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National Parks and NASA 'Resistance' launches on Twitter

Posted by on Jan. 26, 2017 at 8:49 PM
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Hell hath no fury like a government employee who's told not to tweet about climate change.

It all started with the Badlands National Park Twitter account. Someone manning the account thought it wise to offer a few factual tweets about climate change.

The park insisted these were emitted by a "former employee." The tweets were removed.


There were rumors that climate change was now a verboten subject in President Donald Trump's administration.

Why, on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported the Environmental Protection Agency had been forbidden from releasing scientific research until a political appointee had reviewed it.

Some people claiming to be employees at the National Park Service, however, decided to bite, rather than bark. They created a new Twitter account, using the currently popular "Alt" prefix. The AltUSNatParkService account describes itself as "the Unofficial 'Resistance' team of U.S. National Park Service."

It began tweeting on Tuesday. One of its first missives was aimed at the president: "Mr Trump, you may have taken us down officially. But with scientific evidence & the Internet our message will get out."


In 24 hours, the tweets have flowed like executive orders. As well as offering science, they've become a touch personal.

For example: "Trump knows climate change is real, he just doesn't care. For deniers, ignoring these worries is more profitable. Why worry when you're 70?"

Then there was: "Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS. You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time!"

The writers didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. However, in another tweet they claim to work at Mt. Rainer National Park in Washington.


They have, though, inspired a movement of what appear to be employees of other government agencies who are using Twitter to continue spreading science.

Welcome, for example, to @RogueNASA. It also describes itself as a member of the "Resistance." Sample tweet: "Rogue Twitter accounts are fun, but gov't employees and scientists are very afraid of being fired if they speak out & share facts #resist."

Now there are more than 20 "Resistance" Twitter accounts, all purporting to be the creation of government employees who are determined that the facts be heard.
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BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Jan. 26, 2017 at 8:49 PM
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This makes me absolutely giddy!
BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Jan. 26, 2017 at 8:50 PM
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SunshneDaydream
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2017 at 8:52 PM
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It makes me want to sign up for Twitter just to read them!
Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2017 at 4:47 AM

Call in the NSA!   Find these truth-terrorists, causing publicity-explosions in the very foundations of my American monarchy!

HelenBach
by Silver Member on Jan. 27, 2017 at 5:38 AM
Spoiled liberals







/sarcasm
IndigoStarlight
by on Jan. 27, 2017 at 6:08 AM
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Hooray for our National Parks & NASA!!!...  clapping

Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2017 at 6:19 AM
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If Trump is trying this hard to dictate in week one, he is going to find four years difficult.

Trump's an idiot. He clearly isn't aware of the boiled frog syndrome, thank goodness. As I've said all along, he is fascist, but absolutely nothing like Hitler. He doesn't have the patience of Hitler and he isn't a great orator either. His lack of patience is really doing in his dictatorial ways.
IandLoveandYou
by Silver Member on Jan. 27, 2017 at 7:26 AM
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2017 at 7:41 AM
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I'm surprised that anyone would be ok with political appointees deciding what information scientists (that WE pay for, with OUR tax money...we own that information) are allowed to release. that's dictator bullshit. I can't believe that this can stand. that's the American publics information! it doesn't need to get approved by a layperson with a political agenda! Christ that already happens enough, this is too far.
BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Jan. 27, 2017 at 8:07 AM
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Trump and his Trumpettes don't care. He's making America fascist, I mean great, again.

Quoting stacymomof2: I'm surprised that anyone would be ok with political appointees deciding what information scientists (that WE pay for, with OUR tax money...we own that information) are allowed to release. that's dictator bullshit. I can't believe that this can stand. that's the American publics information! it doesn't need to get approved by a layperson with a political agenda! Christ that already happens enough, this is too far.
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