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Macedonian Minister Is On The Lookout For Geniuses

Macedonian Health Minister Nikola TodorovMacedonian Health Minister Nikola Todorov
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Macedonian Health Minister Nikola Todorov
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Macedonia’s Health Minister Nikola Todorov is seeking geniuses with an IQ score of at least 140 to serve as advisers to a new committee that will be dealing with “complex analyses”

Those interested would have to prove their intelligence with a certificate from MENSA, the international IQ society.

After an advertisement by the ministry was published in several newspapers, local media outlets reported on its strange requirement. Within 24 hours, the news had reached international media outlets such as "The Washington Post" and "The Huffington Post," much to the joy of Macedonia’s local media who within minutes began reporting that international media had picked up on news from Macedonia. 

In a phone interview with the local  Alfa TV channel, the minister rejected suggestions that the advertisement was discriminatory.

“The idea is to use ultraintelligent people who will help out with questions concerning health, because these people either think differently or approach these issues differently,” Todorov said. 

Todorov also likened his quest for highly intelligent advisers to a height requirement necessary for the performance of certain jobs.

Macedonia’s commission for antidiscrimination has said it will investigate the case further.

Even so, regardless of the discrimination issue, it appears that the IQ requirement in the advertisement cannot be measured locally.

In an interview with the news website eReporter, Beti Popova of MENSA’s Macedonian branch put an end to the media buzz by telling reporters that her branch does not use the exam with the 140-point threshold that is specified by the ministry.

“We are using an exam which only shows a coefficient of 131," Popova said. "This means that those who want to participate in the advertisement would not be able to receive a certificate if they are tested on our premises.” .

Intelligence, however, apparently does not pay well. According to the advertisement, the geniuses will receive a daily fee of 3,000 to 5,000 denars or around $64 to $100.

Despite the media's somewhat lighthearted approach to the issue, there is evidence to suggest that top-level politicians could indeed use a little extra brainpower to help them do their jobs.

As Balkan Insight reports, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among just a handful of U.S Presidents who have scored higher than 140 in an IQ test. 

On November 9, one day after the advertisement was published, the Health Ministry announced that they had received their first application, which came with a MENSA certificate showing an IQ of 156.

-- Deana Kjuka
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 09, 2012 20:14
Well,the mac guy has had too much prepechenitsa-the local brand of raki-that is whisky.All macs are grand geniuses-the deeper you go into the macedonian country-the more geniuses you`ll find with IQs of more than 350!!!Only problem is their heads are bursting out from the sheer weight of their brains but we all know the great albanians will solve that problem!!!
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
November 10, 2012 03:52
That's why he should start drinking georgian chacha (moonshine from grapes), to clear his brain....
looking at the photo of Nicola and seeing his "kind" eyes, one can say that this fellow want to do something bad..
Maybe he wants to hit on the head with a heavy hammer to employees to enhance their intellectual level.
you have to be careful camel, if after drinking bout,you'll find yourself in Macedonia...
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 10, 2012 14:15
Aah,dearest Vakhtanganaika kaka djan,georgian chacha was delicious way back when the russians ruled the country,we used to drink gallons and played the cha cha cha,aaah,memories,nostalgia and so on. Now they say one can drink real cha cha only in Abkhasia and South Ossetia as the georgians like you,left to their own devices turned it into a pigswill,hence the russians banned its import in Russia.But we all hope that the Abkhasians and the South Ossetians,and the Adjarians as well will soon liberate Georgia and the good georgian people will taste again the real cha cha cha,ha,bloody ha!!!

by: Vlado from: Skopje
November 10, 2012 08:34
This highlights how little practical experience the ministers in the present government has - they don't need geniuses, they need people with a good dose of common sense! This is part of the problem here too many self-proclaimed thinkers are coming up with wonderful ideas, and then failing on implementation because they lack the basic practical skills to get anything done.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 10, 2012 10:27
The article is saying: "Barack Obama <is> among just a handful of U.S Presidents who have scored higher than 140 in an IQ test". So, maybe this info kind of data undermines the claim that a high IQ test score is helpful in terms of helping the person in question to perform well in a position.
Let's say, Obama has a high IQ score while George W Bush (allegedly) had a very low IQ score. And, did Obama perform any better as Bush as a US president? Did he achieve anything in economics and politics that George W would not have achieved? It's just that the economic or political processes are determined by too many factors that matter much more than the intellectual capacity of a specific individual, whose room of maneuver is severely limited by those factors.
And the example of the "smart guy" Obama miserably failing to stop the economic decline of the country he "runs" supports this point vividly: in order to stop the decline, Obama would need to destroy the major cause of it - the capitalist system of free market economy. But in order to challenge this system, the guy would have had to sacrifice his political ambition of being a US president. So, as a "smart guy", why would he challenge the capitalist system - he understands perfectly well that by doing so he would get into a lot of trubble personally. So, he just prefers to "smartly" continue watching how the US economy is running into a wall. By the time the US have gone bankrupt, he will have "successfully" completed his presidential term and will have retired. Thus, his high IQ score will not have helped anyone (except for himself and for the inept and bankrupt capitalist oligarchy he happens to represent).
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 10, 2012 14:25
Aaah,my darling Eugenio,we all know Obama is a dumbo,compared to austrian kgb geniuseslike you and Jacko,so I suggest you leave beautiful Vienna and go to the states like Jacko-there you can be reborn again and run on a NKVD/KGB/FSB ticket and give the stupid americans a lesson or two.Only you and Jack can solve America`s problems,that is with a little help from Vakhtang Kaka Dudu and Con stan teen,so,please hurry because time waits for no one.We are all looking forward the American RSFSR-the United Soviet American States with you as a prezident and Jacko as a foreign secretary,or vice versa!!!
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 10, 2012 19:15
You are saying: "Only you and Jack can solve America`s problems". Well, Camel, had you read my posting you would have probably noticed that I am saying the opposite: NO ONE can solve the economic and military problems the US is stuck in. So, for this (and just so many other) reason(s) I have to decline your generous invitation to go and live in the country of Beavuses and Buttheads - not again!!!! :-)
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
November 11, 2012 05:47
Nikola's eyes, also tell us that he is ready to crack down not only against Macedonians with low intellectual level but also against the cloven-hoofed hat had escaped from the wilderness of Kurdistan...
We all know that Nicola and cloven-hoofed are a serious danger to the public and we require urgent treatment of patients with help of injections of aminazine and haloperidol...
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 11, 2012 10:36
Well, Vakhtang, you are absolutely right: some "participants" of this forum do require urgent medical help, even though I fear that the Macedonian medical system does not have the skills and equipment necessary in order to deal with such difficult cases as those of Camel and Konstantin :-))).
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 11, 2012 15:32
Aah,typical KGB FSB modesty prevents you from doing what you should do Eugenio and Kaka Vahtangovitch,dont be so shy-here is your great chance:Now that gen.Petreaus has resigned Jack and Eugenio should apply for his post and I guess their extra marital purely platonic relashions wont be a problem!!! They will be a perfect head and vice head of the famous agency and are sure to revive its fotunes!!! As the perfect behinds would be Kaka Vakhtangovitch and the Bechtel man from the city of fallen angels,of course.I also suggest they extradite all Beavuses and Buttheads to Georgia Austria and Russia,where they already are a sizable majority.You can do it boys and girls,sure you can if you can only manage to abstain from schnappes and adulterated wine for a 15 minutes.Humanity is counting on you!!!
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by: William from: Aragon
November 11, 2012 22:56
Camel, EUgenio, Vakhtang - gentlemen, we appear to have strayed from the original topic. I await a return to your usual penetrating insights.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
November 12, 2012 06:18
You may notice that the people who often talk about the intellectual level themselves have problems with their intellectual level...

but it seems that everything is much more complicated here

Mr. Todorov with his statement, questioned the entire education system of Macedonia.
Todorov balgariаn on a nationality.
Bulgarians are less than 2% of the population of Macedonia and this despite the fact that the Macedonian language is based on the Bulgarian.
He also knows of course, that many years ago the Bulgarians captured Macedonia and bulgarian kings were the rulers of Macedonia.
So he expresses his outrage that the country has much more Albanians and Turks than Bulgarians
I think it would be better if Mr Todorov went to Kurdistan, heal the sick camels than sitting in Macedonia and angry at the history of of the country....

by: James from: Nebraska
November 12, 2012 12:25
Is Macedonia different than the USA? Here, you get a letter stating you qualified and a wallet card, not an IQ test score result. And do you need to speak the language?

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