The saga of Rusti the Orangutang goes on ….it has been more than a year since the City Council of Honolulu voted to build Rusti a $200,000 dollar permanent enclosure around a Banyan tree. Currently he is in a little cage where he looks depressed and has been for years. Rusti is is healthy and … Continue reading “Rusti the Orangutan”
The saga of Rusti the Orangutang goes on ….it has been more than a year since the City Council of Honolulu voted to build Rusti a $200,000 dollar permanent enclosure around a Banyan tree. Currently he is in a little cage where he looks depressed and has been for years.
Rusti is is healthy and should have a long future ahead of him. He’s 25 now and could live to be 65.
Rusti has always had a hard time fitting in. He was born in captivity in Seattle, and his mother rejected him while he was still an infant. He was bullied by other orangutans, and was raised by a series of human foster parents before ending up in a small indoor cage at the private Scotch Plains Zoo in New Jersey.
Earlier plans called for Rusti to live in a sanctuary with up to 20 orangutans on the Big Island, but it was never built. He was later headed for a special cage at Kualoa Ranch in Windward O’ahu. The ranch dropped the plan opposition from animal-rights groups that wanted Rusti sent to a sanctuary in Florida.
Zoo director Ken Redman said plans are moving forward to bring in a female playmate for Rusti from the San Diego Zoo in time for the move to the new place. Redman explained that the move will be for companionship rather than breeding because Rusti, a half-Sumatran, half-Bornean orangutan, has been neutered.
He said the new orangutan exhibit is expected to be finished before the zoo goes for accreditation in November, something that should help the facility shine and please Rusti’s many visitors.
“Everybody loves Rusti. Everybody knows Rusti,” Redman said. “He’s got a huge fan club.”
I saw an editorial by Thomas Sowell in the Honolulu Advertiser yesterday talking about his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals…
Strange man, I’m sort of fascinated though and will probably read the book…I mean, is this yet another attempt by the white conservative media and their black co-conspirators to hijack the culture of African America or is Sowell on to something…
In the piece I read he never identified where the Rednecks came from but I’m guessing Scotland….here is more on his book…
“Black identity has become a hot item in the movies, on television and at schools and colleges. But few are aware of how much of what passes as black identity today, including “black English,” has its roots in the history of whites who were called “rednecks” centuries ago in Britain, before they ever crossed the Atlantic and settled in the South.
Saying “acrost” for “across” or “ax” for “ask” are today considered part of black English. But this was common centuries ago in those regions of Britain from which white Southerners came. They brought with them more than their own dialect. They brought a way of life that made white Southerners very different from white Northerners.” …More….
This is simple, but apparently I’m not the only person to enjoy it.
Protect our troops – from the womb to the war. What if the fetus you were going to abort would grow up to be a soldier bringing democracy to a godless dictatorship?
Plastic replica of an 11-12 week old fetus, 3″ long, holding a firearm in its precious little hand, with an assortment of other military paraphernalia, encased in a translucent plastic ornament, with a patriotic yellow ribbon on top. Includes a metal ornament hanger. If only a womb were this safe, attractive and reasonably priced!
Show that you support the “culture of life” by buying and proudly displaying one of these patriotic unborn Americans.
Two-thirds of Americans said in polling this past week that they are uneasy about his ideas for Social Security. Acknowledging that many are wary of the stock market, Bush suggested they could invest in Treasury bonds.
The Democratic National Committee said, “If that performance was supposed to put Bush’s second term back on track, Americans are in for three-and-a-half years of great storytelling, but no real solutions to their problems. The president contradicted himself calling the bonds in Social Security worthless IOUs in a filing cabinet, but then referred to the same bonds in private accounts as backed by the full faith of the American government.”
LONDON: Scientists have managed to stave off the ageing process in mice, a discovery that might pave the way to longer, healthier living in humans too.
Experiments at the US-based Washington University School of Medicine showed that protecting the body of mice against highly reactive chemicals called free radicals long suspected as a cause of ageing gave them longer lives, reports the Scottish daily Scotsman.
Mice given higher levels of an enzyme that breaks down free radicals had about a 20 percent increase in their average and maximum lifespan, about four and a half months.
They also had healthier hearts than other mice.
The experiments suggest that people could live longer and be free from many age-related diseases if they were protected from free radicals.
“This study is very supportive of the free radical theory of ageing. It shows the significance of …more>>