December 19th, 2013

platto

Sheep vs everything else in the thunderditch

Yesterday I saw a car with a bumper sticker that proclaimed

SAY NO TO KILLER ROBOTS

Now, in the context of some of the other stickers on this car, I am pretty sure it's referring to army drones. However, on face value I find myself wondering who wouldn't get in behind that sentiment. Like,

KILLER ROBOTS NEED LOVE TOO

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR KILLER ROBOTS

ADOPT A KILLER ROBOT TODAY!

Yeah, I know, there's some hippie out there who's got tired of hugging trees and at this moment is starting a support group for the poor misunderstood killer robots. I'm sure of it. But other than them, do we really need to be admonished to avoid encouraging killer robots?

Maybe we do. After all, Google has bought Boston Dynamics. I find that vaguely disturbing myself...

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I am fully aware that when I'm old I will probably be known as The Sheep Lady and live in a house that's a museum to sheep-related trivia. I am ok with this and will probably milk it for all it's worth. Because after 30 years of spending more time with sheep than most, I think they are awesome. Based in experience.

Still wouldn't claim them as my Power Animal though.

* In my opinion, this is probably because the truth hurts. People are a lot like sheep, at least in their social structure. And that's not that ridiculous either, considering that we share an evolutionary trait of being without the natural defences many other animals have (teeth, claws, fast running), and rely on being in groups for our survival. No shame in that. We could do a lot worse tbh.

** Sheep were worth $1 each and the news was full of footage of farmers shooting their sheep and bulldozing them into holes into the ground because that was cheaper than selling them for meat. If you want to know where all these chains of investment farms came from, it was the people who still had money at the end of the 80s, buying land in mortgagee sales from those who'd gone broke.

*** This is bullshit. Marrying a farmer would make me a farmer's wife. I wanted to be the protagonist in my own story, not the sidekick in someone else's. I don't see why so many people fail to understand this.