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Another Ecologic Open Pit Mine Catastrophe Happened Yesterday in Brazil (January 25, 2019): Lessons for Starry-eyed Minnesotan Politicians and Investors who Have Been Bamboozled by PolyMet and Glencore and Other Foreign Mining Corporations

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Duty to Warn

 By Gary G. Kohls, MD – January 26, 2019

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A solemn message to the residents of Hoyt Lakes, Aurora, Meadowlands, Floodwood, Brookston, Cloquet, Scanlon, Carlton, Thomson, Wrenshall, Duluth, Superior WI, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada and most of all, Lake Superior, please seriously heed the warnings in the message below. 

Even state-of-the-art mine tailings ponds that use earthen dam walls (especially if they are intended to grow to become 250 feet tall like PolyMet’s!!) are subject to sudden, unexpected – and very catastrophic – breaches that could easily destroy for a generation every living thing in the watershed downstream. Even tributaries can be contaminated and even destroyed in the sudden deluge that can reverse the flow of the creeks temporarily. 

And be warned that foreign multinational mining corporations – just like every other profit-minded, multinational corporation that anybody can think of – has their profits as their number one goal; the long-term adverse environmental effects from their mining operations be damned!

Foreign multinational mining corporations have poisoned the environment – sometimes gradually, sometimes catastrophically – wherever on the planet they have extracted their minerals – NO EXCEPTIONS.

The giant multinational mining corporations Vale, BHP Billiton and Samarco (that have extensive operations in Brazil) have again demonstrated to the world why they can’t be trusted, for just yesterday (January 25, 2019) they have perpetrated another environmental catastrophe.

Read on and understand that similar disasters could (and probably will) happen downstream from the PolyMet/NorthMet/Glencore sulfuric acid-producing copper mine whose tailings pond dam is scheduled to rise to an eventually unstable height of 250 feet !!

Far more communities than the dozen towns named above could be devastated irreparably, despite what the starry-eyed and bamboozled (and/or paid off by political contributions) politicians like Senator Klobuchar, Senator Smith, US House member Stauber, ex-US House member Nolan, and practically every politician from either major political party that one can think of. The high potential for sudden environmental disasters similar to Samarco, Mount Polley (British Columbia) and now Brumadinho, Brazil (plus a hundred others since global mineral extractions by huge corporations began). 

“ALL tailings “ponds” are a problem. If they don’t breach and spill massive amounts of toxic sludge into the environment like at Mount Polley, they leach that contamination slowly, poisoning the waters and lands (and aquifers) around them for centuries.” — From: http://canadians.org/blog/update-mount-polley-mine-disaster-imperial-metals-and-government-focus-covering-instead.

Before reading further, click on https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/attachments/St%20Louis%20River%20watershed%20map.pdf to examine what comprises the St Louis River watershed, considered sacred by our native American forerunners.

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This is a major Jackass Alert!

Apparently, in Michigan, its ok to legislate a woman’s vagina, especially when you don’t have one and are most likely never going to have one, but not alright to say the word “vagina”.  I can only assume in Michigan that [vagina] is a dirty word if you are Republican.  Not only do I find this incredibly juvenile thinking, but I also find it more than offensive that no such prohibition was placed on the word “penis”.  There is reason for that!

Never at any time has there been any legislation regulating the male penis and what males may or may not do with them regarding reproductive rights. Never!  I suppose that should make me feel somewhat safe, but somehow it just gives me the creeps.

I’m just curious here……but how in the world did they discuss this attack on a woman’s right to choose, without mentioning, discussing or referring to the female body and its genitalia?

I can only conclude, after having been driven insane by religious nuttery and mysticism and GOP emotional lunacy…….Republicans are no longer sure what a vagina actually is and what it actually does.  Maybe those Republicans should check with their mistresses……that might help shed some light on what they are talking about.  Or having failed to secure “another woman”, they could ask Rush Limpbaugh.

As for me, I will be waiting for that equally offensive legislation that will make it a felony for a man to contribute to an unwanted pregnancy.  Of course legislation like that might put a damper on keeping a woman on the side…….I mean, if you actually knew you would get in trouble for passing yourself around like  hors d’oeuvres on a tray, you might check yourself before you wreck yourself.

But here it is from Daily KOZ

Tell Michigan Republicans that if they don’t like it when female lawmakers say “vagina,” then they should stop legislating vaginas. Click here to send Michigan Republicans an email.

Earlier this week, during a debate over one of the most restrictive anti-choice bills yet, Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown read a letter from a voter that concluded with a message for Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger:

“Finally Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”

Bolger promptly barred Rep. Brown from speaking on the House floor the next day. Apparently Michigan Republicans think it’s okay to legislate vaginas, but not okay to talk about them.

Click here to tell Jase Bolger that if he doesn’t like it when lawmakers say the word “vagina,” then he should stop legislating vaginas.

Keep fighting, Kaili Joy Gray, Daily Kos

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