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DNR deems PolyMet plans 'adequate' — but the big question remains unanswered.

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  • But really, what more ... can the taxpayers of Minnesota expect from a regulatory apparatus whose lead agency on copper/nickel mining is supposed to promote the industry with one hand and police it with the other?
  • The PolyMet Project’s Tailings “Pond” Could Someday Create a Dead St. Louis River and a Dying Lake Superior

Ron Meador, Minn Post

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03/04/16 | A gray haze of anticlimax hung over Thursday’s announcement that Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources, to the surprise of absolutely no one, has approved the much-revised proposal by PolyMet Mining Corp. to bring copper-nickel mining to Minnesota’s north woods.

As an agency charged with promoting the mining industry while regulating its constituent companies and collecting revenue from their activity, the DNR over the last six years has given PolyMet the benefit of many a doubt concerning its NorthMet mine near Babbitt. Indeed, its flexibility has sometimes resulted in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sending its approvals back for a do-over.

Ron Meador: In 2007 and 2008 I served as executive director of Friends of the Boundary Wilderness. Based on previous journalistic investigation I positioned the group in opposition to any precious-metal mining that couldn’t first be proven safe in terms of lasting damage to the watery north woods environment. That’s a test I both hope and doubt can be met by PolyMet and other companies eyeing Minnesota’s copper/nickel deposits, because it really would the first such achievement in history.

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The PolyMet Project’s Tailings “Pond” Could Someday Create a Dead St. Louis River and a Dying Lake Superior, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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How Do We Build Movements Based On Vision and Values?

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  • Movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. 
  • 5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

Manuel Pastor, LinkTV

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Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC Santa Cruz. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

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5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book, Ethan Corey and Jessica Corbett, In These Times

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  • Klein … illustrates how people can use climate change to come together to build a greener society. 
  • You can’t fight climate change without fighting capitalism, argues Klein in This Changes Everything
  • The UN’s New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet

The False Debate on Homelessness

  • Homelessness is the natural result of a system that makes some fantastically wealthy and others desperately poor.
  • Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous
  • John Steppling | Hollywood, the Police and the Poor

Amien Essif, Jacobin

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2.2.16 | Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio just can’t get along.

Shortly after the New Year, Cuomo, New York’s governor, issued an executive order mandating that New York City transport homeless people sleeping outside in sub-freezing temperatures to shelters.

In response, Mayor de Blasio’s administration announced that, regardless of weather conditions, the police can’t expel people from public property — and that if they bring them to a shelter, they can’t make them stay. “To forcibly remove all homeless individuals in freezing weather, as the governor has ordered,” de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said, “will require him to pass state law.”

Amien Essif is a regular contributor to In These Times whose work has also appeared in the Guardian and CounterPunch.

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Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous, David Sirota, Salon

  • Regressive state and local tax policies don’t just harm the working class -- they can ruin entire economies.
  • The False Debate on Homelessness

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John Steppling | Hollywood, the Police and the Poor, John Steppling,  Truthout / Rise Up Times

Urban spaces are racialized. In spite of the gentrification processes displacing the racialized poor and working classes, it has become very difficult to negate the continued disenfranchisement, incarceration, and killing of black and brown bodies.

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Mark Fiore | 20/20 Forsight for Republicans / www.markfiore.com

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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 | Well, I guess the Republicans are done saying that Trump is just a novelty who will fade once the voting starts.  Many candidates tolerated Donald Trump and tried to “rise above” his awful statements by pretending he wasn’t a serious threat.  Remember when Ted Cruz called Trump “terrific” and said, “I think he speaks the truth?”  Cruz isn’t saying that anymore.  

 

If the Republican establishment wants to block The Donald, they better think of another plan besides pushing a candidate who has won just one state and whose cutting edge campaign tactic is resorting to dick jokes.  The Republican Party has created a beast they can’t control.  I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about the people who are supporting him and voting for him.  Funny how years of trafficking in veiled and not-so-veiled hate, racism and fear can actually come back and destroy your party.  

Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site, SFGate.com, for over ten years. His work has also appeared on Newsweek.com, Slate.com, CBSNews.com, MotherJones.com and NPR’s web site. Fiore’s political animation has been featured on CNN, Frontline, BillMoyers.com, Salon.com and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

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A Brutal Assessment of US Elections from Abroad

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  • To my friends (in the US), I feel your pain, suffering through another phony election for president of the USA.  Unlike most citizens of The Empire, you have an understanding that the winner of the election will be a regent for the true rulers, the international bankers and their supportive capitalist apparatus that have so much influence over your life.
  • Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on US Rigged Corporate Elections

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion.jpg February 10th, 2016 | It’s come to my attention that André Vltchek, writing in Pravda, has demystified the entire US presidential election scam in a piece titled “Please do not poison my brain with the US elections.”  Americans should understand how our elections are seen by people abroad.

To my American friends I feel your pain, political phone calls will disrupt everything you do until the election in November, when you will be asked to step into a polling booth to vote for a lesser evil, which often seems like a choice between Hitler and Satan.  You will hold your nose and wretch, finally writing in the name of a person who has no chance, because that person has a heart and integrity.

Jack Balkwill is an activist in Virginia. 

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Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on US Rigged Corporate Elections, Ralph Nader and Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin), Media Roots

  • A long-time political figure with unique experience fighting from the center of Washington, Nader joins Abby Martin on The Empire Files to discuss today’s political climate, the corporate government and rigged elections. 
  • Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

My gun violence story could become your gun violence story.

  • We spoke with gun violence survivors about gun violence prevention, Obama, and the NRA. This is what they had to say. And take a good look at Yanceyville, North Carolina: It's an extremely poor town that almost got a big break -- until corrupt officials completely screwed it over. ThinkProgress dives deep into its history, its residents, and its future.
  • A powerful message on gun violence
  • Racism and Gun Control

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Lucy McBath: Having stood there on the stage with President Obama yesterday was surreal, very, very surreal and very very profound for me because I felt like I was finishing the work of my father and that I too would be able to create and stimulate some wonderful change for this country that was going to save lives and that that would be my son's legacy.

Think Progress is an editorially independent, non-partisan, progressive project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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Racism and Gun Control, Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator

  • Guns in the United States have always been about race: controlling black males and protecting white privilege and power.
  • My gun violence story could become your gun violence story.

How to Succeed at Failing, Pentagon-Style

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  • The Pentagon’s Progress 
  • Will American “Successes” Lead to More Iraqi Military Failures?
  • Trumbo to Trump, When Did America Become So Afraid?

Nick Turse, TomDispatch

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Nick%20Turse%20%7C%20Tomorrow%27s%20Battlefield.jpgJanuary 21, 2016 | Iraq and Afghanistan are separated by more than 1,000 miles and, although they both exist in what is now known as the Greater Middle East, they had little in common -- at least until March 2003, when the Bush administration followed up its 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by invading Iraq.  Since then, they’ve had quite a bit in common, including vast infusions of U.S. funds and the massive levels of corruption that accompany them, as well as the way refugees from both countries have been joining the same flow of the desperate and dispossessed heading for Europe.  These days, with the spread of an Islamic State franchise to Afghanistan, even their insurgents are becoming part of the same “brand.” And there’s one other thing they’ve had in common in these years: ghosts.

In both countries, the U.S. military has built, on paper, vast local security forces from scratch to the tune of at least $65 billion in Afghanistan and at least $25 billion in Iraq.  Their armies and police forces have, however, both turned out to be remarkably spectral in nature.  They are filled with “ghost soldiers” and “ghost policemen” who are being paid salaries but don’t exist.  In some cases, they are quite literally already dead and wandering in the world of spirits.  Their U.S.-funded salaries are, in turn, being pocketed by commanders and other senior military officials in an operation that couldn’t be more profitable or "successful" -- at least until their ranks, sometimes thinned to nonexistence, are attacked by flesh-and-blood enemy forces.  In Iraq, in 2014, after significant parts of that country’s American-built army had abandoned its weaponry and fled its posts in the country’s northern cities in the face of modest numbers of Islamic State fighters, the prime minister announced that there were at least 50,000 “ghost” troops in his military.  (That figure was widely believed to be an underestimate.)

Nick Turse is the managing editor of TomDispatch and a fellow at the Nation Institute. He is the author, most recently, of Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa, as well as Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Nation, and is a contributing writer for the Intercept.

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Trumbo to Trump, When Did America Become So Afraid? Mike Hegedus, Huffington Post 

  • We, you and I, all of us, bear the responsibility of knowing and understanding what is going on--in our communities, our states, our nation and the world. 
  • Do all this from a position of strength, a positive, unafraid, place, as citizens. Be engaged, be smart, indulge yourself in critical thinking. Take nothing at face value and care enough to get the answers. 
  • Maybe not the answer you 'want' but THE answer none the less.
  • Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?

 

Why You Need to Care About What's Happening to Melissa Harris-Perry

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  • Today (2/26/16) it was revealed that Melissa Harris-Perry is removing herself from the air; a result of MSNBC jerking her schedule and her show around and providing her no reason for these decisions.
  • This is more than just “not cool.” It should be acknowledged and regarded as what it is. An insult to her and her work. Which, by proxy, is an insult to us.

Damon Young, Very Smart Brothas

http://verysmartbrothas.com/images/2016/02/mhp-479x430.jpg 2/26/16 | The cover photo from my Facebook profile is a screenshot of my appearance on Melissa Harris-Perry last August. I don’t get anxious much when meeting new people; at least not anymore. But I was anxious then. Partially because it was my first time on national television, and I hoped my dad and my aunts in Cincinnati would approve of my suit, posture, and hand placement. But mainly because of Melissa Harris-Perry’s status as an intellectual powerhouseTa-Nehisi Coates once called her “America’s foremost public intellectual” (a bold claim I happen to agree with). 

Basically, I didn’t want to get up there and look stupid. Also, although I was very familiar with her work and her writing and her show, I had no idea how she’d be in person. I didn’t know if I’d be meeting Miranda Priestly. (Adding another layer to this anxiety lasagna is how the show is structured. You don’t meet or even see her until 60 seconds before your segment will air.)

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. And a columnist for EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. 

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The media is NOT doing its job! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://media.salon.com/2010/04/white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpgThe American people deserve a better media: one that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we  deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also  requires it.
  • We must force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. 
  • Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us
  • Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

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