Okay, I know that chimps have always had animal smarts. I mean c’mon I’ve seen the movies on how they’re steeling our women and taking over the world (not necessarily in that order). This however is a little scary. While coasting the sites for interesting stuff, I found this little article at www.sciencenews.org. In Japan, Ayumu the chimp is making some of the smartest human look like idiots… well, at least when it comes to simple but challenging memory games.
According to psychologist Nicholas Humphrey however, this chimps talents might not have anything to do with memory but a condition that Ayumu might have knows as synthesthesia which allows the brain to attach sensory experiences to letters or numbers. This might be allowing him to see numbers as colors. Whatever the case, the video is amazing. Check it out:
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and being bullied for being a big boy throughout my adolescent life I feel strongly that it is very important to point out the importance of taking a stand and letting punks know their place. That being said, while coasting Facebook, I found this video courtesy of news8000.com. News anchor Jennifer Livingston of CBS WKBT News 8 in La Crosse, Wisconsin happens to be big and beautiful. After a particularly insulting email from a viewer, she decided to take a stand on national television, take a look:
I just can’t keep quiet about this one. Over the weekend I learned there were reports about a solder who wandered off base, to a community in Afghanistan and opened fire on innocent men, women, and children while on his rampage from house to house. As I read the story it seemed to get worse the more details that came out. Some witnesses reported that it was a group of soldiers and not just one. Initial reports also say that the alleged soldier purred chemicals over their bodies and then burned them. How sick do you need to be? Or are you that sick?
To be able to walk, or sneak yourself out of a secure military base with hot weapons and who knows what else; alone without anyone questioning his intentions is a little far fetched to me. I’ll admit I’ve never been overseas on a military base or at war, nor hold any military experience. But I can’t fly on an airplane without being frisked in the US. Why is a solder able to armor up and leave a military base alone and no one ask him of his intentions?
So there’s already been much unrest in the past few weeks from the NATO soldiers who burned some holy Quoran books, so you can only imagine how upset the Afghanistan people are now. No one really bats an eye when you say a military insurgent is killed, or armed combatants are killed in war. But the count of innocent people… that’s not just a byproduct of war. Its a shame both on the indigent people and on the foreign coalitions for accepting this level of casualties. If there were in-fact more than one soldier involved I’m sure you won’t hear about it on main stream media until the video or proof breaks from other sources.
At the end of the day I guess who ever is involved will deal with this massacre one way or another. The fate of this one “rogue” soldier should rest in the hands of the Afghanistan government. I know if something like this happened on our soil you better believe our courts would deal with it, or force whatever politics out of the way until we did.