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In the depths of the Panamanian jungle, an American entrepreneur and hundreds of young people are building the world's "most sustainable modern town".

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In 2008, Jimmy bought 500 acres of tropical rain forest and was going to build a traditional city in paradise. Then the market crashed. Realizing the old model of "if we build it, they will come" was broken, he flipped it to "if they come, they will build it" and has since attracted hundreds of young people through social media who, in the face of potential climate disaster, have come to Kalu Yala to learn a new way to live, as we all must. Also, this place and their story is rife with conflict. First, there's Jimmy himself. He's a businessman and Kalu Yala began as a privately owned real estate venture. I think he's very controversial because his "if they come, they will build it," model means that these interns are paying to be there, and therefore they expect certain things. What they're actually paying for is to be a part of is something very primitive - a return to a kind of living that we're not used to, but many don't think they're getting their money's worth. Some will leave ... Written by anonymous

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Millennials Fish Flop on Gilligan's Island
26 April 2017 | by w-53813See all my reviews

IN the olden days American Utopian pioneers included the Shakers, the Oneidas and the Amanas. These pioneers had a communal and religious dedication towards perfection, society, work, hand craftsmanship and in the way they conducted their lives. Remember Shaker furniture? These Utopian societies are long dead but their legacy lives on.

Special-snowflake millennials lack everything that the original American Utopians brought to the table in days of old. Case in point millennials lack "skilz." Thus, when watching this show I began laughing out loud.

I even cried (in laughter) as these snowflakes paid big bucks for "the experience" of rolling around in the mud of an "ecovillage," while starving, as their cult-like-mentor snarfed copious quantities of GMO corn-chips and bought $150 bottles of wine while flying first class.

The comedy of this show just could not be any better;

I expect to see a Panamanian gang trying to shake down the clueless. The millennials will ask to see the gang's badges. The Panamanians will reply "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stink-in' badges!" According to the US department of state NONE of the land in the Panamanian outback has recorded title records, and the country is high on the list of legal corruption. Sounds like a good place to build a Utopian community to me, NOT!

"Our survival as a species" depends on a group of millennials that want to pioneer the jungle. Unfortunately, American millennials cannot navigate their way out of a paper bag.

Let's be ecologically friendly by composting with our own manure while we use plastic PVC pipe. That dog does not know how to hunt.

Lets demonstrate that millennials have no real world skills, manipulative skills, and/or critical thinking skills.

If I wanted to select an elite millennial up to the challenge of homesteading in the jungle; I would naturally select an sex seeking manic depressive millennial that works for as an editor on the Huffington post. Watching a millennial that discontinued her mental illness medication makes for a great reality show. The LGBT trend has gone stale so mental illness will be the next big "community" of interest.

The millennial with a finance major but never used a hand tool; I am looking forward to him chopping his arm off doing something physical. He was looking forward to communicating and his fate will be to commune with the mud of a rain-forest.

The pathetic "reality" of this hip Vice Network "reality" show is as funny as it is scary.

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