“Today I worked. We held Yosemite open to 4th of July-level traffic with no support staff whatsoever. We did so with four rangers in Wawona/Badger, four in Yosemite Valley and (may be slightly off) four in Mather. That is 12 people working while we were seeing 240-270 cars per hour coming into (the) south entrance. Let that sink in. TWELVE people. In a park the size of Rhode Island. Badger sold almost 1,000 lift tickets today (their limit is 1200).” … [Read more...] about As national parks buckle under shutdown weight, volunteer efforts and cash losses mount
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Yet a dog on the lead is not necessarily a dog under control. What about those who parade snarling beasts, reared to inculcate terror in others, on the end of a thick chain lead and spiked collar? In N6, it is other dog owners who are the first to point out aberrant canine behaviour and dog mess left unscooped. (Camden's proposed measures to deal with those who don't clean up after their dogs will be welcomed). … [Read more...] about Waterlow Park’s dog walkers are a reassuring presence
As long as there is brutal one-man rule, the only thing needed to destroy any progress that has been made is a whim by that man. If and when there are others with influence — some day, one can dream, a journalist or legislator or mayor or clergyman — there can be something called "public opinion." It exists even in dictatorships. Shultz described Reagan's approach to the Soviets this way: "I'm not playing games. I'm not trying to push you into a corner publicly. I understand politicians even in your circumstances have to worry about how they look and don't want to be pushed around in public." … [Read more...] about If the US and North Korea are going to have a new relationship, human rights must be discussed
Experts doubt that the proposed Kim-Trump summit will result in North Korea giving up its weapons to the standards the U.S. expects. Indeed, some experts believe the talks are just a ploy to "buy time" to continue the development of nuclear weapons on the ground. … [Read more...] about U.S.-North Korea Talks: What Does Kim Jong Un Mean by ‘Denuclearization’?
This week’s KCNA report is notable because it follows reports in South Korean media that Kim is pressuring Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to invest in the establishment of a major tourist resort in Wonsan, likely accessible only by approved tourists and individuals belonging to the highest castes of North Korean society. Last month, North Korea forced journalists in the country to cover the alleged shutdown of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site to stay in hotels in Wonsan, requesting flattering coverage of the town. … [Read more...] about North Korea Brags: China Promotes Tourism in Beach Destination Wonsan