(ga Clint Smith @ @ClintSmithll
I truly don't think enough can be said about the work teachers have done over the past several months. Some teaching online *and* in person. Making lesson plans for both. Some caring for their own children and relatives while they teach. They deserve both praise and better pay.
A biotech startup has managed to print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. The company plans to flood
Chinese rhino horn market at one-eighth of the price of the original, undercutting the price poachers can get and forcing them out eventually.
: Anonymous No.
alright here's a story I've been meaning to share for a long time. I've only told this story to one person ever before
>21 years old
>fresh uni grad, no plans for future
>have a talent for learning languages
>decide to enroll in a japanese language school in tokyo
>manage to secure a placement, house, etc. with the money I had saved up from previous work
>no friends in a new country
>reading a book outside a konbini one summer night drinking cheap beer and smoking cigarettes
>an older grandma starts chatting to me
>asks what i was reading
>end up talking to her about japanese literature and the authors i enjoy
>see her outside that same almost every evening after school and chat for +3 hours with each meeting for the next month
>she always parts me with a homemade snack / bento for the next day
>slowly learn more about her
>no kids, no husband, all relatives passed away
>once married but after a miscarriage her husband left her
>i open up about my own problems as well
>she offers great advice each time
>1 year passes
>still see her on a weekly basis at our usual hangout
>she goes to the library just take out easy to read japanese books (often kids books) which she will read to me and explain the different kanji
>one night she tells me: anon, you know i always wished i had a son, a son like you"
>my grandparents from father's side were dead before i was born and my mother's parents were abusive alcoholics
>tfw I never really knew what it was like to have a caring grandparent