I’ve posted several pieces about our national monuments and trump’s executive order that requires the Secretary of the Interior to “review” the most recent ones of over 100,000 acres, and potentially others, and to come up with suggestions. This post includes some terrific photos of some of the targeted monuments, and a little story behind each of them. It’s worth a read, so you can understand how special these places are and why the executive order can potentially be devastating.
I found another piece from Indivisible, which highlights many of the same monuments, plus a few others, including more good photos. Here’s the link.
But first, here’s a great aerial photo of the Bears Ears National Monument, which everybody agrees is the real target of this executive order:
More than any other monument on this list, Bears Ears has attracted criticism from Republican lawmakers for federal overreach. At 1.35 million acres, the national monument is also among the largest in the country. Bob Wick, BLM/Flickr
Here are three others, that I haven’t highlighted in previous posts about our national monuments.
The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado contains ruins that date back centuries. Bob Wick, BLM/Flickr
The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is a landscape of crags and stunning depths in northern Arizona. Bob Wick, BLM/Flickr
i’ve been super predictable and not adventurous music-wise lately, like—the complete chaos of our government leads me to seek out reliable comfort food music—so the two songs i’ve been listening to are the national’s “sorrow” and nick cave & the bad seeds (i’m seeing them in concert twice this month!!!!) with “where do we go now but nowhere” which is kind of my national anthem
35: Best thing to eat for breakfast?
eggs. pancakes. omelets. waffles. fruit. bagels. grits. biscuits. you know, i’m america’s foremost critic in everything else, but goddamn do we do a good breakfast spread
63: First concert?
stabbing westward—fun, but nothing to write home about as i was taken to it rather than choosing it. i consider my first real concert to be my love tracy chapman, or else this bizarre/amazing comedy/rock festival in 10th grade that featured the likes of robin williams, billy crystal, whoopi goldberg, sheryl crow, and DAVID FREAKING BOWIE
84: Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
absolutely. i used to have incredible breath control, but i mostly ruined it with years of smoking. not to be that person, but i’m currently trying to quit, and, well: try not to smoke, kids, it sucks a lot to quit