A common question raised over the past 20 years about the I-69/NAFTA Highway has been, "Who's behind this multi-billion transfer of wealth to the politically connected elite?" Until just a few days ago, the answer among knowledgeable commoners had always been to state the obvious, "The Evansville power structure," which has lobbied for a straight-line route to Indianapolis since the 1960s.
A just-released book on the subject, however, drills the answer down to a specific name and face. And it will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Indiana politics that he was an aristocratic land baron with a 1920s view of the planet, whose personal family fortunes will swell to even greater enormity if and when the highway reaches his town.
Editor's note: The Bloomington Alternative videotaped CAFO fighter Rick Dove's "Crimes Against Nature" presentation at the Indiana CAFO Watch Conference and posted it in seven short segments on the Alternative Videos page. Links to each segment, with extended excerpts from them, are published below.
MUNCIE -- Watching Rick Dove's multimedia presentation "Crimes Against Nature" conjured up memories of Indiana's feisty old Republican Gordon Durnill, a former GOP state party chair who wrote the 1995 book The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist. In addition to calling for the jailing of corporate executives who knowingly poison the environment with harmful toxins, Durnil debunked the environmentalist caricatures that persist in the American media today. Almost without exception, he said, environmentalists are environmental victims.
On Sept. 1, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater's Textillery Gallery will premier "Pipe Dream," a multimedia exhibit by local artist Libby Bulloff. The exhibit runs Sept. 1-30, with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m.
Bulloff, an IU graduate, combines her many artistic talents through various endeavors. She's the co-creator, co-promoter and director of design for Axis of Evil, a monthly Gothic dance event; a contributing writer for SteamPunk Magazine; graphic designer and videographer for IU's Residential Programs and Services; and the owner of Exoskeleton Cabaret, a Web-based business dedicated to hairpieces and wearable art.