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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Generation X Aptitude Test

Khyron creates the GXAT:

1. Do you want to change the world?

A. Yes, and I’m proud to say we did it, man. We changed the world. Just look around you!

B. Yes, absolutely, and I promise I will get back to doing that just as soon as interest rates return to where they’re supposed to be.

C. Omigod, omigod, changing the world and helping people is, like, totally important to me! I worked in a soup kitchen once and it was so sad but the poor people there had so much dignity!

D. That question is so stupid and absurd that there is obviously no reason to continue this pointless exercise.



If you answered D, you are Generation X.   Thus endeth the GXAT.

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173 Comments:

Blogger Nate June 01, 2013 9:10 AM  

I've moved that we formally accept Josh into GenX. He's way to jaded and apathetic to be a millennial.

Anonymous Stinky the Weasel June 01, 2013 9:13 AM  

Read question, read first answer, cringed, skipped to the bottom , answer D is correct. Done in 2 secs.

Gen X baby!

Anonymous RINO June 01, 2013 9:14 AM  

"A" reeks of boomer ..... man.

Anonymous Pesky Grammarian June 01, 2013 9:25 AM  

too |toō|
adverb
1) [as submodifier ] to a higher degree than is desirable, permissible, or possible; excessively
2) in addition; also

Anonymous Salt June 01, 2013 9:30 AM  

I'm a 59 year old Gen-X? Well, okay then.

Blogger Magister Wood June 01, 2013 9:30 AM  

I am a Boomer (1957), but found D the only acceptable choice.

Anonymous cmc June 01, 2013 9:32 AM  

Stinky, that's exactly what I did too.

Anonymous Harsh June 01, 2013 9:35 AM  

Answered D and born in '65, so yeah. I'm afraid most of my peers would answer C though.

Blogger James Dixon June 01, 2013 9:45 AM  

> I'm a 59 year old Gen-X? Well, okay then.

As noted in the previous discussion, there are Gen-X type outliers in the 1955-65 era (of which I'm one also). But we have to recognize that we are, in fact, outliers.

It's the old "the variation within a group is greater than the variation between groups" saw. While true, it doesn't change the statistical averages for the group.

Blogger Nate June 01, 2013 9:52 AM  

What's Gen X's anthem?

I suggest:

Beck: Loser

Cracker: Teen Angst

STP: Interstate Love Song

Filter: Hey man, nice shot

Anonymous A June 01, 2013 9:54 AM  

Which generation is B supposed to be?

Blogger Raylan June 01, 2013 9:57 AM  

Millennial man, born in '89, and there really isn't an answer I would pick. Millennial girls would universally choose B, cause, like saving the world is totes important LOL!!!

I choose E: When the shooting starts, I'm in. Til then, it's preparation time.

Nate: "I've moved that we formally accept Josh into GenX. He's way to jaded and apathetic to be a millennial."

If he was born before 1987, then he's not part of the core of the Millennial generation (1987-2000), so he can probably pass as Gen-X anyway. He's certainly part of the Gen-Y cusp, which share traits of both generations. Every generation has a core that almost all it's members share classic traits of their generation. For Boomers those years are 1946-1957. Gen-X its 1965-1977. And so on down through the ages.

Blogger IM2L844 June 01, 2013 9:59 AM  

Aptitude?

Anonymous Crusader Corim June 01, 2013 10:03 AM  

I'm born in 1982, so the last year of Gen X technically, and I have to agree that D is a pretty automatic answer.

Blogger rumpole5 June 01, 2013 10:03 AM  

Nailed it with D. Now if we could just get them to be apathetic AND quiet. The endless whining is a pain in the rear. Aren't they ever going to grow up?

Blogger Nate June 01, 2013 10:07 AM  

"Aren't they ever going to grow up?"

This?

From a boomer?

Blogger Nate June 01, 2013 10:20 AM  

Some time in the late 90s Gen X started parenting the Baby Boomers. We had to start holding their hands and teaching them how to use all the technology of the information age. First computers... then the internet.. and now smart phones.

The curse is to parent the parents who couldn't be bothered to parent us.

Anonymous Poli_Mis June 01, 2013 10:21 AM  

Nate: What's Gen X's anthem?

I suggest:

Beck: Loser

Cracker: Teen Angst

STP: Interstate Love Song

Filter: Hey man, nice shot


Nope. If we have an anthem, it will be Nirvana. And if it is Nirvana, then might I suggest 'Rape Me?'

Anonymous Boetain June 01, 2013 10:23 AM  

Tool: Learn to Swim

Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this

Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of
Freaks

Anonymous Poli_Mis June 01, 2013 10:27 AM  

Whoa. ÆNIMA is a fantastic choice. Nice, Boetain.

And I still miss Bill HIcks. A lot.

Blogger Nate June 01, 2013 10:27 AM  

ugh... Nirvana...

Anonymous Poli_Mis June 01, 2013 10:32 AM  

Nate, I know the dude has some serious gamma tendencies but he was constantly hailed as the Gen X Lennon.

I didn't crown the guy. But I sure don't hear much of that while rocking out on Aneurism or Territorial Pissings.

Anonymous wcu June 01, 2013 10:32 AM  

Nate: parenting the parents...that is a good one. Can't tell how many of our baby boomer parents who split from their husband/wife and now are on the prowl...sagging flesh assisted by chemicals...old teenage angst...forever fucking peter pan.

Blogger rumpole5 June 01, 2013 10:39 AM  

Better a LATE starter than a NON starter. I WAS a little distracted by the '67GTO , the speedboat, nights anchored out on the sandbar on the sailboat with the willing girlfriend, and tooling around with her in her Daddy's. TR4-A, but I eventually got a job, saved money, GOT MARRIED, raised a kid, & stopped the huffing & drinking and GREW UP. Why can't you do the same? You never had the distractions. I kept my Millennial (89) so busy that he only had one free night free a week, and he is doing fine. Put down the mouse, turn off the game, come out of the basement and try ADULT LIFE. It's not easy, but you might actually accomplish something.
Oh, and tuck your damn shirt in - you loser!

Blogger Michael June 01, 2013 10:39 AM  

"1. Do you want to change the world?"

No, I want to blow it to smitheerens.

So what am I?

Blogger IM2L844 June 01, 2013 10:40 AM  

Sevendust: Clueless

Anonymous The other skeptic June 01, 2013 10:46 AM  

Don't worry. We are all going to be replaced by robots.

Anonymous The other skeptic June 01, 2013 10:47 AM  

DOJ to use Civil Rights legislation to get around the first amendment.

Anonymous E. PERLINE June 01, 2013 10:49 AM  

I'm of the WW2 generation. I think the government can offord to provide emergency subsistance. It can also afford healthcare for all its citizens. Otherwise its credo should be--let the people, competition, and technology do its thing.

Blogger GF Dad June 01, 2013 10:50 AM  

1962 and my answer would have always been D regardless of age. Is it any wonder I didn't fit in with most of my classmates?
The only real change that can occur is when Christ returns. Anything that seeks to change the world before then through any means other than proclaiming the Gospel and doing thing proscribed on scripture (like caring for widows and orphans) is idolatry.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet June 01, 2013 11:09 AM  

I laughed at this post. I've had this exact situation happen and I've been the only one to answer D to it and several other "moral" questions. It's lead me to be labeled "amoral" frequently by anyone who answers anything but D.

Amoral. Forget that I am the sort of man that works hard to be more patient, kind, generous, protective, loyal, and wise (by God's grace). If I don't pander nonsense emotionally-driven garbage, I'm amoral.

I love being an X.

Blogger Doom June 01, 2013 11:18 AM  

Change the world? I don't even want to change the lighbulb. Sure, it's blown, but... I've got other sources of light, for now. As to the world, it'll change, just wait, and probably duck... man.

But I like where you are going with this, mostly.

Anonymous Anonymous June 01, 2013 11:28 AM  

Having a "generational anthem" is so Boomer it stinks of patchouli. I was born in 1965 and the idea of having everything I believe in encapsulated in a four-minute Top 40 song is ridiculous.

Pop music is fine, but it was the Boomers who turned it from light entertainment into a sacrament.

Want to hear the real Gen X anthem? Imagine someone screaming "That's racist!" in your face over and over again for all eternity.

Anonymous jm June 01, 2013 11:32 AM  

Black Hole Sun.

Trapped in a millenial's body.

Anonymous jm June 01, 2013 11:34 AM  

I wonder what the Gen X answer would be if the question was "Do you want the world to be different?" rather than "Do you want to change the world?"

Anonymous Josh June 01, 2013 11:36 AM  

I answer D.

To the millennials (in cartman voice)

Screw you guys, I'm going home!

Anonymous buzzcut June 01, 2013 11:41 AM  

Nine Inch Nails: Head Like A Hole.

Blogger L. Beau June 01, 2013 11:44 AM  

Strauss & Howe list 13th/GenX as born 1961-1981 (in their 1991 work, Generations.) Not sure if their work is considered authoritative, but works for me. Best guess on other options:
A: Boom
B: Silent
C: Millennial

D was the only option that made sense to me, but I was born in 1974, so well, y'know....

Blogger SarahsDaughter June 01, 2013 11:50 AM  

I don't know how you suggest a Gen X anthem and fail to mention Pearl Jam.

Anonymous aero June 01, 2013 12:23 PM  

Why do Gen X think their parent should leave them something?
A: So they can get a tattoo
B: So they can get a ring in their nose
C: So they can get a new pair pants that they will wear below their butt hole
D: So they can get their children's ears pierced.
E: All of they above

Anonymous Stilicho June 01, 2013 12:30 PM  

First computers... then the internet.. and now smart phones.

Next up: Depends.

Anonymous Stilicho June 01, 2013 12:35 PM  

Why do Gen X think their parent should leave them something?
A: So they can get a tattoo
B: So they can get a ring in their nose
C: So they can get a new pair pants that they will wear below their butt hole
D: So they can get their children's ears pierced.
E: All of they above


Nah, those are the Millenials. Most X'ers don't care enough to pierce their noses for world peace.

Curious as to why you wouldn't want to leave something behind for your children though.

Silent: we generation.
Boomer: me generation.
X: meh generation.
Millenial: squee generation.

Blogger L. Beau June 01, 2013 12:40 PM  

I've not noticed that Gen Xers in general think that "their parent should leave them something" (I like the use of singular for parent, though - lots of absent Boom/Silent Dads for the kids in my age cadre.) Also, pants with the waist band well below the butt crack is more of a hip-hop thing than a Xer thing, per se.
-In response to aero, who wrote, "Hey, you kids, get off of my lawn!"

Anonymous gone fishing be back soon June 01, 2013 12:42 PM  

Every Generation has its stupidity factor.
How to change the world
The best way to set example for the next generation.Is to be a good parent by honoring fatherhood and motherhood. To be fruitful. To do in earth as in heaven.

Anonymous Rantor June 01, 2013 12:50 PM  

Should that be aptitude or attitude test???

Anonymous Shutterbug June 01, 2013 12:51 PM  

Gen X Anthem: Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It"

And yeah I proudly chose D on the test.

I'm an older Xer with Boomer parents who had me when they were teenagers. Good grief, don't get me started.

Blogger njartist June 01, 2013 12:58 PM  

I am a Boomer and I answered D: does that make me a late Bloomer or just a man born out of my time?

Blogger Markku June 01, 2013 1:07 PM  

GAAH! Pet peeve!

The album is Ænima, the song is Ænema. The idea is that the album is about anima, but when California sinks into Arizona Bay, USA gets an enema.

Blogger L. Beau June 01, 2013 1:18 PM  

Silent: we generation.
Boomer: me generation.
X: meh generation.
Millenial: squee generation.


I accept the first three labels, good work there, Stilicho, but the squee generation? Ouch! Harsh but Funny.

Anyways, I'm confident that AOL Relationship Columnist J.S. is not a Millennial.

Anonymous jla June 01, 2013 1:19 PM  

Mason Proffit- Two Hangmen

Blogger James Dixon June 01, 2013 1:27 PM  

> Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It"

Sounds about right.

"oh You're So Condescending
your Gall Is Never Ending
we Don't Want Nothin', Not A Thing From You
your Life Is Trite And Jaded
boring And Confiscated
if That's Your Best, Your Best Won't Do"

Sums the boomers up fairly well.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 1:28 PM  

I find that this post by VD is so stupid and absurd that there is obviously no reason to continue this pointless exercise.

Anonymous Supernaut June 01, 2013 1:34 PM  

Silent: we generation.
Boomer: me generation.
X: meh generation.
Millenial: squee generation.


FTW

As for theme song....I say the B-Boys:

YOU GOTTA FIGHT
FOR YOUR RIGHT
TO PPPPPPAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTYYYYYYY!

We grew during the good times of hyperinflationary bubbles - first the tech and 'net, and then the housing.

Now we're just rearranging the chairs and trying to enjoy the music while the whole thing is going down.

Anonymous Boetain June 01, 2013 1:49 PM  

Markku:

Sorry about the Tool screw-up, but being an X-er I was too lazy to come up with the correct title. In light of recent events, I would like to also nominate:

Body Count: Cop Killer

Anonymous Azimus June 01, 2013 1:55 PM  

So who are some notable Gen X leaders? Rand Paul? Mark Zuckerburg? Conan O'Brien?

Another question: how many Xers are there?

Blogger Markku June 01, 2013 2:08 PM  

Sorry about the Tool screw-up, but being an X-er I was too lazy to come up with the correct title.

I could have taken that in itself, but then in the next few messages someone goes and calls the song Ænima. That's just too much for me.

But I'm not gonna crack.

Anonymous Supernaut June 01, 2013 2:11 PM  

The album is Ænima, the song is Ænema. The idea is that the album is about anima, but when California sinks into Arizona Bay, USA gets an enema.

Yeah no something Markku, I did not know that...

...and I'm Tool O.G. in '92, since the first EP...

Anonymous Peter Garstig June 01, 2013 2:16 PM  

The more I read about these generatiins, the nore I think it's an American thing.

At least in Switzerland, we are a generation late. Here it is my generation that would choose the boomer option (and are boomer like), and I'm an core Xer by the American definition.
Then again, the 68er in Germany fit the bill peefwctly for boomers.

What are your European experiences.

Anonymous p-dawg June 01, 2013 2:17 PM  

I can't believe that what "generation" someone is "part of" occupies the brain cycles of any intelligent person.

Anonymous mjb June 01, 2013 2:22 PM  

Gen X rap theme song? Fuck Da Police.

Anonymous mjb June 01, 2013 2:24 PM  

I can't believe that what "generation" someone is "part of" occupies the brain cycles of any intelligent person.

Yes, isn't it fascinating that different people have different interests?

Anonymous Inane Rambler June 01, 2013 2:26 PM  

1989, but I'm as apathetic as it gets.

My generation is going to screw up greater than any before it. Mark those words.

Blogger phil g June 01, 2013 2:43 PM  

I'm right on the edge of Boom and X. I don't completely identify with Boomers or Xers. I hate Pearl Jam and most of that pretentious rock from the Seattle grundge era. I do like Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl is one of the brightest, most talented musicians going right now. I'd go with D.

Anonymous jay c June 01, 2013 2:45 PM  

The more I read about these generatiins, the nore I think it's an American thing.

A characteristic of the English-speaking world, I think. Mostly England, Canada, and the United States.

Anonymous NateM June 01, 2013 2:56 PM  

1983 here but definitely have the X cynicism.. maybe it was all the early 90s Grunge I listened to in my formative years...

jla-interesting choice.. actually used to know one of the former members of Mason Proffit, interesting guy, founded a monastic community and now performs christian music.

Anonymous Shutterbug June 01, 2013 2:59 PM  

Crap. I have to look up the word "squee."

Anonymous bobert June 01, 2013 3:03 PM  

I kept my Millennial (89) so busy that he only had one free night free a week, and he is doing fine.

No one will have "I wish I had spent more time at the office" on his tombstone.

Looks like you are setting your kid up for one of the major fails of the boomer generation. Work before family, and a hatred of meaningful leisure. Work 80 hours a week so you can pay tons of taxes to the Obama state, and thus have tons of $$ to buy crap you don't need and won't have the time and energy to enjoy.

Sounds like a great plan!

Anonymous bobert June 01, 2013 3:04 PM  

now performs christian music

The "Jesus is my magic boyfriend' type of the real stuff?

Anonymous bobert June 01, 2013 3:05 PM  

The "Jesus is my magic boyfriend' type of the real stuff?

Ack...

I *meant* The "Jesus is my magic boyfriend' type *or* the real stuff?

Anonymous NateM June 01, 2013 3:06 PM  

Real stuff, he has largely rejected the mainstream christpop variety. A lot of good scriptural music. Believe the label he records under, Troubadour was one he started for that very reason.

Anonymous bobert June 01, 2013 3:08 PM  

doing thing proscribed on scripture (like caring for widows and orphans) is idolatry.

Other things may or may not be effective, but how is it idolatry?

Anonymous Outlaw X June 01, 2013 3:09 PM  

I don't give a damn what generation you are from. Most Americans after they turn 18 have an instinct to fight until their 40's then they mellow a little and say I'll pick my battles (some never learn) then in your 50's you say fuck it I am tired of trying to swim upstream and let go because I have been doing it all my life, and I am not Sisyphus. It is time to rest damn it it is time to rest. And if something nut cutting come along you better watch out because I am rested. All the little shit is bullshit let it be.

Anonymous Boogeyman June 01, 2013 3:13 PM  

The real test to tell you what gen you are is the first president you can recall. Eisenhower to Nixon, Boomer. Reagan to first term Clinton, gen X'er. Ford and Carter makes you a 'Tweener, that's me. First president I can remember is Ford falling down the steps and SNL making fun of him for months about it.

But as for this test, what gen does it make you if you would punch the question taker in the face then run over him with your car?

Anonymous Sensei June 01, 2013 3:21 PM  

Those of the world can be as idealistic or cynical as they wish, but for believers the only correct answer is:

E. Desire is irrelevant. God is already changing the world, and He commands every believer to join Him in this task. If the world was not altered by God working through your life, you have lived disobediently.

Anonymous Sensei June 01, 2013 3:32 PM  

The more I read about these generatiins, the nore I think it's an American thing.

A characteristic of the English-speaking world, I think. Mostly England, Canada, and the United States. -jay c


Nah, Taiwan has a corresponding change over fewer generations. (Interestingly you can tell the gap between Gen-X and millenials by their music: Gen-X is Jpop and Mill's are Kpop)

What we call millenials the older generation there calls 'Strawberries,' supposedly because they can't take any pressure. (But the youth have their own criticisms of those who created a society which has become nearly untenable then blamed the youth for not being able to thrive in it.)

Anonymous vales3 June 01, 2013 3:35 PM  

Generation X - Billy Idol's peak. I like the idea of Gen X ending in 1977 - the Birth of Star Wars and the death of Gen X. All down hill from there. Anyway looks nice on paper.

To be honest I've never taken a shining to naming generations.

Millennial: squee generation. - that's pretty funny.

Anonymous Papapete June 01, 2013 3:48 PM  

Anthem "Hey Bartender"

Hey bartender
Hey man looka here,
Draw one, draw two, draw three, four glasses of beer.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 01, 2013 3:53 PM  

Too bad most boomers can't understand this simple song. I was born in 1962 and saw the best and the worst of men. Yes I am a Catholic and if you don't like it I don't give a flying fuck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajCYQL8ouqw

Anonymous NateM June 01, 2013 3:54 PM  

Also: funny how the Boomer sentiment in a song seems to be "Hope I die before I get old" and all the rest of us wish they had

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein June 01, 2013 4:23 PM  

"D" was the only answer. Born in "65.

Anonymous The Scolds' Bridle June 01, 2013 4:29 PM  

Vox-

The faults of the boomers being well documented, I would like to offer a point to be considered on the faults of Gen X (my cohort).

Gen X made recreational cruelty and social exclusion a much larger priority than boomers. My disgust for boomers is well know to my friends, but even I will say that boomers are/were motivated by a more gullible form of narcissism.

Gen X has made a profession out of cynicism, and I would suggest that this is reflected in the types of movies that were popular in the era (chicken vs. egg, since art and life are reflections of each other).

I'm not sure that the earlier boomers would have enjoyed "revenge of the nerds" to the same degree that X-ers do, since the soulless cultural and sexual darwinism of later generations had not yet sunk its roots so deeply into the cultural soil.

The apex fallacy really came into its own during this time. While drug-addled hippie chicks were more likely to be Marxistly redistributive of their sexual attention, Gen-X women began to embody the most cartoonish elements of capitalism in their sexual selection methods.

This race to the top brought higher levels of promiscuity, since a woman's vagina became the lobbying agency for her heart and ego's ultimate goals.

The relaxing of slut-judgery made every woman's 20s the roaring 20s, with no criticism of any kind of excess. In fact, excess was lauded rather than loathed.

There will be a sexual Great Depression at some point, because human nature is like any other kind of nature, and will only be kept at bay for a time.

The West is losing its productive capacity - not for goods, but for good people. You cannot return a disused, worn out factory back to full productivity overnight, and the mechanisms that built our good beta men and cultivated worthy brides for them has been lying in disrepair.

We are using up the remaining social inventory of good people, and there are still a few craftsmen (small religious families) that job-shop small quantities of good people, but this cannot sustain a nation.

In fact, the rise of former sluts wailing for good men and the rise of game is the beginning of people realizing the shelves are empty. We can always stitch together social garments from rags, and stuff our suits with newspapers to stay warm.

But for those who are already out in the cold, they will scarcely know the difference.

Anonymous Christian in Hollyweird June 01, 2013 4:34 PM  

A is hilarious. I ironically choose A.

Anonymous The Scolds' Bridle June 01, 2013 4:34 PM  

Raylan-

(E).

Coffee almost came out of my nose reading that. It is the perfect amalgam of enthusiasm and cynicism.

Anonymous Myrddin June 01, 2013 4:39 PM  

"The more I read about these generatiins, the nore I think it's an American thing."

I like Generational Dynamics as a vague framework. Xenakis applies the idea too rigidly and too obsessively IMHO, but I am unqualified to give a proper critique (Dammit, Jim, I'm an entertainer, not a historian).

Anyway, concept from GD that applies to your statement is that populations with shared histories tend to follow the same generational cycle of Catastrophe->Rebuilding->Rebellious Idealism->Disaffection->Catastrophe, with the Idealist generation causing the next catastrophe as the last of the rebuilders retire/die, but the cycles of two relatively mutually isolated populations (like the U.S. and Switzerland) will not tend to be in sync unless the catastrophe of one is able to overflow into and subsume the other (for instance, WWII theoretically synced up England, Germany, America, and Japan, among others).

It fits very well with my philosophy that humans are evil and stupid (MPAI), and will tend not to learn from the past, thus creating a natural rhythm of good times built by survivors of catastrophes and torn down by the generation that did not experience them. Unfortunately, it also predicts that most of the Western world is due for an epic shitstorm.

Which everyone I know who actually knows history is predicting already, so there is that.

Blogger Raylan June 01, 2013 4:44 PM  

"(But the youth have their own criticisms of those who created a society which has become nearly untenable then blamed the youth for not being able to thrive in it.)"

Thanks again, Boomers.

The Boomers were spoiled as children because their parents, the GI generation (1905-1925) went through the hardships of the Great Depression and didn't want their kids to go through that. Their fathers worked and raised them well...which is why the Boomers rebelled. They thought their parents were workaholics, conformist, and boring, but the Boomers NEVER went through anything like what the GIs went through during the 1930s and 1940s.

The fault for the Boomers lies not with the GIs, but with the Silent (1926-1942) who were in the positions of power to halt their advance but didn't because they envied them or feared them. Most of the early leaders of the feminism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, and anti-Americanism were Silents (Betty Friedan, MLK, for instance).

The only generations who did as much damage to the county as the Boomers were the Transcendentals (Lincoln's generation) and the Progressives (Wilson's generation). The reasons need not be explained further. The members of their respective generations were quite similar to them in temperament and politics. The Transcendentals were HATED at the time, and for good reason for it was their apocalyptic fervor (they're of the same archetype as the Boomers) that brought about the vicious brutality of the War for Southern Independence.

Anonymous The other skeptic June 01, 2013 4:51 PM  

This is about the impact on Defense of the Sequestration cuts but it really illustrates that the cost of buying votes (entitlements) is enormous and out of control.

Anonymous Other Josh June 01, 2013 5:20 PM  

This thread makes me ache. The nostalgia is waaaayyyy to thick in here. Pretty soon, Nate will be raving about how good the Time Life Gen-X music collection is.

Anonymous 445supermag June 01, 2013 5:20 PM  

Megadeth: Peace sells, but who's buying?
Corrosion of Conformity: Vote with a bullet.

Anonymous Mudz June 01, 2013 5:24 PM  

Those are the only choices?

E: Give me superpowers and watch me.

Anonymous Mudz June 01, 2013 5:38 PM  

Actually that's a lie. If I had superpowers I'd probably just be a really good labourer or something. Hard to change the world with non-violent superheroism.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 01, 2013 5:46 PM  

Those are the only choices?

E: Give me superpowers and watch me.


Those super powers are bullshit. You could have a heart attack tomorrow though you exercise and eat right. You could be involved in a fatal car crash tomorrow.. You can prepare for the coming collapse which is smart but you can't control your mortality. When you breath out there is no guarantee you will breath back in. Such is life and death, get straight with it now. Then you won't have to worry about tomorrow. I figure my time is short and am lucky even if it is not, because at least I see and have gained much wisdom, not of my own but of the creator that made me.

Love is the final answer and it will not be found in the inspection of others.

Only will you find it in yourself.

Anonymous E. PERLINE June 01, 2013 5:56 PM  

Both my daughters had bedrooms in a new split level and went to college without student loans.

Then, one day, when we were in a restaurant with my 2 grandsons, my wife said something that was a bit shocking, even to me. She said "if they order lobster now, what will they have to look forward to?"

Blogger Michael June 01, 2013 6:00 PM  

@Outlaw "Love is the final answer and it will not be found in the inspection of others."

Good one. Perhaps our host should ponder this as he seems to have taken his resentment of his parents and projected it onto 75M boomers he has never met.

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” -Buddha

Anonymous Mudz June 01, 2013 6:03 PM  

@ Outlaw X

All things considered, I shall simply accept your rebuke.

God's got it sussed.

Blogger bded79 June 01, 2013 6:05 PM  

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/kathleen-taylor-religious-fundamentalism-mental-illness_n_3365896.html

heads up

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 6:24 PM  

I am a boomer. I don't do much work but make a lot of money. I have a lot of toys and go out and play wherever I want and for as long as I want.
work smart, let the fools/tools work for you.
What brings down individuals from any generation is their negative attitude, blaming others and following individuals with false promises that only use them as fools/tools
Using the fools as tools is how politicians get elected

Anonymous VD June 01, 2013 6:39 PM  

Perhaps our host should ponder this as he seems to have taken his resentment of his parents and projected it onto 75M boomers he has never met.

Spare us the armchair psychology and yourself the blushes. I don't resent my parents at all. I was quite fortunate in my parents, all in all. But I've been observing Boomers my entire life. There are exceptions, certainly, but by and large they are a giant collection of jackasses in comparison with my grandparents' generation.

It's been shocking to me to see how little interest my parents' generation has in its grandchildren. They don't want to be called grandma and grandad, in fact, they often don't seem to want to be grandparents at all.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 6:43 PM  

boomer = jackasses
Gen X = MPAI

Anonymous Sensei June 01, 2013 6:47 PM  

"(But the youth have their own criticisms of those who created a society which has become nearly untenable then blamed the youth for not being able to thrive in it.)"

Thanks again, Boomers. -Raylan


You seem to have taken my statement out of context, I was speaking of the young in Taiwan. I haven't yet lived there long enough to see how closely their "boomer" generation resembles the American one, but from what I'm beginning to learn I expect there are a lot of parallels.

Anonymous The other skeptic June 01, 2013 6:54 PM  

Kathleen Taylor, Neuroscientist, Says Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness

Hmmm, Muslims are religious fundamentalists.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 7:00 PM  

Gen X drops the kids off at grandparents home for a few hours. DAYS GO BY THEN WEEKS. Gen X show up says hello to the kids then leave saying they'll be back in a few minutes. Boomer grandparents say our kids are psychopathy

Anonymous Curlytop June 01, 2013 7:14 PM  

Silent: we generation.
Boomer: me generation.
X: meh generation.
Millenial: squee generation.

Most definitely!

I think this quiz would have been more effective placed in the prism of what we (honestly) could have said that we would have answered this at 16? When is that dopey idealistic age, again? I can wholeheartedly attest that at 16(born in 77'), that D would have been my immediate choice after the eye-rolling through the first 3 choices. Today, I skipped to D. It's a safe bet for any Gen-Xer.


And Boomer...it's Gen'Xers whose women who have bucked the trend of career path and caused home educating to skyrocket.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 01, 2013 7:15 PM  

It's been shocking to me to see how little interest my parents' generation has in its grandchildren. They don't want to be called grandma and grandad, in fact, they often don't seem to want to be grandparents at all.

That is sad, really sad to me My mother brings me pictures and brags on her grandchildren and invites them over and we have a real good time. I don't know anything about your parents mostly but I got ten years on you. You know how much I respect you I don't even have to say it. My comment was to never demean you or let others use it against you.

Vox the facts are and let us be straight with one another. I like to read you because you are very smart. And you know what other people do with my comments when I disagree with you about anything is on them, not me. But so be it I tell truth and people can use it any way they want. I never tell lies unless my mother asks the damn fat question. Beside she is plump, not fat. 5'4" 140 pounds.

My whole point was everyone thinks they have something to prove about someone else and never look at themselves. It is easy to be a super hero when everything is going right. It is real hard in a cancer clinic helping a little bald headed boy do a puzzle when you know he is going to for sure die soon and you have a good chance.

Nate talked about putting down dogs on his last show. I have put mine down with a shotgun at close range and then buried them myself. But the last dog I had to let the Vet put him down, for reasons I won't expose. I had my brother bury him.

Sometimes things change, people change and time changes all things. I'm tired, it is not an excuse but I am damn tired and what people say about you has nothing to do with me.

Anonymous geoff June 01, 2013 7:19 PM  

@vox day vd

ot but marine le pen guilty of hate speech ex post facto!!!

u gotta cover this

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 7:27 PM  

Most people in prison have some antisocial behavioral problem. the larges population in our prisons are GEN X followed by their offspring
Conclusion the boomer jackasses raised a bunch sociopaths
Sociopath feel MPAI

Anonymous Mike M. June 01, 2013 7:27 PM  

Hmph. Just remember that a political generation is 10-12 years, not 20.

I'm afraid most of you are using far too low a sampling rate.

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 7:28 PM  

Anyone who answers A to the first question of the GXAT should be punched in the face.

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 7:34 PM  

If there was more face-punching in our society, the sniveling, sneering, lying Leftist SOBs would be a little more careful with their absurd propaganda and malicious verbal attacks.

Blogger RobertT June 01, 2013 7:44 PM  

It's easy to get enamored with your generation. I well remember when the baby boomers did the same thing. I, on the other hand, seeing up close and personal the truly silly sh*t they were doing (that turned out to be destructive) and thought it was a bunch of bullsh*t. Who are the heroes generation Y looks up to? My generation looked up to Benjamin Spock, Timothy Leary and President Clinton. I have the impression yours looks up to Barak Obama and Hilary Clinton. Not much difference there.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 7:46 PM  

Anonagain
After punching and getting rid of the lying leftist SOBs What answer would put.
For me I would have no problem answering A

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 7:55 PM  

After punching and getting rid of the lying leftist SOBs What answer would put.

None of the above. It's not about what I want, it's about what is. And the fact is, humans don't change. That's why your type will always be around and needing to have their stupid faces punched.

Anonymous Anonymous June 01, 2013 7:59 PM  

Vox,



Regarding the visual trichotomy of the Dark Enlightenment, here is a great visual of the theonomists:


http://oi39.tinypic.com/2v2xzt0.jpg


This is being sent around on various email lists.

Anonymous Dave June 01, 2013 8:00 PM  

Vox,



Regarding the visual trichotomy of the Dark Enlightenment, here is a great visual of the theonomists:


http://oi39.tinypic.com/2v2xzt0.jpg


This is being sent around on various email lists.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 8:03 PM  

Anonagain
I don't understand. I'm punching the same lying leftist SOBs you are and you want to punch me out.
I guess the reason these lying leftest SOBs will always be around is because your going to punch out the people that want to punch them out

Blogger James Dixon June 01, 2013 8:04 PM  

> ust remember that a political generation is 10-12 years, not 20.

And yet the boomers try to claim 18-19 years.

> It's easy to get enamored with your generation.

My generation is claimed to be the boomers. I detest them.

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 8:19 PM  

I don't understand. I'm punching the same lying leftist SOBs you are and you want to punch me out.

That you would answer A to the question tells me you have the same delusional tendencies as Leftists, boomer. Maybe you're getting senile and aren't aware of the implications of your claim.

But I'll be sure and withhold my punches should I come across you punching out a Leftist.

Anonymous zen0 June 01, 2013 8:25 PM  

@ VD
It's been shocking to me to see how little interest my parents' generation has in its grandchildren. They don't want to be called grandma and grandad, in fact, they often don't seem to want to be grandparents at all.

I find that odd. Grandparenting should be more enjoyable than parenting. One, you both share a common enemy, their parents. Two, when you get tired, you can hand them off to their parents. Sounds like a win/win.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 8:26 PM  

What generation paints other generation with a broad brush?
Every generations has its squeaky wheels The news media and Hollywood glorify them.

Anonymous Jack Amok June 01, 2013 8:27 PM  

I wonder what the Gen X answer would be if the question was "Do you want the world to be different?" rather than "Do you want to change the world?"

Easy. The answer is "Wanting something isn't the same as getting it. Didn't you Boomers listen to your own music? You can't always get what you want."

Gen X made recreational cruelty and social exclusion a much larger priority...Gen X has made a profession out of cynicism,

Of course. Those are two attitudes that will be necessary in the great clean-up. There will need to be a lot of tough, hard - cruel - decisions to make, and there won't be enough prosperity left to avoid giving someone the shaft, and sometimes the right decision will even include giving somebody the shaft who doesn't really deserve it. There won't be any available options that avoid cruelty, only ones where the cruelty buys a chance at a better future and ones where the cruelty just perpetuates itself. Faced with that, a soul that isn't already hardened to cruelty will be paralyzed.

As far as cynicism goes, I think that too will come in handy. The biggest damage the Boomers have done has been through their unbridled enthusiasm for public morality. Both sides, left and right, have been seduced by the desire to be acknowledged as moral paragons, and that's led them to a series of disastrous clashes that have destroyed many cultural institutions. Boomers are so very convinced of their righteousness that they have to denounce and outlaw any disagreement. Leftists of course want the State to enforce their version of morality, but even conservative Boomers aren't content to let God judge, they want the government to prove them right by putting their morality into law.

That's created bitter, zero-sum struggles for control of the ever-expanding government. But even if the conservatives win, they lose. In a democracy, if government defines morality, then morality gets voted on, and that just won't work. Meanwhile, while people are distracted by battles over Gay Marriage, the kleptocrats are looting the country.

Being cynics about such things will allow Gen-X to disengage from the Culture Wars and hopefully focus on earthly problems. Think people should agree with your morality? Great, go convince them. Just don't ask the State to smile or frown on your behalf. Frankly, if God wanted human governments to enforce morality, He'd have probably made us better at it. In fact, it would seem the whole point of the New Testament was to abandon the idea of putting the Tribe in charge of God's Law and let individuals have a crack at it. If you think that's cynical, good. We need more of it.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 8:34 PM  

Anonagain
The founding fathers believe they could make a change and they did.
In order to make a change you have to have an positive attitude. Strong principles.
When one think they can.t win they are already defeated.

Blogger tz June 01, 2013 8:42 PM  

The world is my baby, and its diaper...

Anonymous Jack Amok June 01, 2013 8:43 PM  

The founding fathers believe they could make a change and they did.
In order to make a change you have to have an positive attitude. Strong principles.
When one think they can.t win they are already defeated.


What the Founders wanted was to remain British subjects but have their concerns addressed by Parliament.

They didn't get what they wanted.

They had to settle for Plan B.

Anonymous Marcus Marcellus June 01, 2013 8:51 PM  

There were fundamentally two strains of post-punk American Gen X: those who went the grunge route and those of us who danced to New Order and slept with really pretty, fragrant girls. I always hated Nirvana and the Cobain cult - too white trash. Since pop music is more about the scene than the "music" (unless you have no taste), it was better to be with the Joy Division - Depeche Mode crowd than the scummy Nirvana - Pearl Jam people. And don't get me started on Screaming Pumpkins...

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 8:52 PM  

The founding fathers believe they could make a change and they did.

Unless you're a Founding Father commenting from the Great Beyond, your claim of answering A: Yes, and I’m proud to say we did it, man. We changed the world. Just look around you! implies you're taking responsibility for and are happy with today's FUBAR world - and thus the face punching.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 9:14 PM  

I am not proud of what has happen with this country. However if I was alive back with the founding fathers I would say A
I understand and can take responsibility for my errors but so should all generations

Anonymous zen0 June 01, 2013 9:16 PM  

@ Anonagain Just look around you! implies you're taking responsibility for and are happy with today's FUBAR world - and thus the face punching.

Oh yeah? Internet tough guy eh? Maybe you watch too much Hollywood. They are into face punching big time. Its all bogus, see? You fell for it. Why don't you get into a fight in a saloon? Maybe you'll get a chair busted over your head.
Yah, that's the ticket! A fkin chair to the head....BBWWAAhaahaaa!

Anonymous zen0 June 01, 2013 9:22 PM  

@ Jack Amok In fact, it would seem the whole point of the New Testament was to abandon the idea of putting the Tribe in charge of God's Law and let individuals have a crack at it. If you think that's cynical, good. We need more of it.

Wait, what? Gen X is gonna clean up Eff-All. They are humans, after all. Plus, the point of the NT is that The Kingdom of God under the reign Of the Messiah will rule the Nations with a Rod of Iron.

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 9:35 PM  

Maybe you watch too much Hollywood. They are into face punching big time. Its all bogus, see? You fell for it.

Not surprised a Canadian would get the vapors over face punching.

There are parts of the real world where people do confront each other in this manner. Actually, I do know a Canadian logger has absolutely no problem taking on little men with big mouths. Not all Canucks are eunuchs, but they stay far away from your type, zeno. It's not surprising you wouldn't have come across them. You'd not last long in their world.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein June 01, 2013 9:41 PM  

Rod of Iron.

Must.... resist.


Screw it. My last name ends in a vowel.


I've got yer "Rod of Iron" riiiiight here.

Anonymous Mudz June 01, 2013 9:55 PM  

*faceexplodes*

Anonymous The other skeptic June 01, 2013 9:56 PM  

Over at Peter Frost's a commenter said:

Women of Caucasian/European origin show much greater tendency towards what are considered "masculine" action traits than women of other backgrounds. (That is to distinguish between European female traits which are more feminine in physical appearance.) Ancient sources universally describe the women of European tribes as being very engaged in warfare and battle (see Strabo, Ammianus Marcellinus, Tacitus, Polybius, Diodurus Siclus, et al.)

How much can we believe the claims of those ancient sources.

Anonymous zen0 June 01, 2013 10:13 PM  

@ Anonagain

Not all Canucks are eunuchs, but they stay far away from your type, zeno. It's not surprising you wouldn't have come across them. You'd not last long in their world.

Speaking of little mouthy guys, you know nothing about me. Where I have worked, or who I have worked with. You think these hands have been soaking in Palmolive liquid, Junior?

You could use a kick in the nuts. Maybe it would get your brain sorted out.

Anonymous zen0 June 01, 2013 10:15 PM  

I've got yer "Rod of Iron" riiiiight here.

If it lasts for more than 2 hours, seek medical assistance.

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 10:18 PM  

You could use a kick in the nuts.

Good luck with that, little Asian man.

Anonymous boomer June 01, 2013 10:24 PM  

It will take more then punching the lying leftist SOBs in there face to end their tyranny. Anonagain however after has punch them in them in the face will say
A. Yes, and I’m proud to say Anonagain did it, man. We changed the world. Just look around you! I punch them all in the face

Anonymous zen0 June 01, 2013 10:24 PM  

@ other skeptic :

How much can we believe the claims of those ancient sources.

In Julius Caesar's "Conquest of Gaul" the Romans are in the final stages of besieging a fortress, and all hope is lost for the occupants.

The women (loving wives of the besieged fighters) come to the parapets, show their children and bare their tits and plead to be taken as slaves.

Now THAT is believable.

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 10:32 PM  

Oh my. Men's panties all in a bunch over face punching.

The enemies of Western Civilization have absolutely nothing to fear.

Anonymous Sigyn June 01, 2013 10:33 PM  

Another question: how many Xers are there?

Reminds me of a joke:

Q: How many Gen-Xers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Who cares?

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein June 01, 2013 10:33 PM  


Kathleen Taylor, Neuroscientist, Says Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness


*Some* say the same thing about atheism.

Pan metron ariston, Beechez!!

Anonymous zen0 June 01, 2013 10:41 PM  

Good luck with that, little Asian man.

An angry duck always quacks in the rain

Anonymous Anonagain June 01, 2013 10:58 PM  

An angry duck always quacks in the rain

Ducks will be ducks. Here's one that actually applies:

Man who hate face punching and like nut kicking is woman.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza June 01, 2013 11:10 PM  

D to the 10th

Cha...Change what? What for? Waste of time and money.
The boomers have a common problem, THEY CANNOT LEAVE policies, things, people ALONE. Leave stuff the hell alone. Markets are a good example; leave it alone in general terms.

Damn it! I wish I could play the henhouze voice mail from Jacko - it would serve the perfect example of what the boomers have, had, blew, wasted and now in their older years they are completely reckless. The police know that boomers can get away with anything, boomers in some places are above the law. And he like others, demand unicorns from the very generation they poisoned, aborted, etc. His basic whine was about his wife is spending too much time with my mother, so he cannot control his woman, too bad, ain't my fault. His demand; I buy mom a car or cars, give up more money (we don't have any money) allow gambling, shopping and wild parties. He calls that "taking care of my mother." It was the best scary but hilarious piece of evidence I've gotten in a long time. If I don't do all this he threatens to call adult protective services on me, so far nothing became of his lesser gamma/omega threats. I told him to buy mom a car and give me 10k as play money. Why not? Nuts is nuts, who cares.

Being the parent of a teen age girl isn't easy when my daughter is 63 years old. And may the Lord help my little mother and improve my little lord earthly dad, they are both sick/not feeling well at all. We've been to the ER about 7 times in 25 days.

(And their boomer regrets are numerous; should not have done such and such, bad moves, bad etc.,"Will I meet my sons that we lost and will they look like LP and are they watching over us, would they know us as parents." Would God really forgive my abortion when I was too sick to go through anymore pregnancies? Is LP punished and sickly b/c of my abortion?" "LP, we are all going to die so doing x and y is a waste, we are all dying."...Heavy stuff like that all day long is what I hear. But I am thankful to have the time with them, I know time short and mom's pain is greater than dads. Dad is happy he can pee and loves me relentlessly. Even when I'm overwhelmed and haunted by this present and future horror he says so not leave your Lord, keep your faith ans suffer thru X. He still tell jokes at mom's MPAI galpals otherwise known as sorcerers in my book.)

Anyways, in all this change the boomers or perhaps fallen nature attempts to destroy BEAUTY. There was no mistake that I bantered; liberty, freedom, and beauty 2012. The boomermar is endless, fruitless, endless tawdry drama reckless and financially unsustainable.

Anonymous bob k. mando June 01, 2013 11:53 PM  

Anonagain June 01, 2013 7:55 PM
None of the above. It's not about what I want, it's about what is. And the fact is, humans don't change. That's why your type will always be around and needing to have their stupid faces punched.




only stupid people who are trying to break their hands punch faces. especially when the person threatening face punching is a woman.

there are far too many more effective ways to damage your opponent.

Blogger IM2L844 June 01, 2013 11:59 PM  

As a member of the lost generation, I don't see how any entire generation is in any way defensible. I use to think these generational dustups were petty and useless, but I've come to believe they're inevitable, indispensable and entertaining. We all need them. It's an ancient custom, but it's more than customary. Something about it just seems right...almost ceremonial.

Blogger Desert Cat June 02, 2013 12:19 AM  

See. I always knew I was Gen X.

Blogger IM2L844 June 02, 2013 12:26 AM  

Just to be clear, I didn't mean the original "Lost Generation", but the New Lost Generation or the Baby Busters within Generation Jones.

Anonymous FP June 02, 2013 12:33 AM  

Twisted Sister to Beck... oh so much good and yet so much crap in gen-x music.

I submit, Hangin Tough by New Kids on the Block.


/thats for getting Nirvana and Beck stuck in my head you bastards.

Blogger Nate June 02, 2013 12:45 AM  

Guys... pay attention to the lyrics of the Gen X anthems I submitted. No... they do not represent your whole belief system. They don't even pretend to.

What they do... is hit the one critical trait that unites Gen X: Cynical Apathy.

We don't give a damn... because you suck.

Anonymous bob k. mando June 02, 2013 12:55 AM  

Gen X ... the Omega generation?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ8m271kO2Q

Anonymous Mr. Pea June 02, 2013 1:14 AM  

“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already.… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’” – Adolf Hitler

This is what each generation leaves its posterity… generation, after generation, after generation.

The fact is, we have all been assimilated. We all live in chapters of our time. Each generation is its own chapter assimilated into the community. Here we are… imagine where we will be. For those of us old enough to remember another time… it doesn’t take too much imagination to understand where we are going.

All my great-grandparents lived into their 90′s. And every one of them reflected on simpler times, despite their hardships. Young folks today know nothing of those simpler times, they know nothing but the new camp. And their children will be raised and bred in the next chapter of the new camp. And so on it will go.

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Q. Adams

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I think America was G-ds way of showing us that mankind is not fit for liberty. That He allowed and interceded in the creation of this country as a testament to the fact, that mankind is not fit for liberty.

Sure, we may have our “prophets.” But I am reminded: And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.

Like every generation before us, we lament our loss of liberty, and build its generational tombs as a testament.


One can only imagine what the generation 50-100 years from now will say about... you.

Anonymous whatever June 02, 2013 1:54 AM  

Jack said:

Of course. Those are two attitudes that will be necessary in the great clean-up. There will need to be a lot of tough, hard - cruel - decisions to make, and there won't be enough prosperity left to avoid giving someone the shaft, and sometimes the right decision will even include giving somebody the shaft who doesn't really deserve it. There won't be any available options that avoid cruelty, only ones where the cruelty buys a chance at a better future and ones where the cruelty just perpetuates itself. Faced with that, a soul that isn't already hardened to cruelty will be paralyzed.


Hey Jack, mind if I quote this on the thread at Alpha Game where you explain to me how you don't tell people "it's their fault and they need to shut up and take it"? Cause this sounds EXACTLY like the rationalizations someone would use to excuse themselves for lying like that.

Also, and let's be honest, cruelty isn't working like it used to.

THAT IS WHY YOU ARE WORRIED.

Highest prison population in the world?

Still not working.

Complete sexual wasteland to motivate work?

Still not generating enough "drive".

Crazed Greatest Generation animals looking at young'n with their soulless eyes and saying "GET A JOB, ANY JOB"?

Still not working.

Apparently you are reaching the limits of cruelty.

Anonymous Eric Ashley June 02, 2013 3:24 AM  

Mr. Pea,

50-100 years on....they won't care, or they will sneer a bit but not really care. And that's the good case. Worst case is we're the guys in charge when all the Bad Stuff Goes Boom-Boom, and so they blame us for destroying Western Civ as they Mad Max it around the countryside.

Nobody loves janitors.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza June 02, 2013 5:02 AM  

Perhaps we are not alone but there is a stand alone complex. What worries me is if the person lost or saved or if they will be allowed to be alone.

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Anonymous Anonymous June 02, 2013 7:17 AM  

Quote from phil g: Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl is one of the brightest, most talented musicians going right now.

Here here - aside from being a drummer, guitarist and singer - and writing my favorite drop D song to play on the acoustic guitar (Everlong), he refused to allow glee to play one of his songs.

If we're using Tool an appropriate generational band, than I believe Prison Sex is the appropriate song,

"...but I'm breathing so I guess I'm still alive
even if signs seem to tell me otherwise."

And, I have it on good authority (I know I have shared this in a post years ago), that this SONG is in fact Nate's favorite, even if he won't admit it.


Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein June 02, 2013 9:20 AM  

@JDC

If you meant, "What he said!", I believe the phrase is "Hear! Hear!".

However, it is early and I am not adequately caffeinated....so I could easily have misconstrued something.....

Anonymous Buckeyecopperhead June 02, 2013 9:31 AM  

An anthem for GenX? I propose "Bravado" by Rush. Or any Rush song, really.

Anonymous Shutterbug June 02, 2013 9:51 AM  

I have no doubt that my grandparents loved me. But my kids have had to learn to accept that their boomer grandparents don't care much at all. Oh my mom "loved" my daughter just fine until about age 14 when she blossomed into a model-gorgeous young woman. Then the claws came out. My poor daughter didn't understand what happened. My in-law's excuse for not taking the kids for a weekend every once in a while (and I mean once or twice a year)was "if we take your kids, we'll have to take all our grandkids." Yeah, those grandkids are just beating down the door to be with you... not. They were driven away years ago. Finally, they relented and took our kids for a weekend. When the kids got home, they told us to never do that to them again. Grandpa was an ass to them the whole time because they took Grandma's attention away from him.

My mom's on husband #4. I've been married to my one and only husband for 23 years. We've had our rough spots, but she seriously resents me for staying married. We finally cut her off from all contact as she's been trying to bust up my marriage since my engagement. She kept telling me to leave because "You have a right to be happy." I told her that no right to be happy exists, especially at the expense of your family. I'm sure that had to sting being that was the excuse she used to leave her family back in the 80s.

I'm grateful for one thing though: I was allowed to exit her womb breathing and intact. That's something considering how many unborn children have been murdered by that generation.

You say every generation has problems with the one before it: Hells Bells no other generation murdered its own children in the womb in such massive numbers and was proud of it! No other generation (at least in America) left its kids to fend for themselves... which in retrospect may have been a back-door blessing. Can you imagine what we'd be like if they'd been active in raising us? No other generation turned everything good, decent and traditional on its head and even as they age expect us to praise them for it. No other generation cared less about its grandchildren that the boomers. My father didn't want to be called Grandpa. I even waited til after I was married to have kids. I did it right, and they still didn't want them. They didn't want me either, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Knowing what I know now, I'm pretty sure I was Daddy's Little Draft-Dodge. I served my purpose by being born. They didn't need me after the Vietnam war ended.

The boomers are a plague.

Anonymous RedJack June 02, 2013 9:54 AM  

The Fourth Turning (old book, worth a look).

Gen X is the Nomads. We get the shaft, do the work, and get all blame.

So be it.

Blogger Michael June 02, 2013 10:25 AM  

@Shutterbug "Hells Bells no other generation murdered its own children in the womb in such massive numbers and was proud of it!"

The boomers are past their child-bearing years and X is approaching 50, so now that scene is all Y and late X. Has the scourge of abortion left our land? Have the rates gone down significantly?

Anonymous Mr. Pea June 02, 2013 10:30 AM  

Big babies. Your sins are on your own head. Not your daddies and mommies.

"My daddy and mommy made abortion legal! That is why my generation is having abortions! It's their fault! It's mommy and daddies fault this generation is having abortions!"

Hmm... I don't know. Why not let the dead, bury the dead? Break the generational curse? Take a stand? Transform America? Vote for GenX Obama?

You are not going to stand before G-d and say, "It's mommy and daddies fault!"

Meh. I am right. America was G-ds way of showing mankind that no matter the generation, mankind IS NOT fit for liberty.

This generation needs to throw itself a rope. No, but instead... MOMMY! DADDY! It's your fault we don't have any rope!

In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.

Anonymous Mr. Pea June 02, 2013 10:31 AM  

Go make some rope.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza June 02, 2013 10:50 AM  

I was listening to some fall out boy via radio and had to wonder if gen x, y, millenials, etc., are the scape goats...

I failed to point out 2 issues regarding that silly voice mail; it is his free speech and his choice to be ill-informed or wrong. Even if the boomer in question doesn't care for me or for dad in the least, he is free to be wrong and have his opinions. And maybe some of his criticisms were valid but just too emo, no basis in reality. What galled me was his sense of entitlement at 68 yr. old - he has everything yet wants to fight, insult, etc.?

Whatever, I deactivated voice mail which I later heard pissed my critics off. Some would say it is good to have the right kind of pple hating you.

Our problem in our modern era is that the men have lost control or their rational authority is now a crime.

Now, I wish everyone could be happy, healthy and wealthy but that is not always the fail-proof nature of fallen man.

The boomers in all their well meaning policies have set many younger pple so far behind the 8 ball that there may be no way to recover or earn upward mobility/change their circumstances to something better.

Blogger Michael June 02, 2013 11:09 AM  

@VD: "Spare us the armchair psychology and yourself the blushes. I don't resent my parents at all. I was quite fortunate in my parents, all in all."

Glad to hear it. But that's not the impression you gave here:

"...my family had literally picture-perfect Christmases. ... Those gorgeous images are now pleasant memories. But the family is as dead as my grandparents, fractured by lies, greed, deceit, and sociopathic self-interest."

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-loneliest-time-of-year.html

"But I've been observing Boomers my entire life. There are exceptions, certainly, but by and large they are a giant collection of jackasses..."

Yes. But how do you get from there to literal *hate*. That's where the psychology question comes in.

Anonymous Anonymous June 02, 2013 12:31 PM  

If you meant, "What he said!", I believe the phrase is "Hear! Hear!".

Yes, I am a dumb ass, not to be confused with a smart ass, although I am laughing my ass off at my ass-backwards writing skills.

Anonymous Dr. Doom June 02, 2013 12:55 PM  

As a student of Psychology, I know that most of the people who want most to change the world are delusional people out of touch with reality that want reality to conform to their delusions rather than face reality as it truly is.
Baby boomers are often delusional and unwilling to face the realities of life or their shortcomings, prefering to blma society for not conforming to their delusional fantasy worlds that exist in their drug-addled minds. Drug abuse goes a long way to explain the gullibility and delusional natures of baby boomers.
Baby boomers are those that blamed their parents for why they failed, and then passed the blame on to their children for their continued ennui. They completely skipped the mea culpa phase of self-reflection that leads to wisdom. They are perpetual children who are not grown up enough to have a mid-life crisis. Anyone that can profess socialism or communism because capitalism is selfish and then become a yuppie without noting the hypocrisy is typical boomer.

Anonymous Shutterbug June 02, 2013 2:13 PM  

According to the CDC abortion rates are down:

Abortion Surveillance 2009
In 2009, 784,507 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 48 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2009 was 15.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years and the abortion ratio was 227 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Compared with 2008, the total number and rate of reported abortions for 2009 decreased 5% and the abortion ratio decreased 2%. The change from 2008 to 2009 represented the largest single year decrease in the total number and rate of reported abortions for the entire period from 2000 to 2009. Additionally, from 2000 to 2009 the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 6%, 7%, and 8%, respectively, to the lowest levels for this entire period.

What the boomers have done is not only legalized this tragedy, they've removed the shame and stigma from behaviors that should be shamed and stigmatized. A culture can absorb a few people doing shameful things in the shadows, but when divorce, abortion, promiscuity, homosexuality, drugs, cohabitation, etc are out in the open, celebrated and passed on to the kids, cultures collapse.

I've changed my mind about the Gen X anthem - the following better describes at least this Xers opinion of boomers:

Godsmack "Cryin' Like a Bitch"
Strut on by like a king
Telling everybody they know nothing
Long live what you thought you were
Time ain't on your side anymore, anymore

And so you tell me I can take my chances
But I told you one too many times and you were cryin' like a bitch

I'm tougher than nails, I can promise you that
Step out of line and you'll get bitch slapped back
And you can run your little mouth all day
But the hand of God just smacked you back into yesterday

And so you tell me I can take my chances
But I told you one too many times and you were cryin' like a bitch
And you wonder why no one can stand you
And there's no denying you were cryin' like a bitch

Blinded by your sacred faded past times
Only time is your enemy
Granted a second chance to prove that your arrogance
Is stronger than you'll ever be

It's stronger than you can be
Oh, stronger than you can be
Oh, stronger than you can be

And so you tell me I can take my chances
But I told you one too many times and you were cryin' like a bitch
And you wonder why no one can stand you
And there's no denying you were cryin' like a bitch

Anonymous Beau June 02, 2013 5:42 PM  

Laying prostrate on the floor before the Throne of Skulls, Shimbum the Destroyer trembled in anticipation and fear. Would the Grand Exalted Saurian, the Great Scientist accept the gift Shimbum proferred? With his face pressed close to the floor, Shimbum listened to the majordomo drone on about the terrible obstacles overcome to bring the gift before Thraka-mole. Wrapped in the skins of the finest entrepreneurs the cursed planet could produce and adorned with the toenails of recalcitrant customs officials, Shimbum correctly guessed Thraka-mole would be intrigued enough to open the large box set before him. Indeed, Shimbum knew the patina of postal worker (don't ask how he obtained it) tastefully applied as an accent would be irresistible to Thraka-mole's curiosity.

Anonymous Eugene Pratt June 02, 2013 11:55 PM  


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl0G6LHjKfc&feature=player_embedded

My generation is the greatest and was stressed and I can prove it. You kids never had to dodge the Vietnam draft. Kids today can't even test a tv tube and crap their pants when their computer malfunctions. What a bunch of gas bag nimrods. Either join the army or shut up.

Anonymous Luke June 03, 2013 2:58 AM  

If the last two generations need a song, I suggest setting Kipling's poem "Gods of the Copybook Headings" set to music. For the actual sound, the (fugue?) used for the burn scene in the Joan of Arc movie with Milla Jovovich might do, for lack of a better idea at this late hour.

Anonymous Toby Temple June 03, 2013 4:32 AM  

Silent: we generation.
Boomer: me generation.
X: meh generation.
Millenial: squee generation..


Here is SQUEE.

So Millenials were born when? the year 2000?
Boomers? 1940s?
Xers? 1970s?

Anonymous DrTorch June 03, 2013 9:05 AM  

Related:

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/generation-x-fares-poorly-during-recession-study-finds-172934936.html

Anonymous Bobert June 14, 2013 9:27 PM  

Better a LATE starter than a NON starter. I WAS a little distracted by the '67GTO , the speedboat, nights anchored out on the sandbar on the sailboat with the willing girlfriend, and tooling around with her in her Daddy's. TR4-A, but I eventually got a job, saved money, GOT MARRIED, raised a kid, & stopped the huffing & drinking and GREW UP. Why can't you do the same? You never had the distractions. I kept my Millennial (89) so busy that he only had one free night free a week, and he is doing fine. Put down the mouse, turn off the game, come out of the basement and try ADULT LIFE. It's not easy, but you might actually accomplish something.
Oh, and tuck your damn shirt in - you loser!


LOL! Is this guy for real or just trolling.

Get a life outside being a corporate slave - you loser!

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