Hong Kong Update; Cloning Your Pet

Grind for August 30th
“Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.”
– Laurence J. Peter

Getting Worse

The Headline

Hong Kong: As protests continue, police fire live rounds

The Grind

This week marks the 12th consecutive week of protests in Hong Kong.

The unrest was sparked this summer when Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced her consideration of a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong to send criminal suspects to China for trial.

Since then, the protest has evolved into an anti-government movement in which millions of residents have taken to the streets to demand democratic reform, Lam’s resignation, and an investigation into police brutality.

The Details

This Sunday, police used water cannons to disperse protestors. At least one gunshot was fired.

It was the first time either weapon had been used against the protestors.

Police claimed the gunshot was a warning, but video footage shows police aiming guns at civilians. The protestors fought back with metal poles, bricks, and petrol bombs.

Earlier this month, Amnesty International warned Hong Kong that water cannons could cause serious injuries and make the unrest worse.

As I wrote earlier, the civil unrest in Hong Kong is likely to result in a complete takeover by the Chinese government. Nobody is going to help them, Carrie Lam will cooperate with Beijing, and Hong Kong will fall to Communism.

Here Kitty Kitty

The Headline

Chinese biotech company Sinogene wants to clone your pet and its memories

The Grind

China’s first successfully cloned cat was born on July 21st, 2019.

The cat is biologically identical to the cat it was cloned from – a feline named Garlic who died of urinary tract disease.

“I decided to clone him because he was so special and unforgettable,” says pet owner Huang Yu.

The Details

The only problem with Garlic 2.0 is that he has a different personality and is forming his own memories.

“To make the cloned animal share the same memories with the original, the company is considering the use of artificial intelligence or man-machine interface technology to store them or even pass the memories to cloned animals,” reported the Chinese newspaper Global Times.

Despite critics’ concerns about cloning’s effects on pet health and shelter populations, Sinogene has “several” people offering to pay more than $35,000 to have their pets cloned.

Sinogene also offers a dog cloning service (which costs approximately $53,500) and is thinking about using its technology to clone endangered animals.

Did you know… More than 2,500 left-handed people a year are killed from using products made for right-handed people.