This morning, our friend Rebecca at Calipidder alerted us via a Facebook post to a woman named Casey Nocket who had traveled to the west coast from New York for a few weeks. Ms. Nocket had been enjoying her time in the outdoors so much that she decided to document her trip on Instagram. And apparently Nocket was so moved by all the natural beauty she saw that she just had to paint all over it. Modern Hiker brings you the story first.

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Nocket’s painting on Death Valley’s Telescope Peak

Sadly, this is not a one-time thing. Nocket’s “work” has also been spotted (and Instagrammed) in Yosemite National Park and Crater Lake National Park, as well.

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Near the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park

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Overlooking Crater Lake

According to her Instagram feed, Nocket has been traveling quite extensively – she has photos tagged from all over the West, including stops in Carrizo Plain National Monument, Sequoia, Bryce, Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Rocky Mountain and Joshua Tree National Parks – where just today rangers posted this photo of Barker Dam, which has been closed since last February due to vandalism. There’s no telling how many of these paintings she left.

In case you were wondering, no – the images aren’t chalk – they’re acrylic paint. And yes, she knows she shouldn’t be using it. creepytingsquote In either case, however, what Ms. Nocket is doing will not only get her some likes on Instagram, but will most likely result in a few felony vandalism charges once the Park Service catches up with her. And since, like most modern park vandals, she left a rich social media trail, it will likely only be a matter of time before that happens. Reddit already seems to be on the case. Update: Looks like Nocket’s Instagram account is now set to “Private.” All photos with paintings and Instagram conversations here were screen-grabbed from her account on the morning of October 21st. And yes, it also appears that she defaced Canyonlands and Zion on her trip. From her Tumblr blog:

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in Canyonlands National Park

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Zion National Park

Second Update: A National Park Service Ranger is launching an investigation. Although she made her account private, I still had a window with it open and was able to get a few more images – including one defacement of The Ginn Mill in Denver, Colorado, another defacement somewhere tagged only as “the wilderness,” and a photo of her crawling over the existing, protected pictographs in Joshua Tree. All three are posted below.

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The Ginn Mill in Denver, CO

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Climbing on the protected pictographs near Barker Dam

Third Update: Hi, Redditors! Thank you for helping us make this story the national news it should be! If you live or like to hike in the southwest, consider subscribing to our site via RSS or even just signing up for our weekly mailing list. We like to keep up on news like this but we also like to give people ideas for new trails to hike and parks to visit so we can get more people outside. If we have more people out there who can appreciate the beauty of our wilderness for what it is, there will be fewer who feel like they literally need to leave their mark on it.

Fourth Update: The story is definitely picking up steam, and some national outlets are reporting that Nocket has retaken to her formerly defunct Tumblr blog at creepytings.tumblr.com. On the site, which has undergone a complete graphical overhaul, the author now seems to be combative – comparing her work to that of noted street artist Banksy and defending herself as a feminist. The author now also says she plans to paint on gravestones because it will cause less controversy. Pulled screengrabs are below:

It is my opinion that this Tumblr account is NOT operated by Casey Nocket. The new Tumblr blog only goes back as far as when the original version was taken down, the visual and writing style are completely different, and the new content seems more interested in stirring up controversy via combative language and buzzwords like “mansplaining.” As it goes for all trolls, I would encourage everyone to ignore this new Tumblr blog – and hope that all of the new journalists who are coming to the story don’t associate this new content with Ms. Nocket.

Fifth Update: After spending a LOT of time thinking and writing about this issue, I’ve written a follow-up post answering some questions about why this is such a big deal and how we as the outdoor community can turn it into something positive.

Sixth Update: We already knew she was in Rocky Mountain National Park but we didn’t have evidence of her graffiti there. Sadly, now we do.

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Seventh Update: In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been having a few server burps lately. While we strongly encourage you to donate your money or time to the National Parks, we have also had to pay out-of-pocket overage fees to make sure the site remains up and running for everyone who wants to stay up to date on this scandal. If you’ve appreciated our reporting and have the resources, please consider helping us out by purchasing a Modern Hiker shirt, hoodie, or sticker from our store or by making a donation directly to Modern Hiker via PayPalAll donations we receive in excess of our costs for running this story will be donated to the affected National Parks. Thank you.

Eighth Update: Another outdoor web site called TrailMob has reported that they were able to contact a relative of Ms. Nocket, who said she was remorseful and cooperating with authorities. While I hope that is true, the person only spoke anonymously and the site did not publish any quotes. While the story may be true, until someone comes out on record we should treat this ONLY as a rumor. I have seen too many stories get completely mis-reported based on rumors and conjecture and I would hate to see it happen to this one. In the mean time, if you would like to enjoy the great outdoors in a way that DOESN’T damage it, we suggest you read our new post on the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and why they’re important to the outdoor community.

Ninth Update: While there is yet to be any confirmation or on-record quotes, rumor is that Ms. Nocket has been contacted by NPS Officials and is supposedly cooperating. As of 10/28 at 10AM Pacific, no charges have been filed and Ms. Nocket has not been officially named a suspect in this case. I was on KPCC’s Take Two yesterday and got to go a little more in-depth on this issue live, on the air, and also did a live Skype audio interview with Nevada’s KNPR. We have also seen that one NPS Spokesperson has asked a site to blur images of the Creepytings graffiti. As one of the primary sources of the images in this story, we at Modern Hiker have not been contacted by Park Service officials with such a request and to be honest, we’re not convinced blurring the vandalism would have the desired effect. We will update you if we are contacted.

Tenth Update: As of October 29th, Casey Nocket has officially been charged NAMED AS A SUSPECT of vandalism in 8 National Parks. From the press release the NPS put out, the graffiti in Rocky Mountain National Park was removed in late September, while an unknown person or persons removed the image in Yosemite National Park. The image in Crater Lake is currently covered in ice and snow and will most likely not be able to be removed until next year at the earliest. The NPS urges people to be patient as they build their case and to report any additional instances of graffiti to them. The NPS is urging people to NOT attempt to remove the graffiti on their own. Initially I had written that Ms. Nocket has been charged – that is incorrect. She has been named a suspect but not charged with anything. The NPS is consulting with the US Attorney’s Office at this time.

WASHINGTON – A 21-year-old New York State woman, Casey Nocket, has been identified as the primary suspect in recent vandalism cases that affect eight national parks in the western United States.

National Park Service investigators have confirmed that images were painted on rocks and boulders in Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park, all in California; Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument, both in Colorado; Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in Utah.

Investigators continue to collect evidence of the crimes, conduct interviews, and are consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office about potential charges. We ask the public to exercise patience and allow due process to take its course as the investigation moves forward.

The image in Rocky Mountain National Park was reported to the park and removed in late September before similar images were found in the other national parks.

Ice and snow now cover the image at Crater Lake National Park, and it may not be accessible for assessment and clean up until next summer.

An image in Yosemite National Park was removed by an unknown person or persons.

If people visiting these parks come upon these images, they should contact the nearest park ranger with information about the image location. Visitors should not attempt to remove the images.

The National Park Service was contacted on October 20 about this vandalism case. The investigation began immediately.

Eleventh Update: Wondering what it’s going to take to get some of this graffiti off the landscape at these National Parks? The Associated Press and Mashable looked into it for us – and as we feared, it’s not going to be easy.

Twelfth Update: Casey Nocket has pled guilty via a plea bargain.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Hiker, Author of "Day Hiking Los Angeles," Walking Meditator, Native Plant Enthusiast.

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Joseph Celestine

Joseph Celestine Jul 24, 2016 08:07In reply to: Murraighn

exactly why the law should make an example of her.

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Gary Jun 23, 2016 01:06In reply to: Diane Gee

Everyone in Canada too. A serious criminal record would help keep Nocket heads like this psycho out of Banff and Jasper as well.

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Gary Jun 23, 2016 00:06In reply to: Khang Le

I don't believe you and neither do you. You stupid little kids keep mistaking sarcastic narcissism for intelligence.

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Gary Jun 23, 2016 00:06In reply to: Buster Casey

You started the generation war here you dumb ass young whippersnapper so just get over your inadvertent graffiti worship and try to develop an attention span. This stupid little girl should be persecuted for the rest of her sociopathic life and if you keep up your attitude, young man...so should you. And I don't care if in "real" life you are over fifty and a grandfather, you sound like a smart ass stupid little child. You all should just grow up however old you are.

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Bob Tyson (@lkrndu) Jun 22, 2016 09:06

Good! Finally -- justice. It seems to me the banning is a big deal -- symbolic in a strong way and also leaves open worse to come if she's caught out violating that part.

And the fine to be determined. Enough to pay for restoration of all defacements she's committed? Plus a clause for treble damages should additional sites pop up that she hadn't owned up to in court? Plus whatever the going-rate sanction is for perjury, if that should turn out to be the case?

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Pedro Jun 22, 2016 03:06In reply to: Joe

She didn't forget because that's not her at all.

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Casey Schreiner Jun 14, 2016 14:06

We have posted an update on Casey Nocket

http://modernhiker.wpengine.com/2016/06/14/casey-nocket-pleads-guilty-to-vandalism/

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Karen Day Jun 14, 2016 13:06

Woman pleads guilty to defacing rocks at 7 national parks


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A San Diego woman who painted and drew on treasured natural rock formations at national parks across the West and shared her work on social media pleaded guilty Monday to defacing government property.

Casey Nocket, 23, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Fresno, California to seven misdemeanors for the autumn 2014 painting spree at seven national parks including Yosemite in California and Zion in Utah.

She also admitted to defacing rocks at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Nocket used Instagram and Tumblr to document her trip and her graffiti-like work, which led to broad outrage on social media.

She was sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service.

The vandalism in September and October of 2014 caused serious cleanup problems at the national parks. The sandblasting and chemical stripping used to remove paint can cause even more damage to irreplaceable natural features.

At two parks, Crater Lake and Death Valley in California, the cleaning has yet to be completed nearly two years later.

A later hearing will determine how much restitution Nocket must pay to help with the cleanup.

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Emerald Bixby Oct 9, 2015 18:10In reply to: Sari Swick

I surfed back by this today because I was curious to see whether anyone knew what had happened to her. I agree with you -- everyone should ask investigative reporters to figure out what's going on, and make damn sure she doesn't stay peacefully in hiding!

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adamwolfisawake Jun 23, 2015 11:06In reply to: ofnir

I'm pretty sure that's considered poor form in the graffiti community. Breaking the law is part of it but causing real damage isn't. Also, if you do this your piece is more likely to be removed and you're out your paint and notoriety. Not saying it doesn't happen, it's just not a real part of what people who know what they're doing are doing.

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adamwolfisawake Jun 23, 2015 11:06In reply to: Heather

perfect

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Michael Harwell Jun 23, 2015 07:06In reply to: Tony Clark

What about railroad cars?

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Michael Harwell Jun 15, 2015 12:06In reply to: israeluberalles bernstein

Well I think that is very Un-American. You know free speech. No wait that is what she was doing except that in expressing herself she broke the law therefore she pays!

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Michael Huckaby May 16, 2015 08:05In reply to: Murraighn

Put an ankle monitor on her, and keep her out of the wilderness. I've seen so much of this senseless destruction and vandalism, but how can it be stopped? Some is as inane as etching your name, but the same mentality applies to folks stying to steal prehistoric rock art; and unprotected "wilderness" sites are the most vulnerable.

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Sari Swick May 6, 2015 20:05In reply to: katem0nster

EVERYONE should contact the media and ask for an update. We must show a continuing concern about this. She must clean up her mess at her own expense (or her rich parent's expense) and be banned from all Nat'l. Parks forever. A nice big fine and/or jail time would be good too. This cannot become a national fad amongst the "street artists" what ever that label means.

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katem0nster May 6, 2015 11:05In reply to: Scott Turner

Casey Schreiner - find us an update!

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Murraighn Apr 30, 2015 17:04

Can we just ban this b**** from all National Parks and monuments for the remainder of her natural life AND slap her with a serious fee and jail time? Honestly......this is going to spawn copycats who think this kind of desecration is ok. To me it's the same as someone going and putting up grafitti at a church or a synagogue. The outdoors are my place of worship. It's where I go for my spiritual fulfillment. You can clean up trash, trees will grow back, but these paints were done in acrylic that will take an extremely long time to erode away or will have to be forcibly removed which is costly for the NPS. She obviously doesn't care about anyone but herself, much less the country that she lives in. I'm just sickened that she thought this was by any means ok. Her 'art' ruins the ambiance of these gorgeous places.

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Scott Turner Apr 28, 2015 20:04In reply to: cawoman23

I'm sorry to say that I (Scott) don't have any info on what is happening with Casey Nocket. Once Casey has gotten back from Nepal and re-acclimated to the Western world, I suspect he might be happy to delve in and find out what is happening with that case.

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cawoman23 Apr 27, 2015 10:04

Today's Los Angeles Times ran an article of park graffiti and mentioned Nocket's path of defacement. The article merely mentions she is a suspect and evidence the parks department has collected. She basically admits what she did on her Instagram. No prosecution? No fines??

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Buster Casey Apr 23, 2015 12:04In reply to: Joe

I'm not part of her generation. I have kids of my own that I've raised to appreciate and respect nature.

Also, you previously said "People say things on the Net that they would not say to others’ faces. This is inhumane and quite out of keeping with the ideal of preserving pristine places. How about regulating our minds before we speak?"
Why don't you take your own advice before being such a dick to an entire generation? What did you ever do with your life as an example of the greatness of whatever generation you belong to?
Oh, and believing thing were always better in the past is a common but faulty thing to fall into: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201308/romanticizing-the-past-makes-us-feel-bad-about-the-present

I'm here, living in the present, appreciating the past, and trying to make a better future. But, go ahead and pine away for something that's never coming back.

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joelsax47 Apr 22, 2015 22:04In reply to: Joe

And you saw this in the article where? I was just asking a question. You made a statement of fact without proof.

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Joe Apr 22, 2015 20:04In reply to: joelsax47

Tea Party? This artist is New York liberal nut. Own it.

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Joe Apr 22, 2015 20:04In reply to: Buster Casey

Things were better back in the day. Your generation sucks.

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cheese coney Apr 18, 2015 05:04In reply to: TheDailyPainter

she is a hack of an artist don't fool yourself lol

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TheDailyPainter Apr 17, 2015 18:04In reply to: Bryan

A half decent artist? Uh, no, she isn't.

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Casey Schreiner Feb 17, 2015 16:02In reply to: J McKenna

http://modernhiker.wpengine.com/2014/12/18/whats-going-on-with-casey-nocket-creepytings-case/

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J McKenna Feb 17, 2015 13:02In reply to: Casey Schreiner

Why is she not being prosecuted?

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Casey Schreiner Dec 30, 2014 09:12In reply to: Zona Vizard

Time spoof? That's an 'interesting' theory, but no.

Others have seen the graffiti at Zion, Death Valley, and Yosemite and some has already been removed. There's another instagram photo of hikers flipping off the graffiti in Zion. Some are buried in snow right now but rangers know where they are. All the photos are time stamped and geo-tagged.

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Zona Vizard Dec 30, 2014 08:12

So has anyone been to these places and seen this art, this year? Me thinks it's like the other news these days, a time spoof. The pictures might be 5 to 10 years old, the art long gone, and people planted to get you going on about stuff, working you up to think about the time you did something like that.

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Ian J. Winckelmann Nov 29, 2014 09:11

WAZROM!

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Haroldfcalderon Nov 28, 2014 05:11

I think it will adversely affect the site in the future, leaving his mark is very interesting for the individual, but it will take away the beauty of nature.
Thank you!

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Deborah Nov 23, 2014 16:11In reply to: Asiangem

Asiangem, I am also 60. I traveled from the East coast to the west coast 3 times in my life and stopped in every National Park. Our National Park Service do a great job keeping mother natures beautiful art work beautiful and for creepytings to deface the natural beauty is disgraceful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. creepything this art was for your eyes only.

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Deborah Nov 23, 2014 16:11In reply to: hello

Again people have to take responsibility of their own behavior. This woman is an adult. It was her choice. And it was a very bad choice. That she has to deal with.

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hello Nov 22, 2014 12:11In reply to: Asiangem

Your generation parented this generation. Maybe your generation should have thought your kids better

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Buster Casey Nov 12, 2014 20:11In reply to: Asiangem

It always makes me laugh when people pull the whole "things were better back in my day!" There were morons back in your day too and there will be morons well into the future as well. To write off entire generations because some dummies is as silly and thoughtless as what this girl did.

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h3rb Nov 7, 2014 08:11

I'd like to come over to your house and desacrate it.. then tell you too get over it. Ppl have been doing this for ages

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Asiangem Nov 6, 2014 11:11

Its sad commentary of today's times - I'm now in my 60's (part of the Baby Boomers) and when I was growing up, I don't remember ever seeing this in National Parks with my parents - I suppose in those days, people had sense to just enjoy the beautiful sights of nature. I remember my father teaching us "trash in- trash out" as to have others campers enjoy "mother nature's gifts" it as we did. Now its "graffiti in - idiot out"

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jlta5 Nov 5, 2014 17:11In reply to: Bill Smells

This is the real spirit of an outdoor lover! YESSssss! When we take pictures we recognize the value of a place, when we left only our footprint we recognize the value of our soul!

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Stonefruit Nov 5, 2014 14:11

When I clicked over, I thought "people have been painting and inscribing since Lascaux, probably before." Maybe it's ok. And I am an artist and avid outdoors person, especially in the West.

Then I saw the work. Wow! It is absolutely terrible! If she doesn't feel absolutely humiliated she is a very, very dumb, self-absorbed person. It is medicore even by 2nd-4th grade school levels. It would be an absolute humiliation to be even be associated with, let alone trumpet through social media. She can only do one thing and, even that, she can't do remotely well.

Not even chalk but acrylic. Oh, come on.

And painting over ancient pictographs?! How dare she. That is the worst of all of her offenses. Words fail me in describing how someone could think that could possibly be ok, let alone a good idea.

Add my voice to the chorus of punishment: she cleans it all up at her expense with an expert at her should, she pays for an expert to clean up the pictograph desecration, and fines and jail time too.

I have made land art in national parks and wilderness areas but I only used natural materials that were site specific and I never made fixed structures with permanent materials. If you must make art in public places, do it with respect, in a way that works harmoniously with the site, and will disintegrate back to nature leaving no trace in a season or two.

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rustic Nov 5, 2014 12:11

Enough already, what is done is done. Put your money where your mouth is ---- go out and clean the so called art up.

And stop with threats and petty name calling, children. Your all making the outdoor enthusiast look like an horses ass.

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Mike W. Nov 5, 2014 11:11In reply to: L.

Just another non-educational butt-head--didn't her parents teach her anything?

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SA_NYC Nov 4, 2014 22:11In reply to: Nita

Oh my god. On behalf of New Yorkers, I am so, so sorry to all residents of this amazing land. I can assure you we are not all like this. Goodness gracious, this literally makes me want to weep. Thank you Modern Hiker for bringing to light. Maybe the next sub-moron will get the message, in advance.

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Eric Nov 4, 2014 22:11In reply to: Mason Cruz

Yeah, it's not like Earth is the only home we have. Why not trash the place and move on to greener pastures? Oh, wait, there are no other greener pastures. Of course, if the federal government would spend more time going after corporate vandals (read polluters) instead of going after such small potatoes as Ms. Can't-Draw-Any-Better-Then-My-Four-Year-Old-Grand-Nephew, perhaps we wouldn't have people like her thinking that it's okay to deface ancient rock formations in the first place, mmmkay? I mean, if large corporations can deface and defile entire ecosystems and not have to worry about government sanctions or never have to worry about seeing the inside of a prison cell, why should she give a fuck? By the way, any kind of expression of a human being by means of any medium is art, regardless if it is appreciated by the viewer or not. Ms. Fancy Britches just chose the very worst canvass to express herself on. Later.

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Fritzy Nov 2, 2014 12:11In reply to: Danl

Danl, what she did is not just stupid, but against the law. People are angry, because it lessens the experience of visiting these beautiful areas. And her acts are purely selfish. Your committing the fallacy of false equivalency by likening the comments here to her destructive, egotistical act.

As a side note, her "art" is just plain awful--a coffee shop would lose my patronage if that shit was plastered to the walls, and were talking about venues known for showcasing mediocre self-indulgence..

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Desolation Nov 2, 2014 12:11In reply to: Mason Cruz

I the interest of decent communication, please delete the prior remark.

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Nelson Chunder Nov 2, 2014 07:11In reply to: cjd71571

The anger likely comes from people, like me, who are absolutely full to overflowing with this whole "selfie" culture we live in. Speaking for myself, the anger is more about the self absorbed, self important, "selfie" part of it all, not her "mistake".

The problem for this woman is that our disdain for such action is magnified by my utter disdain for this kind of "culture of the self" in society at large these days. This stupid woman just stepped up and put her face and name on this disdain and allowed pent up anger and frustration with this aspect of today's world to direct right at her. Someone had to be the target, and she thoughtlessly stepped up to the plate. Wrong place, wrong time. Life just works that way sometimes.

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Nelson Chunder Nov 2, 2014 07:11In reply to: israeluberalles bernstein

Maybe, just maybe we also riled by crappy healthcare, poverty and other things too. Maybe we're not as one dimensional as your projection. First recommendation, get over yourself. Second recommendation, think before opening your mouth.

If your name is any indication of where you are from, let's see how well some "art" painted on the Wailing Wall would go over...especially considering all the other problems in that part of the world.

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thomas poster Nov 1, 2014 11:11

She should tattoo a mule on her face.

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L. Nov 1, 2014 10:11

Casey Nocket NEEDS to be prosecuted and pay restitution for the cleanup of our parks NOW and for the rest of her life if it takes that long. She has disrespected and desecrated our National treasures.

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melissa Nov 1, 2014 10:11In reply to: Carmine

Any contemporary artist's unsanctioned painting on a rock or wall in the national parks would be terrible art and it would be a desecration to our parks.

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melissa Nov 1, 2014 10:11In reply to: zoomzoomdiva

Nicely stated Zoom...

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melissa Nov 1, 2014 10:11In reply to: Bryan

Ok, you lost me on the half decent artist thing. Any artist of any skill level who would elect to deface property in the national parks is a horrible artist.

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melissa Nov 1, 2014 10:11In reply to: Rich B.

Agreed.

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melissa Nov 1, 2014 10:11In reply to: Khang Le

The binder for acrylic paint is plastic. The pigments, depending on the colors are usually synthetic dyes.

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melissa Nov 1, 2014 10:11In reply to: George

George? Really? Any artist who'd deface the land in the national parks is a really bad artist and a repugnant human being.

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Nita Nov 1, 2014 07:11

She's NOT an artist. She's a self-absorbed asshole, nothing more.

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Barbara Bricker Culotti Oct 31, 2014 23:10In reply to: Mason Cruz

It would help if she weren't such a lousy artist. Those are really ugly drawings.

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Bill Smells Oct 31, 2014 20:10

Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.

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Patriarchy Central (@PatriarchyCtrl) Oct 31, 2014 18:10In reply to: CritFem

Why yes, we at The Patriarchy have made National Parks as male only spaces. I mean, you can just see the "Males only" signs at the entrances to the parks. We at The Patriarchy shall condemn this woman for violating the male only National Parks with her graffiti.

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marshall clayton Oct 31, 2014 18:10In reply to: Jerry

You are incorrect, as in wrong. It was not the Germans [they have enough to live down with the Nazis and WWII thing]. It was the French at artillery practice.

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Rogue Male Oct 31, 2014 13:10In reply to: Janet

I imagine she thought she was a New Yorker in the fly-over land of low-sloping foreheads (as NY Times writers put it), and assumed she was entitled to do whatever she wanted.

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joelsax47 Oct 31, 2014 13:10In reply to: cjd71571

I agree. Conversation has gone over the top. I am wondering if trolls have assumed positions on both sides. But then some people have difficulty thinking their anger through and moderating their responses accordingly. I worried some when I suggested that she be made to scrub her work off using steel wool, but I have seen far worse since then.

People say things on the Net that they would not say to others' faces. This is inhumane and quite out of keeping with the ideal of preserving pristine places. How about regulating our minds before we speak?

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pete young Oct 31, 2014 11:10In reply to: cjd71571

Wow CJ...it's people like you that create people like her.....yes we should be pissed off and disgusted and have true anger at someone that thinks she is so important that she can do whatever she wants and ruin national parks for the rest of us....her feeling of her BS importance is driven by morons like yourself. Punishment should be quick and should be harsh...this kind of activity can not be excused on any level. !!!!

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cjd71571 Oct 31, 2014 10:10In reply to: JCT

I agree she should be penalized. She behaved thoughtlessly and destructively (and her art is amateurish, to put it nicely). I disapprove of her actions myself. But taking that disapproval to a level of judgment that casts her as a despicable human being unworthy of common decency is wrong. The crime doesn't fit the punishment.

Maybe it IS naive of me to expect people to react in a more circumspect manner; maybe it's also naive to wonder why so much hatred is being channeled toward someone who committed a thoughtless, nonviolent crime. If so, my naivety is merely calm reason in the face of reactionary hatefulness.

In my opinion, such passionate disgust would be far more productively channeled toward certain criminal corporations, corrupt politicians and violent individuals who are actually damaging large groups of people by their actions, daily. Since this is a hiking blog, the concerns expressed here are bound to be wildlife focused, rather than political, of course. Nevertheless, the name calling, rage and wild assumptions about her quality of person are inexcusable and cross the line into group cyber-bullying.

Does everyone who behaves thoughtlessly and/or stupidly deserve to be publicly castigated? Many here seem to think so, but I disagree. That's just my naive opinion, of course.

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Gordon Oct 31, 2014 10:10In reply to: Lt. Aldo Raine

my thoughts exactly. you beat me to it.

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JH Oct 31, 2014 10:10In reply to: George

No it would not be different. People who deface places like national parks are selfish egotists, who think their message is so grand everyone should see it and that their idea or art is so important they can deface anything.

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Lt. Aldo Raine Oct 31, 2014 01:10

I say carve a swa into her forehead. She'll probably stop doing it after that.

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Janet Oct 30, 2014 15:10

this shit is just downright ugly.... WTF was she thinking?!?!

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Ron Sundergill Oct 30, 2014 11:10In reply to: Mason Cruz

This woman will soon be facing the authorities, as she should be. This was a disgraceful defilement of our national parks - our national treasures. Her actions are in no way related to feminism, and to suggest that this has something to do with feminism is an insult to feminists everywhere. The person knew that this was wrong when she was doing it. She deserves some time in jail along with the maximum fine of $5,000.

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Desolation Oct 30, 2014 10:10In reply to: Mason Cruz

She defaced rocks in National Parks. Those parks belong to all of us. She was enormously disrespectful to all of us.

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Kimba Oct 30, 2014 09:10In reply to: israeluberalles bernstein

We can't get hot and bothered about more than one thing?

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joelsax47 Oct 30, 2014 08:10In reply to: Mason Cruz

Wow. A movement dedicated to being jerks. Do you also have a truck rigged to spew black smoke when you see a Prius? Are you funded by the Tea Party? Get thee behind us, troll.

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JCT Oct 30, 2014 08:10In reply to: cjd71571

If she'd done this once and then realized her mistake and stopped that would be one thing. She did this for self aggrandizement, certainly not as an artistic statement. She's also 21, not exactly a young adult, and should know to respect national parks as they are. There's a reason these lands are clear of graffiti, most people don't have to tag a rock with their bad art and then post it online. She should be penalized for this, sorry. This is not just some innocent mistake.

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JCT Oct 30, 2014 07:10In reply to: Mason Cruz

Nice attempt at sarcasm but when I go into nature the last thing I want to see is some lame ass art painted on a rock. Keep it urban where it belongs.

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Hortense Baltman Oct 30, 2014 05:10In reply to: Mason Cruz

Fail troll is fail.

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Mike Friedman Oct 29, 2014 23:10

The sentence should be having to remove the "art" by herself, with a toothbrush, in August.

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Greg Oct 29, 2014 23:10In reply to: ideabloke

She should AT LEAST be fined the $5,000 for EACH piece of "art" she produced in all 8 national parks she visited and defaced (tip: Cleaning up your mess Casey would make for a perfect opportunity to fulfill the community service requirements). On a real note, she got preeetty good at drawing the same crappy face over and over again. Which will hopefully make it verily easy to identify her "works of art" allowing for an accurate dollar amount for all the fines she will hopefully be receiving.

And in response to this moron Mason Cruz / / / / may the ticks and fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits. And dear god do not let this idiot reproduce in anyway, shape or form. For you are a direct product of incest and we could use your genes to be removed from the pool.

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Ludie Dela Cruz Oct 29, 2014 21:10

use drone patrol to catch those guys

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Joe Oct 29, 2014 18:10

She's a moron and her "art" sucks. She also forgot to delete her Twitter account: https://twitter.com/caseynocket

Have fun! You're welcome.

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Matt Oct 29, 2014 16:10In reply to: Khang Le

You might have a point if our society hadn't already left our mark on so much of the landscape with such monstrosities as NYC, LA and a million cow farms.

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dbat2014 Oct 29, 2014 16:10In reply to: Mason Cruz

Just a rock??? Why don't you paint some ugly images all over your mamma's house, including a huge ugly poster right across the front door????

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jtsturgell Oct 29, 2014 15:10In reply to: Khang Le

Comparing a self-serving look at me doodle to historical artwork on cave walls is a stretch. After all, she's not depicting hopes for a successful hunt on the walls of the cave near where she lives. That's like saying we should let developers build a mall in the middle of the Tetons because the first Americans built lodges there.

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ideabloke Oct 29, 2014 14:10

Is she in prison yet? Why not?

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wetwag Oct 29, 2014 13:10In reply to: superabound1

These are not in the middle of nowhere...these are in Federally Protected National Parks. She could have sat at home and painted all the rocks she wanted. The law is clear...this is an act of vandalism, and in Parks punishable by 6 months in jail per occurrence. Send her no-talent self-absorbed ass to the clink! They have lots of nice walls to paint on.

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Julia Marley Oct 29, 2014 13:10In reply to: Khang Le

Yeah, it's really pretentious to want to hold on to evidence of extinct peoples from many hundreds of years ago.

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Mason Cruz Oct 29, 2014 13:10

I'm pretty sure you are all idiots. She drew on a rock. I don't think any rocks were harmed in the making of these drawings. Nor do I believe that the majority of you people writing on this page are ever going to see any of these "crude" drawings depicted on these rocks in person. Also, shouldn't we all be proud that feminism is working in such ways that this lady, who clearly works very hard, due to the fact that she takes all these trips, so she must have time and money, is going against the grain like she is. Whats wrong with all you stinky sissy's. This is a movement. The NON NATURE MOVEMENT I say. Instagram #nonnaturemovement (although i don't have instagram, or maybe its twitter). For starters lets glue glass to all the trees, dump cement on all the bushes, rip up all of our yards and replace it with turf, and especially draw on rocks. Get your heads out of your butts and worry about your self. Free yourself of your self. BEcome free. Stop with all this stupid negative hate. Its useless. And again she painted on some rocks. Is this really the biggest issue in your life? And my apologies for saying idiots.

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Rick Oct 29, 2014 10:10

Just like how cavemen paintings gave us insight into the lives of prehistoric civilization, so too will this. A thousand years from now when some cultural anthropologist finds these "paintings", they will at least be able to discern what douchebags people of the 21st century were...

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SKSP Oct 29, 2014 08:10In reply to: israeluberalles bernstein

@ISRAEL, these are our NATIONAL PARKS. These are treasures that belong to all Americans. Yes, we face other major issues in our country, but we are also concerned with the preservation of our natural and cultural resources for this and future generations. Imagine if someone painted one of these terrible faces on the Kotel, or the just below the beautiful falls of Ein Gedi, or on the snake trail up to Masada. Please respect our resources as the rest of the world respects (and loves, as I do) yours.

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Ben Petroelje Oct 29, 2014 08:10In reply to: Sky

Bullshit! Racism is descriminating based on race - regardless of whether that race is a minority or "the dominant culture". Your definition of racism is deeply flawed

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George Oct 29, 2014 07:10

It really would be different if the art was trying to convey a profound message or statement about related to the scenery. This chick is just full of herself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pubd-spHN-0

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margroks Oct 29, 2014 07:10In reply to: You are no Andy Goldsworthy

Yes, she's an idiot if she thinks this is actually "art." Her not-at-all-art sucks and she should be prosecuted for doing it in violation of the law.

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Tony Moser Oct 29, 2014 06:10

LOOK AT ME !!! LOOK AT ME!!!! Your Typical "millennium" go home to NY they need you back................

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N Oct 28, 2014 23:10In reply to: israeluberalles bernstein

Right. Because one societal problem existing, chosen by you, means that all other societal problems should be overlooked.

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Khang Le Oct 28, 2014 23:10In reply to: twed

While I understand how this might be upsetting because these "sacred" national parks are violated, it's interesting to think about WHY people get upset over this. Didn't cavemen used to paint all over nature? I'm sure a lot just do it to express themselves for fun. There are tourist attractions for cave paintings, which is pretty much the exact concept of this girl, yet people are fascinated because it's labeled as "a tourist attraction". But when this girl does the same thing, people get all pissy. Interesting how our perception comes into play over pretentious values we cling onto. Also if you think about it, paint is made from materials out of nature on earth.

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Al Donald Oct 28, 2014 22:10

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/press-charges-casey-nocket-finesmax-community-servicejail-timeetc-httpgooglhy4yqj-defacing-np-nm/1y8xJBGm

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joelsax47 Oct 28, 2014 22:10In reply to: Danl

Look up "ad hominem" in any logic book. The gist of what they say is that the lack of virtue on the part of the critic doesn't mean the argument they make is worthless.

It also means your argument is worthless for the reason stated above.

For the record, I have never splashed my "art" on any pristine landscapes.

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joelsax47 Oct 28, 2014 22:10In reply to: Rich B.

Amen. I, too, fight for the things Bernstein doesn't think I care about.

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joelsax47 Oct 28, 2014 22:10In reply to: Jim Smith

I think the concern is about swarming. There's a powerful case to be made that by allowing this kind of thing to go unanswered leads to a more general disrespect for our parks. If the parks are so cheap that the public cares nothing about graffiti, their opponents might answer, why protect them at all?

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Danl Oct 28, 2014 22:10

Regrettable? Yes.
Still, this is simply someone who made a foolish decision, like so many of the people posting nonsense in response.

Did she do something stupid? Yes she did... is it worth all the vitriol? Only if the person spewing it has lived a life without doing something stupid as well. How likely is that?

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Rich B. Oct 28, 2014 21:10In reply to: israeluberalles bernstein

Bernstein - Newsflash, you can actually take up more than one cause at once. For example, I can take up the cause of your ignorance, then 3 minutes later take up another. Wow.

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lynnnrichardson Oct 28, 2014 20:10In reply to: israeluberalles bernstein

Bernstein is obviously a city boy who considers the 'great outdoors' the area between his apartment door and the cab door.

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Joseph Tiu Oct 28, 2014 19:10

These National Parks or mother earth in general are sacred not just to the natives, but to all who visit these seeking NATURAL beauty of nature = minimal human defamation. It's kind of like spraying graffiti in a church, temple, or any place of worship.

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Sky Oct 28, 2014 18:10In reply to: jd

White cannot by definition be "racist" since caucasian is the dominant culture. I think the sense of entitlement may be related to being a part of the privileged class and dominate culture. It is true though, that all races of humans seem to do ignorant, arrogant, stupid, destructive things.

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cannotundothis Oct 28, 2014 17:10In reply to: twed

She should have to clean it all up and face time in jail for this. We are losing so much of our natural resources and we need to preserve and protect them. Terrible actions on her part for sure!

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PA Oct 28, 2014 16:10In reply to: You are no Andy Goldsworthy

Good points. I doubt she even knows who Andy Goldsworthy is.

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twed Oct 28, 2014 14:10

The defacing of monuments of natural beauty with childish scrawls. She needs to be prosecuted and she should be ordered to clean up her vandalism, one by one.

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[email protected] Oct 28, 2014 14:10

Thank you for bringing this to my attention - I hike all of these places and have for decades. It literally made me sick to my stomach to see what this woman has done...it seems she is overdue for a job, and a sense of responsibility and people other than her self centered self.

I can only hope the NPS follows through with penalties. This sort of behavior is condoned with inaction. I hope the petition gets enough votes.

Sad Oregonian.

You are no Andy Goldsworthy Oct 28, 2014 08:10

I have a sour place in my heart for these egoists who deface the scenery in our parks and on our trails. Not interesting. Not nice. Not art. It's an invasive abomination. It's a rude and selfish imposition. You diminish the beauty of the natural surroundings, and force people to look at your stupid noodlings. Thanks!! How thoughtless of you!! You are the exemplary difference between an un-stroked ego and an actual real artist.

One of the main reasons most hikers are out there is to enjoy the natural beauty this country has to offer, through conservation, while practicing conservation. We don't want to round a bend in anticipation of beholding a glorious vista, only to find the glaring hard evidence of your unrequited ego love. We were expecting to see the beautiful panorama, but now we get to look at your ugly turd pile swarming with flies!

Hey, take a picture of the vista. There's your art. Bring a sketch book! Don't take a picture of yourself in your crime scene after you've defaced a rock, dummy! You are a selfish attention seeker.

What I would like to do is go to your place and start marking up your kitchen cabinets, or scrawl retarded drawings all over your patio or deck. Would you mind, hmm? People visit these places to get away from this kind of thing!!! Go get a boyfriend or something! Stop acting out on the rest of us!!

You are no Andy Goldsworthy. Not by any stretch of the wildest imagination. Get off the trails and out of the parks, and stop perverting what the rest of us are trying to conserve and enjoy together. Be conservative, not pervertative.

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Terri Burrow Oct 28, 2014 08:10In reply to: MikeTyson

I didn't know where to comment so I just jumped in here, :) not really replying to you MikeTyson (wow). My comment: I love Nature. I hate Vandalism. She should be caught and prosecuted. I don't like mean people. I love "love". But has anybody watched the news lately . . . just saying . . . that's all.

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MikeTyson Oct 28, 2014 06:10

I think we just became best friends. This is the first thing I thought of when I heard about her "art"

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Jim Smith Oct 28, 2014 03:10In reply to: Jeremy Brosnan

Good Point, one persons art is anothers vandalism. Imagine carving the faces of the leaders of a nation which fought to exterminate Native Americans in much of the United States in the middle of an area that is a holy area (Black Hills) to the local Native American! It all depends on your point of view.

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Jim Smith Oct 28, 2014 02:10In reply to: Brakedust

Why, when someone takes a more balanced approach and wonders where all the hate is coming from, are they labeled as naive? If there is "naive thinking" going on here it is by those who think this is a threat to wild places. It is minimal compared to legal threats which do way more destructive and permanent damage. Examples, mining near the BWCA in Minnesota, the oil boom surrounding the Badlands of North Dakota, over grazing, and sheep dung everywhere in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Resource extraction overrules wilderness designation in the nations wilderness areas. Protect the National Parks and wild areas by fighting these issues and lets see some more outrage here to protect mother earth from our consumptive needs. This vandal is small potatoes.

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Jeremy Brosnan Oct 28, 2014 02:10In reply to: Jim Popper

She is no Artist.. Makes me want to go to the Mt Rushmore and Paint Tears on all 4 faces...

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Jim Popper Oct 27, 2014 22:10In reply to: Jim Popper

You can hear the 3:54 minute piece here:

http://www.npr.org/2014/10/23/358353690/park-service-construction-damaged-native-american-burial-sites

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Jim Popper Oct 27, 2014 22:10

Well. As terrible and misdirected this girls art is... And it is... The NPS doesn't exactly have the best track record either so think long and hard before donating to them and just do good works of your own like picking up local trash etc.
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http://www.npr.org/2014/10/23/358353690/park-service-construction-damaged-native-american-burial-sites?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2047

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Mike Amato Oct 27, 2014 21:10In reply to: Lauren

Nothing more to say, Lauren? Obviously you know nothing about web hosting. Nice work, Casey.

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Keith Oct 27, 2014 21:10

Hello everyone...please email the director of the National Park Service, Jon Jarvis, [email protected]

Let him know this is a big deal to all of us and ask that Nocket be pursued fully.

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Anna Oct 27, 2014 20:10In reply to: Lauren

That's what you choose to focus on in this article? Wow.

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israeluberalles bernstein Oct 27, 2014 19:10

50 million Americans lack health insurance, and tens of millions are in poverty or earning slave wages. The average age of minimum wage earners is 35.

But instead this is what gets you Americans hot and bothered. LOL America.

smh

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zoomzoomdiva Oct 27, 2014 18:10In reply to: elzake

How is it a witch hunt? People are condemning real, actual acts the vandal has admitted to performing. The only being that should feel shame is the vandal for her vile acts.

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zoomzoomdiva Oct 27, 2014 18:10In reply to: calm down and observe due process

Respect is earned, not inherently deserved. Her chosen actions show a great disrespect for nature and of other people in general. As a result, she has earned the disrespect and even the hatred of others. Government punishment is only one consequence of actions, and those are controlled by due process. Society and the people also have the right to sanction the wrongful acts of others, and are exercising that right here.

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AJ Oct 27, 2014 17:10In reply to: cjd71571

She messed up and you can see that? What the ****? People like here are the reason why our public lands keep getting closed off for flat out abuse. She was 100% off her rocker and you're as about stupid as she is.

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joelsax47 Oct 27, 2014 17:10In reply to: Hortense Baltman

Social media is no more to blame than nails or whatever they use to scratch into sandstone walls. How many users of social media haven't done this kind of thing? Are we going to indict the millions because of a few fools and narcissists? There are many who use social media for the purpose of promoting the natural beauty of the world (myself included) and photography in general. We weren't the ones doing this or supporting it. If anything needs to be indicted it is a culture of self privilege that is merely amplified by social media.

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Casey Schreiner Oct 27, 2014 16:10In reply to: C.J.

I am trying my best to moderate, but going through every single comment is a full time job! :)

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C.J. Oct 27, 2014 15:10

Casey, could you please remove the racial comments about this woman? All races of people deface and defile the earth. Racial comments are wrong no matter who it is and I'm not comfortable reading or contributing to a blog where they are left up.

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Ashley Oct 27, 2014 15:10

The beauty of these locations can never be added to with anything man made. Her crapping it up with her trash art is an insult to the glory and wonder of nature. Woe to this ignoramus.

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Brakedust Oct 27, 2014 13:10In reply to: Bryan

Way to spin it, Dude. What about landfill and plastic trash. That too?

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Brakedust Oct 27, 2014 13:10In reply to: cjd71571

My oh my, so naïve. At a minimum this crap opens a Pandora's Box...imagine dozens of copycats trashing/defacing/DISSing Mother Nature. But worse, imagine that it's "wilderness graffitti art" with commercial overtones, supported and sustained by dealers and collectors.

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Brakedust Oct 27, 2014 12:10

Anyone else wonder if this crap is an effort to turn her into a bankable artist? Comparing herself to Banksey reeks of a pump and dump contemporary art scam...planned and backed by a cabal of insider art dealers and galleries? You'll see her at the next Art Basel Miami or Armory show. And her shit will sell for tens of thousands. Even the boulders yanked out of the National Parks.
The only answer is jail time.

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terrydarc Oct 27, 2014 12:10In reply to: Diane Gee

Amen! I don't go into the back country to see anything but nature. Ego takes to ego, I guess.

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cjd71571 Oct 27, 2014 12:10

She messed up. I can see that. But who of us doesn't once in a while? I'm sure many, if not most of you, have committed non-violent "crimes" whether of taste or of the heart or environmental at some point in your lives. The vitriol and cruelty on this thread are alarming to me. Where does so much hatred come from?

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jd Oct 27, 2014 12:10In reply to: vecina

What does "white" have to do with it? Racist.

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[email protected] Oct 27, 2014 10:10

rest assured, next time i go to yosemite or crater lake and i see her "art" i will cover it with something organic and natural, perhaps hippie excrement, in order to return the landscape to its natural hues.

SteveO Oct 27, 2014 10:10In reply to: elzake

With all do respect Elzake she is no artist. She's a hack... It's criminal what she has done and there's no witch hunt here only concerned people that love our National Parks and want this woman held accountable for something she clearly knew was wrong.. but did it any way.

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Steve O'Brien Oct 27, 2014 10:10In reply to: Casey Schreiner

THANK YOU Casey. You should not have to pay for helping to bring this story to light. You are doing us all a service.

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Steve O'Brien Oct 27, 2014 10:10

Art? I wish everyone would stop using the word to characterize her no-talent scribblings. Hideous... and as bad as she is ignorant. This no talent hack is free to paint what she wants in the privacy of her home...And please keep it there. Not on our National Parks! I hope there some real justice done upon her! Make her pay to have these stains on the beauty of these placed sandblasted off.

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arny Oct 27, 2014 09:10In reply to: Brad Kik

lawl! :D

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Casey Schreiner Oct 27, 2014 09:10In reply to: Kimberley

Thanks for the support, Kimberly and Tim. The good news is that a few generous people have donated and although I don't know for sure yet (my final bill comes in mid-November), we will now probably have enough to cover the fees AND have extra money to donate back to the Parks.

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Casey Schreiner Oct 27, 2014 08:10In reply to: Bodiemike

Thanks, Bodie. We hope people stick around after the dust has settled for some good hiking info and news for the southwest, too - that's been our primary focus for the past 8 years! :)

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vecina Oct 27, 2014 08:10

self entitled white american girl!
So lame.

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Susannah Burley Oct 27, 2014 08:10

What a horrible person. Good thing she "documented" her "art work" on social media. It will make her that much easier to prosecute.

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Brad Kik Oct 27, 2014 08:10In reply to: Hortense Baltman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law in action.

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touringkayaker Oct 27, 2014 07:10In reply to: elzake

The only person who should be ashamed is the woman who has self admitted to this vandalism. She should be criminally prosecuted and held financially responsible for the costs of the clean up plus a punitive penalty.
This isn't some young kid who made a mistake, this was unfortunately a planned campaign of defacing national treasures. I would not characterize this woman as an artist. If she is seriously wants to be considered as such, perhaps she could volunteer to assist in painting murals on city buildings where neighborhoods are looking for such.

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Steve Oct 27, 2014 07:10In reply to: Lauren

That's simply not true, Lauren. Like your electric utility bill, server usage fees tend to go up when server usage goes up. If a site's traffic uses more bandwidth than the contract allows, sites can be shut down by the hosting company. The solution to this for the site's owner is to pay money for a larger allotment of bandwidth. Then there is the owner's time to consider, and time is a finite resource.

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Bryan Oct 27, 2014 02:10In reply to: Marion

The random senseless graffiti of today is the priceless artifacts from our history in the year 4014. Besides, she's a half decent artist.

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Prometheus Oct 27, 2014 02:10In reply to: calm down and observe due process

The law would just give her community service and a small fine. What we want, is not for her to go to jail, but for her to clean her shit up, and wash it all off, including all other graffiti out there as punishment, and to pick up any and all trash along the way. I think that is a fair punishment, after all, what was once destroyed, even if restored, can never be the same again.

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joelsax47 Oct 27, 2014 02:10

There is also another issue: when people see a piece of graffiti, there is the temptation to add their two cents worth. The photo of Barker Dam says it all. Imagine the walls of Yosemite covered with tags.

Public does not mean that you can alter it as if it were your private property. Nocket and her defenders seem to believe in a sort of privilege that allows them to splash their taste everywhere as if the opposite were true.

Yes, it is a moral question, one that we can't blame entirely on social media. Christopher Lasch warned of a culture of narcissism more than 40 years ago. We are paying for it in many ways today, not just through social media but in our politics as well. (Just look who we elected in 2010.) It is not generational either: as I write this there are plans to build a luxury resort on the east rim of the Grand Canyon. Others want to drill for geothermal energy outside of Yellowstone.

There are forces out to cheapen and despoil our national parks. Be mindful of them and fight them on all fronts.

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Kimberley Oct 27, 2014 02:10In reply to: Lauren

Actually, Casey's totally in the right. It's true that web hosts/servers will charge exorbitant rates when your average traffic spikes unexpectedly, and the responsibility is on the site's owner. We expect the internet to be free, but in fact, running a website costs a pretty penny. Thank you for your hard work, Casey!

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joelsax47 Oct 27, 2014 02:10In reply to: Luwanda (@LuwandaJenkins)

Yes, this white man agrees that this is a spoiled white brat who hides her sense of privilege behind bad "art".

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joelsax47 Oct 27, 2014 02:10In reply to: Rose

As I have said elsewhere in this thread, the price of free speech is that people can use their free speech to criticize what has been said. Ms. Nocket didn't keep her art to a few friends. She blasted her creations across the InterNet and declared them good. Our right to freedom of speech lets us say that she is wrong and we can give our reasons why. The nice thing about true free speech is that it is like good science: it polices itself.

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joelsax47 Oct 27, 2014 02:10In reply to: scuba diver

Could also be the manic stage of bipolar. But in addition to not calling names, we shouldn't be attempting to diagnose someone who at very least isn't present for a proper clinical workup, especially from those of us who lack proper credentials to do so. (I live with bipolar disorder, so when I reviewed what she had done -- the long road trip, etc., my condition was the first that leaped to mind.)

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joelsax47 Oct 27, 2014 02:10In reply to: Publicola

I am advertising this petition on all my social media accounts.

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joelsax47 Oct 27, 2014 01:10In reply to: Seriously Gais

We wouldn't know about this if she hadn't bragged about it. Get used to this price of freedom of speech: people can say that they don't like what you said or did. And lots of us don't like what Casey Nocket did or said. That is how freedom of speech corrects its faux pas -- by freely expressing its disagreement.

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Tim from Walking The Wrong Way Oct 27, 2014 00:10In reply to: Lauren

Says someone who obviously hasn't had a high traffic site in her life!
[to Lauren]

Nothing comes for free (if any plan says unlimited that's like unlimited data on your phone: actually not true), if your site gets a lot of traffic they either throttle/pull it, or charge you. I've had to move sites before now because they were 'getting too much traffic' - and that is just a moderate sized Wordpress blog (not my walking one below, a bigger music podcast one I have), without a massive news story like this!

Now I probably could handle it as I self-host on VPS, but before I was on shared hosting, a large burst in traffic would have resulted in the site being taken down :-(

So yeah, I totally understand the plea for funds.

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mot Oct 26, 2014 22:10

I signed the petition asking the authorities to "throw the book at her".. Although I agree that she should be made to remove her "artwork", I also agree more strongly that its removal should be carefully done by experts. Here's hoping that the federal government will provide the funds to the National Park Service to try to restore the rock surfaces as best as they can.

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Bodiemike Oct 26, 2014 21:10In reply to: Casey Schreiner

Thanks for the website. It serves a real purpose and I appreciate it.

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Reendog Oct 26, 2014 20:10In reply to: elzake

Excellent job missing the entire POINT: What she is doing is defacing protected national park areas, meant to be enjoyed by all in its natural state. And not only are her actions illegal and punishable by law, but it's not even art. It's pathetic child scrawl from a attention-seeking, immature person. She needs jail time.

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Nobody Oct 26, 2014 18:10In reply to: Nobody

Edit: Moderation and Perspective was the point of my original argument.

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Nobody Oct 26, 2014 18:10In reply to: Nobody

@Blue Hey listen, I'm not endorsing her actions. I'm merely arguing that the ire and energy directed against her might be better redirected at bigger problems.

And I find it odd that you feel that you're entitled to write me and a whole generation of people off as useless narcissistic and toxic bums, based off of my comment. Are you so free of fault and vice and selfishness that you can judge other people like that. Certainly I'm full of faults, and no doubt so are you, unless you belong to an alien species.

We're all involved in the problems facing the planet. Though I would argue that big polluting companies are substantially more of a problem than us selfie takers when it comes to an issue global warming. (again not to shirk personal or age-peer participation).

Anyways is crucifying this woman over her shitty art going to solve anything? That's all I was saying. I believe in treating people and nature with respect, and that includes those who I disagree with or who have wronged me or the world. All I was arguing for was moderation. Thanks for missing the point pal. Good day.

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Ana Fredlund Oct 26, 2014 18:10In reply to: Dewey Calgon

I didn't see any drawings of Natives, but yeah, I would be offended.

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Dewey Calgon Oct 26, 2014 18:10In reply to: layla mairleitner (@mucho_amore)

No. Not one person.

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berta math Oct 26, 2014 18:10

very interesting indeed!

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sneadh Oct 26, 2014 17:10

Send this VANDAL to the Middle East.

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[email protected] Oct 26, 2014 16:10In reply to: calm down and observe due process

lol. u dumb?

AK Oct 26, 2014 16:10In reply to: elzake

Witch Hunt ... are you the criminal's mama?? 'Idiot' must run in the family!

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Patricia Mueller Lyons Oct 26, 2014 15:10In reply to: Publicola

I agree with the above statement. Not everyone likes natural beauty however those that do far outnumber those who don't. She shouldn't be allowed to get away with this at all.

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Ellen Oct 26, 2014 15:10In reply to: Choc Donut

This has nothing to do with her appearance. I fit your description and am completely incensed by her actions.
Attacking her's or others' appearance is counterproductive. Maybe look at your own motives.

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Therese Oct 26, 2014 15:10

If I ruled the world her punishment would be facial tattooing - a lot of it - using her own "art".

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thegreatjouneyheart Oct 26, 2014 15:10

Sad, trite and childish woman. Completely, disconnected and lacking any moral compass. Unbelievable, pathetic and the sign of sick individual like the rest of the rotters in the parks that write their names, pictures and crap all over the place--- just a step above the oil SOB"S

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Virginia Virginia Oct 26, 2014 15:10In reply to: Quintus Poopyoface

Nothing hipsterish about her.

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Casey Schreiner Oct 26, 2014 15:10In reply to: Lauren

Lauren, I am not complaining. I am merely stating a fact - the traffic from this story is costing me money.

The site and all of its hundreds of hike write-ups are free and always have been because my primary purpose is to inspire people to get outside. As it is, the site can generally pay for itself but when you're using so many resources on your shared server that you completely knock out service for dozens of other sites multiple times in a week, you have to pay for that.

I am trying to work on this site full-time (which allows me the time to cover and break stories like this) but it does not yet provide a living by any means, so yes - unexpected fees and costs hit hard. As I mentioned, everything I get beyond those extra fees is going straight to the National Parks affected by this vandalism. If you don't want to donate, then don't. But I'll politely ask you not to scoff at a site that has spent 8 years providing a completely free service to a region that's continuously ignored as an outdoor recreation area.

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trahatokad Oct 26, 2014 15:10In reply to: mrhand

And some art lessons.

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Sharon Oct 26, 2014 14:10In reply to: James

A sketch pad would be a waste of paper. Now, first of all BANSKY!!!??? Really, she thinks she's in that company? And second, why didn't she stay home and do this on daddy's house? I'm sorry, but this really is one dumb-ass example of white privilege. I am so embarrassed to be an artistic, white female on the same planet as this bozo. Maybe 20years of house arrest with just prints of her fine art to look at.

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Lauren Oct 26, 2014 13:10

I was following until you started complaining about "overage fees" for this site and asked people to donate. Give me a break. We both know it costs VERY little to keep a site up.

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Hortense Baltman Oct 26, 2014 11:10In reply to: Hortense Baltman

*Then*, that is. my bad,.

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Hortense Baltman Oct 26, 2014 11:10In reply to: arny

If Thad is comfortable with it, than I am, too.

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arny Oct 26, 2014 10:10

If she she is allowed to do that, we are all allowed to do that. And so the shit begins. Agree?
I would like to have a motorbiketrail sponsored by BMW and an open-air-party-ground + a dronodrom. Anybody not comfortable with thad?

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Marion Oct 26, 2014 10:10

I had the privilege of photographing Megalithic burial chambers called Dolmens near Sintra, Portugal, last week. I could not believe that vandals had defaced these precious stones from our history with random, senseless graffiti. I will never understand why people think that property other than their own is open for their personal use and gratification. Shame on everyone who places marks or deposits garbage where they are not granted permission to do so.

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Diana (@DianaNYC3) Oct 26, 2014 10:10

She must have a trust fund because I can't imagine anyone buying her shitty looking "art". Her momma is so proud of that demon seed.

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calm down and observe due process Oct 26, 2014 09:10

Everybody, she did something that was illegal and that conflicts with good taste and humility. That doesn't mean she doesn't deserve the same respect that everyone does. Let the law punish her. Your profanity and insults only add to the negative effects of this event and promote ignorance and hate, which do not solve problems.

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Rakuclayman Oct 26, 2014 09:10

You can't use sandpaper, It will mar the surface. There are non-abrasive substances that will take the paint off using cotton swabs. It's the same that restores use to restore the paintings on walls in the churches in Europe. Btw, I just read a post on an artist FB site. An artist friend of mine is married to a DOI attorney. They are all livid about this. It's not going to go well for her.

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3457548383 Oct 26, 2014 09:10In reply to: elzake

you dumb?

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wild bill Oct 26, 2014 09:10

they should make Caey go back with sand paper to hand sand all the tags off of the rocks she left in Our Wilderness

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Sapphyre Amduscia Oct 26, 2014 09:10

A REAL artist does not use the wrong medium that could damage these beautiful places. she couldve used water to make cool designs, or dirt. or leaves. or even as the article mentioned: Chalk. all easy to come by. VERY EASILY. There's also charcoal too. add a litle water to the charcoal or chalk dust, and boom! you have a temoprary paint. not very hard, ive done it many times. I learned about it in my Art II class in High school. If she'd had taken any real classes and paid any attention at all, she'd have KNOWN that native americans used the earth to paint the earth. mud. flowers. water. leaves. clays, whatever. This person makes me upset as I am myself an artist. I thrive on creating art BUT not destroying landmarks and perfectly beautiful places. This person should have had to remove ALL her paint, by hand, with a toothbrush, and out of her own pocket for traveling and supplies. That's the end of my say. P.S. Her art is very... um... childish to put it nicely.

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Rakuclayman Oct 26, 2014 08:10

She's no artist. After 35 years of creating artwork, I have earned the right to say that. She should be caught and prosecuted. She's pissed off a lot of people. First, she should be made to clean up all the places she defiled and then thrown in prison where she can be someone's canvas for their self expression.

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elzake Oct 26, 2014 08:10

Excellent job starting a witch hunt. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. You spend all this energy belittling an amateur artist, use it to do something productive!

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Patrick Kelly Oct 26, 2014 07:10In reply to: Rose

However, it is quite heartening to see the all comments on the article you posted that tear it to shreds.

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Clbrook Oct 26, 2014 07:10

"Entitlement" is actually a psychiatric condition diagnosed as narcisissm. Whoa, sweetie! You have a bad case of knowing no healthy boundaries.

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JoeSwims Oct 26, 2014 07:10In reply to: Rustic

She has an anti social personality disorder

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Ana Fredlund Oct 26, 2014 06:10In reply to: Choc Donut

It's easy to slap labels on people, but she does not represent me or any of my friends. There are a large amount of us who aren't into spotlights or attention. What's wrong with her is found in many generations and it's diagnosible, fitting the Axis II.

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Diane Gee Oct 26, 2014 05:10

Dear ego-maniac Nocket,

I know you think your little turds of art are so awesome they should be imposed on us for eternity, but just no. Nature is, and always has been quite able to paint pictures without your scrawls. Check your inflated self-worth into the nearest rehab for the criminally narcissistic, and leave MY parks alone.

Signed,

Everyone in the US but you.

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layla mairleitner (@mucho_amore) Oct 26, 2014 05:10

Anyone else also bothered by the fact that this is a white woman and she drew depictions of Native American people. I'm sure that's one of her excuses too. "But, but I drew natives so it's ok!"
#Appropriation #whiteprivege

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arny Oct 26, 2014 04:10

If she should be allowed to do that, everyone of us should be allowed to spoil that landscape on our owns.
I personaly would paint adult pictures, install an open-air-disco, a drono-drom and make a motorbiketrail and BMW would be the sponsor.

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Emma Hughes Oct 26, 2014 01:10In reply to: Elsewhere

oh god no we don't want her and her crappy art/vandalism over here in Europe! Please don't let her come over.

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Bob Turdington Oct 26, 2014 01:10

bring back the circus maximus

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dogartist Oct 25, 2014 23:10In reply to: Publicola

Thank you for pointing out that her "art" is crappy. It's an insult to real artists, who paint beyond the 7th grade level, and who have the sense to appreciate the Art that is Nature.
Why should we even need 100K signatures to demand accountability for such arrogance and blatant disrespect for nature, the law, and other visitors to these parks? I would think that just ONE call to action should suffice. But maybe 100K will be enough to let her know not to quit her day job. EVER.
In any case, Signed and shared.

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begrudgingatheist Oct 25, 2014 22:10In reply to: Climber

The problem is, when she vandalized those rocks, she painted over other, older markings. Which means she can't just scrub it off with a wire brush. Unfortunately, the acrylic she used is going to have to be separated from the rock below, by experts, who are expensive, in order to attempt to preserve the features below.

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Carmine Oct 25, 2014 20:10In reply to: Publicola

I agree completely! Everything that is costs to catch and remove her ugly drawings (wont use the word art-because its not) should fall in her lap. Not to mention that even it if it were something decent to look at it would still be wrong, but her stuff is just plain childlike. Ive seen better drawings at our local playground from a group of 5 year olds, a bucket of sidewalk chalk and a half hour to kill before snacktime. Do us all a favor and give up the posting of your ridiculous drawings..they will never be art..you've had your 15 minutes of fame..now do us and yourself a favor...choose another passtime. Your drawings make my young daughters look like a Picasso. Your a novice

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mrhand Oct 25, 2014 20:10

she is in need of a good hard spanking

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zachmarsh Oct 25, 2014 20:10In reply to: Seriously Gais

Please. She made her "art" public and now facing the public backlash. Her personal information is out there and she put it out there. She has to face the consequences of broadcasting her crime.

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Quintus Poopyoface Oct 25, 2014 20:10

Proving that being a hipster is not a victimless crime.

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Keri Barnes Oct 25, 2014 20:10

Something ugly on someplace beautiful....
Go to Michael's, buy some canvas' ... it's legal.

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Papadoc Oct 25, 2014 20:10In reply to: Publicola

It needs to be a bit more extensive than that. She also needs a lifetime ban from all National Parks. Sure, she can clean it up while sitting there enjoying nature's splendor. But it would be fitting punishment to know that this was the last time she was going to see it.... ever! A strong message needs to be sent.

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Choc Donut Oct 25, 2014 20:10In reply to: Philadelphia MacGuire

Wrong, people over the ages have graffiti'd in nature, but it takes a particular modern nut to repeatedly paint their hackery across the country. It's not really about generations, but this generation does have a big contingent of spoiled brats raised to believe everyone deserves attention. It's crystal clear in the art and music being produced. This generation is more interested in being noticed by any menas necessary than organically making art that in itself is a protest or statement.

It's a question that requires lengthy analysis to get at. I understand your reluctance to paint any generation, since individuals matter, but sorry, charlie, your generation, just like every other one, has its characteristics and foibles. You are NOT special, so do me a favor, someday, and yield your path to me, instead of expecting me to yield to you.

It's an amazing trait I've noticed in millenials, although today I had a 70 year old lady literally stand right in front of two of us while we were reading something. Trust me, boomers are the most selfish people in US history. It really comes down to being an American, as much as anything, and American females, let's not even get started there, although it only took me this many words to think about the American male, and go, oh well, those jerks too. There is something, however, about the young American woman. No amount of attention can ever suffice.

She's managed to stand out as an idiot and a criminal. She probably thinks she's going to be the next Jeff Koons. It will be a test of your generation to see if she succeeds like the Kardashians, The Black Keys, and other horrid hacks did.

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Choc Donut Oct 25, 2014 20:10

If this doesn't prove the inherent entitled feeling of the young blonde american woman, I don't know what else does. THen again, I have to admit, most young blonde women aren't this stupid, but there are many who are this bad an artist. Look at me, I'm so special. It's not about my looks, I'm different!

Honestly, nature could care less. It's other humans she's offending. Most importantly, she's a HACK!

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Rustic Oct 25, 2014 19:10In reply to: Publicola

Give me a break, the whitehouse!!! Those buffoons?
They can't do anything right no only are they literally bankrupt but, figuratively bankrupt. Delusional to the point of being utterly dysfunctional is their MO---- so why would you want to go and do that??

This whole thing has become. Can't see the forest through the trees type of thing---- blow'n way out of proportion no two ways about it.

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Cheryl Oct 25, 2014 18:10In reply to: christine

They need to ban her from all national parks as well (after they have her scrub off all her artwork).

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Randy Paul Oct 25, 2014 18:10In reply to: t

In answer to your question, air.

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Publicola Oct 25, 2014 17:10

Repost:
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DEEDS says:

October 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE WIDELY: Charges will be brought against Casey Nocket, that is not the issue (I am a former NPS ranger). The issue is the sentencing. She should be fined the maximum amount allowable by law, and the cost of restoration and repair at each park she desecrated (that includes graffiti removal – which she should perform herself – the cost of removal supplies – including personal protective equipment, the cost of staff time at each park in dealing with the issue – including the cost of a ranger sitting there observing her while she performs the removal and interpreting the removal to the public), she should have to document the whole process on social media, including releasing a public statement about the inappropriateness of the forum in which she chose to share her (crappy) artwork, AND she should pay for the development of graffiti/vandalism education programs at each park. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/press-charges-casey-nocket-finesmax-community-servicejail-timeetc-httpgooglhy4yqj-defacing-np-nm/1y8xJBGm

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Elsewhere Oct 25, 2014 16:10

The point really is not how amateur her artistic output is as much as it is how she is handling the aftermath and her oblivious, albeit ignorant view of her actions. Not to mention her tumblr account and all of the disrespect she's given to all of her protesters. If you watched what she was saying last night on tumblr, she specifically said that she was 'on the lamb' (whilst previously correcting someone for their grammar) and will escape to europe. She has since deactivated it to some cencal street art collective. If this is true, then that last update is false and should be made aware to the park service. I truly do think the tumblr account was her and should not be shrugged off as hackers. That would be a mistake. She might even bail back to us here in the west. Let them know this ASAP...

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Andy Porter Oct 25, 2014 16:10In reply to: Andrew

Um, both are named Casey...

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Temoa Oct 25, 2014 16:10In reply to: Rustic

Could not agree more!

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Casey Schreiner Oct 25, 2014 16:10In reply to: Philadelphia MacGuire

Agreed. The only thing generational about this is the fact that she had social media to broadcast her work, along with the lack of media literacy to know that broadcasting might get her in trouble.

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Rustic Oct 25, 2014 16:10

Cleaning up at her own expense would be plenty for her and others to have second thoughts with their "art".
Fines and jail time are foolhardy at best---- fines go where? Government? Nothing good can come from that stupidity.
Jail time costs us taxpayers an extravagant sum for what? This would be overkill to say the least? We all have better, much better things to spend tax payer money on.

Maybe these foul mouthed, violence hungry Internet quarterbacks could redeem themselves by helping out with some of the clean up too---- since their options neither nor helped in the conversation.

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shelldiver Oct 25, 2014 15:10In reply to: Eddie Conna

Vandalism, pure and simple.

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Philadelphia MacGuire Oct 25, 2014 15:10In reply to: Eddie Conna

I don't think this has anything to do with the so-called "entitlement generation." What she did was disgusting, vile, and despicable. I completely agree that she deserves strong punishment. However, this current generation is one of the most environmentally conscious and eco-friendly generations of all time. More and more people are speaking out in favor of natural park protections, climate regulations, etc. I don't know anyone from this generation who would condone what she did.

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christine Oct 25, 2014 14:10

I believe there is a petition to President to have her face real consequences. $10,000 fine, 5000 community service to read about Native People & BANNED FROM INTERNET.

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Pedro Oct 25, 2014 14:10In reply to: ruadcaelnia1

Artfully put but you might be confused about the article, which is extremely critical of the vandal and shares your viewpoint.

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Bob Higgins Oct 25, 2014 14:10

Catch this disgustingly arrogant little criminal and give her some jail time.

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Eddie Conna Oct 25, 2014 14:10

Welcome to another example of the entitlement generation.

Parents, this is the end result of raising your self-centered brat to believe everything they do is "special" and they world "deserves" them. Her behavior is about as narcissistic as they get, and her total lack of remorse or understand that what she did was wrong reeks of a sociopath in the making.

Lady, you're no "artist" and your "art" is crappy, and certainly does NOT belong anywhere unless someone ALLOWS it there.

Frankly, I hope they find you, fine you for the cleanup charges, give you a year or two in jail, followed by 5000 hours of community service cleaning up "art".

People like this, and those who defend her are disgusting...

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Rustic Oct 25, 2014 13:10

ALWIN BRATTON says:
October 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm
"One bullet should takcare of it…Not that expensive…."

I hope the several dozen comments similar to this on this subject on this blog and many other forums does not reflect the maturity, morals and mindset of the outdoor crawd---- I fear it does though.

People should sit back and review what they are saying---- a by product of political correctness at its best I guess.

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t Oct 25, 2014 13:10In reply to: DAN

plus 1

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Norb Vonnegut Oct 25, 2014 12:10In reply to: Jimmy Tom

Thank you for this suggestion. I'm starting to talk it up and ask around.

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LINelson, graphic artist Oct 25, 2014 12:10

I think her work is ugly - I have seen graffiti more attractive in the city. Her punishment should be to remove all of it and any other artworks that do not belong on such beautiful
old rocks.

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SB Oct 25, 2014 12:10In reply to: George S.

YEAH, her art blows goats!!She sucks!! I hate her so bad

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JulesHerrick Oct 25, 2014 12:10

Thanks for defacing natural beauty.

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Jimmy Tom Oct 25, 2014 12:10In reply to: Norb Vonnegut

In Fort Collins CO we started an art program in which artists paint all the large electrical boxes that used to get tagged constantly and now they are really interesting looking with a different local artist doing each box and in five years I have yet to see someone disrespect the artwork by tagging on it. I don't know if you want the same solution for rock benches but it has reduced graffiti here.

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George S. Oct 25, 2014 11:10

National parks are mother natures end product after billions of years of geological evolution; and then you go to paint your sh!tty art on them using eco-toxic paints, and in such a manner where you think your art is even significant of being there.

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Leta Oct 25, 2014 11:10In reply to: Seriously Gais

It is not personal info if she is posting for all to see. She is doing this posting all on her own via her twitter,tumbler etc... She obviously is proud of her work and wants all to share. So get off your high horse. If she wanted to keep her info private, she wouldn't have shared this crap all over the internet. She is a 'star' now, as I saw her reported on the national T.V. news. She must be so proud of herself! I hope she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. She must not have known about the laws that are in place for people who deface National Parks, or have an ounce of consciousness.

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WSteel Oct 25, 2014 11:10

Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us that actually want to see the art of mother nature in action. If you want to do something constructive, take some art courses, read the history of Real artist and their works of REAL ART. Better still visit some art galleries. Instead of enlightening people, your scribbles are actually painful to look at.

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WSteel Oct 25, 2014 11:10In reply to: Amanda Hogg

Making a statement? What, that's she's ignorant? I'm sure everybody knew that before.

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WSteel Oct 25, 2014 11:10In reply to: Ossi

Ya that's about it in a nut shell. Some people who crave media attention will do anything to get it. Does she really consider herself an artist...hhhmm interesting.

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Lucy VanSwearingen Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: Zen

As a photographic artist, I am appalled. I capture beauty, not deface it.

Her punishment: felony prosecution requiring ----
1) jail time- in a crowded city jail cell (like a drunk tank), Not a clean prison cell. Just a week would suffice.
2) Substantial fine - $5000 - $10,000
3) Banned from National & State Parks and lands for life
4) Required to remove her largest work supervised by feds...(all transportation and removal costs paid by her)
5) ***She can NEVER profit from this experience in any way. No books, articles, interviews, or displays of her "work".

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Kraanhead Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: superabound1

You gotta have piss poor critical thinking skills to come up w/ that one Superabound1...nah, more like negative I.Q. points, (note, a dirt clod would be an example of zero I.Q.)

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Seriously Gais Oct 25, 2014 10:10

I get that you guys are mad,
But I wonder what your priorities really are here.

I understand that what she is doing is wrong,
But what's more wrong and terrifying is that you are so proudly posting her personal information. What she did isn't "cool"
What you are doing? Is dangerous. PLEASE stop. Grow up - report this properly and stop trying to make yourself look like some vigilante superhero when what you are doing is worse. You are dealing with a human being - yes, a stupid vandal human being who painted all over your favorite special rocks,
But a human being.

Go ahead and make an example of her legally, and once she has been charged go ahead and share that information all over the place, but STOP POSTING HER PERSONAL INFORMATION!!!

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WSteel Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: Gregbo

Yaaaaa! I like the way you think.

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WSteel Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: bwp

lol...ahhh I love it...lol Now that's art of words...lol. Thanks for the bust a gut laughter.

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WSteel Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: L Roberts

Good point, we are trying to stay above the garbage not dwell in it.

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Seriously Gais Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: Chad

What is truly pathetic is this self righteous lynch mob. You guys all make me feel so gross.

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Seriously Gais Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: hikesocal

Seriously, stop it.

You guys need to just NOT harass people. Informing law enforcement is one thing. Forming a lynch mob is another. GET A FUCKING GRIP.

This is a human being. THAT? Is a rock.

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WSteel Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: Andy Porter

Well spoken words. :o)

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Climber Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: superabound1

Although I value the wilderness much more than you do, as may be implied by your comment, I do agree with you that jail is not appropriate for "non-perspn" misdemeanors. Fine her a few thousand bucks, and make her clean it all up at her own expense, while posting the photos of her scrubbing the rocks with a wire brush while wearing an orange jumpsuit for maximum humiliation.
The value these places have is beyond just a bunch of rocks in the middle of nowhere. The fact that they do not have much value as far as resource extraction and generating profits for the logging, mining, and drilling interests is irrelevant.)

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Jerry Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: Deb Billings

Embarrassed to be American? This has nothing to do with being American, it just happened here. Germans used the Sphinx in Egypt for target practice at one time. This has everything to do with being a bad person with no regard for others. To be so self centered to believe something you have created needs to be added to these places to enhance them is as egotistical as one can get. Don't blame this on Americans, we don't deserve that and if you are so ashamed, let me tell you that there are flights out of the US every day.

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Jon Thompson Oct 25, 2014 10:10

These are the actions of a self absorbed, narcissistic douche bag from the planet of Moderne Education. "Anything that I deem to be "art", is "Art"! I may do this because I am special". She need to get time for this along with about 1,000,000 hours of community service.

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steve007 Oct 25, 2014 10:10In reply to: twilla

Good post, twilla. Succinct and wholly accurate.

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ruadcaelnia1 Oct 25, 2014 09:10

Dear modern hiker, clearly you are confused at what constitutes beauty. Nature is perfect and we as humans cannot improve on its majesty, but only emulate it on skin, canvas, walls, dumpsters or subway trains. Take your crayons and chalk to the inner city, to the factories and industrial parks, to add some color, and cease covering what nature so bountifully gifted with your man made toys..... Seriously, just do it.

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Kathy Oct 25, 2014 09:10In reply to: Rose

Amen Rose. My thoughts exactly.

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Bettina Desrochers Oct 25, 2014 09:10

I wonder if she will be arrested and made to do anything. She probably thought it was a good idea to begin with. How could she? I would hope , if she is worth anything at all, that she would come forward, apologize, plead ignorant, and figure out a way to fix this really Ugly Act of indecency she has perpetrated on us all.

Her behavior is the grand scale of standing in the middle of a city street flashing your naked body from under a trench coat. Forcing people to look at you. You can't unsee that ugly, and unfortunately we can't unsee this ugly either.

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L Roberts Oct 25, 2014 08:10In reply to: Luwanda (@LuwandaJenkins)

I don't think it's necessary to call her a stupid "white girl" - If I were to say a stupid "black girl" it would be a racist uproar! She's an idiot and disrespectful to all of us -color of her skin is not a factor here. There's no sense in stooping to her level.

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Kirsten Showers Oct 25, 2014 08:10

I live in SE Arizona. If she tries this crap in our beloved Chiricahuas, she had better hope that the rangers catch up to her before the locals do....

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Ghostadvocate Oct 25, 2014 08:10In reply to: teri

Because that's what a stamp is you fucking moron. It's repetitious to prove a point so the observer never forgets. People like you make people like me sick to my stomach. Go to sleep already child.

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Andrew Oct 25, 2014 08:10In reply to: Andrew

or both!

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Andrew Oct 25, 2014 08:10In reply to: Andy Porter

Casey is the author not the artist.....

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Julie T Oct 25, 2014 08:10In reply to: Rose

I sense she is another young person unclear on the concept of right and wrong. Call out the author on social media that portraying this type of behavior as something to emulate most definitely falls into the camp of "wrong."

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rebecca Oct 25, 2014 08:10In reply to: Joe O'Connell

She needs to nocket off!
(Sorry, couldn't resist and it's true)

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blue Oct 25, 2014 07:10In reply to: Nobody

THIS thread proves what the true damage done by such attention-seeking vandals results in: They get their 5 seconds of *fame* and all the insecure wannabes think it's cool. So it becomes acceptable to people with no sense of respect for anything greater than their own Ego, who endorse & generate massive damage to this world. Each of you who wander through life like this are FAR more dangerous than Big Oil and all other entities of ABUSE and disrespect, which hopefully will end with this pathetic self-obsessed Me-Generation. It's another symptom that nouns like 'humanity' and "Human BEING" have become meaningless, other than representing an endorsement of destructive self-aggrandizement and profiteering. Congratulations, and I'm glad I won't be around to see your grandchildren trying to deal with the wasteland you'll leave behind. Did your mommies never praise or hug you? Please, GROW UP before it's too late.

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scuba diver Oct 25, 2014 07:10

This behavior reeks of personality disorder, not sure but I would not be surprised if this person landed somewhere in the spectrum around Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a condition that features the inability to have "insight" to their own illness, display grandiosity and inflated ego, have empathy for the feelings and wishes of others, and needs a constant supply of attention and praise from sycophants or "followers" which they go to great lengths to cultivate (social media is the perfect platform for this). The also know how to play the game without much anxiety, often playing the victim. She is now online defending her work claiming to be a feminist. So don't fall into the trap of calling her names so that she can say it was all done to show the world how mean men are by displaying a few comments laden with name-calling. This is a sick individual who needs to be set right and needs to clean up her mess on "our" (taxpayers) property. She thinks she has a right (she doesn't) to do this, and we have the right to demand that she clean it up or pay to have it cleaned up. Aside from that lets leave it to the National Park Service to pursue her. Don't be aggressive toward her, she'll just use it to play the victim. Channel your energy into putting pressure on and demanding action from government and law enforcement. Source: I've worked in psychiatric medicine.

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Norb Vonnegut Oct 25, 2014 07:10

This solution is not perfect... But here in Narragansett, we're experiencing similar problems with low-life maggots tagging our rock beaches with cartoons and, in some cases, their fraternity letters. I've posted a few before and after photos from how several residents tackled the problem, and while I wish we could stop the vandalism period, I offer these pictures for further discussion:

http://algonquinredux.com/narragansett-ri-heroes/

We as a nation can push to make the legal penalties stiffer. But is anyone aware of an alternative solution to the remedy in my photos?

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Rustic Oct 25, 2014 07:10In reply to: Lisa P

Too bad there very little positive discussion on this matter, just a lot of haters.

Sure, see should clean it up. Is really that big of a deal?

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Beth Oct 25, 2014 07:10In reply to: Andy Porter

Give her a bucket of soapy water and a scrub brush. Make her work 16 hours a day scrubbing each painting till they are completly gone. It should take her a very very long time since it's acrylic. Haha! Make the punishment fit the crime. I've never had the opportunity to visit these places and now if I do it's marred by a complete idiotic so called american woman. I'm ashamed and embarrassed. I am praying she is caught soon before she ruins another piece of our American beauty

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Jackbenimble Oct 25, 2014 07:10In reply to: Eric Lowenbach

Rudy Guiliani totally turned New York City around from a crime ridden hell-hole to a reasonably safe place with a concept called "Broken Windows Policing". The theory was that if you tolerate the little crimes then you effectively open the door to bigger crimes. And conversely, if you address the little crimes, then the big crime problems mostly disappear. In practice, this approach was a huge success.

We should not tolerate this woman's behavior. Yes there are worse problems in the world but we are a rich society and we are capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. We should do our best to BOTH address those other problems AND slap this woman up along side the head with the full and maximum force of the law. I'm totally OK with completely wrecking her life.

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Jackbenimble Oct 25, 2014 07:10In reply to: columbusfilm

Locking people in cages is expensive and ineffective. A flogging with a whip would be a lot cheaper and would put some permanent graffiti on her body to help her remember the lesson. If she can put ugly marks on our parks then we should be able to do the same to her body.

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Andy Porter Oct 25, 2014 06:10In reply to: Sara

Actually, I think they are both named Casey! I should have added her last name, but the app wont let me edit!

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Rose Oct 25, 2014 06:10

I just did a news search to see if they've found her yet. Instead I found a young blogger on Cosmopolitan, a mag read widely by 20-something females, who yesterday praised Ms. Nocket for "breaking the rules", suggesting to readers that she is "….possibly your new hero". This is truly unfathomable:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a32482/female-graffiti-artist-is-new-most-hated-person-on-instagram/

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mo Oct 25, 2014 06:10

Im an artist and I would NEVER do this. And not to be critical, but girl, your work is HORRIBLE! You need to go REMOVE all these half ass images you have scrawled on the environment and either go back to school and learn how to paint, or better yet just put down the brush and become a cashier at forever 21.

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Laura Moriarty Oct 25, 2014 06:10In reply to: Rose

I disagree, Rose. She could be the poster child for white privilege. The evidence is that she is white and she is privileged. I mean this respectfully, but your argument is enabling, not binding; like saying rape is just a crime some people commit which has nothing to do with misogyny. It is not productive.

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bikerjosh Oct 25, 2014 06:10

There is a petition up asking the white house to prosecute the vandal. Don't know if it will do any good but worth a shot. Find it here
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/press-charges-casey-nocket-finesmax-community-servicejail-timeetc-httpgooglhy4yqj-defacing-np-nm/1y8xJBGm

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Matt Clara Oct 25, 2014 06:10In reply to: Shelley

Are you kidding? Apprentice to Goldsworthy, even collecting leaves and twigs, would be an incredible honor. She needs to be breaking rocks in Leavenworth.

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pbrower2a1 Oct 25, 2014 05:10In reply to: The Owl

She could stand on a soapbox outside a campaign rally for some pol who stands for misogyny and plutocracy -- there are plenty of such politicians, and that is where much of the ugliness in America is. That needs no defacement of beauty.

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pbrower2a1 Oct 25, 2014 05:10In reply to: superabound1

There's nothing special about her 'art'; it's simply a banal expression of cranky narcissism. Nature is best enjoyed pure.

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MirTa Oct 25, 2014 05:10In reply to: agata

^That is a good idea!

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Disappointed Oct 25, 2014 04:10

This selfish voyeurism is everything that is wrong with America. Our national parks are, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People" Not your personal canvas.

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Sara Oct 25, 2014 02:10In reply to: Andy Porter

Erm, the girl's name isn't Casey. Casey is the one who is reporting the story.

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SLS Oct 25, 2014 01:10

sign the petition to have this poor foolish talentless idiot made accountable https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/press-charges-casey-nocket-finesmax-community-servicejail-timeetc-httpgooglhy4yqj-defacing-np-nm/1y8xJBGm

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sadie Oct 25, 2014 01:10In reply to: Luwanda (@LuwandaJenkins)

really… why bring race into it… you're laughable

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tjs Oct 24, 2014 23:10In reply to: Bryan Sowards

Agree

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lv Oct 24, 2014 23:10

she desires fame and attention more than decency, truth, and nutrition. she dyed her dark hair blonde and she has puked into toilets meal after meal. now that she is a trim blonde, she imagines herself as the world's next great rebel artist. she trekked out to our nation's greatest landscapes to make her mark for all the world to see. but she knows not the exact statement she wants to leave so she painted herself as pretty as can be. her lack of imagination and erratic hand eye coordination could only manage poorly rendered yet accurate rock portraits of a chain smoking, wig wearing, bulimic casey nocket. but wait, look over there! up and to the left! there is breathtaking beauty, the most gorgeous natural thing you’ll ever see!
now that it’s nearing last call here in minneapolis, i have to confess… like a normal looking girl with her ugly friend… nah, who am i kidding, i’ve had my eyes on that beautiful blue crater all night. fuck off creepyting, u don’t make your surroundings any better.

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Henrietta L Oct 24, 2014 23:10

Clear narcissism. Folks, the majority of her "art" left behind are self-portrait caricatures if you haven't already caught that. To wit: her smoking photo on her twitter account @ https://twitter.com/caseynocket, the pictures of her post going blonde (http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2514209&tn=20) like the portraits, and the eyebrows are the same.

I bet her real, verified, mother, Robin Finnegan (https://www.facebook.com/rfinnegan1) is super-proud of her daughter now. Funny how all her kids FB pages are offline. Guess someone should have told mom to remove her relationship affiliations.

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Pedro Oct 24, 2014 22:10

One word, sick!!!

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Nea Oct 24, 2014 22:10

Art....hardly, just plain childish sidewalk drawings, you should be ashamed of yourself. And you should get both arms broke..

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Bodiemike Oct 24, 2014 21:10In reply to: Dave B

Hey Dave B --- Thanks for the tip. I will check it out. We are staying away from the toxic stuff; some of the spray paint is near creeks and in vegetation, and the cure might be worse than the problem. Often we just tip the boulders over and 'remove' it that way. But some of the spray paint is on granite slabs, so any ideas will be helpful.

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t Oct 24, 2014 21:10In reply to: notrombones

It would be so much better if she scrawled where someone else had to clean up her scrawlings. Your entitlement matches hers.

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Karen Beaver Oct 24, 2014 21:10In reply to: Lisa P

Or apparently respecting nothing else! Or she'd not even b doing this sacrilege. Hurts my heart. All these Parks r wonderful for their amazing beauty, strength & their contributions to keeping our planet healthy, I.e., taking care of carbon dioxide. So wish she'd not have done this. Am very glad she'll b found pretty soon.

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afidler Oct 24, 2014 20:10In reply to: Deb Billings

Damn, what an idiot you sound like. Projecting whatever silly notions you have of "American". As disgraceful as Casey Nocket.

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notrombones Oct 24, 2014 20:10

There are so many other, more appropriate places she could paint here art---Countless walls & buildingsides for murals, large rockfaces on PRIVATE property, etc etc etc

Her selfishness undermines any beauty or positivity her art might bring.

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Kristin Blumreich Oct 24, 2014 20:10In reply to: TheLorax

lol, perhaps a little Inglourious Basterds treatment will do the trick?

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Kristin Blumreich Oct 24, 2014 20:10

Obviously she's never heard the phrase "Tread lightly". Sad.

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Fredric L. Rice Oct 24, 2014 20:10

I don't know if this is getting spread around much however as of 6 hours ago there are claims that the Feds are starting to wake up and take a look at what she's doing:

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_26787016/feds-chase-criminal-case-against-artist-who-marred

Social Media is a very good way to brow-beat the authorities in to doing their jobs, and the Blogosphere is alive with massive outrage, now it looks hopeful that she'll be punished and serve as a warning to others who think this is acceptable behavior. :)

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Fredric L. Rice Oct 24, 2014 20:10In reply to: Andy Porter

Fortunately the world has good people, people who are willing to volunteer to clean this crap up. If she's arrested maybe we can get a list of places she vandalized and we can have a national effort to get volunteers to clean it off, make it a big venture.

Our kids today will do the work, young people today are as environmentally aware as my generation was, all we need to do is point them to what needs to be cleaned and the current generation will fix it.

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Sparklefist Oct 24, 2014 19:10In reply to: superabound1

Art doesn't have a rulebook last time I checked.

Generally when intelligent people use the phrase, "In art, nothing is sacred." They are referring to nothing being sacred IN THE REALM OF IDEAS. Does that phrase mean that art is a license to murder or rape? Of course not. Does that make artistic acts automatically valuable and immune to criticism? No. Disfiguring or defacing property or the natural landscape is an issue of being an immature douchebag.

It is a moral issue and not an artistic one.

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Sparklefist Oct 24, 2014 19:10In reply to: superabound1

Nonviolent crimes are not victimless crimes. And people are not the only possible victims.

Completely disregarding the social contract we all abide by is inhumane to the rest of society. Rocks are not more valuable than human lives.

Disregarding the value of a natural environment in a protected area set aside by all of society is the core of this issue. The real problem here is that this woman has decided that other peoples experiences are not as valuable as her own.

Responses like yours confuse me. I feel as though you must not value the natural world in any way. Perhaps you never leave the city or the computer screen? I'm not sure how your position is even remotely justifiable.

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Fredric L. Rice Oct 24, 2014 19:10In reply to: TheLorax

She seems to think her vandalism is "art." He may be stupid enough to think being forced to wear her crap is a good thing. She's so stupid something like that's possible. :( And she's apparently not in custody yet!

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Skip Oct 24, 2014 19:10In reply to: Jim Smith

How can you say one is worse than another? One just as obscene as the other.

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TheLorax Oct 24, 2014 18:10

Since she's apparently got such a big ego, her only punishment should be tattooing that shitty art all over her body. One big one on her forehead, one on her back, stomach, and a tramp stamp saying "creepytings" on her lower back. Maybe then she'll understand what she's done.

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nan sanchez Oct 24, 2014 17:10In reply to: twilla

If anyone can track her down 1) we can report her to the Forest Service for defacing public property. This looks like narcissistic/ exhibitionist destructive behavior and (I agree she is a failed artist.)

The state of NY would probably fine her is she did this along one of the highways....

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Scott Oct 24, 2014 17:10

That is not art in any way, shape or form. It's not even good illustration. To compare herself to Banksy is an uneducated and ignorant excuse. Ugh, the visions of grandeur she must have calling herself an nature lover and an artist. It would be wrong to define her as either.

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KatParrick Oct 24, 2014 17:10In reply to: Gregbo

Um, GregBo, two problems with your nifty li'l "solution": First, some of her doodles were made OVER (or near) ancient and/or protected pictograms. It's going to take actual experts to fix the damage she's done on those particular sites. Second, even on the sites where she's not defacing some illiterate tribesperson's ONLY form of communication/expression/art, it's going to take a deft, EXPERT touch to remove the various materials she seeped into the stones without jeopardizing and further eroding the rocks/surfaces themselves.

I'd rather watch her sit in jail, scribbling (in Sharpie please) all over her cell walls then being forced to scrub THOSE clean...

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Lisa P Oct 24, 2014 16:10

This is so incredibly sad. It's shameful that this young person never learned to have respect for the natural world.

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Andy Porter Oct 24, 2014 16:10

Casey,
You are an Asshole, with a capital A. I and millions more go to the wilderness to escape having to be around assholes like you.

Only a self centered idiot who doesn't care about other people would even conceive of such a thing.

It's all about "look at me" and look at how naughty I am, selfish, self serving, and I am sure, that you some how have it in your twisted little mind, that you are somehow right for defacing these landmarks.

In a world full of greed, where war and human violence fill our screens, How are you really any different from the assholes we despise that seek to increase their own "worth" at the expense of others?

You have become part of the Problem, not part of the Solution.

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Casey Schreiner Oct 24, 2014 15:10In reply to: Bookpuppy

Yeah that Instagram account is definitely not her. Whatever genius decided to start it forgot to turn off location posting and they were writing from Portland, OR.

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Shelley Oct 24, 2014 15:10

The only punishment I can think of as suitable for this clueless imbecile is a year of hard time spent collecting leaves and twigs under the tutelage of Andy Goldsworthy. No cell phone, no camera, no internet, with a steady diet of cold water, haggis and oatmeal.
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Tanner Oct 24, 2014 15:10

I think the real crime here is that outfit she's wearing. Neon cossfit gear with hiking boots? Girlfriend, Joan Rivers is rolling in her grave.

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leila Oct 24, 2014 15:10In reply to: Moabian

HAHAHAHAHA, thumbs up to you.

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Bookpuppy Oct 24, 2014 15:10

She's got a new (or made public again) Instagram account under "officialcreepytings". I've already shared some of my spleen with her, but obviously she's either clueless or arrogantly ambitious (or the most likely culprit, a combination of the two) because she's convinced she's in the right and somehow this is about her freedom of expression. I hope the authorities catch up with her and there is some reckoning, but in the meantime I think folks should let her know en masse what they think about here "art"

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leila Oct 24, 2014 15:10In reply to: Alwin Bratton

serio, let's throw her off a cliff. for reals.

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Bryan Sowards Oct 24, 2014 15:10

It's not even good art (not that it even matters)...it's terrible.

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leila Oct 24, 2014 15:10In reply to: agata

best response yet

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leila Oct 24, 2014 15:10In reply to: Lauren

EXACTLY what I said :) belongs on a brown paper bag book cover....what a little dipshit

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twilla Oct 24, 2014 15:10

She's an attention whore and a bad "artist". Feminist my ass.

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Ugh Oct 24, 2014 15:10In reply to: superabound1

Also the first rule of morons.

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Iama Maughanster Oct 24, 2014 14:10In reply to: Kris

Why comment if you haven't read the article? She used acrylic paint it is not going to wash away.

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davis meren Oct 24, 2014 14:10

Unfortunately too many Americans have the elitism of thought and action in them and don`t think of others, Just look at the way many park and hog two spaces without regard to who else might need a space. I got mine so who cares about the rest.

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Ben Oct 24, 2014 14:10In reply to: superabound1

rules are made to be broken is the next "rule" of art

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Rose Oct 24, 2014 14:10In reply to: Deb Billings

She does not embody the American values or spirit at all and she is acting in ways that are Un-American. I am proud to be an American on a forum with so many other Americans who are proud of their country and will boldly protect it from those who would seek to harm it from within and without.

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Dragonfly Oct 24, 2014 13:10In reply to: The Owl

'...launch her name into the media'. You said it. Self-serving, ignorant, disrespectful. Even if she was trying to spark discussion about gender politics and property (which I doubt crossed her mind), her approach obviously missed the mark by light years. Personally, I will never use her actions to utter a breath into that discussion.

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Desert D. Oct 24, 2014 13:10In reply to: Lauren2.0

She may actually like trail maintenance. How about having her pick up trash along the side a of a busy urban interstate, while wearing an orange jumpsuit and banning her from National Parks?

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Amanda Hogg Oct 24, 2014 13:10In reply to: Becky Miller

A+

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Hortense Baltman eats man nuts Oct 24, 2014 13:10In reply to: Hortense Baltman

Hi Hortense. You seem tense. Can I give you a massage?

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elnigma Oct 24, 2014 13:10In reply to: Gregbo

Yep. Then still go to prison.

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Caro Oct 24, 2014 13:10In reply to: Gregbo

Completely agree with that one, community work to undo what she did!

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Daniel Melton Oct 24, 2014 13:10

She dishonors the people who put their whole heart into protecting these gems! John Muir, Ansel Adams,Stephen Mather, Robert Sterling Yard and countless others! What was it that Teddy Roosevelt said in his speech at Yellowstone."Leave it as it is! Man can only mar it! It should last the ages!

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Deb Billings Oct 24, 2014 13:10

Auwe! Damage is done and continues. One more reason I am embarresed to be American. Lived so many years outside USA, I wonder why I came back to this disrespect. Shame, shame, shame!

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Igor Kozlov Oct 24, 2014 13:10

I hope those "artist" get a nice big fat FINE for this "paintings".

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Luwanda (@LuwandaJenkins) Oct 24, 2014 13:10

What a stupid White girl putting her bad art on the natural. She can't even really draw good. She should go to jail for life for this.

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Igor Kozlov Oct 24, 2014 12:10

I hope those "artists" get a nice FINE for that s***painting.

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Sammy Oct 24, 2014 12:10

Boundless ignorance fulfills our destiny to utterly fuck up the planet.... and we are well on our way to success!

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Stan Oct 24, 2014 12:10

This disgraceful idiot needs to gtfo of my country.

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Pat Davies Oct 24, 2014 12:10In reply to: Zen

AMEN!! She is selfish, uneducated, &.a criminal. Hope she is arrested and has to restore areas go original condition.

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Rose Oct 24, 2014 12:10In reply to: Rose

*correction, cease being divisive.

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Rose Oct 24, 2014 12:10

This is not "white privilege" Pat Pearson, just because she is white, and it is a tired ad hoc accusation that has been thrown around far too often lately as a convenient way to deviate from addressing the the true problems. What evidence do you have to support that? It is actually a case of a deviant shallow minded city dweller who has no respect for nature or others and thereby will continue to cause harm until she is stopped. Don't divert this topic over to your own political ends by misdiagnosing the crime and criminal. Entitled hurtful narcissists come in all races and it is up to all races to cease being decisive and instead bind together to stop those deviant ones among us, like her, who harm others with their selfish acts.

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columbusfilm Oct 24, 2014 12:10In reply to: Ted Kool

I never said it makes anything "right". This is about consideration, not justification. Now I ask you: What makes it right to lock someone away in a cage? Painting on rocks that .0000001% of the population will see before nature erases it?

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cheese coney Oct 24, 2014 12:10In reply to: rich

rich her art if that's what you call it is a great pile of dog shit

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superabound1 Oct 24, 2014 11:10In reply to: wetwag

Sorry but hes right, the only punishment for nonviolent crimes should be simple fines, restitution, and community service. Throwing people in prison over things that technically dont actually hurt anyone is insane and inhumane. And if you think some rocks out in the middle of nowhere are of more value than actual h