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3/27/09 / Dance

12:43 PM New study reveals that crabs feel pain when they are boiled alive. Researchers used wires to shock hermit crabs, who then scampered out of their shells “indicating that the experience is unpleasant for them.”

Quoted from the article:

“Millions of crustacean are caught or reared in aquaculture for the food industry,” he said. “There is no protection for these animals (with the possible exception of certain states in Australia) as the presumption is that they cannot experience pain. With vertebrates we are asked to err on the side of caution and I believe this is the approach to take with these crustaceans.”

Michael J., then and now

Michael J., then and now

9:44 AM Ever since I was a kid I never really understood the appeal of one Michael J. Fox. He was made out to be funny, charming, and just plain cool. I always thought he was overrated.

But recently I’ve been watching Family Ties, and I’m seeing why he’s considered so likable and funny. He’s hilarious in that show and he’s a great actor. It’s unfortunate that he’s struggling with Parkinson’s disease now, and it’s a bit unsettling to see the actor from thirty years ago alongside the activist he is today, because it’s a reminder of the mutability of not just life but also our role in it.

On that note, yesterday I happened to see the documentary below:

It’s about a 30-year old crack addict in Toronto. What’s interesting is that she went to university and worked as an account manager at an ad firm, and now she entertains men to feed her crack habit. She mentioned a friend of hers who used to be a nurse and is now a crack addict like her.

I guess the point is that anything can happen at anytime, with any of us.

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