I haven’t been around for a few days, due to a death in the family which has meant having to travel, and being away from computers, to try to lend a hand getting things straightened out. I’m learning that when an elderly relative passes away without making a will or getting their finances in reasonable order, it creates a mind-boggling mess for their spouse. I’ll be popping in and out over the next month or two because of that. My comment to my sisters was “You know how bad we thought it was? Well, it’s worse than that.” Even though I wasn’t around a computer, a lot of news was happening, making me itch for a good high-speed connection. Well, I’m a little late to the party, but I do have some opinions.
There’s a neat article over on Newsweek about the dumb things American’s believe. A sampling: 1 out of 5 Americans think Obama is a Muslim. Apparently the same people who didn’t quite remember the whole Reverend Wright flap during the campaign. 40% of Americans still believe that the healthcare reform bill has “death panels” in it. It doesn’t. In 2007, 41% of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was involved with 9/11. Half of Americans believed that we found WMD’s in Iraq. A quarter of Democrats in 2009 thought that Bush had something to do with 9/11. 20% of Americans think the Sun revolves around the Earth. 1/3’rd of Americans don’t think that the First Amendment right to freedom of religion applies to extreme or fringe groups. What’s not in the article is that 1 in 4 believe President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, a lot of people believe that vaccines cause autism, and that climate change is a myth.