Ask A Genius 588: Genius Drain and Wishes for 2021

In-Sight Publishing

December 31, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Ok, what are your plans or wishes for 2021?

Rick Rosner: Well, there is a fade somewhat, that trump and his people are prosecuted. In that, we’ve tried the partnering route before. Letting bygones be bygones in the name of healing, that seems like that would only encourage more malfeasance, especially given the current atmosphere.

Back in 1975-74, Gerald Ford pre-emptively pardoned Nixon from being prosecuted for anything he did while in office. That caused a lot of anger back then. I think it would. Biden says that he will leave the Justice Department to make its own decisions about what to do about Trump and his people.

Trump still has 20 more days left in office. People expect him to try to pardon, maybe his family, maybe himself, but he can only pardon himself from federal crimes. State crimes and crimes that that he did that was illegal according to state laws like the state of New York.

You can’t give yourself a presidential pardon for those crimes. I’m hoping that he’s prosecuted. I’m hoping that Fox News, and the other conservative outlets like OAN, Newsmax, will have less power over the lunacy of 70 million Americans.

But I don’t see that going away, really. I hope the Democratic candidates in the Georgia Senate runoff win giving the Senate a 50/50 split between the Republicans and the Democrats. With the vice president being the tie breaking vote, the oddsmakers give that about a one in three chance of happening.

So, probably, Mitch McConnell, the Republicans will probably retain like a one-person lead in this majority in the Senate, which is bad because Mitch McConnell is a terrible person. So, anyway, those are my hopes.

I hope that they come up with a reasonable, under Biden, and a more effective distribution of vaccines. Only two million vaccines have actually been administered this month. Trump promised 100 million doses would be administered by this point a few months ago.

He promised that. Then last month, he promised us 20 million doses would be administered. Now, we’re, maybe, at two and a half million. It’s just one more fuck up on his way out of office. I hope that Biden can lower rates, get people to comply with masking.

Yesterday was the worst day ever for U.S coronavirus deaths at about 3,900, breaking the previous day, record of 3,780. We still don’t have the wave from Christmas get togethers to hit, yet.

It takes two or three weeks. I hope that in general, that more and more Americans realize what a fucking disaster of the past years and the last four years have been. That we figure out some legislation to prevent a recurrence.

Scott: Are you still writing professionally in comedy?

Rosner: Not for money. I mean, I tweet every day and some of the tweets are jokey. Well, I also hope that the last year of shutdown didn’t cost us a year of technological progress.

Scott: What are your odds of thinking that it didn’t do that? What if it was like nine months, but it was a year of slowdown’s? A functional nine months in one year of slowdown rather than a complete halt?

Rosner: It’d still be bad. I’m hoping to enjoy years of added life due to advances in medicine. I don’t want to have give up years of future life because advances weren’t made because everybody was locked down.

We’re on the cusp of huge advances in medicine by 2040. But if everything gets pushed, I’ll be 80 in 2040. If everything gets pushed, I mean, what? I’m in my 70s. The push of a year is a big deal. I had stage one cancer last year. My kidney’s since have been free, have been clean, clear.

But I’m putting a lot of hope in medicine, in medicine getting better. What do I think? I think that it didn’t cost us a year of advances, but it didn’t cost us nothing either. Also, I hope we can clean up America’s image in the world.

So, we continue to attract smart people from around the world. The US only has less than five percent of the world’s population. We’ve benefited for the past 50 years in being a place that smart people want to come to do research and get educated and build businesses.

The Trump era has been terrible for that. It had made us look like a nation of racist idiots. So, I’m sure we’ve lost smart people to China.

Scott: You’ve lost them to Canada.

Rosner: Or Canada.

Scott: Basically, when that stuff was flaring up, the prime minister of Canada went up and said, ‘You have a place welcome here.;

Rosner: Yes, that’s true. I mean, you guys are smart. We’ve been run by the worst president, the stupidest, the most incompetent, the most corrupt president in history. So, that’s it. Those are my hopes.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal (ISSN 2369-6885). Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and the advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.


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