October 1st, 2018

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Chelsea Manning says life in the US is like being in prison

Chelsea Manning says life in the US is like being in prison

Whistleblower highlights surveillance and policing in her first UK public appearance

Chelsea Manning has compared life in the US to her time in prison because of surveillance systems, cameras and the presence of police.

In her first public appearance in the UK, the whistleblower said her idea of freedom outside jail had not transpired.

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The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human

Here is a story which is close to my heart, because there once was a time when I, too, thought I was human. It is from the best liberal magazine in the USA, (excluding science mags). The title link (directly below) contain THE VIDEO. Also, please welcome into your hearts the other links listed at the bottom of this article. From the bottom of mine to yours...

The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human

In 1964, a psychotherapist and his wife adopted a two-day-old chimpanzee. They named her Lucy. For twelve years, Dr. Maurice and Jane Temerlin would raise Lucy as if she were their human daughter. The chimp ate at the family dinner table, using silverware. She dressed herself. She served her parents tea. She even learned 140 signs in American Sign Language.

When Lucy reached adolescence, she developed a taste for straight gin and Playgirl—which she flipped through while masturbating with a vacuum cleaner. She began to act out, sometimes violently. Growing concerned, the Temerlins decided to introduce Lucy to another chimp for the first time, with the apparent intention of mating them. Lucy was uninterested. By all measurable counts, Lucy believed she was human.

In time, Lucy’s aggressive outbursts worsened. Eventually, the Temerlins decided to return her to Africa to live in a sanctuary for orphaned and captive-born chimps on an island on the Gambia River. To help her emotionally and physically adapt to life in the wild, Lucy’s adoptive parents hired Janis Carter to spend three weeks with the chimp on the island. “She didn’t have a clue about how to survive,” Carter recalls in Elisa Chee’s short film, Lucy. “She wouldn’t even try.”

The masterfully animated film features excerpts from Chee’s three-hour conversation with Carter, in which Carter explains how her initial stay on the island turned into a decade. “She loved Lucy so much that she couldn’t abandon her,” Chee recently told The Atlantic, “even if it meant living in a foreign place indefinitely and putting her own life on hold.”

Not only did Carter live in a foreign place, but she also was the only human around. To encourage Lucy to acclimate to her environment and assimilate into the community of chimps, Carter demonstrated how to eat bugs and leaves, among other adaptive habits.

“I thought that Janis would have this big statement for why she decided to stay in Africa for so many years to help Lucy,” Chee said, “but actually, she described her decision as a thousand little ones…waking up each morning and thinking, ‘Does Lucy need me here longer?’ and then just doing what it took so that Lucy could be independent. It’s incredible to commit years of one’s life to caring for someone out of love, just so you can eventually part ways.”  -   Video by Elisa Chee

SENTIENT BEINGSMore posts on Chimps

More of-interest from The Atlantic:
The Sexual Politics of Yeats's 'Leda and the Swan'

Why the U.S. Should Provide Universal Basic Income

The Cultural Factors Driving America's Departure From Reality

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Father Of WWW Launches Platform Aiming To Radically Decentralize Internet

Father Of World Wide Web Launches Platform Which Aims To Radically Decentralize The Internet

Intends to end the dominance of Facebook, Google, and Amazon, while in the process letting individuals take back control of their own data.


Note: China is already beginning an effort to split of its own new internet from the WWW internet which is dominated by the USA and globalised corporations.
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Journey To The Great Barrier Reef

Please note that, after photographing wildlife in the outback, our friend, sirterrywatts, is currently on a Journey To The Great Barrier Reef. As you know, this region is under serious assault from global warming and ocean acidification. You can see his pics of the Reef as well as of Australian wildlife at his journal!
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Saving Baby Brain from the Social Dementia

Well, Rule #1 would be: Don't feed baby sugar.

Illinois Public Radio is lucky to have a great radio person who hosts the daily info-talk programme, named Niala Boodhoo, (Indian, from Florida). She hosts, "The 21st," (the noonish show named after Illinois being state #21, among other things). Niala is very direct, honest, friendly, real and intelligent. She was recently interviewed on some national NPR show, about the working class in Illinois, or something. This is one of the advantages of my listening to the local NPR station 24/7, at full volume, to shut up the crazy bald man downstairs, who cheers for football, and initially judged me to be a leftist wimp, since I sang along to Niko Case, and spoke baby-talk to my dog.

Today, Niala interviewed a nurse from official teen-movie territory, Evanston, Illinois, who sounds a lot like Drew Barrymore, who once made a teen movie. Strangely, the local oldies station often has a local nurse do a spot on health and doing plainly sensible things, and this nurse sounds EVEN MORE LIKE DREW BARRYMORE, which is very confusing to me and my sexual identity.

The Evanston nurse, on the radio show, was very, very nice and erudite. She spoke of all the things one can do to keep their children safe from all the negativity and worry, etc., that is out there in the crazy world. There is something to be said for sheltering children from stress, beyond the possibility of stunted growth, and that is that if you want a happy world to succeed you, then you'd better instill in your children that a happy world is possible, and that caring, cooperating and planning ahead are all the way to go.

My computer would not download that interview for me, via http://www.nprillinois.org/programs/21st, but maybe you can catch it. (?). Looking further, I did find this:

5 Simple Ways To Encourage Brain Development In Your Little One

Ron Ferguson, an economist at Harvard, has made a career out of studying the achievement gap — the well-documented learning gap that exists between kids of different races and socioeconomic statuses.

But even he was surprised to discover that gap visible with "stark differences" by just age 2, meaning "kids aren't halfway to kindergarten and they're already well behind their peers."

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And then there was this:

Like babies, adults also need regular sleep schedules.  Adults Need a Regular Sleep Schedule – Study

And it would be a better world if they knew how to listen.  A Technique for Better Listening.