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Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:15 PM

Trump is destroying an irreplaceable world treasure in an effort to speed up building his 'wall'

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Remember when the Taliban destroyed ancient artifacts and towns? History will not forget these acts.




Now, it's this:



Since 1976, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has also been the Organ Pipe Cactus Biosphere Reserve, a world heritage site sanctioned by UNESCO as the most pristine examples of intact Sonoran Desert ecosystem. The otherworldly beauty of the monument brings visitors who come to gawk at the towering forms and hike the gravel-strewn trails . It also attracts scientists from around the globe who study the inhabitants of the desert and their adaptation to this this incredible environment.

And now it’s home to one of the greatest acts of ecological vandalism in a century—carried out in an effort to hurry construction of Donald Trump’s border fence.

Despite Trump’s many tweets, announcements, and rally speeches, wntil the last few weeks, it was easy to characterize the real length of his wall: Zero. Not a yard of new fence had been built in a place that didn’t already have some existing barrier when Trump stepped into office. But Trump has made it a priority to add some miles to the total before he has to go back in front of his “Build the Wall!” rally crowds for the 2020 election. The easiest way to do that has been by avoiding potential lawsuits from private landowners that could tie up progress for months. Instead, Trump has been counting on his hand-picked cronies at the EPA and Interior Department to ignore every law and regulation concerning construction, environmental impact studies, and protection of archaeological artifacts.

Even after miles of border fence were erected in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument between 2012 and 2017, the striking beauty of this Sonoran Desert jewel was preserved. There is no question that original fence was destructive. Following the border as closely as possible meant that not only were saguaro and other cactus that had grown over a space of centuries removed to provide highly questionable “security,” but the ranges of rare and endangered desert animals were permanently altered. Disturbing as it was at the time, that initial fence was placed with some care, often without disturbing ancient, towering examples cactus within just a few feet of the fence. Images from 2017 show a relatively low fence that, while it certainly doesn’t vanish into the landscape, is also not a jarring disruption of the otherwise gorgeous scenery.


https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/10/5/1890311/-Trump-is-destroying-an-irreplaceable-world-treasure-in-an-effort-to-speed-up-building-his-wall#read-more




Laiken Jordahl
‏ @LaikenJordahl

VIDEO: Saguaros are being bulldozed for the #BorderWall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Trump's reckless border hysteria is destroying our environment and killing the very species this national monument was designated to protect.

Footage by Kevin Dahl, @NPCA.



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Reply Trump is destroying an irreplaceable world treasure in an effort to speed up building his 'wall' (Original post)
TheBlackAdder Oct 5 OP
Wounded Bear Oct 5 #1
ffr Oct 5 #2
dalton99a Oct 5 #3
Newest Reality Oct 5 #4
ooky Oct 5 #5
Vogon_Glory Oct 5 #9
SummerSnow Oct 5 #6
ooky Oct 5 #13
LeftInTX Oct 5 #7
Ohiogal Oct 5 #8
Mopar151 Oct 5 #10
Vinca Oct 5 #11
MarcA Oct 5 #12
bluestarone Oct 5 #14
SunSeeker Oct 5 #15
burrowowl Oct 5 #16
UniteFightBack Oct 5 #17
Lucinda Oct 5 #18

Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:17 PM

1. K & R...for visibility...nt

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:19 PM

2. Man's desire to dominate nature in full display. Passionate Conservatism.

When these loser republicans are swept out of power, we can remove and restore it back to its original condition.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:20 PM

3. Kick

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:20 PM

4. What a travesty!

All for an idea stuck in the orange head of an obsessive tyrant bent on having loyalty for his own nefarious purposes, (and perhaps others).

You know, the time has come to remember that fences, (aka, the wall) are not just for keeping people out. They can also keep people in.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:23 PM

5. The best thing that could happen for this country is he would

drop dead from a heart attack in the middle of one of his evil rants and put an end to this destruction.

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Response to ooky (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:46 PM

9. If I thought more like an Evangelical, I'd say

That God is punishing America for electing cruel and ungodly man like no. 45 and that if we don’t repent, he’ll stay in the White House until January, 2025.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:27 PM

6. Trump wants to see the world burn

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 01:42 PM

13. And the reason is

"because he can".

He's a sick, depraved fuck.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:28 PM

7. Awful!!!

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 12:29 PM

8. This just makes me sick.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 01:01 PM

10. Signs forseen.....

"And the sign says, anybody tresspassin' will be SHOT ON SIGHT! So I jumped on the fence, and yelled at the house! "Hey. what gives you the rignt? To build up a fence to keep me out, or to keep Mother Nature in? If God was here, he'd tell you to your face - MAN, you're some kind of sinner!"


Signs, 5 Man Electrical Band, also covered by Tesla

" So I got me a pen and some paper, and made up my own little sign - THANK YOU, LORD, FOR THINKIN `BOUT ME! I'M ALIVE, AND DOIN' FINE!"

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 01:04 PM

11. That's so sad. Destroyed to be replaced by an unnecessary eyesore.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 01:20 PM

12. For drumph and the evil ones Destruction is the Purpose

the Wall is just an excuse to do it. Citizens would be arrested for
even the smallest of incursions, while a mad man can do as he
pleases because he is President or wealthy.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 01:49 PM

14. I hate this fucker in the WORST way! BUT

He cannot do this on his own! There is Thousands or more ACCOMPLICE'S! Why didn't any of them STOP this! It's BEYOND CRAZY!

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 03:12 PM

15. K & R for exposure.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 03:25 PM

16. Barbaric!

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 03:44 PM

17. More fuel for his going down as the worst fake or real president ever. nt

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 04:13 PM

18. ...

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