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Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments
The Interior Secretary says, under the policy, his department will review protective designations since 1996 of 100,000 acres or more, particularly their size.

Oh hell no.  NO no no no no no no.

Monuments under threat:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by President Clinton in 1996. (1.7 million acres).

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (1 million acres).

Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (327,769 acres).

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (279,568 acres).

Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (194,450 acres).

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (175,160 acres).

Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (128,917 acres).

Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (486,149 acres).

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (377,346 acres).

Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (204,107 acres).

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Barack Obama in 2016, (89.6 million acres).

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in California, Hawaii and Alaska, proclaimed by Bush in 2008 (4 million acres).

Marianas Trench Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (60.9 million acres).

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 and enlarged by Obama in 2014. (55.6 million acres).

Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (8.6 million acres).

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2013. (242,555 acres).

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2014 (496,330 acres).

Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (703,585 acres).

Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (330,780 acres).

Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (3.1 million acres).

Mojave Trails National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.6 million acres).

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.4 million acres).

Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (296,937 acres).

Sand to Snow National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (154,000 acres).

(stats from USA Today:

Comprised of 4 million acres in southwest Alaska, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is one of the nation’s most remote national parks. Winter conditions add more challenges to those wanting to explore this gorgeous and diverse landscape, but as you can see, the backcountry scenes are worth the cold. Photo of Tanalian Falls by James Walton, National Park Service.


The Garlean Empire controls the majority of the northern and eastern regions of the enormous landmass of the three continents—of which Eorzea is a part. Until some fifty years ago, Garlemald was a small, remote nation which held little more than a fraction of the northlands. But with the revolutionary advancements in technology and dramatic restructuring of the military ushered in by an ambitious commanding Legatus who later ascended to the seat of Emperor, Garlemald soon established itself as one of the most formidable forces in all of Hydaelyn.”

Travis Walton, The Walton Experience (1978)

Travis Walton was an Arizona brush-cutter who claimed to have been abducted by a flying saucer in a remote area of a national forest. Walton disappeared for five days then reappeared many miles from where he was last seen.

Initially, Walton had no recollection of his missing time. Under hypnosis, he recalled encountering classic gray aliens on the craft, seeing a saucer hangar, and being calmed then sedated by human-like saucer occupants.

The one about John Boy, Grandpa, and Mary Beth is The Waltons Experience.


Today, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a total protected area of 582,578 square miles – making it the largest marine protected area on Earth. Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. Top and bottom photos courtesy of James Watt, middle photo by Lindsey Kramer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hyperion: World’s Tallest Known Living Tree

Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Northern California that was measured at 115.61 metres (379.3 ft), which ranks it as the world’s tallest known living tree. Despite its great height, Hyperion is not the largest known coast redwood; that distinction belongs to the Del Norte Titan. Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006 by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree was verified as standing 115.55 metres (379.1 ft) tall by Stephen Sillett. The tree was found in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks purchased in 1978. The exact location of the tree has not been revealed to the public for fear that human traffic would upset the ecosystem the tree inhabits. The tree is estimated to contain 18,600 cubic feet (530 m3) of wood, and to be roughly 700–800 years old. (Source)


Award winning travel photography by ©Simon Morris (aka BurnBlue)

  • Lone Wolf - Mean Plains: Eagle hunter Ardak, with his golden eagle in the Altai region of Western Mongolia in the winter. 
  • Camera: Nikon D700 - Focal length: 31mm - ISO: 400 - F stop: f/5 - Shutter speed: 1/1000

Kazakhs living in Mongoia continue to hunt with eagles today.  Their falconry custom, so-call ‘horse-riding eagle falconry’, is unique in practice only with trained Golden Eagle on horseback.  Their hunting target is almost limited to Red Fox or Corsac Fox.  In the first week of October, 70 eagle hunters gather for the annual Golden Eagle Festival of Mongolia.  They use eagles to hunt foxes and hare during the cold winter months when it is easier to see the gold colored foxes against the snow [1]


Amangani Jackson Hole: Unearthing Year-Round Respite

Amangani, a remote cliff-top luxury resort located a staggering seven thousand feet above sea level with sweeping views of the Tetons and Snake River Range, is the perfect up-scale base for skiing, or even for taking year-round respite amongst the natural beauty of Grand Teton National Park and nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Western Australia remote Aboriginal community closures

If these 150 communities are shut down, the effects of these forced dispossessions will be disastrous. We will see an increase in poor mental health, incarceration rates, homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse. Indigenous leaders have spoken out against these closures and all have voiced the same concerns; if you remove someone from their country, their ancestral lands, you take away that person’s cultural identity. 

Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

“Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Article 8 highlights the dangers of removing people.
1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.
2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
© Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
(e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite
racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.”

How can the Australian government so blatantly ignore the rights of First Nations peoples? This colonial state already abuses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers on onshore and offshore detention centers and it certainly won’t stop here with First Nations peoples. 

These community closures cannot go ahead. This is assimilation and an attempt to deny Indigenous peoples their cultural rights and obligations. 

The WA government and the Abbott government will be partaking in genocide by closing these communities. Living on one’s traditional land is not a “lifestyle choice”, it is living on one’s own ancestral lands as a cultured, sovereign and First Nations person.

This is not simply a matter of removing a people from a place they know and call home, it’s a matter of people having nowhere to go once they are removed. It’s a matter of loosing cultural and language because there will be no schools the children can go to so that they can learn their mother tongue and be immersed in their culture. This is a matter and life and death, literally.

They didn't win — but they don't mind: Girls from remote First Nation play in 1st hockey tournament

When Eabametoong First Nation’s first girls hockey team finished their first competitive hockey game in Thunder Bay, Ont., this week they skated to centre ice shouting: ‘We won! We won!’

The scoreboard did not reflect their view. 

A team made up mostly of boys — big boys — from Couchiching First Nation scored so many goals against the girls team that the timekeeper stopped posting them. (The Facebook page for the All-Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament says the score was 40-0)

Still, at the end of the game, the Rez Girls 64 team skated to centre ice, threw their arms around each other in a giant group hug and collapsed in a heap of giggles.

“It was the greatest feeling to see your girls lose humbly and still show love and respect for one another,” said Candi Chin Sang, one of two co-coaches for the team of 10- to 12-year-old girls. “Their positivity is infectious.”

The team started the year with no equipment and no idea how they’d ever raise the money to afford a trip out of their First Nation, located 400 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, to experience tournament play.

A surprise donation of equipment from a high school student in Markham, Ont., started a flood of goodwill for the team. A $45,000 grant came from the Arthur and Audrey Cutten Foundation, and was facilitated by financial planning service Scotia Wealth Management. And with it, the dream of playing against other teams got a little closer to reality.

“It just really showed us, and motivated us, that there are all these people and resources that are willing the help us get there, and all we needed from the girls was to put in their time and effort, which they did,” Chin Sang said.

Excitement about flying in a plane, visiting the city and putting their new skills to work on the ice has been building among the girls for weeks. About 1,500 people live in Eabametoong and the biggest building is the school.

“I’m excited about going shopping and to McDonald’s, going to movies and swimming,” Alicia O'Keese wrote as part of a school assignment the day before the team was set to leave.

“I love hockey because we can have fun at the tournament and play a good game,” she wrote.

Bad weather in Thunder Bay nearly ended the adventure. No planes were landing in the city on the day the girls were scheduled to arrive.

From plane to bus

But their coaches remained determined to fulfil the promise of a team trip, so they scrambled to find a different plane that would fly west to Sioux Lookout, Ont., and then chartered a bus to make the 400-kilometre journey south to Thunder Bay.

The next day the puck was finally dropped on their first big game.

“Within the first minute I was thinking about all the challenges we’ve overcome as a team and how proud I am of you,” the other co-coach, Leslie Campbell, told her team after a first intermission that never saw them leave their own end zone.

“What I want you to know is we can overcome this. Keep skating hard. Keep playing hard,” she said.

And they did. The team had only ever played one other game, against the boys from their own community. They’d never played on artificial ice before.

“I had a great time. It feels the same playing here, but harder,” said Kaydence Wapoose, “They’re fast and really good.”

But Wapoose, a 10-year-old who is the smallest skater on the team, said she wasn’t intimidated by the boys’ size or speed.

The confidence and compassion for their teammates demonstrated by the girls is what makes the team winners, regardless of what’s on the scoreboard, said Chin Sang, who is also a social counsellor at the school in Eabametoong.

Correction : An earlier version of this story stated the team received a $45,000 grant from Scotiabank’s Community Hockey Sponsorship Program. In fact, it was from the Arthur and Audrey Cutten Foundation.(Apr 29, 2017 5:56 PM)

What if… Steve finally worked up the courage to learn a song and played it on the guitar in front of Danny, and it’s I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (the Sleeping at Last version) and Danny just sits there and stares as Steve plays and sings this song quietly. At first he worries that it’s about Cath and his heart breaks, but it doesn’t take Danny too long to figure out that Steve is saying “I love you” to Danny in the simplest and most honest way he can.
Don't let the fracking industry turn New Mexico's historic landmark into an industrial wasteland.

Don’t let the Bureau of Land Management expanded fracking on land surrounding New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park. I have been to this place and it is a national treasure. It is the most ancient remains of civilization in this country and one of the least developed and most remote national treasures. It must be saved from this. Tell the BLM we won’t stand for it.

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"This is strictly business." (Lottie)

Jon was adjusting his suit when she declared the boundaries of their relationship and sighed. “Kind of making it feel personal,” he shot back. Jon’s grandfather was really pushing for this, seeing the chance for high profit with this remote nation. He reached down to adjust the cuffs again before inspecting his hair and beard. “I guess the sex is going to be all business as well?”