Pepperberg said the last time she saw Alex on Thursday, they went through their goodnight routine, in which she told him it was time to go in the cage and said: "You be good, I love you. I'll see you tomorrow."
Alex responded, "You'll be in tomorrow."
(Alex was discovered dead in his cage Friday morning.)
And here is something Matthew Parris has to write about the vulnerability on social safety conditions. Although the content relates to the English perimeter, it is well applicable to all the societies worldwide.
At dawn on Thursday morning I was flying through fog at more than 100mph, three feet above the ground. We had no means of diverting from our course, nor of stopping in less than a mile. The visibility was perhaps 50 yards. I was on a train.
Doing more would be so easy. In an open society like ours the national throat is open and exposed for the cutting in a hundred places. A small amount of explosive beneath pylons in a million unguarded locations will bring down a high-tension power supply. A drop of poison at a thousand access points to our water supplies could kill hundreds. A brick dropped from a motorway bridge on to a coach’s windscreen combines a good chance of murder with minimal risk of capture. Our railways are essentially unguarded.
Is there some strange way in which this satisfies both? Is there a kind of unconscious agreement? Are we and the terrorist supplying for the fight a title that satisfies the vanities of both teams “War” on “Terror” then choosing the domain and battleground where fixtures are to be played: exotic venues such as jets, subterranean railway tunnels, nightclubs, packed commuter terminals; and finally agreeing even on a pair of mutually opposed and appropriately impossible outcomes counting as the knockout win that both half-fear: the Destruction of the West vs the Elimination of Terrorism? Is there a creepy, subliminal pact? I ask not rhetorically this really is a question but because I have noticed a series of clues for a riddle to which this could (I emphasise could) be an answer.
get more here in TimesOnline
ok, coming back to home, its Teej today, festival for ladies. The justification of the motive behind the celebration has always been questioned, however it still succeeds to maintain its own charm in the female mind, as I see.
It used to be good fun and the sense of festivity spread all around when all the sisters gathered in our home, and the neighboring ladies as well gathered to have a sing-dance program.
We were kids and we just enjoyed the presence of the guests in our home.
it was a long time ago, a really long time. Now its difficult, even to imagine, the gathering of all, in one place now. Besides, the "agenda" of celebration itself has changed.
Time change, people change, society changes... its the way.
anyway, for all those who pray for Mahadev, Good luck ladies :)