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When did vandalism become art? 26.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: When did vandalism become art?

Calling this woman an artist and referring to an “internationally known graffiti artist” as the “best-known artist” who has tagged in a national park seems to elevate their acts above defacing public property. (Re “Graffiti artist is banned from public...

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Op-ed: National Parks could learn from Utah's state parks management 26.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. But as the agency enters its second century, our national parks are in trouble. A recent study conducted by the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) noted that the Park Service has a deferred maintenance backlog of nearly $12 billion — an amount five times that of its last budget from Congress. The symptoms of this backlog are evident throughout our national parks. Nearly half the roadways in national parks ...
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Obama salutes LGBT community courage, discusses Stonewall National Monument in weekly address 25.6.2016 Daily Kos
YouTube Video But the arc of our history is clear – it’s an arc of progress. And a lot of that progress can be traced back to Stonewall. So this week, I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country – the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one. That’s what makes us the greatest nation on earth. And it’s what we celebrate at Stonewall – for our generation and for all those who come after us.  In an amazing salute to the courage and persistance of the LGBT community, President Obama this morning devoted his weekly address to discussing the creation of the newest national monument—the Stonewall Inn. He placed the riots of 1969 square in the lineage of historic rebellion that led to ...
With national monument, history is made where gay rights history began 25.6.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Site of 1969 riots in New York’s Greenwich Village designated by Obama
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Obama names Stonewall Inn the first national monument to gay rights 24.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

President Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the iconic Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago.

The Stonewall National Monument will cover a 7.7-acre swath of Greenwich Village, including the...

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Essential California: Will L.A. tax its way out of congestion? 24.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Friday, June 24. In these new PSAs from Metro, Safetyville turns out to be a pretty dangerous place for stick figures. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:


Transit tax

Los Angeles transit officials voted 11-2 Thursday to place a half-cent sales tax...

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How Reddit helped find a graffiti artist who defaced National Parks 23.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
When a serial graffiti artist left her mark around national parks, hiking and nature lovers took to Reddit to find the vandalizer. The culprit was recently sentenced and banned from federal lands.
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Graffiti artist banned from 20% of US after Reddit users' investigation 23.6.2016 Boing Boing
Artist Casey Nocket, who painted faces on rocks in at least six national parks – including Death Valley, Colorado National Monument, Canyonlands, Zion, and Crater Lake – has been banned from all national parks and other federally administered land. Reddit users tracked her down after she posted photos of her vandalism on Instagram. Guardian : In June, Nocket was charged with seven counts of injury or depredation against government property in six national parks in Oregon, California, Utah and Colorado. She pleaded guilty to all seven counts, and on 13 June a federal magistrate sentenced her to 200 hours community service, and a fine of an amount to be specified at a separate hearing in December. Nocket must also make a formal written apology to the National Park Service; and she has been banned from entering public lands administered by the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and US army corps of engineers – some 549m acres, totaling more than 20% of the ...
Op-ed: Long after the politics have faded, we will want a protected Bears Ears 22.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
I’ve watched the public lands publicity tour that Sen. Orrin Hatch and Gov. Gary Herbert have embarked upon, and it’s giving me whiplash. In practically alternating breaths, our public officials denounce national monuments, praise national parks, ridicule the feds and then take credit for federal government’s work on preserving Utah public lands. As a citizen who cherishes America’s public lands, this incoherent, tone-deaf messaging frustrates me. But as a student of history, it utterly confoun...
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Wait—is the Trump presidential campaign just an over-elaborate bank heist? 21.6.2016 Daily Kos
This look back at Donald Trump's one attempt at managing a publicly traded company raises yet another question about the presumptive Republican nominee's sudden political ambitions: Could it be that Donald Trump's presidential campaign is just an elaborate bank heist ? Trump was the chairman of Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts in Atlantic City from 1995 to 2009, his only outing as the head of a major public company. During that time, the company lost more than $1 billion, financial records show. He also was chief executive from 2000 to 2005, during which time share prices plunged from a high of $35 to as low as 17 cents. Trump may have helmed the company bearing his name to penny-stock status, but he himself did exceedingly well. He got $44 million in salary. He charged the company additional "fees" for his services. The company paid for the $2 million care and feeding of his personal jet, and so on, and so on. To say Trump has no remorse about the cratering of the company he helmed would be, if anything, ...
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Woman who defiled national parks banned from 524 million acres of public land 21.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to seven misdemeanor counts of defiling rock formations with graffiti in seven national parks and has been banned from 524 million acres of public lands during her two years of probation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto also sentenced Casey Nocket,...

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Roundup: Christo's new floating walkways, national parks vandal sentenced, poop sculptures in Europe 20.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A woman who vandalized rock formations at Western national parks is sentenced. Frank Gehry’s Los Angeles River plans are revealed — sort of. A symbol of innovative architecture for a poor community in Africa collapses. Plus: Checking out the new wing at London’s Tate Modern, trying to save an important...

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Tips for dealing with heat in the outdoors 20.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
With temperatures expected to reach the 100s in many parts of southern Utah that include popular national parks such as Zion, Arches and Canyonlands, heat exhaustion can become a major problem. Dealing with the heat offers some obvious solutions. The key is to drink plenty of water and eat salty foods. Also, leaving kids or pets in a hot car can be deadly. Hiking early or late and finding something to do during the hottest part of the day is also a good plan. The National Park Service offers the...
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Open thread for night owls—Where the wild things aren't: National Parks 20.6.2016 Daily Kos
Nathan C. Martin at The Baffler writes— Where the Wild Things Aren’t: National Parks : As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this summer, the compulsory stories and listicles acknowledging the event will lazily trot out the Ken Burns–sanctioned notion that national parks are “America’s Best Idea.” Of course, it was a good idea to protect exceptional places like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite against rapacious use of the land. But does the decision to refrain from destroying places that obviously shouldn’t be destroyed really amount to a stroke of national genius? And, given what we know about ecology a century later, should park-making still serve as a model for conservation? Preserving nature is not the straightforward proposition it seemed to be back in Theodore Roosevelt’s day. Rough-riding politicos can no longer enshrine wilderness by simply removing indigenous people and cordoning off a few rugged sections of landscape. National parks today face conundrums of which Roosevelt could ...
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Are you a ‘work martyr’? 20.6.2016 Washington Post
Are you a ‘work martyr’?
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Obama says climate change already damaging national parks 19.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Yosemite National Park, Calif. • President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change is already damaging America’s national parks, with rising temperatures causing Yosemite’s meadows to dry out and raising the prospect of a glacier preserve without its glaciers someday. “Make no mistake. Climate change is no longer just a threat. It’s already a reality,” Obama said from a podium, with Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest at 2,425 feet, as a backdrop. At the California park, where Obam...
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Obama touts the wonders of Yosemite and national parks, plus the realities of climate change 19.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

With Yosemite Falls in the background, President Obama told an audience Saturday that climate change is already impacting America’s national parks.

“Make no mistake, climate change is no longer just a threat — it’s already a reality,” he said from a lectern near Sentinel Bridge in Yosemite National...

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First Family Vacations In National Parks, President Obama Prioritizes Climate Action 19.6.2016 Think Progres

"The idea that these places that sear themselves into your memory could be marred or lost to history? That's to be taken seriously."

The post First Family Vacations In National Parks, President Obama Prioritizes Climate Action appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Obama warns of climate change in Yosemite Park remarks 19.6.2016 The Hill
Obama said the National Park System is "a true expression of our democracy."
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In Yosemite, Obama presses climate change during pitch for national parks 19.6.2016 Washington Post
In Yosemite, Obama presses climate change during pitch for national parks
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