An analysis of the nation’s largest metro areas reveals some of the top urban destinations for people who love the outdoors.
Not one Colorado city in the whole top 20?
I can pick three off the top of my head. I just got back from Colorado Springs. You can be in several of the most beautiful natural areas for hiking or cycling or climbing or whatever with an accidental left turn.
An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t
I had no idea this was happening. Where are we going?
To fuck some shit up
Around the center of the Milky Way, which is heading towards the Andromeda Galaxy. And our whole Local Group is moving towards the Virgo Cluster.
But we’ll never actually reach the Virgo Cluster because space is expanding between us and them faster than we’re moving towards it.
After reading Adam Welz’s take down, “Bloodthirsty “factual” TV shows demonize wildlife,” of the Discovery Planet’s animal killing TV show, Yukon Men, I did a little bit of research. The City of Tanana, where the show is filmed, is absolutely not the secluded, dangerous place as the Discovery Channel advertizes. The town has never been “attacked” by bears, wolves, wolverines, lynx, etc., as the show will have you believe. Still, each type of these animals is gunned down for your viewing pleasure.
The City of Tanana (above) is small, no doubt. But it is not a remote outback full of danger.
Above, a TV show character uses an AR-15 semi-automatic (rather than a hunting rifle) to kill a wolf.
Local Alaskans posting in various wilderness and hunting forums are calling Discovery’s ‘Yukon Men’ a joke, full of lies and exploitation. They even make fun of the choices of guns that the characters in the show use (no local hunter, they say, uses an AR-15 to shoot animals in Alaska).
One man wrote that, unlike actual remote villages, the City of Tanana has a burger joint, functioning utilities, and cell phone, internet, and satellite services, making it far from “remote” and hardly dangerous.
I dug around and found other interesting facts that belie the Discovery Channel’s claim that the town is a dangerous remote outback. Tanana has schools, an agricultural extension of the University of Fairbanks, annual foot and dog-sled races, and even family and emergency services provided by the Tanana Chiefs Council (this is in addition to services provided by the State of Alaska).
Indeed, Tanana even has its own airport, with over 3,000 flights per year (see #516). The airport has a webcam, radio towers, and weather stations. This is not remote. Nor are provisions hard to obtain - twice daily a plane lands with food, fuel, mail, visitors, and materials.
Learning from and enjoying the wilderness is one of the greatest privileges we Americans enjoy. Creating a false myth that nature is scary is not what we need, especially now with so many people unhealthy from increasingly sedentary lifestyles. In my opinion, Discovery needs to set the record straight. They need to refocus on educating viewers of the deep importance of our dwindling natural resources. They need to do this rather than exploiting animals and creating fear all for a quick buck.
Isn’t it ironic that most Republicans are Christians?
They’re against big government, but they want to believe in the great tyrant in the sky.
I don’t know if countries outside the United States have a similar situation. I know at least a few of the members of this bunch live in Europe or elsewhere. It’s something I’d be interested in hearing about.
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Not so ironic. R’s don’t believe in small government at all, they believe in a massive intrusive government - inside your bedroom and inside the wombs and vaginas of all females within the boarders of the USA. The want government to put their brand of Christianity in public schools and have spent the past 30-years trying to get right-wing activists into school boards and local government across the USA. They are, in fact, promoting a fascist state entirely controlled by mutli-national, multi-billion dollar corporations.
The cry for small government is a thinly disguised ruse to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, FEMA, Energy Dept, TANF/Welfare, Unemployment Comp etc.
Republicans barely pay lip-service to the middle class and can barely curb their disgust for the lower economic classes and ethnic minorities. With Obama as president the thin veil the hides their racism is often sheered away for all to see.
The say they believe in smaller budgets, but that’s what they say so they can get away with blowing the budget to hell while making their fat-cat cronies happy.
Christians are notorious for being completely ignorant of their own religion, unable to resolve the systemic inconsistencies; they ignore the gore, the hate, slavery, rape, infanticide, genocide, self-mutilation and cannibalism. God is love, they’ll say. But this creed has been brought up to say one thing and do the opposite. So, no, not ironic at all, just par for the course.
Like Humanist Post says, the Evangelical movement associated with right wing politics in the US has never been concerned with “Small Government”. There was a point in the neo-conservative movement where it became apparent that the Evangelical movement could be a considerable base. The small government conservatives superficially adopted Christian Dominionism in attempt to court that base, and it worked, and they are all very entwined today. Though the Evangelical right has adopted the fiscal view of their conservative brethren, the Neo-Cons themselves could care less about the success of Christian Dominionism as long as their Trickle Down Economic plan keeps siphoning money to the 1%.
APPARENTLY ACCORDING TO CBC NEWS TUMBLR IS KNOWN FOR “Foul language and nude photos”
REALLY? THATS ALL? WHY NOT THE AMAZING ARTISTS? THE SOCIAL JUSTICE? EVEN THE PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE SO CALLED “HIPSTER BLOGS”
WE ARE MORE THAN JUST FOUL LANGUAGE AND NUDE PHOTOS. WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT
yes we fucking are now shut your dirty whore mouth you lil shit