The idiocy of certain elected officials and chuckleheads who dominate "discussion" in media flows past flood level at faster-than-light speed here in the 21st Century America.
Witness the last week or so of repeating nonsense as fact regarding oil supplies in Alaska:
Republican Michele Bachmann tells the media that wild animals hold coffee klatches near oil pipelines in Alaska:
"Some suggestions are that perhaps we would see an enhancement of wildlife expansion because of the warmth of the pipeline,” she said. […] The pipeline has now become a meeting ground and “coffee klatch” for the caribou, she said.
As TPM points out, Rush Limbaugh made the same claim that caribou luvs oil pipelines, and propaganda minister for National Review Jonah Goldberg agreed.
Like Tennessee's 1st District Congressman David Davis, who lies about oil supplies, these people are proponents of a simple philosophy: Repeat A Lie Enough Times and Most People Will Think It Is True.
Elected officials like Bachmann promote the dumbing of America - she, and so many others in the public and private sector, push for Intelligent Design to be taught in public schools instead of Science and Scientific Theory. It's a tactic that plays well arriving all wrapped snug and warm in Morality. But this is truly the wolf in sheep's clothing.
If we educate millions to distrust Science, pretty soon they'll believe anything -- note how Rep. Bachmann says "Some suggestions are that perhaps ...".
No need for facts there. No need for Science.
There is a clear and concentrated effort to diminish intelligence and it is by design. Language is the weapon of mass distraction. For instance: Have you seen the phrase "zero-tolerance" used? Doesn't that really simply mean "Intolerance"?
In an essay on the death of comedian George Carlin, writer Marty Beckerman says:
"He was especially fascinated with the blunting of language for comfort's sake. Carlin ridiculed our watering-down of sexual descriptions and ethnic categories, not to mention our mourning clichés, all of which he believed were the real-life manifestations of George Orwell's "Newspeak," utilized to obscure reality, numb the mind, and discourage criticism. As much as Carlin loathed theology, war, greed, and hypersensitivity, he was most disgusted when religous puritans, the military, corporations, and P.C. "classroom liberals" mangled the language for the purpose of soothing the masses. When I saw Carlin perform in the ‘90s, the biggest laugh of the night came from his observation that "the unlikely event of a water landing," discussed in every preflight safety lecture, sounds suspiciously like "crashing into the fucking ocean."