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The demise of Red Lobster is a perfect case study in how to kill a business
  • I mean, the article goes into how their real estate was gutted, which could have provided a safety margin for them to restructure. But again, I care nothing for red lobster, but I see the same pattern as happened with so many others. Read into Sears or Toy-R-Us for example. It’s the pattern of these parasitic private equity firms. They look for these struggling businesses that have assets they can come in to exploit, hastening the demise.

    In the end it’s not so much that I care about these businesses survival as I angers me to see a few corporate fucks stripping away the value that workers had built over the years and leaving destruction in the wake.

  • The demise of Red Lobster is a perfect case study in how to kill a business
  • Yeah, but shitty chain restaurant that may have had a chance to improve had it not had its organs harvested while still alive. I honestly don’t give a shit about red lobster but I hate the corporate theft that we just let happen.

  • Trump's social media account shares a campaign video with a headline about a 'unified Reich'
  • Ha, my previous comment was about late stage capitalism. Great minds think alike, huh?

  • Trump's social media account shares a campaign video with a headline about a 'unified Reich'
  • I’ve come to the same conclusion. I’ve been wrapped up in political bullshit for years but trying to pull myself out because in all that time, no matter who wins, shit gets worse. The system does what the system will do and right now it seems determined to self immolate.

  • The demise of Red Lobster is a perfect case study in how to kill a business
  • I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read lately that can just be summed up as “late-stage capitalism”. This is the death throes of the nation.

  • Consumers are so demoralized by inflation and high rates they've given up on saving for the American Dream and are spending money instead, economist says
  • Oh, I know, I’m being somewhat facetious. I do have 3D printers but that’s because I’m a nerd; not like, preparing for anything..

  • Consumers are so demoralized by inflation and high rates they've given up on saving for the American Dream and are spending money instead, economist says
  • Right, my fully loaded vehicle was like 43k all in when I bought it in 2016. Today, the same car with the same trim level (granted a newer model) costs over 20k more.

  • Consumers are so demoralized by inflation and high rates they've given up on saving for the American Dream and are spending money instead, economist says
  • truth, I feel pressure to buy the things I want because I have no faith I will be able to afford them later. I figure, get it now while I can so that when I can't, I'll have it.

  • What American Fascism Would Look Like
  • Thanks, I appreciate the perspective, I’m trying to pull myself out of this bullshit, never been more clear that my vote means nothing, the system does as the system does.

  • Not Dead Yet: WD Releases New 6TB 2.5-Inch External Hard Drives - First Upgrade in Seven Years
  • Not exactly reliable and less than easy rma process.

    Sorry, had typed this and forgotten to hit submit :(

  • Not Dead Yet: WD Releases New 6TB 2.5-Inch External Hard Drives - First Upgrade in Seven Years
  • At the time it was fine. I had an array of 4tb drives that I was backing up with a series of 5gb drives. They were just so unreliable; all but one failed while the array they backed up is still spinning strong.

  • Not Dead Yet: WD Releases New 6TB 2.5-Inch External Hard Drives - First Upgrade in Seven Years
  • Bingo. Sorry, had typed a reply about my failure rate and difficulties getting an RMA but forgot to submit.

  • What American Fascism Would Look Like
  • So right, I get all that, but I’m not terribly interested in retribution for what got us here, I’m interested in tangible ways to go forward. I think all our choices are shit right now so what, just don’t vote so that I can sniff my own farts for being above it all?

    I’m at the point where I agree…ish. I do believe that there is a lot of deliberate actions by the power structure of both parties but I see some actual humanity and thought coming from one side, pure spite and malice from the other and complete and utter insanity from the comedy option. Problem is the humanity in the party has gotten nothing done (not for their lack of trying) and has no control so I am have officially given up on them.

    So I’m left with zero options. Great fucking country we have here that I’m utterly trapped within.

  • What American Fascism Would Look Like
  • I can’t argue with any of that. What I’m stuck on is just what the fuck to do now and what comes next.

    Can you elaborate on your thoughts? I honestly can’t see a way out except for eating another shit sandwich and hoping that incrementalism can save us once sanity returns. But fuck, we’re cooked, sanity is gone for good so I’m out of ideas and the alternative only makes it worse for everyone. I’m at a point where I’m happy to vote against my best interests but that’s kinda what I feel I’ve been doing all this time.

  • Not Dead Yet: WD Releases New 6TB 2.5-Inch External Hard Drives - First Upgrade in Seven Years
  • Bought some of the old versions for backup drives. That was a mistake.

  • At Justice Alito’s House, a ‘Stop the Steal’ Symbol on Display
  • Why is anyone even pretending to buy his bullshit. We all have seen the rulings, we’ve all heard his shouting, we’ve all witnessed his willingness to shred, delay, and deal for his party. so let’s drop this did he or didn’t he bullshit and figure out what the fuck to do about it.

    Edit- sorry for the rant, not targeted at anyone.

    Edit2- except alito

  • Using Ubuntu may give off hipster vibes to the average PC user, but within the Linux community its has the opposite effect.
  • does the job I suppose. I don’t use desktop enough to have any useful thoughts about it. I like that it’s a decent gui over what I’m used to.

  • 4grams gradyp @awful.systems

    I have fleas.

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