Puppy Dumped From SUV Tries to Follow Vehicle As it Drives Away

May 19, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

There are some people in this world who just need a good beating.

Originally posted on KTLA:

A Las Vegas area family was looking for a good home Monday for a puppy abandoned by someone who dumped the 8-month-old on their street.

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Puppy tries to catch up with SUV after being dumped on street in Henderson, Nevada on May 5, 2014. (Credit: KLAS)

Home surveillance video showed an SUV drive into the Henderson, Nevada neighborhood on May 5.

Someone inside the vehicle dropped the dog out on the street and then drove off.

The video showed the puppy looking confused as it tried to follow the SUV down the street.

“I just feel really bad that someone could actually just open the car door and just dump this beautiful animal,” Toni Luisi told KLAS.

Luisi found the puppy, she calls Graci, outside the gates of her home and has been caring for her.

“I mean, how do they treat their children if this is how they treat…

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Science: a lake only Medusa could love

October 2, 2013

Lake Natron calcified flamingo

Taking a break from politics to marvel once again at how odd and, quite often, grotesquely wonderful our world is. If you’re ever in Tanzania, you might want to visit Lake Natron. You should resist the urge to go for a swim, however, as the lake’s waters might kill you and, almost literally, turn you to stone:

The lake takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.

Photographer Nick Brandt, who has a long association with east Africa – he directed the video for Michael Jackson’s Earth Song there in 1995 – took a detour from his usual work when he discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats on the shoreline. “I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”

In fact, I wonder if it wasn’t some ancient site like Lake Natron, with its creepy “statuary,” that gave rise to the myth of the Gorgon. Regardless, this is a place just made for a science fiction or horror tale.

Neat!

via Real Clear Science


Detroit goes to the dogs. Literally.

August 22, 2013

Is this how it was for Constantinople in the 15th century, just before the fall? A once-great city rotting behind its walls, large swathes abandoned, shrunken in on itself? A place where dog packs now rule?

As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city’s ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths.

Dens of as many as 20 canines have been found in boarded-up homes in the community of about 700,000 that once pulsed with 1.8 million people. One officer in the Police Department’s skeleton animal-control unit recalled a pack splashing away in a basement that flooded when thieves ripped out water pipes.

“The dogs were having a pool party,” said Lapez Moore, 30. “We went in and fished them out.”

Poverty roils the Motor City and many dogs have been left to fend for themselves, abandoned by owners who are financially stressed or unaware of proper care. Strays have killed pets, bitten mail carriers and clogged the animal shelter, where more than 70 percent are euthanized.

“With these large open expanses with vacant homes, it’s as if you designed a situation that causes dog problems,” said Harry Ward, head of animal control.

The number of strays signals a humanitarian crisis, said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington. She heads a program that donated $50,000 each to organizations in Detroit and nine other U.S cities to get pets vaccinated, fed, spayed and neutered.

Arrington said when she visited Detroit in October, “It was almost post-apocalyptic, where there are no businesses, nothing except people in houses and dogs running around.”

“The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people.”

Except I feel more sorry for the dogs than I do for most of the people; the people largely brought this on themselves through their shortsightedness and their tolerance for the corruption of their leaders. The dogs… Well, they’re just doing what they do instinctively, to survive.

The city can no longer afford a decent animal control service, and so some residents actually live in fear of dog packs roaming their neighborhoods. Of course. There are union dues to be paid, after all, and someone has to maintain the UAW’s private golf course.

Welcome to the liberal post-Apocalypse.

via ST’s Hot Headlines

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Quotes that make you go “Oh,no…”

July 3, 2013

It’s what you think, and it’s even worse. From The Daily Mail:

She highlighted one case where a farmer in the Gross-Gerau region of southwest Germany, noticed his once friendly flock of sheep were beginning to shy away from human contact.

You guessed it: “bestiality brothels” are becoming a national issue in Germany.

(Scratches Germany from world tour list) Ew.

via Vodka Pundit


Great moments in bureaucratic stupidity: requiring a disaster plan for a magician’s rabbit

June 30, 2013

And yet the bureaucracy wonders why we laugh and point at them. Magician Marty Hahne received a letter from the US Department of Agriculture ordering him to submit a disaster plan for the rabbit he uses in his act:

My USDA rabbit license requirement has taken another ridiculous twist. I just received an 8 page letter from the USDA, telling me that by July 29 I need to have in place a written disaster plan, detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc. They not only want to know how I will protect my rabbit during a disaster, but also what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly.  I am not kidding–before the end of July I need to have this written rabbit disaster plan in place, or I am breaking the law.

Oh, he also has to prove he’s received training in how to implement Operation Save The Bunny.

My plan: In the event of disaster, Mr. Hippity-Hop is on his own.

File this under “Things so stupid, they have to be real.”

via Iowahawk

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


February 4, 2013

Phineas Fahrquar:

And another cherished bit of global-warming dogma pops like a bubble: there are more polar bears than there were 60 years ago.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

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Image from Tundrabuggy.com – comedy added by WUWT

From NPR: The Inconvenient Truth About Polar Bears

In 2008, reports of polar bears’ inevitable march toward extinction gripped headlines. Stories of thinning Arctic ice and even polar bear cannibalism combined to make these predators into a powerful symbol in the debate about climate change.

The headlines caught Zac Unger’s attention, and he decided to write a book about the bears.

Unger made a plan to move to Churchill, Manitoba, a flat, gray place on the Hudson Bay in northern Canada accessible only by train or plane. For a few months out of the year, as the bay starts to freeze, tiny Churchill boasts as many polar bears as it does people.

Unger packed up his wife and three small kids, and set out with a big bold idea. He wanted to write the quintessential requiem of how human-caused climate change was…

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January 29, 2013

Phineas Fahrquar:

Wow. And here I thought California had a monopoly on stupid, petty bureaucrats.

Originally posted on International Liberty:

As a public finance economist, I normally focus on big-picture arguments against excessive government.

If the public sector is too large, for instance, that undermines economic growth by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy.

The damage is then compounded by a needlessly destructive and punitive tax system.

But I’ve also discovered that it helps to personalize the analysis by pointing out examples of ridiculous and wasteful behavior by government.

From England: The world’s most useless sign

That’s one of the reasons I share horror stories as part of the U.S. vs U.K. government stupidity contest.

Some actions by government, however, belong in a different category. I’m not sure what word I would choose to describe them – perhaps venal, evil, despicable, reprehensible, or disgusting would be good options.

Am I being overly dramatic? Perhaps, but is there any other reaction when the government persecutes a…

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January 2, 2013

Phineas Fahrquar:

And another canon of faith in the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming goes bust.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

WUWT readers may recall seeing stories like these in the past. Warming wailers like Bill McKibben, who unthinkingly regurgitated this bogus Jellyfish news in op-eds like this one, take note.

A new new peer reviewed study shows that once again, these wild claims are falsely attributed to “global warming”. Instead, these temporary blooms are part of a natural cyclic global oscillation. Further, the researches find no trend saying

“…there is no robust evidence for a global increase in jellyfish.”

The stories, like the one above, are products of nothing more than increased awareness due to more eyes on the sea. We see the same sort of reporting bias effect in tornadoes, now that we have storm chasers and Doppler radar.

Here’s the Press release and PNAS paper: 

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So now global warming can reach through time?

July 24, 2012

I can’t wait to see how the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming rationalizes this:

Polar bears split from ancient bears more than 4 million years ago, suggests ancient DNA and the gene maps of multiple bears.

The polar bear genome finding reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal contradicts earlier gene studies finding much more recent times for the ancestral split, within 600,000 years, between polar bears and grizzly bears, which can still mate and produce viable offspring.

What’s more, the report suggests that polar bear numbers have been on the decline for at least 500,000 years, driven by climate fluctuations.

Y’see, all that CO2 we’ve been dumping into the atmosphere is so powerful that it can cross time and space to induce climate change before it even existed!!!

You laugh, but I half-expect some cultist to seriously offer that explanation.

My take on the article is that natural, probably cyclic, climate change has expanded and contracted the polar bears’ range, sometimes reducing it considerably. In those times, more polar bears were forced to live on land and wound up mating with brown bears, a related species from which they split about 4-5 million years ago, but can still breed with. Hence, as we are in a gradual warming from the last ice age (and from the Little Ice Age that ended around 1850), their range is shrinking again, and there is some risk of them inter-breeding out of existence.

Perhaps, but, for now, their numbers seem to be rising.

Meanwhile the climate alarmists may need to get a new poster-animal.

via Jeff Emanuel

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Goat Man of Utah identified?

July 24, 2012

An end to the mystery that has captivated America?

State wildlife officials have identified the man who has been spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah.

Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday the mystery man is a 57-year-old hunter from Southern California.

Douglass told the Standard-Examiner that the hunter called officials and provided enough information to put their curiosity to rest. Douglass says he didn’t ask for a name.

The man told Douglass he was preparing for an archery hunt of mountain goats next year and testing a goat suit.

Uh-huh, sure. Just what are they really hiding up there? Goats? I didn’t watch all those 70s horror movies for nothing, y’know!

(And, naturally, he’s from California… )

via Vermontaigne

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) First there was California’s “Demon Sheep,” now there’s the “Goat Boy” of Utah

July 23, 2012

At last, video proof of the existence of…. a very weird person:

Background here.

I wonder what the over/under is on how long it will be before some nearsighted hunter finds himself with a really odd trophy?

via Gateway Pundit

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


This takes the idea of a “nature walk” a bit far, no?

July 21, 2012

I mean, I like to observe animals in the wild, but that doesn’t mean I have to dress like them, too:

Utah wildlife officials want to talk to a man spotted in the mountains wearing a goat suit amid a herd of real wild goats.

Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called “goat man” is unaware of the dangers.

Sixty permits will be issued for goat hunting season in September in the same area in the mountains above Ogden, north of Salt Lake City. Douglass also says the goats could be dangerous.

Something tells me Goat Boy will be lucky if he doesn’t wind up strapped to the hood of someone’s truck.

via Blue Crab Boulevard


Fatwa alert! Do not eat frogs, for they are beloved of Allah!

July 3, 2012

Amphibious jihad?

If you ever go to Egypt, don’t order the frog’s legs:

Following the presidential victory of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi, the very first fatwa to appear by Egypt’s highest fatwa council addresses—not social, political, or economic issues in Egypt—but rather frogs. Specifically, it bans Muslims from hunting and killing frogs to sell to those nations that dine on the amphibians. As the fatwa explains, according to Islam’s prophet Muhammad as recorded in a hadith, a frog’s “croaking is praise [to Allah].” Accordingly, “a number of jurists [fuqaha] have relied on this [hadith] to forbid the eating of frogs, under the notion that ‘that which is banned from being killed, is forbidden from being eaten.'”

This could lead to a diplomatic crisis with France.

Of course, not all animals sing Allah’s praises. Sharks and squirrels, for example, are known agents of the Jews.

Remember: frogs good, squirrels bad.

At least one frog may have a serious problem on his hands, however: while croaking is blessed, singing is forbidden according to some authorities. This fellow had better be careful:

Michigan J. Frog akbar!


(Video) PSA: Pray for Bo

April 23, 2012

You, too, can help save this endangered Portuguese Water Dog:

For an explanation

And this has turned into one of the funniest hash-tag games on Twitter.

PS: Back from BlogCon 2012 in Charlotte. Had a great time, full report later.

via Jonah Goldberg

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Hey, kids! Did you know alligators have sharp teeth, too?

April 13, 2012

"You mean he wasn't a complimentary snack?"

This must be the day for “dangerous animals meet dumb people” stories:

Authorities in Louisiana say a 6-foot alligator showed up at the front door of a Super 8 Motel outside Baton Rouge and bit a guest.

(…)

Matt Marszal, the motel’s front desk clerk, says the gator bit one of the motel guests who tried to catch it before Animal Control workers showed up.

The alligator was subdued by Animal Control in five minutes and taken away, while the would-be gator-wrangler wound up in the hospital. No word on if he still has all his limbs.

Guess this makes him qualified to run for governor.

via @nettie_b

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Dear Vermont: Your governor isn’t very bright

April 13, 2012

My food! MINE!!

Even a city-boy like me knows that, in a contest between “huge hairy animal with claws and teeth” and “middle-aged man in PJs,” claws and teeth win.

Memo to Governor Shumlin: Let the bear have the food!

Shumlin says he was in bed in his rented Montpelier home late Wednesday night when he heard what turned out to be four bears in the backyard.

He says he looked out and saw the bears, including two cubs. (1) He tried to chase the bears away, but they kept coming back.

Shumlin says he ran out barefoot in an attempt to rescue his birdfeeders. He says one of the bears charged him on the porch.

Vermont came within three feet of having to call a special election.

At least Governor Palin would have remembered to bring the rifle. Governor Shumlin, on the other hand, is not smarter than the average bear.

Footnote:
(1) And what part of “momma grizzly” does this guy not understand?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Nice try, but no Darwin Award for you!

January 9, 2012

It was a worthy effort, however: bungee-jumping from 121 yards over a raging river filled with crocodiles…

When the cord breaks.

An Australian tourist who survived a terrifying fall after her bungy cord snapped at Victoria Falls has been re-admitted to hospital.AN Australian tourist survived a 111m fall into a crocodile-infested river after her bungee cord snapped.

Erin Langworthy, 22, plunged up to 25m when her rope broke during a bungy jump at the 108m falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, on December 31.

The Perth backpacker, who had said it was a miracle she survived, is back in hospital after a setback.

”Unfortunately, I actually went back into hospital last night – my lungs have been acting up a fair bit,” Ms Langworthy told Nine News.

”They actually told me today both my lungs are partially collapsed.”

The footage of the jump has gone viral on the internet, with cries of horror from viewers as Ms Langworthy dives into the Zambezi River.

She spent a week in hospital with extensive bruising.

Describing her survival as a “miracle”, she told Channel 9 she blacked out as she hit the water.

I wonder if her last sight was of a croc looking up and licking his chops.

But, hey, she survived, so no Darwin Award for you, Erin!

Nice try, though.

RELATED: Video of Ms. Langworthy’s plunge.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The horrifying price we pay for not signing the Kyoto treaty

January 3, 2012

Curse that George W. Bush (and Bill Clinton) and those global-warming skeptics! Thanks to their betrayal of Mother Gaea, the planet is warming climate is changing and we are faced with the inevitable price of their folly:

Mutant sharks!!! (1)

No, really:

Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change.

The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan.

“It’s very surprising because no one’s ever seen shark hybrids before, this is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination,” Morgan, from the University of Queensland, told AFP.

“This is evolution in action.”

Here we go again with more leading propaganda for the climate-alarmist cause: “potential,” a weasel word meant to make us think that something significant may be happening, and that it could be linked to dangerous man-caused climate change, so we need to do something NOW! to stop it. That “something” inevitably requiring economy and liberty-killing government regulation and taxation and massive transnational bureaucracy.

The quoted section is also misleading because it relies on a fallacy: if we’ve never seen something before, it must never have happened before, leaving us with the impression that it must be significant — in this case, for the alarmist cause.

It’s far more likely, in my non-scientific educated layman’s opinion, that natural cycles of climate change lead one shark into the territory of another, closely related species and, when the two met and being in the mood for love, Nature took her course. I’d bet it’s happened countless times before in the history of life on Earth. It may even have been an accident, such as an escape from a fishing net. While the incident itself may be biologically significant and worthy of investigation on its own, to broadly hint that it’s likely the result of man-caused climate change while presenting no evidence of linkage is just Green propaganda, with journalist Amy Coopes as either the propagandist or the willing tool.

Via James Delingpole, whose column is a hilarious must-read.

Footnote:
(1) Anyone who’s familiar with the Arduin roleplaying game knows what’s coming: exploding hydrogen-filled Air Sharks! (Hey, if the alarmists can make lousy projections based on no facts or false facts, so can I.)

UPDATE: More at Pirate’s Cove.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Dolphins blowing bubbles

November 21, 2011

Politics and the news can be so aggravating at times, I thought it would be fun to share this neat video of dolphins at play. What makes it special is that the behavior apparently is something one of the dolphins “discovered” and then passed on to the others, a form of teaching and learning.

Oh, and the females are faster learners than the males. Make of that what you will. 

Enjoy!

via The Jawa Report

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Tiny body, big heart

July 19, 2011

Must be seen to be believed: a chihuahua terrorizes shotgun-wielding robbers…

That’s going to make those thugs’ reputation back in the ‘hood.

Good doggie! 

PS: Of course, as anyone knows, a cat would just have gone full-auto.

UPDATE: The diminutive tough-guy’s name is “Paco,” and he’s now a TV star.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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