A kind of informed opinion

Month: January 2018

David Attenborough asks us to ‘think of the consequences’

Before even listening to what David Attenborough had to say in his speech at the NTAs this year, I already felt like a despicable piece of shit and I was ashamed of myself.

Upon collecting the ‘impact award’ at the NTAs, the team behind Blue Planet took to the stage to give audiences around the world a very important message.

we were all trying to raise an issue that is of great importance to not only this country, but worldwide – what we’re doing to our planet. If our television programmes have helped stir the consciences of people around the world – and that we are going to do something to protect this beautiful world – then all of us will be very pleased.” in other words, you are all dreadful. fuck you

no no I immediately take that back, I don’t think David Attenborough (otherwise known as Jesus christ) has ever said a mean word in his life. But his short and poignant speech was all that was needed to summarise why blue planet won the impact award, because we are all bastards and are wrecking the world, but it also may have won because its excellent material to fall asleep to. either or.

Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua

The worlds first monkey clones, created in a Chinese laboratory, were born a few weeks ago except apparently they did it before but nobody remembers because they used a less sophisticated method of cloning it was just shit and nobody cared. They made two clones; Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua who are genetically identical, and will therefore be ‘useful for research into human diseases.’ So basically their monkey lives will be full of prodding and poking, but at least they’re useful!! There are obviously loads of ethical issues presented by the birth of the two monkeys, most of which are pretty obvious but the fact that they’re the result of 79 previous attempts, is particularly unsettling, one of which produced the birth of two other monkeys, who didn’t survive. It MUST be noted, however, that the scientists involved followed ‘strict ethical standards‘ so that’s very very good. very good. It was also made clear that this advancement in cloning was ‘not a stepping stone‘ i.e. they’re not moving onto bigger things like making a clone of me who’s clever and good at socialising. So although the procedure will likely lead to advancement in understanding, and the monkeys will indeed be ‘useful,’ it is a bit weird, and there are obvious issues surrounding cloning as a whole. To conclude, everyone is scared but we don’t entirely know why.


Album of the Month: Get to heaven, Everything Everything

This album was released in 2015 but it feels kinda new to me because it’s taken this long for me to completely get my head around it, that and I was asleep from it’s release date until some time last week. Listening to the songs on this album felt weird unless I actually knew what the lyrics meant, which is why it took me so long to get through, but basically the main theme of the whole album is ‘what the fuck is happening.’ Jonathan Higgs the director of the album and lead singer of the band, spoke out in an interview with the magazine ‘line of best fit’ about the lyrics; “A lot of what was said really needed to be said by someone, even if my main message is ‘I don’t know what’s going on but I think you’re all dicks… does anyone else feel like this?’ […] I just felt like I needed to say something, even if that is on a poppy-indie type record. Perhaps that’s not the best way to do it, but I have that platform, so it’s the one I used.” 

Book of the month: death of a salesman

ok well I was initially drawn to this book by it’s pages, and moreover, the letters on said pages, this is always an excellent start to finding a book to read, in my opinion. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the letters did infact formulate words and sentences which together made a pretty good frickin book actually. Its kind of short but if you’re thick like me, short books excite you because you finish it sooner and then you can stop reading and maybe do something else.

It’s set in the late 40’s and its got the whole American dream kind of thing going on. I think I liked it because if I’m reading non-fiction, it has to be kind of real, no magic or anything (the salesman isn’t magic from what I gathered) its a bit sad because of the death and stuff so if you don’t wanna hear about that, maybe theres one called life of a salesman, which could easily be equally as depressing, anyway its good.

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