What If They Are Complete Idiots?

I’m afraid to go on Facebook because what if I find out that somebody I know actually believes that “Trump told people to inject themselves with disinfectant”? I don’t want to deal with the realization that people I know in person or even work with are such complete idiots.

23 thoughts on “What If They Are Complete Idiots?”

    1. No, he didn’t. He really didn’t.

      Why don’t we instead criticize him for the actual stuff he does? Like job outsourcing. That’s a big one and it’s real. Just the other day he once again failed to put an end to it.

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    2. Found the transcript for you. Please show me where Trump tells people to inject themselves with disinfectant.

      “So I asked Bill a question some of you are thinking of if you’re into that world, which I find to be pretty interesting. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said, that hasn’t been checked but you’re gonna test it. And then I said, supposing it brought the light inside the body, which you can either do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re gonna test that too, sounds interesting. And I then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute, and is there a way you can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it’d be interesting to check that. So you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me, so we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it goes in one minute, that’s pretty powerful.” 

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      1. He doesn’t really suggest that people do it. But he is asking if/suggesting that disinfectant can/could be injected. This is in the context of new studies about the efficacy of bleach, rubbing alcohol, etc. It is a really stupid thing to say even he didn’t actually tell people to do it.

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        1. Asking questions cannot be stupid. But whatever, that’s not the point. The point is that every “respectable” newspaper and channel is reporting that “Trump told people to inject Lysol.” And not only aren’t people questioning this obvious lie. People with PhDs are repeating it. Unlike me, they don’t feel humiliated and rubbished when lied to in this way.

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        1. The transcript of absolutely anybody’s unscripted remarks sounds like this.

          I recently had to make transcripts of my videos, and they sounded even worse. Because oral communication is like that.

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          1. Really? You had an entire Zoom/Google Groups meeting of faces looking like Dr. Birx’s?

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      2. “I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute, and is there a way you can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning”

        This is called thinking out loud using layman’s language. It’s not very presidential and arguably not very well advised but the reporting has been completely irresponsible and outright deceptive – very Soviet (metaphorically) which is maybe why you noticed it.

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  1. “…there a way you can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it’d be interesting to check that. So you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me, so we’ll see.”

    Ok, parsing this carefully, he does not formally suggest it. But he does communicate the idea sufficiently effectively that some people will surely try it.

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    1. I know that “he doesn’t formally suggest it”. I’ve known from the start, hence my post. Now a question: why are so many news outlets reporting something that didn’t happen? What is the goal if not “to communicate the idea sufficiently effectively that some people will surely try it”? Are these news channels trying to get people to do it to prove that Trump is bad?

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  2. You’re right: stay off FB. I am lately questioning whether a lifelong friend might be in the early stages of dementia because of this. She believes it uncritically, and I remember when she had a very sharp mind. I wince to see it.

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  3. I’m afraid to go on Facebook because what if I find out that somebody I know actually believes that “Trump told people to inject themselves with disinfectant”? I don’t want to deal with the realization that people I know in person or even work with are such complete idiots.

    The answer to your rhetorical question is “yes.” Children are a subset of people, and we have Mr. Yuk stickers to stop them from drinking bleach, lysol and other household products, in addition to child safe locks on the under kitchen cabinets and child proof packaging for prescription drugs.

    The fish tank cleaner guy and his wife are dumb on top of all the other dynamics in that story you mentioned. I don’t care that the dude was an engineer; so many engineers are stone cold morons outside of the areas of their expertise.

    But aside from that, it’s also about an unquestioning relationship with an authority. There are plenty of jackasses who’ll imbue this idiocy with “The President says it so it must have some scientific value” and experiment on themselves like smart toddlers or impulsive preteens.

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      1. A sampling of trends right now on Twitter: Lysol, #InjectDisinfectant, #DontDrinkBleach, #disinfectant, Tide Pods, The Onion.

        There is no such thing as peak stupid. Remember so many people are at home and not working and have become extremely online, which is extremely stupid.
        From several days ago on CNBC:
        Fear of coronavirus drives poison center calls up 20% as Americans go overboard on cleaning products, the CDC says

        Fortunately nobody is mixing bleach and ammonia at the same time.

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      1. Of course, if they just published “Trump said something stupid” nobody would click or link because it’s been done a million times. So they up the stakes with “Trump wants to kill people by convincing them to drink Lysol!”

        And the saddest part is that people can’t see past this manipulation. They keep grabbing the bait every single time.

        So who’s stupid?

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    1. I don’t know and don’t really care. The subject of “Trump is stoooopid” has exhausted itself for me years ago. The subject I am interested in is when do people start developing a critical distance towards the news sources that lie to them?

      I swear that I never met anybody in the USSR, not even the most pro-regime person, who’d trust our lying “Pravda” like Americans trust their much more blatantly lying news sources?

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    2. Who ever heard of such a thing? What moron could ever think anything even remotely like this could be possible?

      la·vage
      /ləˈväZH,ˈlavij/
      noun MEDICINE
      noun: lavage; plural noun: lavages
      washing out of a body cavity, such as the colon or stomach, with water or a medicated solution.

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  4. It’s a trick. In politics when people hate your rotten guts, it’s useful to say something that is a little bit ambiguous so that the people who really want to say something bad about you do so in a loud shrill voice. Immediately afterwards, all eyes fall on you, where there is no such thing as bad publicity, and then after that you sit back and say “what are you talking about, look more closely – btw you’re fake news tsk tsk.”

    So, if you go onto facebook and see your friends saying that Trump did something that he did not do, it doesn’t mean that they’re idiots. It just means that they’re prejudiced.

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