Dummies With Smartphones


We live in a time when the sum of all human knowledge is literally at our fingertips and yet idiots are everywhere. Today’s stars include Snooki, the Kardashian sisters, Russell Brand and Honey Boo Boo. They are living proof that Darwin was wrong.

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93 Responses to Dummies With Smartphones

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I have a doctor’s appointment this morning. I’ll probably be back afterwards.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Darwin never said it was going to be pretty.

  3. tommy says:

    ‘Cobra forces emergency landing in Egypt – An Egypt Air plane with 90 passengers had to make an emergency landing after a cobra reportedly bit a Jordanian man who smuggled the snake into the aircraft. An Egypt Air official said that the 48 year old passenger, who owns a reptile shop in Kuwait, had hidden the Egyptian cobra in a carry-on bag. The passenger was trying to control the snake after it bit his hand and started slithering under the seats, forcing the pilot of the Cairo-Kuwait flight to make an emergency landing in Al Ghardaqa’. Jeez dude, snake on a plane. Can’t imagine how he managed to smuggle a live cobra on to a plane. If this had happened in the US, there’d be pandemonium.

  4. Good luck with the appointment. Might as well get as much done as you can before the end of the year. God only knows what will be covered (or not) next year.

  5. tommy says:

    ‘Russian fisherman sparks cannibalism fear – Russian investigators have opened a murder case after 2 fishermen were rescued following 3 months lost in a remote Far East forest amid fears that the pair could have eaten a companion to stay alive’. Survival of the fittest?

  6. angienc says:

    I keep recommending this book — but it really is a good (and scarily accurate prediction) of where society is going with all this dependence on technology & worship of celebrity/consumerism. It’s Feed by MT Anderson & it’s considered YA because the main characters are teens, but it is well written & will definitely intrigue adults (heck, for most teens today, it’s probably “above their pay grade”). Here is the Amazon review:

    This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people’s brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment–even on trips to Mars and the moon–and by constant customized murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy.

    Anderson gives us this world through the voice of a boy who, like everyone around him, is almost completely inarticulate, whose vocabulary, in a dead-on parody of the worst teenspeak, depends heavily on three words: “like,” “thing,” and the second most common English obscenity. He’s even made this vapid kid a bit sympathetic, as a product of his society who dimly knows something is missing in his head. The details are bitterly funny–the idiotic but wildly popular sitcom called “Oh? Wow! Thing!”, the girls who have to retire to the ladies room a couple of times an evening because hairstyles have changed, the hideous lesions on everyone that are not only accepted, but turned into a fashion statement. And the ultimate awfulness is that when we finally meet the boy’s parents, they are just as inarticulate and empty-headed as he is, and their solution to their son’s problem is to buy him an expensive car.

    Although there is a danger that at first teens may see the idea of brain-computers as cool, ultimately they will recognize this as a fascinating novel that says something important about their world. (Ages 14 and older)

  7. yttik says:

    I was watching a show on TV that was really pushing evolution as if we have all the answers and there’s no more questions. It made me laugh when they got to the part about how only the fittest where able to reproduce.Those with bad genes just died out. LOL, the problem is reproduction is so easy even the un-evolved manage to pull it off! And do so everyday.

    Next they talked about how females are choosy, so only the best males would have an opportunity. Oh please!! We’ve seen plenty of women with no taste at all, hooked up with complete degenerates.

    Evolution makes a lot of sense when you’re observing animals. Human behavior, not so much.

    • votermom says:

      So many kids these days have confused Darwin with Lamarck.
      I blame Sarah Palin Mitt Romney.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Every so often Mother Nature does some housecleaning and a bunch of genes get cleansed from the gene pool and some species get extinctified.

      The problem is they aren’t necessarily the ones we might think are the best. Even Darwin used the term “fittest” rather than “smartest” or “strongest.” But really it’s survival of the luckiest.

  8. angienc says:

    Wow — I hate to link to Glenn Beck but this story makes me so sad/mad — Detroiters are robbing graves out of desperation, stealing, for example, bronze doors off of mausoleums. Of course the idiot Obots will dismiss the sacrilege because hey, “they’re dead anyway” so gives a fuck & romanticize the thieves by comparing them to Jean ValJean but (a) the fictional character wasn’t a GRAVE ROBBER, which is just about the lowest of the low and (b) a society similar to that of Napoleonic France ISN’T A GOOD THING:


    • yttik says:

      Are they “desperate” or do they have drug and alcohol problems? I ask because up here they rip the copper pipes right out of your house and even pull the electrical wires out of manholes so they can scrap the metal for meth. They recently stole the bronze plagues off the fisherman’s memorial. Heck, I spray painted two plastic flower pots bronze and somebody stole those.

      • votermom says:

        I don’t have any sympathy for grave robbers.

      • angienc says:

        Wow — I didn’t know that about Meth addicts — I’m out of touch with the drug culture since I left college (and that was before the whole crack/meth/x-tacy scene got into full swing).

        • yttik says:

          I wish I could be out of touch, but unfortunately in a rural area with a bad economy, the meth crisis lives on everybody’s front porch. It’s a huge part of what drives our underground metal scrappers, which have been stealing public monuments and construction materials for years now.

          The thing is we used to call them “desperate,” as if they were just doing it to feed their families. Naturally the next step is to get these poor unfortunate souls disability payments, food stamps, housing. So now we get to support people with major drug problems who go right on stealing our metal. It’s really frustrating and I don’t have a solution, it just makes me crazy that people can burn out their brain cells, leave a wake of destruction in their path….and then we get to support them because they’ve “disabled” themselves and continue to.

    • Constance says:

      Where is all this Hillary in 2016 hype coming from? The thing is she did win the 2008 primary and Democrats disqualified the vote and gave the states to Obama and held corrupt caucuses to seal the deal. Like they couldn’t do that again. The Democrats now have two, two term Presidents in modern times. That means the Democrat party has the Clinton faction and the Obot faction. No way is the Obot faction going to let the Clinton faction have any more power than they already have. And the people who run both the east coast “national” media and the Democrat party are profoundly misogynist. They enjoy pandering fear and lady parts discussions to women voters so much they would never give that up and move on to treating women voters and candidates with respect.

  9. HELENK says:


    he would fit right in and at least make us laugh instead of cry

  10. HELENK says:


    did aliens case out San Francisco , and say hell no, we won’t go??

  11. tommy says:

    The unions in Michigan are the ones that shot themselves in the foot. Initially, Governor Snyder didn’t want to change the status quo cos he thought it’d be too divisive. The unions got cocky and through a ballot measure, wanted their collective bargaining rights in the states constitution. While Obama won, the unions lost by a huge 14 points. Thats when the blowback from the GOP began. They should have just kept their big mouths shut from the beginning, and they’d still be enjoying their status quo. Really dumb as bricks.

    • 49erDweet says:

      The union mindset is sometimes quite similar to a meth head’s, unfortunately for the normal working person. “Leaders” don’t care a rat’s hind end for the long term benefit of their members. It’s all “what can we get now?” for them. Stupid.

    • angienc says:

      Obama “won” yet the unions lost by 14 points.

      Nothing fishy there — Romney was TOTALLY CRAZY to think he had a shot at MI.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    The “official” word on Doomsday …. well, it’s a .gov so I guess we can trust them 😉


    Lots of cool links embedded in the article.

  13. HELENK says:

    Union workers tear down tent used by right-to-work supporters outside Michigan Capitol; mounted police pushing crowd back – @shawnwindsor

  14. HELENK says:

    tz tweeted:
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is on the Capitol steps in front of the #righttowork protesters. Can hear the crowd cheering loudly from inside.

  15. tommy says:

    ‘Tennis world no.1 Novak Djokovic has bought the entire 2013 output of the Serbian farm, which produces cheese made of donkey’s milk for his new restaurant chain. He is opening a chain of restaurants in his native Serbia and wants the donkey cheese, known as pule, to be a main attraction. The Zasavica farm, which lies 50 miles west of the Serbian capital Belgrade, boasts a herd of 130 and is the only place in the world where donkeys are milked for cheese. The manager of the Zasavica cheese company, Slobodan Simi said they agreed to sell the entire years production to Djokovic because he would be a great ambassador for the little known product’. Donkeys cheese, anybody? Reminds me of the dems. Lol

  16. myiq2xu says:

    • angienc says:

      Did you see Rob Lowe’s comment on that article? (Obvs. since his scandal at the Dukakis Dem. convention, he’s gotten more conservative. And I’m really starting to think he’s more than a pretty face):

  17. myiq2xu says:

    They took Christmas photos of my eyes this morning.

  18. myiq2xu says:

    The tent belonged to Americans For Prosperity.

  19. myiq2xu says:

    Cebolla News Network:

    SEATTLE—Sad, pathetic local web developer and blogger Phillip Cathin, 34, told reporters today that he sees himself as “a brand.”

    The pitiful man, who works in development and design at the Seattle-based software company Woot, told reporters he takes time out of every day to “promote and further [his] brand” and to extend his “social and online presence.”

    “I am my own product,” the little worm said while staring at a laptop and depressingly shuffling between his Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Tumblr accounts, which he claimed are “essential tools for growing [his] personal brand” on a daily basis. “I think of myself as the creator, developer, and marketer of Brand Phillip Cathin. And the ideas I come up with are products produced by that brand.”

    “It’s sort of like I’m the CEO of the company called ‘Me,’” continued the sad excuse for a man, briefly pausing to check for any comments on his latest Tumblr post about the future of social media.

  20. HELENK says:

    Michigan lawmakers approve right-to-work bill for private employees, 58-52 – from broadcast

  21. HELENK says:

    they are tearing up the street in front of my house. going to repave it. feels like the longest earthquake in history.

  22. votermom says:

  23. HELENK says:

    tz tweeted:
    As protesters move toward building where Michigan governor has offices, state police in riot gear form human wall – @ChrisGautz

  24. DeniseVB says:

    What about the Michigan children?


    7% proficiency in reading at the 8th grade level and the teachers are screaming “no fair” ?

    • myiq2xu says:

      I never understood people with no disability who can’t read. By third grade I was reading full length books with no pictures. When I was in 5th or 6th grade the librarian at the children’s library sent me upstairs to the main library.

      I had been coming in the kid’s library several times a week and getting 5-6 books at a time. She didn’t believe I was really reading them so she opened one and told me to read aloud. After a paragraph or two she took the book from me and escorted me upstairs where she showed me around and introduced me to the head librarian.

      I never went back downstairs.

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