'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Illiterati 

From Raw Story:

A new Newsweek poll out this weekend exposed "gaps" in America's knowledge of history and current events.

Perhaps most alarmingly, 41% of Americans answered 'Yes' to the question "Do you think Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was directly involved in planning, financing, or carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001?"

That total is actually up 5 points since September 2004.

Further, a majority of people couldn't identify Saudia Arabia as the country of origin of most of the 9/11 hijackers, even given the question in multiple choice format. 20% answered Iraq, while 14% believed the hijackers came from Iran.

Probably, a lot of the same people who bought homes at the top of the real estate market in early 2006 with subprime, adjustible rate mortgages. But that hasn't gotten anyone killed.

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