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Videos Show Chinese People Eating Bats As Experts Link Animal to Coronavirus Outbreak

Some cultures are better than others.

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Two videos have emerged showing Chinese people eating bats as experts say the coronavirus currently sweeping the country may have spread to humans from snakes or bats.

One clip shows a young woman at a restaurant holding a bat with chopsticks as she bites into its wing.

“Eat the meat! [Don’t] eat the skin,” shouts a man in the background. “[You] should eat the meat on its back.”

The bat had been dunked in a large bowl of soup in the middle of the table. Lovely.

Another video shows a cooked bat with what appears to be a grin on its face dumped in a bowl of broth.

“[After] experiencing this matter, can Chinese people give up eating wildlife?” asked the blogger who posted the video.

Another video shows a Chinese person eating baby rats that are still alive. He even dunks them in a sauce. Gross.

Chinese people consume bats, and even bat poop, because they believe it has medicinal properties that can treat malaria, gonorrhea and eye diseases.

However, bat soup is known to be a popular dish in Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak originated, and scientists say that the virus shares a strain of virus found in bats.

According to China Science Bulletin, the new virus could have been passed from bats to humans.

This serves as a reminder that despite the current push by the media to normalize the consumption of all kinds of weird things, from worms to crickets, sometimes it can be incredibly dangerous.

As I highlight in the video below, one of the dominant arguments is based in cultural relativism; The notion that because people from other cultures think it’s normal that we should embrace it too.

Some Chinese people think eating dogs is normal too. They also eat chicken’s heads and, even at the risk of infection, bats and bat poop.

Some cultures are better than others.

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Live Webcam Stream Located in Crack Alley Broadcasts User-Generated Sounds

What could possibly go wrong?

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A live webcam stream with speakers located in an alley popular with drug dealers which allows viewers to donate to play sounds went entirely expected when users began making the speakers play racist messages.

Called ‘Window of Life’ – the YouTube stream allows users who donate $5 dollars to play a brief audio clip of whatever they choose which is then broadcast outside a window onto the crack alley.

While many users chose to play snippets of bizarre music and other random sounds, numerous others hijacked the stream to racially abuse whoever was within earshot.

Most of the abuse was focused around prolific use of the n-word, while another message encouraged anyone who could hear it to physically assault minorities in the name of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler.

“Guy sets up a cam and speakers in a crack alley and lets viewers donate to play sounds, what could go wrong?” joked one Twitter user.

The channel responsible for the stream, Keegle Weegle, emphasized, “I do not support the views of the people who donate.”

The stream still remains live on YouTube.

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South Korean TV Show Reunites Mother With Dead Daughter Via Virtual Reality

Creepy interaction similar to plot of Black Mirror episode.

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A TV show in South Korea reunited a mother with her deceased 7-year-old daughter via a virtual reality recreation in what some observers thought was a dystopian and exploitative move.

A clip from the show Meeting You features the mother, wearing a VR headset and touch-sensitive gloves, walking around a green screen set and interacting with a 3D representation of her daughter.

The two are able to engage in a limited form of conversation as the mother caresses the representation of her daughter while crying.

The situation is similar in some ways to a plot from the popular dystopian TV series Black Mirror.

In an episode entitled Be Right Back, a young woman’s boyfriend is killed in a car accident and she decides to replace him with an android clone by having her boyfriend’s AI personality downloaded into the robot’s body.

While this woman’s VR interaction with a graphical representation of her dead daughter is a long way off that, it’s almost as creepy.

As Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett points out, no one would have an issue with it if the interaction helped the mother get over her grief, but the fact that the whole thing is being broadcast for the consumption of TV viewers makes it somewhat suspect.

“Having some code pretend to be a living thing that she loved might only add to the trauma. Only time, and research, will tell,” comments Plunkett, adding, “Whatever the long-term moral and ethical questions are that we’re going to have to face, this is extremely fucked up.”

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Does This Video Show Chuck Schumer Talking to an Invisible Person?

Mental health check?

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A video appears to show Senator Chuck Schumer interacting with an invisible person, leading some to claim he has mental health issues, while others disputed this explanation.

The clip shows Schumer at the Senate impeachment trial yesterday talking to another Senator before approaching his empty chair.

Schumer then gestures at the empty chair as if he is telling someone to move out of the way.

A blonde woman sitting behind Schumer appears to notice the interaction with the invisible person and looks a bit confused.

Another zoomed out version of the same clip appears to show Senator Dianne Feinstein (dressed in red) also reacting with confusion.

However, some respondents on Twitter challenged that explanation, claiming that Schumer was talking to the woman sat behind him.

“Chuck Schumer always look ppl from up his glass(es). So his head always goes down when he talks to ppl. The pics below provide with you this exact perspective,” remarked one.

“Why did he make the scooch out of the way gesture then?” asked another user.

“Chuck has mental issues if he’s talking to invisible people?” asked another.

Most people agreed that whatever the explanation for the clip, it was a little bizarre.

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