Monday, July 18, 2016

Trump discovers new Psittaciforme species ...

... and names the new species of parrot, Psittacus pencius.

Parrots, along with ravens, crows, jays, and magpies, are among the most intelligent birds, and the ability of some species to imitate human voices enhances their popularity as pets. Some parrots are intelligent and talk at the level of a four-to-five year old human. (from the Wikipedia entry on parrots)

Trump apparently was taken by the imitative capabilities of the new parrot. TalkingPointsMemo picked up on the story.

... Donald Trump's running mate P. pencius, said in an interview aired late Friday that he is "very supportive" of the businessman's proposed ban on Muslims.

Trump once called for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims from entering the United States. Soon after, P. pencius tweeted that such a ban was "offensive" and "unconstitutional."

Adaptability is one characteristic of the Psittaciforme bird brains, so we should expect that the environment of P. pencius will shape its utterances.

"I am very supportive of Donald Trump's call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States," P. pencius said on Fox News.

P. pencius has publicly disagreed on a variety of other topics, including the Trans Pacific Partnership, the press, and Trump's attack on a federal judge's ethnicity.

Watch for more utterances of P. pencius that might be evidence of the imitative capability of this new species. Here is one more.

"What I've heard from Donald Trump, and I believe the position he's articulated that resonates with millions of Americans, is that we've got to find out what's going on, and we've got to do something different, and we've got to put the safety and security of the American people first," P. pencius said.

Trump's proposed ban has shifted throughout the campaign about a half dozen times. It was unclear which version Pence was referring to in the Fox interview.

Goes ta show ya: Imitation is the sincerest form of obedience.

Disclosure: The preceding snippets were revised by your Scriber.

For more on the cognitive capabilities of Psittaciformes, check out this story on PBS' Nova about Alex, the African Grey Parrot. Scriber will bet on Alex over P. pencius any day.

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