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Name: Pet Rock
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Hometown: TN, KY
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Current location: KY
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Deregulation or simply turning a blind eye to it.

It's a safe bet tRump's people at the FTC are not enforcing the Do Not Call registry, just based on the exponential increase in call we've had this year.

Fundamentally, for rePublicans it violates their policy canon to take enforcement against any business and that's been clearly demonstrated since this administration took office, particularly in the SEC. I shudder to think of what they're not enforcing at the EPA and FDA.

They believe in using laissez-faire rules for everything that applies to businesses and the wealthy, including this pResident's moral and ethical behavior.


Yes, if we use it to be more compassionate and understanding with one another.

That would be the sign of an intelligent company and it would be to their advantage if used properly. It would have to be designed smart enough however, to catch those who might try to game the system.

I was not aware that companies are actually using it in HR....

Going only with my experience (because I haven't yet interfaced with other introverts for debate), I think introverts tend to pour all our emotional energy toward a very small number of people and allow very powerful dependencies. That make us vulnerable to being hurt or extremely sad, and it applies to me. There's few social things I enjoy more than sitting at a kitchen table with coffee with a good friend and chatting on a highly personal level.

In contrast, most extroverts are spread thin and maintain a much larger base of relationships that are much weaker. However, most I've known are not able to open up and talk on an emotional level about their issues.

That's one of several things I've learned in my amateur study of human nature, evolution and personality, mostly by looking at what science says and then looking my my life experiences to validate those concepts. So far, so good!

It's a fun journey I started way too late in life!......

Have a good, serene week!......

Thanks, I consider that a compliment. They say we're the "mediators"...

and the thinkers, and that describes me well. Doesn't mean I'm smarter, I just think things out very thoroughly and pay great attention to detail. That trait can be an asset or a burden, LOL. Just to share a few things......

Avoiding conflict and controversy has always been my way, although I've survived quite a few people that seem to thrive on it and often initiate it. I get overloaded with that crap very quickly. Our way seems to be one of quiet mediation and peace keeping.

As I've aged, I've become more sensitive and prone to isolate more, but it feels like our current society is less compatible with our personality type compared to some other nations. Some days, I wish I owned that little shack in the central Tennessee mountains that my hermit great uncle lived in most of his life, where he was in poverty but always very happy. We do need our place of escape! Looking back, I can now see that introversion was very common on my dad's side. They were all quiet, kind, humble and unselfish people.

The Myers-Briggs 16 personalities system has been a great asset toward understanding and accepting myself, and helped tremendously with my later-life depression. I now know I'm simply a part of a normal genetic sub-set of humanity (just like red heads, very short people, geniuses and psychopaths).

I also believe the experts stress that there are mixed and cross-over types, so that personalities are not defined with any absolutes. It's just a convenient guide along the path of understanding.

SM, thanks for sharing and reading my rant. I've been wanting to open up about discovering the foundations for many patterns and events in my life for quite a while.


Chasing profits only for the man with lots of naivety in the country boy.

"That requires that someone keeps good intentions in their heart". Amen.

I had clashes with management numerous times because I always tried to do what's best for the customer - an attitude I inherited from the culture of my youth. Never could outgrow standing up for moral values, LOL. Never got me fired, but instead called out a few times.

Like you, I was a problem solver (me in engineering field service) but I always wanted the solutions to be long-lasting and achieved using sound technical practices. Management always wanted everything done fast and on the cheap. So, we somehow compromised. I think what saved me was a degree of mutual respect that existed within that group.

Although I was self-employed for much of my working days, later in life I realized I really didn't have quite enough hard-ass in me for the task. No one explained that to me at the beginning. Most of what I heard was "you can do anything if you really try".

Life is indeed one learning experience after another and the biggest of all is that we're not invincible. A second one is that it's wise to periodically take a break and do a thorough, honest personal inventory (lesson learned in my 40s in addiction recovery) but that's something rarely done these days, at least not voluntarily.

Thanks again!.......

INFP here - almost polar opposite to you.

Life sometimes seems just a series of acts we force ourselves to stage to satisfy the point in life where we are at the time.

I think middle age bring somewhat of a state of desperation when we realize our lives are not infinite, time is running out, and so we begin to push the process of life-building harder. That may include disregarding the feeling and needs of others in our path, but that can also backfire if they revolt, and we must always be conscious of the emotional effects of our actions. It seems few people are these days, which adds up to a slow degradation of our nation's sanity and morals.

Personally, I lost a big gap in my life from alcoholism and had a lot of catching up to do after the age of 43. I damn near killed myself running hard for a couple of corporations, and to the point where my health deteriorated and caught up with me.

Looking back, I allowed crass and highly-ambitious managers to push me way too hard and at a salary much too low. I doubt if any of them have a single regret. I regret allowing it to happen. Such is the life of an introvert and highly-sensitive person.

Just remember when that which your intuition tells you comes true, the result may be also have been driven by the fear of others of losing their jobs, positions or advancements. We're all pretty good at faking a happy face when our incomes depends on it.

I'm a firm believer in being most true to my natural, genetic nature and personality type. However, I also accept that I will need to pull myself temporarily away from that natural state to survive and to build a home and family - if that's what I want. But, there can be serious mental problems as a result such as depression and anger issues.

Best of luck and thanks for sharing!......

We as a nation are having a collective mental degradation....

from a time when most people were compassionate, empathetic and caring. There's always been a certain percentage that were psychopathic and caused trouble, but the majority tried hard to not harm their fellow-man.

The Great Depression and WW-2 for a time ingrained humility in us that lasted quite a time. I believe that's now mostly gone. Over the last 30 or so years, I've seen increasing isolationism, selfishness and caustic language and attitudes in our people.

The drift from that better time was slow and driven by rampant consumerism, violence on TV and in movies, and financial markets that demand more and more from working citizens. In other words, we're much closer to a dog-eat-dog life to survive.

I've thought a lot about this of late, especially having been raised by Depression-era parents in the country. Because of the ever increasing asset and income inequality that is disenfranchising working citizens and driving us toward servitude, I regret to say I see no long-term solutions. But, I'm now to damned old to come up with new ideas.

KY rant done.......

You have to be from the country to love it.

Having been raised in a small farm town in the South (TN - 50s/60s), this post in a small southern town newspaper from years ago made me roll in the floor, and I paraphrase it here (spoken in a sweet little 'ole lady voice):

"I'll be so proud when the new Dollar Store opens here in town so I won't have to dress up like I'm going to Walmart"


Imagine a world where....

only people like S. Sanders and her dad, Trump, Louie Gohmert, Dick Cheney and hundreds of other right-wing politicians, numerous right-wing media organizations, evangelical churches and your neighborhood MAHAt exist.

Those inside that tightly closed world only communicate with those within. Interface with outside people is forbidden except to make money from them or demoralize and insult them. They see anyone outside the bubble as evil and adversarial. Therefore, lying to and deceiving outsiders is the honorable thing to do.

Vast sums of money float about within the bubble but for use only by those within and a very complex web of social interconnections exists.

That is their world and they protect only their own. Persons losing their job simply needs to network within the bubble and all will be well. Positions with think tanks, media companies, hundreds of corporations and lobbying firms abound.

They are in touch with reality but it is one entirely of their own making.......
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