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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.
2/23/2004 08:49:59 PM |
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Renaming Iditarod "Ihurtadog"
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Wells Fargo & Company
Kroger Co. (Fred Meyer Stores)
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Coors Brewing Company
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Brown-Forman Corp. (Jack Daniels)
Mc Clatchy Company (Anchorage Daily News)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Providence Health System
Email: MButler@providence.org, SFVSA@providence.org
Cabelas (sporting goods)
Comtec Business Systems
Global Information Technologies
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, ir@AlaskaAir.com
2004 IDITAROD RACE PROMOTERS
Carnival Corporation (Princess Cruises)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
Bain Capital (Co-owns Houghton Mifflin, a company that promotes the Iditarod
Travel Channel (Discovery Networks)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
PBS Teacher Source
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EF Educational Tours
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fodor's Travel Publications (Random House, Bertelsmann)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Frommer's Guides, For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lonely Planet Publications
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel Smart Books (Avalon Travel Publications)
Hunter Travel Guides (Hunter Publishing)
Greystone Books (Douglas McIntyre Publishing Group)
TIME for Kids
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Petplace.com (Intelligent Content, Corp.)
Email: scottz@PETPLACE.COM, email@example.com
2004 MUSHER SPONSORS
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, msnhst@MICROSOFT.COM,
Ford Motor Company
Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands, Inc.)
UGI Corporation (AmeriGas)
Global Outdoors, Inc. (Outdoor Channel)
Montessori Discovery School
Udelhoven Companies (Udelhoven Oilfield System)
Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
American Seafoods Group
Manchester Elementary School
Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
Caribou Creek Gold Dog Food
Dogbooties.com (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Cold Spot Feeds
Grabber Performance Group
Blackwood Dog Food (The Blackwood Corporation)
Sofast.net Toll free: 1-877-7-Sofast
Lowe's Home Improvement (Lowe's Companies, Inc.)
Micro Air, Inc.
Durbin Elementary School
St. Vincent Sports Medicine Center (St Vincent Hospital)
Ice Miller Legal & Business Advisors
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Chesapeake Siberian Husky Club
Masterfoods (Mars, Inc.)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, AskMMs@MMMars.com, MMsWorld@mms.com,
Northern California Siberian Husky Club, Inc.
Siberian Huskie Club of Greater Detroit
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago
Union Elementary School
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hickory Center Elementary School
Frater ("Brother") Joseph F. Rautenberg
Triton Elementary School
Oak View Elementary School
Precious Blood School
St. Luke Catholic School
Crestview Elementary School
Neil A. Armstrong Elementary School
Cargill Animal Nutrition (Cargill, Incorporated)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Argyle Lions Club (Lions Clubs International)
Dane County Conservation League
Mt. Horeb Intermediate School
Springdale Lutheran Church Sunday School
Argyle Elementary School
Email: email@example.com, KellyB@argyle.k12.wi.us
Leggee Elementary School
Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue
Bay Area Siberian Husky Club
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Siberian Husky Club of Metropolitan Dallas
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Pike Legal Group
Prairie Dog Supply Co.
Edmund Industrial Optics
Yummy Chummies Salmon Treats
Melanzana Outdoor Fleece Clothing
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Polaris Industries, Inc. (makes snowmobiles, watercraft, ATVs, utility
Gargoyle Sun Glasses (Gargoyles, Inc.)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Groenewold Fur and Wool Company
Affinity Advance Pet Food (Agrolimen)
Ski-Doo Snowmobiles, Bombardier ATVs (Bombardier Recreational Products)
Champion Pet Food, Ltd.
American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
National Dog Food
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Wilshire Park Elementary School
Windigo Outfitters in Iron River
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, pFaulstich@loy.org, dMcNulty@loy.org
Corona Extra Beer (Grupo Modelo, S.A. de C.V.)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bamber Valley Elementary School
Kefas Outward Call
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Italy
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anchorage Sheraton (MeriStar Hospitality, Corp.)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
CMP - Net Solutions
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amaize (Marsland Laboratories)
Email message box: http://www.amaize.com/dealer_inq.htm
2/22/2004 08:10:14 PM |