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HANKSVILLE, UTAH. October 1975

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(From the June/July Z) Sowing Clover: The Intolerable Intolerance of the Internet Leftist…by Tonya Stiles

Sowing Clover: The Intolerable Intolerance of the Internet Leftist…by Tonya Stiles

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(The Guardian) Noise pollution is drowning out nature even in protected areas – study

EXCERPT: The sounds of the natural world are being overwhelmed by the blare of human activity, even in protected wildlife areas, new research has revealed.

The racket is not only harming people’s enjoyment of natural havens, which are known to have significant benefits for both physical and mental health, but it is also affecting wildlife, with animals less able to escape predators and birds less able to find mates.

Scientists used over one million hours of sound recordings from 492 locations in protected areas in the US to calculate that in about two-thirds of places, the noise pollution from human activities was double the background sound levels. A fifth of the protected areas suffered human noise levels that were 10 times background levels, the researchers found.

…In the areas defined as wilderness, which are meant to entirely to be “untrammeled by man”, according to US law, 12% still experienced a doubling of background noise due to human activities. The problem of noise also seriously affected the habitat of endangered species, such as the San Marcos salamander and San Bernardino kangaroo rat.

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COMB RIDGE and the old dugway on UT Hwy 95. October 1975

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Near Kayenta, Arizona…1959 photo by CHARLES KREISCHER

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(From the June/July Z) Take it or Leave it: The New West’s Big Lie…by Jim Stiles

Take it or Leave it: The New West’s Big Lie…by Jim Stiles

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(Friends of the Colorado National Monument) Retired Park Ranger Weighs in AGAINST a National Park

EXCERPT: I am a retired Utah park ranger, manager and student of park management and design for over three decades. There are many reasons not to alter the current designation of Colorado National Monument, and I will mention a few.

I have visited the monument weekly, year-round since 2001. With relatively small increases in visitor use during that time, I have observed full parking lots at all times of year, as well as resource damage due to traffic overflow and congestion. Other damage has occurred from the creation of many social trails, vandalism and graffiti.

The monument is a very limited and finite resource. If money were invested, facilities could be improved and manpower increased, but there is little that can be done to mitigate the damage to the resource and the user experience, by flooding the area with more vehicles and footprints. Expansion of parking areas will only exacerbate crowding. Significant road improvement would destroy the resource we are attempting to preserve. Increases in global population and the subsequent travelers that come with it are more than enough for managers to contend with. You can help preserve John Otto’s legacy by not renaming the monument. It has been a monument for over 100 years.

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(Politico) Why Liberals Aren’t as Tolerant as They Think

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But more recent psychological research, some of it presented in January at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)… confirm that conservatives, liberals, the religious and the nonreligious are each prejudiced against those with opposing views. But surprisingly, each group is about equally prejudiced. While liberals might like to think of themselves as more open-minded, they are no more tolerant of people unlike them than their conservative counterparts are.

Political understanding might finally stand a chance if we could first put aside the argument over who has that bigger problem. The truth is that we all do.

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Petrified Dunes at ARCHES NP…1978

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MOUNTAIN BLUE BIRD. San Juan County, Utah. April 2017

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