Charmed by Stormy’s radiant amber eyes? Captivated by Stormy’s black and white coat? It's hard to pass by his suite without noticing this striking, handsome dog. His personality, however, is what will warm your heart. Stormy’s warm demeanor will melt away any winter blues. This handsome gentleman would be just right for curling up on the couch after a day of playing in the snow.
Stormy is an intelligent six-year-old Siberian Husky. This well-behaved male is partial to belly rubs and plenty of chin scratches, especially after some time outdoors. He would do great with someone who regularly exercises and truly enjoys bonding over a game of fetch. Huskies are great jogging companions and Stormy is no exception, especially considering how wonderfully he walks on a leash.
The Apocalypse appears to have been cancelled. As new science and evidence of global warming misrepresentations and outright fraud are uncovered on almost a daily basis, well-intentioned but politically-motivated extremists from all corners of the globe are being forced to reassess the dire predictions of their environmental religion. They’ve even had to rename global warming – it’s now called “climate change.”
Last month, more than 31,000 scientists from across the county – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth science, environment and dozens of other specialties – signed a petition rejecting the so-called “consensus” on anthropogenic (man-made) global warming, the assumption that man-made greenhouse gases are having an effect on Earth’s climate. It seems the sky isn’t falling after all.
A little history is in order. You may recall that in the 1970’s there was a major global cooling crisis as well. Books such as The Genesis Strategy by Stephen Schneider and Climate Change and World Affairs by Crispin Tickell (both authors are now big global warming enthusiasts) warned about action needed by our government to prevent global cooling. In 1975, TIME magazine published a story about the coming of a new ice age, with dire predictions for the world’s food production. That same year, Newsweek printed a similar article entitled “The Cooling World.” It said that, “The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.” Even the U.S. National Academy of Sciences drank the Kool-Aid (no pun intended) and concluded that political action was necessary. Thirty-one years later, Newsweek admitted it was wrong. Oops.
The present global warming hysteria began in 1988. James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, virtually invented global warming out of thin air (pun intended) when he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Science, making a big impression on the chair of that committee – a young Senator named Al Gore. Goddard said we had been wrong about global cooling and that he was "99% sure" greenhouse gases such as man-made CO2 (carbon dioxide) were causing global temperatures to rise instead. Within a few months, many scientists were criticizing Hansen, who had instantly achieved rock star status in environmental circles, but the media circus and hysteria was already in full swing. Shortly thereafter, the well-credentialed environmental expert Robert Redford held a press conference at his ranch in Sundance, Utah, proclaiming that "it was time to stop research and begin acting."
Barbara Streisand and Meryl Streep jumped on the band wagon and actually made television appeals to "stop the warming". Believe it or not, a bill was actually introduced in the Senate to “guarantee” Americans a stable climate. Just about every liberal political ideology and agenda, from anti-capitalism to socialism to redistribution of wealth to anti-Americanism, could now be vaunted as necessary to save the planet. Politics overtook science.
Global warming was quickly blamed for virtually all of mankind’s problems. John Brignell, retired Professor of Industrial Instrumentation at University of Southampton, has a British website at http://www. numberwatch.co.uk/ warmlist.htm which links to over 600 actual news stories blaming global warming for just about everything, including: human extinction, fashion disasters, flesh-eating disease, frostbite, gingerbread house collapses, glacial retreat, glacial growth, heart attacks, hypothermia deaths, a kitten boom, mammoth dung melt, Mt. Everest shrinking, the growth of plankton, the loss of plankton, rape, rioting, nuclear war, seals mating more, sex change, suicide, teenage drinking, and even world bankruptcy.
The global warming frenzy and media stampede was unstoppable. Environmentalists lapped up every drop, calling for immediate action. Unbelievably, Al Gore won an actual Oscar for his error-filled “documentary,” An Inconvenient Truth – forever denigrating the gold-plated britannium statuette. He even scored a Nobel Prize for his global warming alarmism, which we now know feeds a Green money-making machine for him and his investors. Corporations, desperate to avoid backlash from warming-duped consumers, began to offer “green” products and raised the global warming flag outside of their headquarters. Travelocity and other travel websites gave consumers the option of purchasing “carbon offsets” – ridiculous payments which supposedly offset a person’s “carbon footprint”, which for jet-setting Al Gore are the size of Godzilla’s.
The global warming rose first began to wilt when the U.S. failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the one-sided agreement which would have cost America trillions of dollars while, according to the alarmists’ own model, slowing the increase in average temperature by less than .07 of a degree Celsius, a number too small to measure. The curtains were pulled back even further when much of the inaccurate science, speculation, and outright deception behind global warming were revealed.
It turns out that 98% of greenhouse gases are naturally-occurring water vapor. Of the remaining minor greenhouse gases (methane, CFC’s and CO2), 97% of the CO2 in the atmosphere is natural and from sources such as volcanic eruptions, decay of dead plant and animal matter, evaporation from the oceans and respiration.
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authored a document titled “Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis,” which quickly became the bible for global warming hysteria. Many of the document’s authors now admit that anthropogenic (man-made) global warming (AGW) is based on models which don’t work. Dr. Chris Landsea, a research meteorologist with the Hurricane Research Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory at NOAA and one of its scientific contributors, withdrew his participation in the Fourth Assessment Report claiming that it had become more politics than science. Steve McIntyre, a British mathematician, discovered serious flaws in papers and data used and cited by the IPCC. Douglas J. Keenan, an independent mathematical researcher, found “fabrications” and a lack of overall integrity in the report. Last year, it was even uncovered that many of the scientists involved in the report were not in agreement with the study’s findings.
Adding insult to injury, Al Gore’s movie was revealed to contain more scientific errors and outright lies than a Hillary Clinton speech – as many as 35 at last count. Gore’s hockey stick chart of average temperatures over the millennia was exposed as a fraud and is now officially dead. Footage of majestic Antarctic ice shelves dramatically calving into the ocean was recently revealed to actually be fake, computer-generated images spliced from the goofy 2004 Hollywood movie, "The Day After Tomorrow.” Gore’s movie overstated the effect of CO2 ten times greater than even the highest IPCC estimate, and falsely blamed Hurricane Katrina on our SUV’s. Gore claimed that polar bears were dying because the ice cap was melting, but it turns out that a mere four bears had died in a storm and that there are 25,000 polar bears alive today, compared to 5,000 in 1940. A High Court judge in London, citing the movie’s many errors, has ordered that the government-mandated showing of the film in English schools be accompanied by a political disclaimer.
Even those who persist in worshipping at the man-made global warming altar cite surface temperature records showing a paltry warming rate of only 0.17 degrees Celsius per decade since 1979. However, the records from satellites and weather balloons tell a very different story – zero warming. In addition, new evidence now indicates that Gore had it completely backwards - higher temperatures cause higher levels of CO2, not the other way around. The earth always has and always will undergo cycles in its climate – driven by the sun, the oceans, and other natural phenomena. Most scientists agree that the climate we are in right now is not even a particularly warm climate relative to history.
The "skeptics" - a strange moniker for the thousands of respected environmental scientists whose non-politically-driven research shows the planet isn't coming to an end - have won. But the damage has already been done and the bus has apparently left the station, loaded with both Democrats and Republicans. Under the bus you’ll find the American taxpayer.
Two weeks ago, President Bush announced his goal to stabilize greenhouse-gas emissions by 2025. To get there, Bush proposes new fuel-economy standards for autos, and lower emissions from power plants built in the next 10 to 15 years. Senators Joe Lieberman and John Warner have proposed legislation which would cut emissions even further – 66% by 2050. No one has a clue how to do this. Because there is no alternative energy source to achieve these massive reductions, we are faced with the unpleasant prospect of having to get by with less energy and tripling our current gas prices. The political fallout from the global warming scam is so great that all 3 of our presidential candidates have become global warming ventriloquists so as to not miss out on the “Green vote.”
The sad irony of cancelling doomsday is that many of the political measures claimed necessary to “save the Earth” constitute good stewardship of our planet even without the extremism. Saving energy, conserving resources, recycling, and reducing emissions – they are all sensible things to do, even if the planet isn’t going to explode. The problem is, environmentalists and politicians lose both credibility and the people’s respect if they claim the sky is falling, and it really isn’t.
The Wisconsin Humane Society will be shining brightly this holiday season with more than 5,000 holiday lights in honor of homeless animals on Sunday, December 7. The Hope’s Lights Celebration will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.
In addition to the building and grounds being brilliantly illuminated with lights, the celebration will include activities such as programs featuring tours of WHS and appearances by several furry and featured guests. Sign up online.
Looking for a puppy, like Poco? He'll melt away your winter blues, keep you fit all year round and brighten up every morning with exuberant kisses. It's a joy to raise a puppy into a happy adult and there is no better time to adopt than right now! Poco, an 8-week-old Labrador Retriever mix, is among many other puppies hoping to find homes for the holidays.
Move over, Lassie! Here comes Marley!
On Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, all shelter guests will have a chance to spin the wheel and win either a free Marley & Me poster or movie pass for a special screening at Mayfair Mall on Thursday, December 18. Stop by this weekend to see adoptable animals, visit Wally’s Workbench, or pick up holiday gifts from Animal Antics. The Wisconsin Humane Society finds homes for 9,000 animals every year and we’re hoping to find homes for many great companions this holiday season.
Ever since George W. Bush was declared the winner over Al Gore in 2000, the Bush haters have been on the march. We’ve been reading and hearing their invectives now for eight years blaming Mr. Bush in particular and Republicans in general for every problem, small or large, real or imagined. For example, hurricane Katrina was not a Mother Nature event but due to President Bush’s failure to embrace the Kyoto Compact to reduce emissions everywhere except in China, India and third world countries. He fed terrorism after 9/11 by going to war with terrorists rather than opening a dialogue – and on and on.
With Mr. Bush leaving office on January 20, 2009, we might expect those cheap shots to be tapering off, with his end date in sight. I fear that is not the case, as pundits are rushing to get in their last licks in what I dub the "Blame Bush For Everything" or the BBFE Syndrome. Why just on the last few days in our own Milwaukee Journal Sentinel we find:
Contestants write a 300-400 word essay based on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme was “Why America’s Veterans Should Be Honored.” Livvie received $50 for her efforts. Livvie May resides in Mequon with her family.
With the holidays upon us(along with the snow), I know everyone is looking for unique gift ideas for their family and friends.
Hundreds of animals are up for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society, so we’ve expanded hours to include a Monday in December, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. This time of year, the shelter is eager to place animals in homes for the holiday season and even offers a “Gift of Companionship” program.
Contrary to popular belief, research shows that people who receive a companion animal as a gift make great guardians. Animals are no more or less likely to be returned than animals adopted by the guardians themselves. Gift adoptions include the companion animal and a $25 certificate redeemable within two weeks after the gift giving date at Animal Antics, the retail store located within WHS. Those interested in gift adoptions must provide specific information about the recipient so counselors can match all personalities involved. WHS also follows up with adopters and continues to provide support and assistance to ensure a happy match.
My husband and I went on a memorable and an amazing visit to New York during Dec. 4 through 7 th, this year. I had been invited to attend my book publisher George Blagowidow’s 85th birthday in Jamaica Estates, New York. George has been asking me to come to his birthday party in the last few years. Every year at this time, however, I had other plans and was unable to go to New York. So, as early as January 2008, I wrote down in my calendar that I should go to New York to join in George’s birthday celebration this year. Sure enough, George called me again in November to see if I was coming. Upon learning that I was planning to attend his party, he said, “Bravo, we will have a good time, I can’t wait to see you”. To me, George has been more than a publisher who published three of my cookbooks. He is a wonderful and special person whose warm friendship I have had the good fortune to enjoy.
Chi Chi is hoping that 2009 is a better year. When she was brought to WHS, she looked so sad. She had great trouble walking due to a problem with her kneecaps and her family left her at WHS in hopes that we could return her to good health and better spirits.
Chi Chi, a 6-year-old Dachshund, was given a full medical exam upon her arrival and we discovered that she had heartworm disease. For many weeks, she needs to remain inactive as her system expells the worms. Exertion can cause the dead worms to dislodge, pass to the lungs and cause respiratory failure or even death. Without the discovery of Chi Chi's heartworm disease, she would have surely died at a very young age.
Larry always turns heads when people first meet him! It's impossible to miss his distinctive patch of caramel-colored fur surrounding his cute little mouth. Did you notice his blue front paws, too? He's donning Softclaws, little plastic claw covers that protect furniture from cat scratches. We chose Larry to model Softclaws simply because he is a very affectionate, patient cat. Larry loves all the attention he can get.