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Last day of work before a week-long staycation. How motivated do you think I’m feeling this morning?

First, credit where credit is due: You’ve done the right thing, Scott: http://www.cumberlandnewsnow.com/News/Local/2013-05-02/article-3232503/Armstrong-not-using-flyers-to-criticize-Trudeau%0D%0A/1

No need to get into the details – the how and why, the he said she said – bottom line, in this case, he’s opted not to (mis)use taxpayer funds sending out a publicly-paid paper attack ad against the new leader of the Liberals. It was the right choice, the ethical choice.

It was an integrity check, and Armstrong passed.

Killed by a spider bite?

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2013/05/03/slayer-guitarist-metal-god-jeff-hannerman-dead-at-49/

I’m not gonna do that thing where I pretend to be all sad about a person I never met, but 49 is young and Slayer is awesome. Loved this album: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasons_in_the_Abyss

The best part of this story as where Thibodeau asked for $525,000 in damages: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/02/supreme-court-to-hear-case-of-couple-who-sued-air-canada-for-not-being-able-to-order-7up-in-french/ Cuz half a million bucks is the amount of cash you deserve when someone serves you but doesn’t speak your language. Hopefully the Supreme Court wants to hear this case because they wish to publicly humiliate Thibodeau. Unfortunately, I suspect that isn’t the case.

Here’s someone who deserves a one-way trip into space, sans oxygen, if she’s guilty of what she’s being accused of: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/02/two-chinese-kindergarten-students-die-after-rival-school-poisons-yogurt/

Sorry, this cannot stand unchallenged. It starts with the photo: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/02/controversial-gestation-crates-most-humane-way-to-breed-sows-farmer-says/

I’m no expert on pig husbandry. But I do know pigs are considered intelligent animals – equal to dogs, if not smarter. Now imagine if that was a dog contained by those iron bars. Whaddya think? Is there any way whatsoever that could be considered humane?

“Our industry has been built on research and science,” claims buddy.

Sure, I’ll grant that, but what was the goal of most of the research and science? Research and science devoted principally to producing the maximum amount of meat for the lowest cost wouldn't guarantee humane treatment of animals.

Bottom line, consumers need to vote with their dollars. If someone’s a meat eater who also cares about the welfare of animals, s/he needs to make the effort to source meat that’s raised humanely and also needs to let the industry as a whole know s/he is willing to pay more for meat that’s created with an animal’s well-being in mind.

Clamping down on open communication isn’t limited to Harper, unfortunately: http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/03/when-science-goes-silent/

Getting a government biologist on the record about hibernating animals took a cartoonishly long time. Getting permission from regional headquarters to talk to the manager of a local store got ugly.

More on the subject here: http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/03/free-speech-report-takes-aim-at-harper-governments-culture-of-secrecy-2/ (Just don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s only the federal government – this is much, much bigger, and it’s getting worse.)

Nothing very new about this - http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57582500-93/google-glass-code-lets-you-snap-a-photo-with-a-wink/ - but I wonder how many of us have given much thought to the truly profound ramifications of our current delight in all things tech. I don’t think we can even begin to predict what our gizmos will do to our culture over the next 50 years. I don’t think the experts know either. My guess, though, is that they’ll drastically alter the path of our species. I truly believe we’re in the front car of a roller coaster and we’re just peeking over the edge: the acceleration will be astounding and the twists and turns will scare the pants off us. Some of us will end up sick to our stomachs and others will be thrilled.

Brain implants giving seamless access to the Internet, satellites, drones, devices of all kinds.

Every moment of every person’s life monitored.

Thinking machines.

Super powers, from personal flight devices to robotic exoskeletons.

Longevity, even immortality.

And the potential for an ultimate division between the ultra-rich and everyone else: a small clique who can afford the latest and greatest while the rest of us remain mere mortals.

All of these are possible, even (given enough time) likely, I believe. And listing technologies is the easy part: trying to guess where the interaction of all these changes will lead us becomes impossible.

It’s gonna get wild and crazy, folks.

Hey, these are interesting: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/natural-swimming-pools-you-wish-were-in-your-backyard Whaddya think? I have an “Operation Lifesaver” ball cap for the first person to comment on any part of this blog post (sorry, not you, DBM).

Tomorrow is Star Wars Day: http://www.buzzfeed.com/txblacklabel/say-no-to-may-the-4th-star-wars-day-28m7

…and I am done. Next post some time around May 13?

 

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  • Matt
    May 08, 2013 - 14:38

    Did no one comment on this article yet, or has the moderator just not checked things out? Ps. I love buzzfeed