Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Hero of the Week

We talk about natural resources as if everything had a price tag. You can't buy spiritual values at a shopping mall. The things that uplift the spirit—an old-growth forest, a clear river, the flight of a golden eagle, the howl of a wolf, space and quiet without motors—are intangibles. Those are the values that people do look for and that everyone needs.
--George Sc
This month's National Geographic has an interesting interview with naturalist George Schaller. He was one of the people whose scientific work helped establish the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In a bizarre twist, one of the other people instrumental in setting aside this chunk of land in 1960 was none other than Ted Stevens. Yes, that Ted Stevens, the Senator whose annual efforts to open ANWR for oil drilling make him #1 on my "Pin List" when I get my voodoo certification (they claim it's in the mail).

What happens to a man over the course of his life to make him go from protecting a natural treasure to trying to destroy it?

Maybe a caribou bit his sister.


My vote goes to greed. There is no group more corrupt and greedy than politicians. And I am talking from personal experience here. I lived in D.C. for a few years when I was a kid and saw just what goes on there. It would turn your stomach. And from what I have seen lately, things in D.C. have only gotten worse.

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