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[–] duannguyen 0 points 83 points (+83|-0) ago 

My take Lenny, for what it’s worth, is that there is no longer a limit to what people can be offended by.

This man understands.

If you haven't watch Mike's interview on the high cost of college yet, please do so. It's an amazing interview.

Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe on the High Cost of College (Full Interview)

Work hard and smarter.

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[–] Captain_truth1000 2 points 28 points (+30|-2) ago  (edited ago)

He starts the interview off with a lie. There is no true skills gap. It's a myth. Much like the gender pay gap.

What they found out when they actually did some research was that the companies saying they couldn't find people were all paying terrible wages. Pretty much like: "yes we wanted electricians but they are only worth 11 dollars and that's all we'll be paying them thank you. Now why is it so hard to find people?"

Edited that mess of a comment.

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[–] Kithsander 2 points 18 points (+20|-2) ago 

This needs more attention, as it's a huge problem in our country. It's not that we lack people to do the trades, we lack companies that have the integrity to pay a worthwhile wage. Who wants to do a twenty dollar an hour job for ten bucks an hour?

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[–] pewpewpewmoon 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

So much this! I'm a HW/SW dev and I've just got up and walked out of interviews where the initial offer was so ridiculously low it wasn't even worth trying to negotiate. (one company actually offered me just under $25k/yr no benefits for a python dev job requiring experience)

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[–] indiglo_girls 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

This man understands.

No doubt. He reduced her viewpoint to a feeble pile of juvenile beliefs.

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[–] kltpzyxm 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

His Ted talk on hard work was an epic display of a solid work ethic. That man should be the one running for president.

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[–] Damndirtyape ago 

Hopefully the truck driving profession he mentioned won't be around in 5 years.

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[–] jeegte12 ago 

What exactly would it be replaced with? Automation?

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[–] Phivex 0 points 62 points (+62|-0) ago 

This man never ceases to amaze me. He's incredibly charismatic, well-spoken, confident, and considerate. He seems like a genuinely nice guy. I'd love to just hang out with him one day, just for the hell of it.

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[–] Bindlestiff 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago  (edited ago)

the man is also the last person you'd expect to be advocating for blue collar work and the skilled trades. A college educated man with a degree in COMMUNICATIONS and former opera singer. However this opera singing communications major had great admiration for his grandfather.

My grandfather Carl Knobel—I called him Pop—left school after eighth grade to go to work. He was a master electrician by trade but he could do pretty much anything. Build a house without a blueprint. Dig a well. Install a furnace.

I once saw him take apart a broken watch and put all the tiny pieces back together so that it ran perfectly again. I never once saw him read the instructions to anything. He just knew how stuff worked.

Pop had a huge hand in building an addition to our church, the wing where my Sunday school classes were held, my Boy Scout troop met and the congregation had potlucks and Bible studies. Not that he ever talked about it. Pop was a humble guy, a man of few words.

So when he got cast for dirty jobs they didn't just pick an engaging personality, but a person who respected and appreciated the work (and the people) they were covering in the show. honest to god, if it wasn't for him that show would have been dead in the water. even myth busters, as a premise, could have worked with a different cast, but there is no Dirty Jobs without Mike Rowe.

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[–] Phivex 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I completely agree. Thanks for sharing that!

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[–] Darth_Shitious 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

If he ever invites you out to have a beer, let me know. I'd like to join.

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[–] cointelpro_shill 2 points 19 points (+21|-2) ago 

Hit me up after just in case he want his dick sucked

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[–] Nerdninja 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I used to work with him. What you see on TV is exactly how he is off TV. Genuinely great guy. And hysterically funny.

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[–] wuzizname 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I actually visited the Bone Museum in Oklahoma City recently, it was one of Mike's shows and it's really cool there but the process is horrifically disgusting.

Anyway, I actually met with the owner's son who worked with Mike during the filming of the episode and he said he was so surprised at how Mike genuinely he cared about their business and wanted to show how hard work it was and how you had to be really passionate to do something that was so gross.

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[–] jaceame 0 points 24 points (+24|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You see Rowe is a wise person, Harris a pseudo intellectual.Know the difference people, it could save your life

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[–] Nick_C 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

cue rainbow ... "The more you know"

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[–] jaceame 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Wise = experience + learning. Wise people have built up information through years of work.

Pseudo intellectual = learning - sense. Pseudo intellectuals may have learned something but ultimately don't understand situations and are often overly political.

Wise people know enough to know they can be wrong. Pseudo intellectuals do not.

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[–] ChillyHellion ago  (edited ago)

I really like the contrast you've painted in your comment. A sensible man with humble ego and an egotist with little sense.

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[–] Pawn 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

who? I know who Mike Rowes is, but Melissa Harris??? Never heard of her.

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[–] EarthGleaner 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

That's probably because she is a "news" anchor on the TV, ain't nobody got time for that.

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[–] ddd 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

the way you put quotes around the word news is offending me /s

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[–] toobaditworks 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Don't worry she's just some dumb bitch with dildo teeth and a fire extinguisher for a vagina.

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[–] INTERNET_TRASHCAN 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Idk what this means but the visual is funny.

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[–] PlasmaDistortion 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Mike Rowe For President!

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[–] Bindlestiff 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Complete tangent, but the mike rowe advocates for the skilled trades and there's this idea that skilled trades are for the people that werent smart enough to go to college.

I'm going to repost this story about his grandfather whom he admired.

My grandfather Carl Knobel—I called him Pop—left school after eighth grade to go to work. He was a master electrician by trade but he could do pretty much anything. Build a house without a blueprint. Dig a well. Install a furnace.

I once saw him take apart a broken watch and put all the tiny pieces back together so that it ran perfectly again. I never once saw him read the instructions to anything. He just knew how stuff worked.

Pop had a huge hand in building an addition to our church, the wing where my Sunday school classes were held, my Boy Scout troop met and the congregation had potlucks and Bible studies. Not that he ever talked about it. Pop was a humble guy, a man of few words.

Now imagine if his grandfather had gone to college and gotten a degree in womens studies and spent his days as a columnist somewhere or lobbying for NOW. No fixed watch. No new church. No plaque on the wall with his name.

tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of intelligent people like his grandfather are going to higher education every year. And their brains that could have been used building churches and fixing watches is getting wasted on useless liberal arts degrees. This attitude that the trades are for stupid people and everyone should go to college destroys college, AND destroys the trades.

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[–] Humbaba 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The liberal arts aren't worthless. The problem is that a lot of college aged people, for some reason, are becoming shrill offendatrons. We need art as much as we need engineers, but we are coming upon a generation that values neither.

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[–] Fayutt 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Bill Maher made a good comment about this on his show Friday night saying that the reason liberals are a bunch of cry babies is because it's so much easier to be offended and point fingers at others than to actually do something to improve the world. They're lazy liberals.

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[–] Bindlestiff 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

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[–] Foobarbaz 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

Part of the problem is my generation was raised with a "get a degree, any degree -- if you don't have a degree you'll never get anywhere in your life. You don't want to be flipping burgers, do you?"

The problem is my parents generation didn't need a degree to get to where they were. They just had to "work hard".

The reality is the older generation is disconnected from reality very badly. It'll be interesting to see what happens when the baby boomers die off and things may finally modernize at a better pace.

Then you have people like Mike Rowe come in and act like it's just as easy as simply "working hard" to get ahead in life. It's not that easy and if it were then more people would be ahead in life. It's a naive viewpoint that has a lot of assumptions built into it.

In Texas you can't "just" call yourself a Master Electrician in the same way you can't call yourself an Engineer. Those are regulated fields for "safety" reasons. I use quotes because even though it's true, our grandparents didn't have to go through the same trials we go through BUT they expect it's "just working hard to get it" forgetting how much money is involved.

So the REAL problem is we have the baby boomers raising a generation of kids that they, themselves, fucked over AND mislead. Yet many people want to hold these kids responsible for trusting their parents opinion and advice -- which is 40 years old potentially.

I am fortunate my stubbornness saved me from a mountain of debt as well as my parents. Unlike the, seemingly, entire republican right wing -- I acknowledge that LUCK played a huge role in my hard work to get to my points in life. If it weren't for my dad getting me my first job because he knew someone... if it wasn't for someone from a larger city visiting.. if it wasn't for a cop casually mentioning I should visit a particular store.. I could go on and on. Luck played a huge role in me getting my jobs up to the one I had to retire from. Certainly a lot of hard work was involved but there is, literally, no amount of work I could have done that would have given me those opportunities -- those were purely being in the right time at the right place. I'm also lucky that being Helpdesk isn't regulated like an electrician.. same with programming.. same with network security. Give it a few years... just like many other fields we'll add new barriers that'll cost kids money to begin work in those fields.

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[–] Bindlestiff 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Then you have people like Mike Rowe come in and act like it's just as easy as simply "working hard" to get ahead in life.

bullshit. he never says anything like that.

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[–] Loumedia 1 point 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

Wait, ANOTHER woman who's entire platform is, "woe is us"?

How embarrassing it must be to be a woman in America these days.

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[–] INTERNET_TRASHCAN 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Not really, many/most (much quieter) American women want nothing to do with feminism and actively distance themselves from it.

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[–] partyinginthematrix 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

How eloquently he rebutted her.

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[–] EarthGleaner 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Mike Rowe always has the most respectful burns.

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[–] partyinginthematrix 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Honestly, this is the first time I've ever seen one of his comments on anything really. I've seen his show before but I had no idea how well spoken he is. My hats off to him and I'll definitely be looking more into Mr. Rowe.

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