Thank you to President Barack Obama for designating Nevada’s Basin and Range as a National Monument and protecting Michael Heizer’s City, one of the most significant works of American art of the last 50 years. And thanks to those of you who signed the petition to save City that we posted back in March.
Pres. Obama has set aside 2 new national monuments – 1,350,000-acre Bears Ears in Utah and 300,000-acre Gold Butte outside Las Vegas.
The moves mark major victories for Native American tribes and conservationists – and blows for state Republican leaders and many rural residents in Utah, who say the move will add another layer of unnecessary federal control and close the area to new energy development. http://nbcnews.to/2iukxLs
The Bundy Ranch Standoff Was Only the Beginning for America’s Right-Wing Militias
For two decades the US government has tried to get Cliven Bundy to remove his cows from federal land, and for two decades the Nevada rancher has steadfastly refused, defying court orders and attempts to negotiate a settlement for the $1.1 million he owes in federal grazing fees. Finally, last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took matters into its own hands and started seizing cattle that had been illegally grazing on government property. Things went downhill from there.
For right-wing militias and paramilitary groups founded around a collective paranoid belief that the federal government is just looking for an excuse to impose martial law, images of armed federal agents forcibly seizing cows basically means it’s DEFCON 1. By Saturday, as many as 1,000 anti-BLM protestors from as far away as Virginia, New Hampshire, and Georgia had set up camp in Bunkerville, an arid patch of land where the BLM was rounding up the Bundy cattle. Packing handguns and assault rifles, the protesters carried signs featuring slogans like “Tyranny Is Alive,” “Where’s the Justice?” and “Militia Sighn In [sic],“ and many said they were prepared for a shoot-out with the federal government. The mood was such that even Glenn Beck was wary of the crowd, announcing on his show that “there’s about 10 or 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening.”