The world will always need a man who can fix a burst pipe.

We all have a certain start of day routine. After doing the basics, I spend a half hour in the study scanning through the news headlines. At this stage of my disillusionment with any hope of the established mainstream organs delivering some honest news or trenchant commentary, I don’t use any of them. Instead, I get the hard facts from being on email report distribution lists and dropping in to various forums to see what people are saying and sometimes the links they provide to interesting articles. It’s quite an eclectic mix of the diverse viewpoints which have been snopaked out of reported reality by a mono-thinking news machine.

I don’t always agree with some of the opinions expressed or the ideas that come implicitly bundled into them, but if you’re only prepared to listen to viewpoints that concur with your own, you’re a severely under informed person, in my opinion. It’s not just the trust problem that’s killing the fake news machine, it’s the fact that it’s uninteresting, uniform and boringly predictable on any topic. For it, there is only one opinion on anything, all else is doctrinal heresy.

It’s a half-hour’s work to skim read through the various items, and all too easy to add to my browser favourites any which I think readers here might find of interest. They’ll eventually turn up in the various widget boxes running down the RHS of every page of the blog and aggregated under the appropriate heading such as “breaking news”, “erosion of privacy” and “cultural destruction”.

The trend is I add items to favourites a lot faster than they’re published, so a backlog builds up. In what has become a uniquely modern resolution, I’ve several times sworn to get my favourites back under control again, and the break in blogging over Christmas provided the perfect opportunity to go through them, discarding the no longer working links, dropping anything that was topical a few months back and keeping any that were still of interest.

It’s one of those simple, repetitive and brainless activities you can work away at while handling interruptions without losing your place. Speed read the headline or perhaps the first paragraph and make a quick decision to archive or keep. In effect, you’re also speed reading issues and topics, and a benefit emerges of seeing how often a particular theme occurs. Several emerged and I started parking them into categories as background for perhaps future articles.

One that seemed to be a hardy perennial was a steady stream of reporting on various excesses in college or third level education. I’ll give you a selection of the headlines and their links, so you can get a flavour of some of the frankly insane issues being reported on.

University Of Virginia Med Student Receives 1-Year Suspension For Exhibiting “Antagonistic And Disrespectful” Behavior During “Microaggressions” Lecture, OWU offers ‘social justice’ major with mandatory ‘activism’ work, American University Tells Faculty to Disregard ‘Quality’ of Writing When Grading, What is driving the rise of the ‘Intellectual Dark Web?’, School Conference Secretly Hands Out Pornographic Gay-Sex Manual to Kids (Behind Parents’ Backs), UK Professor Under Probe for Claiming Israel and ‘Zionists in US Gov’ Behind 9/11, College entrance test scores collapse across America as dumbed-down liberal education system teaches “social justice” instead of thinking skills, School Punishes Male Teacher For Refusing To Watch A Naked Girl In The Boys’ Locker Room, Professors Warned NOT TO FRIGHTEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS By Using All-Caps, University Clears Professor Who Wrote on Facebook About Hating White People, Teacher in Texas charged after projecting child porn during class, Leftist students calling for re-segregation of blacks, Are Academics Cowards? The Grip of Grievance Studies and the Sunk Costs of Academic Pursuit and a Georgia TA: ‘Some white people may have to die…‘.

You don’t have to click through many of those headlines to realise a few things. The first and most concerning is that in the main the culprits are the professors, lecturers and ancillary teaching staff who’re acting like assorted deranged despots in positions of influence, lording it over what are unformed 18-year-old minds. That’s never going to end well. Within academia this sort of aberrant behaviour has long been tolerated, but the individuals concerned were usually shunted sideways into non-teaching activities, or in extreme cases simply given the Spanish archer.

The pattern is also that these people are repeat offenders of one sort or another, with the headline just dealing with their latest offense against learning or some semblance of sanity. While the furore is momentarily trending in the media, an announcement is made that they’re being suspended while a thorough investigation of their conduct is being made. When the hue and cry dies down, they’re quietly reinstated and life goes on as before.

It’s actually a reversal of roles. 18 year olds acting like the complete horses’ asses we all were at that age, even if they are undergraduates, is to be expected, but not by those who whether they like it or not, have a duty of care over those youths in their charge. It’s seems to have been forgotten that the young look to their elders to set the standard of behaviour, though they’d rather be nailed to a wooden cross before they’d admit any such thing.

There’s no need for me to comment on the roughly one-third of entrants to a degree course who actually finish with a piece of paper in their hand; the jobs market has been making that judgment for the past decade, leaving them unemployed for years after graduation. Again, there’s a pattern there. After a couple of years of unemployment, they end of trading down to an admin job they could have done when they were sixteen and it certainly doesn’t require a degree to do it either.

The other big problem they have is that they are just starting their work career with enough debt hanging over them to be able to buy an apartment. Because of that, they tend to be still living at home and barring any parental help, they won’t be buying anything until their late thirties, if ever. They are mostly in what’s called the Millennial generation, presently in the age range 25-35.

The plight of the millennials and the complete nonsense higher level education has become has not gone unnoticed by the next wave of youth coming along after them; the so-called Generation Z, born between the mid ’90s and early 2000s. The see absolutely no advantage in going on to college – it’s a waste of time. It won’t get you a job but instead loads you down with crushing debt for the next fifteen years, if not longer.

Instead, they’re heading into the trades via apprenticeships or trade schools to learn how to be builders, plumbers, carpenters, mechanics, electricians, farmers, chefs, beauticians and health workers. The openings are there in areas like that, and it puts them on a modest but living wage straight away, with the prospect of real earning power once they complete their training. They accept they’ll be entering what’s called a gig economy, but the jobs for life world is long gone. Too many millennials look down their nose at what they term tradesmen, but those tradesmen have got something they don’t – jobs and money.

This trend is real. Attendances at the universities on the cutting edge of avant-garde politics and pandering to students who don’t know what they want, have plunged. Redundancies, previously unthinkable in academia, are having to be made as enrollment numbers fall and indeed some colleges have simply closed down before they became bankrupt. Yes, believe it or not, colleges have to be run like a business and do have to balance the books.

To many once generous alumni have looked at what’s become of their old alma mater and with a shudder closed the cheque book for good. Bernie Sanders’ wife was the bursar of one and managed to run it into the ground, although employing her own daughter in a $150,000 a year sinecure had nothing to do with it and all charges against Mrs Saunders have been quietly withdrawn. If you’re going to employ high-profile people on exorbitant salaries, they have to perform.

Too many of the millennial generation have been infantilised into what’s called snowflakes by the twin influences of a college education that taught them nothing but how to conform without asking any questions and then afterwards, because of a mountain of debt, having to go back to living with their parents when they should have been striking out into the world and building an adult life of their own.

It’s often said that the younger generation are so materialistic these days, but that’s a bum rap because it’s said of every generation. They get to a certain age and they want to have a car, even if it’s a banger. They want their own place and they want to fill it with what’s called “stuff” these days. They hope to one day meet the right person and settle down. All of this is perfectly natural, but it all starts with getting a steady job and making a living. It all goes from there.

Generation Z have learned the bitter lesson of the millennials and are not about to make the same mistake.


19 Responses to “The world will always need a man who can fix a burst pipe.”
  1. Jockdownsouth says:

    Great article. You’re talking mainly about the USA but it also very much applies to the UK. Unfortunately, we also have an underclass who can’t even be arsed to get a trade.


  2. The Man at the Back says:

    I read an article a while back written by a UK based recruiter with 25 years experience. He was making the point that not only were many jobs in the trades being filled by overseas candidates, but many graduate jobs in science and engineering were as well. A real double wammy.

    There are as many university lecturers in the UK as there were students 50 years ago. You only have to flush your mind around those facts for a short while to see where things are going wrong.


  3. Simon Derricutt says:

    My daughter is in Generation Z, just about (1995). She leaves a trail of fixed stuff behind her when she visits friends who either don’t know how to or don’t dare to ignore the “no user serviceable parts inside” notices. She’s also complained of the quality of the teaching she’s been receiving at university, and is likely to change to Open University pretty soon. Much better value for the money. Yep, I’m proud of her…. It is however obvious that there is a shortage of people in that age-group who can fix things.

    Around 20 years ago in the UK, a friend of mine ran a local engineering factory. Literally one man and a dog, but with extra people employed in work-peaks. He found that the local school-leavers he employed couldn’t do simple arithmetic pretty often and he also needed to buy digital calipers since they couldn’t read a vernier or micrometer. The education problem isn’t recent, and has been developing for quite a while. Still, he found that the engineering business really wasn’t paying, and decided to can it and re-trained as a plumber. Instead of wondering whether he’d be able to pay the bills at the end of the month, and whether his quotes would be accepted, he then had the next 3 months booked solid. His machine centre and a few lathes and milling machines had to compete with both China and other local businesses doing the same things and also competing with China. As a plumber, there was far less competition.

    Training people to do a skilled job is expensive. That’s why businesses will try to employ someone who already has the skills (from abroad) rather than investing in training local people who may then leave in search of a higher wage. Since graduates from abroad are initially looking to broaden their experience, they’ll work for a lower wage than a local one – it’s an adventure living in a foreign country and getting paid as well. It’s thus pretty obvious that foreign graduates and skilled people are likely to be employed before the locals – they’ll be better value for money on average.

    Though it seems Generation Z may not have the same mistakes/problems as millennials, there’s still a deep-seated problem in education that hasn’t gone away, and knowing how to make and fix things isn’t a skill that’s much-taught. Trained tradespeople will have a job until they retire, it seems. Sometime in the future there’s going to be a somewhat severe shortage.

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  4. JohnTyler. says:

    Not sure about the UK or Europe, but here in the USA a popular course of study (a major) is what I classify as the “hate” majors; i.e.,, black/LGBT/women/hispanic studies.
    These courses of study (i.e., indoctrination and propaganda) allow graduates to know less and become more intolerant of “normal” societal mores/values, than when they entered an institution of “higher” learning.
    Of course, this is accompanied by an absolutely obscene level of student loan debt upon graduation.
    Making all this worse is that these graduates have zero skills and will wind up working as waiters or at Starbucks; along their fellow high school grad only compatriots. There is simply no way they will be able to pay back their student loans (another subject in itself).

    Not far behind are sociology and psych majors who can look forward to careers in social work that pays a “professional” salary of $25,000 to $30,000 per year; just enough for rent, food, auto expenses and will delay commencing paying off their $100,000 in student loans (whose principal increases daily as they delay paying it off).

    Unfortunately many of those studying these majors are black/hispanic students (who gained entrance into an institution of higher learning due to ethnic set-asides) , thus making sure upon graduation their starting line into a well paying career is light years behind those who studied finance, STEM, accounting or economics; that is a “real” course of study.

    Check out Michelle Obama’s senior thesis at Princeton for a good example of what is considered acceptable for a minority student; it’s a joke, but at least she went to law school (where, upon law school graduation, her unsuccessful “law” career hit a brick wall very quickly.) Her thesis would have been graded an “A” at a local community college.

    My guess is that these hate major subjects do not exist in any Asian universities where the students there do not bother studying this sort of rubbish.

    By the way, the Gestapo / NKVD women rights groups complain about the lack of females in STEM fields, but the almost all-male dominated fields of electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, etc., somehow, by some miracle, are off their radar screen.
    Jeez, I wonder why.

    Note that most of the Gestapo/NKVD female “rights” groups leaders are in fact college educated, but for some odd reason they chose NOT to study a STEM field.
    Imagine that !!


  5. OneWorldGovernment says:

    Over on Steve Kates has an interesting brief post that is well worth checking which he has titled “How much worse can it get?”

    And it comes via Instapundit HORRORS OF THE TRUMP ECONOMY: Skills Gap Gives Workers Unprecedented Power, Perks.

    And the leading comment is one of the best,

    #2911580, posted on January 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    My goodness, at this rate Trump will turn the US into a genuine workers’ paradise.

    No wonder they are desperate to impeach him!”


  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    Universities have been evolving. From the preserve of the sons of rich parents, to the stepping stone for the ambitious children from the middle class, to big business.
    These days it is likely that the Administration staffing outnumbers the Teaching staff. There is pressure for ever expanding enrolment as that increases turnover. The local universities compete for new recruits in TV advertising campaigns and who knows, not me, what goes on in social media.
    That means that the universities are now in the finance business as tens of thousands of students borrow for their courses. Also, they now own multi-storey blocks of student accomodation as well as extensive real estate to accomodate their overflowing numbers of administrators.
    The requirement of suitability has dropped and dropped. When I entered Uni they wanted the top 10-12% in the public examinations. Now anything above 50% is regarded as suitable, although those below 60% are likely to be approved for the less intellectually demanding course like Arts. (The course for those who just scrape in at the bottom is Climate Studies).
    The other source of finance is government money, either direct support for students but mostly in Grants direct to the Universities. To misquote a former Federal Treasurer “Never stand between a Vice-Chancellor and a bucket of money”. Hence the politically correct crap designed to appeal to former brainwashed students who lacked the drive to be plumbers or electricians.
    Those students with a vocation will seek the Science, Engineering or Medical faculties. The money hungry will try Law. The rest, who want a few years good times will choose the easy subjects, and the smarter ones of them will then go into the public service and with no knowledge of practical subjects end up running the country.


  7. Fenrisulven says:

    One less article for you to discover, Pointy you rascal. A modest gift of thanks from me for all the counteless doors you have opened for my intellect

    Clear fields of fire to you
    A United States Marine


  8. babygrandparents says:

    When I graduated University in the mid 70’s we got an education but we were not guaranteed a job. We still needed to “work” for it and be adaptable. Unfortunately today the Universities do not educate, they indoctrinate. And those indoctrinated come out expecting the world will welcome them with open arms and a high paying job in what? In Humanities? Whatever that is. Reality hits them. Unfortunately they take their anger out on “society” not where it should be directed to. As you stated, there will ALWAYS be a need to unclog drains and install proper wiring. Good. The trades are highly respectable.


  9. OneWorldGovernment says:


  10. Lon Spector says:

    They are from the devil, and they never give up. God help us.


  11. Pointman says:

    Contractor who’s not being paid by a big company blowing off some steam.



  12. Patrick healy says:

    A great read to ponder Mr Pointman.

    A wee joke for you.

    A doctor was in the middle of a delicate operation when he got an urgent call from his wife.
    She said the kitchen is knee deep in water from a burst pipe.
    He irately told her to call a plumber and not bother him.
    The plumber came and fixed the leak in 30 minutes.
    She asked what his bill was and he said £200 cash would cover it.
    She blew a fuse and said “that is outrageous – my husband is a famous surgeon and he only earns half that amount”
    The plumber replied ” yes I know – I was one”

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  13. Pointman says:

    UPDATE: Teacher on leave after Social Media post misidentifying a student as “Hitler Youth” goes viral

    “…she finally apologized but has refused to take down her post and my son’s picture,” Jackson said in part in his Tweet. “My son was harassed and bullied as a result of this teacher’s rush to judgement … totally abhorrent behavior and inexcusable actions that need to have consequences.”

    How is a person like this let loose on young impressionable minds?


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  14. Pointman says:

    Millennials try to work out an old phone

    Problem solving under pressure.



  15. Pointman says:

    “Several of the university’s alumni and donors are now saying that they will pull their financial donations to the school, according to a recent report by Campus Reform.”

    Suddenly the faculty are paying attention.



  16. Pointman says:

    Georgetown students may pay reparations for slavery with new student fee

    You can just see the effect this’ll have on their enrollments.



  17. Pointman says:

    Yale University Newspaper Editor Urges Students to Spy on White Male Classmates to Be Able to Ruin Their Careers in the Future

    Only white and men? Racism, surely.



  18. Pointman says:

    Pro-Abortion University Staffer Calls for Raping Pro-Life College Students

    Another person who should never be let near impressionable minds.


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  19. Pointman says:

    Maine Educators Attack Bill to Prohibit Political Advocacy in Public Schools

    “A code of ethics for public school teachers that was recently introduced in the Maine Legislature is making headlines, and will serve as an important test-case for efforts to prohibit indoctrination in our nation’s schools. But local educators are responding with hysteria to this commonsense education reform proposal, even as its legislative sponsor responds with calm and logic.”



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