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Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children

Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children
By specially training dogs to lie motionless in an fMRI scanner, neuroscientists have finally taken a look inside the mind of our favorite companion animal. And to no dog lover’s surprise, they exhibit a level of awareness that will force us to reconsider the ways in which they’re treated.

There’s a provocative and fascinating opinion article in the New York Times by neuroeconomics professor Gregory Burns where he describes his latest work studying dogs. After training and scanning the brains of dozens of them, he says he’s left with the inescapable conclusion that “dogs are people, too.”

Unlike behavioral analyses, Burns’s work is providing actual neurological evidence that dogs, like so many other animals, experience consciousness and emotions at a level comparable to humans. He did so after training dogs (with the help of Mark Spivak) for months to be comfortable inside fMRI scanners — and having them wear earmuffs to protect their sensitive hearing from the 95 decibels of noise the scanner makes.

Dogs as conscious beings strikes a blow at the religious argument for the origin of consciousness and at the casual misuse and exploitation of dogs for profit. I think the comment that "dogs are people, too" is a bit unscientific. Dogs as conscious beings expands our notion of consciousness.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Oct 7, 2013, 02:56 PM (14 replies)

California GOP Officially Dead

California GOP Officially Dead
At one time in its history, The Golden State was a red state. It is the state from which the tax revolt, popularized by Governor and then President Ronald Reagan, was launched in the United States. Recently, however, the Republican Party in California has been slowly dying.

As reported by The Sacramento Business Journal, Republican registration in the state has dropped seven points over the last decade. This new data from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that 43.9 percent of the registered population are Democrats, but Republican registration has declined to 28.9 percent. In addition, independent voters are more likely to lean Democratic. Four out of 10 independents lean Democratic, versus three out of 10 who lean Republican.

It is now virtually impossible for a Republican to hold statewide office positions such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Senator.

One could argue that the California GOP was officially dead since last years election, when the Democrats gained a super majority in both houses, and a Democratic governor and lieutenant governor. Pure Democratic legislation can now be passed in the state with no attention paid to the Republican representatives.

California has a reputation as a bellweather state, and where it goes, so goes the nation.

Once can only hope that a suitable and subtle ceremony can be arranged.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Oct 3, 2013, 11:11 AM (53 replies)

Republican/Libertarian/TeaParty/Conservatives just achieved their wet dream

of putting most of the government workers out of a job and shrinking government to bathtub size. They have left the individual states as the only fully functioning governments. (tenth amendment orgasm) They passed a bill to pay the military, and though it doesn't fund other military enterprises (wargasm) that seems to be one thing they could agree on.

So riddle me this?

What is their incentive to turning the government back on?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 01:03 PM (33 replies)

The United States is Now a Failed State.

This may be temporary. Republicans may come to their senses and sing Kumbaya....

Shit, what the hell am I saying.

Will the last elected representative to leave the House please turn out the lights.

Ethiopia, move your ass over. We want a chunk of the Couch.

The above was a statement of my utter disgust.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 30, 2013, 11:25 PM (10 replies)

VA: Extended shutdown could stop disability pay

VA: Extended shutdown could stop disability pay
The Veterans Affairs Department warned Saturday that an extended government shutdown could result in a cutoff of veterans’ benefits checks by the end of October.

In a sharp change from what the VA was saying days earlier, officials said a prolonged shutdown would hurt the 3.4 million veterans receiving disability compensation, plus survivors and veterans expecting GI Bill living stipends.

“The administration strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur,” the VA said in a statement. “There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical Government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full year 2014 appropriations.”

“In the event of a prolonged shutdown, VA will continue to review and update its plan in conjunction with the applicable legal requirements and circumstances,” the statement says.

I will be sorely tempted to plant my boot in the ass of the next Republican Conservative TeaParty fuckwad that says "Thank you for your service."
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 30, 2013, 11:08 PM (1 replies)
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