Wednesday Roundup

According to the AP, the recovery is not as strong as previously thought (or, at least, previously announced/boasted). “The economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the third quarter, as the recovery got off to a weaker start than previously thought. … The Commerce Department’s new reading on gross domestic product for the July-to-September quarter was slower than the 2.8 percent growth rate estimated just a month ago. Economists were predicting that figure wouldn’t be revised in the government’s final estimate on third-quarter GDP.” There’s a big surprise. In Connecticut, unemployment claims are overwhelming servers. In California, the state whose Governor has the gall to try hold up his failing state as an example to others, small-business bankruptcies are up eighty-one percent. Things are tough all over. The Obamas may even delay their Hawaiian vacation. Oh, the sacrifices Teh One is willing to make!

Meanwhile, as the people in this country try to cope with the real problems they face in life, a new book (“Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living” by New Zealanders Robert and Brenda Vale) is telling people that their pets are a bigger threat to the environment than SUVs.

The Vales, specialists in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington, analysed popular brands of pet food and calculated that a medium-sized dog eats around 164 kilos (360 pounds) of meat and 95 kilos of cereal a year. Combine the land required to generate its food and a “medium” sized dog has an annual footprint of 0.84 hectares (2.07 acres) – around twice the 0.41 hectares required by a 4×4 driving 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) a year, including energy to build the car. To confirm the results, the New Scientist magazine asked John Barrett at the Stockholm Environment Institute in York, Britain, to calculate eco-pawprints based on his own data. The results were essentially the same. “Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat,” Barrett said.

It’s bad enough that Build-a-Bear is getting into the business of brainwashing children on the evils of global warming with underhanded and completely dishonest scare tactics (“Christmas may be canceled this year!”), a business in which they are not alone*, now they’re going to be told that their beloved pet is also destroying the world.

*This is Pirahna Club, a newspaper strip which has been running a story since December 14th (so they’re already in their second week) about the polar icecap melting, causing Santa’s workshops and elves to sink into the ocean:

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7 Responses to “Wednesday Roundup”

  1. New Class Traitor Says:

    As I wrote elsewhere, environmentalism and a certain other religion have a lot in common — not the least of which that they have something against dogs.

  2. pirahna Says:

    I am offended they stole my childhood name for this dreck cartoon… I was more intelligent at 10 then the silly global warming freaks.

  3. pirahna Says:

    Primates of the world unite.

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