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The ABCs of Asymmetry (ICYMI)

The ABCs of Asymmetry (ICYMI)

Today marks the last day of the (ir)regular session of the Wisconsin State Legislature; good riddance to bad rubbish indeed!  While halfway through lent, this lapse Catholic is glad the state is giving up Republican mandates for a short while at least.  Plus spring has sprung, and with it that irrepressibly burning eternal.  Keeping with the lenten theme, the days are longer (lengthened, you might even say), the sun brighter and warmer.  With recalls soon to be set, there is light for sure at the end of this tunnel that has been the yearlong winter of our discontent, and hope outshining the audacity of dopes.
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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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Aching for Gentrification

Aching for Gentrification

The old saw quips that there are two seasons in Wisconsin: winter and construction.  Depending on which part of the state you live in, the former is debatable, but the latter incontestable.  From first thaw in April to first freeze and flake come sometime in fall, construction orange is ubiquitous and de rigueur.  But while the ties to road construction and Governor Walker are as hot and heavy as the bituminous lathered on our highways, like greased palms giving the glad hand and thumbs up thick as thieves, the kind of reconstruction project I’m talking about is the incremental changes to the very demographic topography of our state.  Today’s case in point?  The state-sanctioned discrimination and disenfranchisement of tenants — yes, people (like me) who don’t own housing but instead rent an apartment.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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