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  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    "Nothing dollarable is safe, however guarded."

    John Muir, 1910

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    ec claiming I was deliberately misrepresenting a book he had not read.

    Really, when did that happen?

    Until then all you're providing is nothing more than ideological flatulance.

    Asking a question is "ideological flatulance"? I would say that making a declaration and then not be willing to back it up would more appropriately fit in that catagory.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    I seem to recall that not long ago I did try to point out some of the things I'd learned from Ackerman's book only to have ec claiming I was deliberately misrepresenting a book he had not read. I think I even identified some of the countries. But that was declared invalid. Now it's invalid if I don't because it was invalid when I did but before that it was invalid because he said it was. Wow.

    As I've said before, even if God Herself spoke to him from a burning bush in his front yard and presented him with information carved on stone tablets, he'd still reject it if it didn't conform to his rigid ideolgical dogma.

    Perhaps it's that attitude that has left him wandering in the wilderness for the last forty years or so.

    In the meantime, it's easy to see why Rafael Cruz can so easily fool so many similar people. Obviously the photo accompanying this article was photoshopped and all the data collected in Yellowstone (and around the rest of the world) has been altered by environmental wackos.

    Read the book. Then comment. Until then all you're providing is nothing more than ideological flatulance.

    Happily, other readers are certainly intelligent enough to decide for themselves.

  • Scofflaws Piloting Drones In The National Park System   2 weeks 2 days ago

    It's not just the NPS concerned with drones. The FAA is fighting a battle to find a way (against stiff pressure from the burgeoning drone industry) to regulate the things.

    Not long ago, two passengers airliners on landing approach to New York airports reported near misses with drones. One pilot radioed ATC saying a drone had passed over the top of his aircraft at 4000 feet!

    http://www.flyingmag.com/news/faa-and-fbi-investigating-uav-sightings-ne...

  • A National Park Classic: Hiking Zion's Narrows   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks for sharing this, Michael. The Narrows hike is an adventure that's hard to describe and you did a fine job of catching it in words. I'm gonna have to go do it again someday.

    Just a point of information, there's an outfitter in Springdale who will rent dry suits and other equipment for Narrows hikers that might make trips possible even in cooler weather. I don't have details, but anyone interested can easily find them right there on Main Street.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Good lard. If I said that same statement you would jump all over me for my logical falacies. Never leave your small little internally consistent and ever so lonely world - the jarring incongruities of the world at large that you can't control would drive you bonkers.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    you would then feel that they had in fact substantiated their claims?

    No Rick, I then could evaluate whether their claims were valid. If they don't identify the countries, then by default, their claims are invalid.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    So Lee, you can't answer the question. Once again you can't substatiate your claim.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    It's that kind of slothfulness that has allowed so many lazy Americans to be hornswaggled by the Limbaughs of the world.

    I'll just put this down as another example of your failing to actually have any interest at all in trying to learn the truth about so many of the things you troll about.

    I'm sure other readers here are capable of deciding who is worthy of belief and who is not.

    As one who has spent a number of winter excursions into Yellowstone in the last fifteen years or so, I can certainly attest to the fact that snowfalls have frequently (but not always) been lacking. Warmer water in the Pacific was predicted to strengthen the normal western high pressure ridges and pull wamer, drier air into the western part of the country even as it pushed low pressure further east and set up a polar jet stream pattern. It looks like that prediction is beginning to play out. The future will tell. If the patterns persist as predicted, it's gonna be grim both in the west and in the east.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    And somehow a person, who you already have made clear you don't believe, quoting to you from their copy of the book that the nations were "Inner Slobovia, Upper Turkey Trot, and Uztrollistan" and you would then feel that they had in fact substantiated their claims?

    You can "put it down" to the ceiling being cheddar, but it still won't expose you to the information you were referred to.

    Lonely, in your world.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    My experience is that anyone that says " read the book" either hasn't read the book themselves, doesn't understand the book or knows the book doesn't substantiate their argument.

    i'll just put this down as another example of your failing to substantiate your claims.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    A good teacher knows that allowing a struggling student to take the easy way out and simply give them the answer to a question will not help them develop independent thinking and learning skills.

    Roger's advice is spot on. Besides, it's essential to actually read the book for oneself because then the reader must actually interact with the book and information it contains. Then, and only then, can the reader make rational decisions whether or not to agree or disagree with its contents.

    Trying to provide any information to lazy students is a futile effort that enables them to make only trifling comments or instigate endless round robins of argument without substance.

    Read the book. You might surprise yourself and actually learn something.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Thank you Lee, now you have me interested in Diane Ackermans book, take a look at "Speaking of Bears". Just Rachel Mazur's chapter on Black Bear biology is very informative. Just a wonderful book.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Thank you Lee, now you have me interested in Diane Ackermans book, take a look at "Speaking of Bears". Just Rachel Mazur's chapter on Black Bear biology is very informative. Just a wonderful book.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Yes Roger, I could order the book, spend $20 wait a few days to get it and then see if in fact any such countries are named. Or, I could ask someone to substantiate their claims and have the answer in a few minutes. What is more important, the information or how it is obtained?

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Read the book EC, perhaps it names some of them.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    are outstripping the U.S. and leaving us behind.

    Could you identify these nations that are "outstripping the US and leaving us behind"?

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Ron, it's INFERNO BY COMMITTEE. I don't remember the author's name right now and don't have time to look it up. But I'm sure you can find it. I got it by interlibrary loan. (edit - author is Tom Ribe.)

    One of the constant threads in Diane Ackerman's book is how far behind the U.S. is in tackling the challenges involved in dealing with our changing earth. Political pressures and profiteering have placed us at a real disadvantage. We are losing some terrific opportunities for jobs and innovative businesses that could provide big profits for many if only we'd just get our heads out of the sand. (Or perhaps get our heads out of the coal pile and oil barrel, would be more accurate.) Yet Ackerman manages to do it without political posturing or seeming to take sides. But it is alarming to learn how many other nations -- even many that are usually considered to be at least somewhat "backward" -- are outstripping the U.S. and leaving us behind.

    No matter what your political leanings or beliefs regarding climate, you should still read the book. Its subject matter stretches far beyond just climate into places many of us probably haven't even considered. If it doesn't cause at least some serious thought something is wrong.

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I totally agree and am waiting eagerly for Director Jarvis to make this announcement or another announcement of substance that will address the problems and challanges of the National Park System. The purpose of the Director is to provide leadership and make the hard decisions and not to spend his time visiting another fossil site. I repeat, the man shows no leadership or ability to manage the National Park System in the 21st Century.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Lee, thank you for this reference. Also, could you resend me the the name of the book dealing with the escaped prescribed fire at Los Alamos, I am interested in reading it. Speaking of the efforts by researchers in Yellowstone, and many thanks to them, the Traveler might want to review a new excellent book, "Speaking of Bears" by Dr. Rachel Mazur.

    Just an outstanding book, "the bear crisis and a tale of rewinding from Yosemite, Sequoia and other National Parks, Rachel Mazur demonstrates again what scientific investigation and the resulting contribution to our own understanding of the wonderful diversity of life on earth and how important it is to respect and acknowledge it. Thank you Rachel. Also thanks to the Traveler for its articles, contributing authors and book reviews. From "Worth Fighting For" to Barbara Morstich and the "Soul of Yosemite" (and so many more), it is the reason I appreciate the website so much.

    Roger Siglin, you nailed it, thanks.

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Give up Arlington Bridge and the GW and BW Parkways (as a start) and you would have more than enough funds for Waco which seems to be far more worthy then many other units currently in the system.

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Whether or not this is a suitable addition to the NPS, it's a bit amusing to see that those with critical comments above clearly didn't take time to do any fact-checking. This site has, in fact, been through the entire review process to see if it meets criteria for an NPS unit. Those studies occurred back in 2005-08, long before Jarvis was appointed Director, and found this site met all those criteria.

    The House passed a bill in 2009 to approve the Waco Mammoth National Monument Establishment Act. The bill failed in the Senate, due to resistance by one of the senators from Texas, who reportedly would support it only if no federal funds were spent. This raised questions about how there could be a "national" monument with no federal funds, so the effort failed. Supporters then turned to the effort to have the monument established by presidential proclamation, and they invited Jarvis to visit and try to gain his support for that approach.

    Based on what I've read, the local groups have already done some impressive development of the area. That begs the question about whether NPS involvement is needed, but that's a separate question from whether the site meet the criteria for inclusion in the system.

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Mr.Jarvis has been in office to long and does not have the leadership skills necessary to take the NPS into our second century. He cannot or will not lead and should resign. In these challenging times the best service he can do for our wonderful system of National Parks is to give up his office. He has stayed to long for all the good he can do. We need fresh leadership and direction. Is this too much to ask? Send him into honorable retirement

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Uh, gang, so who does he answer to? Quit picking on the sorry SOB for doing as he's directed. Not autonomous, friends. A yes man at this point.

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 3 days ago

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