Justice William O. Douglass: trees have standing


For over a decade, now, I have always, always had a digital voice recorder. I have also always required constant pencil and paper – something I’m never without. The bulk of the space on my Dig Voice Recorders – running on 3A batteries

which rocks more than you can know unless you know,

is bullshit like this.
Verbal journaling – even during this I stop to write certain things down. It’s a system, I guess; and although phones have recorders it’s not the same thing. Not close. My fucking brain works fast. It is an infinite number of moving parts at once; an elegant machine.
I need multimedia journaling & of course

that still can’t keep up.


  • (In June of 2015 I had 39 notes in folder E that were all specs on different gas chromatographs and contact information to obtain them or further research them. That’s what this is. Not a radio show. I’m also taking notes as I go. But hell, as nomadic as I am, why not stick it up for myself? I mean, what’s the downside? It wouldn’t be unheard of – in fact, it would be rote at this point that the only way I might ever access it is this way. Why would I want to? I don’t know. But again, why not?)

Thank you for excusing my personal little crap surrounding the occasional post meant for public consumption.

Justice William O. Douglas

(Some due diligence that  I can’t seem to get past feeling responsible to do, even for random verbal journaling.)


Sometimes called “Wild Bill,” Associate Justice William O. Douglass, appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt in April of 1939 and who served through November 1975 (the longest term served by any SCOTUS judge) was, to say the least, an interesting Supreme Court justice.

What I’m focused on here is the extraordinary impact he had on our environment, not just legally, but as an influencer of public opinion. In one case, when Congress was pushing to fill and pave the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to make a road, and The Washington Post was regularly editorially opining that this was a great idea, Justice Douglass dared the editorial board to go for a walk with him on the canal and quite publically bet them that if they would just do that, they would change their minds immediately.

They did and they did.

Not only did Congress’ bill go down in flames, but the canal was protected with the right of way of a national park.

Douglass also fought the Army Corps of Engineers when he saw a threat to the preservation of the beautiful Buffalo River in Arkansas “as a free flowing river in its natural state.” This helped the Ozark Society and the growing environmental movement to reach enough of a groundswell to convince congress to enact a designation of the Buffalo River as America’s first National River.

So, it should be clear that he was pretty cool.

This first clip is my 11 second exclamation on trees having standing:


Below is my whole “trees have standing” audio exposition, mixing Wikipedia with my constant editorializing, as well as such enlightening asides as,

“- sorry, I’m pulling hairs out of my nose -”

In between all that is Douglass’ excellently reasoned legal rational for why, of course,

trees should have standing.

Along with  other issues concerning the environment, free speech, and just “Wild Bill” Douglass in general.

Have fun.



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