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. . . . Problem was that the City Council didn't want to spend money on projects to repair info-structures . . . . . . . . .. Same with business.
most of the people i see that run things these days aren't like the old
school bosses that ran things when i first joined the work force.
these days business school graduates run companies and governments
but don't know even the first thing about the businesses they run.
the "old" time folks realized the value of knowledgeable reliable employees
and tried hard to keep them happy and employed, and ran the loafers off.
these days, the p.t.b. wants to cut costs wherever they perceive some "fat"
even at the expense of losing their reliable workers.
hence, you see all these electronic "self-reading" electric meters, self check
in stores, self serve gasoline, unmanned defense systems, etc. and so on.
another reason you can't get checked out while the poor cashier is back
trying to do the job a stocker should be doing if they had stockers that is.
the way i see it, it won't take very long for the you-know-what to hit,
just as soon as all the smart phones go blooey is all it'll take.
can't order up a pizza ? God forbid. panic in the streets.