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Since Trump signed a gag order on American scientists, various rogue science and environmental Twitter accounts have been popping up and need your love!

Rogue Nasa (@RogueNasa)

Alternative US Forest Service (@AltForestServ)

Alternative US National Park Service (@AltNatParkSer)

Alternative Environmental Protection Agency (@ActualEPAFacts)

Alternative CDC (@Alt_CDC)

Alternative HHS (@AtlHHS)

Alternative FDA (@alt_fda)

Alternative NIH (@Alt_NIH)

#Resist

Facts.

On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for
- the DOJ’s Violence Against Women programs.
- the National Endowment for the Arts.
- the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
- the Minority Business Development Agency.
- the Economic Development Administration.
- the International Trade Administration.
- the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
- the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
- the Legal Services Corporation.
- the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.
- the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ.
- the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
- the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
- the Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability.
- the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
- the Office of Fossil Energy.

On January 20th, 2017,
- DT ordered all regulatory powers of all federal agencies frozen.
- DT ordered the National Parks Service to stop using social media after retweeting factual, side by side photos of the crowds for the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations.
- roughly 230 protestors were arrested in DC and face unprecedented felony riot charges. Among them were legal observers, journalists, and medics.
- a member of the International Workers of the World was shot in the stomach at an anti-fascist protest in Seattle. He remains in critical condition.

On January 21st, 2017,
- DT brought a group of 40 cheerleaders to a meeting with the CIA to cheer for him during a speech that consisted almost entirely of framing himself as the victim of dishonest press.
- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference largely to attack the press for accurately reporting the size of attendance at the inaugural festivities, saying that the inauguration had the largest audience of any in history, “period.”

On January 22nd, 2017,
- White House advisor Kellyann Conway defended Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on national television news.
- DT appeared to blow a kiss to director James Comey during a meeting with the FBI, and then opened his arms in a gesture of strange, paternal affection, before hugging him with a pat on the back.

On January 23rd, 2017,
- DT reinstated the global gag order, which defunds international organizations that even mention abortion as a medical option.
- Spicer said that the US will not tolerate China’s expansion onto islands in the South China Sea, essentially threatening war with China.
- DT repeated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing him the popular vote.
- it was announced that the man who shot the anti-fascist protester in Seattle was released without charges, despite turning himself in.

On January 24th, 2017,
- Spicer reiterated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing DT the popular vote.
- DT tweeted a picture from his personal Twitter account of a photo he says depicts the crowd at his inauguration and will hang in the White House press room. The photo is of the 2009 inauguration of 44th President Barack Obama, and is curiously dated January 21st, 2017, the day AFTER the inauguration and the day of the Women’s March, the largest inauguration related protest in history.
- the EPA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to freeze all grants and contracts.
- the USDA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to stop publishing any papers or research. All communication with the press would also have to be authorized and vetted by the White House.
- HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal funding not only to abortion service providers, but to any insurance coverage, including Medicaid, that provides abortion coverage, went to the floor of the House for a vote.
- Director of the Department of Health and Human Service nominee Tom Price characterized federal guidelines on transgender equality as “absurd.”
- DT ordered the resumption of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, while the North Dakota state congress considers a bill that would legalize hitting and killing protestors with cars if they are on roadways.
- it was discovered that police officers had used confiscated cell phones to search the emails and messages of the 230 demonstrators now facing felony riot charges for protesting on January 20th, including lawyers and journalists whose email accounts contain privileged information of clients and sources.

[via a friend with permission to share]

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Getting the Inside Scoop with @jacobwfrank

To explore Glacier National Park along with Jacob, follow @jacobwfrank on Instagram. Check out #LifeOnEarthWWIM13 to learn more about this year’s Worldwide InstaMeet, taking place this weekend, where people explore and share photographic tips while taking photos and videos together.

Landscapes stretching across endless horizons make up Jacob W. Frank’s (@jacobwfrank) office. He works as a visual information specialist (aka park photographer) at Glacier National Park in Montana. After seeing a flier for a national parks internship in college, Jacob changed his major: “I realized, wow, you can get paid to work in national parks. I didn’t even realize that was a thing.” Jacob headed out to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, taking a camera along for the journey — only after his mother’s insistence.

For this weekend’s Worldwide InstaMeet, Jacob will host photographers and nature lovers for a sunset meet at Lake McDonald, one of his favorite spots in the park. “I think a lot of people are drawn to the idea of getting to take a picture with the park photographer,” he says about sharing the best locations. “They feel like we’re giving them the inside scoop.” #LifeOnEarthWWIM13

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Sometimes there are just no words to describe the beauty of Glacier National Park’s high alpine meadows. Video from Glacier’s Boulder Pass Trail by Ranger Amanda, National Park Service. 

Join us August 25 at the Glacier Instameet to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. We’ll meet at Apgar Village at 6 pm – we hope to see you then!

Breaking News: The National Park Service is being forced to deploy the SET Team to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline have been told to leave the area. The SET Team normally is deployed to help people. However, in this situation, the government is sending the National Park Service employees to help enforce the law against the standing rock protestors. Please keep in mind this undermines the values of the National Park Service. We feel this is a completely inappropriate use of National Park Service employees. Our rangers feel that this assignment goes against their personal values. Our coalition is completely against this and we feel the objective of this assignment is to paint the National Park Service in a negative light. #ProtectSacredLands #NODAPL #Resist
—  Alt National Park Service
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America’s public lands are wonderful places to love and be in love. Every year thousands get engaged and married in national parks, wildlife refuges and scenic wildernesses. We’re celebrating these great love stories with this video of proposals and weddings on public lands. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos and helped make this sweet Valentines Day video!

The National Park Service manages more than 400 parks, monuments, and historic sites that touch just about every corner of the US. But while the National Park Service has been preserving the natural beauty and resources within these parks for nearly 100 years, it can only do so much when the climate in and around the parks is drastically changing.
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Five Striking Examples of How Climate Change Is Affecting Our National Parks in the US

Happy 100th anniversary, National Park Service! Let’s continue to protect our precious environment.

This morning Padre Island National Seashore released 90 Kemp’s ridley baby sea turtles. Since the begin of July, the seashore has released 700-800 sea turtle hatchlings into the ocean. For more photos and video of baby turtles, follow us on Snapchat at usinterior. 🐢🐢 Photo by National Park Service.

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Go 🐢 go! Watch these cute sea turtle hatchlings race to the ocean at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. Padre Island – the longest stretch of an undeveloped barrier island in the world – protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies and wind tidal flats. It’s a safe nesting ground for the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of five types of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico that use the park and its surrounding waters. Video Patrick Gamman, by National Park Service.

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“The idea of wilderness needs no defense, 

It only needs more defenders.”  Edward Abbey

1964 Wilderness Act

America’s Wilderness - National Park Service 

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I feel like I should do a couple days of US National Parks videos since this week is the Park Service’s 100th birthday. Although Yosemite wasn’t the first National Park, it’s where the concept of setting aside land for preservation was born, literally created during the US Civil War.