Western culture has long had a habit of downplaying the achievements of other civilizations, with only recent times reversing the trend.
Arabs were advanced beyond their European peers, with the Europeans only catching up when trade opened up between them. Asians, particularly the Chinese, had an incredible culture and sophisticated devices. Both were neglected in the history books.
Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered another advanced culture that was buried by the Europeans: cats.
Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who can’t teach, get suspended or fined.
That’s what a Rutgers professor and two South Carolina colleges learned recently.
Professor and prominent anthropologist Robert Trivers told his class that he was looking forward to learning the material along with them, because he was unfamiliar with it, to earn his suspension. The two South Carolina colleges assigned books with homosexual themes, prompting the state legislature to withdraw tens of thousands of dollars of funding.
Arizona has made the news a lot in the last couple of years due to their stringent anti-immigration policies.
The state has been the butt of jokes, the source of activists’ ire, and the site of arguments about how to handle people of different ethnicities, as many say lawmakers have gone too far.
Now we see the reasons for the actions, and proof they haven’t gone far enough, because a gang of Mexican immigrants is taking over the town of Maryvale, with officials so far seemingly helpless to stop them.
For some, when they figure out who they want to lead their country, they ask themselves which candidate seems more like a regular guy or gal, someone they could see themselves comfortably have a drink with.
Smarter people take the question further, and ask what one New Zealander asked of his prime minister: are you a regular guy, or a shape-shifting reptile bent on driving humanity toward enslavement?
Prime Minister John Key responded, saying he went to both a doctor and a veterinarian to make sure, and the answer came back that he was not.
The Maine legislature is working to create laws putting an anti-overdose drug in the hands of paramedics, firefighters, police, and families of at-risk individuals, trying to save lives after heroin overdose cases quadrupled in their state from 2011 to 2012.
Luckily, Maine governor Paul LePage is a hero. He’s already said he would veto the bill when it reaches his desk, which would fall in line with previous actions he’s taken.
His concern is simple: with a safety net like that, people could be more likely to use heroin.