I just read an article about how “scientists” at Shandong University in China have created the first ever remote-controlled pigeon. This is considerably less fun than it sounds, as it turns out that far from actually creating anything, these people have been torturing birds for God knows how many years by inserting electrodes into their brains to try and control their movements. Well, they’ve apparently succeeded, and now they have no idea what to do with their work. As the London Times puts it, “The report did not specify what purpose the pigeons may perform.” Even if you haven’t heard of the scientists responsible for this experiment, you should recognize them. Like most vivisectors, they’re grown-up versions of those kids who used to pull the legs off spiders or throw stones at cats just to see what would happen. Here’s what happened in this case:
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