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Why Cats Do What They Do—and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

By Mieshelle Nagelschneider

Foreword by Gwen Cooper

A Bantam Books Hardcover | On Sale: March 5, 2013


Advance Praise for THE CAT WHISPERER

“Full of “think like a cat” advice, Nagelschneider’s work will make for happier human-feline households.” —Booklist

“Pet-owners despairing of getting their cats to behave will find new hope in this comprehensive guide. More than meets Nagelschneider’s goal of guiding owners to the strategies for behavioral and environmental change needed to address issues such as urination outside the litter box and aggressiveness.”

Publishers Weekly

“I wish I had read The Cat Whisperer before I started filming Must Love Cats. The cats would have liked me a lot more.”

John Fulton, host of Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats

“The reason people are so mesmerized by house cats is because they are truly miniature versions of lions, tigers, and leopards. In her book The Cat Whisperer, Mieshelle explains in the behavior of the house cat an unprecedented and a most accessible way, with her unique insight into the often misunderstood companion animal that is as wild as we have become civilized.”

Jordan Carlton Schaul, PhD, Contributing Editor, National Geographic Society and Curator, Orange County Zoo

“Nagelschneider is a wizard at demystifying cat behavior and providing easy-to-follow steps for solving vexing problems. I dog-eared (or should I say cat-eared) so many pages for later reference that my book doesn’t want to close. Living with six demanding cats in a small house, I wish I’d had this excellent guide years ago.”

Bob Tarte, Author of Kitty Cornered, Enslaved by Ducks, and Fowl Weather


Who says you can’t train a cat? Just when you thought you had reached the end of your ball of twine, Mieshelle Nagelschneider, one of America’s most popular (and Harvard trained) cat behaviorists, comes to the rescue of perplexed cat owners everywhere with her authoritative new guide THE CAT WHISPERER: Why Cats Do What They Do—and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

(Bantam Book Hardcover; March 5, 2013). In it, Nagelschneider, who has been helping cat owners for over two decades, provides practical and effective strategies for solving every feline behavior problem imaginable—from litter box issues to scratching, spraying, biting, and beyond.

In this indispensible book, Nagelschneider explains that cats, like dogs, can be trained, but they require a different approach. To train a cat you need to understand how the mind of a creature who is not a pack animal works. This keen understanding of the unique way cats see the world—their need for safety and security, their acute territoriality, and their insatiable desire to catch and kill prey—is central to Nagelschneider’s work. In THE CAT WHISPERER, she takes readers step-by-step through her proven C.A.T. cat behavior modification plan, which is a commonsense course of action that can be specifically tailored to each individual cat. These easy-to-implement solutions help transform even the most anxiety-riddled companions into confident, gregarious, and relaxed cats who live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

In THE CAT WHISPERER, cat owners will learn:

· How to harness the power of “friendly pheromones” along with the importance of implementing an all-encompassing behavior plan (her proprietary 3-Part C.A.T. Plan) that covers every aspect of the behavior issue as well as transforming the cat’s environment.

· How to end aggression in multiple-cat households and help their cats coexist peacefully with groundbreaking techniques (including the Nagelschneider Method) based on social facilitation that creates a social glue between a tense multi-cat household that will help cats get along.

· Resolve once and for all the number one behavior issue in cats: litter box issues—even the notoriously difficult “pooping outside the box” issue.

· We are all cat whisperers—some anthropologists now believe we are genetically inclined to read animals well since we have lived amongst them for thousands of years. Mieshelle helps cat owners look at the world through the cat’s eyes to fix behavior problems.

Peppered throughout with stories and also her childhood memoir where cat whispering all began, Mieshelle Nagelschneider’s The Cat Whisperer is both an entertaining read and an endlessly useful resource.

About the Author:

Mieshelle Nagelschneider has worked extensively with thousands of cat owners and vets nationally and internationally solving their cat’s behavior issues. In 1999, she founded The Cat Behavior Clinic, a science-based consulting service that helps cat owners around the world understand and help their furry felines. She has been featured in Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats, Martha Stewart Living Radio, USA Today, Cat Fancy, Real Simple, and Feline Wellness, as well as on Salon.com, Pawnation.com, and NBC’s Petside.com.



Why Cats Do What They Do—and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

by Mieshelle Nagelschneider

A Bantam Hardcover * March 5, 2013

978-0-553-80785-1 * $25.00 * 336 pp




A practical guide to repelling indoor and outdoor pests using organic methods, featuring newly updated information on today’s pest epidemics, such as bedbugs, as well as new online resources for finding beneficial organisms that act as predators for specific pests.

Text Box: LOREN NANCARROW is an award-winning television journalist and eco-reporter who has received some of broadcast journalism’s highest honors for reporting on environmental science and nature. He has worked as a founding trustee of the EcoLife Foundation, which sponsors projects aimed at reducing carbon output, reforesting important habitats, and saving valuable species.    JANET HOGAN TAYLOR is an entomologist and former zookeeper who now works as an environmental scientist.  Nancarrow and Taylor have coauthored two other books together, Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy and The Worm Book. Both live in San Diego, California, and are available for interviews.   Dead Snails Leave No Trails, Revised: Natural Pest Control for Home and Garden by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor $12.99 paper, 192 pages, 5 ½ " x 8 ¼ " ISBN: 978-1-60774-319-4  eBook ISBN: 978-1-60774-320-0 TEN SPEED PRESS | Crown Publishing Group | www.tenspeed.com

This comprehensive guide is a user-friendly source

for anyone who wants to control pests in the home and garden without heavy-duty chemical warfare. Educating readers on how to make their own all-purpose (and all-natural) pest repellents with simple household ingredients like chile peppers and vinegar, this newly revised edition of Dead Snails Leave No Trails is the perfect DIY solution for conscientious homeowners, apartment dwellers, and gardeners alike who want to be rid of pests and yet kind to the planet.

Chemical insect sprays not only eradicate unwanted creepy crawlers, but also the beneficial insects and animals that perform the essential work of pollinating, breaking down organic matter, and killing pests. To make matters worse, it’s the pests that return first and in greater numbers once the chemicals wear off. A better solution is to use one of the more effective natural means of dealing with them featured in this book, which shares invaluable information and a host of handy tricks to eliminate pests while keeping oneself, one’s family, and the environment safe.

Readers learn how to:

  • Use companion planting to attract beneficial insects and animals or repel harmful ones

  • Keep four-legged intruders—including squirrels,

deer, rabbits, and skunks—away from prized

vegetables and flowers

  • Eliminate ants, roaches, rodents, and other

unwelcome visitors from the home

With a full chapter on how to protect pets from critters like ticks and fleas, and simple DIY organic pest control recipes throughout, Dead Snails Leave No Trails is the most straightforward guide to indoor and outdoor natural pest solutions.

Bash Dibra
When Bash Dibra was only three years old and fled with his family from
Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack
dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through
Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his
work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise
and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique
methods of dog training.
As author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training
and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash
Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as
well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has
trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick,
Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Ron Howard, Kim
Bassinger, Alec Baldwin , Ronald Perelman, Ralph Lauren,Henry Kissinger and a
host of others. His own pets are celebrities themselves,featured in motion pictures,
television commercials and print ads.
Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership,
and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote
animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to
his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official
symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
One of the most famous animal trainers in the country shows how anyone can
turn their beloved pet into a disciplined, well-behaved superstar.
When Hollywood stars need to train their pets, they call Bash. He's taught
good manners to dogs owned by Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Jennifer
Lopez, and many others. Even Rags, the canine star of Spin City, owes his
fame to the coaching of Bash. In his book StarPet, he offers readers the same
training tips he gives to celebrity clients. Presenting simple techniques
adapted from his StarPet Workshops, the author makes it possible to turn the
laziest hound dog into a companion who will sit up and beg, roll over and
play dead, carry objects, and speak on cue. With simple, easy-to-follow
instructions for first time owners, StarPet is the key to teaching
four-legged friends how to behave just like the prime-time pooches and
felicitous felines that Bash works with for network television.
Bash Dibra is the author of six bestselling books on responsible pet
ownership and has made appearances on countless television shows. His own
pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television
commercials. and print ads.

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Sneaking in the Back Door of Westminster

By Connie Newcomb

Dog shows are a world unto themselves:  where “bitch” is not a swear word, where a dog can win a blue ribbon when he’s the only entry, where professional “handlers” and ordinary pet owners compete against each other, and where it’s perfectly okay for owners to influence judges through paid advertising campaigns. At dog shows a “champion” (also called a “special”) is not necessarily the top dog, and not nearly as good as a “grand champion,” and there are winning categories called “Best of Winners,” and “Best in Show,” and even “Best of Opposite Sex!”

In her new book, DOG SHOW CONFIDENTIAL: Sneaking in the Back Door of Westminster, Connie Newcomb recounts in hilarious detail how, with the help of friends, trainers, and her very patient family, she went from casual owner of two pet dogs, to dog show expert and amateur handler of many dogs, including two champions. She takes the reader on her road from observer to full time handler, complete with a new vocabulary, a house full of dog equipment, and ten dogs in her home (and bed).

Dog lovers everywhere tune in each year to see what breed will win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Owners of that breed smile and nod when their breed wins. And though a Chihuahua has never, ever won, Connie Newcomb and her family (devoted Chihuahua lovers) attended the show every year. They’d listen in as the owners and handlers talked “dog show,” understanding next to none of it, and wonder why the dogs had such long, bizarre names, not to mention silly nicknames. There were so many eccentric types and characters at every show, and Connie enjoyed people-watching as much as she loved watching the judging.

And then, in what seemed a blink of an eye, (but really entailed two years of intense training and extensive traveling), Connie Newcomb became part of the club. In February 2011, she walked onto the carpet and under the purple and gold banner of the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden with Rocky, her champion Chihuahua.


• Dog breeders who artificially inseminate their “bitches”
with defrosted sperm, using an ordinary syringe

• Connie’s friend, mentor and dog show carpool driver,
Bette, who traveled to dog shows in an SUV filled with
dog equipment and insisted in arriving hours early, chatting
nonstop about dogs, dogs, dogs.

•Patty Hearst, who arrived at shows in her black Mercedes
accompanied by a handsome, muscular sunglass clad driver/bodyguard.
Sweet and friendly, she showed no traces of Tania the bank-
robbing terrorist, and her dogs won a lot of shows.

• Professional handlers who intimidated the amateurs by tossing
food scraps at their dogs or walking too close to them.

Connie Newcomb owns and handles four champion Chihuahuas, including Rocky, a grand champion and Award of Merit winner at Westminster 2010, and Bill, who is ranked among the top five grand champion point-winners in Pennsylvania (Connie will show Bill at Westminster in 2013), and a Japanese Chin, Yoshi, who was featured in Kate Lacey’s Show Dogs: A Photographic Breed Guide. In DOG SHOW CONFIDENTIAL she deploys a self-deprecating sense of humor and a keen eye for detail to provide a behind-the-scenes look at a society with its own language, hierarchy and complex traditions.

Photo credit for Connie’s headshot is Frank Mitman

“Focusing on important issues such as eating, danger, love, protection, and initial interactions, Slobodchikoff puts the world of animal communication into a realm that readers can readily understand, appreciate, and marvel at. Highly recommended for general readers interested in the complexities of language across species.”—Library Journal

“Intriguing”—Kirkus Reviews

“Con Slobodchikoff has done some fantastic work on animal communication. His research on prairie dog language is mind-blowing.” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

"Nobody could write a better and deeper book about animal languages than Con . . . He writes clearly, persuasively, and with singular authority." —Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep



By Con Slobodchikoff


Imagine a world where humans could talk to animals in their own language. In the original Dr. Dolittle movie, the doctor spoke to his friends in grunts, whistles, and a variety of body movements, such as pawing at the ground. Groundbreaking research has been done teaching animals human language, but what about the other way around?

In CHASING DOCTOR DOLITTLE: Learning the Language of Animals (St. Martin’s Press; November 27, 2012), Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D. explores the ways in which animals communicate with one another and humans, utilizing the research he has gathered over decades of learning the language of prairie dogs. These charming rodents have a lot to say to each other with a precision that was previously unknown to us. Studies have shown that lizards, squid, monkeys, and a variety of birds are also talking amongst themselves, communicating information about food, predators, squabbles, and petty jealousies.

CHASING DOCTOR DOLITTLE provides readers with numerous examples of animals using language. For instance, prairie dogs have different words for different predators: one word for a human, another for a coyote, and a third for an ordinary dog. In addition, they can use their language to describe the color of clothes that someone is wearing, and say whether the person is tall, thin, short, or solidly-built, and how fast the person is moving. The squid also has a complex language of visual signals, flashed at an incredible speed to a rival or a potential mate. And we all know that humpback whales sing long and complicated songs, but now we are finding that the songs have a grammar, like the kind that school kids have to study.

The implications of animals having language are enormous. This has been one of the last bastions that separated “us” from “them”, but now it turns out that the difference is one of degree, and not the vast intellectual chasm that philosophers have talked about for thousands of years. So far, we know of no examples of animals reciting Shakespearian sonnets, but then again, we are just beginning to scratch the surface and maybe animals have their own equivalent sonnets!

By exploring the language of animals through the pages of Slobodchikoff’s book and even learning to “speak” them ourselves, we can begin to appreciate the basis of our own languages as well as become closer to the other magnificent species who inhabit this planet with us.

CHASING DOCTOR DOLITTLE will engage anyone interested in animals, language, or linguistics.

About the author:

Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff and Director of the Animal Language Institute. He received a B.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Visiting Professor of Zoology at Kenyatta University in Kenya. He is the author of Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society (2009) and his work with prairie dogs has drawn considerable interest; Con has appeared on NBC Dateline, ABC World News with Peter Jennings, BBC, Animal Planet, Australian Broadcasting, German-Belgian Television, CNN, and Turner Broadcasting. His work has been in National Geographic, Discover, Best Friends, and Phoenix Magazines, The Boston Globe, Denver Post, and The LA Times, as well as many others. For more information, check out Con’s website at www.conslobodchikoff.com, his blog at www.dogbehaviorblog.com, follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/con.slobodchikoff, or on Twitter @drcon.


Learning the Language of Animals

By Con Slobodchikoff

Hardcover * Animals

$25.99 * 320 Pages

ISBN: 0-312-61179-X

Publication Date: November 27, 2012

Praise for Con Slobodchikoff and His Work:

“With this bold book, biologist Con Slobodchikoff strides into that hushed corner of science where animal communication is studied intensely but the word language is rarely whispered. Just as Donald R. Griffin tried to shake us out of stereotyped thinking about animals and their consciousness, Slobodchikoff asks us to reconsider our definitions of language, what it consists of, and what it does. Amazingly, given the scientific complexities of his topic, he has written an easily accessible book with anecdotes that will cause any dog or cat fancier to take a long, speculative look at the animals in the house.”

—Holly Menino, author of Calls Beyond Our Hearing

"...Slobodchikoff has not feared to spend years in the field quietly observing that which most of humankind has preferred to ignore, or worse; and the results have been a spectacular renaissance in our better understanding of other species....By this long-standing, noble endeavor, Slobodchikoff's breakthroughs have dashed conventional thinking and re-written the pilgrim's guidebook to Earth. His example --both in his books, essays, and person- is an inspiration to the scientific community, and provides one fantastic voyage after another for readers everywhere."

Michael Tobias, author of Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence,

and editor of Kinship with Animals.

"Con Slobodchikoff is a scientist for our time who understands if ecological integrity is to be protected, we must come into a new understanding of our relationship toward all life....What this man knows through years of patient and passionate observation, we need to hear."

Terry Tempest Williams, author of Finding Beauty in a Broken World


“Con Slobodchikoff has been successfully decoding the language of prairie dogs for many years. His ground-breaking research challenges traditional views of rodents as “lower animals” and stretches the boundaries of our assumptions on animal language. Con is eminently qualified to write a book on animal language, and his work will continue to generate keen interest from the print, radio, and television media.”—Jonathan Balcombe, Author, Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals; Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good


"His book will appeal to anyone who likes animals and wants to know if animals really are capable of using language." —Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals

"Dr. Slobodchikoff writes with uncommon clarity and directness, and this will go a long way in persuading readers to take a long, hard look at animal communication."

William Jordan, Author of A Cat Named Darwin and Divorce Among The Gulls


Dog owners are a lot like new parents—we’re all positive that our puppy is smarter than the rest. I’ve also considered the possibility that my own miniature schnauzer is dumber than the rest, particularly when he rolls in something unsavory or loses his toy under the couch for the nth time in ten minutes. But then again, is this just his clever way of forcing me to pay attention?

Brian Hare, founder of Duke University’s dog cognition lab and a leader in the surging field of dog cognition, has done more than anyone to change the way we think about the overlooked and often underappreciated intelligence of man’s best friend. Next February, Hare, along with co-writer and wife Vanessa Woods, will deliver THE GENIUS OF DOGS: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think (Dutton; February 5, 2013), a tale of revolutionary research, funny and moving adventures in the field, and useful insights into what your dog is actually thinking.

Above all, THE GENIUS OF DOGS will help strengthen human-canine relationships, and is sure to be enjoyed by dog lovers and science enthusiasts alike. I hope you will consider an interview with Brian Hare, and I will be in touch soon to discuss.

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Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2086931308/bernice-a-second-book?ref=live

Portland, OR, December 12th, 2012:  After winning two awards for his first children’s book based on his best friend “Bernice”, local author Rob Adamowski has just recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a second book.  Adamowski who lives in the greater Portland, OR area was recently awarded an Independent Publisher’s National Silver Medal (IPPY) & a Moonbeam award for Best First Book for his delightful art-filled 32 page full color children’s book, Bernice.

Cashing out a Starbucks 401K to produce his first children’s book, Adamowski founded his own publishing company (OctiRam Publishing Inc.,) to support the project and commissioned Kellee Beaudry, a Portland artist and native, to create the book’s beautiful illustrations.

Adamowski now turns to Kickstarter and a fundraising effort in hopes of gaining the support for the second book through contributions that will be connected to a number of attractive & compelling rewards.

Plug the following link into your url now through December 19th at Midnight Pacific and check it out.


In the first story, Bernice learns that it’s OK to be different as a big brown dog mistaken for a bear everywhere she goes.  “It’s a very positive message about how it feels to be called something you’re not, to be different from others and the importance of learning to embrace these differences at a young age” says Adamowski.

The second book will take on the subject of “bullying”, another timeless and important issue which children face.  The book will star Bernice as the same real-life bear-like character and will be brought to life with 20 – 24 beautiful new original acrylic illustrations by artist Kellee Beaudry (Illustrator of “Bernice – Oh My Gosh it’s a Bear!”). With your assistance through Kickstarter, Adamowski hopes to be able to go to press with the book by this time next year.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects covering everything from films, games, music, art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is dedicated to providing a platform for ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects to be brought to life through the direct support of others.

Bernice “Oh my gosh it’s a bear!” can be ordered at www.octiram.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, is available on the Nook & Kindle and can also be found at 20 area retailers throughout the Pacific Northwest (see www.octiram.com for locations, events, Bernice’s baby picture, fun video clips and more).

Climate Change Policy Failures:

Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed

By Howard A. Latin


“Not only presents a compelling overview of current climate change debates and the policies recommended to address the problems at hand, but it serves as a radical critique of these discussions and approaches, providing alternatives to mainstream viewpoints.”

Jean-Marc Coicaud, Former Director, United Nations University Office
at the UN Headquarters, New York City


Global climate change is already here and has caused many deaths and many billions of dollars of property destruction in the past few years. Nearly every prediction of imminent harm made by scientists a decade ago has turned out to be more severe and more rapid than expected.

Even if it had broad political support, the currently accepted approach to climate change mitigation would take too long to accomplish too little, and is bound to fail consistently.

Distinguished Professor of Law, Howard A. Latin, addresses the critical U.S. and global climate-policy errors in his new book, Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed.

“Virtually all conventional mitigation programs share the same fundamental policy mistakes,” says Latin, “and have no chance of achieving genuine climate change progress.”
Climate Change Policy Failures describes a dozen major emissions-reduction programs or proposals and their common faults, which include a graduated multi-decade, emissions-reduction strategy that would postpone substantial greenhouse gas cutbacks until 2050 or later, when they would be too late to prevent worsening climate change dangers. The book also questions the unrealistic expectations for economic incentive mechanisms and market forces to control the degradation of climate conditions; and it describes how conventional mitigation efforts have reinforced the international negotiations stalemate on climate mitigation between developed and developing nations.

Climate Change Policy Failures shows that currently accepted emissions-reduction programs, ranging from American congressional bills and cap-and-trade schemes to the Kyoto Protocol and other international treaties, would prove “too little, too late” to stem rapidly deteriorating climate conditions. Instead, Professor Latin recommends a progressive de-carbonization strategy that would replace long-term emissions-reduction programs with “clean” CO2-free alternative technologies and processes.

This “clean” technology-replacement process would eliminate large quantities of heat-trapping greenhouse gas discharges, while allowing developed and developing nations to meet their economic objectives without causing further damage to our global climate. Rather than ineffectual, multi-decade emissions-reduction programs that cannot limit the cumulative concentration of greenhouse gases in the air, Climate Change Policy Failures proposes a shift to a technology-replacement strategy that could support current lifestyles and expanding economic development without further damaging the climate.
The book addresses a number of crucial topics including:

· Challenging the mitigation consensus using a “stocks and flows” analysis

· Reducing greenhouse gas discharges while increasing climate change risks

· Economic incentive programs in contrast to direct government regulation

· The on-going stalemate in international climate negotiations

· The need for multiple institutions with overlapping mitigation responsibilities

“The only way to reduce the greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere enough to decrease climate change risks,” adds Professor Latin, “is to replace large greenhouse gas pollution sources as rapidly as feasible in as many industrial sectors and geographic regions as possible with “clean” alternative technologies, processes and methods.”

Howard A. Latin earned a B.A. from Brandeis and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In his 37 years as a law professor, he has published many highly-regarded articles on environmental law, toxic substances, torts, and products liability. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia during 1992 and in South Africa during 1997, and has traveled to more than 40 countries in the past three decades while conducting research on biodiversity conservation and climate change issues. In addition to the Fulbright visits, Professor Latin has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the UCLA School of Law; a visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center in Lake Como, Italy, the University of California Law School at Berkeley, and the Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu; and he was the Distinguished Environmental Law Visiting Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Professor Latin is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has served as a consultant on environmental law and product safety to several government agencies and public advocacy groups.

Web site: http://www.ecovitality.org

Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot
may be purchased from the publisher’s web site, ecovitality.org,
from www.amazon.com, and through all major booksellers.


Experience life as a cat in the new adventure novel, “Taming Me”

Naples, Florida – October 2012 – Collage Books announces its newest title, “Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat,” written by Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Cathy Unruh, and narrated by her formerly feral cat, Lucy Miracle. The novel offers an intimate look at the thoughts and emotions of a cat as she struggles to survive in the wild and learns the intricacies of human interaction. “Unruh brilliantly captures the inner world of a cat,” says Jonathan Balcombe, animal behavior scientist and author of “Second Nature.”

“Taming Me” is endorsed by numerous animal advocates, including executives at Alley Cat Allies, the Humane Society of the United States, New York City’s Neighborhood Cats, Farm Sanctuary and Florida Voices for Animals. Celebrities and popular authors, such as actress Loretta Swit, Rory Freedman (“Skinny Bitch”), Carolyn Haines (Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series) and Margo Hammond (“Between the Covers”), praise the book. “You’ll cry, you’ll laugh and you will love Lucy,” says Darlene Arden, author, speaker and journalist. “I could not put the book down,” adds Caren Gittleman, of Cat Chat.

“Taming Me” follows a perceptive and adorable kitten that understands humans, from a humble and hungry beginning in the wild, to the luxurious lifestyle of a housecat, as she cautiously opens her heart to the humans who wish to love her. A cat-hating villain provides intrigue and comic relief. This rags-to-riches adventure is suspenseful, sad, joyful and tender. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are 50 million feral or free-roaming cats nationwide. Trap-Neuter-Return, a method for humanely controlling this cat population, is one element of the novel’s page-turning plot.

Author Cathy Unruh hosts a talk show for WEDU-TV and is a frequent speaker and emcee in Tampa, Florida. She is also an award-winning member of the Cat Writers’ Association. She grew up on a hobby farm and is passionate about animal welfare. This novel champions her views about the humane treatment of animals.

“Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat” will be available in trade paperback and e-book formats at booksellers and retailers nationwide. For more information and upcoming event dates, visit cathyunruh.com or Facebook.com/Taming Me Memoir of a Clever Island Cat.


Availability: Cathy Unruh and Lucy Miracle are available for appearances and interviews by arrangement and via telephone or Skype.

New Book Links Hadron Collider to Mega-Tsunami and Yellowstone Caldera Eruption

Palm Beach, FL, October 25, 2012 – For 2,000 years, the Mayan Calendar has predicted the end of humanity on a date equating to December 21, 2012. Now a new book, PHOBOS: Mayan Fear, by NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten describes two very real ticking time bombs of Mother Nature that could be triggered by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, either one of which would fulfill the prophesy.

The first threat comes from a volcano on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the eruption of which would cause a massive landslide into the Atlantic that would unleash a 3,000-foot-high mega-tsunami. Scientists state such a wave would travel across the Atlantic at the speed of an airliner before decimating the east coast of the United States, leveling New York, Boston, and Miami.

The second major event described in the book is far more devastating -- the long overdue eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera, a super-volcano packing the equivalent of ten thousand Mt. Saint Helens. Besides the widespread devastation and destruction, the eruption would blanket the Earth's atmosphere, cutting off the sun's rays and leading to a 100,000-year Ice Age.

PHOBOS: Mayan Fear links these events with seismic disturbances caused by the release of a stranglet – a miniature black hole created by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. While CERN physicists contend that these black holes are too small to threaten the Earth, others disagree, including one physicist who concurred with the catastrophic threats described in Alten’s book.


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