Does it ever seem to you like people are becoming stupider than ever? There have always been people out there that have been a few cards short of a full deck, but these days it seems like more people than ever are a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Certainly our education system plays a major role in this. Our children are being systematically "dumbed-down" by our public schools and millions of them are graduating from high school as dumb as a rock. And the endless hours of mindless entertainment that most of us are addicted to certainly is not helping matters either. Will we eventually become a society where only a small minority possess critical thinking skills? In our world today, logic and reason seem to be in very short supply and the sheeple seem to have taken over. As I wrote about recently, in this day and age it is more imperative than ever that we all learn to think for ourselves. Unfortunately, most people do not seem to be doing that. Most people seem content to let their televisions do their thinking for them. Way too many people have a blank look in their eyes as if they aren't even fully there. But when people are not thinking clearly, they tend to act very foolishly. From the very top of our society to the very bottom, people are doing some really stupid things.
The following are 16 signs that people are becoming stupider....
#1 According to a poll recently conducted for Reuters, about 10 percent of the entire global population is convinced that we could witness the end of the world in 2012. When we get to 2013, a similar poll will probably find that 10 percent of the entire global population is convinced that the world may not survive until 2014.
#2 A whole host of medical studies have shown a connection between cell phones and cancer. The World Health Organization has even admitted that cell phones can cause cancer. But nearly all of us continue to use cell phones very heavily.
#3 Genetically modified crops have been shown to have some very
negative effects on the environment and on human health.
But the USDA has approved 80 different genetically engineered crops and has
never denied a single one. At this point, approximately 70 percent
of all processed foods in the
#4 The TSA is entrusted with making sure that no terrorists get on board our airplanes. But the TSA has been hiring new employees without even conducting background checks first to make sure that the new employees are not terrorists....
In a move that could affect security at airports around the nation, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed Wednesday it had such a backlog of background security checks, airport employers were allowed to hire any employee needed.
TSA officials said the background checks are delayed, but they are processing them as fast as they can.
TSA also will complete background checks on accepted applicants at a later date.
Obama wants to convince all of us that it is not a big deal that he is now
admitting that the "
#7 Down in
#8 A total of
$205,075 was spent to move a single bush that was standing in the way of a
highway-renovation project in
bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a
commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries
for as little as $15.98 per plant. The particular plant in question, however,
was discovered in the midst of the City of
#9 The federal government is telling us that old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs have to be phased out because they are supposedly bad for the environment. But the new CFL light bulbs are actually worse for the environment. They are filled with mercury and they are so toxic that if they are broken they require special clean up procedures.
#10 Obama's top science adviser, John Holdren, has suggested that we should extensively use geoengineering to purposely cool the climate of the earth. The following is how CBS News described one of his ideas for accomplishing this....
Shooting sulfur particles (like those produced by power plants and volcanoes, for example) into the upper atmosphere, an idea that gained steam when it was proposed by Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen in 2006. It would be "basically mimicking the effect of volcanoes in screening out the incoming sunlight," Holdren said.
Apparently Holdren never watched The Matrix, because if he did he would know that blocking out the sun is a really, really bad idea.
#11 There are 1.4 million gang members living inside the
#14 Burger King is testing a new ice cream sundae that comes with two strips of bacon crammed into it. There are some Americans out there that will actually eat such a thing.
#15 Right now,
#16 According to Gallup, if the presidential election was held today 46 percent of all U.S. voters would vote for Mitt Romney and 45 percent of all U.S. voters would vote for Barack Obama.
Do you have any examples to add to this list? Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below....