“Election Day” in Merrimack, NH

In today’s narrative, I thought, I’d share my thoughts with this alleged day in one of the largest towns in the state that’s not a city. More on the illegal use of “Election Day” in a few ‘graphs.

I’ve lived in Merrimack, New Hampshire for almost a decade; my family and I moved here for some specific reasons, a large selling value was the proximity of being close to Nashua and other areas east of the River. Merrimack, was historically known as a “big town” with a lower population than say Londonderry, which had one of the highest population centers.

When I relocated, the town’s population in 2000 was hovering around Londonderry, but an estimation in late 2010, put it at nearly 27,000 as a “projected” population count.

The rate of low income housing being built, and more housing, any attempts for open-space has gone out of the wayside.

Certain people in Merrimack have a certain distrust to the government. This is the majority of the town, because other than having a population second or third to Derry or Salem, the population is mostly “townies”. Worse people who have hyper-cynical beliefs that the town government is out to get Joe Doe from 127 Main St (we don’t really have a “Main Street”). In recent years, the anger amongst townies was Comcast. There was no facility for people to drop off dysfunctional set top boxes; and going across the river to just the other side of Hudson on 102 was too much for the people.

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Coronavirus…Out of Sight?

I’ve been home since March 16th, except for several “essential” shopping. My birthday was the Thursday before, and things even before a shutdown was ordered was very quiet, in Southern NH and Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where it was the epicenter of the novel virus had occurred.

It wasn’t till the following night (March 13th) where I found out more disturbing information (at the time) about COVID19. It was clearly like oh shit,  and that point I made a critical decision to #StayTheFuckHome till at least April 3rd at the earliest (assuming the date would get pushed out.)

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The Failures of 21st Century Capitalism: “The Monopoly” and Debunking “Competition”

Part of an ongoing series on questioning modern day capitalism policies

“Let’s Break Up Facebook like the Feds did to AT&T! We were so better off than having that pesky Ma Bell. So what if the markets would price them out? The free market failed anyways!” – Stereotypical American Consumer

 

 

The Too Big To Fail industry of Silicon Valley is going to pop and will most likely explode in the next several years. This industry began really around the time AT&T was broken up in the mid 1980s, and while many think the breakup of AT&T was a smart move, where is the same anger against companies like Alphabet’s Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other big companies?

Does anyone realize that Mark Zuckerberg feels like he’s richer than God or that he own platform acts a service to their own employees? How are employees there? Do they feel valued? Are they being abused or mistreated? Research shows that Millennials aren’t verse in retirement, how can they build that if the companies don’t support them? Where the hell is HR?

AT&T was not a perfect company but had good-faith intentions to serve the customer, and while older episodes of Saturday Night Live often mocked Ma Bell, if your internet goes down, whose going to come to your house on Christmas to restore it? Whose going to be there during a hurricane? Oh right, the techs insist to be like corporate employees so they can have all their time off when the people they claim they serve is entitled to have the same holidays like everyone else.

Nobody want’s to bust their ass anymore. I blame excessive capitalism. Things cheap, easy to purchase, easy to break, and whine about the quality and not following an age ol American norm of “personal responsibility” or “caveat emptor: let the buyer beware”. Sadly anyone trying to reason “the American Consumer”, will have no luck to teach them basic supply and demand and the cost of running a business without hoarding cash. The public believes acting like high school students hazing each other for your hard earned dollar is what kept this economy flowing. It’s not to say those enterprises were perfect or government intervention came in.

What drove AT&T’s prices down was unfortunately a system to make reliable telephones that one had to lease and rent, and in fact to keep maintaince cost down to those ol rotaries, was to make them bullet proof. Perhaps it was shady, but what was wrong with that? After some disruption via FCC policy, AT&T did get some competition. The phone service was so reliable, it was the envy of the world, people who made telephones and equipment had a job. It was made mostly in America. Where is that anger?

 

2010s – The Distrust of the Millennial Generation

I sometimes mock them, but sometimes I wonder if I am mocking myself.  I have a hard time understanding people. but yet I can’t figure myself out.  I have an autistic condition, many do not. I work my ass off, but they don’t.

Maybe that’s where the line gets crossed between accepting them, and not trusting them.

I am talking about the generation born around 1981/82 to the mid 1990s. Sometimes known as Gen Y, many prefer to call them Millennials.

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All Business. All The Time.

I am more professional than that cable business channel in New Jersey.

I don’t have time to have fun. I work, in my own way. Up at 6:00 AM and go to sleep around midnight ET every weekday. Serving multiple constituencies. Trying to run a micro sized enterprise at home with family trying to keep the professional firewall between operations and living arraignments separate.

I have tons of Facebook-friends who we communicate through a rhetorical app. They have no interest in meeting me in person. My family is not my priority. I am in an age of my life where professionalism comes first more than anything else.

So in between diaper-changes in help desk work, I go to an adult day program given my life long condition and in between I do video production and upload some social media content that is over a year old because I don’t have the time to even do that because I have Techie Crafts.

Sadly so many people do not see the craft and hard work a single person has to do between CMS, and Techie Crafts. Even The Museum of Telephony and Enterprise Technology!

If people could understand how many constituencies I must serve at a 99.999% success rate, perhaps you could understand.

Till then I have to return back to work managing those constituencies – since it’s all about YOU!

Hatred Is Not Learned…It’s Taught

Forgiveness is not taught, it’s learned.

If you are unable to learn forgiveness, you’re going to hate. If people are not going to forgive you, you will hate yourself.

Don’t surround yourself in a place of “tolerance”, it’s a cesspool of bitter people trying to destroy people for who they are. And people who get destroyed will destroy others.

Enter my life that I am trying to escape for 20 straight years…

 

The Failures of 21st Century Capitalism: Living en Vida Puesta en Marcha Voca

A series of a critical views on capitalism as this individual has followed more bull markets than bear markets, and would rather watch a stock ticker on cable news mixed with the juicy details of advancing vs declining stocks and knowing how many stocks hit annual highs and lows, where “going on your phone” requires reverting back to 1997 and going onto BigCharts to retrieve simple market information that no cable TV network cares to show screen anymore…

She’s into superstitions
Black cats and voodoo dolls
I feel a premonition
That girl’s gonna make me fall

She’s into new sensations
New kicks in the candlelight
She’s got a new addiction
For every day and night

She’ll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain
She’ll make you live her crazy life, but she’ll take away your pain
Like a bullet to your brain, come on!

Ricky Martin, Partial lyrics of “Living A Vida Loca”

 

By the time said song was a hit, the dot-coms were on the up and up, “NASDAQ 10,000 by the end of 2000″…said the pundits! As a result of a backwards market beginning in the mid 1990s with the initial dot-com bubble, it began an avalanche of expectations a “company” is supposed to be after the 20th Century. Double-digit growth, ensure you got seed funding from the proper VC firms at the right time and like a good comedian, you time your offering at best market value like a good laugh. Years later, Silicon Valley was still Living the Crazy Life; it has lead into a really strange phenomena in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the last couple of years, the housing “demand” is so high, that one suburban house, a ranch, 1,000 sq ft; less than an acre property to be sold for literally a cool million. A house that burned down could be sold for that same amount of cash. Who in the hell could think a small plot of land could be priced so out of whack even for the largest metros in the country? Is there that many Steve Jobs out there with Reality Distortion Fields?

Heads of big VC firms are living a crazy and rich life too; with really out of whack economic views. And any startup that would compete against Facebook alike are probably falling through the cracks. Our employment numbers, to me needs to be seen in a skeptical lens. Are there people who have given up work? If so they are not counted. Has anyone that’s a normal minded person ever got through the first interview process at Google? Has anyone called out the discriminatory process at big tech companies they like to call “hiring seminars”? Has the industry listened to Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs and only would hire “the great” people, which are one and a million, or even more? Has the industry written off people because they are not “good enough”? Why does an industry have to be so reliant on coding? Why are people not redefining a corporate monopoly that is far from what AT&T was 35 years ago – and why are people comparing the software and services of the IT sector to what was a “regulated monopoly” of the phone company?

Oh right, I shouldn’t be asking questions, I am supposed to jam like it’s 1999 and just sing some Ricky Martin to waive-off the concerns of this out of control marketplace.

This is where I feel “group-think”, the speaking the verses out of the political bible of libertarians, social liberal/limited government, as well as the extreme capitalists who perhaps pray to the Gordon Gecko character 30+ years later, as well as the highly technical people have taken over an economy based on philosophy and not on real-world, and concrete business practices or norms that was “it was always done that way” for generations, centuries and millennia before. I mean c’mon Alexander Graham Bell didn’t go to a VC firm to consider marketing his invention. Nor did Grey, Kellogg or Western Electric who then marketed his own invention.

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21st Century Capitalism: Those Damned Venture Capital Firms!

Continued fact-finding search if a capitalistic America disappeared when Al Gore “invented the Internet”

It was the culture of consumerism, disposable income, and the legitimization of companies hoarding cash, and following an ethos of a fictional character in a 1987 flick, Wall Street, “greed, for a lack of a better word, is good”. A recession began a couple months before that movie’s release after Black Monday, where the Dow Industrials lost 22% on an intraday basis, and never saw record highs for at least a few years.

After nearly 6 years of growth, the markets were sputtering after October 1987. In July 1990, the Dow hit 3,000 via an intraday basis,  but to close past that mark, took till April of the following year! The tech industry was the worst hit, and in fact it began in the mid 1980s with the recession to the PC sector. This also stalled the growth of the Macintosh, as it broke even in 1987, 3 years after introduction. It wasn’t until 1995 where commercialization of the Internet, mixed with GUI computers like Windows based PCs and Macintoshes and standard networking equipment like Cisco, this lead to a big growth to only see it fall after the new Millennium – March of 2000.

The sector of the Information Superhighway was also legitimized capitalism but on an extreme level. Tech companies at this point weren’t “funded” by Midtown banks, but super rich firms out in the Valley called “venture capitalists”. This way of corporate financing again enabled competitive natures of businesses fighting their ideas into “profit”. For a number of years, many of the standing dot-coms didn’t return a “profit” or break-even on their bottom lines, or just their expenses. Cisco was turned down by every VC firm except for Don Valentine (a man not to write home much about.) In fact the couple who founded the Cisco used credit cards to use to build their hardware for a number of years.

Growth

Another failure of these go-go years, was the focus on “growth” and the redirecting of tolerance of risk, some companies ran themselves into the ground while “profitable” companies went defensive to protect the profits by taking risk aversive paths. At VC firms, later the Midtown banks were obsessed on “double-digit growth” originally quarter by quarter beginning in the mid 90s, than as the dot-com bubble burst, it was then annual and then the standards kept changing. Never in the history of Corporate America was there this amount of obsession to grow capital, to then accrued so much cash that so many have them hoarded in foreign accounts. Worse, is this “profit” that would originally be used to pay off debt that typically was the mainstream standard to Corporate America was completely written off by the time the new Millennium came.

The Fallout

As this obsession to the “growth sector”, this idea ultimately lead companies to have to reinstate their financials or go out of business and executives being thrown in jail, and creating an industry called corporate compliance to deal with the growing regulatory natures such as Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd-Frank law (now repealed by the Trump administration in the name of protecting “free markets”).

Another growing issue to our domestic economy is the ongoing issue of “late stage” companies that are going public on the markets later than other companies. Facebook was about to be a company of this class, but with some “shoplifting” of ideas stolen from Snap, and acquiring Instagram and WhatsApp, Facebook was able to evade from this stigma, leaving the company to be an ATM to the social media sector. Uber, Lyft and other companies who went public this year are facing issues keeping the stocks above their offering price because the demand was fading in the private markets. Going public turns these frozen assets into cold cash for anyone who invested early in these companies leaving Midtown banks and joe shomes being suckered as these investors are actually facilitating this transfer of wealth.

This lead into strange thing to occur in Northern California that the 80s or 90s couldn’t brag about.

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