Sunday, January 14, 2007

Welcome to a new era of disinformation

In the time I have been in the US, I have had a chance to see many of its beautiful places. They are most enjoyable because the National Park Service keeps them nice for everybody, and because people that care for them are a vast majority.

Something I also like of the parks in the US is that they have plaques and legends that explain the processes by which what you see came to be in the first place. For example, Crater Lake has a pumice desert --- and proper explanations of how it was created. Steens Mountains have several such instructional boards that teach you rudimentary geology and, well, science in general.

If you know about what you are seeing, you will enjoy it much better. Multnomah Falls, the Columbia River Gorge, Larch Mountain, Mount Hood, Black Butte, Three Sisters, the beautiful redwood forests of northern California, Silverfalls Park... they are all perfect examples of what is waiting for us in our backyard.

But check this out: the Grand Canyon was created via Noah's flood, according to action and inaction by some people currently employed at the NPS. And note the NPS is not to blame here. The NPS is some abstract entity with a name. The issue here is that some people, with first and last names, are not complying with our laws.

The beautiful parks we have in this country, as well as ourselves, do not deserve such a disservice. As a tax payer, I demand that whoever is responsible for this mess is fired immediately. Division Between Government And Church 101, anyone?

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