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Old 03-07-2021, 03:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not so sure if more people would move into the rurals due to the Covid, but it does sound quite tempting sometimes.
I think it's not 'Covid' directly, but the urban rot that it has exposed. Especially the teacher's unions.

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Old 03-08-2021, 01:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I think it's not 'Covid' directly, but the urban rot that it has exposed.
I have gone to some small towns recently and, even though there are some rot there too, most people seem to not have been so brainwashed as in bigger cities.


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Unfortunately, nowadays many teachers are the mediocres who can't get better jobs and throw their anger on their pupils as some sort of "revenge" against their parents who eventually got better jobs.
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I think it's not 'Covid' directly, but the urban rot that it has exposed. Especially the teacher's unions.
Also all of the folks who worked for companies that "couldn't be moved online," or "had to have" their workers in-person---all of those commuters who traveled every day from one town to another just to get to work no longer have to do so.

It's pretty incredible how many "we can't do that" companies did "that" after all when 'rona came around.

My wife is an accountant for a state organization, and works 100% remote at a job that even 8 months ago "couldn't be done from home."

She has had to go into the physical building twice since starting this job in September, both times after-hours, and both times to do some antiquated physical paperwork, that if it was migrated online she could have done from her work PC anyhow. Of course, working for the state, she's also punching in commands to use the MS-DOS (yes, you read that right in 2021) accounting software, so I mean how much can we REALLY hope for with respect to technological innovation...

Anyway, my point is this; many of the reasons for urban centers becoming the focal point of the modern world have been bypassed by online work, and while a bunch of these soulless bureaucracy-based corporations and companies and organizations will force workers to come back, a lot of 'em won't. This could be a paradigm shift in how workplaces are organized and how work gets done.

Could be.
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Heard the same thing in the late 1990s about 2020 and everything being all electric.
And, yet, here were are.
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Heard the same thing in the late 1990s about 2020 and everything being all electric.
And, yet, here were are.
It's almost like people who have no stake in the problems of the proletariat continue to make all the big decisions about the world we proles live in. Ah well. Who needs to work on electric car engineering when you can have 10 aircraft carriers and both of the world's largest air forces (USAF and USN)?
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Anyway, my point is this; many of the reasons for urban centers becoming the focal point of the modern world have been bypassed by online work, and while a bunch of these soulless bureaucracy-based corporations and companies and organizations will force workers to come back, a lot of 'em won't. This could be a paradigm shift in how workplaces are organized and how work gets done.
With most infrastructure surrounding urban centers, instead of being evenly distributed, no wonder so many people opted to live closer to their jobs at a CBD. When it comes to businesses, cutting a large chunk of their expense on a physical office has been a greater motivation to implement a home-office scheme than any concern for health.
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Well that's like 3427 more BEVs sold every year, 265 outside of Sweden.
Volvo sold 661,713 cars in 2020 with 391,751 in the 2nd half.

Volvo's stated goal for 2021 is 800,000 vehicles.

So far this year plug-in vehicles made up 26.6% of Volvo sales
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One thing I can say is that I'm glad Volvo is trying to make it happen. Two of my favorite cars are the electric car and the station wagon (aka estate). Bring the two of them together and that would be a perfect car, for me anyhow. Either that or a minivan. I just don't like SUV's and crossovers, which is what everyone else seems to be doing. But Volvo will likely make an electric station wagon happen.
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