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Feb. 13th, 2009 01:23 pm FUCK YOU Wally Swett , Priscilla Feral, you assholes!


Ex-Texas chimps to stay in Caddo sanctuary

Court of appeals ruling translates into victory for local sanctuary

By John Andrew Prime
jprime@gannett.com

A court tug of war over six chimpanzees seems to be over after a Texas appeals court judge ruled Wednesday the retired research chimps from Ohio State University will remain at Chimp Haven.

"Chimp Haven is pleased with the opinion of the court of appeals," said Linda Brent, the Caddo sanctuary's director and president. "We look forward to continuing to provide excellent care to the chimpanzees Sarah, Sheba, Keeli, Ivy, Harper and Emma for the rest of their lives at Chimp Haven."

The ruling in San Antonio's 4th Court of Appeals ends a nearly three-year legal battle through dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the San Antonio sanctuary Primarily Primates. The petition sought to force Chimp Haven, also known as the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, to return the animals to Texas.

The chimps were brought to Louisiana in November 2006 after Texas seized Primarily Primates and placed it in receivership.

When the receivership was finished, Primarily Primates asked for the return of the animals, which the Caddo sanctuary refused, citing bonds the chimps had formed with others of their kind here, and their overall improved condition in Louisiana.

Primarily Primates sued to get the animals back and received a favorable ruling from Bexar (County) District Court.

But the appeals court said the Bexar court did not have jurisdiction to make that ruling.

Noting the cost of contesting the ruling during toughening economic times, Primarily Primates President Priscilla Feral said her sanctuary would not pursue the matter anymore.

"We cannot jeopardize the safety of the whole group and the refuge itself to spend money on cases that turn into disagreements between courts and go on for three years or more," Feral said, noting her facility has just accepted several new tenants and is expanding habitats.

"Every penny is needed for animal care. I look at these beautiful renovations and I know we must be careful to protect all we've done here."

Brent said there is paperwork to complete.

Chimp Haven is engaged in talks with Primarily Primates to ensure Chimp Haven remains the six chimps' permanent home.

Chimp Haven is open to the public; Primarily Primates is not.

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Feb. 26th, 2006 11:18 pm

As of today, I will NEVER root for an OSU team again. By doing so I am putting money in these arrogant, incompentant morons' pockets.

One of my goals in life was to eventually graduate from a university that I highly respected and admired for all of my life. I will NEVER return to OSU. Further, I will forever more BASH OSU with the best of University of Michigan fans.

Some of you may think that I am only joking. I assure you I am not. Some people may say I'm taking this too seriously. I assure you I am not. Damn straight I am pissed. There's so much political crap in the background of this story, it's sickening.

Given even the barest information I've provided below, I think it's very clear that OSU does not give a shit about these creatures.

What's MY connection? I had a small hand in raising two of the youngest chimps at the facility: Harper and Emma. The two chimps used to play WWF wrestling in my son Max's crib when all three were much younger. Addiotnally, one of the most innocent beings that I've ever encountered on this planet is/was housed at the OSU Chimp Center, a capuchian monkey named Rain.



END OF OSU PROGRAM

Scientist says she’ll fight loss of chimps
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Mike Lafferty
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


Sally Boysen brought the chimpanzees to Ohio State and raised them herself.

She coaxed them to learn rudimentary math as well as a simple form of reading and demonstrated their capacity for caring, a trait long thought limited to humans.

She has published more than 75 scientific papers, and her work has been documented on PBS and the Discovery Channel and in Time magazine. In 2002, Discover magazine listed her among the top 50 female scientists.

But this week, Boysen said, after 26 years of leading Ohio State’s chimpanzee research, she was told to leave the chimpanzee center when she tried to go to her office.

"What do they think I’m going to do, put them in my car and drive away?" she said.

"Her access is being controlled," university spokesman Earle Holland said. He would not say why, only that William Yonushonis, who oversees laboratory animals at OSU, would supervise the chimps’ care.

The chimp center is on OSU property near Don Scott Field on the city’s Northwest Side.

On Tuesday, OSU announced that it will close one of its most visible scientific research efforts because Boysen has been unable to find additional research funds to support the lab.

Boysen, who said she was stunned by the closing, vowed to fight the decision.

"Do they think I’m going to go quietly?"

The chimpanzees — five males and four females that range in age from 5-year-old Emma to 47-year-old Sarah — along with three capuchin monkeys at the lab, will be moved to Primarily Primates, a refuge north of San Antonio.

"This is my entire adult career and life invested in those animals," Boysen said.

OSU said other groups, including NASA and the National Institutes of Health, also are looking for homes for research chimpanzees.

Chimpanzees are the closest primates to humans on the evolutionary tree, sharing 98 percent of the same genes.

Chimp research sheds light on how humans, particularly chil- dren, learn, said Cincinnati psychologist Anne Wessels-Paris, who has visited Boysen’s center.

"I’m really shaken by the news," Wessels-Paris said. "Sally’s center is unique in the world. She doesn’t run it like a lab.
"These chimps are her kids, and she’s treated them like that. It has optimized their capacity to learn."

Boysen’s studies also have revealed chimpanzees’ ability to understand the concept of zero and to link symbols and models to tasks.

"They’re not rats. They’re the most significant group of chimps in the world," Boysen said. "These are sentient beings who deserve and need my guardianship."

Holland acknowledged that the university expects a backlash.

"Tensions are going to be high, not only with Sally but with the individual animals," he said.

Boysen has been aware since 2002 that the university eventually would pull the plug on her lab if funding for her research continued to wane. She was told of the closing Tuesday in a meeting with Robert McGrath, senior vice president for research at OSU.

The agreement to send the chimpanzees to Primarily Primates can’t be reversed, Holland said.

"We have a legal, binding contract. Money has been exchanged," he said.

Ohio State will pay $324,000 to construct two 25-by-40-foot indoor-outdoor structures at Primarily Primates. The university also will provide an endowment of $72,000 to care for the animals for the rest of their lives there. Chimpanzees can live past 60.

Boysen said the decision violates agreements made with people who donated chimpanzees to Ohio State.

She called the Texas facility a "cesspool."

The company that operates the refuge received a one-star rating (out of four, the highest) from Charity Navigator, a New Jersey organization that rates 5,000 nonprofit groups.

"From 2001 to 2004, primary revenue is down 10 percent a year and program expenses are falling instead of increasing," said Matt Viola, a program analyst for the agency.

Wallace Swett, president of the refuge, defended the 75-acre site.

"We, as a sanctuary, are more experienced with chimpanzees than anyone else in the entire country," he said.

PETA URGES OHIO STATE NOT TO ABANDON RETIRED CHIMPS TO ‘PSEUDO-SANCTUARY’
Group Calls On University to Place Animals in Humane Facility
For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2006
Contact: Lisa Wathne 757-622-7382, ext. 8372

Columbus, Ohio — This afternoon, PETA sent an urgent letter to Dr. Robert McGrath, senior vice president of research at Ohio State University (OSU), urging him to reconsider plans to send nine chimpanzees to Primarily Primates—a troubled facility in San Antonio, Texas—and recommending that the chimps be sent to a reputable animal sanctuary. For the past couple of years, PETA has received consistent reports from Primarily Primates staff and volunteers that conditions at the facility fall far short of humane and ethical animal care as well as basic sanctuary standards. Of grave concern to PETA are the numerous complaints from whistleblowers that animals at Primarily Primates are not being provided with veterinary care.

A PETA staff member who visited Primarily Primates last August observed what the organization has received complaints about for years, including the following:
· Inadequate shelter
· A lack of proper food, including fresh fruits and vegetables
· A lack of critical enrichment for the primates, which reportedly led one foundation to refuse a grant to Primarily Primates
· Unsafe cages with inadequate locks or no locks at all

Whistleblower reports include accounts indicating that animals died without veterinary care, an infant chimpanzee was taken from her mother to be raised by Primarily Primates’ director, and another young primate was torn apart by other animals despite the fact that workers warned the director several times that it was likely to happen.

PETA is urging OSU to send the chimpanzees to Center for Great Apes in Wachula, Fla., Save the Chimps in Ft. Pierce, Fla., or Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, Ky., where they will receive the care that they deserve.

"These animals deserve to retire at a true sanctuary, not a trumped-up private menagerie," says PETA Director of Research & Investigations Mary Beth Sweetland. "OSU has a chance to do the right thing by sending these chimpanzees to a place where they won’t simply be ‘warehoused’ in substandard conditions, but where they can be happy and live out the rest of their lives in peace."

PETA’s letter to OSU Senior Vice President of Research Dr. Robert McGrath is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA’s Web site WildlifePimps.com.

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Dec. 15th, 2005 12:46 pm This is just TOO funny. Although Bonobos aren't monkeys.

GIRLS GONE WILD ... FOR MONKEYS
Girls Gone Wild ... for Monkeys
http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/2005/10/girls_gone_wildfor_monkeys.php

Pornography studios might do well to take a tip from the Discovery
Channel. According to a recent study, women are aroused by watching
monkey sex. Sure, they're more aroused by watching human sex, but the
loving habits of the bonobo are enough to bring out the primate in
any civilized lady.

The study, conducted by Meredith Chivers of the Center for Addiction
and Mental Health and J. Michael Bailey of Northwestern University,
was published in the October issue of Biological Psychology. The
researchers found that while straight men are only aroused by females
of the human variety, straight women are equally aroused by all human
sexual activity, including lesbian, heterosexual and homosexual male
sex, and at least somewhat aroused by nonhuman sex.

Each subject involved in the report watched seven two-minute clips of
sex: six scenes involving humans and one of bonobos. The subject
constantly monitored and noted his or her subjective arousal. The
subject was also affixed with a device that measured genital
arousal-penis circumference for the men and vaginal pulse amplitude
for the women.

All eighteen men were heterosexual and all reported subjective
arousal only during the scenes with women. The objective data matched
their reports: Images of our evolutionary ancestors do not make a man
retrogress to Homo erectus. The eighteen heterosexual women reported
greatest subjective arousal during the heterosexual scene, but their
bodies reported they were less naturally selective.

Chivers said in a previous study she had shown a very low correlation
between women's stated sexual interests and their sexual arousal
patterns in the lab. The correlation was much higher for men, she
said.

"There's the possibility that genital response for women is not
necessarily imbued with meaning about her sexual interests," says
Chivers. She also emphasized that her findings do not imply women
harbor a latent desire for lesbian sex or bestiality.

While the women did not report their arousal in the subjective part
of the study, Chivers said women are generally receptive to her
findings about their objective responses.

"When I speak to women, there's sort of an intuitive 'Oh, yeah,'" she
says.

Barbara Bartlik, a psychiatry professor at Cornell, said she was not
alarmed by the women's response to the nonhuman stimuli.

"I don't know why this has surprised everybody that women get aroused
watching humans and animals," she says. "Animals, because of the way
they function in an uninhibited manner...can be very arousing to look
at when they copulate."

However, Bartlik was surprised that the men did not have the same
response as the women.

"I would wonder if the men weren't concerned about being labeled as
homosexual or perverse by being interested in these things, and
therefore their erections were inhibited," she said.

Chivers hopes to discover what specific aspect of a visual stimulus
causes women to become aroused. Some experts believe mentally
labeling an act as sexual arouses women. Others, including Chivers,
believe innately recognized sexual features such as an erect penis,
even out of their usual human context, stimulate women. She said she
did not yet know how similar to humans an animal would need to be in
order to elicit a sexual response from women.

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Nov. 25th, 2005 01:36 pm Christmas presents?? For me????

Now I'm not saying everyone who reads this all 2 of you HAVE to buy me a Christmas present, I am merely trying to assist you in choosing one AFTER you've decided to buy me one.

Please check out these webpages for ideas:
http://www.newsarama.com/forums/showthread.php?s=4bd4310d276330fec7ba7abb38fd7bfd&threadid=50404

and

http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/briefings/commentary/3449/

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Nov. 8th, 2005 08:53 am

If interested in donating (HEY! You never can tell when a millionaire may be reading my blog!) please contact:

Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School
777 Third Street N.E.
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Phone : (330) 343-3302 Fax : (330) 343-6388


TCC launches annual fundraiser
Tuscarawas Central Catholic High has launched its 2005 Annual Appeal fund drive to generate funds for the school’s operating budget.

“Each year at this time we reach out to our alumni, parents, businesses and friends to support Central and our mission as a Catholic school,” said Development Director Matt Ritzert.

Ritzert said all donations to the Annual Appeal are used for the school’s general fund.

“Because tuition income accounts for only about 50 percent of the budget, we depend on the success of the Annual Appeal and other fundraising activity to maintain a strong and healthy school,” Ritzert said, noting the theme for the drive is “Stewards of the Future.”

“The theme stresses that we are all called by God to serve others and that we have a responsibility to create a better future for our children,” Ritzert said.

Last year, TCC conducted a capital campaign to expand the curriculum, improve the school building, and develop athletic facilities.

“Last year’s campaign demonstrated strong community support for several specific projects, and we’re very grateful for that support,” Ritzert said. “But we are also faced with the reality of meeting our day-to-day expenses. That is why the Annual Appeal is so important.”

A committee of campaign volunteers will contact area businesses and professional offices to seek support. TCC representatives will speak during Masses in area parishes Nov. 19 and 20, and TCC students will assist with a phone-a-thon to Central alumni.

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Nov. 8th, 2005 08:37 am

So my system at work is down, so I've been perusing the message boards. Best line I've come across today (actually for a long time:)

"Incidentaly, I found a German swastika flag the other day with the 'Made in China' sticker on it. That made me laugh out loud. I love stupid Nazis."

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Nov. 8th, 2005 08:31 am There is NO WAY that this is real. Is there?

http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000048666&tstart=15

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Oct. 26th, 2005 12:31 pm Little Girl's Fire Truck

A fire fighter is working on the engine outside the station when he notices a little girl next door in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle. The girl is wearing a fire fighter's helmet. The wagon is being pulled by her dog and her cat.

The fire fighter walks over to take a closer look. "That sure is a nice fire truck," the fire fighter says with admiration. "Thanks," the girl says.

The fire fighter looks a little closer and notices the girl has tied the wagon to her dog's collar and to the cat's testicles. "Little Partner," the fire fighter says, "I don't want to tell you how to run your rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster."

The little girl replies thoughtfully, "You're probably right, but Mister, then I wouldn't have a siren!"

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors: Zone VI

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Oct. 24th, 2005 11:39 am

So Kim and I were relaxing Saturday night. I had turned on IFC to watch its Indy Horror movies. To my surprise, Kim watched them with me! It was really a mixed bag. We sat through two: Ginger Snaps II and Madman.

For those interested:
a Madman synopsis can be found here: http://www.terrortrap.com/underratedslashers/madman/

a Ginger Snaps II write-up can be found here: http://www.thebatt.com/media/paper657/news/2004/04/15/Entertainment/Home-Theater.Ginger.Snaps.Ii.Unleashed-660578.shtml

So. As my buddy Blake ( http://www.livejournal.com/users/blakemp/ ) writes: "There are three kinds of horror movies. There are excellent films, the ones that give you nightmares days later. There are mediocre films that you pretty much forget about. And then there are the ones that are so bad you’re talking about it months later. To my way of thinking, the worst kind of horror movie is one that’s merely mediocre. If a movie is really bad, you can frequently get enjoyment out of watching it with your friends, laughing at the poor writing and production values, cracking jokes and appreciating it for sheer badness. I like a really, really bad horror movie."

Well, Blake, you would have LOVED Madman. A typical Friday the 13th rip-off (minus the nudity, dammit!) Kim and I almost fell off our bed laughing when the one camp counselor hides from the Madman (duh! Who else?) in the refrigerator. This is worth watching just for the unintended laughs.

Ginger Snaps II is a dog of a different flavor. The original Ginger Snaps was a great movie with the exception of the last 20 minutes, which brought my opinion down to a just OK movie. Luckily the sequel eclipses the original. There's one scene, which, those of you who know me, I THOROUGHLY enjoyed. This is a very good film,one well worth the effort to find!

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