Saturday, November 14, 2009

The One with the News

My regular readers know that I generally post about day to day life at the park. However, with the rain washing out the excitement around here, I had to resort to mainstream news for my post today.

Sabi has been reunited with her Australian unit in Afghanistan after being MIA for 14 months! What a timely story, considering my post on Wednesday about courageous war dogs! She is a bomb-sniffing dog who disappeared after a fierce battle between her troops and militant fighters. Sabi is now receiving a celebrity's welcome!

Another celebrity: Noah Biorkman is a five year old in the late stages of a long battle with cancer. His family celebrated Christmas early and, since Noah loves Christmas cards, there was a movement online to encourage as many people as possible to send cards to Noah. (Of course, my mom thought this was a hoax so she verified the story on snopes.com.) Within Noah's CarePage yesterday, his mom posted that they are thankful yet overwhelmed with the support they have received. She graciously asked that cards and gifts no longer be sent. On Monday alone they received 80,000 pieces of mail! And, though the post office was closed on Veteran's Day, the Biorkman's still received mail! What a testament to viral marketing and the proof that kind, thoughtful two-leggers are out there!

A similar example of how "viral" things can become: the upcoming movie about the year 2012. To put this into context, click here and here. As you will be reminded, there have been numerous doomsday predictions that never came to pass. Two-leggers love the drama and suspense, I suppose, so it's no wonder Live Science has said "doomsdays come and go, but conspiracy theories are forever."

Of course, my view may be skewed. I'm a product of my two-leggers after all and many are aware of mom's firm belief in the power of positive thinking. For example, earlier this week an article ran about the effectiveness of the placebo effect. This is met with much resistance within the medical field but even those in traditional medicine acknowledge that a patient's mental state is integral to their health and recovery.

That concludes this afternoon's episode of random news. As the sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds, tomorrow we will return to our regularly scheduled programing!

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