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Nader, The Once And Former Raider – Needs to Stay “Former”

imageRalph Nader, was identified as a “former presidential candidate” by CNET several days ago – hardly his claim to fame – old guys like me, remember him more for his 1965 expose – Unsafe at Any Speed – which took a powerful swing at the North American auto industry.

His evisceration of the Chevrolet Corvair (my first car incidentally), established Nader as a rogue consumer advocate. It is fair to say however, that all consumer advocates were viewed as suspicious by the establishment at that time.

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So, was Nader correct in his condemnation of the Corvair as a “death trap.” Not exactly. At least, not according to a 1972 study (completed well after the fact, you’ll notice), conducted by Texas A&M University on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Their conclusion – “the 1960–1963 Corvair possessed no greater potential for loss of control than its contemporaries in extreme situations.” In other words, Nader’s “study” was bullshit.

Taking advantage of the truism that “bullshit baffles brains” – not a detriment it seems, to a media created legend – in the following years, Nader stayed in the public eye pontificating on issues as diverse as –

Ralph Nader on Abortion, Ralph Nader on Budget & Economy, Ralph Nader on Civil Rights, Ralph Nader on Corporations, Ralph Nader on Crime, Ralph Nader on Drugs, Ralph Nader on Education, Ralph Nader on Energy & Oil, Ralph Nader on Environment, Ralph Nader on Families & Children, Ralph Nader on Foreign Policy, Ralph Nader on Free Trade, Ralph Nader on Government Reform, Ralph Nader on Gun Control, Ralph Nader on Homeland Security, Ralph Nader on Technology, Ralph Nader on War & Peace.

Believe it or not, this is an incomplete list. The full list is available at On The Issues.

It’s clear to me, that this man is a studious expert on EVERYTHING. So his observation, that “Video game firms are ‘electronic child molesters’”, recently spewed out during an interview at Politico, must have value. It must be an astute and educated observation – one that’s denied to the average person.

We just don’t have the background I suppose, to be able to digest a complex set of issues like video games –  gun violence – and, the existence (or not), of a link between them – readily identified by Nader.

We just don’t understand as Nader puts it – that video games producers “odious fare is becoming more coarse, more violent, and more interactive to seduce these youngsters into an addiction of direct video game involvement in the mayhem.”

It’s extraordinary that none of this has anything to do of course, with the ready availability of sophisticated weapons, a culture of gun insanity, a heritage of violence as a method of settling grievances, in the United States – a set of circumstances shared virtually nowhere else in the developed world.

Nader would have us set all that aside (along with our common sense), and have us instead, be guided through the forest of his misconceptions, distorted studies, and outright lies (most particularly on this issue) – by an expert at everything – Ralph Nader.

Just thinking about this moron makes my head hurt. Why, for the love of all we hold sacred, does the media give this idiot a forum in which to push forward his nonsense – his facts – his simple solutions to complex issues. Poorly identified issues at that. But, then it’s the media – isn’t it?

The media and the “facts” – an oxymoron if there ever was one!

As regular reader and occasional guest author Mark Schneider remarked here yesterday – “Ralph Nader – desperate for attention and relevance. I’ll continue to ignore him as I have for 40 years.”

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Another FaceBook Hoax. Whatever Happened to Our Supposed Computer Literacy?

my-facebook-page.jpgWithin the last several days I received the following FaceBook Super Wall posting from a number of my adult FaceBook friends. This is only one of the many hoaxes that I have received in the past few months. But I think this is the one that annoys me the most. Have a read and see what you think.

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Attention all Facebook membeRs. Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated, There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow.Record shows that the reason is that there are too many non-active Facebook members And on the other side too many new Facebook members. We will be sending this messages around to see if the Members are active or not,If you’re active please send to other users using Copy+Paste to show that you are active Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks, The user will be deleted without hesitation to create more space, If Facebook is still overpopulated we kindly ask for donations but until then send this message to all your friends and make sure you send this message to show me that your active and not deleted.

Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg

I got a little miffed at the people who forwarded this on to me without even a cursory attempt to think about the message itself. So, I posted the following on the FaceBook page of all those who sent the original posting to me.

Hey *******,

Got your message re: FaceBook overpopulation.

Do you really believe this kind of nonsense? It’s nothing more than another FaceBook hoax.

It reads as if a child wrote it, or at the very least, it was written by a person who is barely literate.

FaceBook is a virtual community hosted on computer servers, not a real world where people take up real space. You can’t “overpopulate” a network of servers. To accommodate growth you simply add more servers to the network; something FaceBook does continuously.

The downside of this type of hoax is the server time it takes up by being forwarded to other FaceBook users. The morons who write these things must get a real laugh when they see the huge number of postings.

We continuously hear and read that we, in North America, are computer literate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The credence that people give to a hoax such as this, goes a long way to proving that point.

Functional illiteracy severely limits interaction with information and communication technologies (e.g. using a personal computer working with a word processor, a web browser, a spreadsheet application, or using a mobile phone efficiently).

The American Council of Life Insurers reported that 75% of the Fortune 500 companies provide some level of remedial training for their workers. In the United States 40-44 million (28-30% of adults) are functionally illiterate.

It’s not uncommon that first year college students are required to take a course in remedial reading. How’s that for literacy; is it any wonder that these types of hoaxes get spread so quickly!

There, I feel better after that little rant.

This is a pretty funny comment made in response to all those inane “forward messages”. I received this from a friend on my FaceBook page.  It says it all!

Hello, my name is Martin and I suffer from the guilt of not
forwarding 50 billion fucking chain letters sent to me by people
who actually believe that if you send them on, a poor 6-year-old
girl in Tumbarumba with a breast on her forehead will be able to
raise enough money to have it removed before her redneck parents
sell her to a traveling freak show.

Do you honestly believe that Bill Gates is going to give you, and
everyone to whom you send “his” email, $1000?

How stupid are we?

Ooooh, looky here! If I scroll down this page and make a wish, I’ll
get laid by a model I just happen to run into the next day!

What a bunch of bullshit.

Maybe the evil chain letter leprechauns will come into my house and
sodomize me in my sleep for not continuing a chain letter that was
started by Saint Peter in 5 AD and brought to this country by midget
pilgrims on the Endeavor.

Fuck ’em.

If you’re going to forward something, at least send me something
mildly amusing. I’ve seen all the “send this to 10 of your closest
friends, and this poor, wretched excuse for a human being will
somehow receive a nickel from some omniscient being”.

I don’t fucking care.

Show a little intelligence and think about what you’re actually
contributing to by sending out these forwards. Chances are it’s
our own unpopularity.

The point being? If you get some chain letter that’s threatening to
leave you shagless or luckless for the rest of your life, delete
it.

If it’s funny, send it on. Don’t piss people off by making them
feel guilty about a leper in Botswana with no teeth who has been
tied to the ass of a dead elephant for 27 years and whose only
salvation is the 5 cents per letter he’ll receive if you forward
this email.

Now forward this to everyone you know.

Otherwise, tomorrow morning your underwear will turn carnivorous
and will consume your genitals.

Have a nice day.

 

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