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The Silvered Leaf Monkey, photo from Christian ArtusoThe Silvery Lutung, also known as the silvered leaf monkey, is an Old World arboreal monkey living in coastal, mangrove, and riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo. Its grey-tipped, dark brown or black fur, gives it a uniform silvery appearance. The silvery lutung is a specialist folivore, including a high proportion of leaves in its diet. Silvery lutings are diurnal, and travel in groups of around 9-40 individuals with one adult male and many adult females communally caring for infants. They rarely leave the trees, which provide them protection from ground-dwelling predators, and rapidly flee if threatened. The entire group shelters in a single tree at night. Local predators able to feed on silvery lutungs include leopards, tigers, humans, dholes, and some large snakes. The silvery lutung is classed as Near Threatened , for its habitat is heavily threatened throughout its range by logging and the development of oil plantations. The species is also threatened by hunting for meat and by capture for the pet trade. Likewise, because they are unusually susceptible to human diseases, including AIDS, they have therefore been widely used in medical research.


The Drunken Flamingo - Pierrino Mascarino Teenage eroticism combined with the danger of the hunt can unravel even the best of relationships

Fernando - Silvio Cascino Sometimes the best guest at a funeral is the subject of the event

Keepers of the Gate - Ray Blackwood The casual nature of urban violence rips the sublime out of even the most perfect day

In the Beginning Was the Word - Iftekhar Sayeed Once the great tidal force of history is turned against the political structure, even hiding in sex will not save the status quo

You Are All Blind - Alejandro Patagonia The many voices raised against homosexuality are, upon closer scrutiny, to be mouthing nonsense flavored with stupidity. Patagonia exactingly examines how the arguments against homosexuality stand up to logic

Middle Class Aspirations in an Ominous Economy - Alison Ross Before we cry about the disappearing middle classes, perhaps we should ask who stands to lose in the melee

Ali Bubba and the Forty Pyrotechnics - Henry Brown Whatever happened to all of those weapons of mass destruction? They are certain to show up sometime

Crackling Again - Donal Mahoney The past is not exactly dead, but, as Mahoney reminds us, it can return at any moment

Old Maid, Old Mexico - Vivi Vargas Is life in a small town merely a roundabout? Or could it be an occasion for an ecstatic escape?

Tele/kinetic - Michael C. Keith What if you could influence your favorite characters on television? What would you do with such a gift?

The Bomb Maker - Ken Poyner When the neighbors are interviewed by the press, how do they explain their bomb maker neighbor?

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