Marjorie Young

The Psychic View – Moment of Truth

By Marjorie Young

Two amazing incidents recently came to light, though one occurred decades ago in 1945, while the other happened just last month. One took place in Germany, the second, a world away in Kenya. But they bear almost identical markings of something quite extraordinary.

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Where Is our zoo’s public accountability?

By Nancy Farnam

Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) has, once again, shown contempt for public opinion by recently transferring legal ownership of its elephants to two other zoos. Sri was sent to the St. Louis Zoo in 2002 on a permanent breeding loan and Bamboo and Chai were sent on loan to the Oklahoma City Zoo last April. Although WPZ claims the elephant ‘donations’ were requested by the other zoos, the timing makes it far more likely that our zoo wanted to prevent a newly elected, more animal-friendly Seattle City Council from ordering the elephants to a sanctuary and wanted to make sure they would be permanently trapped in the zoo system. A public majority favored sanctuary placement where the elephants would have enjoyed vast natural space and freedom.

In its press release, Woodland Park Zoo claimed the elephants are all “thriving” at the other zoos. That is not true. Sri was impregnated in St. Louis, her calf died just before birth and she has been unable to expel the dead fetus for over 10 years. She stands in a small, overcrowded exhibit, with no quality of life – waiting to die.

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Waive the Visa 'Program,' not liberty

By Zach Watson

In response to what happened in Paris and California, the House last week passed legislation that changed our Visa Waiver Program. After talking to my fellow Seattleites, I’ve learned that many don’t know exactly what this program is. And why would they? It isn’t something that any of them will ever use.

But I tell you, it is still important.

The Visa Waiver Program uses the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to eliminate the need of a visa for people from partner countries, thirty-eight of them in all including Western Europe, Japan and Australia. People from those countries go on the ESTA website, pay a small fee and answer security questions. Then sometime in the following day(s) they are granted permission to enter the U.S. for three months without having to apply for a visa at a consulate or embassy, a process that can be lengthy, arduous and expensive.

The new bill, according to CNN.com, would bar those from Iraq, Syria, Iran and the Sudan, and any traveler from the partner countries that has visited those countries in the last five years from entering the U.S. without a visa.

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