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Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Project Suspended for Winter

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower has been reopened to the public. The rehabilitation work has been suspended for the winter and is expected to resume this Spring. The remaining work is expected to take approximately two weeks and will necessitate another short-term closure to complete.

Visitors can enjoy views from the tower throughout the winter, however, the Clingmans Dome Road will be inaccessible to motorists from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 due to normal seasonal closures. The road, tower, and entire Clingmans Dome area remain accessible to hikers throughout the winter.

Much of the needed rehabilitation work was completed this Fall, but the final surface overlay still needs to be completed. Deteriorated areas on the concrete columns and walls have been repaired, support walls have been stabilized at the base of the ramp, and stone masonry has been repaired.

The work has been made possible through funding received from a Partners in Preservation (PIP) grant. The $250,000 grant was awarded last summer to the Friends of the Smokies on behalf of the park after being one of the top nine, most voted for parks in the Partners in Preservation: National Parks Campaign in 2016.

Straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee state line at 6,643 feet, the tower is a prominent landmark and destination as the highest point in the park. The observation tower is a precedent-setting design of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 program, which transformed park planning, management, and architecture and fundamentally altered the visitor experience in national parks. Since 1959, millions of visitors have climbed the tower, where they can see distances of up to 100 miles over the surrounding mountains and valleys. Some minimal preservation work today on the tower will ensure that visitors continue to experience this unique structure spiraling up from the highest point in the park.

For more information about the Clingmans Dome Tower, please visit the park website at http://ift.tt/2gyHefi.



Jeff
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Smokies Invites the Public to #OptOutside after Thanksgiving Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites visitors to join a park ranger for a guided hike on Friday, November 24 or a service opportunity on Saturday, November 25. Hikes will be offered near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Elkmont Campground, providing an outstanding opportunity for people of all ages to #OptOutside and enjoy the park.

Rangers and park volunteers will help visitors discover special cultural and natural resources along the hikes. Visitors may also choose to hike on their own and can come to any of the park’s visitor centers throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to receive information about hiking options including several short nature trails that are perfect for children.

“The park offers incredible places to enjoy a hike or a scenic drive with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan. “We encourage you to join us in exploring the park and creating new memories over the holiday.”

The park has over 800 miles of trails to explore throughout the year with every season offering its own special rewards. During late fall and winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas revealing stone walls, chimneys, and foundations. These reminders of past communities allow hikers to discover a glimpse of history along park trails.

Friday, November 24 at 10:00 a.m. – Mingus Creek Cemetery Hike
The 4.2-mile roundtrip hike on the Mingus Creek Trail is rated moderate but does have several steeps section near the cemeteries. The trail parallels Mingus Creek with several log foot bridges along the way. The ranger leading the hike will share some of the burial traditions and customs represented in the cemeteries of the Smokies to discover the beliefs and values that defined this southern Appalachian community as we visit two historic cemeteries. The guided portion of the hike will end after 2.1 miles at the Mingus Creek Cemetery. Participants can return to their cars at their own pace, further explore the area, or enjoy a picnic lunch near the cemetery. Meet in the Mingus Mill parking area, less than a mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, along Newfound Gap Road. For more information, call the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at 828-497-1904.

Friday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. – Cucumber Gap near Elkmont
This easy, 4.8-mile roundtrip hike follows the Little River through a beautiful, cove hardwood forest. Participants will learn about the rich history of the area including the logging operations of the Little River Lumber Company. Expect 3-4 hours total for the hike. One river crossing will be required. Meet at the Little River trailhead at 9:00 a.m., 7 miles west of Sugarlands Visitor Center in Elkmont. For more information, call Sugarlands Visitor Center at 865-436-1291.

Saturday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. – #OptOutside with Service
Help clean fire pits and perform other maintenance tasks around the Elkmont Campground to help care for one of the park’s busiest campgrounds. It is particularly important that we keep the area free of trash and food scraps to help us protect wildlife! Expect 3 hours total for the service project and then join us for an optional hike to Huskey Branch Falls! Bring a sack lunch and we’ll take a hike along the nearby Little River Trail to the falls and enjoy the beautiful scenery as we eat! The hike is a moderate 4.3 miles roundtrip and is expected to take 3 hours. Meet at the Elkmont Campground Office at 9:00 a.m., 7 miles west of Sugarlands Visitor Center in Elkmont. For more information, call the Volunteer Office at 865-436-12665.

What to bring: Weather in the Smoky Mountains can be unpredictable, especially in the fall. Rangers recommend participants dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring rain gear. Participants should also bring a bag lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.



Jeff
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La banalité du mal s'incarne-t-elle dans la corruption ?


  

Salut à tous,

Du site Le Devoir : Eichmann « n’était pas stupide, il était inconscient — ce qui n’est pas du tout la même chose — et seule son inconscience lui a permis de devenir un des principaux criminels de son époque ».

 
    ¨ La sortie du film Hannah Arendt sur sa couverture du procès d’Eichmann à Jérusalem nous invite fortement à repenser sa thèse de la « banalité du mal » dans le contexte actuel. Cette dernière nous dit qu’« il est dans la nature même du totalitarisme, et peut-être de la bureaucratie, de transformer les hommes en fonctionnaires, en “rouages” administratifs, et ainsi de les déshumaniser. Le phénomène politique, connu sous le nom de bureaucratie, c’est le règne de personne.  »

   On a pu constater chez Alexandre Duplessis, Michael Applebaum, ou encore l’ancien ministre français du Budget Jérôme Cahuzac une froideur et un déni des accusations, comme si ces derniers ne pouvaient reconnaître leurs torts.
 
Surspécialisation du travail !  
   La segmentation du travail des cols blancs, comme le décrit très bien le philosophe Matthew B. Crawford dans son Éloge du carburateur, engage ces derniers dans une « routinisation » et conduit à une faible valorisation des tâches effectuées . C’est comme si l’ouvrier de Charlie Chaplin, vissant des boulons toute la journée [cf. Les temps modernes], se retrouvait aujourd’hui devant son ordinateur avec une souris dans la main à la place de la clé de vis.

Négation des impacts collatéraux !  
   Si un individu atteint une situation professionnelle où sa marge de liberté et de créativité est plus grande, et où son pouvoir décisionnel est par conséquent plus fort, il lui sera fort facile de légitimer son action par sa participation à une cause, qu’elle soit sociale ou écologique.

La pensée à court terme !  
   La capacité que nous avons collectivement de reporter la faute sur les individus qui sont à des niveaux différents de responsabilité dans la pyramide sociétale est intéressante à analyser. Dans le champ économique, par exemple, il a été démontré que le producteur doit agir selon la fameuse loi de l’offre et de la demande s’il souhaite que son commerce soit rentable.

Comprendre pour soigner !   
   Comme l’écrit Hannah Arendt, « la triste vérité est que la plus grande part du mal est faite par des gens qui ne se sont jamais décidés à être bons ou mauvais ». Or, nous avons la chance, dans de nombreux pays, d’avoir chacun cette possibilité de nous exprimer. Comme dirait Durkheim, l’autorité de la conscience morale n’est guère excessive et laisse libre cours à « l’originalité individuelle ». Dans les pays où les droits de liberté d’expression et d’association sont réprimés, la question se pose, bien sûr.
   Cela étant, la position sociale de certains individus implique que les décisions qu’ils auront à prendre auront une portée plus grande¨...   ( Voir l`article au complet )

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Smokies Celebrates Bridging the Foothills Parkway ‘Missing Link’

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials hosted a celebration for the bridging of the Foothills Parkway’s ‘Missing Link.’ Lane Construction Company of Charlotte, NC recently completed a seven-year project to design and build five bridges at a cost of $48.5 million. This marks the first time that vehicles can travel the entire 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway extending from Walland to Wears Valley, TN.

“We are excited to mark another milestone in the completion of this spectacular section of the Foothills Parkway,” said Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan. “With the missing link now bridged, we look forward to finishing the final paving and then opening the roadway to the public by the end of next year.”

Construction of this 16-mile section began in 1966. Most of the roadway was completed by 1989 when the project came to a halt due to slope failures and erosion during construction of the last 1.65 miles – known as the ‘Missing Link.’ The engineering solution included the construction of nine bridges to connect the roadway in an environmentally sustainable manner. These last five bridges mark an important milestone by completing the ‘Missing Link.’ Since 1966, $178 million has been invested in this 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway spanning parts of Blount and Sevier Counties.

“The Lane Construction Corporation is proud to have completed this complex signature project safely with significant support from the local community,” said Lane Construction Corporation District Manager Tom Meador. Since 2010, approximately 250 Lane Construction Corporation and subcontract team members have worked on the project.

Federal Highway Administration’s Eastern Federal Lands Division Engineer Melisa Ridenour and Lane Construction Corporation District Manager Tom Meador joined National Park Service representatives to commemorate this monumental achievement.



Jeff
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Sunny Point Café Provides Matching Opportunity to Keep National Park Safe

Friends of the Smokies and Sunny Point Café in Asheville are joining forces this November to raise money for radio and emergency communications improvements in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Donation envelopes will be available on tables at the restaurant throughout the month, and all gifts made by patrons will be matched up to $1,000 by Sunny Point Café.

Donations made to Friends of the Smokies at Sunny Point Café for a new radio system will keep national park visitors, volunteers, and rangers safe by allowing the park to communicate with police, fire, and emergency services in neighboring communities. It will also improve the internal communication system of the national park’s law enforcement rangers, search and rescue, wildland fire, and emergency dispatch officers.

“Our mission is to preserve, protect and provide for our park so keeping our visitor safe by implementing a new radio system is a top priority for us,” said Anna Zanetti, North Carolina Director of Friends of the Smokies. “We are thankful to Sunny Point Café for providing this generous matching gift opportunity.”

Sunny Point Café is located at 626 Haywood Road, Asheville and is open daily.



Jeff
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Delayed Opening of Cades Cove for Loop Lope Event on Sunday

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials remind park visitors that access to Cades Cove will be delayed on Sunday, November 5 until 10:30 a.m. for the Cades Cove Loop Lope. The event has been planned to minimize disturbance to visitors for this once-a-year opportunity for pre-registered participants to run a choice of a 10-mile or 3.1-mile loop course.

The park granted approval for the park’s philanthropic partner, Friends of the Smokies, to host this unique event to support the park. The Friends announced the event in April and then accepted registration for 500 participants on August 1. The event sold out quickly for both run courses.

“We appreciate the support of the Friends and participants in supporting this event, along with those visitors who alter their plans Sunday morning to explore other areas of the park during the delayed opening,” said Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan.

To accommodate parking for the event, park rangers will limit access to the area at the Townsend Wye until 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, which is traditionally a period of lower visitation to the area. Registered Cades Cove campers, Tremont program participants, and event participants with a parking pass must show registration documents for access beyond this point. The Cades Cove store will be open, but will not begin renting bikes until 11:00 a.m. The Cades Cove riding stables will begin offering horse rides at 11:00 a.m.

For more information regarding temporary road closures, please visit the park website at http://ift.tt/2fy9X8D.



Jeff
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La planète Titanic va couler...

 Salut à tous,   

Du site Huffpost-Le Monde : et les riches sont en train de se ruer sur les canots de sauvetage ! 

    ¨Le type d'économie mondialisée dans laquelle nous vivons laisse l'empreinte écologique annuelle des humains dépasser ce que la planète peut supporter, conduisant à long terme au naufrage, sans prévoir un nombre suffisant de canots de sauvetage pour tous.

   En 1998, dans un article paru dans Libération "L'économie-Titanic a-t-elle assez de canots de sauvetage?", je faisais le constat que l'économie libérale non régulée pillait la planète et fragilisait l'autonomie des pays les plus pauvres. J'envisageais que ce type d'économie mondialisée dont la caractéristique est de laisser l'empreinte écologique annuelle des humains dépasser ce que la planète peut supporter à long terme conduise au naufrage de la planète sans prévoir un nombre suffisant de canots de sauvetage pour tous.
    
   Nous en étions au moment où le capitaine du Titanic et ses adjoints découvraient que le bateau ne pouvait que couler. Ils restaient les seuls à savoir qu'il n'y avait pas assez de canots de sauvetage pour tous les passagers.

    Les riches passagers des premières classes ont compris par eux-mêmes ou ont été informés de l'inévitable naufrage. Ils ont réquisitionné les premiers canots mis à l'eau. Les canots d'aujourd'hui sont pour les milliardaires chinois qui fuient la pollution de l'air en Chine, leurs multiples passeports ou les 300 milliards de nos riches français placés dans les paradis fiscaux.

   Les classes dirigeantes qui pilotent les pays en tirent dans l'urgence les dernières gouttes de profit, comme le décrit le philosophe Bruno Latour "Tout se passe comme si une partie importante des classes dirigeantes était arrivée à la conclusion qu'il n'y aurait plus assez de place sur terre pour elles et pour le reste de ses habitants [...] Depuis les années 1980, les classes dirigeantes ne prétendent plus diriger mais se mettre à l'abri hors du monde.

    Nous entrons probablement dans l'ère des conséquences: la planète-Titanic va couler, plus ou moins vite, quoi que nous fassions. Son naufrage est désormais visible aux yeux de tous sur les indicateurs écologiques même si nous n'avons pas vu venir l'effondrement du substrat planétaire qui nous fait vivre à cause de son incroyable rapidité

Comment rester humain et rester en vie ?

    Contrairement aux passagers du Titanic, il nous est encore possible de construire des canots. Quelques-uns, par exemple en France avec Nicolas Hulot, espèrent que tous ensemble, nous puissions aussi colmater quelques brèches pour gagner du temps. Il est également envisageable de réquisitionner les canots des plus riches qui partent presque à vide, comme on peut gérer les places dans les canots pour éviter la bousculade et assurer une justice dans l'affectation des places¨...
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