The Dummying of America...

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The Dummying of America...
Posted by mr Q on Monday, November 11, 2013 11:12 AM

...and other parts of the world? This morning I heard a news item on a prestigous AM Boston, MA radio station on the Olympic torch taken on a space walk recently. The news item was OK except for the last sentance..."...no, the torch was not lit"Crying Back in the 60s in school it was known (taught to us) that "flames" (rapid oxidation) could not exist in space.

 So are we going backwards in our (US) schools ?Bang Head

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Posted by leo731 on Monday, November 11, 2013 11:55 AM

I saw worse than that last week!  I was watching a feed live of the fellow waving the torch outside the ISS when the weatherman asked it was lit!  The anchors looked at him like he must be on something and burst out laughing. 

This guy was no youngster either.  I guess in our lives of extreme specialization a braod knowledge of other things is just deemed not that important anymore.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Monday, November 11, 2013 1:45 PM

Enough to make a person weep...Crying

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Posted by Starrancher on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:05 AM

mr Q

 So are we going backwards in our (US) schools ?Bang Head

 

 

Yes .    It is the result of liberalism . 

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Posted by Bullfox on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:49 AM

It has nothing to do with liberalism, or education, or science, it has to do with media.  Having said that, when I saw the news item about the torch in space , my first reaction was did the russians come up with a way to make the torch appear to stay lit in space?  I can think of several ways to do that.  Not only would it have been an interesting experiment, but it would have been quite an advertising stunt, but I guess it might also have quite dangerous.

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