Field Notes: Corruption In Government Destroys Public Lands

Field Notes by John Cox, MFA

Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” as President John F. Kennedy stated, and challenged every American to contribute in some way to the public good. We have gone off-track, and need to get back our ethics, our responsibility in government and the way they operate, and too respect our lands and laws . . .

Today Field Notes take into consideration the ongoing irresponsibility and actions from our lands-based government agencies, and their management — or should I say, “. . . lack of management,” in the matters of managing America’s Federal-Lands appropriately.

The necessity of understanding the concept of our “human – connection” with our natural resources, wilderness, wildlife, and in reality, all that surrounds us, remains very significant. Today our natural environment is communicating with us quite well. In another words, the things our government agencies are doing in areas that are out of sight to most Americans, is devastating to our wildlife environments, our terrestrial environments, and our natural resources that supply 1/3 of Our Nation’s food chain supplements.

Conflicts of interest and illegal activities

I speak about the $512,000,000,000 subsidy-payouts to those participating in our government’s Grazing Permit Programs, quite a bit. The evidence for the situations and payouts over the past 19-20 years, are from government records as well as documents from government files, that are available to the public.

Now we find further abuse of our Public Lands, in particular in 6 of the 11 Western States, that Public Lands are dominant. There are ‘ranching operations’ ongoing, on our Public Lands (i.e. not next too, but on them, precisely – Our Public Lands and without authority or law) — that the ranchers actually live upon.

These are not homesteading situations, nor are they situations of grazing permit programs that are isolated living situations of crews taking care of cattle or sheep. These are situations that are people, Americans like you and I, that actually live and ranch, quite profitably I might add, and pay no rent, no lease, and pay no taxes, on the land they have lived upon for the past few decades, some less than . . .

When asked about the situations, the prevalent response from a few, is there remarks, “. . . we pay our grazing permit fees, so we find nothing wrong with this.”

I must say, the average American finds a lot wrong with this. Upon further perusal, I find the Bureau of Lands Management is very aware of these living arrangements – i.e. people they are related too, or, from the same Church Organization, for example

Many of us have also found evidence of severe conflicts of interest within the hiring practices of private contractors, as well as unqualified employees obtaining jobs within the DOI/BLM. We find many relatives, unreported to the Human-Resources section of the DOI/BLM, in both areas, both private contractors and as government employees.

Many of us have also found evidence of severe conflicts of interest, within DOI/BLM attachments to local and state Cattlemen Association’s, as well as other groups — for example the pesticide manufacturing industries, and hunting groups and organizations that promote special-interest agendas and the management-development of such, forced upon our Public Lands. This sacrifices too much for special-interest groups, inclusive of much of our terrestrial and wildlife environment, inclusive of wild horses, as well as ignoring the harmful effects of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides, used on America’s Public Lands.

This is also disrespectful to the Taxpayer’s of America, who basically have no say in these $-Billions of dollars of Taxpayer money spent, and nothing to show for it . . . Exception: our lands and wildlife being destroyed, and we are lied to about these subjects, a cover-up in totality – In America; whereby, Taxation without Representation and facts to the Taxpayer’s, is Illegal, via Our Constitution and governing Laws.

Many of us have also found these activities to be illegal, unethical, as well as neutralizes and conflicts with proper lands management decision-making. These management situations are disguised as proper solutions or resolutions, placed into action-based ideologies, upon our Public Lands, yet destroy our Public Lands.

We find many of our Public Lands on the verge of non-useful destruction, or destroyed in total and currently unuseful. We find our water systems and natural watersheds to be compromised. We find the use of pesticides to be irrevocably-irresponsible, in particular on wildlife. We find these organizations and people that use the pesticides, and wildlife sacrificed for their use, to be irresponsible in total. These organizations scapegoat other wildlife, for example our Nation’s Apex Predators, which are inclusive of cougar, coyote, bear, wolves, and create a disturbing kill-off, irresponsibly and with prejudice, bias, and special-interest appeal the main motivating-circumstances.

Irresponsibility in Government

All of this I mention within these field notes, are simply the tip of the iceberg, on what is ongoing on our Public Lands today. It is an understatement to say we need more transparency of these government agencies that are working “out of sight” and within a total irresponsible work ethic. Lands are destroyed, and wildlife kill-off takes place from both unavailability of healthy ecology — as well as toxic chemicals (i.e. critical-mass dirt pollution) and less land for them for surviveability.

There is no doubt that our government legal entities should be investigating all of this, and yet, they do not do so. Our responsibility as American citizens remains, to be a voice for the voiceless, and ask our government and politicians why nothing is being done about any of this. The evidence is there. They are the managers of our lands, we should not have to say anything, nor should we have to demand honesty, ethics, and for government agencies to obey the laws that are in place, to avoid conflicts of interest and this type of illegal behavior. – 1/20/23 John Cox, MFA

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Posted by on January 20, 2023 in Uncategorized


Field Notes: Non-Credible Science Needs Challenged

“One of the over-looked responsibilities of those who have developed their education and experience in specific specialized fields, is to have the ability to “Challenge” scientific research and the science community as an entity.  The reasoning here is to develop not only proper resolutions to inherent difficult and destructive situations, ethically, but to develop honest science from credible research, that favors truth, honesty, and secures a proper resolution.” – John Cox, MFA

What we find today is an overwhelming amount of opinion and conjecture, often passed-on as good science, especially about Wild Horses. Information is coming out, just about weekly now, in the matters of credible science versus opinionated, misinformed, non-credible research and science.

We are finding often, much of the government-generated science (i.e., Wild Horses, Wildlife, & Public Lands Science) leaves out essential facts and figures, which develops this non-credible science for distribution to the public, to politicians’, and to other corrupt government agencies and corrupted non-profits. We then find the items, data, facts that are left out, would show in a real-time and place scenario, and very often, truth; rather than, their anticipated outcome for profitability within the non-credible science, while being used as credible-science. . .

The extremes to the situation are:

1. Research shows “… there is no evidence to show researchers, that a Wild Horse or Wildlife kill-off took place before, during, or after the Plasticine Ice Age,” and yet, opinions and conjecture treated as though a firm and solid background of evidence exists, assumptive only – which the evidence simply does not exist at all;

2. Much of the birth control and darting situations on public lands does not have, nor has ever had, appropriate research to confirm the necessity to develop the program beyond e proper research level or capacity, as we discover daily required research to show the pesticides, or all birth controls using toxic chemicals, simply is not necessary – with no evidence to show otherwise – and much of the research conflicts with reality;

3. We find a lot of the research that has been completed on America’s public lands to be one-sided, narrow in scope, and packed with not just misinformation and false narratives, but blatant lies in regard to reasoning, or fulfillment of objectives . . .

— The truth is, we find often no objectives at all, but random information that has too many loose-ends to develop into any type of management paradigm. This non-specific generation of supposed facts, give the latitude to create and disseminate several venues of very destructive, in particular to wild horses and wildlife, misinformation and false-narratives’, which will ultimately generate profits by exploiting the problems the research was generated, and paid for by taxpayers, too resolve – No resolution occurs, and profits extend to a yearly basis, as we see the evidence within the Wild Horse and Burrow Programs project yearly;

4. We find that the review process, the Peer-Review process to be exact, is faulty and corrupt when it comes to reviewing the information in regard to birth controls being used on our Public Lands, the pesticides being used on our Public Lands, the destructive elements outlined untruthfully, opinions and conjecture of wild horses disappearing 10,000 to 13,000 years ago yet with no evidence to confirm such, cattle and sheep and other industries left out of research, and research simply developed with severe bias, opinions based on ignorance, and in accord with no evidence showing wild horses to be a destructive source on public lands, yet promoted as one of the only destructive sources on Public Lands, and more often than not, yet no evidence to show it to be of fact;

5. We find much of the non-credible science, which is all of the supposed science brought to us by the DOI/BLM, private contractors making money exploiting public lands, nonprofits exploiting the wild horses and public lands, all Lacks evidence on the destructiveness directly related to cattle, sheep, mining, oil industry, pesticides, and is nothing more than bad science wrapped up in pretty bows and ribbons, and photographs of wild horses, for example, as merely a sales venue rather than any science at all.

Keep in mind these are only a few of the situations that exist today in regard to what we are now classifying as non-credible science. Not only is the information questionable, in many of the technical reports and research reports, combined with the lack of information that has been left out of the science, and the information that lacks integrity within evidence, outright, but there’s almost a crude ignorance developed – profoundly – that if people receive a lot of money in grants, or budget increases in government agencies, that somehow or another the research and the technical reports that are non-credible – ironically, people perceive them as credible.

Within all of this keep in mind that research science is developed to provide credible information based on credible evidence. Good science is always challenged. Good science works its way through the challenges to show beyond a doubt, through evidence, that the science is not only good, of quality, but is also used as a management tool truthfully, to resolve issues and problems within our lands and wildlife.

The harsh reality is today, we have many problems on our public lands, range lands, in the mountains, and throughout the United States because we are taking bad science, formed from no evidence, and taking harsh or native opinions, as resolutions.

Evidence? Go look for yourself. Our public lands and forests are being devastated by ignorance, bad science, and at the same time our taxpayer money being used frivolously, and our politicians’ expectations approach cutting taxpayers off from needed programs, in order to throw more money into this corrupted and current system of non-credible science, profit-based science, and ignorance ONGOING, and upon our Public Lands! — John Cox, MFA

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Posted by on January 17, 2023 in Uncategorized