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Ramblings Via Yawk

Posted on: November 6, 2008 10:34 am
 

Well, as I sit here at my computer at work, pretty much bored out of my mind I am thinking what to do with my life or what is there out there for me?

I mean, The Stock Market is in shambles, the Economy is also in ruins and people are calling this election rigged.  Makes no sense to me!

I just wonder if an individual can actually make a difference in today's world?  I mean sure they can help a child and make them feel better and help and needy family, and I want to do all of those things, but does that really work out in the long run?

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Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2009 3:10 pm
 

Ramblings Via Yawk

Why are there so many protesters?  It's because in our "free world", people are frustrated that they truly do not have a voice.  Corporate America rules and individuals are along for the ride.

Yeah Corporate America has ruined any chance of a small person without any power (ie money) being able to change anything in this world.  Also, if we try and "protest" about anything we usually get thrown in jail.  Hate that!

It's also amazing how if an American is not hurt in a foreign country (ie shooting, bombing, etc) then we here back in the States usualy won't hear about it (or get much air time) because American lives were not in danger or tragically killed.  However all you see on the news is more death and gut wrenching horric stories.

 




Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 9:53 am
 

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I just wonder if an individual can actually make a difference in today's world? Unless that one person is in a position of power (rich, political, etc), I say no.

Why are there so many protesters?  It's because in our "free world", people are frustrated that they truly do not have a voice.  Corporate America rules and individuals are along for the ride.

There are so many things that have come along in the past 20 years that I absolutely hate, but I can't make a difference.

If I'm happy when Joe Theisman's fired, I'm PO'd that Ron Jaworski takes his place.

I hate that networks seem to think an announcer is more important than the game.
I equally hate that tickers are stuck on screens now.
I hate that analysts and so-called experts are dominating tv,
and I hate that we're subjected to them before, during and after games.

I hate that if I have a problem with my comcast bill, that it takes getting the attorney general involved to sort out an issue with my bill because I've cancelled my service and continue getting billed.  That is because it takes 47 transfers to get me to the person who can help me and then someone gets disconnected (probably them hanging up on me), and next thing you know, my credit report has a comcast ding on it for their freaking incompetence and grave negligence. 

I hate that I can't hurt Comcast's credit the same way they hurt mine.

I hate corporate america

I hate that we're misled into believing that we actually make a difference.  The electoral college wins elections, not the popular vote, and by the time the vote even gets to oregon, the presidential election is over, so we really don't even have a say on who the next president will be.  The big states with the electoral colleges are the target of campaign's; a state like oregon is pretty neglected.

Yawkee, I cannot make a difference. 

If I write a corporation about anything I have a problem with, I won't hear back.  ESPN won't listen to me. 

The local news shoves horror stories, death, mayhem, and garbage news down our throats every evening on primetime tv, yet people still want to blame video games on kids' behavior?

The local news never took blame for being an accessory to all the high school shootings, even though the great majority were copy cat crimes.

When will the rights of the media be restricted to where they stop showing everyone that this world  is such a sh!tty place to live?  The first 15 minutes of every local newscast is crime, death, accidents, fires, tragedy, and many times it's not local.   It's all propoganda.  Crap.  Unhealthy news.   Yet for all the crap in the world, I rarely see it.  It's rare I drive by a fire.  I don't see gang bangers and dead people in the streets.  And the dumbest part is, what's the point in showing us those  stories?   I mean if 30 kids die when a bus rolls, do you think the kids' parents want that on the news?  Don't you think the parents are going to find out from the school, or when their kid doesn't answer their cell phone, or something?   It's just not a story that needs to be on the news... most stories aren't.  And breaking news is never breaking news anymore.  It's dumb.

There's so many things in the world that I hate and I honestly do not know what to do.   A person earlier on this board mentioned a couple things that need to be understood about  journalism.  Well, I disagree.  It shouldn't be about every network breaking the same stories and regurgitating the same news because they think that's what we want to hear.    And the fact is, not everyone wants to hear about conflict, but since aspects of the Vietnam War got shown on tv, perceptions have forever changed.

I'm not an environmentalist, extremist,  or protester, but I understand where they're coming from.  They believe in something strongly and understand they won't be heard, yet they're going to do their part to try and make a difference.  The environmentalists at one point got Washington to listen about the spotted owl and that halted the timber industry in Oregon for quite some time.  So occasionally, even if it's wrong, some groups do make a difference.

But no individual can make a difference.  I have learned that I am going to continually live in  utter disappointment about many aspects of life until probably the day I die because I cannot make a difference. 

There are so many things that could be done though.   Like someone creating a more interactive television set that allows the ability to block tickers and mute  specific announcers.  Maybe directv and other providers could track who's muting whom and maybe networks will come to realize we don't need 5 analysts on NFL pregame shows.  We don't need to see stats at halftime of crap we've seen all day long already, and we don't need more highlights after, and we don't need 10 different sportscenter segments, or NFL primetime, or Tony kornheiser, or bill walton, or doug collins, hubie brown, joe buck... we don't need. 

what we need are options for everyone, and simply muting the tv or changing the channel shouldn't have to be solutions.

Obviously I've only scratched  the surface of a wide array of topics.  There is enough within this topic to write a book, but is it worth the effort and will any of us make a difference by writing a book?  I doubt it.  I doubt many of you have even read this whole chapter because attention spans are much smaller these days  than ever in history.

Fact is, when America put all their trust in big money and big corporations over the small, important pioneers, life took a turn.   A lot has changed, and much of it for the worse.

So what can I do?  Wakeup, go to work, hope I'm not laid off, pay my bills, take care of my cars, try to treat people around me good, and I guess hope that when I die I'm remembered for something good.  But it really don't matter.  Overall, I hate life.  I hate work.  I hate corporate america.  I don't want to die, and I'm not despressed.  Quite the contrary, I workout, ride bike, run, love the outdoors, sports, movies, and there aren't enough hours in the day to do all I want to do, but I do hate life.  I hate the routine.  I hate that I can't make a difference.  I  don't want to throw out my tv, but honestly, I think everyone should.   I hate that the  media thinks they know what we want.  If they knew what we wanted, CBS never would have hired dan dierdork.

sorry, but there are a lot of braindead people in the world.  Unfortunately many of them are in places of power and that's truly sad. 

sorry yawkee, but I hope I wrote the book you meant to write from the onset.

You know what's really sad about all the time I put into this?  I'm at work.  lol. 



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2008 11:20 am
 

Ramblings Via Yawk

bucky the buckheadHa-ha!  Thanks a good one!  I must say I am very impressed with your story there Bucky!



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2008 5:53 pm
 

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here's a step higher ,much higher and it's hard stuff to do,lol

around Thansgiving I go to a place where people aren't doing well financially.. you can see them walking in for free pastry , bread etc.

anyway, I get a small 20 turkey, throw in a few canned goods, , 5 lb. bag of potatoes and a pie .. I mean whats it come to, $20-$25?  I hand it to someone going into the building  ( usually someone that you can tell is in desperation because of the clothes their wearing) and wish them a happy Thansgiving and walk away with nothing else said

now here's the kicker: You get in your car , go home and never tell  anybody in your family or friends what happened... I  caved in ended up telling my girl a couple years ago... I was told a long time ago how it builds inner peace and makes us smile within for quite sometime.. they were right

so, do the little things count? ya' bet your last dollar they do yawk'.. keep doing what ya' doing and glad to hear ya'

bucky the buckhead




Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2008 3:51 pm
 

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I know how you feel yawk, life can really feel like the pits especially with the way the media reminds us of the horrible crap every single day.  But, as pople we must look in-wards and at the little moments that bring us joy like when our kids do something stupid and we laugh, or you help an old lady at the store, or simply because you give a dollar to a homeless person. Another excellent point!  You are Bucky are WISE!



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2008 3:49 pm
 

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even a simple , "see ya' later sis', I love ya' makes a huge difference, yawk'

here's why:whatever kind act you do is "like money in the bank FOR YOU"! the kindness you give out makes the person the person he/ she is and gives them that peace of mind that money can't buy, stores dont have for sale and it cannot be bought anytime, anywhere, anyplace. I don't know about you but when I tell my mother I love her , still after 54 years on this planet, it makes me feel so much better whether it be that day or 2 weeks later

We can't change the world, but we can change ourself ............ and that's what counts

Thanks Bucky!  I do that everyday (well anytime I talk to my rents or sister/brother in law)!  And I did not think about things like that, you are so right!



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2008 6:16 pm
 

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hey kidDude, here's wishing ya' the best for days ahead... hang in there, a door will open in time



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2008 5:53 pm
 

Ramblings Via Yawk

I just wonder if an individual can actually make a difference in today's world?  I mean sure they can help a child and make them feel better and help and needy family, and I want to do all of those things, but does that really work out in the long run?

even a simple , "see ya' later sis', I love ya' makes a huge difference, yawk'

here's why:whatever kind act you do is "like money in the bank FOR YOU"! the kindness you give out makes the person the person he/ she is and gives them that peace of mind that money can't buy, stores dont have for sale and it cannot be bought anytime, anywhere, anyplace. I don't know about you but when I tell my mother I love her , still after 54 years on this planet, it makes me feel so much better whether it be that day or 2 weeks later

We can't change the world, but we can change ourself ............ and that's what counts




Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2008 1:09 am
 

Ramblings Via Yawk

I know how you feel yawk, life can really feel like the pits especially with the way the media reminds us of the horrible crap every single day.  But, as pople we must look in-wards and at the little moments that bring us joy like when our kids do something stupid and we laugh, or you help an old lady at the store, or simply because you give a dollar to a homeless person.  As humans negative events always reign supreme and that's just the way our minds work, but personnally I don't dwell on it.  Bad stuff happens and you can't do anything about it except let it roll off your shoulder and move on.  My favorite quote of all time comes from the movie "The Lion King" and the monkey rafike(or how ever you spell it) hits Simba on the head and Simba says "Ow, why did you do that", and the monkey said, "It doesn't matter it's in the past", and Simba says "Yea, but it still hurts", and the monkey finishes by saying, "Yes the past can hurt, but you can either run from it or learn from it".  Hopefully everyone got the point of that, lol.  BTW yawk, like the avatar.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 9:18 pm
 

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BuccinGator and KidDude - I wish you guys the best of luck!  Business is awful no a days and there really isn't anything us working stiffs can do about it!  Very sorry about your business there Kid!  You will find something I know it!

As for Trolls on these boards its amazing how many there are and how Admin just lets them keep coming.  It is getting rather annoying!

Also, Why in the world would a neighbor take pictures of me when I am walking my dog?!? He is an ex cop and he really has no fing life!  I live in a nice family neighborhood and everyone hates this loser!



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