Well here's one for the transhumanist scrapbooks, if true. Apparently in Nigeria a pregnant ewe was found to have a...well, partially human feotus:
Now, while I tend to be skeptical of such stories on the one hand, it doesn't take one very long to search on the internet for serious articles on genetic engineering of chimerical "manimals" and "humanplants" and so on. This one caught my eye, however, for a rather different reason.
Let's assume, for a moment, the article is true, and indulge in some speculation. As the article indicates, it is the second such incident in Nigeria, the other apparently occurring in 2011. When I read it, my heart sank, because of what it might portend.
Africa and its long-suffering peoples have - like it or not - been the centuries' victim not only of its own bloody tribal elites, but of exploitation by the West, which again - like it or not - has tended to view the inhabitants of that continent as second status, or, in some cases, as not even fully human. What this occurrence might therefore portend -- again, if true -- is that someone, somewhere in the many wilds of that continent may be doing some secret research that would be altogether prohibited in a corporate or defense laboratory in a Western country. Notably, the article even suggests or implies such a Western and experiment connection, by deliberately mentioning GMOs as a possible connection to these anomalies. Someone in Nigeria, in other words, may be sending some subtle messages to someone else: "We know who you are and what you're doing."
The reasons for doing so would, from this grizzly point of view, be all too convenient: occurrences such as this could be written off to a "superstitious and backward people" or any similar such chauvinistic spin. The continent would be viewed by those conducting such hideous "research" as supplying a virtually limitless pool of human subjects on which to perform experiments that would make the Nazi Ahnenerbedienst or Dr. Morreau blush with envy.
It's too early, of course, to put anything more on this than pure speculation, but the story, if true, is profoundly disturbing, for it true, then it would appear that someone is once again targeting Africa not only for its vast resources, but also for its grizzly projects. Let's hope neither will succeed. But in any case, keep an eye on Africa...
See you on the flip side.