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BIGGER THAN ROE WAUSAU

BIGGER THAN ROE WAUSAU SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, NOON-2 PM 400 BLOCK, WAUSAU BRING YOUR SIGNS We will have information available on how to register to vote, how to obtain an absentee ballot, and how to become involved in the Supreme Court primary on February 21. Do you know which candidates hold your values? We can help. We will have half sheets on the Progressive candidates.   Women's March members know that when we come together we can achieve change. And, the more people that come along to these kind of events, the more our movement will grow. All of us are BORN ...

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Corporate Crime

“The irony is that the nation I live in, once a beacon of democracy for my parents, is now dominated by corporations that value profit over people, safety and well-being,” Marta Tellado, CEO of Consumer Reports. Her parents fled Cuba in 1961. Crime was a major issue in the recent election. According to the Republicans “crime is  skyrocketing” and honest citizens are living in fear of widespread violent crime. “Criminals are “wreaking havoc on American cities” said Rep. Tom Tiffany despite his mostly rural northern Wisconsin congressional district having ...

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RUSSIAGATE REVISITED

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth.” -  George Orwell This past October a group of 30 Democrats from the U.S. congress wrote a letter to President Biden suggesting  he pursue negotiations with Russia for peace in Ukraine. They were immediately and loudly condemned by the remainder of the Democratic Party and quickly rescinded the letter. Think about this – let it sink in. A group of legislators was condemned for the outrageous act of suggesting ...

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Gas, Grass, and Ass: Adventures in Rural America, 1973

Seeking a self-sustaining life outside the city and a new start for her marriage, this twenty-five-year old a woman boldly embarked on proprietorship of a full-service gas station along a highway in rural Arkansas. Her hope to live and work at her own place of business soon encountered not only the end of her marriage but also the entrenched conservatism of the rural South. Joyful in recounting her experiences with an endlessly astonishing parade of human nature, Campbell portrays a unique slice of American life at a pivotal time with the fall of Richard Nixon’s presid...

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JUST WHO IS THE AGGRESSOR?

Americans all know Russia is aggressive, populated by Slavic barbarians, and their leader, Putin, is a mad gangster out to dominate the world. The Chinese are just as bad. Their leader, XI Jinping, is friends with Putin. Need one say more? We need to hate these people. But Americans also believe in fairness, a level playing field. Since the U.S. has placed missiles near Russia’s boarders in Poland and Romania (Ukraine was next) just 5 – 7 minutes flight time to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other major Russian cities, Russia should put missiles back in Cuba. And as ...

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Tipping Points

“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species – man –  acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.” Rachel Carson author of Silent Spring writing during the 20th century. “...the unifying theme of collapsed civilizations is collective blindness to the depletion of natural resources.” Sara Wheeler in Magnetic North Humans are the only species that significantly impacts the earth. All species use the earth's natural resources. But humans are busy overusing nature's abundance and destroying  nature's ...

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Happy 10-Year Anniversary Middle Wisconsin

As we move toward the end of another year, I find myself reflecting….. I received the greatest phone call one night. It was my activist buddy Matt. I hadn’t heard from him in a year or so. Times and causes change, people change interests, people move. This was a flood of memories for both of us from Act 10 to the early days of Middle Wisconsin. Matt, his wife, Jen, and I go way back.  There was a trip to the Penokees once with nothing but a bag of honey crisp apples. To this day, those were without a doubt the best apples I ever ate. We talked about everything ...

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AVOIDING NUCLEAR WAR

The world is now closer to nuclear war than at the time of the Cuban missile crisis. History matters. In 1961 the U.S. placed nuclear armed Jupiter missiles on the Soviet Union's border in Turkey. The Soviets reacted and in 1962 placed missiles in Cuba. The U.S. was outraged and threatened nuclear war because the Soviet Union had had the audacity to do to America what America had done to them. Quoting then Soviet Chairman Nikita Krushchev in a statement to President Kennedy: “You are disturbed over Cuba. You say that this disturbs you because it is 90 miles by ...

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Michigan Board votes to add ancient Menominee site to National Register of Historic Places; pro-mining Michigan legislators oppose vote

On June 29, 2022, preceding the Fourth Annual Menominee Canoe Trip held June 30-July 3 by Native and non-Native water protectors, students learn about ancient garden beds, cache pits and burial mounds during a tour of ancient Menominee cultural sites led by Dawn Wilber, who teaches Menominee culture and language at Menominee High School in Keshena, Wis. Ann  Wilber, far right, tells students an ancient story. The sites are part of an area recently nominated by both Wisconsin and Michigan Historical Preservation Review Boards for inclusion in the National Register of ...

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2022 Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day POW WOW