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Frances Causey
Frances is Director of the documentary film Duhmocruhsee!

Entries by Frances Causey

Recent Mining Disasters Underscore Significant Challenges Posed by Huge Open Pit Mining Projects

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 7:46 PM

The Mount Polley mining disaster on Aug. 4 in Canada's Cariboo Regional District is being called possibly the worst environmental disaster in British Columbia history. A tailings dam collapsed at an open pit copper and gold mine tailings dump, sending huge volumes of toxic waste into critical waterways...

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Public Interest Versus Private Greed

(30) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 3:26 PM

The refrain is all too common these days. The democratic and regulatory process circumvented in favor of big business interests at the expense of practically everything else. Think "Too Big To Fail Banks" -- the big banks produced record profits last quarter and yet our banking system, regulated with a...

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Southern Arizona's Smoke and Mirror Mine

(7) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:53 PM

Vancouver, B.C.-based Augusta Resource Corporation and its supporters continue to play fast and loose with the facts in their desperate bid to obtain permits and investors for the proposed Rosemont Copper mine.

Augusta and its Arizona subsidiary, Rosemont Copper Company, want to blast a mile-wide, half-mile deep open-pit copper...

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The Hoax of Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:00 PM

We repeatedly hear the belief that Democrats and Republicans can't agree on anything. But when it comes to economic policy, conflict is an engineered myth, a smokescreen perpetuated by the "inside the Beltway gang" ostensibly to keep the faithful of both parties happy. I call it smoke and mirror politics....

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The Numbers Never Lie

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 6:09 PM

The recent report that the economy contracted the last quarter is no surprise. Despite the recent numbers, we consistently get rosy reports from the mainstream media that the economy is generally improving. But the reality is that tens of millions of Americans have never been less secure financially...

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1872 Mining Law Is Obsolete and in Need of Reform

(25) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 3:14 PM

In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant, hoping to spur development of the West, signed a law called the General Mining Act, which authorized prospecting and mining on public lands for precious "hard rock" metals including gold, copper, silver and platinum. Unlike the oil, coal, and natural gas industries that pay...

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Dear Mr. Speaker!

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 12:58 PM

In opening the 113th Congress Thursday House Speaker John Boehner declared that debt is imperiling the American Dream. This is the kind of intentionally misleading narrative Republicans in collusion with corporate America and conservative think tanks have spent 40 years and billions of dollars developing. Unfortunately, the old...

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What Would FDR Do?

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 3:44 PM

History has proven time and time again that the United States has prospered the most when capital and labor work hand in hand with each other. When they don't, you get the likes of Michigan, Wisconsin, Hostess and Wal-Mart. Henry Ford understood that he needed to pay his workers well...

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You Want True Bipartisanship? You Got It

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:30 PM

The fix is in. If you read the media tea leaves, it looks like Medicare and Social Security benefits will likely be cut to avoid going over the contrived fiscal cliff because signs are that both U.S. political parties and the Obama Administration have already agreed to it....

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Deficit Obsession Is a Creation of the Ultra Right's Message Machine

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 3:53 PM

Journalists have long loathed to write about and report on economics, dismissing the entire field as too hard to understand or impossible to reduce to a quote or a sound bite. Because of this, working Americans are paying the price as the parameters of the current debate around the deficit,...

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The So-Called 'Fiscal Cliff' Is Austerity in Disguise

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 5:49 PM

The war against people who work for a living in this country continues with the "Grand Bargain" that will slash social spending by trillions on programs that benefit the most vulnerable among us and also "reform" Social Security and Medicare. We at Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?...

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Unions in the News

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 6:02 PM

The end of last month brought the end to a national crisis. The crisis, of course, was the NFL referee lockout, and it produced some of the most outspoken outrage from the public and the media we've seen in years. Everyone was upset; fans grew weary of bad calls, and...

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Clues to the Heist of American Economy Found in 40-Year-Old Memo

(7) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 12:56 PM

What if someone told you the unprecedented economic meltdown that has devastated the American middle class and put the world economy on the edge of a cliff was really the "end-game" of a political coup begun in 1971 by a small band of ideological warriors who were inspired by a...

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