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This phenomenon isn’t really new, though some of the reasons are. Long ago I interviewed for a ghost job. I could tell right away that the interview was bogus because the interviewer didn’t ask any good questions and seemed bored. In fact, the job was already filled via nepotism, as I subsequently learned, but the company had to advertise and conduct interviews for legal reasons (Federal labor requirements). This happens a lot, and it is a fine example of how laws gum-up the system.

Some companies really are begging for employees, but mainly for low-level jobs in retail. Teens and young adults don’t want those jobs because of the low pay and lack of prospects. They can be picky because they have better parental support (living at home, as discussed earlier in this thread), more government welfare, and more entrepreneurial opportunities (as discussed in this video) than previous generations had.

As you know, I have contempt for modern personnel methods. (Even the name would be fodder for George Carlin: “personnel” [one word, three syllables] has morphed into the pretentious, dehumanized “human resources” [two words, five syllables], as if people are pieces of lumber.) Now computers are used for the first screening, but it is still the incompetent HR people and bosses who create the pigeonholes for the computers to survey. In the end, it is bad for the business and bad for the job seekers, and it probably contributes to the churning of employees (a factor that was discussed in the video).

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I didn’t know that, but I wholeheartedly agree.

Which at least is an excuse and you cannot really blame a computer or an algorithm. But when you have a whole system that is practically toying with the life prospects of millions of applicants, that is starting to have even ethical implications.

This is indicative of that situation:

There is an anecdote where the actual creator or a programming language/tool was rejected from a job application for not having enough experience on the thing he created. :roll_eyes:

If the latest John Oliver episode on the Dollar Tree kind of retail is any indication, “low pay and lack of prospects” is quite the understatement O_o

It is not as if it is a secret or anything, when things get to the “settling” phase, so it is no wonder that people are starting to avoid some companies that get a bad reputation.

Meanwhile, more work/office lingo for Carlin to have gone bananas over:

I didn’t know that “privacy booths” were a thing - and a COSTLY thing at that - but you live and learn. :sweat_smile:

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In an era when everyone is pushed to “be the best they can be” and “live life to the max” and other stressful stuff like that, it is good to remember that there are also other ideas:

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Amazing ! ^^

Didn’t know they were capable of doing this :

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This and other videos from the channel are based on the “What If” blog produced by xkcd created Randall Munroe. The above video is actually based on the very first “What If” blog post that was published about 12 years ago.

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very impressive!

Very interesting and well done. Although the specific incident was new to me, I already know most of the information about mine safety and conditions. Because of my interest in minerals and rock hunting, I have read a few books on mining. I am also a Certified Mineral Miner in Virginia, a basic requirement for working in an aggregate (hardrock) quarry in the state. One needs a separate certification to work in a coal mine, because the conditions and dangers are different. The comparatively low death count surprised me. The worst U.S, mine disaster was in West Virginia’s Monongah coal mine in 1907, where 362 of the 367 miners at work were killed in a coal-dust explosion.

George Orwell’s nonfiction book, The Road to Wigan Pier, has a gripping description of mine conditions in one chapter. Orwell himself made the miner’s journey to the work site, an ungodly distance, which was traversed in a crouch and even crawling on hands and knees at times. It took 3 hours round-trip IIRC, and Orwell ached in his joints afterward. What shocked me, when I read it some 20 years ago, was that detail mentioned in the video, about the miners not getting paid for the time going in or out.

I’ll also take this opportunity to recommend a sentimental favorite, Richard Llewellyn’s beautiful novel about Welsh coal miners, How Green Was My Valley, which was made into a fine movie by John Ford.

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Short and interesting.

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In Italy we have a saying: “If money doesn’t give you happiness, forget about poverty!” :smiley:


Money does have some importance, but only up to about $75000 household income /year (for people living in the US).


Great video! I completely agree with this guy, especially about “moments.” That’s what I was getting at when I created Special Moments, in Recollection

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It made me wonder “how would work be if your boss was actually so much better than you, at what you do?” :thinking:

I am not sure if it would be better or worse. I am still thinking about it.

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Not sure with which of those denominations I’d identify most, but perhaps that is because I never heard of most of those atheist denominations before (except for humanism).

To be clear, I’m not religious and I don’t believe in any god so I’m not a theist or deist, but I’m not anti-theist either.


I will copy one comment from that video and say: “Really makes you wonder how better things could be if people with influence took a stand in their own respective fields.”

I’ve had this kind of question for ages. Later, while growing up, I understood why people that “make it” seem to forget from where they came from and do nothing to help others like them, but after so many years piled up it was getting weird that the odds of someone using his newfound good position to help out and actually improve things for everyone where actually that low.

One instance doesn’t change the odds much, but it restores some semblance of “hey, that just happened, ain’t that nice?”

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I wouldn’t pay great attention to his statements, or any footballer for that matter.

Why not?

What’s wrong with footballers? I do not see why they cannot have interesting things to say.