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Written by James Randi   

I've often said that it's hard to anticipate how silly, illogical, fuzzy-thinking, and downright stupid that people - or organizations - can get. This time, it's a prominent newspaper...

The Washington Post is Washington, D.C.'s oldest paper, founded in 1877. It has a daily printed circulation of 700,000 copies, is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and has the largest circulation in Washington. They proudly assert:

More than 9.6 million of the smartest business leaders and key opinion leaders nationwide and worldwide turn to washingtonpost.com, their trusted source for unique insight vital to business and life.

No, not the smartest. Perhaps those who want to see how the Dumbos of the country are thinking, but not necessarily the smartest. I invite you to go to their senate votes section where you'll be able to examine the U.S. Congress Votes Data base. On the leer "Vote Totals" in red, click on "By astrological sign." Duh.

The Washington Post newspaper actually lists the astrological signs of the voting Senators!

I ask you, do other newspapers run this critical aspect of Washington politics? How embarrassing for, and demeaning to, the American public. What genius in the upper echelons of the Washington Post came up with this idiocy...?

Jeff Wagg has commented that the Post should perhaps list shoe sizes for the Senators - a far more useful bit of data...

Thanks to Dean Schramm for calling this to our attention.

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written by Captain Al, June 06, 2009
They certainly don't need to include their IQ's.
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written by MadScientist, June 06, 2009
People still read the "Post"? I always find it funny how newspapers like to make outrageous claims with no evidence to support it. If I were spending big bucks on advertising I'd grill 'em to make sure they weren't just diddling me and taking my money. I guess some people aren't so mistrusting.
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written by Simon, June 06, 2009
According to tabloid astrology, the world is divided into 12 groups with identical traits and tendencies. Once should therefore expect the voting habits of, say, Pisceans, to be identical and consistent. One could monitor this over time as a simple little experiment into the validity of 'sign types'!
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Ted Serios lives!
written by MadScientist, June 06, 2009
I don't expect anyone to waste time looking at this baloney, but personally it had me shaking with laughter. Some people will believe anything you tell them:

http://michaelprescott.typepad.com/michael_prescotts_blog/2006/08/lets_get_serios.html

Did I ever mention that extraterrestrials abducted me on about 20 different occasions, but that I prevailed in each one and took those nasty ET's probes and crammed it into their own orifices, thus effecting my escape each time?

Then there was this other time in 1584 when I ...
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written by jasonhenle, June 07, 2009
Boo I say boooooo!
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written by TDjazz, June 07, 2009
I weep every time an important political decision or an election is based on narrow criteria: party affiliation, astrological sign, skin color, religious belief....
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written by stacyhead, June 07, 2009
I'm pretty sure we already know the shoe size of the Senators. They are in reciprocal relation to the IQ of the folks at The Washington Post. It is as useful to identify them as wearing boxers or briefs.
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written by CasaRojo, June 07, 2009
Amazing.
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Which Horoscope?
written by StarTrekLivz, June 07, 2009
But was it the "Western" horoscope sign, or the Chinese astological sysem? No doubt that makes a HUGE difference smilies/grin.gif

though I like Simon's idea for a simple, empirical experiment, which would provide clear and measurable results.
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I'd like to know that
written by Alencon, June 07, 2009
@Captain Al

I don't know skipper. I think it would be interesting to see the IQ of our congressmen. Bet it would scare the hell out of all of us.
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written by gabriel, June 07, 2009
Is the post the one that is owned by the moonies? I know one of the big papers in Washington is owned by them but I can't ever remember which one.
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written by siddhigyrl, June 07, 2009
After this, I'm officially ashamed to say I live here. I've never seen more woo and more disregard for separation of church and state than I have seen here in the District of Calamity. smilies/cry.gif
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written by Rustylizard, June 07, 2009
@gabriel

"Is the post the one that is owned by the moonies? I know one of the big papers in Washington is owned by them but I can't ever remember which one."

Surprisingly, no. That would be the Washington Times, the Post’s smaller, more conservative competitor.

I thought the Post was above all that, but you can also get your horoscope reading under their Arts and Living section, and there is no disclaimer stating that astrology is a pseudoscience and simply entertainment. I think it is particularly odious that the Post links astrological signs to politics because to some folks, at least, it might indicate legitimacy. On the other hand, both fields are revel in bulls#%*, so in that sense they are very complementary.

It seems like circulation figures and ratings drive the media, and public education is often not much of a concern.


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written by Vern, June 07, 2009
I would think penis/breast size would have more of an effect on the landscape. After all, how confident one is in their man/womanhood could bear out on their decision making in regard to certain issues. For example, whether a polly is predisposed to stick up for the little-guy/gal or be more prone to side with the well to do.

So... penis and breast sizes if you wouldn't mind. In the interests of transparency.
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written by pxatkins, June 08, 2009
> blasphemer to the very end

Blasphemy: a victimless crime
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Wasted Space
written by DKrap, June 08, 2009
When my local newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, asked readers for feedback on what features should be kept or eliminated from the newspaper to save costs, I recommended that the horoscopes be cut to save space. I received a response from the editor that the horoscopes were too popular to cut. What a shame that people are so delusional that they will believe in so many things that do not exist.
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written by Culmidon, June 08, 2009
OK, I can understand by state, by region, by gender and by next election (since they all want to be re-elected) and I most certainly agree with Jeff on the "By astrological sign." But do we really need to know who voted by "boomer status?" I mean, come on! The sub heading were "baby boomer," "Post boomer" and "pre boomer." No wonder we're all going to Hell in a handbasket, so to speak!
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written by tctheunbeliever, June 08, 2009
I'm a Cock in the East and a Cancer in the West. I just can't win.
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