Another Front Opens in the Republican War on Science

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    • #9521
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      Justice Department’s Environmental Hit Man Says There’s No ‘Time or Space’ to Address Archaeologists’ Concerns for Native American Sites
      Archaeologists helped draft the law that presidents use to protect areas like the Grand Canyon, but today’s Republicans want to muzzle archaeologists and others to keep them from weighing in on a lawsuit over Trump’s yanking protections from Utah sites that date back to the end of the last Ice Age.

      Our nation’s Congress passed the Antiquities Act in 1906 to protect ancient American Indian sites, but Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jean Williams asked a federal judge not to accept legal documents from archaeologists objecting to Trump’s largely dismantling two national monuments in Utah. She said the blitz of documents was “inherently prejudicial” to Trump and the other defendants.“Federal defendants do not have adequate time or space to address every formulation of the arguments,” Williams wrote.
      Williams works in the environmental division, led by Jeffrey Bossert Clark, who represented BP in lawsuits over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the nation’s largest oil spill.


      Legal scholars Michael Blumm and Olivier Jamin have called reducing national monuments and other attacks on public land by Trump and Republicans “the most substantial rollback in public lands protections in American history.”

      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

    • #9525
      NV Wino
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      Dont ya love it?

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

    • #9532
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      In the NeoLiberal economic paradigm, everything must be monetized – all land – all water – all air – all people – for the sake of profit and never ending growth.  Without profit and growth, the whole edifice of capitalistic debt-driven economics fails and with that failure the 1% cannot maintain their hegemony over humanity.  Since most everything has already been monetized, the few things left are protected monuments and treasures.  They too must fall to the 1% and their need for ever increasing cash flow to keep the ponzi economic system afloat.  Soon enough, all will be ravished by their greed and then it will no longer matter as the environment will no longer support any life.

      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
      - Idries Shah

      "A riot is the language of the unheard."
      - Martin Luther King

    • #9553
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      Good grief lady, can’t you come up with a better excuse than that?   “Do not have time” sounds like a “My dog ate my homework”.      “Or space”  just sounds ridiculous.   Your office is in a closet?  

      Crawling through reality.

    • #9559
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      Any one incompetent enough to make such a statement would be DISBARRED in any decent system of justice.

      Sadly, we have no such system, and there’s every chance that this asinine asshattery will become established precedent. 🙁

      If you give a man enough rope, it will be six inches too short. This is not the nature of rope- it is the nature of man.

    • #9590
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      Archeologists may come upon a few rocks stacked up in a certain way, and designate the site for further study as a possible vision quest location. As you might imagine, this infuriates the drillers, miners, etc. and they constantly try to devalue cultural resource sites. They point out that all activity on public lands would be halted if we took notice every time an archeologist found a pile of rocks. This is not even remotely true, of course, but it sounds good to the right wingers.

    • #9627
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      The other parties “don’t have time” to respond?  Too bad the peons can’t use that to call off the dogs.  What bs from the usual suspects.

    • #9663
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      Conservatives in office that think this way are slime. They shat on what is good for the republic.

      Forcing people to work without pay is akin to slavery.

    • #9726
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      Keep your eyes open.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".


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