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REDISTRIBUTING wealth will not reduce or eliminate poverty. But, redistributing a work ethic will.

IT’S HARD FOR me to believe that Commissioner Grady Smith doesn’t see the conflict of interest created by commissioners performing work for the city-county. It is also puzzling that he is going on and on about it not being a conflict of interest.

THE REASON HIGHER-UPS in government ask for more money is because they are educated, and that is what you are paying for – their smarts. For example, you would pay more for a mill supervisor than you would for a floor sweeper. That is how society works. Education equals money.

A NEW $1.2 MILLION “public trail” at the Augusta Canal; an absurd amount; and somebody’s getting rich off the taxpayer – again. Did our founders ever spend a million bucks for a trail? And 1,800 feet of concrete trail. Who ever heard of a trail of concrete? These people claim to love nature and then pave over it.

THE OBAMA-CREATED sequester has created havoc and hardship for the military operations, government agencies, government workers, retirees, and educational systems around the nation. Yet, there is still an endless flow of money to those on public assistance and to illegal aliens.

THE FLAGGING ARMS and ammunition industry is rebounding. I’m wondering if Obama proposed control, ban, and confiscation for durable goods if those industries would rebound as well.

WORKERS OF THE U.S., unite. Throw off the oppressive Democrat regime in DC. You have nothing to lose but your high taxes.

ONE WAY TO SOLVE the problems of the Catholic Church is to let the priests marry.

YOU WRITE THE federal “government can, and should regulate … safety of our food, water, and air.” Can you find that anywhere in the Constitution? If not, it’s wrong. Once you allow government to do that, they won’t stop till we’re slaves.

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL Sunday to run 6 miles at the Augusta Canal. What a shame to have no water for myself or my dog when we finished because of Columbia County Parks having the water fountains shut off.

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harley_52
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harley_52 03/28/13 - 04:16 pm
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I Guess They Think We're Both Crazy...

...nobody seems particularly concerned about it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 04:21 pm
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Hello here I am nobody

harley..ck 836am...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 04:26 pm
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Better

On page 5A of today's Chronicle we have the business news. A Los Angeles Times story written by Stuart Potter contains this:

Women make better corporate leaders than men because they are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake, a new study has found. The study, published this week in the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics. . . . Male directors, who made up 75 percent of the survey sample, prefer making decisions using rules, regulations and tradition, the survey found. Female directors, by contrast, are less constrained by rules and more prepared to “rock the boat,” the researchers found.

It is sad that a simple survey passes for “research” these days.

Anyway, turn the page to 6A and you have a column by Walter Williams with a similar theme:

Are women equal to men? . . . Male geniuses outnumber female geniuses 7-to-1. Female intelligence is packed much closer to the middle of the bell curve, whereas men’s intelligence has far greater variability. That means that though there are many more male geniuses, there are also many more male idiots. The latter might partially explain why more men are in jail than women.

Where does Commissioner Grady Smith fit in among all this discussion of ethics and equality? Do you reckon I could get the city to pay me to do a research study on that?

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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 04:34 pm
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Highest IQ ....is a woman...

But according to

it is Marilyn Savant who has an IQ score of 228, the highest ever recorded for an adult. Savant's parents decided to withhold the information from the public in order to avoid commercial exploitation and to assure a normal childhood. Bored with college life at Washington University, she left after two years to launch a career in stocks, real estate, and investments. Her real interest had always been writing but realized that she first needed a financial base to support herself. Within five years, her personal investments afforded her the financial independence to become a full-time writer. Savant wrote novels, short stories, and magazine/newspaper pieces, mostly political satire, under a pseudonym. Savant's attempt at anonymity ended in 1985 when the Guinness Book of World Records obtained her IQ test scores from the Mega Society, a group whose membership is restricted to those with only the highest IQ scores. The members' IQ has to be higher than 99.999%. Savant's IQ score was more than double the person with normal intellect and 88 points higher than the genius level.

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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 04:41 pm
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The woman's role in child birth & rearing children

Don't even get me started on that LLamb.....we not only carry the baby---we feed the baby with our body---& I would say at least 70% of all house work & raising the next generation.....while you men give us a deposit of some sort...lol...& then off to your golf..hunting..& fun...ok I will give you credit for bringing home the bacon...hahah

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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 04:44 pm
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Riverman1 03/28/13 - 04:57 pm
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Marilyn Savant use to have a

Marilyn Savant use to have a weekly column where she would discuss brain teaser type subjects. I THINK it was in the weekly insert paper the Chronicle was carrying.

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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 05:27 pm
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some surprises ....with IQ

There are many celebrities and famous people that, according to their IQs, are considered to be geniuses. Marilyn Vos Savant, also known as “Ask Marilyn,” has a the highest IQ recorded. Her IQ is 228. James Woods, an actor, has an IQ of 180. As strange as it may sound, computer mogul Bill Gates and director Quentin Tarantino have the same IQ as Albert Einstein - 180. Baseball great, Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson also has an IQ of 180.

View slideshow: Celebrities and their IQs

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Do you know what Hillary Clinton's IQ is?

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Former president Jimmy Carter and Sharon Stone only have two points separating their IQ scores. Jimmy Carter’s IQ is 156 and Sharon Stone’s IQ is 154. Both are considered to be genius or near genius. Singer, actress and dancer, Madonna has something in common with Hillary Clinton. The both scored 140 on their IQ tests. What different roads they took in life, despite their high level of intelligence.

130-139 - Gifted

There are also many famous people that IQ scores causes them to be considered “gifted.” Bill Clinton’s IQ score is three points lower than his wife’s at 137. Arnold Schwarzenegger comes in with a score of 135. Both Jodie Foster and Nicole Kidman have IQ scores of 132.

120-129 - Very Superior Intelligence

When someone scores between 120 and 129 on their IQ test, they are considered to have “very superior intelligence.” Three former presidents are in this category. They include George W. Bush (an IQ of 125), Dwight D. Eisenhower (an IQ of 122) and Gerald Ford (an IQ of 121).

110-119 - Superior Intelligence

John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald are considered to have superior intelligence, based on their IQ scores. John F. Kennedy had a score of 119 and Lee Harvey Oswald had a score of 118. It is strange that these two men had IQ scores that were so similar.

90-109 - Average Intelligence

Having average intelligence didn’t hinder one former president. Strangely enough, with an IQ score of 105, Ronald Reagan went on to become one of the greatest presidents in history. “The Great Communicator” is known for ending the Cold War. He proves that an IQ score is simply a number and it is how you use the intelligence you have is what is most important.

80-89 - Dullness

People who score between 80 and 89 on IQ tests are considered to be “dull.” Famous artist, Andy Warhol falls within this category, with a score of only 86. Although his painting of a soup can may be considered “dull” compared to the Mona Lisa, he is still considered to be great artist.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 05:30 pm
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Savant

She is still in the AJC paper...

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harley_52 03/28/13 - 05:34 pm
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seenitB4....

Sorry, I should have said "almost nobody." I didn't mean to slight you and yes, you did comment on it. Almost nobody else did.

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harley_52 03/28/13 - 05:38 pm
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Lots of "Dull" people....

...have done absolutely remarkable things. They are particularly impressive in the skilled trades. They take the time to learn the skill and improve on their learning through repeating the tasks over time. Some of the most skillful and amazing craftsmen did not have particularly high IQs.

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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 05:40 pm
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Thank you harley

Now I feel like I am somebody..:)

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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 05:43 pm
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IQ test

When I read the names of some with the high IQ....I think something has to be messed up with the tests....Jimmy Carter....Gerald Ford.....they didn't impress me with their intellect.

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seenitB4 03/28/13 - 06:07 pm
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Barbara WaWA to retire

Thank God...if she would just take P Morgan with her....

The Associated Press

NEW YORK —

Barbara Walters plans to retire next year, ending a television career that began more than a half century ago and made her a trailblazer in news and daytime TV.

Someone who works closely with Walters said the plan is for her to retire in May 2014 after a series of special programs saluting her career. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday.

Walters, 83, was hospitalized earlier this year after falling and cutting her head while leaving a party in Washington and remained out of work after developing the chickenpox. Largely retired from ABC News already, her main work is at "The View," the daytime hit she created in 1997.

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harley_52 03/28/13 - 06:12 pm
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IQ....

.....has little relationship to common sense, personality, self-respect, the ability to communicate, integrity, and many other things.

Ask the Clintons.

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Riverman1 03/28/13 - 08:15 pm
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I think Mensa makes it very

I think Mensa makes it very easy to score on the genius level so they can get membership fees from those who would be flattered and pay to join their organization. I'd also like to see how the IQs of all those people were determined. Reagan probably was tested back in college or something in the 30's. I don't believe his score is accurate, nor that of Andy Warhol and John Kennedy.

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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 11:00 pm
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Conspiracy Theory

That's a good point, RM. I'll bet that the Mensa IQ tests have been dumbed down to match the dumbing down of the American educational system. How else could Madonna have scored above Ronald Reagan?

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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 11:01 pm
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Obama

Notice how Barak Obama's scores must have been sealed. He doesn't want the world to know his intellectual paucity.

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bumblebeerose 03/29/13 - 01:28 am
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IQ Test

I would like to say thanks to all for the interesting read on the IQ's of famous people. Can someone tell me where to look at a sample test for grins and giggles.

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