The culture that is 2020

An abandoned cinema is the macaques’ headquarters. Nearby, a shop owner displays stuffed tiger and crocodile toys to try to scare off the monkeys, who regularly snatch spray-paint cans from his store.

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Residents in Lopburi, Thailand, are hiding behind barricaded indoors as rival monkey gang fights create no-go zones for humans. The ancient Thai city has been overrun by a growing population of monkeys super-charged on junk food – as locals try to placate the macaques with snacks. The monkeys usually enjoy a steady supply of bananas from tourists, who have dwindled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pointing to the overhead netting covering her terrace, Kuljira Taechawattanawanna said: “We live in a cage but the monkeys live outside.”

“Their excrement is everywhere, the smell is unbearable especially when it rains,” she says from her home in the 13th-century city.

Here is the full story.  But hey…cheer up!

For the pointer I thank Shaffin Shariff.

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Have we studied whether junk food also makes humans more aggressive?

-->Excellent video link<-- see below
Junk food makes me mean and a bit depressed
Junk food works just like the
FDA appoved drug Despondex
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd4tugPM83c

Yeah. Junk food makes me gravid and listless-- not aggressive and riot-prone.

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The Guardian is one of the few English language news sources that attempts global coverage, regardless of its manifold flaws.

That an infovore needs to be pointed to it is surprising.

Old news however, a month old.

new news
the culture that is 2020
woke/not woke
you make the call
https://www.kron4.com/health/coronavirus/oregon-county-issues-face-mask-order-exempting-non-white-people/

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No guns in Thailand?

Macaques are not endangered.

Once the humans start using guns, the macaques have no reason not to use them as well, let’s not escalate things beyond fists and baseball bats for now.

Taylor: Take your sticky paws off me, you damn dirty ape!

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Lauren Groff, from New York but now living in the South (north Florida, where she lives, is the South for those who don't know their Florida geography or culture). She wrote a collection of short stories titled Florida, about which she knows very little, something I didn't know until I bought the book and read the stories. One story is about the monkeys that were released in the wild during the filming of the Tarzan movies, starring Johnny Weissmuller, back in the 1930s and 1940s. Their descendants, the monkeys' descendants not the actor's, have multiplied in numbers, and present a danger to those who venture into their habitat. From time to time Florida considers how to remedy the nuisance of the monkey business, but the experts are stumped: how to rid the jungle (it's like a jungle) of the monkeys without ridding the world of the monkeys. So the monkeys live. But as I child I had far greater fear of the creature from the black lagoon than of the loud and obnoxious monkeys living down the river.

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Macaques lives matter

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Where's the bush-meat dealer and the bush-meat poacher when you really need him.

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Macaques can carry and shed the Herpes B virus which is not a big problem to them but is nasty to humans ( high mortality rate)
Bites/scratches/saliva/feces can transmit

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Sounds like America's major cities over the past few weeks of riots.

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Time for a Macaque Snack, brought to you by Smith & Wesson.

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So, Tyler, was this post a counterbalance to your pollyanna one from yesterday about how gosh darned great so many things are? :-)

But they're far better than most describe on internet comment forums.

Wouldn’t want to be a business owner in a certain part of downtown Seattle...

No, Thor, not everything is great for everyone every day

Brilliant insight. Stick to fighting frost giants

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The pandemic is no fun, but being able to talk with people all over the world via Facebook has been tremendous. In the case of Trump, we now know what it's like having an amoral imbecile as President. Live and learn. I. for one, didn't know we had so many poodles in the country. Live and learn.

>We now know what it's like having an amoral imbecile as President.

We knew about that during Clinton, Bush, and under Obama as well...

Trump is noticeably worst than the rest. But yeah, none of them were saints.

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What are the macaques doing with the spray paint cans; are they huffing?

Maybe they are trying to prevent the humans from fighting back by spray painting the monkeys:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lonely-monkey-doused-red-paint-14253599

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Caesar: (Sign Language)
"Apes alone weak. Apes together strong."

"This subplot only good thing in movie."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20LuSlZT4S4

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The Birds are taking over. The crows listening, they know about covid and soon be pecking our yes out.

Though he'd recommend only Indian females. More sex is good!

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Indeed !

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the culture that is 2020
narrative leftist radio fraughted
a new euphemism for a violent assault & arson
"unrest"

But “mostly peaceful”!

the 2020 orwellian culture that is npr
"grappling" with statues instead of destroying statues.

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https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/24/882765659/unrest-in-madison-overnight-leaves-statues-toppled-state-senator-injured

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Skol ?

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Albeit, the associate professor wants to become a professor. And so all this joke. China was never an empire !

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Good fucking grief. Stories like this make me embarrassed to be a human being. Really, they just let the monkeys run riot?

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Or the 'human' simply a misnomer?

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Funny how Brazil is a teopical countey with lots and lots of forests but can control its monkeys. Maybe culture is important after all.

To Captain Bolsonaro.

I'm back, restored as the captain of Black Forest.

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Good point. Brazil has a pretty good leadership.

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Culture does indeed matter, although your analysis is wrong.

Modern Thai Buddhism has become obsessed with with providing life to parasite animals as a form of merit making. Thai will not kill animals (directly). Stray dogs, pigeons, and monkeys given food in exchange for some eternal currency.

Street dogs are a parallel problem. But maybe it pays off for some in the end (or the endlessness)

A photo accompanying the article shows a man dumping food out for the beasts. It is no mystery why they are there.

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Obrigado Thiago!

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"... they desire, if they have any fixed desire, to be noticed by the Jungle People. But we do not notice them even when they throw nuts and filth on our heads."

As Hegel said, everyone wants to be recognized.

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A friend of mine told me this story, which he swore was true, but I suspected was BS. Maybe not. He claimed he was staying in the Philippines, and a monkey entered his hotel room and took a bag of chips from him. The monkey took a break on the patio, at which point he took back the bag from the monkey. In a bit, the monkey returned with a couple of buddies and they tried to get the bag from him. He locked himself in the bathroom, coming out a bit later having finished the chips. He said that the monkey came back, saw he had no chips, and left. Incredibly, the monkey kept checking up on him, even peering through the patio door. Later in the day, he went out for a walk, believing he was being spied on by monkeys. He he later returned to the hotel and saw monkeys hanging about on his room's patio. My friend freaked out, sure the monkeys were going to eventually get to him and kick his ass. He checked out and drove somewhere a couple of hours away. I guess it could have happened. If so, those monkeys aren't going to ever give up until they want to. They can flee, regroup, and keep coming back.

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