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May 15, 2023


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Stores like Nordstrom's are doom-looping themselves, by making the in-store experience unappealing: cutting staff, reducing cleaning, closing or cutting quality on in-store restaurants, even installing cheap fixtures and carpet so that the setting is about as appealing as Costco. Compare that to the old I. Magnin, a jewel box of a store.

Doom is seemingly inescapable these days. We have the AI Doomers https://www.techdirt.com/2023/04/14/the-ai-doomers-playbook/ and other doomerisms https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomer picking up where gloom-and-doomers left off and playing on "boomer." Then there's the collective of anonymous bloggers at Doomberg, tipping their hat to former mayor Mike (Bloomberg) and his ubiquitous fin-tech terminal, who are very much on vibe with the pro-petroleum, anti-climate-catastrophists catastrophists in their counter-commentariat commentary. Of course the entertainment of this era provides us no refuge, as the video game Doom now runs on just about any device you will find around the house, office, or farm, including refrigerators, ultrasound machines, John Deere tractors, and inevitably, inside of other video games. https://www.reddit.com/r/itrunsdoom/ Meanwhile, nature is in superbloom, and it would be wise to heed the stewards of the land: Don't doom the bloom. https://twitter.com/CAStateParks/status/1646891736105361408

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