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Old 08-30-2015, 09:08 AM   #8951
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I am totally with you Chief Longwind. The middle class is being squeezed...and this is on purpose. I could explain why but it would make me a lot of enemies on this site I'm sure.

I am also neither a Republican or a Democrat, the two party system and adversarial nature of people's politics are what is killing us. People treat their parties like their hometown football team, it doesn't matter what they do, they are going to vote for them anyway regardless of available facts.

As far as corporate? We've come a long way from company towns and company stores...yep such a long way they don't exist! We've lost most of those companies to globalization. Blame those who want that "new world order"...in both major political parties. They want globalization then set the U.S. up as one of the most difficult nations to do business in. There is a reason we cant compete and it's self inflicted.

We ran companies off with high taxes and outrageous regulations that go far beyond simply keeping pollution at bay. We are now a consumer economy...we're only good at using and selling stuff anymore. I've seen the decline as I come from a welding and metalwork career...we've raised our kids in recent decades as a nation to be soft, sensitive, politically correct and little Johnny is far too "special" to be a plumber or construction worker. So we have Mal-educated politically indoctrinated skulls full of mush graduating college and still have to live with mommy till age 30 and beyond.

I don't think your post is out of bounds at all. This IS an off-topic VENT thread.

Whats funny is people thought my posts above were complaining about prices...my real point blew right past folks.

I'm new here...is there a place for humor and quirky wit somewhere around here? Even adding smilies didn't help me on this one
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:35 AM   #8952
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...Whats funny is people thought my posts above were complaining about prices...my real point blew right past folks...
Your point was clear. We were being duped by the 9/10 of a cent on gas prices. That gas companies thought we were stupid.

The fractional suffix is irrelevant if everyone does the same thing. Same with $1.99 pricing. Am I fooled into thinking the price is a dollar instead of two? If every retailer uses the same "let's trick the masses" logic, the trick becomes ineffective. You are, after all, comparing one retailer's price to another.
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Old 08-30-2015, 11:29 AM   #8953
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Kenny, I don't think it's as bad as you portray. If you're buying gas based on price, you tend to just ignore the fraction and look at the dollars and cents. Station A sells regular for $2.24 and station B sells it for $2.28. The fact that the fraction is fixed at 9/10 makes such comparisons easier. JMHO
I agree. To me, fraction of a cent posted is somewhat analogous to a fine print in an ad.
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Old 08-30-2015, 11:39 AM   #8954
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Well it's just me then. I don't sweat gas prices either...I just notice stupid stuff.

I suppose I made the mistake of thinking "humorous" in a "venting" thread.

Both subjects are "rant" level stuff. Y'all kind of proved my point yet methinks missed the point. But it's great that you don't sweat the small stuff!
Yes, the venting thread is meant for serious topics. For joking around, try this forum: Jokes and Games - Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:40 PM   #8955
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I just found out via Facebook that one of the winners of the baking contest I entered recently apparently sells baked goods at the downtown farmer's market. i don't know if that's her full-time gig, but to my mind, someone who makes money from an activity is not an amateur. Contestants are supposed to be amateurs. I'm pretty aggravated about this. If it was my category, I would definitely say something, but since it's not, I'm not sure what to do. Just wanted to vent a bit.
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:00 PM   #8956
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That would really tick me off too GG.
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:11 PM   #8957
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That's just not right GG. She must have a license to sell her baked goods, and that makes her a professional. Grrr.
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:42 AM   #8958
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I just found out via Facebook that one of the winners of the baking contest I entered recently apparently sells baked goods at the downtown farmer's market. i don't know if that's her full-time gig, but to my mind, someone who makes money from an activity is not an amateur. Contestants are supposed to be amateurs. I'm pretty aggravated about this. If it was my category, I would definitely say something, but since it's not, I'm not sure what to do. Just wanted to vent a bit.
Not right at all, GG! I'm with you on this one!
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:16 PM   #8959
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That baking contest winner should do the honorable thing and set a good example.
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Had a similar thing happen last year. Entered a cooking contest and really had high hopes for my dish. When I went to drop off the dish, the woman who was the one checking in the entries, also had entered a dish. Guess who won? Right, not me, not the next person, but the woman checking us in. I'm not bothering this year, she's probably a shoe in to win this year.
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