I’m Offended!1!!!™

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  1. Not much of a Five Year Plan, if y’ask me.

    Comment by DougM (a 20th-Century guy) — December 15, 2018 @ 11:18 am

  2. The rural trend might have a lot to do with the technology and economics of a lot of modern mass-agriculture (dang cotton an’ rice fields are nigh onto slave-free).
    Arable land gets devoured by urban encroachment, too, thereby accelerating the trend; but then again, farmed land has been shrinking since the 40-acres-and-a-mule days (hence the expansion of US forested area beyond where it was in the late 18thC).

    See also: paved roads and cable internet availability

    Could also be that this whole tech-hub rationalization is driven by executives who know where the hookers and drugs are.

    Comment by DougM (a 20th-Century guy) — December 15, 2018 @ 11:26 am

  3. I find it offensive that, in this world, sarcasts like Claire can be offended.

    On the other hand, no, acutally I’m not all that offended.
    [/sarc]

    Comment by DougM (a 20th-Century guy) — December 15, 2018 @ 11:41 am

  4. OK. I’m not hep like you kids. What the heck is BTNIN?

    Comment by OldFert — December 15, 2018 @ 12:31 pm

  5. ^
    yeah, what is it? can’t find it with google or duckduckgo, acronym finder never heard of it.

    Comment by jlw — December 15, 2018 @ 2:11 pm

  6. 4^ 5^
    BTNIN? What is it?
    It’s a cool-kids’ shorthand, but that’s not important now

    Comment by DougM (a 20th-Century guy) — December 15, 2018 @ 3:47 pm

  7. Your captions kill me.
    “Farmer ‘moved’ to Teh Big City. weeeee.”

    Comment by dave drake — December 15, 2018 @ 7:45 pm

  8. They’re worried. They should be. Rural areas don’t have Starbucks, and techies can’t function without Starbucks. Productivity would go to hell, and Xanax stock would be a good investment.

    Comment by Jess — December 15, 2018 @ 8:19 pm

  9. And if today’s polarized politics are noxious, what might they look like in a country perpetually divided between diverse, prosperous liberal cities and a largely white rural America in decline?

    Says the guy who can’t seem to realize that white rural America produces the food that keeps his diverse, prosperous city from turning to diverse forms of cannibalism in about six weeks.

    Just keep talking smack about those hicks there, bub, and then see what happens when they all change their names to Galt…

    Comment by Lord of the Fleas — December 16, 2018 @ 9:52 am

  10. TO ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO THINK YOU’RE BETTER THAN THE REST OF US JUST ‘CAUSE YOU WENT TO COLLEGE OR LIVE IN A TOWN WITH MORE THAQN 10,000 POPULATION:

    Thank you kindly for your concern. No, really, we mean it. Honestly we didn’t think you ever gave a thought to any of us “fly-over country” hicks, so to know you’re worried now touches a “special” part in us, kinda like a social disease.

    You want to REALLY help?

    Shut the hell up and go away! You’ve ruined some pretty good places over the years with your pissing and moaning, including most of the east and west coasts. Now, as the oceans draw more and more vermin to those diseased nests that used to be pretty nice places to live, as taxes go up and freedoms go away, as regulation after noxious regulation is heaped on the slumping shoulders of the workers who are too dumb to realize that they’re becoming more of an endangered species every day, YOU want to help US!

    I guess it’s true that misery loves company. Look at the flow of the less financially capable Socialists as they leave their fetid sewers and bring their need to regulate and enchain those of us who live in the real world. Wonderful parts of the inland states (not pointing fingers, but Colorado comes to mind,) are becoming new Socialist havens for the college educated pukes who, sadly, just don’t know any better. Eight years of Johnny has Two Mommies and use any bathroom you choose, four more years of Liberal teachers pounding their message into those famous “skulls full of mush,” then four or more years of full-time Socialist indoctrination as they go deeper and deeper into crushing debt because someone convinced them that they’d never be any more than a worthless hillbilly without a college degree.

    We should build the wall from Yuma north to the Canadian border and keep those refugees out of the real world.

    Comment by MikeAZ — December 16, 2018 @ 10:56 am

  11. Oh, by the way,
    we’re diverting more water from agriculture so that we city folk can hose the feces off our sidewalks.

    Comment by DougM (a 20th-Century guy) — December 16, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

  12. Not mentioned, but probably a root cause: move the farmbillies to the big cities and you’ve moved a bunch of conservatives into a hive of socialists. Their voices and votes will be drowned out. Not to mention that the “red” areas will then shrink in political power and visibility.

    Comment by Drew458 — December 17, 2018 @ 8:12 am

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