The Nocturnal House was an institution for those who grew up here or have lived in Seattle for some time. We have watched Woodland Park Zoo grow from an Amusement Park with caged animals to a 4 star zoo that focusses on saving endangered species and on education. In this age of science denying (whether evolution or climate change), it was a haven for animal and nature lovers. The Nocturnal House was entered via the Reptile House.
The new Penguin Exhibit is nice and the Northwest, Asian, Savannah and Rain Forest areas have been an improvement, but what budget cuts necessitated the closing of the Nocturnal House? The electric bill? Some of you will remember these educational exhibits. There were lots of animals "out" today, by the way - vampire bats, fruit bats, sloths (running instead of sleeping), porcupines and armadillos, to name a few. If you are a local, you probably know these exhibits like the back of your hand, and you will never see them again.
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He is shown here getting an award from the NAACP. Saw him at YearlyKos before & he is awesome.
Center for American Progress announced that Jones will be rejoining the think tank as a Senior Fellow and leader of the new Green Opportunity Initiative, which will focus on creating economic opportunity in distressed communities. He will also be teaching environmental and economic policy as part of a one-year fellowship at Princeton University.
The overwhelming thrust seemed to be to stop spending federal money derived from taxes on health care, though there were other side issues, like the prophetic skill of Glenn Beck and the danger of the H1N1 vaccine.