BBC Video: Proof that calling some politicians “bird-brained” is an insult to birds

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In the BBC video posted below, a complex puzzle is set up in an attempt to stump a crow. These birds are well-known for their intelligence and use of tools.

The crow’s problem-solving skills are amazing, which begs the questions: Should we elect crows to Congress? Could they do a better job of solving the economic problems the nation faces? Could they do a better job of promoting renewable and green energy sources? Could crows enact better protections for the environment? Would crows reject bribes from Big Oil and other special interests? Would crows be able to overturn the horrible Citizens United Supreme Court ruling with new legislation?

The answer, based on the video and other evidence collected over time, is a resounding YES to all of the above. Of course, even if the birds sat around all day and did nothing but eat treats, we would no worse off than we are now.

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Shocker: The US Congress did something good yesterday, on horse slaughter

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The US Congress, within the latest budget agreement, voted Thursday to cut funding for inspections at horse-slaughter plants.

Without this funding, horse slaughter plants will not be inspected and therefore will not be able to operate.

An AP story posted on the ABC News site included the following quote, which pretty much says it all:

“The message from Capitol Hill is loud and clear on this issue: Our horses deserve better, and this abhorrent industry will not be tolerated,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations.

So hopefully, the proposed horse-slaughter plant in New Mexico will not be allowed to open, at least during the period where this latest budget applies. I hope the cut will become permanent.

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