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The Menace That Just Won't Die

Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by airportkid, Feb 25, 2011.

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  1. airportkid

    airportkid Will Fly For Food

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    Stuff like this that gets in the news as if it's real is scary, and not because the kid might be a potential bomb that could be inadvertantly exploded if he happened to walk near someone trying to click open an automatic garage door. That it get in the news as if it's real exposes how useless our educational systems are, so that after 14 years or more of schooling we're still so ignorant of the most basic knowledge of biology and physics that we can be fooled by the cheapest, shoddiest fakery. Gawd.

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  2. Stev0

    Stev0 Honorary Hong Kong Cavalier

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    Freakin' magnets, how do they work?
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    Apparently, the Serbian ones work on ceramic plates and non-ferrous materials. :madgrin:
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  4. qbee42

    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    That would be very handy. I wonder if you can buy those around here?

    Tom
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    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    This thread emphasizes a big problem that we have today in our country: lack of critical thinking. Anyone with a grade school science education can look at this newspaper story and see that it is ridiculous. Despite that, someone will certainly come along and post a scathing comment belittling us for being narrow minded and critical in our comments. For some unexplained reason, our current culture thinks that all ideas deserve equal weight, despite their merits or lack thereof. It's a load of rubbish.

    Not all ideas are good. Some are laughably silly, some downright stupid, others evil. Why do we think they all deserve equal consideration? People need to think, and use what education they have.

    Tom
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  6. Stev0

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    Reminds me of an argument I recently had with somebody about homeopathy. She pulled out the old "You should keep an open mind" argument, and I countered with "YOU should keep an open mind to the fact that it's entirely <male bovine excrement>!"
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    hyo silver Awaaaaay

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    Not so open that everything falls out. ;)
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    TonyPSchaefer Your Friendly Moderator Staff Member

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    I can't believe you all are being no narrow minded!

    At least once a week I see on television - with my own eyes - someone being teleported, someone surviving a bloody fight / multi-story fall / gunshot, a Time Lord, vampires, ghosts and celebrities receiving little-to-no punishment for drug possession. If it weren't true it wouldn't be on television. How do you explain THAT?!
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    Neilsen :p
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    hyo silver Awaaaaay

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    Any U2 fans? I'm reminded of the lyrics to Sunday Bloody Sunday:

    "And it's true we are immune, when fact is fiction and TV reality"

    And don't forget all the car commercials with sunny skies and no traffic. As if more horsepower would make the commute any faster. ;)
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    mainerinexile No longer in exile!

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    Well said, Tom.

    There are even silly and downright stupid candidates that some people think deserve news coverage as potential Presidential candidates. :)
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    And I read what you wrote on the internet, so it has to be true!
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    Are you implying there's a candidate who is NOT silly and/or downright stupid?
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    JimN Let the games begin!

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    They are from The Sensible Party. The only ones sillier than those from The Silly Party are those from The Very Silly Party. Monty Python was a prophet.
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    I'd vote for a member of the Very Silly Party before I would vote for an ex-governor of Alaska.
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