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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

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  • Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
  • We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

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Susan Flygare, MoveOn.org

February 13, 2018 | I'm Susan Flygare, a MoveOn member in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I started a petition to Governor Mark Dayton, which says:

Water is our most precious resource. Copper sulfide mines have over a 90% failure rate after closing. Minnesota has some of the purest water left in the world. The proposed PolyMet mine endangers the headwaters, the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. PolyMet has a terrible environmental record. Sign now: Do not put the mine in the headwaters.

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Governor Dayton has been misinformed about the high standards of review at the Department of Natural Resources. I respectfully ask him to review the work of the attorneys for The Friends of the Boundary Waters or read the public testimony from the hearing in Duluth on February 8.
Please get the facts and find a better way to bring jobs to our fellow citizens in Northern Minnesota. We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior, which we share with other states and Canada. Do the right thing!

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Thanks!

Susan Flygare



Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

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(Not Mentioning the Hundreds of Leaky Tailings Dams or the Potential Catastrophic Breaches that will Likely Occur if Copper/Nickel/Sulfide Mining is Allowed in Northern Minnesota)
 

Gary G. Kohls, Special to Evergreene Digest

April 24, 2018 | The following group of 5 photographs were taken after the catastrophic Teton River (Idaho) Dam failure that occurred on June 5, 1976. The earthen dam was 305 feet high and held back a 17 mile-long reservoir. The dam breach resulted in the worst man-made disaster in Idaho’s history.
 
Two small Idaho towns downstream from the Teton River Dam, Wilford and Sugar City, were wiped from the map in the flood by a 10 foot-high wall of water. Thousands of farm animals were drowned as were several people. The towns of Hibbard, Rexburg and Roberts were also largely flooded, as was Idaho Falls. In some places houses were under as much as 10 feet of water.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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  • Part A: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part B: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part C: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

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We're shining a light on those beholden to the gun lobby.

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  • After a mass shooting — like clockwork — our elected officials offer thoughts and prayers, but do little to nothing to enact common sense gun policies that protect us from gun violence. This needs to stop.
  • Related: Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund

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February 24, 2018 | It's time to follow the money. 

After a mass shooting — like clockwork — our elected officials offer thoughts and prayers, but do little to nothing to enact common sense gun policies that protect us from gun violence.

This needs to stop.

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It's been ten days since the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff members were shot and killed, and more than a dozen injured. Thoughts and prayers alone are not enough to honor the victims of mass shootings. We need lawmakers who will enact commonsense gun laws.

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Thanks for standing with us in this fight.

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund:  Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.

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Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers, Derek, LittleSis.org via ActionNetwork.org 

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(Here's) a series that surveys the main gun profiteers, takes a closer look at gun retailer Bass Pro-Cabela’s and its backing from Goldman Sachs, and examines Wells Fargo’s major ties to the NRA and firearms industry.

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Demand Change: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies

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  • Part 1: Google, Twitter & Facebook: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies
  • If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone see and knows.
  • Part 2: In the wake of the Facebook scandal
  • Demand real change

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Google, Twitter & Facebook: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies

If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone see and knows.

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/zuckerberg_eyes_.jpgApril 13, 2018 | Increasingly, you will find articles critical of the power of Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of these articles argue that between Google and Facebook, the two giants control 85% of all ad revenue. And, of course, anyone who uses the internet knows that Google is the primary portal through which one seeks and finds information while Twitter and Facebook are the means to communicate broadly.

From a free market position, all of that seems fine so long as they’re not using government to smash their competition -- the consumers have spoken, right? 


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Part 2: In the wake of the Facebook scandal

Click here to sign the open letter calling for big tech companies to take these steps to protect our data and our democracy. 

Laila at Fight for the Future (FFTF) 

April 4, 2018 | Forget privacy. The Facebook data harvesting scandal is about manipulation. It illuminates how our data can be used against us, not just to pry into our personal lives, but to change how we think.
Everyone’s asking: what can be done to make sure this never happens again?

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Demand real change: click here to sign the open letter telling Facebook and all other tech companies to take the 5-step Security Pledge and protect our data from abuse. 

Fight for the Future (FFTF) is a nonprofit advocacy group in the area of digital rights founded in 2011. The group aims to promote causes related to copyright legislation, as well as online privacy and censorship through the use of the Internet.

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Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota?

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  • Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation
  • Related: Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear bills

Alan Muller, Airheads

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March 22, 2018 | Is Xcel really the worst?  It’s hard to say–there are so many candidates.  The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce?  3M?  The shadowy interests behind PolyMet and Twin Metals?

From where I write, in Red Wing, which is some sort of ultimate Xcel “company town,” there’s just no contest.  And for someone with a history of working on waste and energy issues, living in a community (nice as it is in many other ways) rendered so bereft of dignity and integrity by it’s servile relationship with Xcel can be painful.  (Of course, the locals don’t seen it that way–they are so used to being told what to do and what to think that they don’t notice.)

Info on Xcel’s latest foray is below, Senate File 3504 / House File 3708 (they are identical).

To see the abuses of Xcel on a larger playing field, one needs to visit the MN Public Utilities Commission and/or the state Legislature.  A puppet show on a different scale entirely.

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Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear billsAlan Muller, Airheads

  • What to do: Testify at the hearing if your schedule and the stability of your stomach allows.
  • March 27, 2018 | This is a follow-up to the March 22. 2018 post entitled  “Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota?” (above) and subtitled “Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation.”
  • A hearing on Senate File 3504 , was rescheduled for March 27th at 1:00, in Room 1150 Minnesota Senate Bldg.  Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee
  • If you would like to speak, contact Committee Administrator Darrin Lee at 651-293-2962 or darrin.lee@senate.mn.

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The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians

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  • The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
  • Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event,

Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_2.jpgSunday, March 18, 2018 | On Sunday, students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and are now actively involved in gun control advocacy — sat down for an interview. During the interview, the Parkland students told CBS' 60 Minutes how they're walking the fine line of accepting some help from politicians, but never enough to let them co-opt the movement.

Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed Alex Wind, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Emma Gonzalez, the founders of the Never Again movement. Alfonsi described how, in the hours after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, which left 17 dead, the teens came together to create a gun control advocacy campaign. As Alfonsi explained, the Parkland teens conducted interviews and used social media to gain support for their cause, ultimately organizing a national school walkout day and convincing Florida's governor to raise the age for buying a rifle to 21 — among other endeavors.

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event, Morgan Winsor, ABC News 

Slideshow: Photos: National School Walkout 

"Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.

 


 

 

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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Slideshow: Photos: National School Walkout

  • "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians.

Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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Mar 18, 2018 | What is the 'March of Our Lives'?

Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation's capital next weekend to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month's shooting in a Florida high school.

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine's Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.

Morgan Winsor, Breaking News Reporter, ABC News 

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The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians. Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

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  • The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
  • Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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Disability activists are at the forefront of direct action against Trump.

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  • Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities * For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home * ‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’
  • Related: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Week Ending March 17, 2018 | 

Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities, Robyn Powell, Rewire / Portside

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For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home. Katie Paulson, Upworthy

January 3, 2018 | Everyone knows being a parent is hard. But parenting a disabled child carries challenges you don't expect.

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‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’, Zoë Carpenter, the Nation

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House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act; Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.
  • Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance
  • Attorney General Sessions is rescinding several guidance documents clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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