Dilbert – The New Devil

Well, I refer to not Dilbert, perse, But the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams. Here is his latest post on cnn.

This summer I found myself wishing someone would give voters useful and unbiased information about which candidate has the best plans for the economy.

Then I realized that I am someone, which is both inconvenient and expensive. So for once I asked not what my country could do for me.

At considerable personal expense, I commissioned a survey of over 500 economists, drawn from a subset of the members of the American Economic Association, a nonpolitical group, some of whose members had agreed in advance to be surveyed on economic questions.

The results do not represent the economic association’s position. The survey was managed by The OSR Group, a respected national public opinion and marketing research company.

I should pause here and confess my personal biases, since the messenger is part of the story. On social issues, I lean Libertarian, minus the crazy stuff.

Moneywise, I can’t support a candidate who promises to tax the bejeezus out of my bracket, give the windfall to a bunch of clowns with a 14 percent approval rating (Congress), and hope they spend it wisely.

Unfortunately, the alternative to the guy who promises to pillage my wallet is a lukewarm cadaver. I’m in trouble either way.

I just hope whoever gets elected notices that the economists in my survey don’t think that raising my taxes is a priority

I was a big fan of Dilbert in the heydays of The Dilbert Principle but the strip fell out of my favour when I noticed :

a) the strip was becoming heavily commercialised

b) the jokes were repeating themselves

c) Scott Adams is a believer of Intelligent Design

After going through his blogs (here and here), I cannot find his post where he claimed that ID asks “pertinent” questions. Only a completely moronic person could make such a claim. Anyway, here’s PZ Meyers breaking down Adams’ argument the way he does best.

and now I can add

d) Scott Adams, the multi-millionaire is whinning about how he is going to be taxed by Obama (true) and by McCain (not true).

I just don’t understand how someone could be earning millions upon millions of dollars and moaning about having to pay a little more in tax. This is not the thinking of a confident, self made man. This is the thinking of a ego-maniac.

What a tool.

Bobby Jindal

I know the immigrant community in Louisiana (and elsewhere) must be really excited about Bobby Jindal as a prospective VP nomination for US. It must be so exciting to see a bonafied second generation immigrant coming so close to power and who knows, maybe even THE power one day.

But when someone says something incredibly stupid and dumb like this, how can that person be even considered for a post as powerful as the VP? It’s a simple question and all his supporters, especially among the immigrant supporters, need to answer this CAAAAAAREFULLY.

Oh dearI

Via pharyngula

I knew things were bad in US but this bad?

The state’s director of science curriculum has resigned after being accused of creating the appearance of bias against teaching intelligent design.

Wow! And here is the reason why…..

Comer was put on 30 days paid administrative leave shortly after she forwarded an e-mail in late October announcing a presentation being given by Barbara Forrest, author of “Inside Creationism’s Trojan Horse,” a book that says creationist politics are behind the movement to get intelligent design theory taught in public schools. Forrest was also a key witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case concerning the introduction of intelligent design in a Pennsylvania school district. Comer sent the e-mail to several individuals and a few online communities, saying, “FYI.”

So the DIRECTOR of science told a few people regarding an event which was to feature Barbara Forrest who just happens to be a PhD holder in philosophy. This is the state of Texas education. And here is the kicker from the article

The memo adds, “Ms. Comer’s e-mail implies endorsement of the speaker and implies that TEA endorses the speaker’s position on a subject on which the agency must remain neutral.”

Everyone working in the SCIENCE department needs to hold an “unbiased” opinion on Intelligent Design.

You know, there is a joke out there in cyber world which has the punch line where. some where in the future, all the student in the US were applying for seats in universities in India. After seeing this, I think that joke might turn into reality.