I saw a comedy the other night called “Idiocracy” starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. In the movie, Wilson and Rudolph are sent 100 years into the future on some top secret mission to gather information. They are picked because they are determined by the Pentagon to be the two most average people in America and therefore would not draw attention to themselves. A SNAFU happens and they wake up 500 years in the future. When they arrive, they find a civilization so dumbed-down that they’re the two smartest people on earth.
Centuries of liberal thinking and mindless corporate advertising had thwarted the laws of natural selection and survival of the fittest. Where normally the ignorant, indolent, and irresponsible dim-witted members of society fall by the wayside and are weeded out, these qualities had been subsidized and rewarded for so long that intelligence, resourcefulness and work ethic had largely disappeared. And, as stupid people produce far more children than smart people, stupid had become the dominating human gene.
Now, here’s the scary part folks:
Associated Press: “ARK. FAMILY EXPECTING 19TH CHILD”.
Little Rock, Ark. No. 19 caught Michelle Duggar by surprise. The 42-year-old mom of 18 noticed that she wasn’t losing weight – even thought she and husband Jim Bob were on Weight Watchers – and her youngest child, 8-month-old Jordyn-Grace, was fussing while nursing. In the past, she found a fussy infant meant a change in breast milk that came with pregnancy.
So she took a pregnancy test. “And lo and behold, I was just pleasantly surprised that this was positive,” Duggar said Tuesday. “I was just jumping up and down going, “Thank you, Lord. Here am I – 42, thinking my baby days are over – and you’ve blessed us with another one.”
Only Six Percent of Scientists Are Republicans: Pew Poll
Scientists Snub GOP
A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the GOP is alienating scientists to a startling degree. Only six percent of America's scientists identify themselves as Republicans; fifty-five percent call themselves Democrats. By comparison, 23 percent of the overall public considers itself Republican, while 35 percent say they're Democrats.
The ideological discrepancies were similar. Nine percent of scientists said they were "conservative" while 52 percent described themselves as "liberal," and 14 percent "very liberal." The corresponding figures for the general public were 37, 20 and 5 percent.
Among the general public, moderates and independents ranked higher than any party or ideology. But among scientists, there were considerably more Democrats (55%) than independents (32%) and Republicans (6%) put together. There were also more liberals (52%) than moderates (35%) and conservatives (9%) combined. "These results were not a complete surprise," said Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research at Pew, in an interview with the Huffington Post. He said they can be mostly attributed to "the difference between Democratic and Republican parties with respect to issues."
The wide ideological and partisan gap among scientists may have been exacerbated by the Bush administration, which often disputed broad scientific consensus on topics such as evolution and climate change. Keeter acknowledged this factor, but said that "many of these disputes probably predate the Bush administration," noting that scientists have favored liberal views in numerous past studies. Religion also plays a role. Republicans tend to promote the centrality of religion more often than Democrats, and while 95 percent of the public said they believe in "God" or "a higher power," only 51 percent of scientists claimed either.
"Many Republicans, especially the Evangelical wing of the party, are skeptical of evolution, and have argued for the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in school," said Keeter. The results could merely be a reflection of how scientists see the world, rather than of partisan loyalties. In a series of questions posed, the study found that the answers of scientists were consistently more in line with liberal viewpoints than those of the general public.
"The Republican Party has a number of leaders within it who have challenged the accuracy of scientific findings on issues such as climate change, evolution and stem cell research," Keeter told the Huffington Post. "It suggests that scientists who are Republicans might feel some dissonance from the party's position on some things that are important to them. And while there are Republicans in the scientist sample, there are really not that many," he said.