Renegade Park Service Staffers Taunt Trump With Climate Change Facts From Private Twitter Account

The Daily Dot reports:

As the Trump administration rapidly shuts down the lines of communication between federal agencies and the public, an anonymous Twitter account is upholding the ethos of the National Parks Service.

@AltUSNatParkSer gained more than 170,000 followers overnight after the Badlands National Park Twitter account made headlines by tweeting and then deleting a series of climate change facts. Many Twitter users interpreted the Badlands tweets as a sign of resistance against encroaching censorship and the president’s environmental policies, exemplified by the administration deleting all references to climate change from the White House website.

While the Badlands tweets inspired several parody accounts, the alternate National Parks feed was the one that really caught hold. It claims to be run by “several active NPS rangers and friends,” and spent the night tweeting about climate change, sharing photos of national parks, and promoting free access to information produced by federal agencies.

At this writing the account’s number of followers has ballooned to over 284,000.

  • HZ81

    Fucking awesome. Resist!

  • another_steve

    I was both a federal employee and a federal executive in my day.

    It’s very bad to mess with irate career federal employees, Mr. Sexual Predator.

    Very bad.

    • Butch

      One of my jobs is for a company that has a lot of federal contracts. I learned this morning that one of the agencies that supposedly has been banned from issuing new contracts is continuing to do so anyway. Trump has no idea what he’s about to encounter.

    • Todd20036

      I’m a fed who’s agency is entirely under Trump’s radar. I guess that makes things easier for me. If Trump does go full-dictator and suspends elections (or bans alternative political parties), I can retire as early as 57, in 2025.
      I may need to

      • Lars Littlefield

        Good luck. SS and medicare may no longer exist as they do currently.

        • Todd20036

          Feds can continue medical care in retirement.

          And I can live without SS

          I’m in a better positions than a LOT of people

          Doesn’t mean I’m less frightened, though.

          I really do love my country, but I am deathly worried that we won’t survive this as a free country

          • Gustav2

            It is important to note to non-government employee citizens, individual states have radically different plans and some plans are changing yearly.

            State workers do not get the same benefits and others need to be told that often! lol

          • Todd20036

            Indeed. There’s a BIG difference between a federal worker and a state worker.

          • Gene

            I know most here are not religious…or much past spiritual, if even that, but, not 20 minutes ago, I was discussing these things with an associate in my office. All of it “Meh, I don’t care about that stuff. Gov runs itself, I’ve never been much or a reader or into the arts and shit. And besides, I’m rich ((big self satisfied smile…and, well, he is)). None of that shit you worry about can happen to me. ((bigger smile…then he walked away))

            When I was 7, and mom drove dad away, a smile plastered on her face, and dad waving…a look of indescribable pain..of loss..both, on his face, A feeling a DOOM came over me. not on me, but, I felt it, like a cloud, a thing, all around me. I stood there, in shock..in fear it IT. I was 7..I knew his leaving was bad, but…that did not explain this..and, I tried, with 7 year old language to explain to the kind neighbors and relatives there. “Its..doom. like in the bible, its something bad, and its coming”……they all just stood there…looking at each other, mortified..a bit scared of, some later told me….me.

            That has happened over and over in my life. I wish I could control it, use to to predict the price of gold or oil. it does not work that way. But I have over and over felt it…before someone goes to the hospital…or makes a huge personal decision…etc. Don’t believe it? Fine…I dont really care, but..I write truth.

            and today, after this man so…smugly, with no concern for any others, told me “I’m rich. None of that shit you worry about can happen to me” and walked away smiling, I went so pale, and got so shaky my secretary asked if I needed help sitting down. I did not, but, I did sit. and then, threw up so violently it hurt.

            I have a terrible feeling that so so many people who are so happy about Trump now, will so, so…..so much pay for it in time to come. And its not schadenfreude that makes we write this. I’m into revenge, as most of you know, but this, whatever it is will far far exceed anything past what a decent person could have schadenfreude about.

            I am leaving the office early. this….this has really fucked me up.

          • Gene

            ah….I should add. I never saw him again, dad…save once, a month later, in the hospital. two months later, he was dead…cancer

          • David Walker

            Totally understand. I do not believe in coincidences. I don’t know what I DO believe, but I have had a charmed life. And I mean incredibly charmed, all of it from what looks like pure happenstance. I wanted desperately to teach and could not find a job. I was pissed off about that for years, it was in the back of mind for decades until I realized that I’d never have had the opportunities that have come my way, for the most part falling from the blue. I have no idea what it is, but I do believe in your ability to feel these strange things, I do believe that I’ve been given opportunities that I finally learned to go along with, and I don’t know what or whom or how to acknowledge. Shakespeare: “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” I hope you feel better soon.

          • IamM

            When your associate gets eaten by what he’s helped set loose it will be his own fault and at least somewhat deserved. My sympathies are for the innocent people who will also pay the price his error even if they did nothing wrong.

      • another_steve

        Not sure what you mean by “entirely under Trump’s radar,” Todd.

        The federal workforce is like the military. There’s a chain of command. Everyone’s boss reports to another boss up the chain who reports to another boss up the chain, and so forth.

        The “top boss” — for any and all federal civil servants — is the President of the United States.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    HA HA. The new gagministration doesn’t understand that people will not put up with their shit.

    • AdamTh

      Gagministration! LOL! Very appropriate… and sad

    • vorpal

      Trump just wants to make women gag for once, and from his personality.

    • Lane

      Responding with TRUTH to attempts to SILENCE is a gag reflex I heartily endorse!

  • Kruhn

    Don’t mess with guys who deal with bears daily. Donald has an incredible knack for pissing off the wrong people. You thought you were dealing with Ranger Smith trying to keep Yogi from the pick-a-nic baskets?

    You thought wrong! These people truly love America!

    • melllt

      They don’t all deal with bears daily. But they have been dealing with sequestration since 2013. That’s when the Republicans passed legislation forcing most government agencies to cut their spending.
      To my wife, who is park ranger, that meant she couldn’t hire new people to replace the two rangers that retired.
      So she ended up closing the visitor center two days a week because they didn’t have the bodies to cover the front desk.
      The park service is gazillions of dollars behind in maintenance and upkeep and is severely understaffed.
      And then the yahoo Trump comes in, freezes hiring, and pay raises, and tells them they need to shut up about climate change.

      • Kruhn

        Thanks for that great post, especially as it portrays the real troubles that the NPS deals with. You do know, however, that there was a huge element of tongue-in-cheek regarding my “dealing with bears” post.

        TR should be crying at how his legacy has been prostituted by this asshole.

        • melllt

          No worries. I knew you were being a smart ass, and not a dumb ass. It’s what keeps me reading the comments at JMG.
          And my apologies for not admitting my wife does actually deal with bears, it’s just that they’re usually more of the two legged, not four legged kind.

  • Let that sink in. Tweeting scientific fats is now an act of defiance.

    • KnownDonorDad

      As a scientist, I find this terrifying.

      • Bad Tom

        How long will it be before it’s illegal?
        As an engineer I find it terrifying, too.

        • Chris Baker

          “All studies done by Federal agencies are now considered classified information and state secrets. This includes photos of the Trump inauguration.Leaking of such information will be considered an act of treason.”

          /sarcasm

          • William

            How very Soviet.

          • Nowhereman

            Sarcasm now, fact tomorrow. REAL fact.

          • Karencboehm

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          • Nowhereman

            Go sit on it and spin. And unvoting yourself? How gauche.

          • Uncle Mark

            Sarcasm will be banned next…just like another small-handed dictator with goofy hair

            http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-bans-sarcasm-kim-jong-un-freedom-speech-a7231461.html

          • Chris Baker

            Good thing for us is that Trump is unable to detect sarcasm.

            (regarding N. Korea, THAT’s the one country we should be invading. It’s one giant concentration camp. I truly feel sorry for all the residents/prisoners (non-leaders).)

        • William

          Pi is now equal to three, it’s in the Bible. Please recalculate.

      • Christian1234567

        As an educator, I am horrified.

      • glass

        As a human I find this terrifying, offensive and disgusting. Science and facts are all we have to ensure the survival of humanity.

      • Rocky Racoon

        As a human, I find this terrifying.

      • I’m afraid for you. And for our process as a species. I’m a musician. Cuts in the NEA (there’s talk of eliminating) will hurt my field but not ruin it. But cuts to science funding really does cut you guys off at the knees.

    • Nowhereman

      It reminds me of “Fahrenheit 451”. Books are contraband and firemen don’t put out fires, they start them.

    • Lane

      Sorry, official White House policy: No scientific fatties.

      (sorry, your typo of “fats” for “facts” made me smile)

    • NancyP
    • Grumpy Old Man

      So, science is still uncertain on scientific fats – I know that they are focusing more on sugars but using fats for political purposes is just wrong.

  • Rex

    Just went to Twitter to follow.
    RESIST!

  • AtticusP
  • billbear1961

    THANK YOU FOR RESISTING EVIL!!!!

    • PickyPecker
      • billbear1961

        You’ve changed your avatar again, Picky P!

        • PickyPecker

          No one is going to take me without a fight! I’m one badass Pecker! 🙂

          • billbear1961

            You are a brave and sweet DARLING, my freedom fighter!!

          • Joe in PA

            But we knew that. And who doesn’t some some badass pecker?

            But that troll from yesterday is gonna have a field day with your “advocating violence” avatar. I say: bring it snowflake!

          • ZRAinSWVA

            Love the new avatar!!! And I’m right there with you…and my husbear was designated a sharpshooter in the military.

          • Uncle Mark

            I LOVE the pistol-packin’ Pecker avatar !! I can just see you target-practicing on empty KFC buckets

          • McSwagg

            With your eggshell hat, I thought maybe you were one of those “Hatchimals” that were so popular last month.

  • Steverino

    Good. The EPA, Department of Education, and all other agencies he hasn’t yet but will muzzle should follow suit.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Hope they are careful about which email links they click on now. One Russian Trojan and they will be outed and fired, or worse.

    • Bad Tom

      Given that Podesta’s gmail password was compromised by him answering a truly stupid phishing attack (not sent by Russia,) it SHOULD be fairly easy to avoid.

  • fastlanestranger

    LOL Trump sure is stupid.

    • Todd20036

      Actually, that is his one saving grace.

      • David L. Caster

        Unfortunately that makes him susceptible to manipulative far-right elements of the GOP that will play on his obvious weaknesses. Trump is at once greedy, needy, and insecure, all bad traits in a leader.

  • billbear1961
  • PickyPecker
  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • JR

      *snork*

    • JCF

      Well…you know how it is with BLACK Presidents!

  • Boreal
  • Lazycrockett

    Resist.

  • KCMC

    BadlandsNPS ‏@BadIandsNPS tweets resumed today, follow them and @AltNatParkServ.
    Other SD native started #Badasslands for these brave ones. Gotta love rogue science truth. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d32b653aeae8d6b6974e3dcc120f33285637e9b3e4b70424c3101c8a71b6450a.gif

  • Steverino

    This is a whiff of a burgeoning resistence which gives me hope that America will not put up with this shit, nor with the major political party that enables it.

    GOP, be warned.

    • billbear1961

      That goddamned party has BETRAYED this nation!

      I will not accept a government of GANGSTERS and TRAITORS!!

      Any claim they EVER had to legitimate authority is FORFEIT!!

  • Bryan

    Trumppleydumpley didn’t I already warn you that whole bit about Rory Williams and that what kills him ALSO makes him stronger? I said also, not “does not” – Le sigh, looks like I’ll have to repeat the question, excuse me.

  • jimbo65

    Vive le resistance!

  • j.martindale

    I was at the cliff of Moher on the coast of Ireland a year or so ago. It was 10:00 at night in the summer, and there wasn’t a soul in sight. For as far as you could see, there was pristine untouched coastline. The beauty of the nation is open for all to see. If it had been the US, it would have been row upon row of fancy homes despoiling the landscape, all in the name of private property. Out nationalparks are the only line of defense keeping some of the beauty of the nation from the hands of those who have no appreciation of beauty. They are the killers of the golden goose. They are typically rethugs.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      The drumbeat for “smart development” never stops in P-Town. They wanna get their hands on the Federal park lands.

    • Ben in Oakland

      I’m going to Ireland in may for the first time. The cliffs of moher and that general area is one of the places I am considering. How did you like it? any other suggestions about areas to spend a few days in? Right now I’ve got three to four days each in Dublin and kenmare/Kerry. From what I’m reading, it seems just about every area is replete with castles, churches, and Irish countryside, I’m looking for something a bit more special than just that.

      I have appreciated.

      • GeneInSJ

        I was in Ireland for the first time last October and we saw the cliffs of moher on our first day. Awesome!!!! Try to get to Innis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. There’s a stone age for on a cliff there the is not to be missed. We’re going back in August and I can’t wait.

        • Ben in Oakland

          Thanks for the info. I was looking at that whole area, Including the Burren, yesterday for the first time. Of all the various areas I had been reading about, this one caught my attention.

      • j.martindale

        I have been there several times. The Cliffs of Moher are the most beautiful cliffs in Ireland. If you want to see some real Irish history, go to Galway and take the ferry to the Aran Islands. And if you like literature, read up on John Millington Synge–Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea. Those plays are set out there. When you get to the islands, rent a bike and cycle out there. See the seals on the coast and the rather bleak landscape. Depending on how well off you are, the Adare Castle in County Limerick is a sensational hotel. Have high tea in the library, even if you don’t stay there.

        Everyone generally goes to the Ring of Kerry, but I did not enjoy that very much. For history, Clonmacnois (sp?) on the Shannon River is a small gem. Perhaps while you are in Dublin, you could go to Trinity College and see the Book of Kells. If you are into literature, there is a breathtaking biography of Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann that I truly love. It is a bit academic in parts, but by the end of the book you feel like you truly knew the man. Of course, he was at Trinity, and they can show you where his room was.

        My favorite times were chasing down family roots in County Cavan. For a first time visitor, I suggest you get a copy of the Michelin Guide to Ireland–the green traveler’s book. That is good at making suggestions. Enjoy your visit.

        • Ben in Oakland

          Thanks of all of that information. I suspect you just cemented by idea to go the the burren, and added the aran islands to it. I’m already familiar with riders to the Sea, from Vaughan Williams lovely opera based on it. You can see it on youtube, if you like opera.
          Part of my literary tour will be searching out james stephens while in Dublin. My guidebook says nothing about him, but in his time, he was one of the greats. I’ll also be searching out two of my favorite composers, E.J. Moeran and Arnold Bax, both Englishmen with a true love affair for Ireland.
          Thanks again.

  • Hue-Man
  • Rebecca Gardner

    I started following them the second they created the account.
    THEY’VE! BEEN! AWESOME!

  • Tom

    640 MILLION acres! And Congress has voted to change their rules so that they can just GIVE it away by discounting the value of the land.
    Worth a look. But REALLY worth calling Congress 202-224-3121
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/bureau-land-management-federal-lease

    • Friday

      It’s a looting, they know there’s no future in their own policies, not for most people anyway.

  • abqdan

    Defy Trump, get fired. Remember that the Republicans in congress changed the law to allow them the right to fire any individual federal employee or group, without cause, and without recourse to courts. So – waiting for them to use that threat to stop these guys from Tweeting the truth in their own time…

  • Natty Enquirer

    This is excellent — besting Trump at his own game.

  • William

    Soon the only glacier in Glacier National Park will reside in an ice tray in the employee break room freezer.

  • mikeinftl

    Trump can’t touch them. Sad.

  • Halou

    Alternative US National Park Service. Kellyanne would be proud.

  • BobSF_94117

    I hope they were smart enough to just pretend which office they’re at.

  • JR

    With my addition, the number of followers is up over 362.7K

    Is this what it felt like at the beginning of Egypt’s uprising where you had to resort to social media and anonymous accounts to spread the word of government misdeeds?

  • JR

    Defining Characteristic #6 of Fascism:

    “6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled
    by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled
    by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives.
    Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.”

    http://www.rense.com/general37/fascism.htm

  • MMF

    These people are patriots.
    We have the NIH Bear, whom I highly recommend for your reading pleasure.
    https://twitter.com/NIH_Bear?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

  • MBear

    Oh – they’ll take your free time.
    Incarceration.
    And legally approved slavery: they’ll make you do work…like build a wall…?

  • Bj Lincoln

    Right on!

  • Blackfork

    Fourteen Defining
    Characteristics Of Fascism
    By Dr. Lawrence Britt

    Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

    1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

    2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

    3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

    4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread
    domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

    5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

    6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

    7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

    8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

    9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

    10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

    11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

    12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

    13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

    14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • andrew

    Hats off to those NPS Rangers and their friends. Shine a light on the truth whenever possible. Don’t let the liars prevail.

  • Nowhereman

    Wow! And a scientists’ march on Washington would be wonderful! Teachers too.

    His Excellency will NOT be pleased to see this.

    • andrew

      He probably has Comey trying to track them down already.

      • Nowhereman

        I’m sure of it.

  • The_Wretched

    As a former scientist – it’s counter to the culture of science to protest. Them doing so is a big deal.

  • TheManicMechanic

    First Amendment solutions!

  • JCF

    “an anonymous Twitter account”

    I HOPE it stays anonymous (or else it’s gone).

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild