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Elon Musk on Friday unveiled a coin-sized prototype of a brain implant developed by his startup Neuralink to enable people who are paralyzed to operate smartphones and robotic limbs with their thoughts — and said the company had worked to “dramatically simplify” the device since presenting an earlier version last summer.

In an event live-streamed on YouTube to more than 150,000 viewers, the company staged a demonstration in which it trotted out a pig named Gertrude that was said to have had the company’s device implanted in its head two months ago; the live stream showed what Musk claimed to be Gertrude’s real-time brain activity as it sniffed around a pen. At no point, though, did he provide evidence that the signals — rendered in beeps and bright blue wave patterns on screen — were, in fact, emanating from the pig’s brain.


OooK. Good thing but why do I feel a bit uncomfortable?

😡😡 PBS Mark Shields on Obama's comment 😡😡

Our cable went out Friday evening, so instead of listening to no news at all, I streamed PBS News Hour. Never again (there was a reason we stopped listening to that program).

Mark Shields:

Well, Judy, I am not one to often question former President Barack Obama's selection of words or his eloquence, which is demonstrated, but I think he was absolutely wrong when he said that they are trying to kneecap*, Republicans are trying to kneecap.
I mean, it is a mafia term. And it is very harsh.

*"As a metaphor "kneecapping" suggests being limited by external imposition in a way that prevents full freedom of movement or utilization of resources." - Wiki

"Very harsh" - omg! After all tRump has said & done, Shields wants to call out Obama's language. GD, that's reaching!

Beautiful. Here's another "Shark Whisperer" 🐬

🌊 🐬 🌊

Mine too!

I ❤ that pic.

Hubby worked with Leland for yrs.
(Trivia: Ya know he used to play football for the Cowboys. And had to wait 'til after retiring from NASA to come out. He's living back near Roanoke now but came to Katherine Johnson's retirement party.)

He's the kindest soul.

Well said! 👍

those who go straight into fear, hatred and paranoia are people who have only lived a life of privilege and entitlement and are triggered because they’ve never never had to develop an existential imperative to interact with a significant amount of people outside of their own socially cloistered environment.

Paranoia is indeed a deeply-rooted, despicable trait of that political party - one they seem to apply to every aspect of their lives.

That was interesting

Yet depressing & disturbing to me. I value wild critters in their own habitats & feel this kind of experimentation is cruel. Some "scientists" seem to lack an empathy gene.

Like so many others whom we share the planet with, Dolphins are sentient beings with emotions and should have been more respected.


But, btw, I've no objections to adult humans experimenting with LSD, none whatsoever. 😋

Unrelated, random comment: wouldn't the planet be better off if humans never existed? 🙄

Like others here, I collect info

Info I'd like to use to counter all kinds of wingers but am usually too polite to sling it all in their faces, especially neighbors & family.

6 days ago I emailed myself this, saved for my next round of attempting to persuade my son to at least slow down on red meat. (His consumption of it offends my sensibilities - he's 33yo & did not develop his voracious carnivore appetite at home.)

How does deforestation in Brazil affect the world?
Overall. Collapsing trees across Brazil emits high density of carbon emissions, a greenhouse gas effect also occurs when these trees collapse. ... Overall, Deforestation in Brazil alone is highly detrimental to Earth's Global Warming crisis today.

Deforestation in Brazil -

In Brazil, this has been the case since at least the 1970s: government figures attributed 38 percent of deforestation from 1966-1975 to large-scale cattle ranching. Today the figure in Brazil is closer to 70 percent.
Feb 26, 2020
https://rainforests.mongabay.com › ...

Amazon Destruction -

How much Brazilian beef does the US import?

According to records from the USDA Economic Research Service, the U.S. imported 140.9 million pounds of beef from Brazil last year. This is a relatively high import volume in recent years, though the early 2000s saw the highest import volumes, exceeding 280 million pounds.
Mar 29, 2019

FRESH Brazilian beef might be coming back to the U.S.
Jun 6, 2019
Fresh Brazilian beef might be returning to the U.S. However, questions regarding inspections exist, and long-running worries about the safety of the U.S. cattle herd remain.

On Monday, March 25, Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Farming issued a beef trade-related announcement. It claimed the USDA had announced plans to audit the Brazil’s beef inspection system in June 2019.
The Brazilian announcement came less than a week after President Donald Trump met with Brazil’s President Jair Messias Bolsonaro. After the March 19 meeting, the pair of presidents issued a joint statement regarding trade topics, beef among them.

So, you want to help save the planet's inhabitable ecosystems? Then, save the oceans' ecosystems and the planet's rainforest. The biggest step in saving the rainforests is to stop eating so much beef.

Rant off.

Sorry, DU, I saved this info for my son but since Rainforest fragility is the topic, I thought I might add this....but it probably belongs in another form.

Nightly news should be covering this...Remember...

Remember these articles from back in June?

Did we see this exposed on the nightly news broadcasts?

*A white supremacist channel on Telegram encouraged its followers to spark violence to start a race war in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd, Politico reported, citing an internal Department of Homeland Security memo.

*Citing the FBI, the note said that two days after Floyd's death, the channel "incited followers to engage in violence and start the 'boogaloo' — a term used by some violent extremists to refer to the start of a second Civil War — by shooting in a crowd."

*One of the messages in the channel called for potential shooters to "frame the crowd around you" for the violence, the note said, according to Politico.

*Other media outlets have also reported on white supremacist groups weaponizing protests against police brutality to incite violence.

*Meanwhile, several Republican officials, including President Donald Trump, have blamed "antifa" for the violence and some have suggested protesters should be hunted down like terrorists.


I don't remember broadcast media covering much of this but they covered the WH racist blaming "antifa."

They ARE!!

I'm so proud of how they have been handling these racist, misogynist asshole wingers who expect to and are used to intimidating women, especially those of color.

These Democratic women are their intellectual superiors, not vice versa.

Aww, glad you're enjoying his YouTube channel.

Regarding kitties riding: My Mr. Silver, a blue pt Siamese, loved to ride. He & our young Lab took to each other immediately, so most everywhere I took her in the car, he came too.

The trick, I think, with many kitties is you must exposed them to things at a very young age. Unfortunately, I don't think it works with all of kitties.

Besides Nala being introduced to biking so young, her & Dean's personalities just seem to mesh so amazingly well.

Isn't it a "trip" watching them?!

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