Friday, May 11, 2007

Poppy the St. Bernard has 13 pups

Click here to go to the article in the Daily Mail and see the adorable pictures!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Horses to be drugged for Stones gig Part II

"The Rolling Stones have asked to change the venue for a concert in Belgrade to spare hundreds of horses from enduring a potentially traumatic experience.

The July 14 concert was due to be held at the Serbian capital's Hippodrome racetrack until animal protection society ORCA complained the noise would traumatize the 300 horses kept in the nearby stables."

Ah, happy endings. Read the entire article.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Genocide Games

PLEASE READ - The Genocide Games: Using China's pride in the 2008 Olympics as a weapon against its shameful support of the Darfur nightmare by Nat Hentoff

From the article:
"China buys at least 70 percent of Sudan's most important export—oil. And, as Peter Brookes, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, now with the Heritage Foundation, notes: In Sudan, "China is building roads, bridges, an oil refinery, and a hydroelectric dam [along with] government offices and a new $20 million presidential palace" for the thriving General Bashir.

It is now clear that the only way to stop the mass murders and rapes in Darfur—and now of the refugees in neighboring Chad—is to compel China to force Sudan to end the genocide.

China's only acute vulnerability—as it becomes the most powerful nation in the world economically and politically—is the tarnishing of its coming glorification as the host of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus

The following quote from this NYT article:

"About 90 percent of pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion. "

A dwindling Downs population a bad thing? Yes. Read the entire article.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Sheryl Crow again

So I'll complete my enviro-posts with a quote from Sheryl Crow. She's evidently upset that folks misunderstood her toilet paper joke. However, when you make remarks like that, what do you expect? Others simply turned her joke into their joke.
All kidding aside, I would like to read a thoughtfully written article about environmental stewardship from a biblical perspective. I'll call my friend Rich and see what he has.
From Sheryl:
"First, I am deeply concerned over where we are as a nation. We are so blessed to live in a country where we enjoy so many rights that other countries cannot even begin to imagine. However, what terrifies me is not what we are ignoring about the state of our planet but the fact that we seem to have lost touch with our connection to the earth. We have risen to great heights of arrogance in our refusal to acknowledge that the earth is changing. We hold steadfast to our belief that nothing can happen to us as a people."

Gore sees 'spiritual crisis' in warming

Here's Al Gore in his address to the AIA:

"It's in part a spiritual crisis," Gore told the crowd in the Convention Center at the American Institute of Architects national convention. "It's a crisis of our own self-definition — who we are. Are we creatures destined to destroy our own species? Clearly not."

So Al's concerned about our spiritual crisis. I remember the 80s when Al and Tipper feigned evangelical, anti-abortion fervor; Tipper went toe-to-toe with Frank Zappa over music censorship and labeling (Zappa was brilliant). They did what they had to do: winning their constituency in conservative Tennessee. Now Al is trying to capture a different audience, so he bows down to different gods.

Humans = Virus

Okay, article number two - Malthus reborn. From Dan Gainor at the Business and Media Institute:

"Apparently, saving the whales is more important than saving 5.5 billion people. Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and famous for militant intervention to stop whalers, now warns mankind is “acting like a virus” and is harming Mother Earth.

May 4 editorial asked the question “The Beginning of the End for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?” Then he left no doubt about the answer. “We are killing our host the planet Earth,” he claimed and called for a population drop to less than 1 billion.

The commentary reminded readers that Watson had called humans a disease before and he wasn’t sorry. “I was once severely criticized for describing human beings as being the ‘AIDS of the Earth.’ I make no apologies for that statement,” the column continued.

Watson was invoking the worst of Robert Malthus, an English political economist who claimed that mankind was overpopulating the earth. That claimed first appeared in the late 1700s. Watson urged some solutions for mankind as part of a process to “need to re-wild the planet”:

· “No human community should be larger than 20,000 people and separated from other communities by wilderness areas.” New York, London, Paris, Moscow are all too big. Then again, so are Moose Jaw, Timbuktu and even Annapolis, Md.
· “We need vast areas of the planet where humans do not live at all and where other species are free to evolve without human interference.”
· “We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion.”
· “Sea transportation should be by sail. The big clippers were the finest ships ever built and sufficient to our needs. Air transportation should be by solar powered blimps when air transportation is necessary.”
· At least Watson was generous and said people could still talk with one another across great distances. “Communication systems can link the communities,” he proclaimed from on high.

The Watson rant kept on going calling for everything from cutting down on the population of domesticated dogs and cats to cutting down on everything else in what he called “simplify, simplify, simplify.”

Watson essentially called for humans to return to primitive lifestyles. “We need to stop flying, stop driving cars, and jetting around on marine recreational vehicles. The Mennonites survive without cars and so can the rest of us.”

Children bad for planet

Yes, it's a big day for environmental "stories." We'll begin with a paper for the Optimum Population trust that declares:

"HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.

The paper by the Optimum Population Trust will say that if couples had two children instead of three they could cut their family's carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return flights a year between London and New York. "

So remember all the horrible environmental consequences when you're planning a family. Don't think of that precious little bundle of depravity as a heritage from the Lord; think of him as a threatening little mass of carbon dioxide output.

Friday, May 04, 2007

$65 million dollar pants update

Here's an article that follows the story of the owners of the dry-cleaning store.

And yes, I noticed that this article claims $65, the other $67 - but what's $2 million dollars?

George the terrier

The Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A plucky Jack Russell terrier named George saved five children from two marauding pit bulls, but was so severely mauled in the fight that it had to be put down, its owner said Wednesday.

George was playing with the group of children as they returned home from buying sweets at a neighborhood shop in the small North Island town of Manaia last Sunday when the two pit bulls appeared and lunged toward them, Allan Gay said.

"George was brave — he took them on and he's not even a foot high," Gay told The Associated Press. "He jumped in on them, he tried to keep them off.

"If it wasn't for George, those kids would have copped it."

One of the children, Richard Rosewarne, 11, was quoted in the Taranaki Daily News on Wednesday as saying George fought with the pit bulls to keep them off his 4-year-old brother, Darryl.

"George tried to protect us by barking and rushing at them, but they started to bite him — one on the head and the other on the back," Rosewarne said. "We ran off crying and some people saw what was happening and rescued George."

But George was so badly mauled that a veterinarian had to put him down, Gay said.
South Taranaki District Council official Graham Young said the two pit bulls had been impounded, and likely would be put down because of the attack.

In New Zealand, owners of dogs judged to be too aggressive can be required to have them neutered and dogs involved in attacks are destroyed.

3,500 Lbs. of Bat Guano Found in Attic

Though the title might seem to say it all, there's more to the story. Read it here.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Regret founding of America?

From Matt Frei of BBC News:

'I am happy to report to you that the Oxford Union, in its infinite wisdom, has allowed America to continue existing.

After a raucous debate in front of a packed house, the motion - "this House regrets the Founding of America" - was overwhelmingly squashed.

My colleague Jonah Goldberg, from the National Review, made a witty and punchy case for the birthright of America, lambasting the Union for a motion that "sounded like a bad joke".'

Read the article.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The $67 Million Pants

From ABC News:

"Plaintiff Roy Pearson, a judge in Washington, D.C., says in court papers that he's been through the ringer over a lost pair of prized pants he wanted to wear on his first day on the bench.

He says in court papers that he has endured "mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort."

He says he was unable to wear that favorite suit on his first day of work.

He's suing for 10 years of weekend car rentals so he can transport his dry cleaning to another store.

The lawsuit is based in large part on Pearson's seemingly pained admission that he was taken in by the oldest and most insidious marketing tool in the dry cleaning industry arsenal.

"Satisfaction Guaranteed."

Pearson did not return numerous calls from ABC News for comment."

Read the entire article.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Clayton turns 16

Happy birthday Clayton Thomas Wingard!

Al Gore v. Gideon

"Visitors to the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa won't find the Gideon Bible in the nightstand drawer. Instead, on the bureau will be a copy of ``An Inconvenient Truth,'' former Vice President Al Gore's book about global warming."

Read the entire article about the greening of hotels.