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Wisconsin: Does this explain the Geobic mine? Any geologists here?

Earlier this week I had a brief, but interesting conversation with three women who in 1983 participated in the fight against siting a high-level nuclear waste depository in Wisconsin. It's their contention that the Geobic mine is being proposed, not because it would be profitable to extract the minerals (primarlily low grade taconite), but because the site would be used as a large-scale nuclear waste facility.

Here's a bit I found on the topic while googling ...

Referendum in April 1983

http://ballotpedia.org/Wisconsin_Radioactive_Waste_Disposal_Site,_Question_1_(April_1983)

Wisconsin Radioactive Waste Disposal Site, Question 1 (April 1983)

The Wisconsin Radioactive Waste Disposal Question was a Wisconsin referendum / advisory question on the April 5, 1983 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This advisory question sought the opinion of the people of Wisconsin as to whether to allow a nuclear waste disposal site in the state.[1]


The measure was defeated 628,414 to 78,327.

Wisconsin was still being considered in 2003

http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/index.php?module=cms&page=204

Wisconsin Still at Risk from Becoming the Country’s Next Nuclear Waste Dump

August 5, 2003

MADISON — Clean Wisconsin released a report called Nuclear Waste and Wisconsin, which examines the environmental impacts of a high-level, large-scale nuclear waste facility in Wisconsin.

In February 2002, President Bush recommended Yucca Mountain as the site of the first potential high-level nuclear waste repository; experts are concerned there may already be too much waste to fill Yucca Mountain and that another site will have to be selected. In the 1980s, Wisconsin’s Wolf River Batholith, a geological feature covering 5,800 square miles in northeastern Wisconsin, was proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) as a potential site for large-scale nuclear waste disposal. Additionally, the Bush Administration is pushing for more nuclear power and new plants; creating more waste increases the chance that Wisconsin will be asked to host thousands of tons of our country’s nuclear waste.


I also compared maps of the proposed Geobic mine site and the Wolf River Batholith, the area considered geologically suitable for a nuclear waste site (well, not in my opinion, but you get the idea). The proposed Geobic mine site is NOT in the Wolf River Batholith, but nearby. Perhaps there's a geologist on DU who can comment further on this?????

Anyway, many of us have been wondering why all the interest in mining here, since there are several studies that conclude it's simply not economically feasible to extract such low-grade taconite. Could this be the real reason? Please shoot this down, or add credence, if you can. Any and all comments appreciated.

"Legislation that benefits a person who has contributed" equals "representative government"

At least according to Wisconsin Republican Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel ...



http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/ag-candidate-brad-schimel-criticized-for-response-to-investigation-request/article_fff3e9d4-457e-56e8-94fd-bad82a8f6b39.html

When a liberal advocacy group asked Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel to investigate a lawmaker who introduced a bill that would have benefited a wealthy donor, the Republican attorney general candidate pushed back.

“Why can’t a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign?” Schimel wrote. “Isn’t that the essence of representative government?”

One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross released the response to reporters Wednesday.

“I am sure that the people of Wisconsin believe the essence of democracy is one that protects their rights, not one that takes them away while encouraging the buying and selling of official actions to economic elites,” Ross said.

My apologies for the Michelle Malkin link.

I had a post hidden this morning.

That doesn't happen to me often, and I'm sorry that I posted what I did. My intention was to provide a link to show the image I posted was actually Mad Magazine and not a photoshop. The link in question went to a site run by Michelle Malkin. I didn't know she ran the site in question, in fact had to google her name to remind me of who she is. The person who created the alert used the link to Malkin's site as justification for the alert, and three of the jurors who voted to hide described the Malkin link as the reason for their vote.

Again, my apologies.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025085917

Wisconsin: Republican AG candidate defines "the essence of representative government"

Holy Shit, he really said this ....



http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/ag-candidate-brad-schimel-criticized-for-response-to-investigation-request/article_fff3e9d4-457e-56e8-94fd-bad82a8f6b39.html

When a liberal advocacy group asked Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel to investigate a lawmaker who introduced a bill that would have benefited a wealthy donor, the Republican attorney general candidate pushed back.

“Why can’t a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign?” Schimel wrote. “Isn’t that the essence of representative government?”

One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross released the response to reporters Wednesday.

“I am sure that the people of Wisconsin believe the essence of democracy is one that protects their rights, not one that takes them away while encouraging the buying and selling of official actions to economic elites,” Ross said.

Bizarre trivia of the day

Since high school (and not counting the Olympics and All-Star games), Tim Duncan, 38, has had only two coaches in 20 years - Dave Odom at Wake Forest and Gregg Popovich.



http://leftcoastsportsbabe.com/author/leftcoastsportsbabe/

Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Jackson Browne - Guantanamera

How Democrats can win in 2014 and beyond

I have no data on this, but at least half the self-proclaimed Tea Party members I know were not active in politics prior to 2010, and seldom if ever voted. By appealing to the more base instincts of this group - fear and hate - the manipulators behind the scenes managed to grow their ranks almost overnight.

Fear and hate are, of course, more powerful motivators than love and compassion. Still, half the potential electorate is out there waiting for something to motivate them as they did not succumb to the fear and hate messaging. These are the people to whom our party needs to appeal. The fear of the Republican alternative to Democrats isn't going to do it. We need to offer them policies that capture their hearts ....

Medicare for All, including dental ...

Free public education including four years of undergraduate studies for qualified students ...

A reduction in military spending ...

Green energy, no XL pipeline, no subsidies for big oil ....

Reduce gun violence ...

Protect voting rights ...

End the warrentless spying on citizens ...

Rein in Wall Street and other financial institutions ....

Investment to modernize our national infrastructure and create jobs ....


With the right set of policies, and loud trumpeting of them by our candidates, we can win at the polls. We won't do so by chasing the mythical "moderate Republican" but can by energizing the currently disaffected.

The Tea Party ranks grew rapidly in 2010 due to an influx of people who previously didn't vote.

I have no data on this, but at least half the self-proclaimed Tea Party members I know were not active in politics prior to 2010, and seldom if ever voted. By appealing to the more base instincts of this group - fear and hate - the manipulators behind the scenes managed to grow their ranks almost overnight.

Fear and hate are, of course, more powerful motivators than love and compassion. Still, half the potential electorate is out there waiting for something to motivate them as they did not succumb to the fear and hate messaging. These are the people to whom our party needs to appeal. The fear of the Republican alternative to Democrats isn't going to do it. We need to offer them policies that capture their hearts ....

Medicare for All, including dental ...

Free public education including four years of undergraduate studies for qualified students ...

A reduction in military spending ...

Green energy, no XL pipeline, no subsidies for big oil ....

Reduce gun violence ...

Protect voting rights ...

End the warrentless spying on citizens ...

Rein in Wall Street and other financial institutions ....

Investment to modernize our national infrastructure and create jobs ....


With the right set of policies, and loud trumpeting of them by our candidates, we can win at the polls. We won't do so by chasing the mythical "moderate Republican" but can by energizing the currently disaffected.




TROLLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025076589#
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