• Re: What have you learned in your old age that you feel should be taugh

    From Peter W.@21:1/5 to All on Thu Dec 30 12:34:15 2021

    You are really challenging the Drongo from Down Under for the position of "Village Idiot"?

    See, you will fail, as you are invincibly stupid - which cannot be fixed. Understand that it requires a basic level of talent to hold the Idiot position, and a recognizable defect that allows any given village resident to be sympathetic to your condition.
    You emphatically do not have the talent, your defects are entirely of your own making. But then, who knows, you may qualify in another venue, hopefully far from here.

    Peter Wieck
    Melrose Park, PA

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  • From Peter W.@21:1/5 to All on Thu Dec 30 12:25:42 2021
    What I would see offered in High School as suggestions for 'Rules of the Road':

    a. Question Authority - Always:
    1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
    2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
    3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    Arthur C. Clarke
    b. Truth is repeatable, independently verifiable and amenable to testing.
    c. Faith as revealed religion is none of those things.
    d. Most -isms are only thinly disguised Faiths with a thinly disguise godhead such as the 'State' or some individual.
    e. The difference between politicians of various parties is the lies that they tell as a natural part of their practice. That they are lying is not at issue.
    f. The world owes you nothing. You owe the world your very existence. Protect it as without it, you would not be.

    As it applies to troubleshooting:
    1. That you find a problem does not make it the only problem.
    2. That you fix a problem in an item does not make the item fixed.
    3. 'Good enough' often isn't.

    Keep in mind that the Average American:

    Does not have a college education, including an Associate Degree (60%).
    Does not have a passport (64%).
    Speaks one language – badly (74%).
    Has never traveled voluntarily more than 200 miles from his/her birthplace (57%).
    Has never visited a foreign country, not even Mexico or Canada (71%).
    Cannot name the Speaker of the House, even today (82%)
    Cannot name the three branches of government (64%)
    Cannot read at a college level (83%)
    Cannot read for content (54%). This person cannot follow written-only directions.
    60% of American Households do not buy any book in a year.
    Does not believe in Evolution (42% creationism, 32% evolution, 26% no opinion). Only 73% of eligible voters are registered.
    Only 67% of registered voters voted in 2020.
    Meaning that the average American eligible to vote does not vote (only 48.9% net). The Average American still does not vote.

    This has not one damned thing to do with party, democrat, republican, libertarian, communist, green, whatever. It has to do with massive, systemic and deliberate neglect, and industrial-grade stupidity mixed equally with mil.Spec. ignorance. Quit your
    bitching - and work it out. It really is you, so only you can change it.

    Peter Wieck
    Melrose Park, PA

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