Posts Tagged ‘Wyoming’

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Wyoming Has Effectively Made Citizen Science a Crime

Nearly every day I chronicle the slide toward a fascist, dictatorial police state here. Yet the overwhelming majority remain willfully ignorant, apathetic and even hostile to the plain facts.

The government of Wyoming has a strong message to would-be environmental activists: Look, but don’t touch.

Under a new statute signed into law by the Wyoming legislature, collecting data on state land—including private and public property like, say, the protected Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks—without the permission of a landowner is a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

While this sounds like a simple rehashing of trespassing laws, the legislation also seems overly broad. “Data,” after all, could range from an innocent photograph to a soil sample. Even more worrying, “collection” is defined as gathering information “in any form from open land which issubmitted or intended to be submitted to any agency of the state or federal government.” The legislation also states that information collected without authorization is inadmissible in any subsequent court proceedings.

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“This is the end, beautiful friend.”

-Jim Morrison

 

Daily Mail UK is warning of volcanic activity at the world’s largest “supervolcano” at Yellowstone caldera.   Having not erupted in 600,000 years, Vulcan is pissed.

The super-volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has been rising at a record rate since 2004

“Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10ft deep up to 1,000 miles away.

Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of flights and forcing millions to leave their homes.”

As they say… fuck that shit.

It’s worse still, as the floor of the volcano has been rising 3 inches per year, as pressure shoots upward from Hades and the lava core beneath.

I repeat: fuck that shit.  I won’t be sightseeing in Wyoming any time soon.

There is an upside.  The global warming thing would be mitigated for a couple of years.  Yay.