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Monday, January 05, 2004  

Stupid is as stupid does

A guest columnist for a Seattle newspaper (Intelligent as a post) observes that Bush is popular because stupid people like him.

"It's the "Stupid factor," the S factor: Some people -- sometimes through no fault of their own -- are just not very bright."

Well, he's charitable enough not to hold some people's stupidity against them since it's not always there own fault.

"You know these people; they're all around you (they're not you, else you would not be reading this article this far). They're the ones who keep the puerile shows on TV, who appear as regular recipients of the Darwin Awards, who raise our insurance rates by doing dumb things, who generally make life much more miserable for all of us than it ought to be. "

Let's see, the average IQ for the Us is 98. The other top nations are: Australia - 98; China - 100; UK - 100; Italy - 102; Japan - 105; Hong Kong - 107.

Those who supported Bush and the war in Iraq and the war against terrorism are who? Australia, Uk, Italy, Japan, (Hong Kong would have had they been free to), and China was no hindrance.

"I don't have a solution to this problem. To claim I did would belie my previous arguments. But I do have some modest suggestions that might provide a start for discussion: an intelligence test to earn the right to vote; a three-significantly-stupid-behaviors-and-you're-out law; fines for politicians who pander to the lowest common denominator and deportation of media representatives who perpetuate such actions."

Now, one of the factors which lowers the national US IQ is illegal immigrants who are mostly poor and unskilled, so if we could factor out that depressor, we might have one of the highest IQ's on the planet.

Maybe Mr. NEAL STARKMAN should take a test himself regarding cause and effect, correlation vs. cause, idiotic opinionating masquerading as insight and fact.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 12:51 PM |