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Meanwhile the UN alerts us to the latest human caused catastrophe
Posted by: McQ on Friday, May 25, 2007

Yes, it's us again:
Human activities are wiping out three animal or plant species every hour and the world must do more to slow the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs by 2010, the United Nations said on Tuesday.


"We are indeed experiencing the greatest wave of extinctions since the disappearance of the dinosaurs," said Ahmed Djoghlaf, head of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. Dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago, perhaps after a meteorite struck.

"Extinction rates are rising by a factor of up to 1,000 above natural rates. Every hour, three species disappear. Every day, up to 150 species are lost. Every year, between 18,000 and 55,000 species become extinct," he said.

"The cause: human activities."

Now, consider the numbers. 3 an hour x 24 hours x 365 days equals 26,280 species a year. Right now there are about 1.8 million named species. So in 68 years ... all gone.

Well, except:
A "Red List" of endangered species, however, lists only 784 species driven to extinction since 1500 — ranging from the dodo bird of Mauritius to the golden toad of Costa Rica.
784?!? Since 1500?

Why, according to the UN, that should have only taken a little over 10 days.
Craig Hilton-Taylor, manager of the list compiled by the World Conservation Union grouping 83 governments as well as scientists and environmental organizations, said the hugely varying figures might both be right, in their way.

"The U.N. figures are based on loss of habitats, estimates of how many species lived there and so will have been lost," he told Reuters. "Ours are more empirical — those species we knew were there but cannot find."
So how again might they both be right "in their way"?

Well, if the Red List is actually based on observable (or in this case nonobservable) fact then it might be right in its own way, while the UN numbers may be based on pure and unadulterated speculation and as far as speculation goes, its is as good as any other.

Is that what he means?

I know, you're like me: "Ok, drop the other shoe!"
U.N. climate experts say global warming, blamed mainly on human use of fossil fuels, will wreck habitats by drying out the Amazon rainforest, for instance, or by melting polar ice.
Ahhhh. Finally.

I feel much better now.

Thank goodness for the UN.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

What do you expect. This is typical UN Propaganda designed to scare people into following their idea of what an ideal planet is. John Bolton was trying to bring some sanity to this ship of fools. Democrats scuttled his attempt and governmental career. The question is, did they do it to protect the corrupt United Nations, or for political advantage.
Written By: James E. Fish
BS Alert. Situation normal. Send another 3 billion.
Written By: Grimshaw
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The WWF conservation group and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said that whales, dolphins and porpoises were "facing increasing threats from climate change" because of factors such as rising sea temperatures.
Whales??? Many whale species migrate back and forth from the Arctic circle to the tropics. I doubt they would notice a difference.
Written By: Jay Evans
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"US President Scott Jacobs had the following response to the UN’s announcement: ’Oh go f*ck yourselves... Seriously, call me when you want to make an actual difference in a living human being’s life right now, today, this minute. When you want to actual help - not bitch - about Iraq, or if you want to go kick some genocide-causing ass in Darfur, you let me know, and we’re right there. Until then, blow it out your ass.’ He then gave the camera the finger, and went to go have a cigar in the Oval Office."


You see why people are glad I’m never going to be president? that would have been the CIVIL response...

In all seriousness though, is THIS what our dues pay for?

If so, we obviously give them too much, because this was WASTED money. Maybe if they had less they would trim the retardation...

Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Given the field of candidates we now have, don’t sell yourself short. At worst, you could make some serious money.
Written By: timactual
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Tim, that is a disturbing thought, that I would get even .1% of the vote...

But oh, how I would love to have "pardon" power...

State of the Union Adresses would be far more entertaining as well...

Hey McQ, how would you like to be Secretary of State?

Who wants Sec of Def?

Would it be possible to raise Patton from the dead and get him?
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
Don’t you just love numbers! Especially the ones that say things like every hour 3 species are lost. Every time I hear that kind of "the sky is falling" number theory, I have to go add it up, it’s a compulsion. In the end it never makes any sense. I think they just stand there and make them up as they go along. What’s even scarier is that there is never a single person from the media who question these numbers - ever.

Now, everyone follow me - it’s time to jump off the cliff... we’re following the j-school grads.
Written By: Teresa
you would get my vote Scott, Hey Can I be Attorney General? I know squat about the law, but I’m at least as qualified as the current dumass affirmative action hire who is in the job right now.
Written By: kyleN
You see why people are glad I’m never going to be president? that would have been the CIVIL response...
Yeah, my response would have been to blow up the UN Building. Cuz we had it wired with detcord and explosives when we did the twin towers.
Written By: steverino
" Cuz we had it wired with detcord and explosives when we did the twin towers."

Proof positive that it was a government job! Low-bid explosives and prevailing-wage labor. Two out of three is all you can expect.
Written By: timactual
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Low-bid explosives and prevailing-wage labor. Two out of three is all you can expect.
Oh no, it’ll work. We’re just waiting for the right moment.
Written By: steverino
What, are you making a Viagra commercial? "When a tender moment turns into the right moment, you’ll be ready"? If so, the image is all wrong.
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
What, are you making a Viagra commercial?
It is so hard to be an evil secret government operative when you’re surrounded by perverts.
Written By: steverino
Yeah, my response would have been to blow up the UN Building. Cuz we had it wired with detcord and explosives when we did the twin towers.

Hi Ho Steverino

Written By: James E. Fish

You had me at "Oh go f*ck yourselves"

Rich Horton
Western Wisconsin Coordinator
Jacobs ’08 Campaign
"Because Sometimes You Just Need An S.O.B."
Written By: Rich Horton

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