As a general reminder, things suck, worldwide


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Sunderstone wrote:

Oh, Gas prices suck too atm. $47.26 to fill up my tank from 1/4.

Can I blame supply chain issues or is that too political for this thread?

At least in the USA, prices were higher in 2008. I see $3.39 around here, compared with $4.50 back then. Putting on my Economics hat, one might say that the low prices of the past 10 years were weird, not the price rise now.

I know things are better now than they were 20 years ago, but they are also in many ways worse than they were 5-6 years ago. It's hard to see things going backwards.


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Personally, I think the world, COVID and COVID measures aside, was doing better than ever in general terms. It is just that the media has tendency to acentuate the negative. "COVID deaths acheive new record low" doesn't grab as many eyes as "Newly discovered COVID variant from Tangamandapio could render vaccine ineffective!".

Humbly,
Yawar


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I just hope my new $199 sunglasses arrive soon.


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YawarFiesta wrote:

Personally, I think the world, COVID and COVID measures aside, was doing better than ever in general terms. It is just that the media has tendency to acentuate the negative. "COVID deaths acheive new record low" doesn't grab as many eyes as "Newly discovered COVID variant from Tangamandapio could render vaccine ineffective!".

Humbly,
Yawar

Things ain't looking too hot over here in Germany, where the onset of winter, a quite high percentage of the population being unvaccinated and a currently ongoing change in government have created a situation where cases are rising dramatically and nobody is really doing anything about it. Makes everyone here pretty nervous.

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magnuskn wrote:
Things ain't looking too hot over here in Germany, where the onset of winter, a quite high percentage of the population being unvaccinated and a currently ongoing change in government have created a situation where cases are rising dramatically and nobody is really doing anything about it. Makes everyone here pretty nervous.

Hey, at least they are now thinking about forcing us nurses to get vaccinated, because if we don't care enough about our customers to get the vaccine, we should be removed from our jobs. That we literally risked our lives for more than a year to care for those customers, when no vaccine was available, seems to have been forgotten already.

Of course all those idiots out there denying to get vaccinated for Q'Anon reasons can't be bothered with the same standard in the meantime, because solidarity seems to be a one way ticket these days.

Full disclosure: I've got my vaccination as soon as it was available and I've been a pretty vocal proponent of a general vaccine mandate, but that they'd rather single some professions out and even giving that stupid line of reasoning for it really riles me up. Especially as it is not us that is the problem.


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WormysQueue wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
Things ain't looking too hot over here in Germany, where the onset of winter, a quite high percentage of the population being unvaccinated and a currently ongoing change in government have created a situation where cases are rising dramatically and nobody is really doing anything about it. Makes everyone here pretty nervous.

Hey, at least they are now thinking about forcing us nurses to get vaccinated, because if we don't care enough about our customers to get the vaccine, we should be removed from our jobs. That we literally risked our lives for more than a year to care for those customers, when no vaccine was available, seems to have been forgotten already.

Of course all those idiots out there denying to get vaccinated for Q'Anon reasons can't be bothered with the same standard in the meantime, because solidarity seems to be a one way ticket these days.

Full disclosure: I've got my vaccination as soon as it was available and I've been a pretty vocal proponent of a general vaccine mandate, but that they'd rather single some professions out and even giving that stupid line of reasoning for it really riles me up. Especially as it is not us that is the problem.

Yeah, I've been for a general vaccination mandate since the start of the pandemic. Hope you are doing well and thank you for your work.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
The idea that humanity is always improving is a pipe dream.

Ye had to say absolute statement ^^; They always attract my semantic side. Iiiiiiiiiit really depends on how you define things and what the goal things are improving towards to. Like what is "humanity"? Literally "everyone human in the world?" The nature of "human soul"? So on.

Like have living conditions improved? Pretty much. Welfare? Pretty much. Amount of wars? Sort of. Kindness and empathy? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh really depends.

I'd say main thing is that status of the world is improving regardless of human nature. Humans are communal animals that are suspicious of humans outside their community. They generally take care of their own community especially in status of crisis, but they have trouble with long term planning and seeing the bigger picture.

If humanity fails to survive climate crisis I do think its pretty fair to be cynical about it, but even then I do think its also fair to be like "Well we did come long way from 'War is glorious way to get historical achievements to your career record'" time at least.

(main reason why state of this message board doesn't really crash my worldview is mostly that its about 5 or so people who are being consistently bigoted and larger majority shocked at them <_< Corporation/company behavior doesn't really change my view on this subject either since corporations/companies aren't humans or persons, they are cynical money making hierarchies when they grow big enough)

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CorvusMask wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
The idea that humanity is always improving is a pipe dream.
Ye had to say absolute statement ^^; They always attract my semantic side.

Humanity is always changing. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

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I'm locking this thread for moderation, as it will take a bit of time to get through it all.


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To be fair, most people prefer to treat with other people who can be polite, without immediately resorting to personal attacks when they have to respond to something they find disagreeable.

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Completed moderation. Removed a series of bickering/attacking posts and their quotes. Typing and deleting lots of other statements, cause words are hard. Let's just have some empathy for others, especially if you don't feel like life is terrible from your point of observation. Others may, do, feel differently and being able to recognize their pain points may help make it a bit better.

To the requests for specific moderation. We see them, we hear them, we are working through the process.


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Oh phenomenal, glad that the forums are going to be host to medicinal misinformation that's actively contributing to the primary "things suck, worldwide" source

I'm sorry that your life is harder because you can't make even the smallest effort of getting a vaccine.


Veradux21 wrote:

Oh phenomenal, glad that the forums are going to be host to medicinal misinformation that's actively contributing to the primary "things suck, worldwide" source

I'm sorry that your life is harder because you can't make even the smallest effort of getting a vaccine.

It'll only be host to medical misinformation until a mod sees it. Which hopefully they will soon - not sure when the work day ends on the West coast.

Silver Crusade

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Still a couple hours in the West Coast work day


All I know is, the covid vaccine gave me super powers. YMMV.


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He had, like, a quarter of those aliases a year ago.


Kobold Cleaver wrote:
He had, like, a quarter of those aliases a year ago.

Plus I can now Smurf at will! In addition to all the other super powers I got from it.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
He had, like, a quarter of those aliases a year ago.
Plus I can now Smurf at will! In addition to all the other super powers I got from it.

The vaccine was supposed to turn me into a soy-poisoned feminized cybermarxist but all it did was turn my sword into a mushroom. :(


The smurfing horror!


It's better than being gnomed, but not by much.


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Someone mentioned things 'sucking'.

I have empathy AND sympathy for the CS team at the moment, because I've been working in 'essential' retail (grocery/drug) for almost twenty-seven years.

It *used* to be a good job -- not enough to live on one's own, but enough to get by.

Customers were mostly decent, Corporate was half employee-owned, and it really wasn't a big deal to work six days a week during holiday crunch times, sometimes ten hours a day.

Man, I really wish I'd stashed that cash somewhere in solid investments!

RANT MODE ENGAGED! READ WITH CAUTION! SENSITIVE READERS BE ADVISED!:

Over the course of the past two decades+, the attitude of customers constantly being bombarded by 'The Customer Is Always Right' has degraded to outright abusive treatment a goodly portion of the time -- and that was pre-pandemic.

When the pandemic hit, everyone else either got time off from work or got to work from home I know it's not sunshine and lollipops, some of our WFH customers come in looking like death warmed over after working a ten hour day and then 'being on call'..

We DIDN'T get that luxury. Between push-back over masks, social distance, and personal health needs, we never got that 'break' from dealing with people.

When things were 'locked down'? We were still open.

When things opened back up? Yep, still open.

Employers don't want to pay for top-tier talent? Yep, still the case.

So in addition to that, a section of society decided it was their GOD-given right to flout all the rules, and not give a rat's rear about anyone else... including those of us that were stuck trying to keep everything from falling apart in our society.

Our 'thanks'? "GET BACK TO WORK YOU LAZY PUNKS! STOP AGITATING FOR MORE MONEY! YOU DON'T NEED MORE MONEY FOR 'UNSKILLED' LABOR!" and "OH, YOU WANT MORE MONEY? JOIN MANAGEMENT, and GET **expletive deleted*"

For all of about five minutes, we were the unlikeliest of heroes, holding the line... and then everyone decided that being decent people and treating US like people was uncomfortable and How Dare We pretend to actually, y'know, be Human Beings?

Don't talk to me about things 'sucking' until one's pulled a twelve hour day, and the manager is insisting one work overtime as one is getting spit on by angry customers, yelled at because one is not moving fast enough, denied breaks for basic human needs like going to the bathroom, and then get told by some ignorant mouth-breather that "Oh, hey, academically speaking, there's only two genders, debate me brah!"

That's the vitriol, don't ask for more, because I've got plenty to spare and this needed to get said for all the entitled folks who haven't had any of these experiences.

Paizo Employee Director of Community

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Removed an anti-vax statement.

Grand Lodge

Idk, I have had a pretty good year. Worlds been worse off before.


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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


I have empathy AND sympathy for the CS team at the moment, because I've been working in 'essential' retail (grocery/drug) for almost twenty-seven years.

I salute you. I have been really appreciating people who have continued to work in these professions during the current risky times, and endeavouring to say it where possible to those I interact with directly, particularly pharmacists; I am very sorry to hear you have had so much of less civil people to deal with.


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you know what. I'd rather live in a world that sucks than not live at all. We are all alive and we can strive for a non-suck world. Sometimes I need to "escape" for a wile but that is ok. I get harassed, beaten, and attacked because real and imagined things about me and how I was born. As long as I draw breath I can strive to make things better for myself and those around me.

forgive my life-ableist statements. *no undead hate intended*

Going to a wake after work today.


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For the largest part of the past two years it's felt like I've 'existed' rather than 'lived'. Even with an 'escape valve' of Internet-based interaction.

I'd much more like to have a life well-led And no, not in the 'best way to live' dog-whistle sort of way that some folks would use.

I'd like people who are 'making things better' and this is not aimed at you, CrimsonKnight, but those who would abuse that term for 'If you ONLY do it MY WAY! to realize that sometimes by making things 'better' it makes things a LOT worse for others.

In some cases, the hypocrisy is incredible -- some faiths would be nearly incinerated if their deity/divinity of choice showed up right now, even by the most patient and caring of gods.

EDIT: But no less important, sorry for your loss.


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I am not so blind as to not see negative externality for my actions. Paying for someone's collage tuition potentially takes a seat form someone else. donating food and time to my local food bank makes it not on the shelves for others. the carbon dioxide emissions when I drive to help a local workers' union.
As an atheist I am likely screwed if any deity/divinity of choice showed up right now. Luckily I don't think that would ever happen.

as far as making things better it is important to look at the relevant parties and find out/listen to what is needed. It seems that the people you are criticizing are those who say they are 'making things better' but only for themselves/their group/those who conform, at the expense of everyone else.

Empathy, ethics, and harm/risk reduction are important skills to develop and maintain.

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