Lady of the Lake

(Again, to the other writers, feel free to write over this post.)

Sooner or later I need to get back to the important business at hand, writing about these annoying pests who write stupid regulations whose only purpose is to create super-awareness of a virus not even proven to exist. These are the ones who have littered our entire landscape with plexiglass and signs and pictures of footsteps and warnings to stay away from one another. What was Dante’s ninth level of hell – to be frozen in the center of a lake, unable to move? That seems a good punishment for these officious morons. I urge everyone to do what I have done, to take their idiotic signs, when opportunity allows, to the nearest john, depositing them in the waiting toilet water. Better yet, do so in a vault toilet where there are warnings about how difficult it is to remove trash. That would be perhaps Dante’s fourth level, a perpetual punishment of removing trash from vault toilets. Even this is too good for these medical Nazis. (In Big Sky, Montana, at a public picnic area, when we left there was a social distancing sign greeting the next user of the public restroom. It was too big for the toilet, so I had to put the stick end in and leave it, best available option.)

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In tribute to wild lands and independent-minded people

I don’t know what the other writers have going, and invite each to write over me, as I am currently not in a mood to deal with Covid and all its attendant dishonesty and agitprop. I asked Steve Kelly, when we visited him and his partner on their land near Bozeman, what is the ultimate goal of this massive hoax. He said population control is surely part of it, the masks and distancing slowly pushing us over a cliff.

As I view it, the masks will slowly weaken people, along with attendant depression and malaise making them ill, shortening their lives. The virus will be blamed.

I’ll get back to Covid. I do think about it. Who can not? But what follows is, for me, pure relaxation and distraction.

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An amazing coincidence

BT Map with markersThe Beartooth Mountains are part of a large wilderness complex formed in 1978, formerly known as a “primitive area,” since known as the “Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness*,” or “AB.” It sits north and northeast of Yellowstone National Park, and for most of my life has been my preferred destination over the Park. It offers solitude, miles of trails, and often enough, a private lake for backpackers. (There are 944 lakes in the complex. Many have fish in them, not my concern, but an added attraction.)

Montana MapFor reference, the AB is the circled area in the Montana map to the left. From the image above you can grasp the enormity of the area, and the number of lakes. From a hiking standpoint, the Beartooth Mountains are an “uplift” forming a high ice plateau. This creates many drainages and basins in which lakes naturally form. While forested, it is not heavily so. Hikers only rarely get lost, as the landscape usually shows the way out – just follow a drainage. But trails are abundant. However, leaving a trial is not in any way dangerous, as the landscape usually offers a good sense of where you are.

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Grassroots groups ask court to block grazing in Wyo. grizzly habitat

This is an update to an ongoing lawsuit I’m involved with through the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. https://pieceofmindful.com/2020/03/02/killing-yellowstones-charismatic-megafauna/#more-84693

We filed for a PI (preliminary injunction) today. It’s a fight we just couldn’t walk away from. The idea that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could permit 72 grizzlies to be murdered so cattle can graze on national forest land — public land — is must too much to take from federal agency killers. The article was pasted because it resides behind a paywall. The information is in the public interest, IMO, with no intention to gain any financial advantage for me, the Alliance, or POM. Today’s news!

Scott Streater, E&E News reporterPublished: Friday, May 8, 2020 

Grizzly bear. Photo credit: Forest Service

A grizzly bear at Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Forest Service

A coalition of environmental groups wants a federal court to block a Forest Service grazing plan in Bridger-Teton National Forest that authorizes killing dozens of threatened grizzly bears in the name of protecting livestock.

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A Bit of Wisdom

We all must reconnect with Mother Earth, or whatever words you choose to describe the oneness, of which we are all a tiny part. It is not “out there,” like we were led to believe in “The X Files.” It is in you, in me, and in every living being. The earth has a soul. Each of us has a soul. We are in a battle for souls. We, each of us, individually, hold the power to change the world.

Demons want to destroy life/nature. There are demons in us all. Refuse temptation. Decline to participate. Give no consent. It always comes down to a simple, but most difficult, fight for truth.

Cinco de Mayo, 2020 for Yellowstone Grizzlies

The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments next week in the Yellowstone grizzly bear delisting case.  Arguments by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dozens of conservation groups are scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time, 10:00 a.m. MDT.  You can watch the argument live through the Ninth Circuit website: https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/    Look for the “Live Video Streaming of Oral Arguments and Events” links on the lower left corner of the website.

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900 Yellowstone Buffalo Slaughtered

Wild buffalo in National Park Service Trap

Yellowstone National Park is closed to visitors right now due to virus fears. That hasn’t stopping park officials from the annual capture, quarantine and slaughter of hundreds of wild buffalo. The entire buffalo management program is built on lies and the unsubstantiated belief that brucellosis can be transmitted from buffalo to livestock.  The irrefutable fact is that transmission from buffalo to livestock has never happened in the wild. 

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Killing Yellowstone’s Charismatic Megafauna

Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding landscape is one of the most inhospitable locations in the Lower 48.  Life for large mammals is particularly challenging given the frigid temperatures, deep snow and long winters.  Summer is short and can be equally dangerous for the living due to wildfires, drought, and millions of tourists all trying to get that perfect “refrigerator shot” of a bison, grizzly, elk or some other wild critter wishing only to be left alone.

Since moving to Bozeman, Montana in 1986, I have had the privilege of working with some dedicated individuals and grassroots groups, all trying to protect nature (God’s country) in this amazing ecosystem.  This running battle with the State of Montana, various federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service-USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-USDA (APHIS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a host of elite local and national NGOs that suck on an average day/year knows no end, and seems to have no bounds.  And it seems to be getting worse, not better. 

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Wrong King Of Green

New Deal for Nature: Paying the Emperor to Fence the Wind

Northern Gallatin Range, Montana

I’ve been working to protect wilderness on federal public lands in the Northern Rockies for over 40 years. This article illustrates some of the frustration I’ve experienced trying to sort out the perceptions that NGOs are some monolithic unit trying to keep locals out of the protected areas.

Federal laws are not perfect. Loopholes were created for commerce, which are exploited to the max. That doesn’t mean, however, that all wildland conservation is fraudulent, or a waste of time. Somehow, the difference between the evil players and those with a genuine interest in protecting nature need to be exposed for all to see. Even then, people don’t want to see, or hear, the truth. Here we are, stuck in unreality, losing precious fish and wildlife habitat to mining, logging, grazing, energy development, as we argue about the impurity of corporate-sponsored fakes that dominate the narrative.

Wealthy NGOs and their sick, twisted funders are not kings, or gods. They are slave-agents of capital and its many manifestations.

As has been pointed out by some of our readers, I do a lot of bitching. Add this to my pile. NO regrets.

Are Fasci Still a Symbol of Fascism?

Are these symbols of emancipation and freedom, or a new era of (voluntary) slavery?

Like the mysterious origins of the Egyptian pyramid scattered around in strategic locations, fasci, the symbol of people united under a single, authoritarian state and its man-made laws. Fasci can be found in places most Americans might find odd if they were aware of the meaning of these ancient symbols.

To be a “citizen” of such a state is not what it’s cracked up to be. Home of the free, and land of the brave, are little more than meaningless words in such a system, regardless of how many times they are repeated in song and literature. I hope to give a glimpse or two into the false world we live in, and possibly a way we all might learn of a way to abolish slavery once and for all.

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