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Mined Over Matter

Mined Over Matter

Since my recent mining redux has generated more comments than any scribble in the nearly two-year-long tenure of this blog — even more than the name-calling, rotten produce throw, shit show that the “Unplanned Parenthood” piece inspired (feel free to seek it out if you’re feeling frisky for a cat fight) — what better idea could there be than continue yet anew with it.  Here’s the gist: Part 1 is about the money behind the mine.  Part 2 makes an argument to support Democratic state Senator Tim Cullen’s alternative mining bill.

Ready, set, Gogebic!

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Undermining Credibility

Undermining Credibility

With only three weeks to go til Valentine’s Day, the Republicans in the State Legislature of Wisconsin are doing what no men ever do: shopping for their beloved before the last minute.  Indeed, in what can only be called a sweetheart deal to both Gogebic Taconite and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – the former an out-of-state mining company, the latter a much-flawed private entity (that used to be a public one before Scott Walker took over) – the Republican juggernaut essentially promises what any sugarcoated candy on February 14th does: “be mine.”  Only in this sense it’s not just a command in the possessive sense; it’s also the Republican diktat that the Gogebic mine be.  Corporate profit and bought-off lawmakers, true love if there ever was.
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What’s Yours Is Mine: Stop ‘N’ Gogebic

What’s Yours Is Mine: Stop ‘N’ Gogebic

Imagine if the Chicago Bears proposed to gauge Lambeau Field from end zone to end zone 30 yards wide and 50 deep, with lots of littered blue-and-orange insignia to go around.  How well do you think that would go over?  Or better yet, the Vikings, up to and including all the connotations of sacking cities (not quarterbacks) and looting.  Or what if Mexico just said, You know what?  You have completely desecrated Texas, so we’re taking it back.  To hell with your Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and your pugilistic James K Polk!  So it is peculiar that one matter strangely absent in the debate and debacle of the proposed Gogebic mine in northern Wisconsin is the apparently bypassed sovereign nation status of the Bad River Tribe of Ashland and Iron Counties, recognized by the federal government of the United States of America, if not by Governor Walker or the Republicans in the State Legislature.  Perhaps they can make it up to the tribe by renaming a school mascot — say from the “Fighting Chiefs” to the “Corporate Whores.”  At least the Raiders, the Plunderers, because all it comes down to is landscape piracy and ecological racism.  Hut hut, hike! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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