$100 Bill Not Accepted At Local Retail Place

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  1. Hommer

    Hommer Curator of Semi Precious Coinage Supporter

    No one can be an engineer, doctor, nurse, pharmacist, carpenter, plumber, electrician, or the like without knowing math. Those that choose not to learn it have chosen the hardest row to hoe.
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  3. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    In the good ole days/ people were better educated to use their brain cells/ instead of calculators/ google search. The "baby boomer" generation grew up in an era of better parenting/ schooling/ role models. Most were good at penmanship/ spelling/ mathematics/ proper English etc.
    Today, most are iliterate without their smartphones to look up stuff on. I swear, most 20-40 year olds could not ID ten African nations on a globe/ or know the opposing Countries in the "Seven Years War" which should be the true WW1.:D
    Since Battles took place on most Continents/ Oceans....
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  4. skm

    skm Member

    Oy Vey! What nonsense!
  5. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor

    How many of yee old xarts could build and program a Pi computer to control a security drone , or build an artificial lab mouse that can be used to train real mice to preform tasks. When I was in college in the 60's there was no real reference sites, for such as science, math, no cell phones, google, wikipedia, just 10 year old books. Today the young learners are going to be treating or operating on you to keep you alive in the future. I think too many of us older people should remember someday they will be your doctors, researchers, teachers, even politicians. Please don't sell them short, they speak and think differently. As computers , cars, health, appliances, etc. get more computerized and advanced you will have to ask them for help on even simple tasks of that time. Really to get to know them, Go to a Science Fair or STEM school display, and ask questions. They are as different as a space shuttle compared to a biplane. IMO, Jim
  6. Marsden

    Marsden Well-Known Member

    Ohhh, it's worse than that.
    Much worse.

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  7. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    Oh. I don't know. I'm old. And I was a Programmer Analyst. Performed Algebra I-IV in my head rather than writing the equations in Jr High, even for tests (60s), made Van De Graaff generators and Jacobs Ladders in grade school, built world record holding race cars, worked on computerized appliances, assisted in veterinary surgeries. And...I could figure and make change. Then, and now.

    Not all of the young people have a corner on modern concepts.

    What we are saying is there has been a general dumbing down of many of the youth this day and age. I don't know, maybe no more than in years before, however it does seem to show itself more frequently these last few years in my opinion.
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  8. Hommer

    Hommer Curator of Semi Precious Coinage Supporter

    But they didn't start with an abacus, they started with a computer and have no idea how it got there. Schools of the past taught the basics, how to use them, and the history behind them. Using only what is handed to you without reasonable knowledge of it's history or how it works is very dangerous. The very thing they rely on for survival will wipe them out because they have no idea how to survive without it.
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  9. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    "Not all of the young people have a corner on modern concepts."

    And not all old people can do what you did. C'mon, unfair comparison. My wife in her mid-sixties now has trouble making change. Sure, she eventually figures it out, but it's tough. In the late sixties I struggled with working a slide rule for chemistry. But I knew about how computers worked because I had one.

    What I see is there are those people who learn what interests them, and have parents who can support them. Others, due to home life, or the common complaint "When will I ever need to know this stuff?" will be left behind.

    Still, I was in grade school in the early sixties when I met a classmate who had been held back a grade. I never knew anyone else since then who had.
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  10. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Confucius say, "Young man not know much."
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  11. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Yeah, but -- that's where we are. Our "technology stack", the inventions that enabled the inventions that enabled the inventions that we now rely on, keeps getting deeper. As it always has, except during times when civilization faltered and slid back, losing the hard-won knowledge on which it was built.

    You can't understand how everything you use today works, in detail. There's too much knowledge for any one head to hold. But, even though I'm pathologically curious, I don't want to limit myself to using only technologies I can understand completely, top-to-bottom, on my own.

    In some areas, I do think we as a civilization are getting too far ahead of ourselves. The breakneck race to pile more features into our software is going to end in tears; it's already in tears, but nobody's figured out how to slow it down.

    But progress is good, overall. Everybody grouses about how complicated cars have gotten, but you aren't ready to go back to horse and buggies. And when the idiot coming the other way crosses the line, you're happier hobbling away from the head-on collision with seat belt bruises and air-bag scuffs than waiting for the firemen to pull you off the steering post. And I'll bet you can't explain off the top of your head the chemistry of the explosive in the airbag, or the mechanism that locked the seatbelt against sudden tension, or the finite-element analysis of the crumple zones in the front of the car.
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  12. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    The inflator thing goes bang, the big poofy thing smacks you in the face, you yell out a cuss word and hope there are no poisonous particles floating around. The seatbelt's little metal thing jams on prematurely over and over as you try to put on your seat belt showing how little tension it takes to make you say a discouraging word. And, the finite analysis of the crumple zones manifests as you lean against the paper-thin exterior of your overpriced street death trap allowing you to make contributions to the local body shop when he explains why it did that.
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  13. Hommer

    Hommer Curator of Semi Precious Coinage Supporter

    Technology and inventions of the past, didn't make choices or think for us they improved the quality of life by mechanical means. When we have devices think for us and we rely on that thinking to survive, we are destined to fail. I can't help but think of YouTube videos on how to clean coins. As they say garbage in... garbage out, a computer's thinking is no better than the guy who programmed it.
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  14. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    What I have observed over the years, is that the older generations spent a lot of time thinking. Thinking problems through, planning, improving on ideas, or coming up with new. I believe this was because there was more time each day without distractions as we have now. More time to just ponder. We are bombarded with distractions.
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  15. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor

    Well from saying that I was in college in the 60's those that can do math in their heads rather than fingers, you probably figured out I am getting very very close to 80, and I certainly have deep respect for the Young people of today. I have been teaching them several decades and I could go into details , but if the older persons can't see the advances they are making that will change so much of our world, they are time-locked and will miss a lot in their remaining time. No mas on this for me. Jim
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  16. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    We can see the advances. We can also see so many that aren't making them.
  17. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    Try cashing out a $100 here in Vegas !
    only at the casinos, local merchants won’t even touch them.
  18. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Or whittling, or playing solitaire, or gossiping. Many people, maybe most, seem to do whatever they can to avoid thinking. It was always thus.
    This is more than just true -- it's the central truth of today's society. We're wasting attention the way we used to waste petroleum and forests. I hope I live to see changes addressing the problem.
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  19. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    This used to be true. Machine learning is quantitatively different, though. Sure, computers still do boneheaded things -- but while we're chasing after the latest SquirrelTok, they're quietly getting better than us at more and more things.
  20. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    I guess I grew up with a different kind of people. Even though they had times of play and leisure, they were thinking. Always considering. And more or less serious. They always thought things through. Of course, maybe they honed their thinking ability while fighting in WI, WII, and Korea. Killing and almost dying might do that to a person.
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    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

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