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  • Instagramming Park Vandal Is Just The Latest To Hit The National Parks And Show-Off Their Crimes   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Sounds like he got off easy.

  • Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down   3 weeks 3 days ago

    I always look forward to reading the articles on National Parks Traveler, for both content and quality. This article is an exception. To me there is no substance to the content, it seems as though the author is complaining more than anything. Complaining about photography not being easy, or not covering expenses, to many rainy days, etc, etc. If that is so, then why not choose another profession? And I'm sorry, but just because you own expensive equipment does not make you a professional photographer. The photography on display here is much more on par with amateur work at best.

  • Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore   3 weeks 4 days ago

    The National Fee Service Strikes Again. It must have something to do with the NPS seeing the end of the year and anticipating some regulating from congress. So they are charging like a housewife on crack.

  • Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore   3 weeks 4 days ago

    "Under a policy adopted in 1992, after controversy over VIPs using the cabin for vacations, the National Park Service banned purely recreational activities by federal employees at the property, restricting its use to “official purposes.”

    http://time.com/3544052/brinkerhoff-biden-cheap-vacations-log-cabin/

    Nixon and Carter were before the policy was in place.

  • Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Beach--I was assigned to security when two US Presidents--Nixon and Carter--stayed at the very same place. This is not unique.

    Rick

  • Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Enjoy your articles. Nice reminder that rainy days are a time to look at nature in a different way. I put the camera down more on those days and just listen to the sounds.

  • Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Last week, after TIME uncovered documents confirming his stay at the lodge, Biden’s office said the Vice President planned to personally reimburse the park $1,200 for “renting the Brinkerhoff” for his family’s vacation.

    http://time.com/3544052/brinkerhoff-biden-cheap-vacations-log-cabin/

    This might explain raising fees to cover thier losses.

  • Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region   3 weeks 4 days ago

    But your numbers have nothing to do with whether or not Exxon is subsidized.

    They have everything to do with whether they are subsidized.

    They pay big taxes that other companies dont pay. You can't claim subsidies out of one side of your mouth and ignore the forfieture of other taxes out of the other. On a net basis, they pay a higher, not lower than average tax. On a net basis they are overly burdened not subsidized.

    But hey, I have the solution to the argument. Eliminate corporate taxes all together. That way we aren't favoring one industry over another. In the process we lower prices, increase demand, eliminate a chunk of the IRS, reduce the cost of compliance, eliminate inversions and bring billions of cash and millions of jobs back to the US.

  • Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Use the IGNORE button to prevent trolls from limiting comments on the site.

  • Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Was looking for the type of bean bag and don't see a brand on it at all but it was a heavy duty one with a plate mount (which I don't use) from B&H, about $70, I think. My bag is filled with black oil sunflower seeds, which seems to do well with absorbing the movement.

  • Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Jim, the rain does have those benefits also. I love the rain, normally, but we got more than our share this year.

  • Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore   3 weeks 4 days ago

    $10 per person seems kind of steep to me. With a stagnant economy and incomes, I think they shouldn't raise these fees and just make do like the rest of us. By raising these fees you'll like discourage visitors and have even less collected fees to work with.

  • Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region   3 weeks 4 days ago

    But your numbers have nothing to do with whether or not Exxon is subsidized. The company itself states they paid 35% in total taxes to the United States. Their Federal Income tax rate was closer to 17%. They do get very large tax breaks and tax credits; it is a matter of semantics whether or not you want to call them subsidies.

    Special classes of tax payers received tax breaks/credits available to no other classes. A quick example: homeowners with a mortgage who itemize their taxes. No other class of taxpayers is eligible for the tax break. The same holds true for tax breaks and credits aimed at oil companies; there are credits and deductions specifically for oil companies as a class of taxpayers. Because these tax breaks/credits are aimed specifically at oil and gas companies, to the exclusion of any other taxpayer, some call them subsidies.

    How much one pays in taxes has no relation to the number of tax credits/deductions/breaks one gets.

  • Photo For Social Media Goes Awry And Ends In Rescue At Yosemite National Park   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Thank you Jim, the Yosemite SAR operation is simply outstanding, it has been led by several competent, fit, highly skilled supervisors including the most current one, the second women to hold the position in its history back to the 1960's. This same group just completed the gathering of the tragic plane crash wreckage from the recent Dog Rock Fire. The area was extremely hazardous, it was simply another outstanding effort.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    It's closed folks.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Again, just for the record, Dr. Botkin is past chair of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and professor emeritus of biology. And lest anyone think that UC Santa Barbara is a "teabaggin', right-wing school," it is one of the most liberal universities in the country, and gladly hired Dr. Botkin in 1978 from among a field of 100 applicants, as did the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, also in 1978, choose Dr. Botkin from among an even bigger field of applicants to represent the environmental sciences in Washington, D.C. How do I know? Because I was on the staff at both insitutions and, at UC Santa Barbara, voted to hire Dr. Botkin myself.

    So, the next time anyone threatens to send Dr. Botkin to the "academic corner," just remember this. He has paid his dues--every one of them. He has nothing left to prove. Some of you people, on the other hand, have everything to prove, led by your ability to conduct debate. Debate is forever formal and forever welcoming of new ideas, however upsetting to one's core values they may be. At least, that is what a university education used to teach. Obviously, some of you were cutting class. Too bad, because you missed the best part of your educations--the opportunity to meet people who shake you to your very foundations, and forever change your lives.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    The shift was noticeable to me when Nasa's priorities were changed to Muslim Outreach. Trusting any information coming out in today's environment has it's pitfalls. Trust is going out the window.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Once again, having edited this comment to remove a gratuitious attack, we will ask folks not to verbally attack others with demeaning language. Last warning.--Ed

    So, it's okay for someone to attack me, I get it now.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    I don't understand the logic of wanting to restrict discussion. If someone doesn't want to read the comments, don't read the comments. Why restrict someone else's ability to discuss? Not to mention it wouldn't be a good business decision. Less discussion will mean less clicks.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    I like Kurt's idea of a limit of three comments on each subject. It does not discriminate based on ideology or position on issues. Something must be done before frequent commentators destroy the website. Incidentally my wife and I just finished a 6,700 mile road trip visiting relatives in the west and several federal sites. It really made us appreciate what the federal agencies are doing to serve the public and manage resources.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Mr. Botkin's reputation as a climate scientist seems to be overstated. I could only find 5 articules with him as a co-author, with the topic of "climate" when searching abstracts at Web Of Science (14 articles by him as a co-author altogether). This is not the track record of someone who's been working for many productive years in the field of climatology.

  • Groups Sue Over U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service's Refusal To Provide Wolverine With Endangered Species Act Protection   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Folks:

    Ice dynamics are limited by 2 large factors: cold and H2O. Put simply, there's relatively abundant moisture in the Arctic, and mean annual temperatures are only somewhat below 0c. Thus the Arctic ice is mostly limited by cold: as it warms, ice melts. Antarctica is a desert with little evaporation & precipitation, but so cold that even with warming much of the continent is well below freezing. To the extent that global change / warming changes winds and increases moisture, because moisture is more limiting, the combination of increased temperature and increased moisture produces increased ice.

    At a different spatial & temporal scale: Buffalo (& SLC) get lake effect snow while it is still warm enough that the upwind lakes are not frozen over. As the winter gets colder, they don't get more snow, they get less snow: the moisture becomes more limiting than the temperature. If you warmed a large region around Buffalo and the lake didn't freeze over as long, they'd get more snow in the winter, not less.

    The same thing is true with tree rings: ring width (tree growth rate) can be limited by growing season temperature & length or by moisture, depending on where the tree is. If I want a tree ring signal of rainfall variation across years and drought, I need to use records from old trees on desert mountains, where their growth is primarily limited by moisture, not growing season length. If you are trying to reconstruct / crosswalk temperature variation, you need to select trees from areas where growing season is more limiting than water availability, so the tree ring signal primarily reflects temperature variation. In both cases we need to test the most recent rings against historic weather data to demonstrate what the ring width signal is. And if we can get the funding, we should use additional biophysical signals such as variation in stable isotopes across the rings. [I also have to deal with reduced needle area of conifers in years following a dry year due to needle drop and thus photosynthetic area limiting growth rate; good scientists are careful to test for spurious effects so we don't mislead ourselves.]

    If even basic understanding of Liebig's law of the minimum is a convenient excuse, so be it.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    These blogs tend to fuel the ingornant to outshout everyone else.

    I have hard time trusting NASA at this point, since it has been revealed they are fabricating data.

    Once again, having edited this comment to remove a gratuitious attack, we will ask folks not to verbally attack others with demeaning language. Last warning.--Ed.

  • It's Physics: Why Smaller Backpackers Can Carry Heavy Packs   3 weeks 5 days ago

    I think the bigger question is "why" would you carry a heavy pack. I don't believe humans are meant to be beasts of burden, so to speak. With the advent of light weight and ultra light weight gear who in their right mind wants to end the day with sore, aching feet, knees, hips and backs.

  • Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Nice news source beach. I think i'll take NASA's data, and their sophisticated instruments over some teabaggin' right wing propaganda toolbox website. But I realize that's data from brainy "scary government" scientists, and can't be trusted by politically motivated right wing nutjobs.

    http://climate.nasa.gov/news/986/

    Once again, beach, I realize you're not sophisticated enough to tell the difference, but science goes beyond the left vs right paradigm. Keep promoting your extreme right wing mantra though. I'm sure there maybe one or two people on here that take you seriously. These blogs tend to fuel the ingornant to outshout everyone else. In a real academic setting most of you would be sent to the corner, but here, you're given a loudspeaker.