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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.

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- Ben Franklin

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The sheer hypocrisy of Mike Wiggins, Jr. and the corrupt Bad River Tribal Council

The Bad River Band of Ojibwe has filed a request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine whether a proposed iron ore mine would contribute adversely to human health and the environment in northern Wisconsin.

This is welcome news; however, why doesn't the Bad River Band request the EPA to check the quality of the air in its smoke-filled casino at the same time--- there is just a tad bit of hypocrisy in the Bad River Band's request to the EPA.

Just like the Red Lake Nation whose crooked and corrupt tribal council always is talking about the harmful effects of forestry, mining, power lines and oil and gas pipelines but it operates three huge smoke-filled casinos in northern Minnesota plus the tribe is being allowed to build a huge new casino/hotel/conference center/resort-marina right on top of one of the most fragile wetlands in northern Minnesota.

The fact is, money talks and the hypocrisy associated with the greed and corruption have no bounds--- workers and Mother Nature suffer.

The Bad River Band dumps its raw sewage from its casino right into the rivers of northern Minnesota and into Lake Superior... more hypocrisy.

Mining or casinos--- it is all about money, money, money and the people and Mother Nature be damned.

Does hypocrisy have no limits when it is attached to greed?

Of course, the real reason the Bad River Band's Chair Mike Wiggins, Jr. is opposed to the iron ore mine is that his casino will have to compete for labor at much higher wages. If Mike Wiggins and the Band River Tribal Council cared about people and the environment--- and the environment people have to work in like a smoke-filled casino is every bit as deadly as the pollutants from iron ore mining--- Mike Wiggins would invest $50.00 in "No Smoking" signs for the Bad River Casino.

The environmental movement, including the Wisconsin Green Party whose candidates are being funded just like the Democrats and Republicans, by the money from Indian Gaming have remained silent when it comes to workers being forced to work in smoke-filled casinos and this hypocrisy is showing itself--- people don't like the hypocrisy and corruption associated with Indian Gaming and the mining companies and this blatant hypocrisy, and acceptance of it, is part and parcel of the corruption that offends so many people.

It is just such hypocrisy that makes it difficult to mount successful challenges to these mining ventures which end up seeing tax-payers stuck with the clean-up costs for years and years... perhaps centuries.

Bad River Tribal Chair Mike Wiggins, Jr. is as bad, greedy and corrupt as any mining company CEO--- and he kills casino workers with heart and lung diseases, cancers and complications with diabetes that result in forcing casino workers to work in these smoke-filled casinos.


Whoops... a mistake:

"The Bad River Band dumps its raw sewage from its casino right into the rivers of northern Minnesota and into Lake Superior... more hypocrisy...."

It should read:

The Bad River Band dumps its raw sewage from its casino right into the rivers of northern Wisconsin and into Lake Superior polluting this huge body of water for Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Ontario ... more hypocrisy.