Good News (if you’re pushing 50)

December 3, 2009

Teen pregnancies are up—despite the widespread availability of birth control and abortions

High school graduation rates are down—even though course content has been dumbed down to a 7th-grade level

SAT scores are dropping—although “cultural bias” has been removed from the tests

It’s taking 6-8 years for kids to get through “4-year” college programs

The 18 to 49-year-old-demographic group, the “decision makers” sought after by advertisers, pollsters, and politicians—simply doesn’t give a shit about anything important. According to Yahoo, the top 10 internet searches in 2009 (dominated, of course, by that much-vaunted cohort of 18-49-year-old decision makers) were:

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. The Twilight Saga
  3. WWE
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Naruto
  7. American Idol
  8. Kim Kardashian
  10. RuneScape

Why is this good news if you’re turning 50?—because, even though you’re old and used up—slower both mentally and physically than you used to be—you’re going to be competing against these kids for jobs…

Noooo problem

"OK, Bob, you take out all of the communications majors. I'll go after the ones who thought they were smart enough to become veterinarians or marine biologists."


IBM Makes Supercomputer Significantly Smarter than Cat

November 19, 2009

The above headline was published today by Ars Technica

I am not impressed. I own a doorknob that is significantly smarter than a cat.

There’s a Difference Between “Intellectual” and “Intelligence”

October 30, 2009

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket or Are Ya Glad to See Me?

Gore Vidal is a true “celebrity,” that is, ‘someone who is well known for being well known.’ If he shows at a 5th Avenue soiree, he counts double among the guest-list luminaries because, in addition to being a celebrity, he also is an intellectual.

Merriam-Webster defines an intellectual as one who is “devoted to matters of the mind, especially arts and letters.”

Note however, that being an intellectual does not necessarily qualify one as being intelligent. The same dictionary (no doubt consulted on occasion by Mr. Vidal, since he has written a few forgettable books) defines intelligence as “…having the power of reflection or reason;…not stupid or foolish.”

Juxtaposing these definitions, it is clear that Mr. Vidal is an intellectual but that he is not at all intelligent. Why? Because when asked by an interviewer from The Atlantic about the Roman Polanski festouche Mr. Vidal said, “I really don’t give a fuck. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of?”

Our intellectual continues, trying to explain why poor Roman is in all this trouble in the first place. “The media can’t get anything straight. Plus, there’s usually an anti-Semitic and anti-fag thing going on with the press – lots of crazy things. The idea that this girl was in her communion dress, a little angel all in white, being raped by this awful Jew, Polacko – that’s what people were calling him – well, the story is totally different now from what it was then.”

Christ, Gore, you’re giving intellectuals everywhere a bad name. Polanski is not in trouble because he is a Jew, he’s not in trouble because he’s a fag, and he’s not in trouble because the girl was some Sunset Boulevard tramp who just happened to be on her way to communion.

POLANSKI IS IN JAIL BECAUSE THE GIRL WAS 13!!. Can you spell “Jail Bait?”

To an intellectual, sex with a 13-year-old is perfectly OK. To someone who is intelligent (i.e., “…not stupid or foolish…”) it is rape.

I don’t care if this girl had been turning tricks for Hollywood pederasts since she was six, Polanski should have known better than to go anywhere near her, no matter how uncontrollable his libido. She was 13!


She Told Me She Was 15!

Then, the cops find out and next you know, the oh-so-talented Mr. Polanski is looking at doing hard time in a California prison for rape. So what does he do? He leaves the United States before he can be sentenced and hides behind the skirts of the French and other complicit “intellectuals” for 32 years.

I really hope he rots in prison. Switzerland is OK but Lompoc with a roommate named “Big J” would be even better.