Julia Thompson, USA TODAY
Published 8:00 a.m. ET April 24, 2021
The ‘firefall’ is a phenomenon that occurs when the sun lights up Horsetail Fall during sunset, in California’s Yosemite National Park. This footage was shot on Feb. 24.
The 63 national parks across the U.S. attract visitors from across the world. Some to enjoy breathtaking vistas and up-close wildlife, and others to make memories with friends and family or take adventures of personal discovery.
National park-goers shared some of those memories and moments on Twitter this week in honor of National Park Week, which runs through Sunday and is celebrated by the National Park Foundation each April.
President Joe Biden asked to hear of favorite national park memories in a tweet Wednesday: “America’s national parks are irreplaceable treasures. They amaze us, inspire us, fill us with pride, and belong to all of us in equal measure. This National Park Week, I want to hear about your favorite memory at one of our national parks. Share by replying to this tweet.”
America’s national parks are irreplaceable treasures. They amaze us, inspire us, fill us with pride, and belong to all of us in equal measure. This National Park Week, I want to hear about your favorite memory at one of our national parks. Share by replying to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/oI7xXpUCQd
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 21, 2021
Many people responded with photos and memories. Here are some of our favorites:
Twitter user Chris Herbert said a 2017 trip to Yosemite National Park in California was one of the “highlight memories of my life.”
Twitter user @Janjr581 reminisced about camping trips with her husband and three sons at Sequoia National Park in California, and though her husband died in September, “the memories he made with the boys will be with them always.”
My three sons who are now 36 (twins) and 35. My husband loved to camp, especially Sequoia National Park and he loved sharing that experience with our sons. He passed away last Sept. and the memories he made with the boys will be with them always. pic.twitter.com/zp1jS1WeZp
— Janjr58 🌊🌊🌊 (@Janjr581) April 21, 2021
Kaz Weida’s daughter dipped her feet in the water at Glacier National Park in Montana, and a favorite photo was born.
My favorite picture of our daughter was taken in Glacier National Park. We absolutely could not convince her to go out on the lake in a canoe. But after an hour of cajoling, I got her to roll up her pants and dip her feet in.
This is her face the moment she first felt the water pic.twitter.com/OFNoxKpwzY
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) April 22, 2021
Staci Ortiz Davis shared photos from a Grand Canyon camping trip in Arizona on the first anniversary of her husband’s death with the hashtags #healing #hisrequest and #grief.
Twitter user @mg_boulder shared a photo of her then 7-year-old hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park in Utah on “the best adventure.”
Another favorite memory is hiking the Narrows in Zion NP with my then 7-year-old. I didn’t think she’d last long, but I thought it would be fun to try. She lasted 4 hours! And she kept stopping to jump off rocks into pools and to swim in currents. We had the best adventure. 🥰 pic.twitter.com/VG8ZvwOYf7
— CO Hiker Chick (@mg_boulder) April 22, 2021
@JoJOFromJerz spent summer days at the beaches of Gateway National Park in New Jersey and now takes her own children there.
As a Jersey girl, I am partial to Gateway National Park.
I grew up spending my summer days at those beaches with my family, and now I take my own kids there.
Here are my little ones on a stormy late spring afternoon.
The sky was out of this world.
Felt like a Spielberg film. pic.twitter.com/G91Zv8UAvo
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) April 21, 2021
Ashley Gebb got engaged at Lassen National Park in California during a night hike to watch the Perseids meteor shower.
My husband proposed to me on the top of Mt. Lassen at @LassenNPS during a night hike to watch the Perseids. Clouds blocked the annual sky show but he made his own shooting stars 🤩😍💫 We celebrate 5 years of marriage and 18 years together this fall. pic.twitter.com/VqNc1HzZeT
— Ashley Gebb (@ashleygebb) April 22, 2021
Allison Miller Johnson experienced a turning point in a cancer battle on a 13-mile hike in Glacier National Park.
Only six months before this trip to Glacier, I had completed chemo for a cancer recurrence. Afraid I’d never get my strength back and that my days were few, this moment, about 8 miles into a 13-mile hike, was a turning point. I’ve been living (instead of dying) ever since. pic.twitter.com/R324gaojDP
— Allison Miller Johnson (@allimille) April 22, 2021
@showmeadventure called a trip to the Grand Canyon with mom “life changing.”
Top-searched national parks by state
Biden wasn’t the only one to call out national parks on Twitter this week. Google Trends tweeted out a map that showed top-searched national parks by state over the past two weeks.
Most of the search traffic came from states in close driving distance to the highlighted parks, for instance, states in the Southwest, including Utah, Arizona and Nevada, searched for Zion National Park in Utah, and states in the Northeast, including, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, searched for Acadia National Park in Maine.
But Yellowstone National Park, which sits in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, was the top-searched park for 20 states across the country from as far away as New York and New Jersey.
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Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 Billion in Taxes in 2021 But Twitter Wants ‘Proof’
Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.
If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.
Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.
For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021
But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.
A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.
Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021
Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021
Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.
In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”
He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”
Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.
Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.
The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”
Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures
Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.
Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.
It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.
“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.
Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.
Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.
“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.
But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”
By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”
“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.
Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream
At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”
On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.
Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.
Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.
The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.
Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.
The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.
The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.
Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.
In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.
Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.
Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.
But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.
“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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