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You really need to pay closer attention to what you read. The good professor's fears had to do strictly with horticulture. He had nothing to say about physics or astronomy, which apparently remain safe until Ben audits a physics class or visits an observatory.
Every ant trail began as a lost ant wandering around aimlessly.
(sarc on) Actually there is another underlying aspect to this story. It's not so much that academics are never questioned, but rather, when they are, and when they're shown to be wrong in jaw-dropping fashion, there are no serious adverse consequences. They don't lose their jobs or their overstuffed chairs in the professors' lounge. They still get their books published, and lo and behold, people still buy them! There simply is no "Darwinian" mechanism in play here to protect the herd from their lunacy, and so the disadvantageous traits of the monumentally stupid academics tend to proliferate throughout the gene pool of ideas, infecting society. Any healthy society, if it is to remain healthy over the long haul, must demonstrate to its intellectuals the fact there are consequences to proposing a bad idea, just as there are for the inventor who invents a stupid invention, or the businessman with the stupid business model, or the politician with the stupid policy proposal...wait...strike that last one! I say we go get Professor Ben Pitcher and string 'em up! I say we pin a sign to his corpse that reads, "Anyone else got any bright ideas?" And I say we leave his body hanging from the bell tower of Westminster University until the rope rots, or until once again the Sun never sets on the British Empire! Who's with me?! (sarc off)
Well there you go! You've just proved to Professor Ben Pitcher that the eating of organically grown vegetables and fruits cause racism in human beings, which, if I've correctly read between the few lines of this story I actually read before I couldn't take anymore, was Pitcher's fear.
Really? Isn't the blind man king in the land of the sighted? Oh...wait. Is that right?
And this is the sort of thing that comes of the National Health Service waiting times to see a physician!
Not another "serious gum disease" horror story! Let me're a dentist, right? I don't know why no one seems to be taking Professor Ben Pitcher seriously. After all, he's simply a man who thinks there is a need for government to step in and start regulating gardening shows, because they have become a serious threat to society. Makes sense to me ;-)
Because the program isn't titled "Thinking Required"
Oh, I don't know. There is a well established tradition in reportage, a genre, we might say, whose whole purpose is to inform us about the freakish side of humanity. Thus we learn about the bearded lady, the sword swallower, snake woman, the shortest man in the world, the two-headed boy, and on and on. I'd say anyone who, after reading this story, thinks Professor Ben Pitcher is just your garden variety idiot as seriously misjudged him. In my humble opinion he has the potential to be an excellent circus attraction.
Just another example of how anxious the Obama administration is to be the most transparent in history!
In response to:

Lies My President Told Me

ChuckintheOC Wrote: Nov 30, 2013 12:29 PM
There are less than half a dozen "liberals" who are Republicans in the House of Representatives. There are over 60 real "conservatives". And yes, the rest are moderates. It seems evident to me your remark was meant to conceal this significant fact.
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