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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

H.R. 671; National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013

Re: H.R. 671, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013

This is Republican created legislation that Minnesota Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan voted for which passed the U.S. House.

Once again we find Democrat Nolan voting right along with these Republicans who we are told are so rotten we must settle for the "lesser evil" Democrats. Just like with Obama; vote for a Democrat and get a Republican.

H.R. 671 is intended to be a very big part of the continuing increased militarization of our country and our economy.

This is the actual act that passed in the U.S. House which U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan voted for:

See this link for definition of "strategic and critical minerals:" 

Nolan and the DFL would like to ignore the huge carbon footprint the Military-Industrial Complex and its related industries like mining have here in Minnesota.

In fact, over 40% of all iron ore and other minerals mined here in Minnesota is related to war production, war and rebuilding in the aftermath of imperialist wars of aggression with World War Two omitted.

The foundation-funded environmentalists choose to intentionally ignore this; choosing, instead, to just call this part of the entire carbon footprint.

Combine this mining with processing and production--- including transportation and energy required for mining, processing and production and one begins to realize the huge carbon footprint of this Military-Industrial Complex; and this is before figuring in the actual carbon footprint of the wars themselves. 

Coming from one who claims to be both an environmentalist and a voice for peace, Nolan's letter smacks of the worst kind of hypocrisy, second only to those in the Indian Gaming Industry like Mike Wiggins who feigns concern for the degradation of air quality resulting from mining but forces casino workers to work in smoke-filled casinos without so much as any consideration.

And I would note that the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association and the National Indian Gaming Association have contributed thousands of dollars to Rick Nolan's campaigns.

How can the people win when it comes to peace or the environment when they are backing hypocrites like Rick Nolan?

I would note that Rick Nolan has supported, and in return received support from, Kevin Leecy and Archie LaRose--- to vicious and violent criminals involved in Indian Gaming with Kevin Leecy being the Vice-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association. This is the hypocrite who beat his wife unconscious and Nolan and his DFL buddies saw to it that Leecy was not placed in prison where he belongs.

All of this corruption and violence go hand-in-hand with a terribly sick society with the Military-Industrial Complex at the root of it all. 

Needless to say, the drone industry requires many of these 
"strategic and critical minerals" as do the slot machines of the Indian Gaming Industry... hence we find these two partners destroying our living environment, exploiting workers and in the case of the Indian Gaming Industry forcing workers to work in loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos without protection from any rights.

And who profits from it all? A bunch of Wall Street merchants of death and destruction and a few racist wealthy white mobsters who own all the slot machines.

What a world we live in.