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Are humans breeding with animals? Lambs born with human-like heads

Before you read further, look at the pic below and tell me what you think the head looks like.

Does that look like a sheep’s head to you? Or does the head look human?

Jamie Pyatt reports for Daily Mail, June 22, 2017, that villagers of Lady Frere in the Eastern Province of South Africa have been living in fear since a sheep gave birth to the creature in the pic above, believed by elders to be a half-human half-beast sent by the devil. “Many” of the 4,000 residents and farmers think bestiality and witchcraft had led to the birth of the creature.

A villager was quoted as saying: ‘”he elders when they saw it said it was sent by the devil and was born after a coupling between a man and a sheep and then there was panic. Many people are afraid and will not be happy until it is burned.”

The panic got so great that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development sent out experts to carry out tests after pictures of it spread like wildfire through the community.

Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi said the photo is not a hoax and admitted that at first glance the lamb which was born dead did resemble a human being. He insisted the creature was not part human, but was a severely deformed lamb that was sired by a sheep that had been infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy.

Dr. Mrwebi explained that humans cannot breed with sheep:

“It is worth noting that a sheep has 28 pairs of chromosomes while humans have 23 pairs which is important in dispelling the myth that a union of a sheep ovum and a human sperm can lead to a development of a viable life form. The deformed lamb exhibits signs that are consistent with an early foetal development that went wrong as a result of a viral infection and nothing more.”

Dr. Mrwebi said that the gestation period for a sheep is five months, which meant that the deformed lamb had been conceived in late December 2016 or early January 2017 — a time of plentiful rainfall that brought many mosquitoes and midges which are carriers of viruses that cause the Rift Valley Fever in sheep. Dr. Mrwebi concluded:

“It is fair to assume, therefore, that the [mother] sheep was infected by the RVF virus. The resultant circulation of the virus in the blood found its way through the maternal blood into the uterus and the foetus, which was at a very critical stage of development. The infected foetus then, as a result, failed to form properly, leading to the deformity that it became. It does look like a human form but it is not part human at all.”

The department’s veterinary officials would conduct a post-mortem on the creature and its results will be communicated to the public.

What happened in South Africa is not the first case of a lamb born with a humanlike face.

In 2010, a sheep in Turkey gave birth to a stillborn lamb (see below) with a human-like face. It had human features  of eyes, nose and mouth; only the ears were those of a sheep.

On January 13, 2010, AFP reports (via Daily Telegraph) that the lamb was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.

Veterinarian Erhan Elibol, 29, performed a caesarean on the pregnant sheep to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face. Elibol said:

“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal.”

Vets said that the lamb was a rare mutation due to the mother sheep’s fodder being abundant with vitamin A.

In September 2009, a goat in Zimbabwe, Africa, gave birth to a baby also with a human-like head. The mutant creature was hairless. Local residents said that even dogs were afraid to approach the bizarre animal. The locals burnt the body of the little goat, and biologists had no chance to study the rare mutation.It stayed alive for several hours until it was killed by frightened villagers.

The governor of the province where the goat was born said it was the fruit of an unnatural relationship between the female goat and a man:

“This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing. The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control. We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features.”

So can humans actually breed with animals, albeit the offsprings being still births?

Ewen Callaway reports for New Scientist, April 21, 2010, that a genetic study of nearly two thousand people from around the world suggests that some of our ancestors had bred with other species of humans, such as Neanderthals, at least twice — about 60,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean and, more recently, about 45,000 years ago in eastern Asia, Nature News reports from tge 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Since humans had bred with the different species of Neanderthals, can humans mate with other animal species today?

Writing for Slate, Nov. 14, 2006, Torie Bosch answered “Probably not.” But we don’t really know because ethical considerations preclude definitive research on the subject.

Nevertheless, Bosch insisted that:

“it’s safe to say that human DNA has become so different from that of other animals that interbreeding would likely be impossible. Groups of organisms tend to drift apart genetically when they get separated by geographical barriers . . . . When the two groups come back into contact with each other many, many years later, they may each have evolved to the point where they can no longer mate.

Bosch explains there are two types of changes that prevent animals of different species from interbreeding:

  1. Pre-zygotic reproductive isolating mechanisms: After so many generations apart, a pair of different species animals might look so different from one another that they’re not inclined to have sex. And if the animals do try to have sex, incompatible genitalia or sperm motility could pose another problem: A human spermatozoon may not be equipped to navigate the reproductive tract of a chimpanzee, for example.
  2. Post-zygotic reproductive isolating mechanisms: factors that would make it impossible for a hybrid animal fetus to grow into a reproductive adult, resulting in a miscarriage or sterile offspring. The further apart two animals are in genetic terms, the less likely they are to produce viable offspring.

Note that the two reasons given for why humans can’t interbreed with animals like sheep and goats are not iron-clad compelling:

(1) The assumption that humans look so different from animals that humans won’t find animals sexually attractive is belied by the fact that there are bestialists. See my posts:

(2) That a human-animal hybrid can’t grow into a reproductive adult, resulting in a miscarriage or sterile offspring, doesn’t mean that such hybrids don’t exist. It simply means that the offspring of a human and an animal is not viable, as in  the still-born human-face lambs in South Africa and Turkey, and the human-face goat in Zimbabwe.

Here’s another reason why the still-born grotesqueries in South Africa, Turkey, and Zimbabwe may in fact be human-animal hybrids: Ten years ago, scientists had created a a sheep that was 15% human.

Claudia Joseph reports for Daily Mail, March 27, 2007, that scientists had created the world’s first human-sheep chimera, with the body of a sheep and half-human organs. The sheep had 15% human cells and 85% animal cells.

Why would scientists do that? To grow animal organs for transplant into humans.

Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, spent 7 years and £5 million perfecting the technique, which involved injecting adult human cells into a sheep’s foetus. He created a sheep liver with a large proportion of human cells and hoped to precisely match a sheep to a human transplant patient by using the human patient’s own stem cells to create his/her own flock of sheep. The process would involve extracting stem cells from the donor’s bone marrow and injecting them into the peritoneum of a sheep’s foetus. When the lamb is born, two months later, it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are partly human and available for transplant.

Prof. Zanjani said:

“We would take a couple of ounces of bone marrow cells from the patient. We would isolate the stem cells from them, inject them into the peritoneum of these animals and then these cells would get distributed throughout the metabolic system into the circulatory system of all the organs in the body. The two ounces of stem cell or bone marrow cell we get would provide enough stem cells to do about ten foetuses. So you don’t just have one organ for transplant purposes, you have many available in case the first one fails.”

Ethical considerations aside, Dr. Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned: “Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV.”

The creation of a sheep that was 15% human happened ten years ago. Since then, biologists’ helter-skelter creation of human-animal chimeras has advanced even further. See:

Expect to see more lambs and goats born with human-like faces in the future.

God help us.

H/t Will Shanley

~Eowyn

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Who’s grieving? This dog or these Sandy Hook parents?

Molika Ashford writes for Live Science, Dec. 28, 2010:

“People often assign feelings to animals […] But scientists haven’t determined whether these human-like expressions really mean anything. […]

Scientists believe that certain brain cells in humans called spindle cells are responsible for human social behavior and the interplay between thoughts and feelings. Studies have revealed that chimpanzee, dolphin and whale brains also possess spindle cells. Although these are all animals that can act people-like, the presence of these cells does not mean that the animals have feelings.

Even animals that don’t have spindle cells, such as dogs, have shown behaviors that can suggest a human-like social sense. In recent experiments, dogs have shown that they know to follow a human’s pointed finger to find a food treat. Scientists report that this shows dogs are sensitive to human social cues and are able to correctly interpret them. Still, this only proves that dogs know how to find food, not that they have feelings.

[…] In a recent study, a Barnard College researcher tested dogs to see if their guilty looks were linked to actual bad behavior. Dogs were tempted with a treat and told by their owners not to eat it.

The dog’s owners weren’t allowed to see whether their pets had eaten the treat or not, but were told either that they did or that they didn’t, and were then instructed to scold the dogs that disobeyed. The experimenters noted that scolded dogs showed a guilty look whether or not they had actually done wrong.

This illustrates the difficulty in accurately interpreting animal behavior as a marker of human-like feelings. A guilty look suggests a feeling of guilt in a human but not necessarily in a dog, according to the Barnard research. Similarly, even apparent mourning or empathy behavior might not actually mean these feelings are present in the brains of animals.

Oh yeah?

Tell me this dog, grieving over the death of a companion, doesn’t have feelings. Note his repeated gasping/choking toward the end of the video, his entire body shaking.

And yet we are to believe Christopher and Lynn McDonnell are grieving parents whose child, Grace, was killed by Adam Lanza in Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

I don’t need “scientists” to tell me the meaning of what I can see with my own eyes, which is that the dog was overcome with feelings of distraught and grief, whereas the smiling and tearless McDonnells were acting.

If the McDonnells were grieving, they sure have a strange way of showing it. I’d sure like to see “scientists” explain their peculiar display of “feelings” over their 7-year-old daughter’s murder.

By the way, Christopher and Lynn McDonnell are among the Sandy Hook residents who purchased their home on December 25, 2009, for $0.

~Eowyn

Because it’s complicated: When asked their sex, some are going with option ‘X’

gender in between your ears

From USA Today: America has slowly begun to acknowledge that for many people, gender is much more complicated than simply being a man or a woman. And a growing number of Americans are seeking recognition of a third gender, neither exclusively male or female, under the label non-binary.

People typically think of transgender as meaning gender reversal, where someone identifies as the opposite sex from their birth sex. But transgender is an umbrella term used to cover a wide spectrum of people whose gender identity is different from the one they were assigned at birth.

More than one-third of transgender people describe themselves as non-binary, which the National Center for Transgender defines as “people whose gender is not exclusively male or female, including those who identify with a gender other than male or female, as more than one gender, or as no gender, identifying as a combination of genders or not identifying with either gender at all.” 

Non-binary people have always been part of the population. But for the first time, state governments in the U.S. are beginning to recognize their identity. Oregon approved a third gender option on driver’s licenses last week; California’s Senate passed a law with the same aim, and similar legislation was introduced in both New York and the District of Columbia this week.

Non-binary people are now represented in popular culture as well. Actor Asia Kate Dillon, who is credited with being the “first non-binary actor ever to be portrayed on TV,” plays a gender non-binary character on the Showtime series Billions.

“Hello, I’m Taylor. My pronouns are they, theirs and them,” Dillon’s Billions character declares when introduced to one of the show’s two protagonists. The scene likely also introduced the concept of non-binary people and non-gender specific pronouns to many viewers.

Why the gender on IDs matters

The issue of gender on official documentation is not merely a semantic one. Nearly one-third of transgender people said they were harassed, assaulted or denied service because their ID did not match their “gender presentation,” according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Presenting an identification document that does not accurately reflect one’s sex and is inconsistent with one’s gender identity can trigger invasions of privacy, prejudice, stigma, violence and discrimination and harassment in a wide variety of settings, including in employment, education, public accommodations, health care, housing and interactions with the government, including with law enforcement,” the LGBT civil rights group Lambda Legal wrote to the Oregon Department of Transportation arguing for the rule change to allow a third gender option.

Oregon became the first state to give residents the option to identify as neither male or female on their driver’s licenses and state identification cards Thursday after a ruling by the Oregon Transportation Commission. Beginning July 1, those IDs will offer an “X” as a third option in addition to the traditional “F” and “M.”

A bill passed the California Senate to allow the state’s residents to change their gender identity on their birth certificates and state IDs, including driver’s licenses, to “female, male, or non-binary.” The bill is currently awaiting a vote in the state Assembly. Similar legislation has been introduced in New York and the District of Columbia.

Randy Thomasson, the president of SaveCalifornia.com and the Campaign for Children and Families, has derided what he sees as the spread of “sexual anarchy.” 

Thomasson argued against the legislation in California on the grounds that allowing people to change gender invites identity fraud.

“If one’s sex can be officially ‘changed’ by simply — even repeatedly — filing an $11 form with the state government, it’s going to be a lot harder to accurately identify ‘non-binary’ accused criminals in open court,” Thomasson said in a statement. “The gender identity fraud that this radical bill would usher in is the antithesis of law and order.”

According to Lambda Legal, there are at least eight countries that recognize more than two genders on passports or national ID cards: Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand and Pakistan. Thailand recognizes a third gender in its constitution but hasn’t yet made that an option on government documents.

Read about the rest of the “complications” here.

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Hasbro CEO: ‘We Eliminated Gender’ for Our Toys

gender is in your headFeeeeeeelings now trump science!

From Heat Street: Unlike Mattel and Lego, Hasbro hadn’t caved to modern sensibilities by separating its business units by gender. But suddenly, the third biggest toy and board game company, whose brands include Star Wars, My Little Pony and G.I. Joe, considers gender a very dirty word.

Last January, Hasbro reported its revenue by type of brand rather than by “Boys/Girls/Games/Preschool” categories.

And now CEO Brian Goldner boldly claims that gender doesn’t even exist.

“We look at our brands more inclusively than ever. In fact, we eliminated the old delineation of gender,” Goldner tells The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview.

“And if you think about a brand, be it My Little Pony, where 30 percent of our global TV audience is boys, or Star Wars, where we are launching [all-female animated series] Forces of Destiny with Lucas and Disney, you’re seeing people who want to be engaged in these stories.”

Historically Hasbro has done better with boys epitomized by sales for Star Wars and Jurassic merchandise. But last year it bought the Disney Princess and Disney Frozen licenses which boosted its sales among girls no we can’t use the term because Hasbro has ‘eliminated the old delineation of gender’.

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Rhode Island lawmaker who shared a screen shot with porn open in his web browser apologizes: Says it was a friend who sent him the image

ramon perez

Ramon Perez: “Too trusting” of people…

Yeah, my friends do that to me all the time too.

From Daily Mail: A state lawmaker who accidentally shared a screen shot with pornographic websites open in the web browser insisted: ‘I am not a pervert’.

Democratic Rep. Ramon Perez, of Providence, Rhode Island, called it an ‘innocent mistake’ on Tuesday after he distributed a screen grab to the House Finance Committee last Wednesday that included pornographic web titles in other tabs.

Perez, who then shared the offending screen shot on his own Facebook page before deleting his account, claimed someone else shared the image with him.

Perez brought printouts of a Wikipedia article to give to House Finance Committee members as part of his testimony in favor of a car accident insurance bill. But the screen shot, time stamped at 2:07am, showed multiple browser tabs with ‘teen’ ‘young,’ and ‘MILF’ in the titles. No pornographic images could be seen.

A House spokesman confirmed Perez gave the document to the clerk, who distributed them before the unsavory tabs were discovered.

Perez, who submitted a new handout the next day, said the screen shot was provided to him by a friend whom he’d asked to research the information.

He told ABC: ‘I was asking a friend if they know something about it. So a friend sent me that picture with the information I was looking for. I used that picture to make copies. I didn’t see the stuff at the top.’

When asked who that person might be, Perez said: ‘I won’t mention anything, because it’s my fault.’

Perez also shared the screen grab on Facebook in a now-deleted post, writing: ‘Tell me people what you see wrong in this picture? I was send this picture with information I need it for one of my bill, I didn’t notice what was wrong with it, until I got a few calls about it.’

‘My fault for no noticing the picture I had receive, had something bad on it, and use it by mistake.’

Rep. Teresa Tanzi, a member of the committee, called the incident ‘deeply disturbing.’

On Tuesday, the first-term representative apologized directly to Tanzi, and asked his colleagues for forgiveness.  ‘I am not a pervert. I made a big mistake of trusting too much in people,’ he told them as he denied looking at pornography online.

‘I know that people don’t believe me here. They say that’s the excuse everybody makes, oh, it was somebody else.’

Perez, who is married, got emotional as he called what happened ‘a nightmare’ and said he has lost sleep over it. ‘Just give me a chance and don’t judge me so quick,’ he said. ‘It was an innocent mistake.’

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Unborn babies in womb distinguish between human faces and other shapes

But, but, how can this be?

Aren’t we told by the pro-choice pro-aborts that the unborn are not human persons but mere inert lumps of the woman’s body tissue, akin to toenails?

Samuel Alexander, 21 weeks, clutches the finger of surgeon Joseph Bruner.

Sarah Knapton reports for The Telegraph, June 8, 2017, that new research by scientists at Lancaster University, published in the journal Current Biology, found that unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs not only can distinguish between human faces and other shapes, but display an attraction to and preference for human faces.

The researchers shone dots of light through the uterus wall of 39 expectant mothers who were 34 weeks (8 months) pregnant:

  • When the dots of light were arranged to look like the eyes and mouth of a human face, the babies turned their heads to look at it.
  • When the dots of light were arranged as a random shape or to make the face look upside down and so harder to recognize as a human face, the unborn babies did not react.

The finding suggests that the instinct to recognize facial features develops before a baby, after birth, has actually seen a face for the first time. The research also shows that, by 8 months old, an unborn baby’s senses are already well developed and parents should begin interacting with their child while he/she is still in the womb.

Professor Vincent Reid, a psychologist at Lancaster University who led the research, said:

“We know from babies that they prefer to look at faces more than any other stimulus. We have now shown that the foetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track face-like over non-face-like shapes. The foetus in the third trimester actively seeks out information. In our study they had to move their head to keep looking at the face-like stimulus when we moved it away from them. So they are active participants in finding information from the environment. What this means is that other ways of interacting with the fetus can be considered. The foetus in the third trimester can hear very well. I would encourage expecting parents to read books out loud to each other. This can help with bonding and could be beneficial.”

Professor Reid said the research finding suggests unborn babies are already hardwired to recognize human faces and that “It is possible that the maternal rib cage could introduce variation in light penetrating the womb and this may be enough visual information to create this bias” for faces.

But Dr. Reid warned that expecting mothers should avoid shining bright lights through their abdomen in case they damage their unborn child’s eyes.

Just remember that Barack & “Michael” Michelle Obama, as well as Hillary Clinton, all favor women’s unrestricted access to abortion, including legally-sanctioned late-term abortions, i.e., the  murder of unborn babies in their third trimester, up to 9 months old.

~Eowyn

Michael Moore Launches “TrumpiLeaks” Website, Calls for Whistle-Blowers

response to Michael Moore

Similar to many with Trump Derangement Syndrome, Fat Boy’s life is consumed with his vision of a Trump impeachment.

From Hollywood Reporter: Michael Moore launched a website entitled “TrumpiLeaks” on Tuesday. The site is meant to “enable courageous whistle-blowers” to privately communicate with Moore and his team.

The filmmaker and activist — who’s been a frequent, outspoken critic of Trump — announced the launch with a letter on Huffington Post. In the letter he wrote that Donald Trump thinks, acts and has stated that he’s “above the law.” 

“Patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J. Trump and his associates are needed to blow the whistle in the name of protecting the United States of America from tyranny,” writes Moore.

On his site Moore offers a variety of ways to submit information, using tools he says are secure to protect anonymity if the source desires to do so. He’s accepting information in the form of documents, photographs and audio or video recordings.

“The power and the importance of whistleblowing is part of the American tradition and as old as the republic itself,” writes Moore. He quotes Vice President Mike Pence, who once defended whistleblowers and the freedom of the press.

“Compelling reporters to testify, and in particular, compelling reporters to reveal the identity of confidential sources, intrudes on the newsgathering process and hurts the public,” reads the Pence quote Moore highlights. “Without the assurance of confidentiality, many whistleblowers will simply refuse to come forward, and reporters will be unable to provide the American public with the information they need to make decisions as an informed electorate.”

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