Viral video of chimpanzee scrolling through Instagram hides a sad truth – CNET

Friday, April 26, 2019

Noted primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost chimp researcher, released a statement through her website Good For All News on Thursday, as the footage of the chimpanzee began to gather a lot of viral steam. Goodall said she is “very disappointed to see the inappropriate portrayal of a juvenile chimpanzee” and suggests that the footage helps to perpetuate the illegal pet trade of great apes.

This isn’t the behavior of a wild animal, rather a trained behavior that seems intended to elicit this exact response. That point can be lost amid the runaway virality <sic> of an online clip and the Jane Goodall Institute said this is “part of the larger issue of social media videos” that prompt trading in exotic animals.

Notably, this isn’t the first time that a chimpanzee video has gone viral — and it’s not even the first time the same organization has caused grief for primatologists. And posts and videos such as these highlight how social media influencers with large audiences can quickly spread content — for right or wrong. Once they’re online, there’s almost no way to stop their spread and, in this case, the funny exterior masks the sad hidden truth of animals living in captivity.

Source: Viral video of chimpanzee scrolling through Instagram hides a sad truth – CNET

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Don’t view any of the Great Apes being monetized and encourage bad behavior by human beings profiting off their captivity.

Animals belong in nature; not in captivity.

IMHO

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ADMINISTRIVIA: No longer a Yankees fan

Friday, April 26, 2019

Like anyone cares.

… … maybe the ghost of George will haunt the NYY organization.

… … maybe “We, The Sheeple” wont forget.

… … maybe the USA will return to its roots of freedom and liberty.

So now I’ve changed

… … no longer will watch the Yankees until Kate Smith returns to the Seventh Inning.

… … to remind any NYY fan about “Kate Smith”.

… … my bitmoji to remove the NYY logo.

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Chick-fil-A makes special Sunday delivery for boy with brain tumor

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Chick-fil-A might usually be closed on Sundays, but that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to help out a child in need.

Source: Chick-fil-A makes special Sunday delivery for boy with brain tumor

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Kudos to that store manager and his team for making this happen.

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Millionaire Bernie Sanders Still Gets Mayoral Pension from 1980s Gig

Thursday, April 25, 2019

CNBC reported that “double-dipping” is not illegal and that, “a National Journal study in 2013 found that nearly 20 percent of members have drawn government pensions while serving in the Senate or the House, for a total haul of more than $3.6 million in such pensions in the prior year.”

Source: Millionaire Bernie Sanders Still Gets Mayoral Pension from 1980s Gig

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Why do politicians get pensions?

Can’t they steal enough while in office to get by?

Argh!

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Chicago’s pension funds looking more like a collapsing Ponzi scheme | Wirepoints

Thursday, April 25, 2019

A falling population means the city’s massive pension debts are falling on a smaller base of taxpayers. That’s bad news enough.

But another key demographic – the ratio of active government workers to pensioners – is even more concerning.That ratio, which equaled 1.4 actives for every pensioner in 2005, has collapsed to nearly 1.05. And if the trend continues, in just a year or two there will be more pensioners draining money from the pension funds than active workers putting money in.

Source: Chicago’s pension funds looking more like a collapsing Ponzi scheme | Wirepoints

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Can you spell “unfunded liabilities”?

Clearly, this is the USA’s problem writ large!

The current 121T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities is something that our posterity will have to deal with; not just the Chicago / Illinois taxpayers.

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VOCABULARY: Emojiology

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Source: Emojipedia

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The study of emojis?

 


VOCABULARY: egocentric temporal order bias

Thursday, April 25, 2019

egocentric temporal order bias

Source: Out of bounds: Why basketball players believe they weren’t last to touch ball | Ars Technica

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