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Hmmmmmmm … “Very Interesting Bit Of Detective Work”

1. Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes.’ So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate‘ state he is African-American when the term wasn’t even used at that time?
2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961. It also lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in ” Kenya, East Africa “. This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1964, it was known as the British East Africa Protectorate“.
3. On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital“. This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, respectively. The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

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Things could get mighty dim on the interwebby, Wednesday..

Wikipedia to go dark to protest web piracy drafts

The draft legislation has won the backing of Hollywood, the music industry, theBusiness Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers and the US Chamber of Commerce.

But last month, the founders of Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo! and other Internet giants expressed concern over the two drafts, saying in a open letter that they would “give the US government the power to censor the Web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”

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In discussion as to why Australia (with Julia Gillard) and The United States (with Barack Obama) are having a piss poor time of things..

Dunning–Kruger effect Wikipedia

Gregoryno6 Virtual Friend, Artist, Philosopher and Damn Good Aussie Bloke

What IS the Dunning-Kruger effect? Tickled you asked..

After I noted:

What I do NOT understand is, our two nations have some of, if not the, best and brightest and we both wind up with putzes and schmucks embarrassing our peoples, while running each of our nations into the ground.

Greg sums it up nicely:

“The best and brightest are self-aware enough to suffer self-doubt. The putzes and schmucks are usually walking specimens of the Dunning-Kruger syndrome: too stupid to realise that they ARE stupid. They never make a mistake that they can’t walk away from.”

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes.[1]The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. As Kruger and Dunning conclude, “the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others” (p. 1127).[2]

The effect is about paradoxical defects in cognitive ability, in oneself and others.


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