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2 hours ago, guineapigfury said:

Anecodotally, I have friends who have difficulty finding rental cars for TDYs.  That might be an indicator that cars/parts are in short supply.

I've heard of people renting UHaul trucks because it was cheaper than getting a regular rental car. 

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14 hours ago, SurelySerious said:


 

 

 


Yeah, went generally unnoticed because it was during the Del Rio debacle among other things, but it will allow monitoring of nearly every financial transaction of almost every American. Sounds like one big warrant.

 

 

Oh wow, yeah didn’t catch your post. 
 

This has to be a violation of the 4th Amendment, yeah? 

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Yep, we had the same issue when going TDY to Alaska in August.  Not only were cars tough to find, they were also quite expensive!

Vacationed with the family in NW Montana last month, and paid $1700 for a GMC Yukon for 10 days. I had reserved it 8 months earlier. Dude in line in front of me at National Car Rental walks up and asks what they have available (no reservation) for two weeks. They offer him a minivan at $5600, and he paid it. Nothing else available…


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10 hours ago, Sua Sponte said:

What happened is a fucked supply chain with microchips that run everything from phones, cars, to airplanes being in short supply due to the pandemic. The lack of microchips is affecting new vehicles inventory making them in short supply and raising their prices. People are freaking out due to the low inventory and now they’re having bidding wars between each other for used vehicles, thus driving up the prices for them as well.

The pandemic was NOT the sole cause of the microchip shortage.  I actually made some good cash tracking the chip market per-pandemic.  Poor planning, poor return on automotive chips (they use a different size), trade sanctions (thank Trump), and limited investment in production all combined to cause a perfect storm.  Intel TSMC and Samsung are all building new factories but they take up to two years to reach full production.  Intel alone is spending $20 BILLION to build two plants in Arizona.  At least one positive outcome it production is moving back to America.

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On 10/12/2021 at 9:13 AM, bfargin said:

It is many times, the bottom of the academic barrel who become teachers (I know there are exceptions). I'm constantly amazed at the unmotivated and/or substandard students who fail out of one of our business majors here at school who then goes over to the College of Education and gets a teaching degree. If pay is raised we might get better talent headed towards teaching K-12 as well.

Teaching AFJROTC at a high school and it's been an interesting experience.  I find it odd that despite the mountains of research into the psychology of how people learn best and the professionalization of the teaching profession (at least in an academic sense), we get much worse results than before all that started.  

I think part of it is that our culture doesn't value education and learning as much as it should.  For example, in a Korean high school (my wife is Korean and I was an exchange officer at the ROKAF ACSC), the kid in the school with the best math grades is as popular for that as the star football player is in an American high school.  I see a lot of parents of my students who don't seem to give a rat's ass about how their child is doing.  And other teachers are surprised when I show up to talk to them about my daughter (easy because she is at the HS where I work) and even more shocked when I take their side and get on her about her grades. 

On the other hand, I'm not impressed with some of the teachers I work with (and my HS is in the top 10% in the state).  They seem to wrap things up in a lot of educational jargon and fluff.  

COVID didn't help either.  The 9th graders I have act like 7th graders because they spent almost 2 years out of school and their level of attention and discipline is significantly lower than my 10th graders.  

I can see why the turnover is so high in the teaching profession.  I definitely have days when I wonder WTF was I thinking taking this job because of the behavior of the students.  And ~95% of my students took it as an elective and want to be in the class.  I can't imagine teaching math or English or something. 

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12 hours ago, pbar said:

COVID didn't help either.  The 9th graders I have act like 7th graders because they spent almost 2 years out of school and their level of attention and discipline is significantly lower than my 10th graders.  

My spouse is a HS assistant principal with over 3200 students in her school and says the kids this year while they are behaving well in class, they are like feral cats when they are out in groups (lunch, after school sports, etc.)  It is the worst she has seen in 26 years working in education.  In the first two  months of this year, she has been called the C and B words multiple times.  And their parents are no better.  If I had ever spoken to a teacher/adult the way kids talk to her, my dad would have hit me in the head with a shovel, buried me in the back yard and told everyone I had run away.  You could not pay me enough to deal with the things she has to put up with day to day. I'll be glad when she retires. 

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19 hours ago, ClearedHot said:

The pandemic was NOT the sole cause of the microchip shortage.  I actually made some good cash tracking the chip market per-pandemic.  Poor planning, poor return on automotive chips (they use a different size), trade sanctions (thank Trump), and limited investment in production all combined to cause a perfect storm.  Intel TSMC and Samsung are all building new factories but they take up to two years to reach full production.  Intel alone is spending $20 BILLION to build two plants in Arizona.  At least one positive outcome it production is moving back to America.

If only there was a huge facility being built in the US that had different initial plans (LCDs) that could be redirected towards chip production.

I introduce you the the Foxconn factory in SE Wisconsin, which isn't doing much yet. Initially slated to build LCDs, the infrastructure buildouts should enabled it to build pretty much anything high tech.  In the USA.

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Afghanistan, border disaster, inflation, massive supply chain issues, gas and oil at their highest in many years, IRS planning to spy on every American's bank account, underwhelming job numbers, and a new Presidential tradition of turning your back and walking away in silence every single time you speak.

Biden.webp

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4 minutes ago, HossHarris said:

 

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Having a 16 year old call my wife a "MOTHER F$$$ING BITCH" because she told him to pull up his pants or take off his hat is not funny.  It is not a subject I lighten up on at all.

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27 minutes ago, FUSEPLUG said:

I wasn't trying to mock what your wife has to deal with at work.  I apologize if it came off that way.

I was mocking the President.

My apologies for getting my hackles up and I appreciate your response.  And this is a bit off this thread's topic anyways 👍

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1 hour ago, FUSEPLUG said:

I wasn't trying to mock what your wife has to deal with at work.  I apologize if it came off that way.

I was mocking the President.

 

56 minutes ago, Darth said:

My apologies for getting my hackles up and I appreciate your response.  And this is a bit off this thread's topic anyways 👍

My compliments to both of you!  It's nice to see some civility on here!

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