Repressing the American Dream: Rural Villages as Retirement Communities for Young’uns

There’s a new living meme I’ve been closely watching as it achingly creeps into an everyday reality because of economic compression and the new relativism of the repression of the American Dream for a growing generation of born scavengers.

I’ve been cautiously observing the new momentum of young people moving out of big cities and into small, rural, villages — or their parent’s basement — where the rent is cheap, the food is affordable, and the quality of life is quiet and unsubstantial.

At a time when these young people should be at their maximum earning potential, they are instead in “retirement mode” and collecting welfare subsidies and banking the goodwill of the generation ahead of them.  When it comes time for them to pay back the deed, they will be able to do so because they were never in the earnings game in the first place.

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The Dual-Core 1.8GHz Intel i7 Core and 256GB Flash Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch Review

The month of October 2011 has been a monster when it comes to dealing with Apple.  My 24″ Cinema Display died.  Two iPhone 4s beauties arrived.  I have a new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display in tow and a sweet, 11-inch, MacBook Air in hand along with all sorts of other extra accessories like the Magic Trackpad, SuperDrive for MacBook Air and an Apple Bluetooth keyboard.  I feel as if I’ve been living in the online Apple Store and the 14th Street Apple Store in Manhattan has become my third home.

I wanted a MacBook Air since they first appeared a couple of years ago.  I like my notebook machines to play a role as my sole computer and the MacBook Airs — until now — have always been underwhelming and underpowered.  Sure, they looked great, but they were slow and more novelty than serious workhorse.

That all changed when Apple allowed some pretty keen built-to-order specs for the tiny, 11-inch, MacBook Air — like upgrading to a dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel i7 Core and a 256GB Flash drive — I bit on those upgrades and in exactly seven days I had a new MacBook Air straight from China.  Apple now uses FedEx Home for deliveries — and I hate it — the good old days of only two years ago had all accessories and computers from China shipped via FedEx for 10:30am delivery.

The first thing that strikes you about the MacBook Air is that it really is tiny and thin and knife-life.  Love it.  I knew I wanted to go small.  I wanted the 11-inch display instead of the 13-in display and I do not for a moment regret getting the tinier screen.

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The Silky SSD Unibody MacBook Review

I now have a new 2.4GHz SDD unibody MacBook with 4GB of DDR3 RAM in my hot hands and this thing screams it’s so on fire!  Now I sort of understand why Apple doesn’t think it needs a Netbook like the awful Sony Vaio P or the right fine ASUS 1000HE.  The MacBook is the supreme computer, netbook and secret lover any passion could want, and I can’t imagine why anyone would touch a MacBook Air when they can have the new MacBook instead.

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