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#27295 - 07/21/09 02:38 AM Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum
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I've just watched the first episode on BBC's iPlayer, (I'm not sure if non-UK nationals can watch BBC as you need a licence to get British TV but give it a go). It's similar to Big Brother (which I hate), however it's based around teens and early 20's who have no life skills, reminds me of me actually, depressingly, (well I'm not quite this bad).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lvt9g

It's prompted me to want to do a decent job search today. Actually put some effort in. After all, I'm not really doing anything with my time.
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#27304 - 07/21/09 09:05 AM Re: Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum [Re: TornadoCreator]
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There are support groups in the UK which help people acquire life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, shopping, job hunting and so forth. Usually by referral from a social worker for people leaving home who need it (such as for those with mental health problems). (Incidentally, British social workers tend to refer people on nowadays to other such organisations rather than work with them long-term.)

In the current economic climate, finding a first job can be extremely challenging though. One side-effect is that many parents are stuck with their teens/20-somethings for the time being, until they can find suitable employment to support themselves.

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#27491 - 07/25/09 05:20 PM Re: Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum [Re: Meq]
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Guys, as you know, if you are a hammer every problem looks like a nail.

Please, take no offense, but I must:

*AHEM*

Ok, in reading the above, I must point out a few things that need to be the object lesson to Obama supporters and others who think it is a good idea to give govts power.

You need a license to get TV in the UK!? Why? Why does the govt think this is important? Why does TV need further regulation? The BBC is already State run media along the lines of Pravda under the old USSR.

Does every citizen in the UK have a social worker or some other govt specialist to run their life? You can't cook or clean and is a problem for a social worker? WTF? The govt actually spends money on this problem?

Here is a clue, if you subsidize failure you will only get more of it. The reason these kids can't find a job is because Labour sent all of the jobs overseas. Money is 'liquid' it follows the path of least resistance. These kids have been told their whole lives to depend on the State - the State will provide - nothing is your fault. Now, surprise surprise, they are totally dependent and lack self-reliance or an individual sense of accountability. Who would have guessed!?

To quote Margaret Thatcher -

'A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure.'

'The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.'
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#27514 - 07/26/09 02:04 AM Re: Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum [Re: Fist]
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 Originally Posted By: Fist
You need a license to get TV in the UK!? Why? Why does the govt think this is important? Why does TV need further regulation? The BBC is already State run media along the lines of Pravda under the old USSR.

They are already infamous for their "Big Brother"-esque billboards and slogans around the country.

For example: "TV licence. Get one. Or get done."
Or the images below:



TV Licensing detector vans and handheld TV detection equipment commonly used to catch 'evaders':


As for Social Services, most UK social workers nowadays work on a very limited basis, referring "service users" on to privately-run organisations (often registered charities) to help with "life skills", substance misuse rehabilitation, and of course finding and keeping a job.

The UK is in the process of shaking up its welfare system. Under David Cameron's plans, those out of work will no longer be entitled to an automatic "safety net", while those on long-term disability welfare judged capable of working with help will be forced to undergo compulsory back-to-work training and job hunting. Those who refuse to comply, or refuse a reasonable job offer, will have their benefits stopped.

The current UK system does in my view provide strong disincentives for young people to pursue higher education. With the introduction of hefty tuition fees, many young people (with the characteristic short-term focus blighting their generation) are likely to forego university and the debt now entailed for a job which pays off now - rather than hope to earn more in years to come after years of living cheaply and paying off their student loans. The consequence is likely to be a dumbing-down of the UK.

Of course, those with a rich Daddy willing to pay for his offspring's education can be excluded from this, much like in the States.

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#27535 - 07/26/09 11:27 AM Re: Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum [Re: TornadoCreator]
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This is my reality every day. I won't be tuning in, even if I can. One only needs to spend a week at my house. Two lazy 20 somethings sitting at home. Bitching about things. Treating the house like their own personal bed and breakfast. The oldest just spent the night in jail for the 3rd time. Got picked up passed out on the sidewalk.

I love them. They are my flesh and blood. I want the best for them, and I want to help them. But there comes a time when a parent has to sever the umbilical cord and rip the mouth from the tit. This may be the time for me. I have a ton of soul searching to do.
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#27849 - 08/03/09 09:17 AM Re: Young, Dumb & Living Off Mum [Re: fakepropht]
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 Originally Posted By: Fist
You need a license to get TV in the UK!? Why? Why does the govt think this is important? Why does TV need further regulation? The BBC is already State run media along the lines of Pravda under the old USSR.


It's not very much, the BBC is one of the fairer news sources out there, they produce a fair few decent TV shows that I do watch and the don't put ANY advertising on their channels which quite frankly I find worth paying for.

I've been to the US, I tried watching TV there. I was watching an episode of The Simpsons which when on BBC takes 25 mins. About 22-23 mins for the show and 2 minutes worth of "what is on BBC" ads after the show ended. The show is never interrupted for adverts and the ads after the show are simply to tell you what's coming on soon on BBC which is worth showing and it makes up the time so they can start shows at regular times. On the American channel (which I can't remember the name off, there where about 40 of them so forgive me if I didn't note it down), they had adverts on, after a couple of minutes The Simpsons started, the theme tune played then it cut to more adverts. The show had been on for less than 2 minutes. Then they played about 8-9 minutes of the show and played more adverts. They played the rest of the show, more adverts. Then they had the audacity to play the fucking credits separately and then even more bloody adverts. The show took 40mins to finish. If this is the wondrous American TV quite frankly I'd rather have a TV licence. My time is more valuable than my money.

I find it ironic that the week after I returned from USA I was watching Simpsons (again on BBC) and Homer was fleeing to Mexico for some reason, the police officer then said "Kuh, He'll be back when he missed American television" and I was falling on the flaw laughing.
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