Tuesday, August 15, 2006

the kinder, gentler new math


From Grand Rapids WOOD-TV 8's website, an article about the alleged plot to destroy the Mackinac Bridge by a couple of guys with a bunch of cellular phones:

"The men would be making about $18 on every phone. $18 a phone is not a lot of money for a single phone, but multiplied out by the 1,000 found in their possession, adds up to around $18,000."

"Around" $18,000?


Is it just me, or is our culture getting damned near to being as stupid as it is possible to be?


Blogger Ronni said...

Don't say that! Whenever I think that, something happens to make me say, "Nope. Stupider is possible!"

12:54 AM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

Ronni's right, Milo. Just watch our administration, Faux News coverage, and reality TV shows and you will see the envelope pushed a little further every day. I used to say "and just when you thought you'd seen everything" a lot. No more.

Unfortunately I think we're actually hurtling faster and faster through space toward the "stupid planet"--like there's some sort of "stupivity" pulling at as. I think, in spite of our ability to research and reason, we are embracing stupidity, as if it were something to aspire to.

For a while, guys like Bill Gates and Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking were the envy of all. Then, along came the power of the mediocre--people with financial power but no intellectual prowess--like Bush, Chaney, Rumsfeld and the like and suddenly our heroes are "common people" with power and respect they far from deserve, responsibility they can't live up to and disdain for anyone with the intellect to question their motives.

1:33 PM  

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