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Public Law 93-531

March 29th, 2010

On the flight home from Utah in February, I picked up a copy of some hipster zine that some previous Southwest Airlines customer had left in the seatback in front of me.

IMG00135-20100222-1248Thumbing through the pages, I read a brief article about Public Law 93-351 (you can read some history about it here), which was appalling on a number of levels.

What was once thought to be barren desert “only fit for Indians to live on” proved to be rich in oil, coal, uranium, and copper

And so the corporate interests, eager to exploit the land’s mineral rights, successfully lobbied the federal government to install puppet governments (amenable to corporate interests) among the Hopi and Dineh tribes which began selling-out to Uncle Sam about a century ago. Eventually though, that was not enough so they fabricated a dispute between the two tribes and the resultant solution was to force relocation of thousands of natives (in order that the land may be strip-mined for its valuable resources).

This happened in 1974.

If you think even for one second that the U.S. government is above imperialism, that they don’t do this sort of thing and that the complaints coming from the less-developed countries against the American Empire are unfounded, hateful propaganda, I think you’re sadly mistaken.

They’re willing to do this. Right here in the good ol’ US of A.

They’re more than capable of perpetrating atrocities just like this (in reality, probably much worse than this) in resource-rich foreign countries where the brown-skinned population has no effective voice, steward or guardian, and media coverage is slim to non-existent.

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  • Don says on: March 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm

     

    I do indexes for books. Yes, publishers actually hire people to make them things. Last night I finally completed a lengthy one dealing with the history of empire making from the vikings to present. It’s appalling how people have treated each other over the years and still. The book before that was about the history of the CIA. Again, appalling. Somewhere along the way the employees and employers switched roles and its been downhill ever since. FWIW, empires always fail. Always. It’s human nature thing I suppose. Like that fat guy in that Monty Python thing, he ate til he blew up. Nee!

  • JC Hewitt says on: March 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm

     

    Yeah… people that think the US will go back on the gold standard are kind of clueless. I really hate it when these guys get people’s hopes up.

    The only way the US will go on the gold standard is with hyperinflation at this point. Corporate America has, like, an infinite amount of fat to trim, but no one will bother pushing too hard for efficiency is it’s just so much easier to suck up credit from the machine.

  • Gilligan's Corner says on: March 31, 2010 at 10:40 am

     

    BTW, Wouldn’t it be great if Yahoo “News” looked like this?:

    http://bit.ly/b4Bcin

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