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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.