Alternate Realities

What has amazed me since Jesus told Dubya to invade Iraq (to take away their WMD…, no I mean, to attack the al Qaeda there… no, I mean that Freedom is on the march!) has been the popular misconception that Saddam Hussein’s regime was directly involved prevacid with the 9/11 attacks.

According to a Knight-Ridder survey in 2003, 44% of Americans surveyed believed this. In September 2004, that number had plummeted to … 42%. In effect, almost half the population has a misconception about one of the most important events in recent American history.

For some reason, during the past two months, this number seems to have dropped off to around 20%, which I suppose represents some kind of an improvement that only 1/5th of America has bad information.

Should I be surprised about the information gap between the Kerry supporters and the Bush supporters? It’s a rhetorical question. Don’t answer.

Work Harder, Perl Hacker!

Just got this in my inbox from the Perl jobs list, which I really ought to cancel my subscription to.

Developer with extensive knowledge of PERL and ability to code 7.5K to10K
lines per day needed at this large financial services company in Stamford,

7-10 thousand lines of Perl per day

!??! Oh, and you have to know VB as well.

Uh… Perl… VB… culture clash?