stupidity

The Darwin Awards

  • Posted on: 19 December 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

A friend recently asked why stupidity wasn't fatal -- he was bemoaning the idiocy of anti-environmental groups at the time. While my friend is well aware of just how dangerous and deadly stupidity could be, I took the opportunity to respond anyway in case the occasional lurker was in the vicinity.

The result was a simply little blurb that I thought I'd post here, too. Enjoy! -- GH

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>> Why isn't stupidity fatal? <<

Actually, it can be. The Darwin Awards are a good place to check for more information about it.

For the most part, the list is kept relatively free of Urban Legends -- winners must be verifiable, capable of making intelligent decisions and no innocent bystanders can be endangered. More available at the Wikipedia page.

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From the Wikipedia page,

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The Darwin Awards: A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises is a tongue-in-cheek honor named after evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin. Awards have been given for people who "do a service to Humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool" (i.e., lose the ability to reproduce either by death or sterilization in an idiotic fashion). According to Wendy Northcutt, author of the Darwin Award books: "The Awards honor people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion." The Darwin Award books state that an attempt is made to disallow known urban legends from the awards, but some older "winners" have been 'grandfathered' to keep their awards. The Darwin Awards site[1] does try to verify all submitted stories, but many similar sites, and the vast number of circulating "Darwin awards" emails, are largely fictional.

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So, in summation, stupidity can be fatal, and plays a role in the ongoing evolution of the species through contributions to the "survival of the fittest" aspect of evolutionary development. Winners of the Award successfully remove themselves -- one way or another -- from the gene pool, effectively cleansing of it the blatantly stupid.

Unfortunately for us, there's an unforeseen parallel evolutionary track that nobody ever seems to mention: among the stupid, ~the stronger stupid~ survives, and lives to continue to taint the gene pool. That, of course, explains that stubborn, stupid 30% of unevolved cretins who continue to undermine the nation and make a mockery of reality-based thinking. It also appears to explain modern-day Republican leadership's endemic hypocrisy.

Ah, Darwin -- you inglorious bastard. See what you've gotten us into now...?

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Carrie Prejean: Are Progressives Becoming as Intolerant as Conservatives?

  • Posted on: 7 May 2009
  • By: Wattree

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-05-07 13:44:37 -0500. -- GH

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

Carrie Prejean: Are Progressives Becoming as Intolerant as Conservatives?

I've always been proud to consider myself a progressive, because being a progressive meant that I was open-minded, willing to assess every issue on its own merit, and I'm tolerant of varying points of view. But it seems that many of today's "progressives" have corrupted the term. Though many of these people call themselves progressives, they are not progressive thinkers–they are progressive in name only. Over the years they seem to have somehow lost their way, and as a result, have managed to redefined the term "progressive" to simply mean, not conservative.

A case in point is the unconscionable way in which the so-called progressive community has demonized Carrie Prejean after she indicated, almost apologetically during the Miss America Pageant, that she thought marriage should be between a man and a woman. Why in the world did she say that?!! Thereafter, she was called a bitch, seminude photos of her have been posted on the Internet, and she's been generally, dragged through the mud. It is unbelievable that people who call themselves progressive could do that to that young woman.

Mark Penn: WSJ's New Expert on Blogging

  • Posted on: 21 April 2009
  • By: TheFatLadySings

 I hardly know what to make of this oddball collection of supposed facts about the lucrative world of blogging that appeared in the Wall Street Journal and was linked to in Huffington Post. According to Penn, at least 1% of all American adults earns some income from blogging, and more people earn their primary income from blogging than firefighting.

Just for kick I checked a few of his sources.

The Argument Against a Post-Racial Society

  • Posted on: 29 January 2009
  • By: Wattree

Originally posted 2009-01-27 21:13:48 -0500. Bumped by Carol.

 

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

The Argument Against a Post-Racial Society

I recently read a letter to an editor suggesting that race should stop being used as a descriptive element in news stories. While I fully understand the writer's sentiment, isn't the fact that President Obama the first Black leader of the free world news? And beyond that, I don't think our goal in this country should be to do away with difference, but rather, to embrace and promote it.

The primary characteristic that makes the United States different from virtually every other country in the world is that we are a quilt as oppose to a blanket, and that very patchwork of varying cultures is what makes us more, rather than less. That isn't to say that we're the only country that's made up of different cultures, but rather, we are the only country that is defined by difference. Thus, one of the greatest gifts that America can contribute to the world is the understanding that "difference" is a good thing rather than the reverse.

Are we too stupid to save ourselves?

  • Posted on: 21 December 2008
  • By: the national gadfly

(Image courtesy of indiesocial.com)

I walked onto the train platform in downtown Chicago today.  A woman had just finished shopping at Macy's and had several red shopping bags.  She was trying to put everything into one bag.  The wind picked up and blew some of the empty bags down the platform.  I took off running and stopped them from blowing out onto the street.