The Psychometer: Who Went Too Far Last Week?
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Humans... we're just so fallible. We're so susceptible to all kinds of ridiculous ideas that seem good on paper. Whether we're talking about the lasers that China is using to blind our satellites, pepper-spraying some peaceful protesters, or believing that porn is a pretty good way to advance a socially-conscious agenda, we just can't seem to get our act together.
Fortunately, until we do, we have The Psychometer, which shines a light on all the dumb-to-border-line-straight-jacket-worthy things we said and did last week. Take a look at who made the list, scroll over their picture to read why, and let us know who we missed in the comments.
But more importantly, let's try to keep it together this week. Ok, folks?
CORRECTIONS: An earlier version of this article stated that the slapping incident occurred during a city council meeting in Sausalito, Texas. In fact, it happened in Sausalito, Calif. Also, one reader pointed out to us that Bachmann's "lasers" comment was a reference to an actual 2006 report -- which has since been repudiated -- that China had attempted to jam US satellites. We should have pointed out that Bachmann didn't pull the "fact" out of the clear blue sky, but that she had based her statement on an erroneous, five-year-old story. We regret the error.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that the slapping incident during a city council meeting in Sausalito, Texas. In fact, it happened in Sausalito, Calif.