not surprising - over 50% of young women have a mental health disorder.
“According to Pew Research Center data, 56% of Liberal females aged 18 to 29 have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, compared to 33.6% of Liberal males in this age band. Goldberg commented that this is the biggest sex gap by far in this particular dataset, meaning that young, Liberal females are, for some reason, particularly strongly prone to mental illness.
A simpler explanation: extreme left-wing ideas reflect a maladaptive way of seeing the world. Liberalism is associated with ideas such as socialism (putting the interests of other families above your own), Multiculturalism (placing the interests of other ethnic groups above your own), extreme environmentalism (putting the interests of other species above your own) and anti-natalism (believing that it is morally wrong to breed). In terms of passing on your genes, these are maladaptive ways of seeing the world, so we would expect them to correlate with other maladaptive ways of seeing the world, such as depression and the concomitant belief that life is futile and that you may as well kill yourself.”
Good luck trying to start a family or buy a home or get anywhere in your career with that albatross around your neck.
The corporate media doesn’t talk about the student loan crisis - or the old white men in the hallowed halls of academia that bring it about - because that doesn’t fit their narrative. And honestly, do you want rich corpos to lose any of their profits, which talking about this might bring about?
Have a heart.
Here in Missoula, one of our most popular downtown restaurants is closing today because they don’t have the staff, and if they were to open, the staff they do have would be burned out.
Not closing for good, just this one day...because of staff shortages.
It’s the Iron Horse.
I work in the service industry and talk with other people in the service industry everyday. And let me tell you, it’s bad.
The main problem is burnout, and existing, long-term employees ready to call it quits because they have to work so many doubles.
Gianforte’s silly rescue plan doesn’t kick-in for over a month from now. What are these burned-out employees supposed to do until then?
And let’s be honest - come the end of June when these enhanced unemployment benefits end, we’re not going to see a huge uptick in people joining the workforce.
There’s no where to live. There’s no one to watch your kids.
Why bust your ass for $11 an hour as a cook anyways?
Nationally, Chipotle chains all across the country are closing today as corporate has a meeting, trying to figure out what to do. Rumor is that they’ll raise wages for staff anywhere from $1 to $3 an hour.
Is that good enough?
Workers haven’t had an opportunity like this in years to mobilize and demand better pay, benefits and working conditions.
But that’s against the interests of corporate America, and the old, rich, white men that control it. You'd think Dem unions would make a fuss, but just silence. That says a lot.
So nothing will change.
One final note. Perhaps you mentioned me say "old, rich, white men" a lot in this article.
Wanna know the corporate media’s most important task right now? Ensuring the narrative remains about race, not class.
Can you imagine what would happen if all the various races and colors and creeds joined together in the common cause of bettering their financial condition?
What would the 1% do in the face of that?
Well, we’re seeing what they do - pitting us against each other. It’s the only way they can remain on top.
One of the reasons I’m so full of hope and optimism is because I know this simply cannot last.