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Friday, January 25, 2008

You can't fix stupid, or do much about mean and petty

We allow comments on our blogs, but very few of them are allowed to stand. The reason is that if the comments do not show that the commenters have actually read the posts and mustered even the lowest grade of comprehension, they are deleted. In recent weeks every comment made on our blogs has been deleted because they did not reflect an understanding of what was said in the blog. We are beginning to conclude that the blogosphere is populated by the illiterate, if not the outright moronic.

We have also noted that our posts have been misrepresented or misunderstood in very basic ways by other bloggers who have chosen to comment on them.

One of the ways we could stimulate the economy would be for these hordes of illiterates to spend their tax rebate checks on remedial reading courses. The courses probably would do little good, but at least some money would flow to the literate part of the economy. And that would be something different.

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