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About those Polar Bears

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It seems that the scientists lied…they aren’t disappearing as fast as their credibility is.

The Daily Caller reports:

This may come as a shocker to some, but scientists are not always right ? especially when under intense public pressure for answers.

Researchers with the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) recently?admitted?to experienced zoologist and polar bear specialist Susan Crockford that the estimate given for the total number of polar bars in the Arctic was ?simply a qualified guess given to satisfy public demand.?

Crockford has been critical of official polar bear population estimates because they fail to include five large subpopulations of polar bears. Due to the uncertainty of the populations in these areas, PBSG did not include them in their official estimate ? but the polar bear group did include other subpopulation estimates.

PBSG has for years said that global polar bear populations were between 20,000 and 25,000, but these estimates are likely much lower than how many polar bears are actually living in the world.

?Based on previous PBSG estimates and other research reports, it appears there are probably at least another 6,000 or so bears living in these regions and perhaps as many as 9,000 (or more) that are not included in any PBSG ?global population estimate,?? Crockford?wrote?on her blog.

?These are guesses, to be sure, but they at least give a potential size,? Crockford added. ? Read more »

At least our cougars don?t actually have fangs

Not the kind of cougar we think about

Not the kind of cougar we think about

We live in a pretty benign environment where the most vicious animal is actually human but fortunately we have a reasonably effective police force to deal with those.

In the US though there are a large number of rather large primary predators that just love taking an easy lunch if it presents itself.

Once you peer into the eyes of death? assuming you survive?you never forget those eyes, that look. Blind luck enabled me to survive a grizzly bear attack in 1986, and the look in the eyes of that bear is a vision tattooed into my psyche: menacing, intense, focused on one thing?the kill.

Last winter I saw those eyes, that look, again. One morning, while shaking the sleep out of my brain, I headed to the kitchen looking for some coffee. Glancing out the backdoor slider of our Arizona home, I encountered those same eyes of death. A coyote stood transfixed, staring at his prey: our 20-pound dog that was sound asleep. Only a thin pane of glass separated predator from unsuspecting prey. I hollered. In response, the coyote glanced up at me, turned and trotted into our backyard. Grabbing my camera, I stepped outside. The coyote seemed unfazed: It meandered next door, checked out the neighbors? deck then went into their front yard. It had zero fear of me.

Why should it? In many modern urban and suburban areas, predators have become part of the daily landscape. Coyotes, black bears and mountain lions are expanding their hunting grounds into city streets and backyards, in some cases operating with apparent disregard for any consequences.? Read more »

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How are the Polar Bears and Whales doing?

The green taliban like to scare us that Whales and Polar Bears are dying…but are they?

Nope…not anytime soon.

Humpback whales.?Some cetaceans are in big trouble. The Yangtze River dolphin is down to a few individuals, at best. Right whales could disappear by the end of the century. Yet we?ve been repeating the ?save the whales? mantra for so long that the real conservation status of most whales is widely misunderstood.

Humpbacks were endangered decades ago due to whaling, but international protection has helped them rebound so well that they are now listed as a ?species of least concern.? The global pre-whaling population is estimated at about 125,000, and today they probably number about 80,000 individuals. Conservation efforts worked, and humpback whales are doing all right now.? Read more »

Green Taliban misleading still on Arctic

They just can’t stop telling lies.

The Green Taliban has led a protest in London telling everyone that the Arctic is in peril and that the ice is melting and polar bears are doomed…

As many as 3,000 protesters took to the streets of London and?marched?alongside a double-decker-bus sized polar bear puppet, calling for bans on oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic.

The environmental group Greenpeace, which organized the protests, argues that oil and gas drilling contributes to global warming, which in turn reduces Arctic ice cover and causes polar bears to become endangered species.

?That ice is melting at a rapid rate meaning the ocean absorbs the sunlight resulting in a warmer earth,?writes?Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace?s international executive director.??Polar bears, seals, walruses and whales are just some of the species that call the Arctic home. And it?s all in danger.?? Read more »

Genetic Modification we can all believe in

Grolar or Pizzlie Bears would be awesome. The world needs more Grolars.

?As caribou migration routes have moved North, grizzlies have followed and started mating with polar bears. Not only have they produced hybrid young, but those young are fertile. Polar bears and grizzlies only diverged about 150,000 years ago and haven?t developed many genetic differences, despite quite dramatic visual dissimilarities. Second-generation hybrids have now been confirmed in the wild. There have been a dozen sightings in only a handful of years, mostly by hunters, and most of those bears were identified after they were shot. It?s also a legal problem, in that you can?t shoot a grizzly with a polar bear license. Grolar bears, or pizzlies ? I know, shudder ? bring out the excitement of cryptozoology (Big Foot and the Loch Ness monster), but they?re very real.

The Polar Bears are doomed…oh wait

??The Globe and Mail

Climate Change propagandists like to tell us that all sorts of creatures are doomed as a result of “climate change”. Using their argument it was probablt climate change that saw off teh dinosaurs.

Anyway it seems that once again the apologists were wrong…this time about Polar Bears. A real apology for all their chicken little behaviour would be nice:

The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.

The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That?s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears? ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it?s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic.

The study shows that ?the bear population is not in crisis as people believed,? said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut?s director of wildlife management. ?There is no doom and gloom.?

 

Face of the Day

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Freelance journalist Jessica Grose has a fascinating “long read” in Slate this week (and I’m not kidding about the long part, 8,000 words!) about Bear True Crimes: wild bears in and around Yellowstone National Park who, for one reason or another, attack humans.

Why does this happen? What’s it like for the humans who survive? Who investigates the attacks, all CSI-style with DNA analysis and whatnot, and figures out what to do with the problem bears? Is it right to kill them?

Of course it is ok to kill them. A big Brown Bear is on my bucket list.

Finland Facts

Finland Facts:

David Shearer thinks New Zealand should be like Finland.

Did you know that?the Brown Bear is Finland’s National animal?

Finland has a hunting season for Brown Bear and apparently, it’s quite tasty…I even posted recently about Bear Oil and Bear Fat?in a post about money saving tips using game meat.

Imagine the drumsticks you’d get from a Kiwi – we should farm them and hunt them. ?Finally some good policy from Labour.

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Wednesday Weapons – Secret U.S. Weapons revealed

From the only in America files comes the latest list of secret weapons the Department of Defense may be developing.

Below are a sampling of some of the more bizarre messages sent to the Pentagon through the “Contact Us” link on the Defense Department Web site.

Bears have scent detection that is far superior to bloodhounds! Trained bears with GPS and day/night cameras around their necks might be able to hunt down the scent of UBL, even in and through any caves and tunnels!!! Overnight, Parachute some bears into areas UBL might be. Attempt to train bears to take off parachutes after landing, or use parachutes that self-destruct after landing.

Mmmmm…that might have merit, and the bears could also be trained to attack infirm cripples with long beards.

I still have people torturing my pelvis and lungs with dispersed sound waves and my eye and stomach, hip, pelvic region with other types of sound waves. When the secret service came out they had a letter all prepared by my mother to force me on disability and not let me live with her and try to leave me penniless and homeless again. They want me to marry the Jewish pilot they’ve been blaming and calling black and live in my mothers home and be tortured and watch us on candid camera. I am going to a disability doctors appointment today. And leaving and going into low-income housing in the Washington DC area in dead air space so my mother will pay off my credit card like she said in her letter. That meets the requirement of the letter and I am not going to stay and be tortured because the pentagon would not fire their employees and the secret service did not get you to make a statement to tell the pentagon to stand down. I will make a statement all across the US as I drive out and the pilots usually only stay a couple weeks when I leave Hermiston so everyone else out here will be taking the heat instead of me and they have already been playing with the cops, sheriffs, judges, etc with magnetic waves and no one can tell the difference. They just use me for confessional and keep saying I am schizophrenic and torturing me to cover for them and make themselves feel better while they screw everyone. Since the Jewish pilot they have been calling black has been threatened if I leave and they have already been playing with him. If you really want him married to me to protect him and break this cycle – you’d better have him land on my doorstep.

I have seen letters like this sent to MPs and Ministers, I know of one SPS that has kept them from years gone by and is planning to release a book as a retirement fund.

Would there be time to construct a Noah’s Ark Biosphere in North America if there is an emerging Global War starting in the Middle East? I don’t know … I only know that I have worked on such a project for many years now. If a Global War emerges and much life and civilization is damaged or destroyed due to the use of massive weapons then there may be a need to construct a survival Ark … of Biblical proportions .. a Dome City .. a New Jerusalem Ark .. to preserve a remnant of earth-kind and make it possible for the earth to be resettled some 200 or 300 years in the future. The problem is it takes a lot of resources to build a modern day Noah’s Ark … and lots of planning and development. Yet it seems reasonable to assume this planning should be done if there is only a ten percent chance of Global War even within the next 20 years let alone the next 20 months.

The Bible lays out the basic specifications for the New Jerusalem Biosphere … not very many people realize how this is fully realized. The concept of a city 1300 miles on a side is ludicrous yet if the 12,000 furlong measure is transformed into an overall measure of length, width and height in combination then this parameter can be consistent with the 4500 by 4500 cubit specification in Ezekiel . Here lies the key .. along with the 12 tower design .. the twelve towers being the twelve foundations. And so if goes … and these specs lay the foundation for a modern day Noah’s Ark.

Is there time to do the detailed design and development work .. and lay out the materials and foundation and build the structure and infrastructure … I don’t know … But if there is going to be a Global War then I believe some sort of Noah’s Ark would have to be build to ride out a period of intense atmospheric damage. Then after the period of “Hibernation” people and materials would emerge to repopulate the Earth.

Whatever he was smoking I want some.

Explain the unexplained? Or should I say confess your sins? The questions regarding 911/Pentagon seem relevant. What shall we expect next on Friday of any week? I heard a dream once that something big would happen on a Friday? I have no idea what this might be, do you? I have also heard that America and Canada will cooperate in sharing it’s military freely in the event of anything that may transpire really soon. I am hearing alarming rumors and stories, what do you have to say? I am only a concerned citizen asking under the umbrella of “freedom of speech”, can you answer with the say freedom I ask?

He had a dream. Whoopy! next thing he will is they are hiding Obama’s birth certificate.

Has anyone at the Department if Defense noticed that the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11, and that when you dial emergency services in the USA you dial 911? If so, is this merely a coincidence

Heh, doesn’t he know George W. Bush planned it that way.

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