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Why robots are the way of the future, especially for the elderly

Paro closes its watery eyes, tilts its head and emits a soft cry. The robotic harp seal — the world’s best-known therapeutic robot — is the creation of Japanese scientist Takanori Shibata, but its voice is made in Canada. Shibata recorded the baby harp seal, which became the voice of Paro, on Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.

“It’s a Canadian seal,” said Shibata, who showed off his cuddly creation at the world’s largest gathering of experts in the field of aging this week in San Francisco.


California mountain highway is finally cleared of snow after FOUR MONTHS of snowplowing

Cars were once more able to drive on Highway 89, which runs through Lassen Volcanic National Park, for the first time since last fall.

The 30-mile road, also known as Lassen National Park Highway, had crews clearing the snow for nearly four months ahead of Thursday’s opening.

According to park logs, the latest opening in the last 40 years was in 1995 when the highway opened on July 21.


British Healthcare System To Bar Smokers And Overweight People From Getting Surgery Because The NHS Is Out Of Money

I know, y’all are probably tired of hearing about how bad government-run healthcare is in Britain. Trust me, I’m tired of harping on it. Mostly because the story lately has been about the crap sandwich the NHS has been force-feeding little Charlie Gard and his parents over the last few months. It’s bad enough when this kind of garbage gets foisted onto adults. But this is a BABY they’re talking about.

But there is another side of this government-run nightmare that is ongoing. Suffice it to say that Charlie Gard isn’t the only victim of the god-king-emperor healthcare system in the UK.


Feds don’t know how Saudi Arabia got Canadian made military vehicles

The federal government says it’s trying to find out more about reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian made military vehicles in clashes with militants.

An emailed statement from the government says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is concerned and has asked officials to look into the matter.


PC Outrage Over Mandy Patinkin Replacing a Black Actor Leads Him to Withdraw from Musical

On Wednesday, it was announced that Mandy Patinkin was joining the cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the Tony-winning Broadway musical that earned 12 Tony nominations. However, the casting decision sparked an uproar on social media since the role he accepted was currently being played by Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan. Patinkin was scheduled to take over for Onaodowan in August.

Social justice warriors made one thing clear; Patinkin, who is white, was “stealing” the job from Onaodowan, who is black.

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  • BillyHW

    Is the NHS going to stop treating gay patients with AIDS?

    Bonus points for the first student who answers correctly.

    • tom_billesley

      Only if they’re wearing a Brexit tee-shirt.

    • Liberal Progressive

      Thank goodness the NHS is continuing to take undocumented peoples and visitors first before cis-gendered Britons and are not being racist.

  • ontario john

    And now the Sunday Toronto Star. It is the standard daily “Canadians are racist bastards” edition. Lots of stories and editorial about whiny indians. Story that we need more government services, Harper and the Conservatives are evil story, Trump won’t be president much longer piece, and we need more blacks, muslims, indians, and handicapped people at CSIS.

    • tom_billesley

      More government services means more government employees. Right?

  • tom_billesley

    “The Great Comet” will now close. Show business is a business.
    http://deadline.com/2017/07/mandy-patinkin-drops-out-of-natasha-pierre-and-the-great-comet-of-1812-on-broadway-1202138576/

    But when The Great Comet came away from the June Tony Awards with just two medallions — for the set and lighting — ticket sales took a precipitous drop for performances after the departure of Groban, whose popularity as a recording artist had been the show’s chief marquee draw. Patinkin, a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor best known as Saul Berenson in Showtime’s Homeland, clearly was seen as a way of drawing ticket buyers through the slow period on Broadway that extends from the middle of August through Labor Day and most of September. Given the show’s record of diversity, the team clearly felt insulated from the kind of criticism that unfolded anyway.

  • tom_billesley

    Canadian made military vehicles
    How’s Trudeau going to fill the $15 billion hole if he pulls out of the military export deal with Saudi Arabia?

  • canminuteman

    Given that the official government position is that Saudi is an ally (I know they really aren’t, but work with me here), why is it contraversial if they are using Canadian made military equipment to fight people who are trying to overthrow them?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow. Far far far leftwing antizionist actor Patinkin who is often is at or near the top of the list of actors who are insufferably hard to work with, who is often seen screaming that Trump is literally Hitler gets hoisted on his own petard.

  • mauser 98

    Mandy Patinkin Replacing a Black Actor
    Clooney & family flee terror plagued UK ..returns to evil Trump’s America for safety

  • mauser 98

    British Healthcare System To Bar Smokers And Overweight

    except Smokers And Overweight illegals from ME, Africa

  • tom_billesley
  • Dave

    “If it is found that Canadian exports have been used to commit serious violations of human rights, the minister (Freeland) will take action,” Against the saudi’s?
    Hahahahahahahahahaha.
    What more can I say!

    • Frances

      And what action will she take? Refuse to wear a headscarf when she rushes over to scold them?

      • Alain

        More likely she’ll flood them with tears.