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From the NY Times, October 21, 2005

Arctic Map Vanishes, and Oil Area Expands
By FELICITY BARRINGER

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 - Maps matter. They chronicle the struggles of empires and zoning boards. They chart political compromise. So it was natural for Republican Congressional aides, doing due diligence for what may be the last battle in the fight over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to ask for the legally binding 1978 map of the refuge and its coastal plain.

It was gone. No map, no copies, no digitized version.

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Originally posted to david78209 on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 10:33 PM PDT.

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  •  Conscientious, diligent (4.00)
    workers at the Ministry of Truth.

    -7.88, -7.74 In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.

    by melvin on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 10:37:33 PM PDT

  •  you're f'ing kidding me (4.00)
    the cartographer first says
    I don't think it was maliciously taken. I do think it was thrown out.

    but then the story goes on with this naive nugget

    Mr. Vandegraft said he had folded the map in half, cushioned within its foam-board backing, and put it behind the filing cabinet in the locked room for safekeeping.

    He said he was distraught when he learned of the loss. In its place in the original nook, he said, he found a new, folded piece of foam board similar to the old one - but with no map attached.

    Thrown out?! This guy is either stupid or naive. Or stupidly naive.

    Of course it was stolen!!!!!!!!

    Nixon had the Plumbers, Bush has the Mappers.

    •  The Dog Ate My Regulations n/t (4.00)

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 10:51:49 PM PDT

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    •  Could we please hold on the tar and feathers? (none)
      Libraries and archives lose documents all the time, even important ones. They get sent to repairs and lost, they get damaged and put away to be repaired and forgotten about, they get accidentally reshelved. It happens.

      There are enough problems that we KNOW about, why point fingers without all the facts?

      •  i think the point is (4.00)
        that it was was well know (no point inended) to be a significant map.  GIven all fo the techonology available, why was it not coied or scanned?  Yes, libraries have enormouse amounts of informaitn to keep track of and very limited bugdtets, the fact that a map, that is so imporant, and has been so , fo rthe pas 6 years woudl just disappear is unbelievalbe.

        I went to the university of Texas.  I am alwasy amazed becase when I google any map, they are the first to cope up wiht an image.  It is not ucnommon for our map collectoion to be online.  The fact that someihing that looked just like the folio for the map was put right back into it's place is that much more nefarious.

      •  Negligence By Any Other Name . . . (none)
        is still NEGLIGENCE.  

        No being able to produce and account for a valuable government asset such as that map, is no accident.

        As for the tar and feathers, why bother?  

        Just get a rope and get it over with.

        •  true, but (none)
          if he is correct that it was hidden behind a filing cabinet in a locked room, someone had to know where it was. This isn't something the cleaning staff would toss out, no way. They don't clean behind filing cabinets. Come on.

          Its disappearance was deliberate. Perhaps he is complicit or negligently told some stranger who was looking for exactly that map where he kept it hidden.

          I hope there is an update on this story later. I'm intrigued.

  •  Another example of republican corruption... (4.00)
    they don't care about the law or ethics until they get hauled before a grand jury. So who care about destroying a map, getting around campaign finance laws, or outing the wife of some second rate ambassador who disagreed with them on the NY Times op-ed page. They will do anything to win and are only remorseful when they get caught.
  •  Please keep us updated. (none)
    And a copy does exist, if I'm recalling correctly - didn't National Geographic do an article on it not too long ago (er, 10-15 years ago?...maybe 20...?)?. I also believe I saw a publication around that time by a major environmental group that had included a picture of the map, and detailed the refuge boundaries (might have been citing the National Geographic info on it). Anybody else recall this, or am I drawing memories from a mental well off on an alternate reality somewhere again...?
  •  Dust that new foam board for prints. (none)
    That map was stolen.
    Stolen. I say.

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