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November 25, 2022 / Fantelius

Cold Unsweetened Bloodless Murder

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Again this year children will die of Diabetes-1 because their families can’t afford to buy insulin. Thousands of children living in poor rural areas of Africa and other impoverished places of the world will never flower into adults because they couldn’t get (afford) insulin.

One of the largest diabetes death countries lies between Canada and Mexico. The price of insulin here is at least twice as much as in any other country, more than $16 (per/ml). The same synthetic insulin costs $7 in Chile, $3 in Canada, less the $3 in Brazil, India and Japan. It costs $0.10 in Rwanda and is free in France, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and other countries. 

As production costs (pennies per dose) have remained stabled, and diabetes-1 cases are increasing by more than 5%/year, one would expect prices to decrease. In the land between Canada and Mexico however, the prices have increased 1400% over the past 20 years. The annual cost per patient exceeds $6000/year; a price that forces death to visit the poorest families. Can you imagine the despair of a parent with a choice of medicine OR food for the children?

Can you imagine a species that spends tons and tons on bullets and bombs, but can’t afford grams to save the lives of children? Can you imagine leaving this order of things in the hands of the people responsible for it?

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“Greed is not a crime when it kills children in a free market.”

Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

November 20, 2022 / Fantelius

Freedom Science

Researchers at the Washington Institute of Records (WIR) have subjected previously illegible handwritten notes to Quantum Fibonacci-laser sequencing and discovered that that the men authoring the Declaration of Independence had intended to protect speech about freedom, not freedom of speech.

The duty of government is to protect the right to speak about freedom. Obviously not all speech can be legal or legitimate in a democratic society. People should not and may not interfere with government efforts to protect the freedom of the citizens.

Follow the science! Speech must be prohibited so that the government can protect our freedom.

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“A vaccine against misinformation is under development.
In the meantime we will have to make do with old fashioned censorship.”

Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

November 5, 2022 / Fantelius

Stupid Intellectuals

Of course not all intellectuals are stupid. Some however chase simple psyops tricks with the eagerness of a dog fetching a stick. They soil themselves drooling over perception management tactics.

Case in point: A top politician’s husband was attacked by a man with a hammer. So what? This is a pseudo event. It has zero significance for anyone outside the individuals involved, regardless of the alternative versions of the incident. It’s such bullshit story, that we can be rather certain that it is staged to grab attention away from a significant event. Don’t mention the naked stranger in the bedroom, scream about little Johnny having spilled juice on his shoe.

Here is my favorite, most blatant, example of a perception management diversion tactic. 

In April, 2006, President Bush referred to himself as the decider. A circus of ridicule broke out condemning the new word. There is no such word as “decider.”  Haha ha. All the talking heads and media pundits gave their take on how the new word reflected Bush’s verbal inadequacies. A great time was had by all. “The Decider-In-Chief” (CBS News) was language challenged.

The authorities, experts and stupid intellectuals declared their ignorance of the English language. English allows for the creation of new words with the –er suffix. It is so common that hundreds of words have established themselves in this way: baker, backer, maker, packer, hunter, hacker, hiker, biker, sucker, fucker and hundreds of others. The intelligentsia jumped on the legitimate construction of “decider” like hyenas, but seemed unaware that the president was abandoning the Constitution and declaring a palace revolution. The Constitution stipulates that Congress decides and the president executes the decisions. The authors of the constitution were well aware of the dictatorial nature of a single “decider” and were explicitly clear that the president was not to be a decider. The supposed guardians of proper language not only pretended to be ignorant of a simple rule of English, they declared themselves unworthy of citizenship by neglecting to speak out about an attack on one of the fundamental laws of the nation. 

Strengthened by the lack of response to assuming a decider role, Bush could continue and even increase his use of the criticized signing statements despite the questionable legality of these emperor-like decrees. What a bonus! The decider circus just happened to occur right after his press secretary Scott McClellan resigned among rumors about the lies leading up to the invasion of Iraq, and chief of staff Scooter Libby saying that Bush approved of leaking CIA intelligence documents (treason.) Suddenly, a debate about a word wiped out inquiries about the ultimate international crime, the initiation of war, as well as throwing an act of treason into a black hole.

One doesn’t have to be an intellectual to discover bushels of diversion tactics over the years. 

Compare the volume of media coverage about an individual attacker to the anemic reporting about the documents from Pfizer revealing that the company knew that their vaccines were ineffective, and that they caused serious side-effects including death. And not only lied about their own research, but spent 100s of $millions promoting the ineffective, health-damaging, and deadly vaccines. And still do!

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“Stupidity is not a crime.
Not all criminals are stupid.
Rich stupid criminals are seldom brought to justice.
Never, if their wealth is stronger than justice.”

Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

October 27, 2022 / Fantelius

Economic Aggression, Again

(A current article first published over a year ago.)

From CNBC Aug. 20, 2021. The boldface is mine:    
“The Biden administration imposed new sanctions Friday on three Russian ships and companies involved in constructing a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Europe. The move comes as lawmakers from both parties criticize the administration for not doing enough to halt the Nord Stream 2 project.”
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The word “new” tells us that these are additions to previous sanctions. Will someone please explain why the USA has the right to enforce sanctions; to punish individuals and nations economically. Where is the law, rule or authority allowing these economic aggressions? No accusations, no trial, no negotiations, no authority, no nothing.

The justification for these criminal actions claim that the victims were “involved in constructing a controversial gas pipeline”. Controversial! Controversial for who? What’s the controversy? Is it illegal to construct a gas pipeline? The Nord Steam 2 project is a legitimate commercial enterprise between independent countries? The buyers, sellers, constructors, and transporters are all law abiding entities engaged in standard business practice.

“The lawmakers from both parties (Republicans and Democrats) criticize the administration for not doing enough to halt the Nord Stream 2 project.” That translates to: The lawmakers encourage the government to break the law and stop an agreed business deal between sovereign nations.

Once again, with what right does the USA have to meddle in and punish independent countries for engaging in free enterprise?

The answer: There is no right, merely might. An empire does what empires do.

The public commentators in the shadows of the empire make no comments, because that would be controversial.

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“Never underestimate small stings, or overestimate big mouths.”

Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

October 21, 2022 / Fantelius

The Most Generous People in the World

The Europeans most be the most generous people in the world; in history even. They are sacrificing their jobs, their energy, their warmth, electricity, food supply and even their health to help the American empire in its desperate decline.

Nothing however can save an empire in decline. Perhaps the term “most generous” should be replaced with a more adequate phrase.

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“Nature can say goodbye beautifully.
Humans are rarely so generous.
Empires do it with violence.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

October 4, 2022 / Fantelius

Ancient Misinforming Beauty

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(Painting by C.W. Mitchell, 1885)

Hypatia was a 4-star beauty; face, body, soul and mind; kind, helpful, humble and brilliant; a leading mathematician of her time in the years before and after 400. 

But because she considered herself a scientist, and did not want to take part in or commit herself to the debate about the godly nature of Christ, the Patriarch of Alexandria, Cyril, accused her of being a misinformer.  A group of fanatical Christians captured her, ripped her clothes off, cut her skin off, killed and burned her.

We’ve come a long way since Hypatia’s time. We no longer cut the skin off misinformers. Not physically in any case.

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“Using physical violence over disagreement,
decides who is strongest, not who is right.
Censorship is a form of intellectual violence
by the strongest owners of the channels of communication.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

September 30, 2022 / Fantelius

They’re not playing and it’s not a game

I wish commentators would stop saying that the money-brokers driving international events are playing God. First of all we are speaking of a battle for survival, not a game. Second of all, God doesn’t play their way under any circumstances. Thirdly, even suggesting that the greed-diseased wheeler-dealer psychopaths can play at anything, or would aspire to godly attributes dilutes the nature of these deranged monsters. They are not playing. They are aggressively conducting a merciless war on anyone or anything that cannot promote their interests or serve their obsession with gathering more wealth and power. Not to mention how they view and treat opposition.

Take the gloves off, and bare the fist of determination. The game was over a long time ago. It’s now a question of who wins the earth; the money-oriented or the people-oriented forces; the worshippers of things, or the champions of life; the collectors or the lovers?

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“The globalists sitting on their mountains of wealth
are not playing God
they’re playing the devil.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

September 20, 2022 / Fantelius

Highheel Photography with Big Tits

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Highheels have never been more in fashion. These uncomfortable, impractical and spine-damaging shoes exaggerate the female posture to promote a tone of sexuality established by cultural fetish. The actual sexuality, as opposed to the fetish fantasy, is non-existent except in the implicit subservience to males. You can neither run away or fight back in those spikes, darlin’. But such is the nature of culture, convention and the dictates of fashionados that even otherwise strong women shackle themselves as slaves of style.

The big breast bonanza stems from the American bigger-is-better perversion. Large mammary glands are as practical as highheels for basketball. The shape and size of breasts have zero correlation to passion and sensuality. This however has no importance for the fetish fettered male with porno-fantasies filling his otherwise faulty phallus.

Photography is also subjected to fashion and trends. Photo journalism has few avenues of exposure while celebrity and sensationalism dominate the highways of visual expression. Even ”serious” art photography must crawl in weird, exotic and speculative alleys to find profitable paths.

I’m not complaining, merely documenting. We can’t expect straight growth in twisted times.

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“They exaggerate the angle of their ass and then complain when they attract assholes.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

September 17, 2022 / Fantelius

Lost in the Frost

ChildShoe8113A child lost its shoe. In the cold.
Dropped from a carriage? A dangling foot under mom’s arms?
Mom didn’t notice.
The logistics of daily life commands concentration.
A dropped shoe falls through the calculations
until it breaks on the price of a new one.
Small feet grow fast.
Unusually worn for so young a child.
A hand-me-down? Second hand?
Mom didn’t say. No time to talk.
Just a few words to soothe a cold foot
from a heart under a shadowed season.

The tattoo has no magic.
Charm evaporated from the jacket after a week.
Its promise of warmth betrayed.

Have you seen a child walking in the frost?
One bare foot?
A cloudy mom that never rains?

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“So many lost souls looking to find a way while walking in the wrong direction.”
Dartwill Aquila

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August 29, 2022 / Fantelius

Holy Intelligence

“In the beginning was the word. Then we got sentenced.”
Dartwill Aquila

Words are the raw materials with which we build relationships, whether between two people, a nation or anything in-between. Today’s world is cluttered with common words limping with feeble understanding due to lame definitions. This saps the strength of our community. The two words in the title are prime examples. Let’s start with the second one. 

“I like words. They have class.”
Dartwill Aquila

Intelligence is our family name, the defining characteristic of our species. If you were sitting in a pub near the end of the universe and a creature from the planet Faroutsville asked, “Who are you?”, The James-Bondish response would be, “Sapiens. Homo sapiens.”
You could add, “That means intelligent earthlings.” 

When we understand the magnificence of our intelligence, we can understand our stupidity. Intelligent and stupid? Yes, both. History overflows with examples of our stupidity, and the present is no exception. 

“The average person thinks that they are smarter than the average person.”
Dartwill Aquila

Although the word intelligence is very popular and enjoys universal prestige, it is carelessly defined, poorly understood and used with arrogant prejudice. A typical dictionary definition states: “the ability to understand and think about things, and to gain and use knowledge.”, This tells us what it does, not what it is. Such definitions clog understanding, and restrict our mental capacity. Because of the sloppy and inadequate definitions, intelligence is used as a synonym for knowledge. It isn’t. As we shall see.

The DNA of Homo sapiens and apes are 98% similar, or 94% similar, or something in-between depending on the source. Regardless of what percentage of gene similarity, it is seldom mentioned that our primate cousins have more genes than we have. Most forms of life outnumber us in gene count: butterflies, crabs, hedgehogs, grapes and strawberries for example, not to mention the water mite, Daphnia pulex. Although Daphnia is no larger than the period at the end of this sentence, it has 30.000 more genes than a Homo sapiens. What’s going on here? Motion! And intelligence.

“‘You are what you eat’, he claimed with the certainty of a wise carrot.”
Dartwill Aquila

Motion distinguishes life. That which is moving is alive. Life moves in two ways, instinctively or intelligently. Instinct moves automatically. Stimulus A causes reaction B. A burst of air (A) causes a blink (B). Automatically. Our senses register the surroundings instinctively. Most of the movements of life, and nearly all the basic movements, occur instinctively. Our biological machinery runs on instinct. We don’t apply intelligence to decide how our cells or organs function.

The opposite of instinctive motion is intelligent motion, that is to say, the motion of choice. Up or down? Away or toward? Do or don’t. Choose! Activate your mental power! The greater the amount of choices, the greater the need for intelligent thinking along with a memory (knowledge) to aid the decisions. Intelligent thinking? Yes, intelligence is a form of thinking. Thinking applied to alternatives; a process of decision, of choosing; the neurological mechanism guiding the rapid movements of animal behavior.

Instinct requires no thought, and is therefore quicker and more dependable than intelligent motion. A gene for instinctive motion contains a minimum of base pairs, and does not have to access memory. It is tiny and energy efficient. Because the water mite fits so many instinctive genes into its microscopic body, it can react to almost any condition it encounters and doesn’t have to think. It has no need for intelligence or memory.

“Without choices we become chosen; for obedience.”
Dartwill Aquila

Genes configured to make a choice are larger and slower, and must engage with memory, its primary resource. This provides more possibilities of motion than instinct, and therefore needs fewer genes. Think of instinct genes as one cent coins, and intelligent genes as dimes and quarters. 

More energy is needed for intelligent motion than instinctive reactions. The  difference can hardly be measured on a water-mite-tiny level. By the time we get to Homo sapiens, the brain which accounts for about 4% of the body mass, consumes 17% of the body’s energy. Our brain is an energy-expensive organ. Intelligence and memory processing account for a major part of the cost. 

Like all forms of life, Homo sapiens must devise ways to conserve energy. Eliminating the need to think forms an essential part of our survival strategy. Customs, traditions, ceremonies and habits are standard methods to formalize behavior and reduce the need to think.

“Claiming that this is the way we’ve always done it is as much a reason to change as not.”
Dartwill Aquila

Intelligence is an inherited, hardwired configuration of the brain allowing animals to choose between alternatives. It’s a function of motion. Homo sapiens have evolved an exceptional neurological apparatus to make choices. It characterizes our species as much as walking upright on two legs, hairless bodies, overhanging noses or small mouths. Because it is a neurological construction that we cannot see, we think of it as an abstract something; a metaphysical power undisturbed by the laws of physical nature. It isn’t. Our intelligence thoughts originate from a complicated network of interconnected cells managing an organ of the neurological system, just as a stomach is an organ of the digestive system. Homo sapiens employ this mental organ to process the values of alternatives and make choices; to reason, estimate, and use common sense. 

Knowledge is dynamic. It grows, nourished by experience, practice and study, into cellular networks of varied size and strength forming memory. It is a mental treasure of experience, facts and ideas, which intelligence can access to form its decisions. We are born with intelligence and acquire knowledge.

Contrary to conventional wisdom intelligence is relatively equal for all examples of our species. As any inherited ability, our power to make choices  varies between individuals as do the variations of vision, walking, talking or loving. Some people can see better than others. They can focus faster, see further or detect smaller objects. But all visually healthy people can see what needs to be seen in spite of slight differences. This can be said of walking as well. Regardless of the length and strength of legs, all Homo sapiens walk. A football player, ballerina or kick-boxer can train their legs to perform with exceptional skill, but they don’t walk better than ordinary citizens. Ditto for hearing, smelling, talking and making babies. The size and shape of the reproductive organs and the techniques of using them have little significance for producing babies. Despite differences of inherited minds, we can all make the necessary choices to navigate the course of life. We all have the ability to know what we need to do, and to learn what we need to know to do what needs to be done.

Our intelligence varies insignificantly in relation to the size of our head, or the acquisition of knowledge. We no more improve our reasoning capabilities by accumulating knowledge than a ballerina improves her walking by developing the ability to spin on her toes. A biologist needs biological knowledge to work with biology. A mechanic needs mechanical knowledge to work with machines. The quality of intelligence cannot be rated by an amount or type of knowledge. If it could, dictionaries would be smarter than Homo sapiens. Knowledge is a tool providing intelligence with a basis for making choices. 

“No amount of intelligence will prevent you from doing stupid things.”
Dartwill Aquila

Conventional wisdom promotes the false belief that academic education demonstrates high intelligence. It doesn’t. PhDs, Professors and other degree-merited individuals and titled experts are employed in prestigious fields of knowledge, but they are not smarter than individuals who have gathered knowledge in unsung fields. Knowing that a specific bone is called a Tibia helps standardize medical communication, but has no more effect on intelligence than knowing that a specific screw is called a Flat Head Self Tapping Screw to guide carpenters.

Folks in the hood house the same neurological intelligence organ in their skulls as snobs on the hill. Small-town plumbers think as sharply as hot-shots in skyscraper offices. Evaluating intelligence based on wealth, education or profession makes as much sense as evaluating it based on religion, race or nationality. An architect has no more improved intelligence by collecting knowledge of architecture than a birdwatcher has by collecting knowledge of birds. 

“Knowledge without humility is a luxury car with weak brakes.”
Dartwill Aquila

Titled academics eagerly equate their prestigious knowledge with intelligence. And, because they belong to the section of society that gets to promote their opinions publicly, they reinforce the myth of their mental superiority upon the less literary-productive majority of citizens. Education-merited individuals typically work at upper levels of the social order. They have the approval of and compensation from the highest authorities, who harvest advantages, legitimacy, obedience, and prestige by decorating themselves with academically educated, supposedly intelligent, experts, advisors, administrators, assistants and servants. The top level of the social order is well served by the faulty belief equating (preferred) knowledge with intelligence. This knowledge = intelligence myth has no support in reality, but is so well established that questioning it is regarded as stupidity generated blasphemy. 

Of course there are smart/sharp/clever people with high academic merits. They, like all groups, whether a team of cheerleaders or staff of university teachers, are distributed along a bell-shaped curve in question of smarts or creativity. The majority are average, some better, some worse, and a few who are particularly plus or minus at each end of the curve.  Some academics are so smart that they avoid poker games with high school dropouts.

“Some of the stupidest people I know have PhDs.”
Leo Buscaglia, PhD

Equating knowledge with intelligence breeds arrogance among the academics and inferiority complexes among those not credited with prestige knowledge. We should keep in mind that knowledge is a variable of accumulated experience and learning stored in memory, and intelligence an inherited mental ability to make choices by accessing memory.

Knowledge of intelligence can liberate our intelligence and enrich our knowledge. 

I’ve made categorical statements so far, but many research projects and literary examples confirm my statements. Most of us have personal experience of stupid experts and smart nobodies. The following three examples—a research project; a personal experience; and a belief among top scientists—should expose the knowledge=intelligence myth.

Research Project
William Labov was a professor of Linguistics at Colombia University when he decided to test a claim by Noam Chomsky that we will never encounter an intellectual task more complex and challenging than learning a language. Therefore, anyone who can speak any language is capable of understanding any thought. That implies an equality of intelligence for all Homo sapiens. Could a high-school dropout think/reason as well as a college graduate? 

In the book The Logic of Nonstandard English, Labov compares the reasoning of Larry, a 15-year-old high school dropout in Harlem, to Charles, a college educated member of the upper middle class. After many weeks of creative tactics together with an experienced social worker, Labov finally cracked Larry’s reluctance to speak to authorities, and could hear what he had to say. He noted that teachers and councilors had judged Larry to be lacking language abilities, and asked himself,
“How could they know? He never talked to them.” 

Not only could Larry handle language, he used quick, sharp and decisive logic served on nonstandard English spiced with curse words. To the question about if there was a god and if he could be Black, Larry explained that there were different opinions about God’s existence, but he could not be Black and allow the hell Blacks were living in.

In contrast, college-educated Charles spoke easily, fluently and confidently. When asked the same question about God as was put to Larry, Charles used three times as many words… and never answered the question.

“If you must hide behind language, big words and long sentence are useful.”
Dartwill Aquila

Personal Experience
I took the opportunity during the summer break at the university to help out on a small commercial gardening business in the little town of Ingels, a four-hour train ride north of Stockholm. I saw Allan in the field before I reached the house. He was about 60, short, somewhat overweight, red-necked and limping because of a clubfoot (“incomplete” as he called it). Not a poster boy for the jet set. When saying goodbye three weeks later, I told Allan, “I’ve learned more from you in three weeks than I have from three years at the university.” 

His smile told me that he didn’t believe me, and I didn’t push it. It might have been a slight exaggeration, but wasn’t far from the truth. Allan had been a tailor, had raised bees and sheep, worked in a lumber yard and farmed. His small business together with his wife demanded a high level of proficiency in accounting and competence as a mechanic, electrician, carpenter and plumber. He spoke of animals with Buddha-like respect; could sculpture a masterful caricature in wood in a matter of minutes; was a patron of folk music; made wine from practically anything containing sugar; and the wreaths he made for funerals from available materials and his flowers were tearfully beautiful. AND, (big and) he spoke with impressive efficiency; no unnecessary words, no hums or ahhs. The point of his explanations were always packaged in a neat context, often decorated with humor.

Allan was one of many outstanding unknowns under the radar of formal education or notoriety. The book All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw by Theodore Rosengarten, also tells a story about sparkling intelligence never troubled by schooling or literacy.

Idea of Top Scientists
A number of physicists claim that the universe has consciousness or that consciousness exists on a quantum level. This must be classified as cosmic-grade stupidity because the scientific community in general admits to being ignorant of the nature of consciousness. Science does not know what consciousness is, but some scientists believe the universe uses it.

“Intelligence has its limits, but not stupidity.”
Dartwill Aquila

In summary
Intelligence is the natural (DNA-wired) ability to make choices based on knowledge. It is a system of thinking, which is relatively equal for all members of our species. Knowledge is memory formed by experience stimulating the growth of brain cells into networks to anchor our understanding of the conditions confronting us. Knowledge guides our intelligence to choose alternatives in an efficient energy-conserving manner.

Note: The opposite of knowledge is ignorance, which means lack of knowledge. The most knowledgeable individuals possess a few grams of knowledge compared to their tons of ignorance. The majority of biochemists are ignorant of the mechanics of a car. Some have difficulty finding the gas tank. Stupidity, on the other hand, illustrates a faulty use of intelligence, or, as we shall see, a lack of alternatives. People used to believe that the world was flat. They were not stupid but ignorant. Those who believe that the world is flat today demonstrate global stupidity. 

“If stupidity was oil, he would have been invaded long ago.”
Dartwill Aquila

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To be continued…  and altered, based on your comments.

This posting is a selection from the book, Sapiens Last Battle, by Joel Bentarz.

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.