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(Huffington Post)   "Six percent of Americans believe in unicorns. Twenty four percent believe dinosaurs and man hung out together. Eighteen percent believe the sun revolves around the Earth. Nearly 30% believe cloud computing involves actual clouds"   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 521
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2013-03-14 10:43:46 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: When you're dealing with two bodies moving through space without a fixed reference point, you could say either one is revolving around the other


If you simplify any observation to the point that it is utterly meaningless, then it is inane, that's for sure.  Knowledge of the planets goes back at least to the Sumerian civilization.
 
2013-03-14 10:44:06 AM
Hold on a second, Unicorns aren't real? Didn't North Korea find their lair?
 
2013-03-14 10:44:26 AM
I'm going to take the approach here that the select group of people interviewed do not really represent the populace of the US in general.  Like, they went directly to the backwoods of Kentucky, or the deep south, or some shiat.  If I were to run a similar survey just in the Northeast, or in California, or even farking Detroit, the numbers would look nothing like that.
 
m00
2013-03-14 10:45:13 AM
"...asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist."

There we go...
 
2013-03-14 10:45:19 AM
Elitist article is elitist.
 
2013-03-14 10:45:32 AM
Only six percent?

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2013-03-14 10:45:34 AM
 
2013-03-14 10:45:42 AM
I'd definitely fark with an interviewer who wanted to know if I thought unicorns were real.  Yeah they're real.  My grandpappy rode one back and forth near the old crick.
 
2013-03-14 10:46:41 AM
A hilariously large percent of terrified right-wingers are convinced Obama is soon going to take away all their guns, so when the Newtown shooting happened and 20 young children were massacred due to America's fetish for, obsession with and addiction to firearms, violence and fear

I was going to make a snide remark about Huffington publishing an article debunking bullshiat undermining their own business model, but apparently they're doing that rhetorical trick where they deride someone else's slightly stupider bullshiat to set the bar incredibly low when lauding/affirming their own bullshiat.

So, actually, yeah, that's pretty clever.  A very effective trick for building the loyalty of stupid people, i.e. the kinds of people that get their news and opinion from SFC writers that have a second job as a Yoga instructor.  You see it a lot in politics, but that kind of nuance goes over the heads of most journalists these days.  Apparently at least the outright propagandists are re-learning basic psychology, took 'em long enough.

some_beer_drinker: seriously? wow, Americans are pretty retarded.


By retarded I assume you mean "sarcastic", about 80% of the people that I know would, given the opportunity, give the answer that is funniest or that would give the funniest results on the completed survey over what they know to be the correct answer essentially every time.
 
2013-03-14 10:46:42 AM
Yuuup, pretty much, half of the population is of below average intelligence.
 
2013-03-14 10:46:54 AM
that writer wrote like a douchenozzle.  and, why pick on louisiana?  jindal said something clever, we should have gotten a pass...

either way, everyone knows that nessie was actually a botched sex rite performed by aleister crowley in the house overlooking the loch ness (later bought by the guy from led zeplin, who sold it after he suffered tragedies... because, well, it was aleister crowley's botched satanico-sexio ritual house).  doesn't affect evolution... but, breaks down the barrier between us and the abyss.

on a serious note, however, new orleans did pass a regulation that no public schools will interrupt the teaching of evolution or teach creationism as if it were real, and will not allow any revisionist histories that take about how great the crusades were, and how much black people liked slavery (that's more of a texas education thing, according to perry).
 
2013-03-14 10:47:11 AM
How come in areas where there are a lot of churches, the crime rate is higher? One would think more churches=more good law abiding people. Yet, the opposite is true.
 
2013-03-14 10:47:22 AM

shoegaze99: some_beer_drinker: seriously? wow, Americans people are pretty retarded.

Similar polls have been done in other countries, with similar results. People are stupid all over. For example, many people in Iceland believe elves actually exist.

This is not unusual, nor is is particularly American. People are stupid all over.


Farking communist! How dare you suggest that Amurcans aren't the stupidest people in the industrial world. If you don't love Amurca, get the hell out.
 
2013-03-14 10:47:24 AM
And most of them can vote. Some are politicians and some are our bosses.
 
2013-03-14 10:47:29 AM

some_beer_drinker: seriously? wow, Americans are pretty retarded.


GAT_00: Nobody has ever gone broke underestimating the stupidity of the American people.


oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 180x180]
Fat, stupid & American is no way to go through life, son.


JackieRabbit: USA! USA! USA!

Oh, look, a Walmart! Let's go to the Sarah Palin book signing.


Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Americans, the scum of the Earth.
 
2013-03-14 10:48:08 AM
And we need to *slash* teacher salaries. Right-o.
 
2013-03-14 10:48:13 AM

powhound: Believing in UFO's isn't a stretch. I wish one would come take me from this crazy planet.


I wish authors were smart enough not to use "UFO" interchangeably with "alien spacecraft." You'd be a moron to deny UFOs exist. Alien spacecraft? Notsomuch.
 
2013-03-14 10:48:20 AM
Adding up the numbers, that accounts for Obama supporters and social Conservatives.

/we are sooo farked
 
2013-03-14 10:48:35 AM

snocone: Yuuup, pretty much, half of the population is of below average intelligence.


Well, if you are going to start with made up assumptions then we have nothing to discuss.
 
2013-03-14 10:48:51 AM

halfof33: GiantRex: That might be the most scathing column I have ever read. I can hardly wait to see the shiatstorm this thread will inevitably become.

/your popcorn, go get it

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I wouldn't worry about it, for several reasons:

1. the author is a smarmy dick
2. his "blog" sucks
3. quoting "surveys" is about as intellectually lazy a writing style as one could possibly imagine.
4. STRAW MEN, STRAW MEN EVERYWHERE!

Ask yourself a serious question: have you ever answered a social survey seriously? Of course not:

Do I believe in Unicorns (what a stupid question) hell yeah! Sure I do, idiot farking "survey" taker.

That way grossly lazy "intellectual liberals" can write grossly lazy, pandering blogs for people who enjoy the pandering.

For a writer, he is one hell of a yoga teacher.



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2013-03-14 10:49:14 AM

m00: "...asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist."

There we go...


Yeah, that turned me off the article entirely. I know quite a number of people who consider themselves "conservative" who:

- Aren't delusional enough to believe the US was founded as a "Christian" nation
- Understand how the universe works
- Don't watch FOX

Now, are they in line with the rank and file, or the current batch of Tea Party coonts in office? No. But they are intelligent, well read, and not against intellectualism.
 
2013-03-14 10:49:33 AM

durbnpoisn: I'm going to take the approach here that the select group of people interviewed do not really represent the populace of the US in general.  Like, they went directly to the backwoods of Kentucky, or the deep south, or some shiat.  If I were to run a similar survey just in the Northeast, or in California, or even farking Detroit, the numbers would look nothing like that.


But since there are no sample numbers i am going with him just making up a bunch of shiat cause he be jealous he aint got no  unicorns in his basement
 
2013-03-14 10:49:36 AM

rufus-t-firefly: Since we have 300 million people, and 200 million privately-owned firearms, shouldn't our murder rate be REALLY low?


Outside of areas dominated by drug trafficking, gangs, etc. it is. Cities like Washington DC, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, etc. disproportionately contribute to the violent crime rate in the US.

The number of guns in the country and guns-per-capita are at an all-time high while gun-related homicide rates are at their lowest point since 1964 and have been trending downwards for years.

There are quite a few states with lax gun laws, large amounts of guns and gun owners, and gun-related crime rates lower than that of other developed countries.

Could things be improved? Absolutely, but the average gun owner isn't the one going out and committing crimes.
 
2013-03-14 10:50:00 AM
60% of the time it works every time.
 
2013-03-14 10:50:12 AM

durbnpoisn: I'm going to take the approach here that the select group of people interviewed do not really represent the populace of the US in general.  Like, they went directly to the backwoods of Kentucky, or the deep south, or some shiat.  If I were to run a similar survey just in the Northeast, or in California, or even farking Detroit, the numbers would look nothing like that.


lol. You know how I know you haven't traveled the US very much?
 
2013-03-14 10:50:25 AM
I remember the good old days when we just shared stuff over a network.  We didn't have none of this fancy 'cloud computing' then.

/off my lawn
 
2013-03-14 10:50:36 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: St_Francis_P: I think most people realize that cloud computing requires man-made clouds; the natural ones can't hold enough data. I'm sure they use something like the artificial snow machines at ski resorts.

Now the concept of "real cloud" computing fascinates me.  Could you actually store data in a mist?  What happens when it rains?  Would stratus clouds hold less data than cumulus clouds?


I tried to catch a cloud once, but I mist.
 
2013-03-14 10:50:42 AM

The Snow Dog: powhound: Believing in UFO's isn't a stretch. I wish one would come take me from this crazy planet.

I wish authors were smart enough not to use "UFO" interchangeably with "alien spacecraft." You'd be a moron to deny UFOs exist. Alien spacecraft? Notsomuch.


I'm sure they exist SOMEWHERE in the Universe. But to say they've visted a backwater planet which hasn't discovered Arcturian 10D Ultraporn yet? Nah.
 
2013-03-14 10:51:03 AM

some_beer_drinker: seriously? wow, Americans are pretty retarded.

 This just in.  People lie on polls to be funny.
You don't like the people here?  Go back north.  You won't be missed.
 
2013-03-14 10:51:10 AM

Raharu: That way grossly lazy "intellectual liberals" can write grossly lazy, pandering blogs for people who enjoy the pandering.


I see you had the good fortune of not reading the linked blog. Good for you.
 
2013-03-14 10:51:50 AM
The ban on lead paint is beginning to reduce the number of Republican voters.

The effect is somewhat muted by the rise of the "cry it out" Ferberizer method of leaving infants to cry themselves to sleep.  Ferberizing infants breaks their will and teaches them that they are all alone in the world and that hope is foolish. You can't trust or love anyone, even your own parents.  The cry-it-out method is "sold" to frazzled moms as a way to help children sleep but that is bullshiat.  Who does it really help?  Mom's employer.  These ferberized babies will grow into adults with serious fear and trust issues... in other words, they will be receptive to the rhetorical musings of the Republican Fear Machine.
 
2013-03-14 10:52:02 AM
 
2013-03-14 10:52:12 AM
worst of all, 4% of america reads stuff on huffington post.
 
2013-03-14 10:52:56 AM

Voiceofreason01: Wait, why did the author pick on Kansas? Is this one of those "flyover country" things where we pretend that a large portion of the country doesn't count because some people live there that have opinions that we disagree with? How "progressive".

/Mark Morford sounds like a douchbag


You sound offended. Tell your unicorn we're sorry.

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2013-03-14 10:53:30 AM
Let's round it out with the rest of them believe that politicians no matter the party, give one hundred percent of their hearts about the people.

Because everyone knows (insert politician) knocks on your door with a pie and asks if you have a card game going.
 
2013-03-14 10:53:43 AM
100% of the people who commented in this thread believe they are smart.
 
2013-03-14 10:54:18 AM

m00: "...asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist."

There we go...


This. The article very quickly devolves into "see people are dumb because they don't believe what I believe". The % of people who believe in unicorns thing is just a smokescreen.
 
2013-03-14 10:54:29 AM
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You think that's bad, some of us believe in pegasi as well. 8D
 
2013-03-14 10:54:33 AM
Cloud computing doesn't work well in Germany, where it's so sunny all the time.
 
2013-03-14 10:54:50 AM
How to reach the not-very-bright hordes, when they simply refuse to be reached by logic, fact, or modern mode?

You're on the right track, keep it up.
 
2013-03-14 10:54:51 AM
Just Another OC Homeless Guy:
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Americans, the scum of the Earth.

Normally, I'd point out how various other nations are equally farked up in various ways, but we've already had two threads this morning discussing the US's manipulation of the world food market for international political leverage and how we (and China) unintentionally set of regional famines several times during the cold war despite global food supplies being more than sufficient for the global population.

So... too depressed to pile more examples of humanity not even living up to its own basic moral standards on the plate.  Suffice to say that you shouldn't look into Italian or French politics, ever, if you want to complain about the US, and you should also avoid any news from the UK containing "parliament" "house", or "MP" and definitely refuse to learn anything about Israel.

//The rest of first-world Europe is mostly easier, avoid any news related to immigration or muslim rights and you can probably remain smugly superior with only mild ignorance.
 
2013-03-14 10:54:56 AM
My first reaction was "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" but then I remembered that the dumbest quartile of kids at my school didn't vanish from the face of the earth when they left school. A lot of people just aren't that bright.
 
2013-03-14 10:55:08 AM
Shows you just how dumb the rest of the world is.
 
2013-03-14 10:55:29 AM

hardinparamedic: I'm sure they exist SOMEWHERE in the Universe. But to say they've visted a backwater planet which hasn't discovered Arcturian 10D Ultraporn yet? Nah.


The point is that UFOs are not necessarily alien spacecraft, they are unidentified flying objects, i.e. stuff in the sky that has not been identified.

So yes, he's right, you'd be a moron to deny that UFOs exist ... and it has nothing to do with what may or may not exist elsewhere in the universe. Right here, on Earth, UFOs undoubtedly, unquestionably exist because there have been flying objects we cannot identify. They're probably easily explained and Earthly in origin. but that's not the point. Unidentified is.
 
2013-03-14 10:55:45 AM
This is all well and good, but now we need to concentrate on getting Dihydrogen Monoxide banned! Its all over the planet and we dont have a lot of time left!
 
2013-03-14 10:55:46 AM
Wow.. the guy who wrote the article is just as stupid as the people he is complaining about...
 
2013-03-14 10:56:28 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: St_Francis_P: I think most people realize that cloud computing requires man-made clouds; the natural ones can't hold enough data. I'm sure they use something like the artificial snow machines at ski resorts.

Now the concept of "real cloud" computing fascinates me.  Could you actually store data in a mist?  What happens when it rains?  Would stratus clouds hold less data than cumulus clouds?


Snow with a memory?  Not my problem!
 
2013-03-14 10:57:09 AM
Right, and people are 100% honest when they're asking ridiculous questions on a survey.
 
2013-03-14 10:57:38 AM
Stan & Kyle said it best.
25% of Americans are retarted.  At least 25%
 
2013-03-14 10:57:40 AM
Unicorns are real...they are just big and grey. farm9.staticflickr.com
Sadly, if unicorns really were real, some culture would likely view their horns as some sort of horse-viagra. There would be a trade in them, and the unicorns would be hunted down, horns hacked off, and the animal left for dead.

Humans suck.
 
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