Saturday, July 11th, 2009   12:59 pm | Author: SJB | Money, Pets/Animals
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The Franklin Park Zoo in Boston claims that it will have to close down both the Franklin Zoo and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham within six months if additional funds are not provided. Currently they are funded by the State of Massachusetts, private donations and money raised from attractions.
It further stated that it will attempt to find a home for all its animals but up to 20% may not be placed and may have to be euthanized.
I can’t believe that they can not find homes for all their animals in other zoos in the US, Canada and elsewhere.
Are they seriously talking about killing perfectly healthy animals because they can’t place them? or is this just a threat to raise money and keep the zoos open?
There is a disturbing story in the New York Times today that points out that the grant system for cancer research is actually an impediment to finding treatments and cures for cancer.
The cancer institute has spend over $105 billion since Nixon funded it in 1971. And the privately run American Cancer society has spent $3.4 billion since 1946.
Yet little progress has been made in finding new treatments or cures. The grant program has become an ongoing jobs program, keeping research labs going from year to year. Most grants provide funding for small projects that at best may provide small incremental steps towards finding a cure for cancer.
Because the target seems to be small incremental steps grant requests for transformational projects are usually not provided.
There needs to be a complete overhaul of this process. Cancer has been killing people for a very long time and it seems that with today’s technology ..continue reading
I guess the House Republicans must think that the American population is comprised of idiots or maybe they think that most Americans have some memory loss disorder. They voted against funding the $106 billion bill for funding operations in Iraq and Afghanistan because it included $5 billion in funds for the International Monetary Fund to help aid nations during this monetary crises.
In 2003 222 House Republicans voted for a war funding bill that included $11 million for expenses and salaries of House representatives. In 2005 the Republicans critiized Democrats for not voting for a war funding bill that included funding for Indian Ocean tsunami relief, the Department of Agriculture’s emergency watershed protection program, border security, and that prohibited states from issuing drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants. The Democrats did not vote for that bill because it did little to wind down the war in Iraq. In 2006 the Republicans again ..continue reading