Posted On: Thursday - August 5th 2021 7:37AM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Websites  The Future
We ain't just talking about the website here. Jesus told us about the poor, but it might be good for us all to realize that, yes, the stupid we will always have with us, too.
In Peak Stupidity's 1,000th post, written late March of '19, we celebrated a bit, discussed a little bit about the mascot, Alfred E. Newman up there (with help from a commenter), and had a nice "print-out" of the frequency of posts with the various topic keys. That would. have been nice to do again, but I'm not in a position right now to do it. That might be nice for a short post to come soon.
That 1,000th post was before the inundation of the Kung Flu stupidity, now appearing in its third season. If not a new flavor entirely, the Kung Flu stupidity is a mix of existing stupidities, in a new recipe, if you will. It has been a big boon to the stupidity documentation process, as we are all right in the midst of this, and ought to have plenty to hate about it.
Our site was not around at the time of the big Jan 1, 2001 Millennial, of course, as we started publishing the site in late November of '16. Thinking back on the state of our country at the start of the calendar's 3rd Millennial, I gotta say that "I didn't see it all coming!" There will be a time for TBTMNBR (The Book That Must Not Be Reviewed - 2, really: Generations and The Fourth Turning - only dubbed this because I never seem to get around to it!), but when I read one of them in 1997, I scoffed at any idea that America was heading into an "unravelling" phase. Granted, I was much younger that the authors, William Strauss and Neil Howe. However, the dot.com 1.0 period was just cranking up, the Chinese economy was still only a small fraction of the size of America's, and yeah, I was younger then and couldn't see the big picture.
I did already know that our ever-encroaching government and Police State were not going to be stopped - see When did the Feral Government get OUT OF CONTROL?. I put the date of my realization on that at 1995.
So, things did not look so bad for the country at THE Millennial, but from 20 years later, we see that the 3rd Millennial has not been kind to America. Just to see how far things have gone, look at this bar graph from some polling**:
We're going to write more about this graph (and link to more about it) in a coming post. This is just shown here and now to illustrate how divided America is, 20 years into its 3rd Millennial. Peak Stupidity, starting its 3rd Millennial, is sure to have plenty to write about, right now running at an average rate of 425 pieces of stupidity yearly. We don't see this abating anytime in the near future.
* See also Part 2.
** The reader is likely well aware that I don't put much stock in polls, especially after having been a pollee at the end of last year. However, if these results shown come from the answers of simple and straightforward questions, such as the expected "which of these is your most important concern?", this is data I might put some stock in.