BEEPS AND BLIPS FROM OUTERSPACE
PEOPLE ARE TOO DUMB FOR DEMOCRACY
brainResearch by David Dunning, of Cornell University, has come to the conclusion people rarely correctly determine the competence level of someone that is more competent than themselves, and since the US is becoming more and more incompetent (see dumb), it is hitting the threshold for democracy to thrive.
"No amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, "very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is."
Mato Nagel created a political simulation based upon Dunning's work and concluded that Democracy elects candidates that are only slightly better than average.
"Nagel concluded that democracies rarely or never elect the best leaders. Their advantage over dictatorships or other forms of government is merely that they "effectively prevent lower-than-average candidates from becoming leaders.""
This reminds me of the famous Winston Churchill quotation:
"Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
read the full article at LiveScience.com.
POSTED 2012-03-11 11:44:48 CATEGORY POLITICS SCIENCE TAGS CHURCHILL DEMOCRACY IDIOCRACY INCOMPETENCE STUPID US
TSA INCOMPETENCE LEVEL 9000
The TSA has been running a scam by implementing the civil rights abusing nude body scanners.  The funny thing is they are in no way effective and they only serve to line the pockets of contractors, lobbyists, and government officials.  The devices actually make air travel less safe since they cannot detect strategically placed objects and they emit radiation on the subject.In short: If you want to get an object through airport security, head over to the higher security millimeter wave nude scanners with an object strapped to your side!

What sort of third grader with an engineering degree created a security scanning device that does not detect objects on the side of a person?The TSA has not caught any terrorist attempt and they only serve to make the public feel secure and, ironically, disempowered.  The TSA intends to cow air travelers and slowly erode resistance to personal civil rights and liberties.Write your senators and representatives urging them to stop the attack on Americans and return the TSA to the proven method of using old fashioned metal detectors and bomb sniffing dogs (or chemical sniffing machines... they exist).read more of the article from TSAoutOfOurPants.
POSTED 2012-03-07 22:02:20 CATEGORY ENGINEERING HEALTH POLITICS TAGS BODY SCANNERS HANDS OFF MY JUNK INCOMPETENCE STUPID TSA TSA IS A BAG OF LIMP DICKS
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