Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hard Times: Lost on Long Island

HBO Hard Times: Lost on Long Island

The chronicle of older Americans who grew up in near ideal conditions suddenly get knocked down when their jobs are gone.

The documentary is very moving and sad.  The jobless know that their age is a big factor in not getting hired. As interns replace paid workers the job field is narrowing. Of course once the work stops other problems get worse. They are losing their homes, health, and relationships. Gather together to meet they offer support but little else. Unlike most news show talking about unemployment their is little anger among the subjects.

The one person who got a job at the end of this doc is training Indian employees to takeover the work once done by Americans. But there is no need to get mad because software is slowly replacing the Indian workers too.

It's The New Economy Stupid

The 8% percent constant unemployment rate has become the norm. While idiots believe this is because of policy or politics the truth is that technology and efficiency is the main cause. Software is replacing tax preparers, office managers, secretaries, and dozens of other white collar jobs. New robotics and advanced vehicles are replacing blue collar workers. A combination of both can replace train conductors, packagers, and cashiers.

As an engineering nearly 100% of my fellow graduates got jobs while the social and arts graduates are struggling. Granted the things that are being made by us engineers seem to contribute to the problem. Here is a photo emailed to me by a fellow engineer trying to bring this to the metro area.

This machine can replace a dozen workers and do the job in a fraction of the time. Recently NYC added a pothole repair machine that replaces 5-6 workers while never complaining, never getting sick or hurt, and best never suing for millions.


  1. That's an interesting machine!

    I was wondering, do you have an opinion on/have you seen 'Perception'? (I think it is either on TBS or TNT.)

    What about A&E's 'Longmire'?

  2. have you seen 'Perception'? (I think it is either on TBS or TNT.)

    What about A&E's 'Longmire'?

    I know about both and they seem great but I cannot take another 1 hour long show.
    Since I got work and commuting more I have little time for long shows. I need a sitcom that I can TiVo and watch in 22 minutes. Luckily Blogger works well with the Android phone if not I would not be able to keep up the blogs.

  3. I understand that. Luckily, a lot of the shows I like have short seasons, so I can pick up on another one when I have time.

  4. ...a lot of the shows I like have short seasons...

    True maybe I'll catch them during a marathon.

  5. This documentary was just heartbreaking! Since I have a family of four, I’m in school part-time, and I work full-time for Dish, I don’t have anytime to sit through a 30-minute show. Since I have a whole-home HD DVR, the Hopper, I can start one of my DVR recordings in the kitchen, and finish it days later in my bedroom or the front room. Because of my busy life, it took me a lot longer to watch this film than most people would take, but I’m glad I did. Knowing that times are tough really brings life into perspective.

  6. @SelinaB, I also TiVoed and i agree it is a great doc. to watch mostly to understand how others are coping.

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