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Monday, August 1, 2011

Rat Island



To read the review of a new book entitled, "Rat Island" which was written by William Stolzenburg ,
please click on the following link:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/64decd04-b6ca-11e0-ae1f-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1TfFiqz5y

The reason I am mentioning this review and this book is due to comments made by Clive Cookson, who reviewed this book. In his review Mr. Cookson states:

‎"The current extinction is taking place at an uneven pace across the world and, as the American wildlife writer William Stolzenburg shows in his gripping new book, islands are suffering most. Islands have produced 20 per cent of Earth’s animal species on 5 per cent of its landmass, but two-thirds of the birds and reptiles lost over the past 3,000 years have been insular species.Today they harbour almost half of the world’s critically endangered species."

I had no idea that is the islands on this planet which have produced this large a percentage of the Earth's animal species, did you? I also was shocked as I am sure you are, to learn that two-thirds of the birds lost to extinction in our World over the past 3,000 years have been insular species. (The word "insular" in this context refers to "Living or located on an island." (source:http://www.thefreedictionary.com/insular )

Why are these animals on these islands going extinct? Is it because humans have encroached on the habitats of these animals? Is it due to the fact that humans have moved to these islands and cut down all the trees and jungles which were the habitats of these animals? Is it due to the fact that some sort of disease  was transmitted to the island by humans which caused these animals species which had no resistence to the disease to be wiped  out? I know that humans are responsible for bringing over snakes to some islands which consequently wiped out species of birds on an island.


I am sure we would all like to have some explanation for this terrible loss of animal species on the islands of our planet. Has anyone read "Rat Island"? If so could you tell us what William Stolzenburg views as the reasons for this loss of so many bird and reptitile species on the islands of this World.

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.