“Talk-o-Meter is a new chat-monitoring iPhone app that shows when someone is dominating a conversation. After brief calibration, the app can recognize who is speaking and keeps track of each person’s talk time.”
Adding new meaning to the Weight Watchers points system.
Paige Bradley created one of the most striking sculptures I’ve seen in recent times. Her masterpiece, entitled Expansion, is a beautiful woman seeking inner piece but fractured and bleeding with light.
“From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: a social security number, a gender, a race, a profession,” says Bradley. “I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies?”
Sunflowers to clean radioactive soil in Japan
Japan is asking people to grow sunflowers, said to help decontaminate radioactive soil, in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Dog Meat Festival Cancelled.
If you were planning on attending this year’s “dog meat festival” in Seongnam, Korea, you’re out of luck, the event has been officially cancelled.
Korean activists put a stop to the dog meat industry’s first attempt at a promotional festival in Korea’s Gyeonggi province. Dog meat producers were hoping to normalize the sale of dog meat by giving out free samples and trying to present the industry as being similar to that of cattle or pig farming. For every similarity, there is a major difference though, the biggest being that dog meat is technicallyillegal in Korea.
Dog meat production is technically illegal but ‘livestock’ production is protected. Dog meat producers are avoiding prosecution by presenting themselves as livestock producers rather than sadistic dog catchers and that is what the festival was all about. The dog meat industry hoped to give the impression that dogs are born, bred, and slaughtered in special facilities like pigs, chickens, and cows when in actuality, many of the dogs used for meat are strays picked up off the street.
Activists used a variety of tactics to get the event cancelled. They gathered signatures, they petitioned the city, and in the end, threatened its organizers that they were “prepared to break the law” if it was required to kill the festival. It worked.
Most people agree that holding a dog meat festival is completely outrageous. Dogs have been bred for centuries to be loving, emotional, and responsive to humans which makes their abuse and torment that much worse.
Let’s all agree right now, as citizens of the same earth, more dog treats less dog meats.