Stupidity should be a capital crime

Of course   2 votes - 25 %
Hells yeah!   1 vote - 12 %
It's not already?   5 votes - 62 %
8 Total Votes
Stupidity is often a capital crime. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 03:08:56 AM EST
My own has damned near killed me a couple of times.

When I was in the Army we occasionally lost people from stupidity.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Isn't that a Nivenism? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 05:53:01 AM EST
"Stupidity is the only capital crime that brings it's punishment with it." Or something like that. He was talking about people who don't check their tanks before a dive, who assume the brakes would always work because they always worked before... that kind of thing.

Has anybody seen my clue? I know I had it when I came in here.
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Heinlein, IIRC. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 06:08:28 AM EST

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Notebooks of Lazurus Long <en tansafl> by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 05:00:37 PM EST

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My question by duxup (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 03:22:01 AM EST
Sometimes after working with a customer I just want to know how it is that with such idiocy they haven't accidentally impaled themselves on something yet.
I don't think it's stupidity as such by Herring (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 01:42:43 PM EST
It's a condition that I describe as "Hard of listening". In a way, it's like "hard of hearing" except that there is no detectable impairment in the ears, instead it's just the inability to process incoming information.

I believe that this condition is becomming more common and I put it down to the fact that people are bombarded with incoming messages, most of which are worthless. Take the average weekend broadsheet newspaper in the UK. It weighs slightly more than Carol Thatcher, goes on mostly about alternative "medicine", houses in trendy places, trendy furniture, trendy opinions and other expensive shit. Learning to ignore most of that is a life skill.

Come to think of it, by volume, the News of the World may well now have a higher percentage of true stuff than The Observer. Obviously more than the Sunday Times.

Anyway, my point was that in a world full of bullshit, why should customer listen to you just because you're right?

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods