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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Five reasons American kids are stupid

Kavan recently did a great piece on why the world thinks we’re all idiots in the good ole’ US of A. One primary reason that he left out is that we are idiots. Our kids are stupid, and stupid kids grow up into stupid adults. A study done by the U.S. Department of Education in 2002 showed […]

Five reasons why African-Americans don’t just ‘get over it’

Tuning into talk radio can sometimes be a mind-numbing task that significantly lowers one’s IQ, but I occasionally throw myself in front of the train and risk my intellect to see what folks out there are talking about. Unfortunately, when I turned my radio on this morning, people were talking about why black Americans should […]

Cause of Police Douchebaggery Identified

I think this explains it all: Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores It’s not that they are allowed to exclude intelligent people, it’s that they want to exclude intelligent people so badly that they’ll spend a shit-ton of taxpayer money taking it to federal court. Is this supposed to mean that there’s […]

Dear Americans, 21 Reasons why the World Thinks You’re Idiots.

This may come as a shock, but most people I know think that Americans are, in general, idiots. I don’t mean idiots in the technical sense of having low IQs, but in the everyday sense of not understanding basic ideas, not reflecting on one’s own hypocrisies and falling prey to blatant logical errors. Although smart […]

The 10 Commandments of Everyday Minimalism

One of the great myths of modern society is that happiness and success are somehow linked to the size of your home and the amount of worthless garbage that fills it. In a previous post, I listed the 32 benefits of owning less. But how does one simplify one’s life? Here are the 10 commandments […]

McCain’s environmentalism is inspiring, but is it believable?

The politically disgruntled and critical are often criticized as being negative and cynical, so for this week, I’ve decided to take a (semi)-positive look at the presidential election cycle – in particular, a glance at McCain’s environmentalism, however sporadically it may manifest itself. A true testament to the failed policies of past conservatives like Bush […]

5 Simple Economic Reasons that the Free Market Cannot Work

A prolific argument in society surrounds the issue of whether, and to what extent, to regulate the free market. Generally, right-wingers claim that a free market economy is good because it leads to a fair distribution of wealth and resources. Left wingers are for regulation, claiming it is necessary to even out market ups and […]

Vacation, Procrastination and Fire

Well it’s nice to see the site back up. After a short vacation, and a long stint of not having time to breath let alone write, I was just about to post a piece trashing the right-wing’s selective ignorance of economics when my host experienced a fire. That is, a literal, holy-shit-the-servers-are-melting FIRE. I think […]