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The Great Extinction

by Peter Molenaar July 17, 2010, a storm is brewing… In the past 540 million years there have been five major events during which over 50% of animal species died. The most recent occurred 65 million years ago with the extinction of nearly all dinosaurs. What an incredible bonanza this was for the tiny ancestral shrew-like mamaliform whose [...]

Open Letter to the Community Historic Community Protection Legislation is studied locally by North Mpls. and nationally by CA–Re-Elect Responsible Lawmakers

With regard to a post on Mpls.e-democracy forum suggesting we sweep all the incumbents from the legislature, I just received a note from a friend in north Mpls. telling me to hang on to Rep. Karen Clark and Sen. Berglin. My friend’s neighborhood is facing exposure to becoming host to a hazardous waste site and is aware of what Rep. Clark, Sen. [...]

Elders met where Rivers meet Genesis and Genocide are Whitewashed

Have you ever wondered why Hiawatha and Minnehaha Avenues run counter to the north/south grid system of most streets? It’s because those roadways were originally entrenched trails between major water sources--the falls of rivers and creeks--- made by the indigenous people and animals long before the imposition of a European geometric grid [...]

“Liberty and justice for all” demands history of all

By Jim Graham Yes, we SHOULD look in depth at the history of Ft. Snelling. And then pray no one ever comes to “Re-Develop” us, our culture, and our children. Another advocate of unrevised history recently said, “What I learned from that experience with the state-hired historians, is that their information is hugely biased and not to be [...]

Bow to Rwanda

by Peter Molenaar At the corner of 31st Street and 16th Avenue exists a modest reddish brown brick structure –- home to United Methodist Walker Community Church. For decades, the Peace and Justice Community has used this facility for planning meetings and public forums. It is a proud church. About early April of this year, the pews were [...]

Dave’s Dumpster June 2010

Dave’s Dumpster June 2010

Thoughts From Smith Foundry

Thoughts From Smith Foundry

by Peter Molenaar Folks driving 28th Street en route to Hiawatha Avenue and perhaps to Lake Street shopping are asked to glance right just east of Cedar Avenue. The rather unattractive dirty brown building seen there is home to Smith Foundry. Molten iron is sand cast within. This writer has survived 31 years of employment with [...]

Dave’s Dumpster May 2010

Dave’s Dumpster May 2010

“Thoughts From Powderhorn Lake”

by Peter Molenaar At every mid-month, contributors to The Alley are pressed into duty (or are otherwise moved by a profound love). Consequently, this writer missed ice-out day at Powderhorn—so be it. Now, at mid-April, a nice start towards a summer tan has been achieved thanks to the early spring warm-up. Folks who descend each year to [...]

Against Finger Pointing

by Peter Molenaar Scientific reminder: The totality of existence (i.e. ‘matter’) is in motion…this is true because all phenomena are a manifestation of a self-contradictory unity of opposing forces (i.e. matter is ‘dialectical’). So then, to understand something one must begin by uncovering the main contradiction within it. [...]

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