Posts Tagged ‘Polar Bears’

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Since When…

August 15, 2009

Since when is this….

worthy of more people advocating to save than this…

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Since when is this….

believed in more than this…

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Since when is this….

more of a priority than this….

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Since when is this….

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more popular than this…..

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Since when is this vote…….

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count the same as these…….

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Since when is this death…..

more of a news story than this death….

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I am not sure when these things became the truth, and I am not sure why people accept them without question. We are a nation of proud people, who have now let other people tell us how to think, feel, believe, and act. When will we say enough is enough? I, for one, say now. Now….not since when anymore.

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World Wildlife Fund FAIL

July 12, 2009

Ok, so people don’t get angry about the same things I get angry about…and I get that. Every single other normal American Citizen can just watch commercials, not get upset, and go about their daily business.  Not I.  So tonight, with the help of a friend of mine, we did something about it.

I am sure you have all seen one of our favorite ER doctors and awesome Librarian, Noah Wylie with his super sad World Wildlife Fund ad.  Two little polar bears, sitting on a block of ice, seeming out in the middle of the ocean, jump off the block of ice because as we all know…it’s melting…into the warming ocean and swimming to England or somewhere.  Most likely, those polar bears were five feet from another larger land based chunk of ice..where the video team was shooting the clip from.

This is an excerpt of an article from Christopher Booker of the Telegraph.co.uk about Dr. Mitchell Taylor, Polar Bear Biologist from the Department of the Environment, Government of Nunavut.

Dr Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as both an academic and a government employee. More than once since 2006 he has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.

Dr. Mitchell Taylor has also claimed that polar bears numbers are no where near in the need of alarm, and that the WWF and other organizations have used polar bears to say that climate change is effecting species, one of the few species to live in such arctic climates to add to the hysteria surrounding global warming.

So, back to my anger.

I was sitting watching Clueless, a movie I am sure was based on my high school existence, and I had to see that Noah Wylie commercial like five times.  I called the number at the bottom of the screen.  I was on hold for like fifteen minutes, got more upset, and hung up.  I was upset not only because being on hold raises anger in everyone, but because apparently so many morons were being sucked in their commercial that they could not answer my call.  I expressed my anger to one of my friends, who said I should call back on three way.  Well after some technical difficulties related to my ignorance with three way calling, we figured it out.  Here’s a basic re-enactment of how the phone call went.

Operator in sweet singsongy voice: Thank you for calling the World Wildlife Fund, would you like to make a donation today to save the worlds endangered animals?

Me: Actually, I have a problem.  I have been watching my television and I have seen your polar bear ad like five times.  I wondered when you were going to stop airing it considering polar bears are not going extinct.

Operator in suddenly not so nice voice: Well, ma’am they are still on the endangered species list, we are still concerned with their well being, so would you like to donate to help?

Me: Well, if I thought they were going extinct…sure!  But they’re not.  Many scientist say they’re actually GROWING in numbers and not declining.  Sarah Palin, the former governor in Alaska where polar bears actually live, say it is so as well.  So it’s false advertisement and I wanted to know when I wouldn’t have to see it anymore.

Operator in know-it-all-but-really-I-don’t tone: Polar bears live in Alaska and (list of places polar bears live like it made a difference to the argument at hand)

Me: I am not saying polar bears only live in Alaska, I know they don’t.  But that doesn’t make up for the fact they are not endangered or going extinct.

Operator in ANGRY tone: They are still on the endangered species list and have since (insert date here) 2008…so we will continue to care about them.  (Does that mean liberals only care about dying animals?  Just wondering) Then if not polar bears, what about panda bears?  Or the (some term I didn’t care enough to actually remember) tiger? Would you like to donate to help them?

Me: Actually I think the way to save any “endangered” species is to make it legal to kill them, make fur coats out of them, eat them, and then if people could make money off of them they would breed them like we do cows and chickens.  Are cows and chickens in danger of becoming as you say “extinct”?  No?  Thats because people know they can make money off of them. (Hence the beauty of CAPITALISM)

Somewhere in that last statement of mine the kind animal loving operator hung up.

My friend:  Jen, he hung up on you.

My friend and I:  Lots and lots of laughter

It was classic.  I said, “Did you hear how angry he got when I said what I said to begin with?”  My friend answered in the affirmative.  I then conceded, “Guess they aren’t too fond when they can’t argue with someone who they know is right.”

Sorry World Wildlife Fund….but that….was a major fail.  Next time, ask me maybe twelve MORE times if I would like to donate money and maybe it will get your point across that you actually care more about being accurate than being well ‘fund’ed.  At least now they know they have made someone else angry BESIDES Vince McMahon.