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Critical Map of Alaska Disappears


‘There is a Party slogan dealing with the control of the past,’ [O’Brien] said.
‘Repeat it, if you please.’

‘”Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past,”‘ repeated Winston obediently.

‘”Who controls the present controls the past,”‘ said O’Brien, nodding his
head with slow approval. ‘Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has
real existence?’

Again the feeling of helplessness descended upon Winston. His eyes flitted
towards the dial. He not only did not know whether ‘yes’ or ‘no’ was the
answer that would save him from pain; he did not even know which answer he
believed to be the true one.

Read the report in the Times, “Arctic Map Vanishes, and Oil Area Expands.” And do note that whatever the fellow has been coached to say, when people accidentally dispose of things, like maps with legal standing which happen to be attached to foamboard, they don’t replace those maps with foamboard of the same size. They simply dispose of such them.

Feel free to click on the map for the original, undistorted version.

2 comments on "Critical Map of Alaska Disappears"

  • Roy says:

    Expanded oil exploration in Alaska is going to be such a social pleasure. The administrative cheerleader squad was on the radio last week gushing (sorry, no pun intended) over how this would be such a boon to the indiginous peoples of Alaska; how it would “enrich” them and their lives.

    Yeah, right…

    I lived in Alaska for 21 years, starting in 1970. I was living in Nome when the first “benefits” of the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act were distributed. The first round was a huge check (I seem to recall $5000) sent to every man, woman and child registered under the Act. And, at least in Nome, most of the recipients spent their windfall on… alcohol. More than a few spent their kids’ checks, too. The scene repeated every time a check distribution was made.

    I wish these clowns would just stop trying to sugar-coat their intentions. The US is addicted to oil. To support that addiction, it needs to pump out every last drop domestically and strong-arm control of every last drop under foreign soil. And only after it’s all gone will there be any motion toward alternatives.

  • Who’s got the map?

    From a New York Times article comes a report that the only legally binding definition of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has gone missing.
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