A Boy Scout leader leading a troop of kids In a park in Utah, pushed against a rock formation until he toppled the rock where it had been resting for eons. A friend took a video of his doing it and it went viral.
He claims he did it to save peoples lives who would be hurt by the rock.
Now it is reviled that he has applied for disability a few weeks before. Will be interested to see how this plays out.
In most of these parks there are signs all over telling folks not to mess with the rocks. Can't imagine what was going through his head. It sure wasn't trying to save lives.
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
I did. It is so obvious they knew exactly what they were doing. They thought it was cool to "change" something that had not changed in 20 million years. They started joking about it not being safe at the end of the video, so that is what they are saying in their defense. I really hope they can charge these guys with something - they put the damn thing on youtube for crying out loud. Are you sure they were with a troop? I didn't hear that part. I thought they were by themselves.
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
Don't think so, but they need to set a good example and follow tenets even if not with a troop.
The National Boy Scouts of America and the organization's Utah National Parks Council issued almost simultaneous and similar statements Monday addressing the men's actions. The local council statement said the former leaders violated the Scouts' principle of "Leave no trace," which it said "teaches the value of natural areas and the methods we can use to help protect and conserve these areas for future generations."
WHAT A DORK! Yes they were with a BS Group (They've since been dismissed for breaking the rule against defacement ("Not Leaving Anything Other Than Footprints") for setting bad examples for youngsters.
IMO They should face FINES for defacing a Monument.
Have you ever seen one of those Spinning Rock Fountains A Sphere ...usually made of marble, or alabaster... set into a hollow, held up and made to bounce & spin by the force exerted by the water?
...we used to camp in a secluded area that had a natural "spinning ball" waterfall such as that... REALLY KEWL!
the water ran down a granite rock-face, that had eventually carved out a shallow bowl, the far end eventually wore away to create a water fall.. the force of the water shot the water far enough out to hollow out another bowl shaped pool beneath that (that we used as a swimming hole )
OK... what made the whole set-up so unique was that the force of the water had carved a notch that formed the water fall... the notch was shaped like a wine glass, but opened at the front and back allowing the water to pass through... and captured within the wineglass was a large rock sphere, about twice the size of a bowling ball, and warn completely smooth by the force of the water which caused the sphere to endlessly spin as the water forced it's way passed the boulder.
The boulder constricted the flow of the water in such a way that it caused the water to shoot out of the notch in the wine glass all the way out into the middle of the pool below.
Without a doubt.. A Natural Phenomonon to behold! What FUN!!!
until one wekend when we got there, some jackass had used a tree trunk to lever out the spinning ball and drop it into the pool where it became a hazard for those who'd once delighted in diving into the pool.. Now the water , instead of shooting out in a rainbow display we loved to swim though.. letting the water to flood over us like kids playing in the spray of a fire hydrant... th water was trickling down the rock face into a muddy mess that it had now made of the beautiful ferns that once surrounded the pool.
I suppose the jackass would have used the same defense "Potentially saving lives" but it too would have been so much BS. The boulder would have harmlessly spinning for another hundred years... and the chances of hitting anyone when it broke free would still have remained a million to one.
ANother (but less spectacular instance) was some other mindless/thoughtless PoS who drunkenly smashed their beer bottles against the granite face of the rock above another of our long-time swimming holes.
There was just NO WAY to make it safe again for swimming
WHY? What purpose did it serve? WTH knows why some people do what others think of as "unthinkable"
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