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The Polar Bear Pic They Won't Show You
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Posted on 02/05/2007 11:04:53 AM PST by Republican Red

The Polar Bear Pic They Won't Show You

Polar_crosbie h/t Instapundit - Ann Althouse calls attention to an image of Polar Bears making the rounds, again - it was allegedly taken by Dan Crosbie in 2004 and is currently number one on Yahoo's photo list. The image I have up at right also involves Dan Crosbie from the same period in 2004 during a scientific trip during which they carried rifles to run off polar bears while planting equipment in the ice - ice that was much thicker than they expected it to be. (pertinent excerpted text at bottom)

But what's this? Scroll down and you'll see the same picture was first published with a credit to another person on the trip and the caption made it clear what was really going on.

Mother polar bear and cub on interesting ice sculpture carved by waves. photo © Amanda Byrd.

Wow! I didn't know Global Warming caused .... waves, too! Update: Apparently Amanda is also something of a poet.

Original_pic The image has been used in a variety of environmental campaigns over the years, sans the original caption, of course. Here it was used to solicit public comments to Save da' Bears! They've now been, or soon will be listed as an endangered species. It seems the picture makes some people cry. Update2: Here it is in an Ezine. But the Global Warming folks know that, based on this report. Read the bragging over the media manipulation:

One of the credos of journalism is to seek balance in a story, to cover "both sides." But reporters' dogged tendency to do so on the issue of a human role in global warming has had a detrimental impact on the public's understanding of the subject, say many scientists who criticize media coverage of climate change.

In just the last year White said he has noticed a significant shift in media coverage of the subject.

"The reporting is better because I don't see the 'other side' anymore."

And the polar bears make good ammunition - when the caption is inaccurate, of course:

White isn't averse to using elements that people can grasp and relate to, like vanishing sea ice and what that means for polar bear habitat and survival.

"Scientists miss that, " White said. "Many of my colleagues complain that it's all about polar bears -- it is all about polar bears, it's all about seals. You use the ammunition you have."

And they basically admit to exploiting Hurricane Katrina, too.

White also said Hurricane Katrina has been a major influence on the press's new focus. While it's impossible to say conclusively that global warming is to blame for Katrina's strength, White said, the storm was nonetheless a huge catalyst for a growing press interest in warming and rising seas and their effects.

"I've come to appreciate the power of these seminal events," White said. "These are galvanizing events that focus people's attention on the problems."

The text below is from first link above to a trip journal in which the picture originally appeared. Only the ice was so thick they almost gave up and the ammunition they were concerned with was reserved for polar bears, not saving them. The infamous polar bear pic has a home here with three others at Environment Canada.

The ice ends up being almost too good. It is a hard old floe, and takes us a long time to drill with the 2" diameter hand auger. After drilling 4 m, we think that we are almost to the end, but don't have enough extensions. Not willing to give up on this floe, another site is selected, and there we penetrate the ice cover after only about 3.75 m. So the decision is made to go ahead with the deployment there. However, since it is late in the evening by the time we return, the deployment begins on the following day.

Up the next morning at 5:30, on the helicopter deck by 6 AM, and on the ice by 6:15 to deploy the ITP and IMB buoys. Although it was pretty foggy in the morning and visibility was limited, 8 of us were transferred to the ice in three flights (plus gear) for the operations. There were also two slingloads of cargo.

Cutting the 11" diameter hole in the ice was the hardest part of the ITP deployment. Cutting through the 4 m of old hard ice progressed reasonably well until we got past the halfway point. Then water turned the ice shavings into slush, and the auger flutes couldn't remove the material. So the going got very difficult. We tried using four people (instead of the normal two) on the auger, but that still didn't produce results. It helped considerably to set up the tripod and hang the auger from a chainfall, so that we could drill at a controlled rate. When the hole was cut, the anchor weight and wire were smoothly deployed, then the ITP profiler was attached to the wire.



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KEYWORDS: barkingmoonbats; climatechange; fakephotos; globalwarming; junkscience; makingitup; mediabias; polarbears; propaganda; pseudoscience; waronerror
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I heard Rush talking about the polar bear picture earlier.

I should be used to this type of manipulation but somehow I am still shocked.

btw, I love the picture of the guy with the shot gun. He was prepared to shoot a polar bear if need be all in the name of protecting the bears from global warming. lol

1 posted on 02/05/2007 11:04:56 AM PST by Republican Red
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To: Republican Red

Never...Never...expect the truth from the left! Never!


2 posted on 02/05/2007 11:13:01 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Don Corleone
Never...Never...expect the truth from the left! Never!

Goebbels is a rank amateur compared to these guys.

3 posted on 02/05/2007 11:14:57 AM PST by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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To: Republican Red

Not surprised. If there were Global Warming there would be no need for such tricks.


4 posted on 02/05/2007 11:15:18 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Republican Red; george76

5 posted on 02/05/2007 11:16:17 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Republican Red

Related thread from Feb 2

VANITY: Photo of polar bears in global warming headline PHOTOSHOPPED?
Daily Mail ^ | 2-2-07 | Vanity

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1778187/posts


6 posted on 02/05/2007 11:17:08 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Republican Red; divine_moment_of_facts
The most excellent work of divine_moment_of_facts's BF:


7 posted on 02/05/2007 11:19:09 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

ROFL


8 posted on 02/05/2007 11:19:49 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: Republican Red

bump


9 posted on 02/05/2007 11:20:33 AM PST by lowbridge ("The mainstream media IS the Democrat Party". - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Now THAT'S funny!


10 posted on 02/05/2007 11:20:34 AM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: Republican Red
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11 posted on 02/05/2007 11:21:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Republican Red

This morning I was on a plane flight over frozen rock solid Lake Erie. Landed in -4F (-25 wind chill).

Global warming my arse.


12 posted on 02/05/2007 11:21:59 AM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL..........The truth is the lefties love dumb people;who else would believe them?


13 posted on 02/05/2007 11:23:10 AM PST by caffe (please, no more consensus)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

That is a great post. I seriesly LOL'd.


14 posted on 02/05/2007 11:23:54 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If voting really changed things, it would be illegal.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LMFAO!!!!!


15 posted on 02/05/2007 11:24:23 AM PST by wastedyears ( "Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, that's sweet! Who would've thought 'Looter Man' was an animal lover, LOL!


16 posted on 02/05/2007 11:24:29 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Alouette

Lake Erie is not frozen rock solid here on the southern shores.


17 posted on 02/05/2007 11:24:54 AM PST by bonfire
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To: NonValueAdded

Hahahahahahaaha!


18 posted on 02/05/2007 11:25:02 AM PST by wastedyears ( "Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: cripplecreek

beer guy just never gets old for me


19 posted on 02/05/2007 11:25:05 AM PST by babble-on
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To: NonValueAdded

I don't care who ya are, that's funny


20 posted on 02/05/2007 11:25:17 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (The Coldest Blood Runs through my veins..you know my name..)
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.


21 posted on 02/05/2007 11:26:04 AM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Now that's funny!!


22 posted on 02/05/2007 11:26:54 AM PST by AprilfromTexas
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL....you won !!!!!


23 posted on 02/05/2007 11:27:57 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

ROFLMAO!


24 posted on 02/05/2007 11:28:38 AM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Republican Red

When I saw that pic, my first thought was, "What's keeping the bears from just jumping in the water and swimming to shore?" Don't people realize polar bears are excellent swimmers? duh


25 posted on 02/05/2007 11:28:47 AM PST by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

ROFLMAO!


26 posted on 02/05/2007 11:28:53 AM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Republican Red

Gee, Am I to believe that those bears have been standing right there on that spot while the ice has melted from a frozen plain of ice into a miniature iceberg?

Duh, those bears are hunters, that they saw that ice as a nice vantage point and climbed up for a look around.


27 posted on 02/05/2007 11:29:41 AM PST by Sax
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To: bonfire

The plane was flying over the northern shores (southern Ontario).


28 posted on 02/05/2007 11:30:05 AM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL, that is a classic.


29 posted on 02/05/2007 11:30:36 AM PST by angelsonmyside
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

In just the last year White said he has noticed a significant shift in media coverage of the subject.

"The reporting is better because I don't see the 'other side' anymore."

And the polar bears make good ammunition - when the caption is inaccurate, of course:

White isn't averse to using elements that people can grasp and relate to, like vanishing sea ice and what that means for polar bear habitat and survival.

"Scientists miss that, " White said. "Many of my colleagues complain that it's all about polar bears -- it is all about polar bears, it's all about seals. You use the ammunition you have."

And they basically admit to exploiting Hurricane Katrina, too.

White also said Hurricane Katrina has been a major influence on the press's new focus. While it's impossible to say conclusively that global warming is to blame for Katrina's strength, White said, the storm was nonetheless a huge catalyst for a growing press interest in warming and rising seas and their effects.

"I've come to appreciate the power of these seminal events," White said. "These are galvanizing events that focus people's attention on the problems."


30 posted on 02/05/2007 11:30:44 AM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Oh man, that's funny. Did you make that? Congrats.


31 posted on 02/05/2007 11:31:12 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Republican Red
Hi All-

So is the image of the mother polar bear and cub stranded on the ice accurate or not? Regardless of how the chunk was cut away from the main icefloe, I would hate to have the two bears die from drowning or starving to death floating around.

~ Blue Jays ~

32 posted on 02/05/2007 11:31:56 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL


33 posted on 02/05/2007 11:32:17 AM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Republican Red

Jwhite@Colorado.EDU

In just the last year White said he has noticed a significant shift in media coverage of the subject.


"The reporting is better because I don't see the 'other side' anymore."

And the polar bears make good ammunition - when the caption is inaccurate, of course:

White isn't averse to using elements that people can grasp and relate to, like vanishing sea ice and what that means for polar bear habitat and survival.


"Scientists miss that, " White said. "Many of my colleagues complain that it's all about polar bears -- it is all about polar bears, it's all about seals. You use the ammunition you have."

Jwhite@Colorado.EDU
Jwhite@Colorado.EDU
Jwhite@Colorado.EDU


34 posted on 02/05/2007 11:33:27 AM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: Alouette

In Toronto it's been -15 C (er...that's around 0 F I think) for the last two weeks.

Believe me, there are many Canadians who can't wait until this global warming thing starts.


35 posted on 02/05/2007 11:34:00 AM PST by Caged in Canuckistan (A message from Canada: GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!)
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To: ChocChipCookie
When I saw that pic, my first thought was, "What's keeping the bears from just jumping in the water and swimming to shore?" Don't people realize polar bears are excellent swimmers? duh

But that water is so c-c-cold!


36 posted on 02/05/2007 11:34:04 AM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: Blue Jays

Polar bears swim. It's what they do.


37 posted on 02/05/2007 11:35:03 AM PST by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: weegee

I'm wondering how sincere these folks really were when the rally cry was "Save the Seals"?


38 posted on 02/05/2007 11:36:01 AM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: NonValueAdded

LMAO!!!


39 posted on 02/05/2007 11:39:17 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors." GOHUNTER08!)
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To: Republican Red
Gee whiz, it's really a bummer to see all the polar bears drowning in front of the reporters.

Where some explorers are, the ice is as beautiful and dense as ever.


40 posted on 02/05/2007 11:39:41 AM PST by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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To: Blue Jays
I would hate to have the two bears die from drowning or starving to death floating around.

Polar bears get their food from the water. Do you really think they'll drown or starve?

41 posted on 02/05/2007 11:42:18 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors." GOHUNTER08!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; TXBubba

That is great! Ping to TXBubba.


42 posted on 02/05/2007 11:42:57 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Alouette

Every time I've flown over the NP, there've been plenty of ice. PLENTY!


43 posted on 02/05/2007 11:43:09 AM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Uncledave; george76; All

No, George76 sent it to me yesterday on another thread. Don't know where he got it, so we'll have to wait for him to show up and tell us!


44 posted on 02/05/2007 11:44:21 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Don Corleone

The "Global warming" hype has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do, ultimately, with taking away individual rights. After all, if "science" determines that my driving a Tahoe is linked to all sorts of horrific things happening to our atmosphere, then my Tahoe has to go, by whatever means the left can conjure up.


45 posted on 02/05/2007 11:44:58 AM PST by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: Lady Jag

Why do I suddenly crave a Margarita? ;) (That is a beautiful shot!)


46 posted on 02/05/2007 11:46:28 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Where's tourist guy?


47 posted on 02/05/2007 11:47:46 AM PST by rllngrk33 (The RATs and Media are the enemy.)
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To: Blue Jays

"So is the image of the mother polar bear and cub stranded on the ice accurate or not? Regardless of how the chunk was cut away from the main icefloe, I would hate to have the two bears die from drowning or starving to death floating around."

You wuld then think that maybe the photographer and the guy with the shotgun could do something. Or maybe there would be something on that huge ship they came over on that could be used to free the bears from the ice flow.


48 posted on 02/05/2007 11:48:33 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The Clintons: A Malignant Malfeasance of the Most Morbid)
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To: Blue Jays
I would hate to have the two bears die from drowning or starving to death floating around.

1. Polar bears can swim
2. Polar bears - like all bears - can eat pretty much anything
3. Polar bears can exist in warmer climates because otherwise how would they survive in zoos around the world? (They tend to turn blond in warmer climates)

49 posted on 02/05/2007 11:50:15 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: ChocChipCookie

"What's keeping the bears from just jumping in the water and swimming to shore?" Don't people realize polar bears are excellent swimmers?"

I think the only wild animals many envirowhackos are familiar with are squirrels.


50 posted on 02/05/2007 11:51:05 AM PST by popdonnelly (Our first obligation is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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