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Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by MMMmmm... on 11 November 2008 4:16am
 
This article is highly recommended. It discusses a lot of the issues we've talked about here - especially about American political leadership and brains.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/opinion/09kristof.html?em
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by johnnythemonkey on 11 November 2008 7:53am
 
Good article but it does'nt do you guys any favours. Does the sun orbit the earth ? LOL. I also liked this.......

After one of Stevensonís high-brow speeches, an admirer yelled out something like, "Youíll have the vote of every thinking American!" Stevenson is said to have shouted back: "Thatís not enough. I need a majority!"
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by bIG bLOGGER on 11 November 2008 3:38pm
 
Good article,MMMmmm! I like the idea of Bill Clinton having a "fulgent brain"(=shining brilliantly)...It wasn't his BRAIN which got him into so much trouble,which I think has been mentioned before,but some other part of his anatomy.
People are already vouching lofty opinions on the potential of Mr.Obama,even before he's even taken up residence in The White House.Being very intelligent,I don't suppose it's escaped Barack Obama the irony that the White House itself he's moving his family into,was constructed half by black slaves,on land ceded by two slave states--Virginia and Maryland--they laboured in Virginia's quarries digging stone,then cutting it and hauling it,etc..the rest of the work (started in 1792)was done by German and Irish immigrant labourers. So,I say,-- Give the guy a break...
Apparently, Obama's favourite film is "Casablanca"--what can you divine from That?? I dunno..."Play it again,Sam.."
Obama's favourite songs??

1.READY OR NOT(1996)---The Fugees.
2.WHAT'S GOING ON(1971)---Marvin Gaye.
3.I'M ON FIRE(1985)---Bruce Springsteen.
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by Lounge Trekker on 11 November 2008 3:41pm
 
I enjoyed that article, thanks for the link.

I have hope for President Elect Obama. When I see him on TV, or a clip about him, I am interested enough to watch and listen to it depending of course, on the potentially misleading TV host.

I congratulate the American voter for electing a good man.

Pete
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by mrsthing on 11 November 2008 3:56pm
 
Some of my in-laws think he's a skilled manipulator who will usher in the End Times by leading America down the slippery slope of moral degradation and spiritual apathy.

I don't even know where to go with that! Tried to talk to them about it, but they were full of smart-ass answers and didn't really want to hear what I had to say. The stuff they were coming out with was outrageous--I couldn't believe they fell for that nonsense! Like that Obama refused to display his birth certificate until he had time to doctor it up so it wouldn't show that he was really born in Africa and not Hawaii.

Mr. Thing is nothing like this. I don't know where his brother and sister got their strange ideas, but I'm probably on the family S list for life now.

There are some real whack jobs out there who can't stand Barack Obama. I hope the next four years proves them wrong, but when you only want to see the world one way, it's easy to twist events to fit your world view.
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by MMMmmm... on 11 November 2008 5:09pm
 
That's so true mrsthing. It makes me sad that many people's thinking is still too reminiscent of that which led to the Salem witch hunts.

However, there is continual hope. And I think Barack will be able to prove them mistaken.

And Johnny yes - it speaks of how far some have to go to learn - but it is so important.

I think studies have shown that much of western Europe is more educated. I've heard it said that it's easier to educated smaller, more homogenous populations. But I also think that western Europe learned a lot of very hard reality lessons in WWII. Lessons that challenged many irrational beliefs. What do you guys think?
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by Lounge Trekker on 11 November 2008 5:57pm
 
Uneducated; close-minded; bigotted; gullible; those that believe too much of what they see on TV; more money than brains...there is a relationship between all the above 'categories' of people.

I think the succesful American politician is happy to have a television in every home so he can use it for his own ends.

Is television as harmful in other parts of the world?

Lounge Sociologist
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by canaveralgumby on 11 November 2008 6:08pm
 
Thank you for sharing the article, MMMmmm. It has been my life experience that the people who know the least, have the biggest mouths. Presidential candidates in the States are the same. Gore and Kerry couldn't seem to grow spines or personalities, even though of course they were more qualified than DUHbya.
 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by tucsonmike on 11 November 2008 11:48pm
 
It was fascinating. We have had some rather well rounded Presidents. Let's see what President Obama accomplishes to leave it better.

 
Re: Good Article: Obama and the War on Brains by mrsthing on 12 November 2008 12:49am
 
Europeans may be more broadminded because their countries are smaller, so they have exposure to a greater number of different cultures than Americans do. A lot of Americans labor under the delusion that we are the most important nation in the world, and that the rest of the world looks to us for leadership and example (like my in-laws). We're rather proud of being independent (read: isolationist). It's difficult to expose Americans to new ideas and other cultures when we can't even agree about teaching other languages in our schools. I hope a president with a multi-cultural background will be able to overcome our prejudices and show us what we can learn from other nations.
 



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