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Let’s Get Real: The Economy Matters

Found on ThrillBlender.com, edited for language.

Pictured above is an example of a joke that’s been circulating for a little while. It’s a picture of a dinosaur panicking about the economy when seeing a meteor coming overhead. The joke is that, during a potential extinction-level crisis, the dinosaur is expressing concern for the economy, which is conveyed as though its priorities are misplaced. The joke circulated during the coronavirus epidemic as a jab towards those expressing concern about the state of the economy during an epidemic where people are getting sick, as though their priorities are similarly misplaced.

The fact of the matter that seems lost on many people is that the economy actually is something a person can have a valid concern for in the face of an epidemic. Or any other disaster, for that matter.

This is because “the economy” isn’t just some abstract concept that only smart people and investors in the stock market talk about. In fact, it’s relevant to anyone who manages finances. If you care whether a box of pasta costs $1 or $5, then the concept of an economy is something that’s relevant to you.

The etymology of the word “economy” has its origin in the Greek word “oikonomia”, which refers to the management of wealth and resources in a household. It wasn’t until the 1650s that it referred to the wealth and resources of society as a whole. The word used by English-speaking countries to refer to the concept came to be “economy”.

While it might seem like the concepts of wealth for households and societies are independent of one-another, the fact is, the two are connected. This is because the condition of income for a household is dependent on the state of society, especially considering that in the present-day world, very few people hunt, gather, or cultivate their own food. For that matter, they don’t build their own homes, or manufacture their own automobiles or electronics. Everyone’s prosperity is largely dependent on the rest of society functioning well. That seems truer today than it’s ever been.

When one considers this, they come to the realization that the economy is a valid thing to be concerned about during the outbreak of a contagious disease. Or in the aftermath of a meteor strike, for that matter. Natural disasters or any event that has a significant impact on society has the potential to influence the income of resources for any household that that society hosts. If supply lines are disrupted, homes are likely to notice when there are shortages for certain items deemed “essentials”. Even items not related to the disaster can be quickly cleared from the shelves due to a widespread consensus to value them, as was the case for toilet paper during the initial coronavirus outbreak.

A mere concern about a virus was enough to significantly impact the economy, and households (that went without toilet tissues) felt the impact.

After the initial outbreak, governors decided to enact widespread shutdowns, during which some businesses were closed, and many people lost their jobs. Those who were unable to provide for their families and those who became dependent on government assistance are in a great position to understand the consequences a damaged monetary ecosystem can have on their household!

Ironically, the shutdowns had a more devastating impact on the typical American household than the virus that they were intended to respond to, comparable to how a person might take a final walk into the ocean just to avoid ever being diagnosed with cancer. While the person in question might avoid a diagnosis of cancer, the consequences of such a foolish move are obvious.

The dinosaur beholding the meteor would actually be right to be concerned for the state of its economy. After all, the meteor might damage the ecosystem’s capacity for sustaining it.

But if the dinosaur were a leftist, it might instead exclaim:

To have a better understanding of the conditions that sustain your life is to be more in-touch with reality.

Comfort in the Concept of a Typical Life

It is the tendency of the human mind to take more comfort in an orderly world that makes sense. This being the case, I think it makes intuitive sense that a person can take comfort in the concept of a typical life, even if one’s own life is comparatively atypical.

When a person visualizes the concept of the ideal of the typical life, they can attain an introspective understanding of their own variance from that ideal. Though a variance from the ideal may be recognized in one’s own life, a comfort in a more sensible world may be attained with the intellectual acceptance of the concept of a typical life.

A person with an atypicality, such as a mental disorder, or a history of criminal behavior, or even victimhood of circumstances, can have the comprehension that there is a typical human experience. In having this understanding, the atypical person can find a comfort in knowing that a typical human experience exists within the realm of possibility, and with this understanding, a certain sanity can be achieved in accepting the existence of the ideal.

The reason for this is because the human brain continually strives to make sense of the world. The more consistent the world appears, with less apparently-conflicting information, the more comfortable that the brain seems to be, even as the person lives in a state of continual pyrasmos, transitioning from one form of struggle to another on a near-continual basis.

Where there is perceived inconsistency, there is more potential for cognitive dissonance, and a person feels less comfortable with the reality that they perceive as there is a higher possibility of simultaneously holding conflicting viewpoints.

However, when a person perceives a more consistent world, the world itself seems more sensible to them, and they can continue with a clarity of mind that enables them to maintain sanity even in a more difficult life.

For this reason, the intellectual acceptance of the idea of a typical life can help a person to maintain their sanity, even as the person understands that their own life deviates from the typical model.

Based on the general culture of western life in the 21st century, it seems like the model of the typical life would resemble as follows:

  • Being born to a married mother and father,
  • Starting to attend school at around the age of five or six,
  • Moving to a new home perhaps only once or twice prior to adulthood,
  • Obtaining a driver’s license at the age of 16,
  • Experiencing one’s first kiss during high school years,
  • Graduating from high school at age 18, not having been held back,
  • Being accepted to a college, and attaining a degree by about age 22 or 23,
  • Being gainfully employed shortly after graduation,
  • Buying one’s own house while in one’s twenties,
  • Being married before one’s thirties, perhaps to the person that they first kissed,
  • Having a number of children that’s around the population replacement rate,
  • Saving a consistent amount of money for one’s retirement,
  • Eventually moving to a smaller home as the children move out,
  • Perhaps at some point taking a vacation to Europe.

As one reads through this list, they might notice some variation between this model and one’s own life. They might even find no similarities at all. Yet, an understanding and acceptance of the existence of this norm can lend one the comfort of a sensible world, even if one doesn’t live up to it. In fact, it’s possible that surprisingly few actually do live up to that model of a typical life, as presented above. Even so, it’s the acceptance of the concept of a normal life that enables the mind to perceive a stable world.

The human mind’s preference for a stable world is one of the reasons the case can be made that the human mind is well-adapted to the acceptance of cultural norms and religious ideas.

Perhaps also the case can be made that too much exposure to novel ideas challenging one’s worldview might have the potential for affecting one’s mental health. If true, this might challenge the conventional thinking that continually cramming one’s head with new worldviews, ideas, and concepts would be the ideal way to develop. It might even be possible that continual learning from the internet might be stressing people in ways they aren’t aware of, as humanity as a whole didn’t in previous ages have the kind of access to information that they do today!

Your life might not be typical. But on the bright side, it’s typical for someone. And there’s comfort to be had in the fact that the world does make some amount of sense.

Federal Judge Finds PA Coronavirus Restrictions Unconstitutional

Image source: The Free Telegraph

In a huge win for Pennsylvanians, a federal court has found that coronavirus restrictions put into place by PA governor Tom Wolf (D) are unconstitutional. Specifically, the ruling was against Wolf’s ban on large gatherings and his arbitrary list of businesses that he deemed “life-sustaining” and therefore worthy of remaining open during the pandemic.

Look, if someone is going to hold elected office in the United States, they should be required to read the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights, at least once. It’s not a long document, so it’s not much to ask.

While late victories are still victories, the major issue that remains is that the bulk of the damage has already been done. The PA coronavirus restrictions have been in place for months. In that time, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have been unemployed, the unemployment rate has shot up as high as 13.7 percent, and many businesses have shuttered, some of which will not open again.

If you’ve been reading a lot of my posts (thank you, by the way), you may have noticed that I tend to side against Democrats when it comes to most major issues. One of the reasons for this is because I’ve noticed that Democrats have a tendency towards totalitarianism, which expresses itself in how they wield their authority on those over whom they have power, and their adversarial relationship with a constitution which stands to limit their power.

In Tom Wolf’s case, he used the authority he was granted to overstep the U.S. Constitution. In fact, it was the very first tenet of the Bill of Rights that he overlooked, which is generally regarded as the most important of the lot (it’s first for a reason).

But it gets worse: Tom Wolf’s initial list of “life-sustaining” businesses that he deemed acceptable to remain open was both inconsistent and arbitrary. For example, he initially disallowed automobile sales. If your your car was totaled in an accident at that point, you’d have been in quite a predicament.

But hold on, his list permitted automobile rentals. So, a person wasn’t allowed to buy a car for themselves by reason of an infectious disease, but they were permitted to rent a vehicle that frequently changes hands? What kind of sense does that make?

But mass transit remained open. Excuse me? So a person was restricted from getting a car for themselves, including out-of-state car purchases, but crowding into a filthy bus is somehow just peachy-keen?

On the surface, it seems senseless. But when you consider that some Democrats want to get people out of cars and get more people using mass-transit, it suddenly becomes evidence of the totalitarianism that has become increasingly evident of them.

When you look at Democrats in terms of their agenda, their eagerness to wield power over those they have authority over, and their tendency towards totalitarianism, it’s far easier to see the reasoning behind some of their apparently-senseless decisions.

So it turns out, Tom Wolf’s ban on large gatherings and closure of certain businesses was illegal. How the government of Pennsylvania proceeds in light of this is to be seen.

BLM Riots in Lancaster, PA – Are we sick of this, yet?

YouTube/ Lancaster City Police Department, edited

Imagine that you’re playing a game of chess. However, in this game, something is going wrong: your pawns are moving on their own. On any turn that they move, you can’t make your intended move. But it gets worse: your pawns are making terrible strategic moves, and you can’t do anything about it. Your pawns could very well cost you the game.

That should give you an idea of what it’s like to be on Joe Biden’s campaign.

BLM’s latest mis-move would be rioting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in response to police shooting an armed assailant. Immediately after the shooting, Lancaster police acted transparently, releasing body-cam footage of the attack, leaving no doubt that the police response was justified.

Considering BLM’s history of ignoring facts, they responded as predictably as sunset. But in an interesting twist, the rioting quickly gave way to infighting, as many in BLM insisted that their white members go on the frontline, while others in the group understandably disagreed.

Lancaster, PA is not a large city. One can walk from the west boundary of the town to the east boundary in about a half-hour. After that, you wouldn’t have to go far to find cows and Amish buggies. The difference in culture just miles outside of town is jarring to the point that many tourists might find themselves checking their GPSs to reorient themselves, and to make sure they’re in the right place.

Now little historic Lancaster, which enjoyed a brief one-day stint as the nation’s capital, is the latest battleground in a cultural conflict that’s been fought in major cities across the country.

Which brings up an interesting question: Where do you have to go to be safe? The current generation of left-wing rioters are busy making it dangerous to live in cities, and they’re now pushing into suburbs for little other reason than to ensure that no one feels safe anywhere. Suburban areas have historically enjoyed relative safety from the hard-left marauders, but they’re now hard at work to make sure you can’t simply ignore them. What’s a person supposed to do?

There’s an answer, and it has to do with why it’s such a bad idea for rioters to meander into suburbs. People in suburbs own guns. Not only that, they’re well-motivated to defend what’s rightfully theirs. If you’ve been a single guy living in a city, stewing over class warfare and how the system did you wrong, you’d do well not to underestimate the passion of those who have families. These are the people who have procreated, and their willingness to defend their progeny is a passionate drive. Rioters have already taken to the suburbs, and for some of them, it was their final trip. Obviously, it’s a poor move, and in the context of the chess allegory above, it’s like a stupid move that leads to a piece being taken that cannot be recovered.

But it gets worse. While the media has been working diligently to cover for the rioters, the conduct of the rioters is rendering their endeavor borderline impossible. On top of that, Kamala Harris has set up a fund to bail out violent rioters, making the Biden campaign look even worse. This enables the Trump campaign to take a more advantageous position as the law-and-order candidate.

While Biden recognizes that the rioting is wrong, it’s not lost on the electorate that the rioters are bearing the Democratic party’s pet ideology. This has resulted in the lunchroom discussion tilting away from the Democrats, and more towards Trump and the Republicans. If you’re among those whose job survived the Democrat’s coronavirus response, you’ve likely noticed this phenomenon in your own workplace’s lunchroom. It’s symptomatic of what happens to public opinion when the left can’t reign in its own, and the mayhem increasingly hits close to home.

Having lived in Lancaster county before, I still find it hard to answer the question of why the small city makes national news. But considering that the event this time around was a violent incident, the part of the city that it took place in wasn’t a surprise at all.

If it’s the intention of Antifa or BLM to get Trump reelected, in their own ironic way, they are on the right track. They couldn’t have done more to get Trump reelected if they voted for him, themselves.

So, this time, it’s Lancaster, PA. Are we sick of this, yet?

It’s the 10th Amendment, Biden.

Article the twelfth… The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

What you just read is the 10th amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. It was an addition to the Constitution which was considered redundant because it was implied by the language of the rest of the Constitution, but was added anyway to satisfy those who didn’t want the Constitution’s intent to be vague.

The 10th amendment grants states significant authority to govern their own affairs, and limits the federal government’s ability to interfere.

You now have a better idea of how the USA is run. Why do I bring this up? Because, apparently, not everyone gets it. This includes Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden.

In a recent speech, and repeated in a political ad, Biden points out that the recent mayhem we’ve been seeing (from left-wing groups) are not legitimate protests. Sounds like something I can agree with.

But as the advert continues, Biden blames President Trump for the mayhem, saying that he’s not doing enough to stop it. In saying so, Biden indicates that he’s not aware of the 10th amendment, or how it’s applied.

What does Biden want, for Trump to send in the feds at the first sign of rioting? Is that how it should be handled? It would be great if states had their own institution for law enforcement, that could step in to restore the peace when things get tense. What would such an institution be called?

The police.

You know, The institution that radical leftists are going full-tilt to try to abolish, so there won’t be anyone to stop the looting.

So Trump can’t just send in the feds when state and city governors should be deploying the police. But (left-wing) governors seem hesitant to deploy police for some reason. So, what is Trump supposed to do?

One idea would be to make the offer to governors for the feds to be sent in to restore order. That way, the governors would have the opportunity to accept or decline assistance, and in either case, the President would be respecting the states’ 10th amendment protections.

Sounds like a great idea, right? As it so happens, that’s just what Trump has been doing, and (left-wing) governors have largely declined. Therefore, Democrat politicians are to blame for their failure to protect the people. And this they continue to do in spite of Trump’s repeated offers of assistance.

Kinda makes you want to vote out the governors that don’t want to cooperate with the President in bringing a bunch of dangerous marauders to justice.

I know it’s tempting to be hard on ol’ Joe, but please be understanding: How can we expect him to uphold the Constitution if he doesn’t know what it says?

Protect Your Home From Antifa Using Your Speakers

It’s a sad thing, but left-wing rioters are making America a more dangerous place. Thankfully, there are many creative ways to defend your home, one of which involves a decent set of speakers.

Just a little disclaimer: Use this method responsibly. Do not use it to annoy kids in your neighborhood who are just taking it easy.

So, along comes Antifa, or BLM, or some other left-wing extremists, marching down the streets and threatening home invasions. You can deter them with sound, and here’s how you do it:

Play the following video, with the sound going to your speakers.

You might not hear it, if you’re a tad on the older side. However, younger people can hear it, and they can hardly stand it!

How does it work? The video plays a high-frequency sound wave (15khz). This high-pitch screech is highly annoying, to the point that many hearing it simply can’t concentrate. However, people lose the ability to hear at that frequency as they age. If you play this from your speakers, the younger rioters won’t be interested in hanging around, and the few older people among them would likely follow them away.

There are a few points about this to consider:

  • If you’re on the younger side, you might not like it, either. You and your kids might want hearing protection.
  • You might not hear it, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have some kind of effect on you.
  • This should not be used to annoy kids that are minding their own business. Using this to harass people is likely illegal.
  • The idea that this frequency drives mosquitoes away is a myth. It’s annoying to one kind of pest, but ineffective to another.
  • Obviously, this won’t do more to protect you than your second-amendment implements.

So, there you have it. Use responsibly.

Neuralink – The Coming Nightmare

Neuralink Surgical Robot

Elon Musk has revealed progress on Neuralink, a brain-computer interface device. In so doing, he has revealed a commercial version of a technology that has been researched over the course of decades.

The device involves a small implantable chip, about the size of a coin, which is implanted in the top of the skull. Tiny cables just a few microns across (about 1/20 as wide as a human hair) connect the chip to various parts of the brain. The chip itself charges inductively, presumably overnight while the bearer is sleeping, and the chip can wirelessly interface with electronics, including possibly Tesla vehicles.

When it comes to any brain-reading devices, count me out.

While there are many potential applications for this technology, there are many, many drawbacks that simply shouldn’t be overlooked.

For one thing, there is the issue of privacy. Everyone has a right to their own thoughts, and those thoughts to be private, remaining in that person’s head until they speak them with agency. The existence of psychotronic technology, whether with an embedded chip or not, allows for the potential to invade privacy on a whole other frontier.

Without privacy for one’s thoughts, there is virtually nothing that’s off-limits, and a violation of one’s privacy can occur on the deepest, most intimate levels. Imagine that a person obtains a device that can somehow read and interpret a person’s brainwaves. Using this, a person can…

  • Cheat in a game of cards,
  • Determine the passwords that a person uses, such as for their bank account,
  • Be presented with that person’s sexual fantasies (perhaps even visually),
  • Spoil surprises such as parties and anniversary gifts,
  • Sabotage that person’s career plans,
  • Destroy that person’s interpersonal relationships,
  • Know when to burglarize that person’s house,
  • Say just the right thing to distress that person,
  • Gaslight the person into believing they have a mental illness,
  • And there’s more. The list goes on and on.

The way such technology could be abused is disgusting. And such technology does exist!

Another point to worry about when it comes to this technology is that there may come to be a time in which it would be needed to be competitive.

When the internet first emerged, those who had access to it had an enormous advantage. A person with the internet could easily network with other internet users, and they had access to the summation of human knowledge.

Today, the internet is available to almost everyone at nearly all times, from devices that they carry in their pockets. The internet is considered the bare minimum that’s needed to be competitive in the career world, and if anyone does not have it, they stand almost no chance of getting by.

Psychotronic technology such as Neurolink would likely enhance human ability and perception to the point that, if it were allowed to proliferate, only chipped humans could compete. Enhanced vision, immediate interface with devices, radar-like sound, immediate answers to questions through web searches, and instantaneous communication with other chipped humans would be among the benefits that may be available to those chipped. Those who insist on remaining organic may get left behind.

There is another potential problem, and this is a whopper. If the brain interface is a two-way dealie, then brains can receive signals from the chips, which can receive signals wirelessly. This would mean that brains could be hacked.

Chipped humans would therefore have the potential to go Manchurian Candidate and act on rogue code transmitted to that person’s chip. Why dirty your own hands with murder when you can just hack someone else into doing it? Why risk getting caught stealing when someone can be hacked into buying you an expensive gaming rig? Want someone to destroy a business, beat his wife, start a riot, go streaking, or all of the above? There may soon come a day that it would be possible with just the right code.

Obviously, this would be a nightmare for criminal justice and law enforcement.

This may not be Burger King, but we’re serving up a double whopper. Imagine how horrifically this technology would be abused if it would fall into the hands of a dictatorship.

That gasp of horror probably came from you.

China already has a “social credit system” which provides a person with a score based on their behavior. China has already implemented cameras in cities which recognize faces and is linked to their system. With this, they can automatically adjust a person’s score based on their day-to-day behavior. A person with a low enough score is shamed by having their face appear on electronic displays in public!

Considering this (and the recent genocide of Uighurs), it’s hard to put an abuse of psychotronics past the Chinese Communist Party. If such technology were to be implemented on a society-wide basis, the Chinese Communist Party could use it to track thoughts, seeking out unrest, religious tendencies, and just about anything the Chinese Communist Party might take issue with.

Countries governed by religious fundamentalists could abuse psychotronics in their own way, ensuring complete submission to establishment religious practice, swiftly punishing heresy, determining that prayer times are observed, or perhaps even monitoring the contents of prayers!

It might not be fun to be the guy who steps out of line, as such technology could potentially be used to affect someone’s mood, perhaps causing depression, or it could even be used to induce pain, torturing a person directly and in a way that cannot be resisted, at any given moment!

Though it hasn’t been discussed very often until now, there is a certain portion of the American population that has made the claim to being victims of psychotronic harassment. I suspect that many of them actually have a mental illness of some sort. However, it’s interesting that this complaint has exploded in recent years, including with the infamous Navy Yard shooter who made the claim to being influenced by E.L.F. waves. Personally, I suspect that there might actually be something to the complaints that some of these people have.

With the recent reveal of Neuralink, psychotronic technology is going mainstream, and I suspect that more people will come forward with complaints of psychotronic harassment. It’s reasonable to suspect that there would come with this a push to limit the potential for abuse of psychotronic technology.

Such a push is something I might be getting behind in a hurry.

Prank on Kamala Harris Shows Willingness to Accept Election Interference from Foreigners

Remember when a conspiracy theory surfaced that now-President Donald Trump benefited from Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election? You likely do, seeing as the corporate media ran with it for a long time, in spite of having nothing to show for it, and nothing came of it but yet another waste of taxpayer dollars by Democrats.

So then, we’ve established that foreign meddling in an election is something that the left takes seriously.

With that in mind, consider a prank phone call that recently surfaced targeting Kamala Harris, currently running for VP alongside the presidential candidate, Joe Biden. The fact that she was pranked wasn’t as exceptional as what the prank revealed about her.

The pranksters were a pair of Russian comedians, with one of them posing as popular young environmentalist Greta Thunburg. During the phone conversation, the impersonator offered Kamala a likely-nonexistent recording of Donald Trump disparaging Greta’s efforts, suggesting that it could be of use to Kamala as she campaigns against the incumbent President. Not only did she accept, Kamala said that one of her associates would get in touch with her and work together with her.

Greta Thunberg isn’t an American; she’s Swedish. And Kamala Harris was willing to accept a recording the Swedish girl would have secretly acquired of words that the President spoke to her in confidence. Kamala Harris would have happily cooperated with a foreign entity interfering in an American election.

Of course, this is far from the scariest thing about Kamala Harris, who…

  • Kept people incarcerated to exploit them for cheap labor, even paying them $1/hr to fight wildfires,
  • Put parents of truants in legal trouble, then laughed at their distress,
  • Attempted to prevent a DNA test of a man on death row when the test might have exonerated him, which it did,
  • Then demonstrated her accountability by blaming her subordinates for the attempted obstruction.

There is a recurring pattern of abusing and exploiting those who are powerless to resist. While Kamala might not have necessarily been involved, it was the California prison system that decided to experiment on male juvies with involuntary estrogen treatments. Something seems to be viciously wrong with the California criminal justice system.

“Fail with honor rather than succeed by fraud.”
-Star Wars, The Clone Wars

The new WordPress block editor is made of suck.

I know that tech companies and social media platforms have oodles of coders that are out to justify their collective existences, but more should be done to prevent them from fixing what’s not broken.

If you’ve attempted to use WordPress lately, you might have had issues with widgets. That’s not as big a deal for me as the fact that the numerous tools used to edit a post have vanished into a non-intuitive interface, assuming that you can still access the media you’ve uploaded through all that mess.

What really stinks of turgid ethics is that to access the classic editor, you have to install it as a plugin. All that would take from you is $300 per year for their Business Plan.

It seems as though it’s not enough for WordPress to intersperse our content with gross-out ads, now they want us to pay to use an editor that we’ve been accustomed to for years.

I’m curious about who is desperate enough for the older, better editor that they’re willing to reward WordPress financially in spite of the fact that WordPress 5.5 is breaking sites.

Don’t Major in Electronics Technology

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Let’s consider some of the biggest mistakes that a person can make: In many cases it involves committing a crime. Or it might be investing too much in the wrong stock. Or hurriedly marrying someone only to find out that they’re abusive. Or buying a house in a crime-riddled neighborhood.

Those are some big mistakes, but here’s a whopper: majoring in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET).

If you’re planning on becoming an EET major, here’s an idea of what you can look forward to:

As you get into it, you might have the idea that you’re joining “the winning side”. It’s not like majoring in English or some other elective, you might tell yourself. This is STEM we’re talking about, which all the science people speak of as guaranteeing a bright future. Once they have you believing that, they have you indoctrinated, to the point that you’ll have internalized the deception to the point of being self-reinforcing. Making it more effective is that these recruiters are great at convincing you that it was your own idea.

For example, if you’re considering an EET degree, you might see someone attempting to warn you against it and you might dismiss them as being someone who made some bad choices.

Once you begin the program, it’s probably going to be the fight of your life. Most college programs flood their students with assignments, but your EET coursework will easily eclipse your rudie-poo electives in terms of difficulty and perhaps even volume. You’ll really be in for it if you have a professor who likes the idea of “weed-out courses” which are filled with arbitrarily advanced material early on in an effort to process out the less-serious students.

In a 25-student class, you’ll likely see a couple students drop in the first week. By the end of the first semester, the class is likely to have been reduced to nearly half, and usually only around eight or nine students make it to second year. Most of the ones left usually graduate.

In case you’re curious, the students that carry on typically make fun of the ones that don’t make it, in some cases as far as a year after they drop.

Considering the challenge involved, and how few students who attempt it actually graduate, one might imagine that there’d be a bright and sunny future awaiting the student that overcomes the hurdles. If that’s what you think, consider the following number:

17

That’s how much money that you could expect to make, in dollars per hour, putting an EET degree to use.

Are you in disbelief? I’ve held three jobs since graduation that paid about the same rate, and I’ve seen another student from my class in the same position, so it seems like that particular rate isn’t extraordinary for EET grads. For comparison, I met an auto mechanic in the 90’s who made more than that even before accounting for inflation. To make the matter hurt more, a grocery store near one of the places I worked at had advertised a non-managerial position that started at about $15/hr.

With that kind of money, you can pick between a car or a one-bedroom apartment. You might even be able to squeak by with both if the apartment is a slum and the car is used. But you’d probably find yourself doing as I’ve done: using the company’s free coffee as an appetite-suppressant so you’ll feel less tempted to spend more money on food.

While this is going on, your dad might wonder why you’re not buying a house, your mom might wonder when she’s getting grandkids out of you, you might feel tempted to convince your friends that everything’s fine, everything’s just fine, and you yourself might be struggling to make sense of what’s going on.

At that point, you’ll realize that you weren’t on the winning side. STEM majors don’t guarantee success, hard work doesn’t always lead to a desirable outcome, and it is possible to work yourself raw for years and have little to show for it. Kind of like with most degrees.

If you’re considering majoring in EET, don’t do it. If you love your children, don’t sign them up for it. As for me, I don’t know what I’m going to do now. I know that I thought EET was a great idea in the past, but sometimes a person’s opinion changes over time and when presented with more information. Obviously, my opinion is different, now.

“What society does to its children, so will its children do to society.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero