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Re: [OM] New additions to the Living History Farm

Subject: Re: [OM] New additions to the Living History Farm
From: "Pearce, Wilfred via olympus" <olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2020 19:07:02 +0000
Cc: "Pearce, Wilfred" <pearce@xxxxxxxx>
Bob Benson said:

PS:  room-temperature IQ is too high a bar to describe a lot of what we
see.  But it's the cost of our doing this business.


Ah how sad but true. As I watch our current political campaigns, it makes me 
sad that there is a constant decline in well thought out things and 
intellectual content. The first presidential election that I remember at all, 
through B&W vision, was the one that gave us Eisenhower. Candidates stated 
areas where we needed improvement and how they would correct them, ways in 
which our lives could be better and how they would accomplish that, and how our 
systems, such as taxation, could be  more equal, and how progressive tax rates 
could be better. Now what have we? False problems and ineffective solutions, 
fictional things that the candidate thinks need correction and not entirely 
fairly balanced solutions.


I was sitting in a cigar lounge a few nights ago, talking to another member, 
who is generally , as a proud texan, very very conservative. we see something 
on TV and he comments that he sees no reason why someone making over a certain 
amount shouldn't pay 30% or so in income tax, and someone in a house over a 
couple of hundred thousand shouldn't have to pay a higher tax rate. Bear in 
mind that this is someone who will have to pay the increased raes he cites. And 
I think we all understand that there should be geographic weighting in this 
system, but still, this is from a man that I would expect to wear a MAGA hat.


So I guess that our entire population isn't stupid.


Bill

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Bill said:

[I enjoyed reading the article, as it touched a point close to my heart. I
think that with exceptions, the internet has been a millstone about the
neck of photography, allowing everyone with a room temperature IQ to flood
us with stupidity. A big example is the quest for ultimate sharpness in  a
photo, delivered by the latest greatest lens. I have gotten sick of reading
posts about what is the sharpest lens for my latest camera of the month. No
one that makes these posts is able to recognise that, at the very least,
when you get the latest sharpest lens, it will be replaced in a few months
by something newer and sharper, and anyway, how does a sharp lens make
photos better? Did Cartier-Bresson always aim for ultimate sharpness?]

[Photography has been taken over by a crowd of technicians who lack any
vision.  ]

So ... I think this just as accurately describes every field:  religion,
politics, sports,  parenting,  history,  archaeology,  on and on.

On the other hand,  I find my store of knowledge has increased (e.g., take
a bow, Moose, AG, and the rest of you.)

I have to admit, it does lead to a bit of intellectual laziness -- on a
relevant topic, I can pretty easily find out what the rest of you have
thought about it, without me having to do extensive research other than
scanning prior posts.

So thanks, all.

Bob Benson

PS:  room-temperature IQ is too high a bar to describe a lot of what we
see.  But it's the cost of our doing this business.
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