News roundup: Trump approves elephant killing in Zimbabwe

People who want to kill elephants have a friend in Donald Trump. The U.S. President has rolled back legislation from the Obama era that banned Ivory from Zimbabwe. The announcement was not made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but instead it was made by Safari Club International, which seeks to expand the number of hunts for rare and endangered animals in Africa. Trump’s … Continue reading News roundup: Trump approves elephant killing in Zimbabwe

News roundup: Is the future of farming robotic?

Is the future of farming tied to robotics? It looks like a resounding “yes.” While manufacturing and the military may be the most visible places where robots are having an impact, there’s lots of innovations going on with our food as well. According to farming experts, miniature robot farmers may be the answer to concerns over chemical use on farms and cutting down on food … Continue reading News roundup: Is the future of farming robotic?

News roundup: In regards to Earth, is there any good news?

In regards to earth and climate, is there any good news? Not this week I’m afraid. First off, more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries have issued a warning. They said mankind must take immediate action to reverse the effects of climate change, deforestation and species extinction before it’s too late. This warning comes on the 25th anniversary of a similar warning issued by the … Continue reading News roundup: In regards to Earth, is there any good news?

News roundup: Animal rights take spotlight in Cyprus election

Cyprus is not a place that many people think about. But, with its presidential election on the horizon, it looks like animal rights issues may play a big role. On Aug. 19, nine hunting dogs that were locked away in cages died in a fire. This is related to a practice by some Cypriots to keep dogs in cages, many times, twenty-four hours a day, seven … Continue reading News roundup: Animal rights take spotlight in Cyprus election

News roundup: What’s up with Hawking’s doom and gloom?

Ever think Stephen Hawking is a bit too much into gloom and doom? His predictions on alien invasions, the planet’s future and artificial intelligence often sound more like science fiction than science fact to me. But, on the other hand, when I actually see his stuff in context, it often seems the doom and gloom is only a slice of what he said. But, it’s … Continue reading News roundup: What’s up with Hawking’s doom and gloom?

News roundup: Can animal rights and indigenous culture co-exist?

When it comes to indigenous cultural practices and animal welfare, which should be considered the priority? That’s a debate happening in Canada right now. An indigenous-owned restaurant in Toronto has stirred a debate upon revealing that two of its dishes contain seal meat. The restaurant, Kū-kŭm Kitchen, was targeted by an online petition which gained more than 6,300 signatures. The petition called for the restaurant … Continue reading News roundup: Can animal rights and indigenous culture co-exist?

News roundup: Is there a third orangutan species?

Is there a third orangutan species alive in the world today? In November 2013, an orangutan in western Sumatra was caught picking fruit in a garden. When caught, villagers beat the orangutan so severely that it died eight days later. Despite his death, scientists saw there was something different about this orangutan from Batang Toru. An analysis of the skeleton and a study of several orangutan … Continue reading News roundup: Is there a third orangutan species?

Midday Music Thursday: Egrets on Ergot ‘Sister Please’

So, I’m bringing you a little bit of new music today from Egrets On Ergot. This song from Egrets on Ergot really caught my ear when it popped up on my Twitter feed. Yeah, Twitter sucks, but companies still insist on using it to premier new videos and music. So, if you choose to write about music online, it’s pretty much a requirement to monitor … Continue reading Midday Music Thursday: Egrets on Ergot ‘Sister Please’

News roundup: Did Russia use Facebook to help Trump win?

Well, did Russian ads on Google, Facebook and Twitter have an impact on the 2016 U.S. presidential election or not? We will probably not have anything but subjective answers to that question. But, one thing we do know, these social media and internet giants are trying to minimize their role in the spread of fake news and Kremlin propaganda. Mark Zuckerberg didn’t even bother to … Continue reading News roundup: Did Russia use Facebook to help Trump win?

News roundup: Should psychics influence policy?

Most rational people do not take psychics seriously. Even people who take them seriously don’t want them directing political policy. But, in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan they are apparently a demographic that politicians want to please, much to the chagrin of scientists. The country’s only mummy, a 1,500 year old female child, was reburied after a psychic claimed reburying her would save the country … Continue reading News roundup: Should psychics influence policy?