African Servals Get A Second Chance

African Servals (Leptailurus serval) are beautiful cats and extremely successful hunters, which are currently doing well on most of the African continent. However, because of habitat loss and poaching, their numbers are declining in South Africa and they are extinct in the southern part of the country. Therefore a wild life sanctuary there has been working on rescuing the cats and later returning them to... read more

Auē Tēnei Wiki: The Brussels Tragedy and the GOP

Tragedy brings out the best in the best people and the worst in the worst people. Therefore it is no surprise that the Islamist terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier this week have exposed some of the worst aspects of the attitudes of the two leading candidates to be the GOP’s presidential nominee. (Their third remaining candidate, John Kasich, has responded well, though I don’t agree with his... read more

Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki: Clouded Leopard Cubs

Two very cute cubs were born to Lowry Park Zoo’s (Tampa, Florida) clouded leopard couple, Malee and Yim, on 29 February. However, Malee stopped feeding her cubs after the first day so zoo staff have stepped up to the task. The cubs are a male and female and the zoo says they are “stable.” They are receiving 24 hour care in the zoo’s veterinary hospital, including four-hourly bottle... read more

The Case Against Trickle-Down Economics for Reducing Unemployment

Many politicians, especially those on the right, preach the gospel of Trickle-Down Economics. The theory is that if businesses have more money they will employ more people and therefore it is essential to reduce business taxes. Raising the income of the wealthiest in our society, they say, will make everyone better off. The trouble is there is a basic flaw in the logic of the theory: it assumes employers... read more

Will GOP Approve Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination?

Short answer: No. In fact, they won’t even give him a hearing. President Obama has done his Constitutional duty and made a nomination to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. It is Judge Merrick Brian Garland, who currently serves on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is reported as being a centrist – left of centre on... read more

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