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Max Roser: No, 2016 wasn’t the worst year

This lack of knowledge about how our world is changing is not a new phenomenon. Surveys from long before 2016 – the era before the world turned “post-factual” – show the same levels of ignorance.

Vestal: All the mud a million bucks can sling

Chris Marr really opposes negative ads. He says he’s been the victim of “hit pieces” by his opponent. He says that his political campaign for the state Senate ought to be about the issues. “The public deserves better than what we’ve seen so far,” Marr said in a KSPS debate not long ago.

Our View: McCain, Obama mudslinging an insult to voters

The comedy “Idiocracy” takes place 500 years in the future. The dumbing down of America has produced a generation of men, women and children named after products, including Tylenol Jones. The president is a TV wrestler, and “Hot Naked Chicks & World Report” is a popular newsweekly magazine. The movie wasn’t a critical or box office hit when it was released two years ago, but it has since gained a cult following. A Slate.com essay applauds it as “a feel-bad comedy about the silent killer of American civilization, namely our collective stupidity.”