@Tussock a very good way to sum the situation up!
I did the sums on going on the dole, would make more money than what I am currently doing which is just sad, can see why people do it. I'm not going down that track, would end up sitting on my arse and going crazy!
Societal changes are definitely a cause. My grandparents lived through the depression and war and passed on to my parents values, prejudices, and ethics formed by their experiences. Conditions being better for them, a different set of values and expectations arose in the 60s and 70s which influenced me. As an adult my first reality check was 22% mortgage interest rates which has left me risk adverse with credit, something the kids sadly have not inherited.
With the push towards a knowledge based economy, and the enlightened changes to the trade training boards in the 90s effectively ending apprenticeships, replacing them with block courses and learning modules the value placed on manual skills was debased. A plumber now costs a banana republics gdp if you can get one.
We are due another generational turning point according to tussock, i wonder what it will be.
I want to like tussocks last two posts but yeah.... Nah...
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As things get rarer or more difficult to produce and more and more people want it generally you put the price up not halve it?
Our at the pump price has never really followed the global barrel price down only up.
At ten dollars a liter I probably wouldn't drive at all or only very rarely to say visit the olds on there birthdays etc...
The only logical end to this fossil fuel energy boom is that it will run out that is for sure but surely prices have to rise as it gets scarcer? Why are they dropping ?demand can only be increasing we keep producing cars tucks tractors boats etc at a huge rate.
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workers: well lets throw a spanner in the works. asked for 3 companies to provide vehicle graphics. one replied
sent several emails to an electronic supply company. no replies
asked around for people interested for running cable from a-b (tools supplied) no takers
then the kiwi worker yells " no fair" when some immigrant takes the job