Monday, June 30, 2008
(LEFT: The owners of this Siberian husky mix left him with Metro Animal Care and Control because they could no longer afford to keep him. Credit: Tennessean newspaper)
Shelters euthanize record numbers
By RACHEL STULTS , Nashville Tennessean Newspaper Staff Writer
Pet owners in Nashville are increasingly giving up their pets to shelters, and animal control officials say the slumping economy is to blame.
Dozens of animals have been left on chains in backyards, and a few have been found in foreclosed homes, according to officials. Others are dumped in remote areas or on dead-end streets and left to roam.
This month alone, Metro Animal Care and Control has seen record numbers of owner-surrendered pets, defined as pets whose owners leave them at the shelter. This number has for the first time overtaken the number of stray dogs and cats that are found or dropped off.
Summer is always a busy time for shelters, but June's spike, especially in owner surrenders, means adoptions can't keep up and animals are being put to death at record levels each day.
The number of animals in Metro that have been euthanized in June has already reached more than 1,100 — nearly 300 more than at this time last year.
"People are struggling," said Bradley Greer, a shelter supervisor who is also responsible for euthanizing most of the animals and sometimes puts to sleep 60 a day. "Sometimes you have to put yourself in that position where it's either feed my pet or feed my child."
Billy Biggs, field operation supervisor at Metro Animal Care and Control, saw the proof again this week.
An owner had listed the reason for giving up a young Siberian husky. The form read: "Gas prices went up and food is too high." It's a familiar story Biggs has heard in recent weeks, as the number of pets left at the shelter has skyrocketed to more than 1,200 this month.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Scientists say the season got off to a strong start especially early this year, perhaps because of unusually cool ocean temperatures in the western Pacific.
We're just passing the peak of Severe Weather Season now (late June). Tornado season generally begins late winter and lasts through mid-summer. May is peak tornado period for the Southeast; the season then cranks up through July in the upper Midwest and northern Plains states.
By the end of March, the U.S. already had logged some 350 tornadoes. By mid-May, the Weather Channel said there were 636 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S.
Hear the whole story on NPR at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91461565
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
What does this law do? This law extends 11 protections to domestic partners in Maryland. These rights include:
- Visitation in a health facility
- Sharing a room in a nursing home
- Private visits in a nursing home
- Visitation during emergency transport
- Medical decisions if the individual is incapacitated (and does not have a power of attorney for health care)
- Ability to petition health care providers when there is disagreement over certain medical decisions
- Consent to a post-mortem examination (autopsy)
- Organ donation
- Disposition of remains
- Access to disinternment or reinternment permits
- Designation as a person of interest in a burial site
- What is a domestic partner? As defined in this law, a domestic partnership means a relationship between two people (straight or gay) who are at least 18 years old, are not related to one another, are not married or in a civil union or domestic partnership with someone else and agree to be in a relationship of mutual interdependence (meaning you contribute to the maintenance and support of each other and the relationship).
- ANSWERS How do we prove we are domestic partners? and more questions: http://www.equalitymaryland.org/legislation/health_care_faq.htm
Monday, June 23, 2008
I had to get another copy of my title, because I misplaced it, but I also had to get the lien taken out of the Dept. of Motor Vehicles system- so we went to the MVA to do that ($20).
I had to treat Tom as a total stranger, and write a Bill of Sale to him (and also put my name on it too, as the buyer). Then get it notarized. Then, I had to get another Maryland State Vehicle Inspection ($79) and over an hour's time.
Then we drafted a power of attorney for me to act for Tom when I re-register the vehicle in both names- and got that notarized. Next, I have to turn in the old plates, pay $50 tax (minimum to sell a vehicle to anyone in Md.), then $320 for a new title and plates. -
I have to take more time off to do that, too. Bottom line for gay couples to put both names on a vehicle $470. For legally married couples: $50.
How does that make EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL?
Friday, June 20, 2008
(PHOTO RIGHT: Rob as Superman, and Hugh as the Hulk - kidding!)
Anyway, here's Hugh's review:
The Incredible Hulk is good --- better if you know Marvel Comics and its characters but not great , Iron Man set the standard much too high.
They didn't dismiss the last movie, they quickly went thru set up scenes to go thru the origin quickly . We also see newspaper clippings to fill in information and if you know Marvel Comics you will see very familiar names.
They pick up with Banner on the run in South America.
Unlike the Ang Lee version the action comes early and quick.
Again if you know Marvel comics you get the references to the Super Solider formula and when Gen, Ross goes to the cryrogenic tank with the name Rothstein on it -- you know what you're going to get -- or rather what the subject will get. William Hurt is EXCELLENT as General Thunderbolt Ross --- so is Ed Norton as Bruce Banner... Liv Tyler is ok as Betty Ross.
The problem with the movie is still the CGI-- as advanced as it is now , Hulk still looks more animated than human which is interesting beccause the Super Soldier -gamma ray'ed villian The Abomination looks more "real" than the Hulk. Maybe its because they used the Actor's face and head for the Abomination so it seems more expressive and "real" while the Hulk looks like an advanced version of Shrek. It''s really not as bad as that sounds but they need to work on it.
Things to look for :
There are cameos with Lou Ferigno (who also does the Hulk's voice --something he NEVER did on TV)
Stan Lee of course but in probably the shortest ,simplest of any of his cameos but interesting for the questions it raises, and even a cameo by Bill Bixby in probably the kindest and "fatherly" way possible.
Also for those who know their tv, there is a sequence of Bruce on the run where the soft music in the background is the theme music from the TV show that played in the end when Banner would go off to his next adventure.
And the big cameo --- Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark. You don't have to sit thru the credits for it (there's nothing after them --I stayed). His appearance is brief but with substance with a "cute" referenence to the Super Soldier "being on ice" Capt. America fans will understand -- no spoiler here on Tony's actual statement except to say -- we take the next step to The Avergers movie...
Also -- the last time we see the doctor who tries to help Banner and adds the final touch for the Abomination, it appears we have the set up for The Leader-- again if you know Marvel , you're one step ahead of the game. I couldn't remember the Leader's real name so I'm not sure if the character's name was a giveaway or just the last scene as a hint.
Hulk is a good movie --- not great and really needs to be seen AFTER Iron Man ... On the Hugh movie scale if you catch it at a matinee, its a 3 out of 4 with Iron Man being a four.. at full price knock Hulk down a peg.
Still to come -- Iron Man 2 is now scheduled with Thor, Captain America , Ant -Man down the road leading to The Avengers....Sign me up if the standards remain at least as good as Hulk -- but they should be able to shoot for Iron Man level in the future.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Study participants lost 20 percent of their body weight by starting with breakfasts totaling 610 calories. By our count, that's four slices of French toast. That's two Egg McMuffins (or ROB'S FAVORITE POP-TARTS!). That's any of these 5-minute breakfasts, with room left over for a smoothie and of course...Coffee!!! You can have plenty of joe to wash down your sunrise smorgasbord: In addition to all the health benefits we've told you about coffee, another new study found that men who drank six or more cups each day have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Besides, if you drink enough- maybe you'll look like this guy- I'm putting on another pot of coffee right now! - Rob
The findings are based on surveys taken by thousand of men and women, who answered questions about their health, diet and lifestyle every few years. The researchers analyzed answers given by 84,214 women in the Nurses' Health Study and 41,736 men participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Participants completed questionnaires every two to four years.
The results, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, show women consuming two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease between 1980 and 2004, and an 18 percent lower risk of death caused by something other than cancer or heart disease. There were no differences detected among the men, who were tracked from 1986 to 2004 (BUT I THINK MEN NEED 10 CUPS A DAY...oh, yeah, that's what I drink!) The researchers accounted for other risk factors, such as body size, smoking, diet, and specific diseases, in their results.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
"Incredible Hulk" opened at No. 1 on box office charts with estimated Friday-through-Sunday ticket sales of $54.5 million, exceeding studio expectations but falling short of its 2003 predecessor that earned $62 million in its debut weekend. We saw "Kung Fu Panda," which was #2 at the box office.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
What's behind this day? The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (meaning fear). The term is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a simple phobia (fear) of the number thirteen appearing in any case. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day."
- Ohio-based distributor says valves aren't working properly, could cause accidents
- Tech International estimates that just 8,600 of 6 million are defective
- Snap-in tire valve, Model TR413, was made between July and November 2006
- Continuing to drive on underinflated tires can cause them to burst
(CNN) -- An Ohio distributor is recalling about 6 million Chinese-made tire valve stems after concluding that some of them were improperly made and could increase the risk of accidents.
Tech International, the part's Johnstown, Ohio-based distributor, estimates that just 8,600 of roughly 6 million of those valves are defective. The valve is a replacement snap-in tire valve -- Model No. TR413 -- manufactured between July and November 2006. It was imported by Tech International from manufacturer Shanghai Baolong Industries Co. in Shanghai, China, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the recall, the rubber part of the valve may crack after being in use for about six months, causing a gradual loss of tire pressure.
Continuing to drive on underinflated tires can cause them to burst, possibly leading to crashes. (INFLATE YOUR TIRES PROPERLY TO GET BETTER GAS MILEAGE, TOO).
Friday, June 6, 2008
Strong high pressure will remain over the region through the weekend...resulting in temperatures climbing into the 90s across No. and Central VA and MD;
DO NOT LEAVE PETS OUTSIDE. DON’T LEAVE PETS IN THE CAR FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME, IF YOU’RE NOT RUNNING A/C. – I’ve already run into one irresponsible person this year and corrected the situation (luckily).
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 101. Warm and humid at night, Low 73.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Heat index values as high as 110. Low 73, muggy at night.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.
ALSO For Beach-Goers: ...moderate rip current risk in effect from 8 am edt this morning through this evening... The lower eastern shore of
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89 (Wallops) 95 (VA Beach). Low 72
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.(Wallops) 95 (VA Beach). Low 72
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 85. (Wallops) 95 (VA Beach). Low 72
Saturday/Sunday : Sunny, HOT, slight breeze, with a high near 95. Heat Index near 105. Low 75 and muggy overnight.
Monday: Sunny and Very hot, with a high near 97. Heat Index over 105.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.