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Monday, February 23, 2004

Now the Pentagon Tells Bush: Climate Change Will Destroy Us

Via: Observer UK

Secret report warns of rioting and nuclear war
Britain will be 'Siberian' in less than 20 years
Threat to the world is greater than terrorism

Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters..

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents.

'Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,' concludes the Pentagon analysis. 'Once again, warfare would define human life.'

The findings will prove humiliating to the Bush administration, which has repeatedly denied that climate change even exists. Experts said that they will also make unsettling reading for a President who has insisted national defence is a priority.

The report was commissioned by influential Pentagon defence adviser Andrew Marshall, who has held considerable sway on US military thinking over the past three decades. He was the man behind a sweeping recent review aimed at transforming the American military under Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Climate change 'should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern', say the authors, Peter Schwartz, CIA consultant and former head of planning at Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Doug Randall of the California-based Global Business Network.

An imminent scenario of catastrophic climate change is 'plausible and would challenge United States national security in ways that should be considered immediately', they conclude. As early as next year widespread flooding by a rise in sea levels will create major upheaval for millions.

Last week the Bush administration came under heavy fire from a large body of respected scientists who claimed that it cherry-picked science to suit its policy agenda and suppressed studies that it did not like. Jeremy Symons, a former whistleblower at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said that suppression of the report for four months was a further example of the White House trying to bury the threat of climate change.

Senior climatologists, however, believe that their verdicts could prove the catalyst in forcing Bush to accept climate change as a real and happening phenomenon. They also hope it will convince the United States to sign up to global treaties to reduce the rate of climatic change.

A group of eminent UK scientists recently visited the White House to voice their fears over global warming, part of an intensifying drive to get the US to treat the issue seriously. Sources have told The Observer that American officials appeared extremely sensitive about the issue when faced with complaints that America's public stance appeared increasingly out of touch.

One even alleged that the White House had written to complain about some of the comments attributed to Professor Sir David King, Tony Blair's chief scientific adviser, after he branded the President's position on the issue as indefensible.

Among those scientists present at the White House talks were Professor John Schellnhuber, former chief environmental adviser to the German government and head of the UK's leading group of climate scientists at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He said that the Pentagon's internal fears should prove the 'tipping point' in persuading Bush to accept climatic change.

Sir John Houghton, former chief executive of the Meteorological Office - and the first senior figure to liken the threat of climate change to that of terrorism - said: 'If the Pentagon is sending out that sort of message, then this is an important document indeed.'

Bob Watson, chief scientist for the World Bank and former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, added that the Pentagon's dire warnings could no longer be ignored.

'Can Bush ignore the Pentagon? It's going be hard to blow off this sort of document. Its hugely embarrassing. After all, Bush's single highest priority is national defence. The Pentagon is no wacko, liberal group, generally speaking it is conservative. If climate change is a threat to national security and the economy, then he has to act. There are two groups the Bush Administration tend to listen to, the oil lobby and the Pentagon,' added Watson.

'You've got a President who says global warming is a hoax, and across the Potomac river you've got a Pentagon preparing for climate wars. It's pretty scary when Bush starts to ignore his own government on this issue,' said Rob Gueterbock of Greenpeace.

Already, according to Randall and Schwartz, the planet is carrying a higher population than it can sustain. By 2020 'catastrophic' shortages of water and energy supply will become increasingly harder to overcome, plunging the planet into war. They warn that 8,200 years ago climatic conditions brought widespread crop failure, famine, disease and mass migration of populations that could soon be repeated.

Randall told The Observer that the potential ramifications of rapid climate change would create global chaos. 'This is depressing stuff,' he said. 'It is a national security threat that is unique because there is no enemy to point your guns at and we have no control over the threat.'

Randall added that it was already possibly too late to prevent a disaster happening. 'We don't know exactly where we are in the process. It could start tomorrow and we would not know for another five years,' he said.

'The consequences for some nations of the climate change are unbelievable. It seems obvious that cutting the use of fossil fuels would be worthwhile.'

So dramatic are the report's scenarios, Watson said, that they may prove vital in the US elections. Democratic frontrunner John Kerry is known to accept climate change as a real problem. Scientists disillusioned with Bush's stance are threatening to make sure Kerry uses the Pentagon report in his campaign.

The fact that Marshall is behind its scathing findings will aid Kerry's cause. Marshall, 82, is a Pentagon legend who heads a secretive think-tank dedicated to weighing risks to national security called the Office of Net Assessment. Dubbed 'Yoda' by Pentagon insiders who respect his vast experience, he is credited with being behind the Department of Defence's push on ballistic-missile defence.

Symons, who left the EPA in protest at political interference, said that the suppression of the report was a further instance of the White House trying to bury evidence of climate change. 'It is yet another example of why this government should stop burying its head in the sand on this issue.'

Symons said the Bush administration's close links to high-powered energy and oil companies was vital in understanding why climate change was received sceptically in the Oval Office. 'This administration is ignoring the evidence in order to placate a handful of large energy and oil companies,' he added.

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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Renaming Iditarod "Ihurtadog"

Via: HelpSledDogs.org

On average, 54% of the dogs who start the race do not even make it across the finish line. Of those that finish, 81% have lung damage.

Tom Classen, retired Air Force colonel and Alaskan resident for over 40 years, tells us that the dogs are beaten into submission:

"They've had the hell beaten out of them." "You don't just whisper into their ears, 'OK, stand there until I tell you to run like the devil.' They understand one thing: a beating. These dogs are beaten into submission the same way elephants are trained for a circus. The mushers will deny it. And you know what? They are all lying." -USA Today, March 3, 2000 in Jon Saraceno's column

Beatings and whippings are common. Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing Manual, "I heard one highly respected [sled dog] driver once state that "'Alaskans like the kind of dog they can beat on.'" "Nagging a dog team is cruel and ineffective...A training device such as a whip is not cruel at all but is effective." "It is a common training device in use among dog mushers...A whip is a very humane training tool."

Mushers believe in "culling" or killing unwanted dogs, including puppies. Many dogs who are permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who are unwanted for any reason, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged or clubbed to death. "On-going cruelty is the law of many dog lots. Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....." wrote Alaskan Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper (March, 2000).

Jon Saraceno wrote in his March 3, 2000 column in USA Today, "He [Colonel Tom Classen] confirmed dog beatings and far worse. Like starving dogs to maintain their most advantageous racing weight. Skinning them to make mittens. Or dragging them to their death."
2004 IDITAROD SPONSORS

Daimler Chrysler
Email: ir.dcx@daimlerchrysler.com,
DaimlerChrysler_Customer_Assistance_Center@daimlerchrysler.com

Coca-Cola
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Outback Steakhouse
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Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
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Wells Fargo & Company
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Kroger Co. (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: investors@kroger.com

ChevronTexaco Corportation
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Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com

Coors Brewing Company
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Brown-Forman Corp. (Jack Daniels)
Email: obrown@b-f.com

Mc Clatchy Company (Anchorage Daily News)
Email: ptalamantes@mcclatchy.com, chendricks@mcclatchy.com

Providence Health System
Email: MButler@providence.org, SFVSA@providence.org

Cabelas (sporting goods)
Email: Customer.Service@cabelas.com

Comtec Business Systems
Email: info@comtec.com

AVID Microchips
Email: sales@AvidID.com

Global Information Technologies
Email: sales@gitsat.com

Alaska Airlines
Email: newsroom@alaskaair.com, ir@AlaskaAir.com

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Carnival Corporation (Princess Cruises)
Email: media@carnival.com, rames@carnival.com

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
Email: mstewart@marthastewart.com


Scholastic Corporation
Email: investor_relations@scholastic.com

Bain Capital (Co-owns Houghton Mifflin, a company that promotes the Iditarod
to children)
Email: info@baincap.com

Travel Channel (Discovery Networks)
Email: dawn.mccall@discovery.com, pandit.wright@discovery.com


PBS Teacher Source
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EF Educational Tours
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Frommer's Guides, For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
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Lonely Planet Publications
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Travel Smart Books (Avalon Travel Publications)
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Hunter Travel Guides (Hunter Publishing)
Email: hunterp@bellsouth.net

Greystone Books (Douglas McIntyre Publishing Group)
Email: dm@douglas-mcintyre.com

TIME for Kids
Email: emailbag@timeforkids.com, amy_dunkin@timeinc.com

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Email: jsisk@rowmanlittlefield.com

Petplace.com (Intelligent Content, Corp.)
Email: scottz@PETPLACE.COM, scottz@intelligent-content.com

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Microsoft Corporation
Email: msft@microsoft.com, rrt@wagged.com, msnhst@MICROSOFT.COM,
microsoftcom_contactus@css.one.microsoft.com

Ford Motor Company
Email: agilmour@ford.com

General Motors
Email: john.devine@gm.com

Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Email: tricon.investor@tricon-yum.com

UGI Corporation (AmeriGas)
Email: strategicaccounts@amerigas.com

Global Outdoors, Inc. (Outdoor Channel)
Email: IRglobal@goldprospectors.org

Northern Outfitters
Email: mail@northernoutfitters.com

Montessori Discovery School
Email:discoverywww@iquest.net

Udelhoven Companies (Udelhoven Oilfield System)
Email: joyce@udelhoveninternational.com

Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
Email: annie@phcp.com, myer@phcp.com

American Seafoods Group
Email: asc_mkt@americanseafoods.com

Manchester Elementary School
Email: bonnie_ingraham@mcs.k12.in.us

Annamaet Petfoods
Email: info@annamaet.com

Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
Email: jdc@eaglepack.com

Breg, Inc.
Email: info@breg.com

Caribou Creek Gold Dog Food
Email: rambler@cariboucreekgold.com

Dogbooties.com (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Email: info@dogbooties.com

Cold Spot Feeds
Email: info@coldspotfeeds.com

Grabber Performance Group
Email: international@grabberwarmers.com

Blackwood Dog Food (The Blackwood Corporation)
Email: info@blackwoodpetfood.com

Batteries.com
Email: info@batteries.com

Sofast.net Toll free: 1-877-7-Sofast

Redpaw Feeds
Email: redpaw@cheqnet.net

Benton Elementary
Email: JBbradley@benton.k12.wi.us

Lowe's Home Improvement (Lowe's Companies, Inc.)
Email: manager@lowes.com

AdvoCare
Email: rlhaynes@adelphia.net

Eagle Elementary
Email: teast@zcs.k12.in.us

Micro Air, Inc.
Email: microair@microair.com

Durbin Elementary School
Email: ktreinen@hse.k12.in.us

St. Vincent Sports Medicine Center (St Vincent Hospital)
Email: stvhr@stvincent.org

Ice Miller Legal & Business Advisors
Email: phillip.bayt@icemiller.com, art.kalleres@icemiller.com

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Email: Sheila.David@monroe.k12.wi.us

Chesapeake Siberian Husky Club
Email: pxjones@comcast.net

Downwind Sports
Email: gear@downwindsports.com

Isis Clothing
Email: info@isisforwomen.com

Masterfoods (Mars, Inc.)
Email: site.operator@mars.com, AskMMs@MMMars.com, MMsWorld@mms.com,
ethel.us@effem.com, pet.care@effem.com

Northern California Siberian Husky Club, Inc.
Email: info@ncshc.com

Siberian Huskie Club of Greater Detroit
Email: bhorsey@aol.com, yukonwind@earthlink.net

Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago
Email: lodgepol@mc.net

Union Elementary School
Email: cfuelling@zcs.k12.in.us

Fogtech
Email: gene@menzies.com, gene@motosolutions.com

Hickory Center Elementary School
Email: sheila.schaeffer@nacs.k12.in.us

Frater ("Brother") Joseph F. Rautenberg
Email: jrautenberg@stvincent.org

Triton Elementary School
Email: cconner@nwshelby.k12.in.us

Oak View Elementary School
Email: pam.sees@nacs.k12.in.us

Precious Blood School
Email: pbschool@psci.net

St. Luke Catholic School
Email: sweber@surf-ici.com

Crestview Elementary School
Email: crestview@msdlt.k12.in.us

Neil A. Armstrong Elementary School
Email: sgraves@mcsc.k12.in.us

Cargill Animal Nutrition (Cargill, Incorporated)
Email: robert_lumpkins@cargill.com, patty_vanderlin@cargill.com

Argyle Lions Club (Lions Clubs International)
Email: districtadministration@lionsclubs.org

Dane County Conservation League
Email: dccl@dccl.org

Mt. Horeb Intermediate School
Email: fenleyann@mhasd.k12.wi.us

Springdale Lutheran Church Sunday School
Email: springdl@chorus.net

Argyle Elementary School
Email: geraldb@argyle.k12.wi.us, KellyB@argyle.k12.wi.us

Leggee Elementary School
Email: bschmidt@d158.k12.il.us

Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue
Email: info@huskyrescue.org

Bay Area Siberian Husky Club
Email: vicepresident@bayareasiberian.org, treasurer@bayareasiberian.org

Siberian Husky Club of Metropolitan Dallas
Email: zvezda@ispwest.com, leb7282@attbi.com

Pike Legal Group
Email: pikelegal@aol.com

Prairie Dog Supply Co.
Email: prairiedogsupply@mts.net

Edmund Industrial Optics
Email: sales@edmundoptics.com

Yummy Chummies Salmon Treats
Email: sales@yummychummies.com

Melanzana Outdoor Fleece Clothing
Email: contactus@melanzana.com, smokey@melanzana.com

Polaris Industries, Inc. (makes snowmobiles, watercraft, ATVs, utility
vehicles)
Email: richard.edwards@polarisind.com

Gargoyle Sun Glasses (Gargoyles, Inc.)
Email: inv-rel@gargoylesinc.com, webmaster@gargoylesinc.com

Groenewold Fur and Wool Company
Email: office@gfwco.com

Affinity Advance Pet Food (Agrolimen)
Email: business@affinity-petcare.com

Ski-Doo Snowmobiles, Bombardier ATVs (Bombardier Recreational Products)
Email: genevieve.dion@recreation.bombardier.com,
marie-pierre.grenier@recreation.bombardier.com, steve.cowing@recreation.bombardier.com,
marcr.lacroix@recreation.bombardier.com

Champion Pet Food, Ltd.
Email: petfood@telusplanet.net

American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Email: info@adfinc.com

National Dog Food
Email: info@nationaldogfood.com

Think Equity
Email: michael.moe@thinkequity.com, dquazzo@thinkequity.com,
chayssen@thinkequity.com

Wilshire Park Elementary School
Email: bkirkpatrick@stanthony.k12.mn.us

Windigo Outfitters in Iron River
Email: windigo@cheqnet.net

Loyola Academy
Email: tmunz@loy.org, pFaulstich@loy.org, dMcNulty@loy.org

Corona Extra Beer (Grupo Modelo, S.A. de C.V.)
Email: procermexlt@corona-extra.com, ir@gmodelo.com.mx

Napapijri
Email: info@napapijriusa.com

Bamber Valley Elementary School
Email: kesewell@rochester.k12.mn.us

Kefas Outward Call
Email: info@stylgrand.com, info@kefas.it

Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Italy
Email: presidente.giunta@regione.fvg.it, angelo.baiguera@regione.fvg.it

Anchorage Sheraton (MeriStar Hospitality, Corp.)
Email: bruce.riggins@meristar.com, melissa.thompson@meristar.com

Oakridge School
Email: jkern@esc11.net, lhbroadus@esc11.net

Envia Corporation
Email: sales@eniva.com, distributorservices@eniva.com

CMP - Net Solutions
Email: ra@cmp.it

Pheasants Forever
Email: pf@pheasantsforever.org, ryoung@pheasantsforever.org

Amaize (Marsland Laboratories)
Email message box: http://www.amaize.com/dealer_inq.htm

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