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Animals and Language

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Just a thought for today....

This weekend, I watched the first few minutes of the documentary "Blackfish".  I had to stop at the part where Seaworld captured wild orcas and separated the babies from their mothers - the whole process makes me so angry!

Before then, they showed a segment where Whoopi Goldberg commented that we don't speak the languages of other animals - not whale, not tiger, not dolphin,...

But other animals have learned to speak our language.  Bonobos, for example, not only understand and speak English, they are advanced enough to hold conversations with us while hosting tea parties. Chimpanzees and gorillas learned sign language and communicate just fine.  Dolphins and whales also seem to understand us more that we understand them.

Makes me wonder how smart humans really are.

To Be or Not To Be... A Feminist

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Feminism - a four syllable word that lacks a decisive definition, evokes emotions from absolute devotion to absolute hate as well as everything in between, separates families, brings together communities, and occasionally creates bursts of chaotic debate on the political scene.

There is even debate as to who first coined the term "feminism".  Some people credit French philosopher Charles Fourier with creating the term in 1837, while the Oxford English Dictionary lists its first appearance in 1895.

Despite the history of feminism, I face the question of whether or not I want to call myself a feminist, especially after the controversy with Emma Watson.  The hatred and vitriol spewed towards her for speaking about equality among men and women is daunting, and I wonder if such a response would have happened if she said the same things, just not under the 'feminism' banner.

You see, I believe something quite similar.  I think that women should have equal access to opport…

"Alien Imposters" by Key and Peele

Okay, this is supposed to be my Wordless Wednesday contribution, but seeing as how this is a video and I'm commenting on it, it's not really 'Wordless'.

First, you need to watch the video.  Go on, I'll wait.

Now, I admit I like Key and Peele.  They are incredibly intelligent and humorous, and all of their skits that I've seen have underlying, serious messages.

This video is no different.

While laughing at how the men determined who was an alien, I also cringed because our society still has a large streak of racism that permeates basically everything.  The problem is I don't know of a way to get rid of that racism.

I think part of the problem will (sorry, Mom and Dad) die off with older generations, people who grew up before the Civil Rights Movement.  I know a lot of older people who try to overcome their racism, but it's difficult to change something that's based in childhood.

But what about newer generations?  Are we still teaching racism withou…

It's a Bird, it's a Plane, It's a Drone??

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Or, maybe, a hoverbike...

While drones normally bring up mental images of secret military operations and hoverbikes seem very back to the future, several companies are attempting to create these vehicles for commercial and personal use. A drone might someday show up at your house delivering a package; or you might one day race your friends across a beach on a hoverbike.  It all depends on how fast the technology develops and if we can overcome some inherent problems.
Google Sprouts Wings Well, it's more that Google built some for their latest from Google X - Project Wings, a new drone delivery system.  For those who don't know, Google X is a division of Google that attempts to do the impossible.  They experiment with crazy ideas, learning along the way.  By "learning along the way", I mean that Google doesn't expect all the projects to succeed; they know that a lot will never make it out of the lab.  But by allowing their people to try, Google also allows them t…

Wordless Wednesday: Vancouver Giants by Os Gemeos

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Wordless Wednesday: The 10 Commandments of Logic

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Happy Labor Day!

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I'd like to take the time to thank all of the laborers in the U.S. for helping to make our country better.  By "laborers" I mean everyone who does a dirty job, everyone working in a factory, everyone working on garbage trucks, the postmen, the delivery guys, road workers, construction workers, mechanics...You get it done, and you do it well  Thank you.