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Comment Re:Wikipedia "Knowledge" (Score 1) 207

Except that most of it isn't verifiable. It's just the accepted nonsense of this generation. If Wikipedia had existed in the 18th Century, it would have told you that bleeding people using leaches was a valid means of treating a cold and that the medical establishment really didn't kill George Washington. Think about it. How much of our currently accepted "knowledge" won't be laughed at in the year 2109? Or 2209? Or 2909? And does it make the crime of the Nazis any less heinous if "only" a million people died? As for homeopathy, is it any more ridiculous that giving people powerful organic chemicals without even bothering to track the side effects? You've obviously never had an allopathic physician laugh at you because the steroid he prescribed made you morbidly depressed.

Comment Re:Is this the guy (Score 2, Insightful) 385

I am one of those "olds" you speak of, and I seem to be able to spot these things a mile away. But then the older I get the more cynical I get. And if I want to learn about xyz, I go to the Borders web site and see what the local store has on xyz, or I just buy the Xyz Bible from Amazon. If I want a quick video on something, I go to YouTube. You really have to go out of your way to get scammed by these characters; though, obviously, they are still unethical. I suspect the dupes involved are the same folks who put money in the collection box every week to get "saved." As old PT used to say, there's a sucker born every minute.

Comment Wikipedia "Knowledge" (Score 2, Insightful) 207

What's the difference? Wikipedia is simply a means of promoting whatever is the accepted "common knowledge" about a subject at the time. Anything resembling original research is immediately stricken from the Wikipedia "Gospel according to the Experts." In this regard, Wikipedia resembles the kind of banal nonsense one reads in high school textbooks.

Comment Re:I am shocked! (Score 0, Flamebait) 670

I say hang Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld and Rice and then worry about the lower downs who may or may not have been taking orders from the CIA. As soon as this guy starts pointing his finger at his American masters they'll arrange for him to have a convenient heart attack. Aren't you just tired of all of this bullshit already? Is no one here in the bloody Matrix able to think for themselves anymore?

Comment Re:Legal pad salesmen (Score 1) 160

Yes. You are absolutely right. 100 isn't even the same for all IQ tests measuring the *same* population. It's just the mean of a normal distribution. BUT, that 100 figure refers to a real world population where 100 is really pretty darned stupid. These are folks who can't turn a picture of a box around in their heads. Perhaps what I should have said was, "a world in which the average IQ on the California Test is 101 (just a guess) relative to average results from 1950." After all, this is what they do with prices and inflation (or deflation), and gives you some idea where you actually stand. Sorry for the shorthand. I do that sometimes when I'm talking to intelligent people.

As for doctors (don't get me started!), there is a medical myth that the way to diagnose migraine disease is that the related headaches are asymmetrical. This is not true. ~30% of all migraines are symmetrical. The myth is being spread by drug company salesmen. I actually met a former one of these (he sold me a car) and he was dumbfounded that my headaches were sometimes symmetrical. The guy was obviously an idiot. But what do you say about the doctors who take these characters seriously?

Comment Legal pad salesmen (Score 2, Interesting) 160

If lawyers are anything like doctors, they get their information from legal pad salesmen and follow whatever the latest legal fad is, no matter how obviously stupid it is. Keep in mind that half the population has an IQ under 100 and that the civilization would collapse if half the population were excluded from gainful employment. In short, the world is being run by idiots.

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