Sunday, January 09, 2011
The Political Utility Of Dumb Kids And Bad Adults
Y'all will have to excuse me if you've already seen or heard about this interesting story - how (our?) hackers allegedly devastated Iran's uranium-enriching computers. Living under a comfy rock, I just caught wind of it. Thanks LeagueIslander.
Of course this is the type of stuff we should be doing INSTEAD of spending $500+ billion a year on standing armies and sci-fi weaponry.
I recently came to an important realization about Big Education that also applies here.
Government schools miserably fail the *top* students, YET all of the news/propaganda about them focuses on how it fails the worst students - complete tautological BS!
Why is that? Well I submit it's not out of genuine compassion or anything but rather because highlighting drop-outs and illiteracy in say East New York, Brooklyn or Camden, NJ is a far more effective ploy for unquestioned, and INCREASING overall edu-funding.
Likewise, focusing the entire news cycle on *nuclear* Iran, a handful of Iraqi decapitators, and Mid-East rock tossers also keeps the public sufficiently *alarmed* and too distracted to question the enormous scope and spending of Big Military.
See why I don't follow the *news*?