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We Now Have Scientific Proof That People Are Getting Stupider

Michael Snyder
August 25th, 2014
The American Dream
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proof1aAre people dumber than they used to be?  Were previous generations mentally sharper than us?  You may have suspected that people are getting stupider for quite some time, but now we actually have scientific evidence that this is the case.  As you will read about below, average IQs are dropping all over the globe, SAT scores in the U.S. have been declining for decades, and scientists have even discovered that our brains have been getting smaller over time.  So if it seems on some days like you woke up in the middle of the movie “Idiocracy”, you might not be too far off.  Much of the stuff that they put in our junk food is not good for brain development, our education system is a total joke and most Americans are absolutely addicted to mindless entertainment.  Fortunately we have a lot of technology that does much of our thinking for us these days, because if we had to depend on our own mental capabilities most of us would be in a tremendous amount of trouble.

Sadly, this appears to be a phenomenon that is happening all over the planet.  As a recent Daily Mail article explained, IQ scores are falling in country after country…

Richard Lynn, a psychologist at the University of Ulster, calculated the decline in humans’ genetic potential.

He used data on average IQs around the world in 1950 and 2000 to discover that our collective intelligence has dropped by one IQ point.

Dr Lynn predicts that if this trend continues, we could lose another 1.3 IQ points by 2050.

One IQ point does not sound like a lot, but when you go back even further in time the declines become a lot more dramatic.  For example, a psychology professor at the University of Amsterdam named Jan te Nijenhuis has calculated that we have lost a total of 14 IQ points on average since the Victorian Era.

And we don’t need a professor to tell us that this is true.  Just go back and read some of the literature from that time period.  Much of it is written at such a high level that I can barely even understand it.

There is other evidence that people are getting stupider as well.  For instance, SAT scores in the United States have fallen significantly in recent years…

There appears to be a disturbing trend in American high schools. If we judge the quality of education by the scores that students get on their SATs, then it appears that things are getting worse. Since 2006, the overall average SAT score has fallen by 20 points, dropping from 1518 to 1498 in 2012. Scores are also down in each of the three categories tested, with reading dropping 9 points, mathematics dropping 4 points, and writing falling 9 points. It’s a fair bet that students aren’t becoming less intelligent, so exactly what is going on?

And this decline in SAT scores is not just limited to the past few years.  As the following chart from Zero Hedge demonstrates, SAT scores have been declining in America for decades…

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There are even some scientists that are convinced that this decline in the mental ability of humans goes back for thousands of years.  Some blame genetic mutations for this decline, and others point to the fact that our brains have been getting smaller.  For example, just check out what one study conducted at Cambridge University concluded…

An earlier study by Cambridge University found that mankind is shrinking in size significantly.

Experts say humans are past their peak and that modern-day people are 10 percent smaller and shorter than their hunter-gatherer ancestors.

And if that’s not depressing enough, our brains are also smaller.

The findings reverse perceived wisdom that humans have grown taller and larger, a belief which has grown from data on more recent physical development.

The decline, said scientists, has happened over the past 10,000 years. They blame agriculture, with restricted diets and urbanization compromising health and leading to the spread of disease.

Most of us today just assume that people are smarter than they ever have been before.

Most of us today look down on our ancestors and mock them for being so primitive.

But the truth is that if we had to go up head to head against them in mental challenges, we might find ourselves greatly humbled.

At the end of this article, I have posted an eighth grade exam from 1912 that was donated to the Bullitt County History Museum in Kentucky.

As you can see, it is far more difficult than anything that eighth grade students have to do today.  In fact, most eighth grade students today are doing pretty good if they can point out the United States on a map of the world and can string a few sentences together.

I should know – for a short period of time I once taught eighth grade students.

So when I first came across the exam posted below, I was amazed at how difficult it was.

Could you pass such an exam?

I don’t know if I could.

But these are the kinds of questions that eighth grade students were expected to be able to answer back in 1912…

-Through which waters would a vessel pass in going from England through the Suez Canal to Manila?

-How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body?

-How long of a rope is required to reach from the top of a building 40 feet high to the ground 30 feet from the base of a building?

-Compare arteries and veins as to function. Where is the blood carried to be purified?

-During which wars were the following battles fought: Brandywine, Great Meadows, Lundy’s Lane, Antietam, Buena Vista?

A full copy of the exam is posted below.  Please notice the absence of multiple choice questions where a student can guess by circling an answer.  In the old days, kids were actually expected to be able to think and to be able to write…

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So what do you think about all of this?

Do you believe that people are actually getting stupider?

And is “stupider” actually a word?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…


beginning-of-the-end-snyderMichael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

If you want to know what things in America are going to look like in a few years read his new book The Beginning of the End.

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  1. Mountain Trekker says:

    I know our Glorious Leader is a Socialist, but my question is, is he a Sunni or a Siite? Trekker Out.

    • Unreconstructed Southron says:

      I don’t understand the article. What does it mean?

      • I think what it means is; Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

        • Be informed says:

          99% of the people don’t prepare for emergencies. That is proof enough what a nation of total dumb sh@#$ there is. Look at all those that voted in BO. Look at how 90% of the people say they hate congress, yet during each election cycle does that 90% vote in a new congress void of all the old stale faces? Hell no! I could go on and on just how total retards the world is full of, but why. I know those still awake are fully aware of this all too well.

          • COBeach says:

            Hello BI,

            Off topic question, I just got a 40′ Shipping container. Do I need to do anything to it to make it a faraday cage? It has no holes in it, just the doors on one side which will be closed. Thanks for the help.

            • Be informed says:

              @ COBeach. I would assume that metal containers that don’t have any openings to them should act well to protect against an EMP. Nothing should be touching any part of the container that someone wants to protect though as of course grounding is essential. People have said that even those metal tool sheds act well to protect against an EMP pulse as long as ALL the holes and openings are plugged up with some sort of metal. I have heard people even using balled up aluminum foil for this. Don’t know how well it would work. I have heard of many people using old microwave ovens as Faraday Cages also. EMP should be thought like radio waves that you are trying to block and shield against.

              • Gods Creation says:

                If such a test were used today, the students would have to be shown the constitution, and then would be forced to teach them that Obama is not eligible to even be president.

                They would also realize that everything they have been taught is basically a crock of shit.

                It is interesting to note that the test was made in 1912, just one year before the Federal Reserve was created to destroy and control this country.

                They have been very successful. Public School is for indoctrinating, not educating. The schools function just as the “elite” want them to.

                Nothing the corp does is for your benefit. It either steals your money or buys your vote with what was stolen from others.

                Of course, the new poison diet is not helping either. The Amish had it right all along. Bet their IQ scores have not dropped.

            • SolitaryMan says:

              Memorizing a bunch of facts is not what an
              intelligence quotient (IQ) is all about.

              It’s more about problem solving and the ability
              to come up with answers when there is no play
              book to go by.

              People seem to want an easy answer to their
              problems without researching and solving it
              for themselves, and unfortunately our government
              is right there to tell them just how it has
              to be done.

              • slingshot says:

                SolitaryMan

                Sometimes a suggested solution to a problem will be further commented by,

                “Are you out of your fucking mind?”

                Here’s you sign.

              • sixpack says:

                I’ve always found it humorous, that the idea that the human race is getting collectively more stupid, was proposed by humans who apparently think they are not part of the human race.

                In other words, stupider people calling everyone else stupider…ROFLMAO

            • Zaccheus says:

              Normally the doors are sealed with rubber gaskets, therefore there is no continuous metal to metal contact which
              is required for the faraday effect. Also the waves can easily penetrate the rubber and get through the gap. Use a FM radio to test the effectiveness. There should be no radio transmission. Perhaps to use crumpled foil to fill the gap after removing the gasket and totally cleaning the surfaces so there is total metal contact.
              Good luck!

              • Hard Justice says:

                So its their fault they were born into a world that was designed to oppress EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US.

                We’re all in the matrix, how many of you are completely self sufficient and humble about it? How many of us were indoctrinated into this evidently regressive school system?

                How many of you still pay taxes? Vote? Follow orders from authoritarian figures ie: (police, politicians, financial advisers, teachers…etc? Joined military?

                We’re not smart, if we were all of this New World Order crap, the Federal Reserve, United Nations small arms treaty, GMO, and evisceration of all the Bill of Rights and so on and so forth wouldn’t be happening.

                Like someone mentioned above, the Amish were the only one’s smart enough not to get caught in the “American Dream” lie. North American’s are spoiled stupid and lazy, and that’s the truth!

                We all like to think we’re smart, but are we? We’ve been dumb down, and it doesn’t have anything to do with technology.

                Human creativity, innovation, imagination have been supressed.

                We are NOT autonomous, we’re spied on, told what to do, what to eat, what to wear, where and when we can go, we’re in a control grid for our bodies and minds…we’re hindered from out true potential.

                Any of you this smart like the children in the article below? Take into consideration these are 1st grade children with no access to the outside world.

                Read the link below, it will SURPRISE YOU!

                Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves

                http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506466/given-tablets-but-no-teachers-ethiopian-children-teach-themselves/

            • The Lone Ranger says:

              It HAS to be Galvanized Steel to protect your electronics.

              I have no clue IF your shipping container, or anyone, is made of Galvanized Steel.

              – the Lone Ranger

            • Test It says:

              Test your Faraday Cage to see if it works. Can you play a portable AM/FM radio inside it, can you make or receive a cell phone call from inside it? If you can, the answer is NO.

          • talon1776 says:

            Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.

            A Time for Choosing, Address on behalf of Senator Barry Goldwater, Rendezvous with Destiny, October 27, 1964

          • talon1776 says:

            Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.

            A Time for Choosing, Address on behalf of Senator Barry Goldwater, Rendezvous with Destiny, October 27, 1964

          • MayBeSo says:

            Yes, Be Informed,

            …we are become a nation of dumb-shitz. That’s rather plain at this point …meaning no offence thereby! The GREAT part about that is simply that ‘STUPIDITY’ is a truly unique self-correcting trait within the apecies!

            ..Stupidity leads invariably to EXTINCTION, it has always been so…will always BE so.

            When I have to go to a major shopping center (rarely) and I am strolliing around, going to and fro, to get the things I need, I look at those around me and wonder how many of those will be HERE a year from now. Kinda like the kid in the movie some bit ago – ‘Sixth Sense’ maybe? – “I SEE dead People….everywhere.

            The S&P made 2000 today on volme so low it’s historic, all the other markets are seeing similar activity, the vector sum of the actions of the American People summed to one final rediculous set of numbers in the Market indices…Absurd.

            The vast organism which is ‘Civilization’ is DYING around everyone, everywhere bit by bit, clearly, and as you have observed many times before most simply DON’T have the ‘mental wattage’ to even PERCEIVE that it is doing so …that is, happenning around them daily, VISIBLY.

            Yup, fairly soon the the ‘chaff’ will have been seperated from the WHEAT; those who have a modicum of basic, innate intelligence will have completed thier ‘removal’ to other locations, which is to say they will have MOVED themselves to regions where thier intellect’s tell them that will be ‘safer’ than the chaos that they witness daily on the news, in the streets or even at HOME.

            “My sheep know my voice and COME to me as I call them…” anyone remember that quote? A component of a truly integrated, AWARE intellect is the synthesis that we refer to as ‘intuition’…that extraordinary – ‘out of normal channels’ processing that occurs DEEP in our Psyche’s that remains – as yet – unclassiiable by Science and that may well be ‘proof positive’ of a ‘spark of the Divine’ as well as being our our inneffable connection to IT. How many here – DAILY – are getting that ‘wierd, awful feeling’ that someone is looking at them like a Rottweiler looks at a piece of grade-A prime cut? Many I suspect…else they wouldn’t be here..now…would they?

            A short observation here that is WHOLLY germaine to the discussion at hand.

            ..Q: How do they CATCH monkeys in Africa? Ever wondered?

            …A: You hollow out a gourd, dry it…then place a piece of banana inside (through a hole, of course) and tie the whole thing off to a stout branch. A monkey comes along, sticks his hand into the gourd – through a hole JUST large enough to accomodate his hand and then WRAPS his fist around the Banana, thinking, “Yay! Dinner!!”! The trapper simply walks up to the poor fellow and scoops him up into a bag…Yes, it’s a BIT more entertaining than that, however…

            But WAIT!! Why doesn’t the MONKEY just let go of the Banana and escape?! DOH!!!…Because he doesn’t have the BASIC intellect to recognize that by HOLDING ONTO the Banana he cannot get AWAY. Gee, doesn’t THAT sound fanmiliar to everyone HERE; everyone who has TRIED to talk to family, friends, et al. Who for thier trouble receives in return only that blank ‘doe-in-the-headlights’ stare that says so clearly, ‘THAT DOES NOT COMPUTE…” They don’t HAVE the ‘wattage’ to relaize that they are holding on to thier lives…but are actually holding on to something else, something worse, something that WILL kill them when the ‘worm turns’

            The simple moral of this story as seen in our less-developed primate ‘cousins’ is that there exists a DISTINCT trend in primate behaviour to NOT CONNECT THE DOTS, ie…’failure to Reason’.

            I have – patently – given up attempting to understand the mindset of those who refuse to see what is all US all around at this stage of things. I AM perfectly willing to remove myself to a safe distance – WAY, WAY OUT of ‘harm’s way’ – and let ‘Nature take it’s course’ with those who REMAIN by thier own choice…so BE IT.

            On a lighter note, JUST imagine what things will be like when the viscious stupid SHITZ have all been self-immmolated by, and as a consequence of thier dogged refusal to THINK. Natural selection will leave behind only those who DO….THINK, that is.

            WHAT A DAY That will be after the dust clears…I AM looking forward to meeting so many NEW, INTERESTNG, INTELLIGENT People later on…though of coure that’ll be a bit involved since the will be SO FEW LEFT and since by that reduction they’ll be scattered far and WIDE. Well, it simply can’t be helped…natural selction will shortly take care of it all in it’s usual, utterly merciless, implacable way. Little enough that we can do about it, after all it IS a matter of CHOICE is it NOT?…

            • Pissed Off Granny says:

              MayBeSo:

              1,000+

              You have not been dumbed down. Great post!

              • MayBeSo says:

                Hi POG,

                My Thanks M’am. Ummm, I wish someoine who KNOWS about ‘Solar things’ would chime in sometime soon…apparently we’ve had another – couple – of flares though the night, fiar sized ones. Hmmm, I wonder if the ‘fat Lady’ is warming up her pipes? Not my field…I suppose I should have been paying attention better and maybe concentrationg less on moving and preps…

                It sure doesn’t seem like Humanity is ‘going to GET it’ at the last does it? I ‘ve talked myelf BLUE in the face so often trying to get friends, FAMILY on-board… it just doesn’t ‘get through’ to them does it? Oh well, think of the problems that will be SOLVED when there are only …Oh say 45 million Humans left, after the ‘great reset’…pollution;GONE….natural resource depletion:GONE….idiotic posturing that kills MIILIONS yearly:GONE….interference with our LIVES:GONE.

                Gee…I KNOW this sounds BAD, but….this is sounding BETTER and BETTER to me as I GO along. Lord have Mercy! what is WRONG with me here!!! That sounds like an IMPROVEMENT!!!!…

                I dunno…maybe it’s those 4 Benadryl I took earlier…or the three doses of Nyquil after that… there has GOT to be an explanation for such a wierd inhumane thought train…(slight grin fading away like the Cheshire Cat did…..)

                Nice ‘jabbering’ with you POG. Again Thanks.

            • Azrael says:

              Folks if you have a smart phone and have a plan with lots of text messages look up “ips flare alert” in google. It’s an Austrailian site that will send warnings when a flare is larger than C8 in intensity. It needs a X9 or so to really a game changer. Less than that can cause harm, but it will probably be localized. Don’t get me wrong X3 and above can cause real issues, but IMO we need to approach X9. There are many factors, so me saying X9 is an educated guess.

              • MayBeSo says:

                Thanks Azrael,

                Every new and improved labor saving artiice that is available should be used. Don’t know about you but I am SO busy lately…sometimes it’s hard top keep up with it all.

                Oh, a friend of mine (paassably well acquainted with such who I do NOT see anywhere near as frequently as I’d like to) mentioned that just a couple of years ago, during the Spring there werer a series of flares in the high M-class – not even X! – that caused the proton count – here – to rise like mad….might want to lower the bar a bit there, he also said that it is very dependent on where a spot is at the time that it blows off, as well for how LONG the blast goes on, short or long duration…just sayin. Thanks again, good info!

            • Danny Boy says:

              This time it’s not going to end well, the elite know whats coming and are well prepared, they will have the technology and the food and all the military power to subdue humanity completely.
              You see when things hit the fan there will be chaos and there will be civil wars, there will be brutal battles between civilian forces and between civilian forces and governments, its going to be very bloody.
              what makes today different than any other time in history is the power that the elite have accumulated, they have underground cities and I am not kidding you, they can live a century underground without ever coming out, they have technologies that they are keeping secret only to use it when the time comes and overwhelm any resistance, I am talking about weapons straight from sci fi movies, pulse rifles, drones with lasers with unlimited ammo, terminator style androids with unlimited energy that are almost impossible to take down etc (Daarpa is only revealing what they want to be revealed, they probably have legions of those things ready to go)etc… the stuff we know about today is old news to them, we landed a man on the moon over 50 years ago and still using fossil fuel for basically everything…really? everything is kept in secret so here’s my next point.
              since they have so much power and will have control eventually because they will be organized and there will be hundreds of thousands who will join their global army of satanic legions because of either no choice, fear or simply not to die of starvation and with such authority and power the dark side of the human heart takes hold, these mercs or global elite army soldiers will do horrendous things to other human beings, ISIS in Iraq is a good example but this is nothing new it has always been like that since the beginning of time.
              The resistance will slowly fade away as it will be nearly impossible to fight off waves of mercs with the most sophisticated technologies never before seen and non human androids with thermal vision and what not, it will not be fight for freedom it will be a slaughter, the few who will simply give up after understanding the truth will run to the hills and forests to live a little longer just to be eliminated within short few years.
              this is not 1775 where a man with a musket could make a difference, those days are long gone, today we live in a world of nano technologies and are frighteningly close to human singularity where humans merge with machines and achieve immortality which brings me to my next point.
              There is only one way to escape this either by death or life and that is faith in God and in his messiah Jesus, there is no hope except through God, prepping is great but that is not what is going to save our soul.
              I believe we are very close to his return because of many reasons but mainly because we are living on a ticking time bomb, so many nations with nukes are held off by some unknown reason, we have genetically modified crops infecting farms every where etc…
              Only God can give hope and start things a new, when messiah comes back he sets up his kingdom for a thousand years to show every one how a godly kingdom will look like, during the thousand years animal sacrifices will be reinstated as a reminder that sin still exists and all the nations of the world will know God and come to the temple in Jerusalem to worship him. but until then be ready for anything.
              Jesus did say however that his return will be like in the days of noah when business was as usual and people got married even though there were wars and rumors of wars and earth quakes and pestilence and drought, kind of reminds me of today doesn’t it?

              • Please show me in the Bible where it says that animal sacrifices will be reinstated during the thousand year reign of Jesus. Jesus was the last sacrifice and He told us to remember this with communion. Animal sacrifices will be reinstated during the tribulation for a short time, but not because God ordered the Jews to. Daniel 9:27 talks about the sacrifices being halted by the Antichrist. If you want very good in depth info on the endtimes, listen to Irvin Baxter’s Politics and Religion talk show. You can listen to it at http://www.endtime.com. As for the whole dumbing down of America, it’s obvious. I see it in myself. Though I managed to ‘wake up’, I’m still the product of vaccinations, Marxist education, flouridation, chemtrails, and generations of bad diet. I would not have passed that test. I’m not as neuron-less stupid as a lot of people my age, but I’m no genius either.

        • Unreconstructed Southron says:

          So that’s bad, right, Y99?

        • Anonymous says:

          That reminds me…. I need to watch that movie tonight. And the second one, too.

      • Cara says:

        If todays schools are not teaching these facts then asking modern students to take this test is a poor comparison. Students of 1900 would not do well on many modern exam questions. That said, the schools of 1900 taught for critical thinking skills and to prepare their students to interact in and understand this world. Our Students appear to be prepared to take orders without understanding them.

        Also remember that todays students are being filled with aluminum and heavy metals from pesticides, herbicides and chem trails. These metals are known to decrease intelligence, harm the central nervous system and produce autism and dementia/alzheimers like symptoms.

      • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

        Causes of Dumbed down society:

        Fluoride in the Water,
        GMO’s in the Food,
        Lies from the MSM,
        Bart Simpson on TV,
        Dancing with the Stars on TV,
        I-tunes instead of History Books,
        Video Games in stead of Literature,
        Utilities instead of wood cutting,
        Corruption by the Government,
        No Curiosity or Imagination in the Youth,
        No Hope or Change,
        No American Dream,
        Drugs, Alcohol and Cigarettes,
        College now unaffordable,
        Dumbed Down Public Education,
        No Parental guidance,
        Crack, Meth and Sugar Cereal.

        Wanna add to this list for starters for our dumbed down society.

        • Nobama says:

          Adding to your list:

          Food stamps, WIC
          Extended unemployment
          Free Obamaphones and other freebies
          Can’t spank your kids anymore
          Rap on MTV
          Pharmaceuticals for everything
          High Fructose Corn Syrup
          Soybean oil in everything

          It’s all part of the big game plan. The dumber people are, the more likely they are to vote Democrat. Making people dumber increases liberal votes and dependance on .gov.

        • bigben says:

          Are we reading some of the “mindless entertainment” the author speaks about.
          Much about prepping.

        • buttcrackofdoom says:

          let’s not forget the MOST IMPORTANT reason we have a “stupid” infection in america. we don’t let the stupid people kill themselves! we got laws against suicide, we got warning labels on toasters to not take a bath with them, we got seat belts and airbags to keep us alive if we eff up while driving, can’t mow the lawn barefoot, don’t cross the street until the walk signals for you to go, don’t take these drugs while operating machinery….we just keep breeding stupid with more stupid! we gotta get rid of the damn warning signs to keep them from killing each other

    • eppe says:

      SHITEHEAD MAYBE???

    • Mr. Smith (Formerly Grafique) says:

      He’s a Sunni.

      Just after he was first elected, Obama visited Egypt, where he himself told the Egyptian Foreign Minister, “I am Muslim.”

      • Cara says:

        He can’t be muslim and gay. He may be bought by the Royals of Egypt but muslims hate gays and are called to put them to death so that “public muslim” story is just a cover. He is a bought and paid for traitor who is not American. He is more likely a Luceferian/Freemason like his cousins the past presidents. Freemasons “believe in the validity of all religions” but their god is Lucifer and they say his son is jesus. Yes that is how you hear so many Luciferians/Satanists claim to be other religions including Christian. In the Luciferian religion aberrant sexual practices are required. And their goal is ultimately to destroy all Christians. That is their highest pledge though it is not taught to lower level masons.

        • sam druker says:

          You are a hateful bullshitter , and no nothing of masonry .

        • Pissed Off Granny says:

          Cara:

          Your posts are overflowing with truth. Thanks. Anyone who denies what you have posted just have not bothered to check out the beginning of FreeMasonery. Most who deny your post are not privy to what the real intent of the movers and shakers of the Masons were/are.

          There are great people who are Masons; they just need to let their fingers do the walking to find the truth you state in your post. If they bother they will be horrified….

        • The Old Coach says:

          Muslims don’t have to be gay to do their thing with little boys. WE would call it gay, though.

          • That is very true, I spoke with a solider who was in Afghanistan. He said the amount of “gay” activity was astounding. He said they could also hear when an animal was being used. That the donkeys would scream. They think WE are the bad ones?!

            • Nopittypartyhere says:

              My coworker toured in al anbhar province. The local they hired to give haircuts kept rubbing his package on him. He finally drew down on him a d threatened to kill his a$$ if he didn’t stop. He said they screw little boys for pleasure. Disgusting pigs. We should Just nuke the bastards.

            • buttcrackofdoom says:

              what do you get when you cross a donkey with an onion????…….an ASS that brings tears to yer eyes!

          • Pissed Off Granny says:

            Ever crack a page of the Talmud or Torah, Old Coach?

            Ever heard of Noahide Laws?

            Want to see what is in store for every human being that does not follow, lock step, with the Talmud and Torah? It will be a rewind of the Bolshevik take over of Russia.

            Does it ever occur to anyone here to research WW1 and then WW2? Anyone here care about the slaughter of million upon millions of people (mostly Christians) in Russia? After the dust had settled on it all how many countries were given over to communist Russia? Anyone researched the purge of people carried on by Russian Bolshevik communists after these countries were turned over to them? Were the serial killers in Bolshevik Russia ever brought to justice. No they were not. How could that be. Perhaps because the MAJORITY OF PEOPLE KILLED WERE ‘JUST’ CHRISTIANS?

            Ever wonder what America has gained from all these wars. What I heard was we “WERE SAVING THE WORLD FROM COMMUNISM”. That certainly has turned out to be a bullshit story now hasn’t it.

            Albert Pike can give you the answers to these questions. He can also give you the answer to how the build up to WW3 was to come about. It is playing out exactly as he stated.

            Our countrymen are being brainwashed to go to war against Iraq (again), into Syria, and then into Iran. Our kids will be used for gun fodder so that entire region will be in control of TPTB (and if you dont recognize who they are by now let me tell you they are not muzzies).

            No need to believe me, read up on what Pike wrote a long time ago. Has his blueprint for world domination worked out just as he foretold? Coincidence? Hardly….

            Their One World Order will come to be, but MY HISTORY BOOK, THE BIBLE, says it will be shortlived.

            Enjoy the time left for this Republic; it is the only thing standing in the way of the OWO, but its foundation is being eaten away at an ever increasing speed.

            How can we mount a defense if we never get a handle on who our true enemies are. They are just a younger generation of the Bolsheviks that conquered Russia, but you will never be allowed to know that if you do not do your own research.

    • Things we'll never see says:

      Ever see the movie Idiocracy?

      From IMDB: Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.

      This movie was supposed to be humorous, but instead, it is prophetic.

    • Wink says:

      Mountain Trekker
      I think he’s a Shit.

    • lower40 says:

      was shithead one of the options?

  2. FreeSlave says:

    We Now Have Scientific Proof That People Are Getting Stupider

    John Dewey is a Liberal.

    Much of academia is Liberal. Much of teacher credentialing for elementary and secondary school education is liberal.

    Common Core is Liberal.

    People are stupider because of Liberalism.

  3. Mountain Trekker says:

    I know that I’m not getting stupider. Because I started at the bottom so there was no way, but UP. Trekker Out. No Green Thumbs Please!

  4. eppe says:

    Yes, you may have seen this before, but it fits the article… Enjoy…

    Your Yearly Dementia Test

    It’s that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test.

    Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles.

    As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert…

    If you don’t use it, you lose it!

    Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.

    Take the test presented here to determine if you’re losing it or not.

    The spaces below are so you don’t see the answers until you’ve made your answer.
    OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

    1. What do you put in a toaster?

    Answer: ‘bread.’ If you said ‘toast,’ give up now and do something else.

    Try not to hurt yourself.

    If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

    2. Say ‘silk’ five times. Now spell ‘silk.’ What do cows drink?

    Answer: Cows drink water.

    If you said ‘milk,’ don’t attempt the next question.

    Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat.

    Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World.

    However, if you said ‘water’, proceed to question 3.

    3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?

    Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass.

    If you said ‘green bricks,’ why are you still reading these???
    If you said ‘glass,’ go on to Question 4.

    4. It’s twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany.) Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of ‘no man’s land’ between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany, West Germany, or no man’s land’?

    Answer: You don’t bury survivors.
    If you said ANYTHING else, you’re a dunce and you must stop.

    If you said, ‘You don’t bury survivors’, proceed to the next question.

    5. Without using a calculator – You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Sweden, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on. In Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.
    What was the name of the bus driver?

    Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
    Don’t you remember your own name? It was YOU!!

  5. Charles says:

    Computers are our brain now.

  6. Red Leader says:

    I remember being taught how to calculate square root in math class. I have now forgotten because all you have to do is press a button on a $5.00 calculator.

    I recently hired a 20 year old kid to help me on the ranch. He had no idea how to set a grab hook or choker hook on a chain. He had never uses a mattock or pulaski to chop bursh. After an hour he said he was really tired and his hands hurt. At three times his age I could out work him.

    It is no wonder that 70% of American youth are too unfit to be accepted by the military.

    • Kulafarmer says:

      I feel your pain!
      Is truly amazing how inept and unwilling most kids are, as a kid i got sent out to work with the fence gang wayyyy before i was anywhere near the age i could get paid for it. It was just the way it was, if you werent fixing fences or water lines you were working cattle,

      • the renegade braveheart says:

        Kula, I started doing odd jobs for other people when I was only 8 years old. I developed a good work ethic and learned the value of a dollar wayyyyyyy before I had the honor of paying income tax to Uncle Scammer. That’s the way it was for braveheart when he was a kid.

        • Fyyff says:

          Brave heart. Why are you talking about yourself in the third person? Trying to distance yourself from yourself? Joking aside, why would a kid bust his ass if his parents will give him money? How could a kid learn work skills and a strong ethic from parents who don’t work? If society forgives theft, why not steal? If lying is starting to become an attribute, why would business owners grow their business? Keep it small and rely on a few trusted employees. Kind of like prepping. There is the answer. People don’t have the same values as when you were young. That’s what FYYFF thinks.

          • the renegade braveheart says:

            Fyff, you make some valid points about today’s society. I was only pointing out the way things were when I was a kid. It was a much different world then. It is tragic what this country has become.

            • Fyyff says:

              It is beyond tragic and imagine the future. No generation is perfect and every generation has concerns with subsequent generations. This is different. Social media ie twitter, is full of shit. Twitter, Facebook et al, are forums for self promotion and glorification.
              If I had Facebook, I certainly wouldn’t post unflattering photos of myself nor would I include negative aspects of my life.
              Rather, I would only post photos and stories that made me look my best. In a way, I would exclude and include false things to the point of lying. Innocent enough? Not so, kids actually start believing their lies. I see twitter post (I have twitter but do not have followers nor do I tweet) that are total crap. Kids talking about money and girls running like hot and cold water. I know the kids and they are poor and ugly and do not have girls fawning.
              No one ever calls bullshit. It is a facade and as long as the kid thinks he is fooling people, he feels like a winner. I have yet to make any sense of this phenomena.

    • Gonetoolong says:

      God bless you. I see this every damn day. I feel like I was born in a red clay ditch. I used to believe that a tool handle must have been born alongside me. It is all second nature to me due to having to start working when I was 7. Todays kids have no damn clue when you asked them to do what seems to be the simplest task (ex. broom, shovel, hammer, scraper, you name it). I don’t know how to deal. I fired one 19 year old after 5 hrs of work as he kept complaining about his legs hurting from standing so much. It kills me.

    • Yea, today they call it a repetitive stress injury…

      We used to call it a blister.

    • Unreconstructed Southron says:

      But I bet he could text you really fast to ask for a break and raise, Red?

  7. Kulafarmer says:

    Just look at the crap on TV and it becomes all too obvious things are going down hill!

    • Pissed Off Granny says:

      Proof positive we are dumber than a box of rocks.

      Commercials and programs on TEEVEE showing dad or the white guy as the dumbest person in the world; and we still watch those programs AND BUY THE SPONSORS’ PRODUCTS!

  8. People are no longer anchored in wholesome principled beliefs, too many focus on instant gratification and materialism. People no longer interact as we did in times past, even our education system has become impersonal and one-sided, so I’d say we’re being dumbed down on purpose which is the new form of self-stupidity.

    • the renegade braveheart says:

      Kula and Y99, excellent points. I’m grateful to be on a site with so many like-minded people. fortunately, we preppers are getting smarter while the non-preppers are the opposite. Oh yes, I can’t forget about the trolls who come here to stir things up. They are definitely a lost cause.

      • Good day Brave,

        One thing I believe about us preppers is we’re still old fashion to one degree or another, I also believe the hardest thing for man to be is simple so as with many of us on this site I work to un-complicate my life and be a simple Pilgrim as much as possible.

        • the renegade braveheart says:

          Y99, braveheart also tries to be as simple as possible. Not easy to do in today’s world. I’m still “old school” ALL THE WAY and I don’t apologize to anyone for it.

  9. Winston Smith says:

    Brawndo: It’s got what plants crave!

  10. Maineuh says:

    I totally aced this test. Unfortunately, my dog ate it. Also, my grandmother has died again so I won’t be coming to school today. Also *cough, cough* I’m sick.

  11. tristan says:

    more stupid not stupider

  12. Calling Al Sharpton… Al Sharpton, come in. Jesse Jackson? Eric Holder you there? Barack, done playing golf yet? Not a single black leader is interested in sticking their heads up for Chicago. The entire neighborhoods are terrorized by gangs and no “black leader” is addressing the war zones that are the south and west sides of Chicago. Why? Because they can’t blame whites. Simple as that. For them, if there is no racial tension they can whoop up there is no political gain for Obama and Holder and no money for Jackson and Sharpton.

    just the other day 2 or 3 youths all under 17 were shot at by the cops for pointing guns at them

    how can this be?
    #1 Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.
    #2 You have to be 21 to legally purchase and own a handgun.
    #3 Both these shootings involved underage teens with handguns in one of the strictest gun control city on the nation.
    So I guess that means your gun control laws don’t work on criminals intent on breaking them, do they?

  13. Confederate says:

    I always thought it was a foregone conclusion especially after the “shithead in chief” was elected twice.

  14. Mr. Smith (Formerly Grafique) says:

    $1.625 for a cord of wood.

    Thanks, socialists.

  15. David says:

    No question about it, people are getting stupider. Case in point:

    Margaret Thatcher died. She was a legend of her time. No Obama or any of his staff attend the funeral.

    A General is killed in action. Buried in Arlington cemetery last week. No Obama sighting, nor any of his staff.

    A thug who robbed a convenience store, then attacked a police officer is buried. No less than THREE Obama staff in attendance. The Attorney General of the US is looking into whether “race” played a part in the shooting.

    Do I need to go on? Oh yeah, we are getting REALLY stupid to put up with this kind of bullshit from the CS in Chief….if you can’t figure out what CS stands for, you ARE stupid!!!!!

    • Smokey says:

      The Dems are going to pay for a lot of this in November.

      • Old Guy says:

        if the dems lose in November nothing will change. Some folks are so dumb they actually believe voting can fix things! Many also believe the UN -NWO _ Agenda 21 do not exist. As the old saying goes Think Believe & do whatever you wish or want. Its Ok because you are the one who has to live with the results of your thoughts & actions.

        • Smokey says:

          I live in a blue state, Washington. It’s been solid blue for 30 years. All it needs to turn to a red state is about 80,000 people like you, who think voting doesn’t change anything, to turn out and vote for the party out of power.

          Turn one of the left coast states red and it’s game over for the lefties.

  16. PO'd Patriot says:

    May I have another helping of doom please?

  17. the renegade braveheart says:

    Michael, excellent article. We can blame the public schools and corporate media for totally misleading the people in all aspects of life. When I was in school back in the 60s and 70s, the BS I was taught was counter-balanced by some homeschooling. I had to learn critical thinking skills from my family because the so-called educators wouldn’t teach them. Even then, the goal was to have everyone dumbed-down. I am anathema to so many people out here because I don’t accept any indoctrination on any subject from any source. I know how to think for myself. Nobody tells me what to say or believe about any particular subject. I’ll say what I choose and if anyone else has a problem with that, well, it’s their problem, not mine.

  18. ht tp://www.thewrap.com/buyouts-layoffs-550-turner-cnn-hln/

    tel me its not true..(sarc)
    oh the liberals as they squirm

    MSM..die will ya

    CNN= Clinton News Network
    HLN= Hillary Lies Network

    OMG, if we don’t have CNN, who’s going to be able to tell us how eviland racist white people are, and that the only reason anything bad happens to ‘minorities’ is because of racism?!?!

    How am I supposed to be distracted from the complete failure of our liberal government by missing planes and ‘innocent’ criminals being shot by police if they dont keep spreading the lies ?/ oh the humanity ( could it possibly be spared) time will tell
    and im not watching

  19. lolzngigs says:

    while i do believe people for the most part are getting “dumber” i do not believe it is due to any genetic reasons, i.e. mutations and shrinking of the human brain. i believe it is because of our dependence on technology, programming television, an overly medicated public, and the filth that we are forced to eat and drink.

    Historically people have grown in size since the dark ages so there goes that idea.

    Mutations alone cannot account for the dumbing down in the last 100 years since mutations usually do nothing in the grand scheme in human genetics in such a short amount of time(3 or 4 generations).

    Smart phones are just a glimmer of our reliance on technogarbage. I refuse to get one, but I do enjoy watching people stare at them while waiting in line. It’s like a non-violent zombie movie, watching people interact with a screen over interacting with other people.

    Television has been garbage for quite sometime, I believe that real world was the cause of this. I.e. reality shows which glamourize egocentric lifestyles and a keeping up with the Jones mentality.

    Junk food made out of genetically modified corn syrup replacing butter and sugar. Public water being flouoridated, the inability of public water facilities to filter out medications from the urine and dumped prescriptions from waste water, chlorine used to purify water, and agricultural run off (pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and nitrogen fertilizers).

    Just my long two cents on the dumbing down of america, lol winston its got electrolytes.

  20. lolzngigs says:

    forgot to bash public schools…. :/

  21. azam says:

    Would love to see the answer key to the test to see how many i got correct. See if i am as smart as a 8th grader from 1912. Would be interesting.

  22. Jim in Va. says:

    Our political system is dumbing everyone down,media also. Lack of exercise,nutrition and sleep will too. We don’t have to worry about shelter,heat and food and we get complacent. Drugs don’t help either.

  23. chow says:

    It’s not too surprising since if you watch movies nowadays it’s always the blacks that are the leaders, smartest, bravest heroes portrayed but in real life you barely see one with actual brain. It’s no prejudice it’s just my observation. You even see black portrayed as seal team when in reality they could barely swim (1 in a thousand maybe can swim). Heck, just observe our president and tell me how smart he is.

  24. ruleofthumb says:

    “What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.”

    ― Alice Walker

  25. ruleofthumb says:

    “All thinking men are Atheists.”

    ― Ernest Hemingway

    • Mountain Trekker says:

      Rule. Ain’t he the guy Acid Etch said shot himself in the head. That Guy that just hung himself was always going on those AntiGod-Rants too. Atleast they now know whether there is a God or not. Trekker Out.

      • Winston Smith says:

        Yup. He got bored with life and feeling that nothing else existed beyond this, figure it was time to end it. That’s the problem with atheism. Ultimately, you realize the futility of your existence and want to get death over with. I’d much rather believe in God and find out it was a lie. In the end, my life at least had the illusion of eternal meaning.

    • ridiculous says:

      all atheists are arrogant
      -Me

      “The bible was written by man, so obviously its made up, and most likely wrong. there is no god, God was created by man”
      -atheists

      “the big bang theory, is a THEORY (not proven), written by man, and for some reason, that means there is no God. My college professor told me”
      -atheists.

      • Mountain Trekker says:

        ridiculous, you know I have given this some thought, When GOD spoke the Universe into existence there may have been a big BANG. Trekker Out. As I Said, Just A Thought.

    • Unreconstructed Southron says:

      “No dead mean are atheists” — Dead Ernest Hemingway

      “All frustrated novelists are idiots.” — Issac Newton (Smartest man in last 1000 years and Bible-believing Christian.)

    • Grafique says:

      Max Planck – “Father of Quantum Physics” – nobel Prize winner in Physics

      Christian

    • ruleofthumb says:

      “It is said that men may not be the dream of God, but rather that God is the collective dream of ignorant men.”

      – Carl Sagan

  26. not knowing something does not make you stupid… it means your uneducated, and that is the fault of the teacher not the student. everyone learns differently, and everyone has different talents. this cookie cutter approach we take towards education is flawed and in efficient.

    more over, IQ tests are renowned for stroking ego’s and giving people a sense in superiority, but they pretty much only measure a few kinds of “intelligence”. they exclude social intelligence, music, art, and who knows what else… and concentrates on spacial reasoning, math, and memory recal.

    math is a skill like shooting, you dont use it you loose it. i worked my ass off to get into hardcore math classes in high school, and all that changed when pancakes took the twin towers out, and magically building seven.

    more over… it has been WIDELY proven, that men are better with spacial tasks and math than women… dont hate women, your better at language skills and social intelligence…

    our diversity and incompleteness separately is our greatest weakeness…

    and as for an example… it is only when the two halfs man, and woman, come together making up for one anothers inadequencys that we truely become an awesome force of nature.

    and this is why eugenics is so flawed, ( brought to you buy the inbreeding monarchy who prefered spice bags over wiping their assholes like the “savage” indians )

    look at our savants… the guys who write music but pay the cost in other areas? or einstein, brilliant but dislexic, hawking, brilliant but crippled…

    superiority and mans current concept of it… intelligence and mans current definition of it… nothing more than insecurity we remidy with a solid self pat on the shoulder…

    and if you have a problem with my analagy, and still believe in this sic societys definition of intelligence…

    how smart do you really think it is to shoot people who say, give peace and love a chance, and stop consuming every god damn resource on this planet to such an extent that life, something that we believe genuinely to be so god damn rare in the cosmos is being threatened with extinction itself… regardless of weather you believe thats “part of the plan” or just the way were headed, seems pretty dumb to me…

    i dont think people need a dose of SMART to fix this world… i think people need a dose of HUMILITY and that we should redefine what superiority means… and intelligence… and stupidity…

    but until then… i am content to feel like i am “not sure”
    and i know thanks to the internet that i am not alone.

    • “means your uneducated”

      Means you don’t understand your, your’s, you are, ect.

      You seem to also have a lot of problems finding the shift key

      🙂

    • Seriously dude, too poorly written to even finish reading. Just too damn painful, hope you were purposely trying to be ironic with all the miscues.

      😉

      • your pretty astute. *chuckle.

        *waits for heads to explode*

      • gotta say tho, they did succeed with brainwashing people into believing they are “superior” if they master the nuances of the english language in its entirety. remember all that bullshit they taught us about hand writting, and how no one would ever take us seriously if we didnt do that.

        oh and youl never get a job without high school, never succeed without college, and you wont get rich without university.

        what a load of horse shit. be sure to get your sub prime sheeple.

  27. TheGuy says:

    Go away… baitin’!

    Well in all seriousness, you can hardly blame junk food if this trend has been going on since the Victorian Era. I mean assuming it’s a more or less straight line trend, instead of a sudden cliff at about 1950-60 or so…

    Then again. Who gets picked… time and again… as viable father material… and who gets blown off as a bunch of creepy losers?

    Yeah that…

  28. You don’t have to be as smart as an eighth grader any more.

    Jeff Foxworthy says you only need to be as smart as a fifth grader.

    I asked the local yokel if 40% of accidents are alcohol related and 60% are not alcohol related, does that mean I should avoid riding with someone who is sober?

    He just looked at me like I was a dumb ass and walked away. I don’t think he knew the answer.

  29. Archivist says:

    At least two words spelled incorrectly in the test, and one of them was in the spelling list!

    At least in NC, there were only 11 grades until the mid-1940s. Seventh grade was the end of grammar school. Eight was the first year of high school. My mother, born in 1929, was told at the end of 11th grade that there were now 12 grades and she would have to go to school another year to take 12th grade English. She wouldn’t do it. My father finished grammar school at the end of the 7th grade and didn’t go to high school because of farm work.

    My 7th and 8th grade English teacher made us diagram sentences until I was sick of it.

    I was lucky enough to have some teachers who taught more than the required material. My second year algebra teacher taught us how to do square roots and cube roots manually on paper. He also read to us from an old math book about all the weights and measures that people used to be required to know. We also watched the Tigers in the World Series during class.

    • Mountain Trekker says:

      Archivist, boy you sure brought back old memories. Speaking of diagraming sentences, those things were a killer for a kid that didn’t know what a vowel was until I was in the tenth grade, and the only thing I knew about roots was digging them. And my dear old Dad always said he graduated from the third grade but my Mom said he really didn’t, and I have to laugh when ever I hear all of these educated people say the KJV of the Holy Bible is to hard to understand, and my highly educated Dad could read and understand it so well, and you sure couldn’t beat him out of a dime. Sometimes I think higher education is over rated, it seems the diploma is all that matters. But I Did Start At The Bottom, As Far as IQ’s go. Trekker Out. IQ, Does Stand For Important Qualities, Don’t It!

      • Archivist says:

        I have read somewhere that the King James Version was written at a fifth grade comprehension level, and the NIV is at an eighth grade comprehension level. So, other than a few old words to look up, the KJV is easier to read.

        The problem most people have is that they don’t read the whole Bible. They just read parts of it and have an incomplete understanding. They say it’s too long, yet one of the Harry Potter books is a good bit longer, and kids in school read it through in a few days.

  30. slingshot says:

    Scientific proof we are getting more stupid.

    What? As Vinny Barberrino would say.

    The Fix.

    Lower the standards of education by 50% and we will all be geniuses.

  31. lonelonemum says:

    I get quite angry when I see plump, pampered westerners (especially the gimme dat crowd) sneering at the peoples of the third world and calling them stupid.

    being honest how many of us would expect to live to a ripe old age of three score year & 10 were we to be thrust aged 18 into the slums of Calcutta, Jo’burg, Mogadishu, with just the shirts on our backs and a couple of good mates? It takes smarts just to stay alive in some places.

    has anyone else noticed the sharp divide that has developed in much of the western world regarding our infant and child nutrition depending upon our social class in our lifetimes? I’m NOT talking about the quantity of food, but the quality. An elite baby will be fed wholly organic, scratch cooked meals for their formative years – one destined for the welfare line will be fed processed pap. Even if a working class minimum wage Mum does her utmost to feed her child well, in most cases she’ll never achieve same level of brain boosting nutrition as her betters. Even the water our children drink is likely to be more contaminated on average.

    I’m sure a bunch of Mums on this site will leap all over what I’ve just said – but do they have the true ability to test the mercury level in every piece of fish that passes their child’s lips, can they ensure the water is non-fluoridated, or that their garden has not become accidentally GMO contaminated?

    It’s not about wanting to do right by our kids, it’s about how our circumstances constrain us in comparison to those who have billions in the bank and thousands of acres of uncontaminated farmland at their disposal. Even the c’lebs are wise to this with their penchant for a farm in New Zealand or a ranch in Montana.

    I’ve not touched on vaccines, meds, environmental pollutants or even bothered to discuss how education is tiered to your social class. The education provided by Eton is in no way similar to that provided by a state school. One is designed to train future leaders, the other an obedient comsumer slave.

    It’s not just children’s critical thinking skills that are deliberately subdued via the education system, it’s their creativity,logicality, and observational & active listening skills that are also damped down. The artists, hunters and street rats amongst you will instinctively get what I’m saying here.

    As an example lets take Obama’s famous quote “Hope and Change” – unless you instinctively asked ad actively sought the answer to the questions “hope for what/whom?” and “change into WHAT?” the very FIRST time you heard these word from him, then the indoctrination machine that comprises the educational & media systems has done it’s job.

    Incidentally those individuals I personally know who did query “hope & change” have all been labelled in some way defective by the mainstream – e.g they all have a clinical diagnosis of asd, adhd, depression (is this just a natural response to being smart enough to see how bad really are)etc. In other words their objective opinions have been in someway formally diminished by our betters. I can’t prove anything scientifically but I would be interested in seeing a study iykwim – especially in regards to those the school system chooses to medicate into conformity.

    Are we getting dumber? YES. The elite don’t even bother to pretend to hide their contempt for us anymore. In the UK 30,000 children are being snatched annually by the state from their parents, in the US the sexual assault on minors and grandma’s from the TSA is not only tolerated but accepted as normal. Only societies that are as dumb as rocks would accept this kind of nonsense. Given that democracy is essentially mob rule, we have to assume that the mob is stupid if we make assumption the mob performs to the lowest common denominator.

    Outrun the bear? The majority of the population are lying down naked and covered in honey in front of the bear as he emerges into the spring sunshine.

    • MayBeSo says:

      Hello LoneLonemum,

      Too right…here’s one for you. I KNOw three, (3) higher up’s who work for the big “M” use your imagination as to WHO that is.

      …Who will not let thier children EAT anything out from the house, unnattended, unsupervised. Can you say ‘genetic engineering gone bad’? IF they won’t let thier kids eat what ours eat what does that imply? Three guesses….

  32. Anonymous says:

    Yes, “stupider” is a word. It sounds weird, like “handsomer” sounds weird, but it’s correct. (As is “handsomer.”)

    I would like to point out that IQ and test-taking ability do not go hand in hand. Just because I have a high IQ does not mean I could pass the test that was posted without studying for it, first.

    Likewise, a high IQ does not mean someone is street smart. Lots of very intelligent people (particularly most of the Ph. D.’s I’ve met) have a very hard time with common sense things.

    As for the size of people…. well, that’s not entirely accurate, either. Sure, Cro magnons were some rather large people (they ate a lot of meat and had plenty of physical exercise, so they were as big as everything else tended to be during the last Ice Age… mammoths, anyone?), but we as a species, and in particularly, we as Americans, ARE larger these days than, say, people who came here aboard the Mayflower. I’ve been on the Mayflower II (the replica of the Pilgrim’s ship), and it’s TINY, because the people were smaller. We may not like our overly processed foods right now, but we get FAR better nutrition than most people over the past couple milennia have gotten, and as a result, we tend to be larger, on average.

    As for *why* we’re getting dumber: Yes, our educational system is awful and getting worse. And yes, our bread and circuses (crappy food choices and reality TV) are leaving a decidely unhealthy mark on us. But there’s also fluoride to consider. Yes, it gives us great teeth, but it’s also lowering our IQ.

    Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ, available at the link below, for your edification:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/fluoride_b_2479833.html

  33. >>”Are people dumber than they used to be?”<<

    Seriously? We now have cars that park themselves because people can no longer parallel park. Car makers are making automated cars that drive themselves to allow less skilled drivers to get behind the wheel. How these bad drivers will pass the initial road test is beyond my comprehension. The mounting evidence that people are rapidly losing critical cognitive and motor skills is undeniable, irrefutable, and accelerating.

    Just take a look at what 1869 Harvard University applicants had to know to pass the entrance exam (without a calculator)? I'm not saying it's easy today, but back then you had to have a HIGH degree of "worldly" knowledge to pass that entrance exam. At this rate I'm afraid to see what Americans will look like in 30 years.

    • slingshot says:

      They will look like the people at Wal-Mart with everyone riding on a Hover Round. Togas as clothes, because regular clothes are considered too restrictive.
      Big Mac’s in one hand and a Diet Coke in the other.

      Ain’t life and progress, wonderful.

      • slingshot,

        We can only hope the rest of the world is declining at least as fast as we are, otherwise in a few years there won’t be any Americans left who will be able to recognize an invasion much less stop it.

        You know, that was a bad example.

        • slingshot says:

          YH.

          There is always somebody smarter than you and always somebody dumber. Depends on what type of situation you are in. If I do manage to make it to the other side, it will not be by being stupid. Therefore after reaching such a milestone, stupidity in all its forms, will be my task to eradicate completely. That being that I have been firmly educated how I got “There” and survived.

  34. Dave Madison says:

    Americans have and will continue to be dumbed down. With all the GMOs and processed foods full of chemicals. The illegal narcotics and big pharma drugs that are being pumped into society combined with the indoctrination of the public education by the DOE, you have a society that is soft, stupid, and ready for takeover.

    There is absolutely no doubt about it, society is degenerating rapidly.

  35. Archivist says:

    There was just an M 4.0 solar flare a few minutes ago (4:42 PM Eastern). They seem to be happening more often the last few days.

  36. swinging richard says:

    Our biggest decline is not in intelligence but in morality. This is the biggest cause for our decline as a society. To many feel they are entitled to a living. To many feel that they are not responsible for their actions, and do not mind placing the burden on others for their irresponsible actions.

  37. Alex Martinez says:

    People will pack into a football stadium 50,000 strong, but only 5 or 6 people will go to the committee hearing at the state capitol building just a few blocks away from the stadium where politicians are voting on legislation to take more of their money or freedom away.

  38. aljamo says:

    People are definitely dumbed down in America. Proof being the majority believe muslims highjacked planes and flew them into the WTC and the pentagon. Many believe the Oswald lone assassin of JFK, and the murders of RFK and MLK official government accounts. On and on the events happen and the gullible believe what they are told to believe. Liars still pushing yet another major war for American’s to sacrifice their youth for banker and defense industry profits. ISIS or ISIL, the lastest warmonger creation out of our police state tyranny will terrorize the American public into submission and rage against the muslims. When will the people ever learn who the real enemy is. You are living in their homeland.

  39. Kulafarmer says:

    Speaking of stupid,
    If oboingo grants amnesty or whatever to these illegal aliens just because they are here, what is our recourse?
    I know im sick of these ass hats and their crap, from the freakin county level idiots all the way to the top they dont get that they are the employee,,,
    I say massive strike
    If business’ get worker visas to hand out, boycott the bass turds
    Massive civil disobedience in the form of non compliance to anything and everything government related.
    What are your thoughts??

  40. Archivist says:

    The writer seems to be confused about the difference between being smart and being intelligent. Being smart is all about your brain’s store of knowledge. Intelligence is the horsepower that puts the knowledge to use.

    The SAT is sometimes used as a gauge of intelligence, but prior knowledge and being good at test-taking counts for a whole lot. For an example, there might be an analogy question, such as Achilles’ : heel is to Pandora’s : _______. No matter how good you are at analogies or how high your IQ is, if you don’t happen to know the story about Pandora’s box, you can’t answer correctly. On the other hand, there are math questions that you can get the correct answer for without knowing the math. When I took the SAT back in 1969 or 1970, there were questions that involved calculus. At the time, calculus in my area was not taught in high school, just in college. So for some of the questions, I drew diagrams or tore and folded paper to figure out the best answer.

    I know much more than my father ever knew, but he could push a cart load of groceries up to the checkout and have the exact change, including sales tax, counted out before the checker could ring it up. Many years ago, he was working on a construction project. He was just a regular worker, but he looked at the blueprints and saw that two parts weren’t going to be even with each other. He told the boss, and the boss said “You can’t read blueprints.” They built as instructed, and the two parts lacked six inches in being level with each other. It was a major job tearing down and rebuilding.

    So, I might not get 100% on the 1912 test, but that doesn’t say a thing about my IQ.

  41. justsaying says:

    Instead of the ice bucket challenge…

    Try the plastic bag challenge..
    (Put plastic bag over head)
    cures stupid people

  42. Sgt. Dale says:

    A judge of how smart you are!
    The lights go out.

    A smart person will turn on their generator or their solar back for power. Watch what is going on or listen to their radios for information about the Stupid people. Grab their weapons and prepare to protect themselves.

    A stupid person will go to their local liquor store and loot it, shoe store loot it, burn down the local gas station/quick mart, Then call on bleeding heart libs, to come into the area and to tell everyone that the area need more money for education!

    AIM SMALL MISS SMALL.
    Sgt.

  43. Burt Gummer says:

    Don’t need no education to drive around the ‘hood in a hooptie while smoking a blunt.

  44. Burt Gummer says:

    I didn’t know IDIOCRACY was a documentary.

  45. Pissed Off Granny says:

    Who was the celeb standing and comforting Michasel Browns mom?

    That asshat would not have given a second notice to anyone in that family prior to this event.

    If you can get your moment in the limelight; there is nothing these low lifes wont project themselves into.

    Are we stupid? How many of us have supported his lifestyle by buying what he has been selling? Support these lowlifes with your hard earned money. Stupidity, personified…..

  46. Jacob says:

    not to be sexist or anything, but is there a correlation with the rise of the feminist movement and the decline of IQ, morals and femininity in society?

    Is feminism actually doublespeak for anti-female?

    I see enough evidence that the public schools in USA and Canada are getting dumber with every passing decade, and there are more female teachers than male teachers nowadays, so it must be something with feminist teachers?

    The public schools in USA and Canada are even teaching adult things to young students, and what is more horrible is that some of the female teachers are doing the practical of the heinous Sex-Ed with young students.

    Why is this happening? All of a sudden going to school is about Marxism and X-rated adult ideas? A shame on the government and school boards for allowing the Marxists to destroy our country!

  47. slingshot says:

    How do we survive this overwhelming stupidity?

    Do the best we can and leave stupid people to their own devices. When things get bad people will do actions they have never faced before and then die. They will die because it was a little factor they did not think would matter or not had the time to consider. We all have done it. Just what would it be like under pressure in a life or death situation.
    Get your stuff together and do your research on the subjects of survival.

  48. Ancient Echoes says:

    No we are not getting stupider. We are just learning different things today to survive in the world in which we live. If that test had included the things we know and are taught today those people would have failed. What is E-mail. How many bites are on a computer. Where is the w on a key board. How do you access the world wide web. Just to name a few. When you change what is taught and applicable then the IQ test should change also.

  49. Socrates says:

    -With Fluoride in the water supply(a POISON, BTW)It also calcifies the Pineal gland (located at the center of your brain)
    -Chemtrails covering the globe
    -GMO food and drink being the most consumed foodstuffs
    -Mass Media, Hollyweird and TV further dumbing down the zombied people

    And they wonder WHY people are less intelligent? Cmon!

    Just watch the movie ‘Idiocracy’ and most of your questions will be answered. The movie is considered a ‘Mocumentary’, because parts of it are so prophetic and sad, but true!

  50. Old Guy says:

    I dunno. I know some people who are good a taking test have lots of diplomas and test a high IQ. And they are ate up with the dumb ass. my little grandkids are very smart. They can program the tv cell phone and work all kinds of gadgets that I cant. However watch Jay Leno do the Jaywalking and those people sure seem dumb. There is a guy has a portable sawmill and his 12 year old son operates it. Looks at a log and can tell you what size and how many boards it will saw out! Another guy I know couldn’t finish high school. Yet He trains dogs & horses. he even raised & trained a yoke of oxen. Has a big holstein steer that he rides. He can work cattle with that steer and never cause any commotion. the cows aint afraid of another cow. He never wants for work he has a waiting list. There are dumb (not book smart) people who are good at music. I think when it comes to politicians those who are elected are doing exactly what those who voted them in wanted. folks have learned to vote themselves money from the public coffers. So those who promise & deliver the most so called free goods & services keep getting elected. Its maybe more gullible voters than stupid voters. The idiots who voted in Obama Thought they would get more freebees. You gotta admit those folks (the free shit army who think you have more than your fair share & it needs to be redistributed to them) greatly outnumber everyone who wants fiscal responsibility.

  51. sick of it all says:

    I take it that most of us on here are “boomers”. We remember using road maps instead of garmims.remember using the phone dialing someone’s number from memory? Kids today just push a button and everything is done for them. Most people can’t carry on a normal conversation past a few sentences. GOD forbid if they took the stairs instead of the elevator

    I guess we will just all sit here and watch our once beloved nation slowly erode into an idiots paradise welcomed by the “smart phone generation”.

    Face it ,they(govt.) Are just waiting for us to slowly die off or become too old to fight their bullshit plan……. so when have we had enough?

    • slingshot says:

      Sick of it all.

      There are patches of individuals of younger years that will continue to hold on to Tradition and Liberty. Government is waiting for the older Guys and Gals to die off. Then try to finish off the Nation with institutionalized propaganda.

      Like the precursors to the larger earthquakes. There are rumblings.

  52. Calgagus says:

    Does this mean all those blonde jokes ar really true?

    • Old Guy says:

      My wife is a big titted brunette. all the time folks tell her your blonde roots are showing. The definition of a virgin in Arkansas ? A twelve year old girl whut can out run all of her male relatives! Im quite certain im old. You know you old when you can never trust a fart! Why did the chicken cross the road? To show those opossum & armadillo it can be done! Why even try? everyone with half a brain knows Trying is the first step toward failure. Go ahead show me anyone who failed and they started upon that path to failure by first trying. (That’s a quote from Homer Simpson)

  53. sick of it all says:

    Where was all of the looting following the Napa Valley earthquake? Hmm what is the demographics of the area? Hmmm

  54. Desertrat says:

    IQ, simplest put, is a measure of one’s capability to learn. SAT scores merely reflect what has been learned. No real correlation.

  55. sick of it all says:

    When tshtf the smartphone generation will try to google survival info/tips. But by then the internet just like their lives will be shut down by the government.

  56. 21Bravo says:

    Just look at all of the garbage shows on TV…. that is where it starts…..

  57. Fyyff says:

    Read “Bell Curve”. It is dry and geared to academics and controversial. The author compares IQ and race intelligence, among other variables. Aside from race related facts, the main point exposes genetics and intelligence.
    Physical characteristics revert to the norm. Meaning if two tall people have kids, often the kids height will likely be toward the normal height. One variable that does not normalize…intelligence. Two idiots will always have a idiot. Two bright people will always have a bright offspring. (Absent defect or environmental factors).
    In short, if low functioning people litter the world with idiots and high functioning people have fewer kids, we will be a country of brave heart types in a few generations. ( that’s a joke). It lends to reason that high functioning people have fewer kids as a whole.

  58. Dongdong543 says:

    imo, i don’t think it’s that people have gotten more stupid…, but that they’ve lost or losing the ability to think independently and use common sense.

    there are too many distraction, and it’s too easy to get information via the net that things need not be learned anymore, only answered(like cheating on a test, you know the answer is that, but do you know why that’s the answer?)

    ppl have been getting this way ever since television and technology similar like computers(“social computers”) have been invented. again… distractions. mind numbing distractions.

  59. The Lone Ranger says:

    I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Snyder on one point.

    His points, though well taken, do NOT take into account that education WITHOUT Passion makes EVERYONE dumb, compliant, subservient, passive, and COWARDLY!

    PASSION-LESS education DEADENS the brain!

    Yes Ma’am!

    Yes Sir!

    What do we do here in the good ole US of A?

    We SHIFT kids’ passion into VIDEO games, into TABLETS, into MINDLESS games and game playing.

    NOT into COMPOSING or WRITING music or essays or BUILDING things!

    We get them to CONSUME, and certainly NOT CREATE!!!! Gotta dumb down those kids real early, you see! That’s how we get them turned OFF to learning, that’s how we get them to HATE school! And the more that HATE school, the more they can be “controlled”!

    If today’s Americans don’t know as much, Mr. Snyder, it’s because PASSION has been steadily REMOVED from education!

    It’s not about I.Q., it’s about that which has INFESTED our educational system!

    And for the ADULTS??

    Heck, that’s an easy one!

    First, we make (entice) them into PAYING for something that USED to be FREE!!!!

    Yup, that’s right– we give them 1154 CABLE CHANNELS each and every month, each and every year, each and every decade.

    That’s right: we MONETIZED that which used to be FREE!!!

    That’s a HECK of a lot of DOUGH, Mr. Snyder!

    Is it TRILLIONS now, they have made?

    Next, we will charge you for the amount of SUN that hits your house!

    And when were done doing THAT, we’ll start charging you for the AIR you breathe!

    We’ll make you THINK and BELIEVE that the right to life does NOT imply the right to sunshine and to air!

    See how that works?

    Oh I almost FORGOT!

    We ALSO invite the Adults to get all NUMBED OUT on CONSTANT, and Chornic SPORTS Coverage!!!

    Nothing wrong with a little entertaining TV.

    Nothing wrong with a little Sports.

    But the CHRONIC and CONSTANT drugs that ARE Cable AND Sports???

    (You SURE you all don’t do “drugs”?)

    What DEVIOUS ways for the chronicity of cable and sports to DISTRACT most of us away FROM the evil they are ALSO DOING on us!

    See how that works, my friends?

    Heck, my breakfast waitress just spotted a DRONE flying on her small hometown street!

    11:00 p.m. at night. It shut its red light off when it “spotted” her, she said.

    Wish I was there with my baseball bat– I would have made Babe Ruth proud! They are such a GROSS violation of EVERYTHING the Founding Fathers fought AGAINST and DIED FOR!

    = LIBERTY!!!

    LIBERTY, my friends!

    WhatEVER happened to LIBERTY???

    Matter of fact, the powers that be FORCED the phone companies to ALLOW backdoors into the computer or tablet you are reading this on AND into your cell phone so they can TRACK where you go, MONITOR what you SAY, listen to what you HEAR, and what you THINK when you VERBALIZE it or WRITE it!

    Yeah, they got my number. But I refuse to let FEAR deaden my OWN passion.

    FEAR is ANOTHER way they try to CONTROL us!

    Send your fear back to where it CAME from: HELL!

    They gonna put ALL of us PASSIONATE Americans in jail?

    I got news for you all: most of us are ALREADY in a kinda jail!

    I like you, Mr. Snyder, but it ain’t about I.Q.

    It’s about CONTROL!

    It’s about DUMBING people DOWN!

    It’s about KEEPING them FROM thinking!

    Because THOUGHT leads to ACTION!

    Action leads to REVOLUTION!

    Revolution leads to CHANGE!

    “Nothing we can do about all them beheadings, ya know.”

    BULLSHIT! Show some constructive ANGER, the kind that got Christ CRUCIFIED!

    “Nothing we can do about what they charge us for TV nowadays.”

    BULLSHIT! Just CANCEL your damn cable! Imagine if just 25%, or even 10% of everyone did that! Be like Gandhi and REFUSE to cooperate with that which OPPRESSES you!

    Or just get the most BASIC channels.

    And RE-discover your LIBRARY!

    DUST off your PENCIL (remember those?) and WRITE something.

    Get some cheap writing tablets at your local dollar store. UNLEASH your creativity!

    And when they shut down the Grid and turn OFF the internet, turn ON your NEURAL net by getting a book and READING it and by composing your OWN thoughts!

    Put some PASSION into your life (and into the lives of all students) and just WATCH how our society becomes TRANSFORMED!

    I.Q. tests are simply a TOOL to OPPRESS us. They serve to DISTRACT us from that the VARIOUS types of OTHER Intelligences that TRULY make us HUMAN! I.Q. tests only measure what our masters WANT to CON us into thinking we have or don’t have “upstairs”.

    It’s all about CONTROL!

    Do you SEE that my dear friends?

    The opposite of CONTROL is L*I*B*E*R*T*Y*!!!

    The Human Brain and the incredible Mind within are neuroplastic and can be revivified. UNleash Passion and you can CONQUER both boredom AND evil (=that which destroys).

    When’s the last time you visited your local library and READ something– for fun, or for passion, or to learn?

    When’s the last time you kept your cable OFF, and rediscovered DIALOGUE?

    When’s the last time you CREATED something? Or do you keep on “consuming”?

    They kicked Brazilian Educator Paulo Freire out of Brazil because he took illiterate peasants and taught them to read and write in SIX WEEKS!

    Kicked him out because with the power of LITERACY, they began to CHALLENGE the status quo– the very masters/enslavers who were KEEPING them down!

    PASSION leads to EXCITEMENT.

    Excitement leads to INTRIGUE.

    Intrigue leads to KNOWLEDGE.

    But NO knowledge can be “measured” on THEIR I.Q. tests because they took the passion OUT of education.

    It’s all about CONTROL! And control is ONE weapon of the devil! The devil HATES us humans! He WANTS our brains, our spirits, our psyches to DIE!

    God bless you, Mr. Synder, you are a real gift to all of your readers, you are a brilliant man, you truly are, I can’t light a candle to ya, but unless and until you put a context to the whole I.Q. debate, unless and until you work with us to identify that which KILLS human passion, then you unwittingly, unintentionally risk ensnaring all of your appreciative readers AWAY from that which gets ANYTHING done in this world: HUMAN PASSION!

    – the Lone Ranger

    “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!” – from the film, “NETWORK”

    “Cancel your cable.” – the Lone Ranger

    “Cancel your cable and instead pay for horseback riding lessons, or ANY kind of lessons you have PASSION or INTEREST in!” – the Lone Ranger

    “Put a little PASSION in your life and you’ll never look the same way at ANYTHING– iincluding your 1154 cable channels AND your sports.” – the Lone Ranger

  60. Old Guy says:

    Ive slept on it and I really don’t think the ratio of dumb to smart folks has increased. Shure there are more dumb stupid folks because there are a lot more folks. I think there are fewer folks with Know How & Self Reliance. Many here just purchase the advertised prepping items. I wanted a hand pump to pump water. one that could be wind, human or animal powered. I could have just purchased a flow jak or other advertised mass produced unit. I went and bought $75 worth of plastic pipe & couplings. made my own check valves and now have a working water pump. Its actually not a pump but a water ram. Next is to build a windmill. That’s what happened to the USA folk became complaceient. They stopped doing for themselves. The stopped making inventing & producing. We got lazy and took the easy path.

  61. chucky beston says:

    There are a few online dictionaries that roll with stupider. Not webster’s dictionary. People have been eating GMO foods since what the 80’s? So our nutritional building blocks have been hoodwinked. That’s for one. It’s not in the banksters interest to have an educated populace. The text books have been dumbed down. For two. Snyder always writes articles that you could write books about the bullet points alone.

  62. Jack says:

    THAT’s BECAUSE white people have dropped as a % of world population and the blacks and mestizos have increased!!!!!!!!! Jesus people wake up.

  63. johnfornaro says:

    me purty smrt 4 dum peron