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  •  functionality? (2+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter, StrayCat

    A RWNJ once shared with me his attitude that "100 is the average IQ for a reason; the farther away you get in either direction, the less functional you are."

    It wouldn't surprise me if a similar attitude is at work: they don't want to recruit people they think are going to "overthink" and "lock up" when faced with a complex, emotionally charged, high stakes, and fluid situation.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 12:07:40 PM PDT

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    •  The reason they gave (1+ / 0-)
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      was that someone who was too smart would "get bored" with the job and quite after an expensive training.

      "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

      by gjohnsit on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 12:18:05 PM PDT

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      •  they say something similar about military service (2+ / 0-)
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        US Blues, gjohnsit

        "Long hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror."

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 12:26:30 PM PDT

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      •  that's pretty common (0+ / 0-)

        among employers, where the job tends to be long hours of boredom. (They don't want cashiers who are really smart, either, even if it means that managers have to deal with more stuff that could have been handled lower down.)

        (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

        by PJEvans on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 04:07:25 PM PDT

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