Five Michigan officials charged with manslaughter in Flint water crisis

Source: RT
June 16, 2017

Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is one of the highest ranking of five Michigan state officials charged with involuntary manslaughter after 12 people died from Legionnaires’ disease after drinking from the Flint water supply. RT America’s Ashlee Banks has the story.

Flint residents must pay for poison water or face foreclosure

Source:  RT
May 7, 2017

The city of Flint, Michigan has mailed more than 8,000 letters to residents, trying to collect $5.8 million in unpaid water bills. Flint resident Melissa May says the water she is being asked to pay for is “blue” and contains neurotoxins. Meanwhile, residents who do not pay up face foreclosure. RT America’s Natasha Sweatte has the story.

Flint Water Crisis ‘undermines faith in entire system’ — Engineering Prof

Source: RT
March 28, 2017

A US district judge approved a lawsuit settlement forcing the city of Flint, Michigan to replace 18,000 tainted pipes leading to at least 80,000 homes in the afflicted city. Flint, Michigan entered the national spotlight due to its ongoing water crisis. RT America correspondent Simone Del Rosario has the story. Later, Dr. Marc Edwards, professor of engineering, joins RT America’s Anya Parampil to offer his insights and draw connections to the broader national crisis of municipal water quality.

Flint official dodges jail time for concealing water contamination that killed 12 people … only has to write apology letter

Source: ZeroHedge.com
March 17, 2017

Authored by Nikhil Swaminathan via Grist.com,

This former official dodged jail time in the Flint water crisis, just has to write an apology letter.

A Michigan district court judge ordered that Corinne Miller, the former director of epidemiology at the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, publicly apologize to the residents of Flint for withholding information about the presence of the Legionella bacteria, the microbe that causes Legionnaires’ disease, in the city’s drinking water.

After pleading no contest to a charge of neglect, Miller also got a year’s probation and 300 hours of community service — essentially a slap on the wrist. She is cooperating with special prosecutors pursuing cases against several former employees of the health department and the state’s Department of Environmental Quality for their role in Flint’s water crisis.

Twelve Flint residents were confirmed to have died in 2014 and 2015 from Legionnaires’ disease, an extreme type of pneumonia. But in January, statistics released by Genesee County, where Flint is located, appeared to confirm public health experts’ suspicions that the city’s water in fact caused additional pneumonia deaths.

Miller’s attorney argued against her having to make a public mea culpa, but Judge Jennifer J. Manley said the demand was “perfectly appropriate in this case.” Considering that even more people were sickened than previously believed, it’s the least she could do.

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WTF!

Read More At: ZeroHedge.com

10 Sinister State Moves, Including Killing Protesters, Prove 1st Amendment Is Dying


via: ActivistPost.com
Source: FreeThoughtProject.com
Claire Bernish
January 28, 2017

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

President Donald Trump’s first week in office has seen a tumultuous mix of sweeping executive actions peppered with a few pleasant surprises; but if one thing proves true — as with the first term of any new president — there will be cause for someone to protest something.

Indeed, before Trump even took the oath of office, protesters descended on Washington, D.C. — marching en masse down the middle of typically congested roadways, chanting, screaming, and generally causing the sort of disruptions demonstrators seek in order to draw attention to a cause.

But that most basic right — to air one’s grievances to elected leaders in a public forum, often through disruption — might soon be a risky endeavor in at least ten states, as protest is gradually being criminalized in rather astonishing ways.

Lawmakers from North Dakota and Minnesota, to Virginia and the state of Washington, have proposed or passed legislation levying hefty penalties against anyone who dares to exercise the basic right to protest against — ironically enough — legislation and policy found to be untenable.

At the rate such laws have rapidly come to fruition, even if legislators in your state have yet to propose obstacles to protesting, the following list should serve as a guide for potential future strictures regarding your right to speak out.

1. NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota lawmakers have proposed arguably the most crushing measures against protesters — seemingly specifically targeting water protectors opposing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Under House Bill 1203, drivers would be permitted to run down protesters — literally — so long as they claim they didn’t intend to do so. As the proposed bill states,

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway, is not guilty of an offense.”

In other words, if a protester in a roadway were to be struck by a vehicle and killed, the driver would not be charged with a crime if they claimed, for example, accidentally hitting the accelerator instead of the brakes.

House Majority Leader Al Carlson proffered a second bill criminalizing wearing masks to protests; and, though the legislation would allow exceptions for harsh weather conditions and holidays wear face coverings are traditional, it’s an open question how police might interpret those exemptions.

“I would be the first to defend your right of free speech and freedom of assembly,” Carlson told a state legislative committee hearing on Tuesday of House Bill 1304, according to the Billings Gazette. “I’m always concerned when there’s a reason that, I believe, may be used to hide your identity when you’re creating some kind of disturbance.”

Should the legislation pass, masks would not be permitted at demonstrations on public property or roadways — nor on private property, unless the owner gives explicit, written consent.

2. MISSOURI

Missouri legislators are also hoping to criminalize mask-wearing at protests in a bill that would make intentional concealment of one’s “identity by the means of a robe, mask, or other disguise” at any gathering deemed an “unlawful assembly” punishable as a Class A misdemeanor — with a penalty of up to one full year behind bars.

3. MINNESOTA

As alarming as it might be that a mask could land you in jail in Missouri or that North Dakota drivers can run down protesters without facing charges, Minnesota lawmakers took the criminalization of demonstrations in an equally shocking but wholly different direction — the wallet.

Minnesotans whose protests force police to intervene would be financially liable for the cost of the intervention should Rep. Nick Zerwas’ legislation by written into law.

As the Star Tribune reports, a committee meeting on Tuesday “ended abruptly after a House panel passed Zerwas’ proposed legislation that would give cities authority to charge protesters for police services if the demonstrators are convicted of illegal assembly or public nuisance. The measure would also give cities the option of suing convicted protesters to recoup expenses from policing the demonstration.”

Furious residents disrupted that meeting, rightly questioning the measure’s constitutionality and what the bill would mean for future ability to demonstrate against acts of police violence, as in the shooting death of Philando Castile in 2016 — or in any instance where complaint falls on deaf ears and public assembly stands as the only option.

Zerwas and the bill’s supporters, however, side with Minnesotans who resent large demonstrations, and say the financial onus of policing protests should fall on those participating.

“I have an entire constituency that feels as though protesters believe that their rights are more important than everyone else’s,” Zerwas explained in an interview cited by the Guardian. “Well, there is a cost to that. Rosa Parks sat in the front of the bus. She didn’t get out and lay down in front of the bus.”

He added, “The meters are running and the taxpayers are holding the bag.”

And as the Intercept reports, “In addition to the highway-protesting bill, Minnesota lawmakers also proposed a separate piece of legislation that greatly increases penalties for nonviolent cases involving ‘obstructing the legal process.’ Under the bill’s language, nonviolent obstruction of authorities would carry ‘imprisonment of not less than 12 months’ and a fine of up to $10,000.”

4. IOWA

Where North Dakota legislators want to permit, in essence, vehicular homicide to curb the blockage of roadways, and Minnesota lawmakers seek to make such protests too costly, politicians in Iowa would rather throw demonstrators who block highways in jail for five years.

Senator Jake Chapman proposed Senate File 111 in response to an incident in November in which some 100 protesters blocked Interstate Highway 80 and brought eastbound traffic to a standstill for around 30 minutes — much to the consternation of drivers caught in the unexpected jam.

“Look, we have the right to protest. No one disputes that,” the lawmaker explained in defense of his controversial bill, which, incidentally, isn’t without opposition. “We encourage that. But there is an appropriate time and an appropriate place to do so. Interstates are not one of those places. That is what this bill does. It aims to stop that.”

As COO of Midwest Ambulance Service, Chapman claims to be concerned such spontaneous highway blockages obstruct access for emergency services, as well as free commerce and travel.

If passed, Chapman’s law “would apply to people blocking the travel portion of Iowa highways with speeds posted at 55 mph or higher. Violators could be charged with a Class D felony, which includes a sentence of prison time and a fine of at least $750 and up to $7,500,” the Des Moines Register reports.

5. INDIANA

In line with aforementioned proposals, Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes introduced the “Block Traffic and You Die” bill — or, at least, that’s how opponents are characterizing the Hoosier State’s anti-protest legislation.

Senate Bill 285 would require public officials to dispatch all available law enforcement to clear roadways — using “any means necessary” — if at least 10 protesters have attempted to obstruct traffic without first obtaining a permit.

Although indeed vague, it is the ‘any means necessary’ portion of Tomes’ proposed law that worries activists who have traditionally worked with police. Often officers will escort marchers in roadways, blocking cross traffic for them to pass, ensuring both protesters and drivers remain safe. Thus, opponents of the legislation find it frivolous and curiously worded — and far too open to interpretation.

And there are still more proposed laws restricting the constitutional right to protest.

6. COLORADO

“In Colorado,” the Intercept reports, “Republican state Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg has introduced a bill that would greatly increase penalties for environmental protesters. Under the proposed law, obstructing or tampering with oil and gas equipment would be reclassified from a misdemeanor to a ‘class 6’ felony, a category of crime that reportedly can be punished by up to 18 months behind bars and a fine of up to $100,000.”

7. WASHINGTON

Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen proposed creating a new crime to facilitate charging protesters with a felonies for blocking roads and other assorted activities — he hopes to deem them “economic terrorists.”

Ericksen seeks to allow felony prosecution “of those who intentionally break the law in an attempt to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government by obstructing economic activity.” However, the broad brush language in his proposed legislation deeply concerns civil and constitutional rights advocates, like Doug Honig of the Washington ACLU, who noted in a statement quoted by Q13 FOX,

The statement throws out a lot of broad rhetoric, and we’ll need to see an actual bill.  But we’re already concerned that some of its loose terms  appear to be targeting  civil disobedience as ‘terrorism.’  That’s the kind of excessive approach to peaceful protest that our country and state do not need.

Let’s keep in mind that civil rights protesters who sat down at lunch counters could be seen as ‘disrupting business’ and ‘obstructing economic activity,’ and their courageous actions were opposed by segregationists as trying to ‘coerce business and government.’

Lawmakers in two states have taken a more unusual route to combat protests.

8. NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Senator Dan Bishop wants to provide controversial Governor Pat McCrory — and incidentally any politician — an official safe space away from hecklers who might approach to, well, scream unpleasant words.

Bishop, reports the News & Observer, decided verbal criticism of politicians was worthy of legal protection after witnessing McCrory being followed and yelled at over inaugural weekend in Washington, D.C. Should the proposed legislation pass, it would thus be “a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties.”

9. MICHIGAN

Rather than worrying about political or environmental protesters, Michigan lawmakers turned their attention to union workers with two proposed pieces of legislation aimed to sharply curtail the right to picket for grievances such as pay or safety conditions.

“One bill would increase fines against picketers to $1,000 per person per day of a picket and $10,000 per day for an organization or union involved in the picket that is deemed to be an illegal mass picket,” the Detroit Free Press reported last month.

“The other would repeal a law that requires employers to include information about an ongoing strike when they advertise to hire employees who will replace existing, but striking employees at a company.”

10. VIRGINIA

Only in Virginia did a lone lawmaker stand in opposition to their party’s proposed legislative crackdown on protest, as the Daily Press reports

Senate Bill 1055 would have increased penalties for failing to disperse when police declare an unlawful assembly, upping a misdemeanor that brings only a fine now to one with potential jail time. It was one of four bills on protest punishments filed this session by state Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Montross, and the last of the four to die.

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All told, this collection of anti-protest legislation constitutes an overarching attempt to quash the right of the people to demonstrate when the government errs against them — and the result will only increase near unbearable police state conditions already choking out First Amendment protections in the United States.

With division at unprecedented levels over politics, police violence, and, really, any nameable issue, such extraneous laws can only be attempting one thing.

As Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, warned in a statement to the Intercept,

This trend of anti-protest legislation dressed up as ‘obstruction’ bills is deeply troubling. A law that would allow the state to charge a protester $10,000 for stepping in the wrong place, or encourage a driver to get away with manslaughter because the victim was protesting, is about one thing: chilling protest.

Read More at: ActivistPost.com

Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

Michigan prepares to sell 100M gallons of groundwater to Nestle

Source: RTAmerica
December 6, 2016

While Flint, MI remains in crisis over its lead-poisoned water supply, the state is preparing to make permanent its 400M gallons-per-minute contract with Nestle, who bottles and sells it under the name “Ice Mountain Springwater.” This will be a retention of 100M gallons more than the contract currently states, an increase originally intended to be temporary.

SCANDAL: EPA could have issued an emergency order 7 months before Flint water crisis became public knowledge

Flint

Source: NaturalNews.com
J.D. Heyes
October 31, 2016

The federal bureaucracy and corresponding state agencies have never been much good at responding to crises in a timely fashion, and that tradition was alive and well during the recent toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

In fact, according to a newly released watchdog report, Americans now know that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could have intervened in the crisis a full seven months before it finally did, meaning thousands of residents in Flint would have had to drink far less water tainted with lead.

As reported by The Associated Press, the EPA’s inspector general said that the agency had the authority and enough information to issue emergency orders to protect Flint residents from the lead-contaminated water they were drinking as early as June 2015, seven months before officials finally declared an emergency.

Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in an interim report that the water crisis should have created “a greater sense of urgency” for the EPA to “intervene when the safety of drinking water is compromised.”

Everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else

The drinking water in Flint became tainted with unsafe levels of lead after city officials decided to begin drawing from the Flint River in April 2014, in a bid to save money. The broke city of about 100,000 residents north of Detroit was under state control at the time.

Regulators did not make sure that the water was properly treated, so lead from aging pipes leached into the supply, the AP reported.

Since the discovery of high levels of lead, federal, state and local officials have traded accusations about who is most to blame for the crisis, even as residents are still forced to drink bottled or filtered water.

Doctors have detected higher than normal levels of lead in hundreds of children around the city. And many taps remain off-limits.

Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, appointed a panel to look into the matter. It concluded that the state is “fundamentally accountable” for the lead crisis due to decisions made by state environmental regulators as well as state-appointed emergency managers who were in charge of running the city.

But that said, once the EPA discovered that water being consumed by city residents was tainted with unsafe levels of lead, Snyder believes the agency should have acted – and he is right.

“As Gov. Snyder has stated all along, what happened in Flint was the result of failure of government at all levels,” his spokeswoman, Anna Heaton, said recently.

Since the crisis began, officials have tried to reshuffle the deck, so to speak, and call it “reform.” They say some state agencies have undergone “culture changes” that will supposedly prevent future recurrences of epic failure, according to Heaton, who called such changes “encouraging.”

People should be held accountable – but won’t be

It’s unclear how many people actually believe that, considering that state agencies had mandates already to protect the public from polluted and contaminated water (as did the EPA). By “culture changes,” does Heaton mean that people were fired and actually replaced by others who will do what taxpayers are paying them to do?

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, a Democrat who took office after the crisis emerged, said agencies like the EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are there “to help ensure the well-being and safety of men, women and children,” yet they failed in their core mission to do so. She also called for those who are responsible for the crisis to be held accountable, though we advise her not to hold her breath.

As for the EPA’s inspector general report, it said that the agency’s Midwest region did not issue an emergency order because officials concluded actions taken by the state prevented the EPA from doing so. The report says that their interpretation was not correct, and that according to federal law, when state actions are deemed to be unacceptable, “the EPA can and should proceed with an (emergency) order” designed to protect “the public in a timely manner.”

Without EPA intervention, “the conditions in Flint persisted, and the state continued to delay taking action to require corrosion control or provide alternative drinking water supplies,” the report said.

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Sources:

ABCNews.go.com

NaturalNews.com

EPAWatch.org

Breakaway Links Of The Week – August 1, 2016 – August 7, 2016

Breakaway

TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
August 7, 2016

Here are some of these weeks links.

Have a great upcoming week. Take care.

Top Harvard Nutritionist Warns Processed Milk Is Dangerous, Food Pyramid Is ‘Udderly Ridiculous’
[NaturalNews.com | Ethan A. Huff]

What’s Up Way Down There? And What’s Going Down Way Up…
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

2-Month Old Infant Suffered Apnea & Died Following 8 Vaccines
[NaturalNews.com]

TPP Could Stifle US Economic Growth – Trade Experts
[RTAmerica]

Progressive Cozy Up To Big Pharma Lobbyists At DNC, Betraying Promise Tackle Drug Price Hikes
[NaturalNews.com | Jonathan Benson]

[Gardening] [IN FOCUS] – Shade Cloth
[UrbanFarmers | Curtis Stone]

In His Pocket: Crooked Hillary Has Received $25 Million From NOW Puppet Master George Soros
[InvestmentWatchBlog.com | Geoggrey Grider]

Weekly Review + Q&A
[UrbanFarmer | Curtis Stone]

Physicist & Consciousness Researcher Tom Campbell At The Monroe Institute 11/2015 Pt 1/6
[Tom Campbell]

Strawberry Crate Tower Tips For MORE Strawberries
[Garden&HomeDIY | Cali Kim]

Did A Technologically Advanced Civilization Predate The Ancient Inca?
[Ancient-Code.com]

How To Get Your Body Alkaline In 3 Steps
[iHealthTube.com]

Introducing Italian Chicory [Dolci Talli]: A 3 Season Flawless Garden Green – TRG 2016
[TheRustedGaren | Gary Pilarchik]

Hillary: ‘I’m Not Here To Take Away Your Guns’ – But She Will
[TheDailyBell.com]

[Gardening] How To – Hand Weed Effectively
[UrbanFarmer | Curtis Stone]

Veteran CDC Employer Resigns After She Was Caught Helping Coca-Cola Gain Political Influence Over Health Authorities
[NaturalNews.com | Julie Wilson]

Biological Clock Disruption In Humans May Lead To Cancer, Study Finds
[NaturalNews.com | Amy Goodrich]

Hillary May Act Like A Dictator If Elected, But That Is Not The Worst Problem
[TheDailyBell.com]

President Obama Signs Bill That Forever Exempts Big FoodFrom Placing GMO Labels On Food Packages
[NaturalNews.com | Julie Wilson]

Hear What This Nutrition Expert Says About Gluten
[iHealthTube.com]

[UrbanFarming] IN FOCUS – Overhead Irrigation
[UrbanFarmer | Curtis Stone]

Obama’s Final Push For TPP
[RT America]

China Dumps $30 Million Into Weather Modification Program, Seeding Clouds With Chemicals To Create Rainfall
[NaturalNews.com | Daniel Barker]

‘Dark Act’ Won’t Truly Label GMO’s – Food & Agriculture Consultant
[RT America]

Zika, Florida, NSA Hillary Emails, Obama Signs DARK Act
[NoMoreFakeNews.com | Jon Rappoport]

Psychiatrists Drugging Children For “Social Justice”
[NoMoreFakeNews.com | Jon Rappoport]

Moon Express Becomes First Private Company TO Get Permission To Go To The Moon
[TechCrunch.com | Emily Calandrelli]

New ‘Clinton Cash’ Film Reveals How The Couple Exploited Colombian Rainforest To Generate Millions For Clinton Foundation
[NaturalNes.com | J.D. Heyes]

Monsanto’s GMO Wheat Found Growing Illegally AGAIN…This Time In Washington
[NaturalNews.com | Isabelle Z.]

5 Facts That Prove Clinton Is A Nightmare For Women’s Rights
[RT America]

University Of Chicago Accidentally Proved That Gun Control Laws Don’t Work
[AmericanPatriotDaily.com]

Staged Zika Pandemic Was Engineered By Globalist Governments To Justify The Aerial Bombardment Of Awakening Populations With Toxic Chemicals
[NaturalNews.com | Mike Adams]

Here Is Why The US Is Behind When It Comes To Cancer Treatment
[iHealthTube.com | Dr. Dr. Mark Rosenberg M.D.]

Organic Garden Summer Harvest – This Is Why We Do It!
[Gaden&Home DIY | Cali Kim]

The Fascinating Power Of Dolmens & Menhirs, Ancient Megalithic Wonders
[Ancient-Code.com]

This Is The Most Damaging Thing To Your Body
[iHealthTube.com]

U.S. Consumers Organize Massive Boycott Against Food Companies Refusing To Label GMOs
[NaturalNews.com | Ethan A. Huff]

Why The Mainstream Media Refuses To Talk About The Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP]
[UndergroundReporter.org | Claire Bernish]

New US Space Force: Soldiernauts?
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

THIRD WORLD:   Flint Mayor Suspends Garbage Pick-Ups, Tells Residents To Keep Trash Inside Pending Further Notice
[NaturalNews.com | Jonathan Benson]

Dark Ages Royal Palace Discovered In Cornwall – In Area Closely Linked To The Legend Of King Arthur
[Independent.co.uk | David Keys]

Revealed: 4,500-Year-Old Papyrus That Details The Construction Of The Great Pyramid
[Ancient-Code.com]

Pneumonia Vaccines Being Pushed On Seniors With Cancer Despite Manufacture’s Warnings Of Adverse Reactions
[NaturalNews.com | Amy Goodrich]

Revolution Impossible?
[Corbett Report Extras | James Corbett]

Florida Preparing To Fight Zika With Controversial Insecticide Linked To Severe Health & Environmental Effects
[NaturalNews.com | Julie Wilson]

Dr. Mercola & Dr. Seyfried On Mitochondria & Metabolic Therapy
[Mercola.com | Dr. Mercola]

News & Views From The Nefarium – August 5, 2016
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

National Guard, DEA & State Police Just Raided An 81-Year Old Cancer Patient’s Organic Garden To ‘Protect’ You
[TheDailySheeple.com | Matt Agorist]

The Black Knight Satellite: Remnant Of Ancient Anunnaki Technology?
[Ancient-Code.com]

FINALLY! First Senior Bankers On The Planet Responsible For 2008 Collapse Jailed
[TheFreeThoughtProject.com | Matt Agorist]

Physicist & Consciousness Researcher Tom Campbell At The Monroe Institute [3/6]
[Tom Campbell]

Amazon Echo Is The Ultimate Spy Device That Records Everything You Say

[NaturalNews.com | Ethan A. Huff]

How To Space Your Plants When Growing In A Raised Bed Garden
[GrowingYourGreens.com | John]

New APP Exposes HIPAA Violations, Allowing Consumers To View Privacy Breaches By Medical Providers
[NaturalNews.com | L.J. Devon]

How Not To Die: The Role Of Diet In Preventing, Arresting & Reversing Our Top 15 Killers
[NutritionFacts.org | Dr. Greger]

For The First Time Ever, A Private Company Is Authorized To Exploit The Moon
[Ancient-Code.com

The Whole Truth About Whole Foods: Shocking New Min-Documentary Excoriated This Deceptive, Fraudulent Corporation For Becoming The Monsanto Of Food Retailing
[NaturalNews.com | Mike Adams]

45 Times Clinton Publically Supported TPP
[RT America]

Archaeologists Believe They Have Found King Arthur’s Castle
[Ancient-Code.com]

Physicist & Consciousness Researcher Tom Campbell At The Monroe Institute [Part 4/6]
[Tom Campbell]

[UrbanFarming] VLOG 22 – Opening Presents & Making Touch Decisions
[UrbanFarmer | Curtis Stone]

Bill Gates & George Soros Fund Monsanto & A World Depopulation Agenda
[NaturalNews.com | S.D. Wells]

New Lawsuit: Chemtrails [GeoEngineering] Are Greatest Threat To Life On Earth
[USAWatchDog.com | Greg Hunter]

How Rhode Island Parents Are Winning Back Their Rights To Vaccine Choice
[Vactruth.com | Missy Fluegge]

Reading Books Reduces The Risk Of An Early Death, Say Researchers
[NaturalNews.com | Daniel Barker]

THIRD WORLD: Flint Mayor Suspends Garbage Pick-Ups, Tells Residents To Keep Trash Inside Pending Further Notice

Flint Michigan
Source: NaturalNews.com
Jonathan Benson
August 5, 2016

A dispute over who should be paid to pick up the trash has left residents of Flint, Michigan, which made national headlines this last spring over its ongoing water crisis, with nowhere to put their garbage but piled up inside their homes.

The office of the city’s mayor, Karen Weaver, issued a notice on July 30, one day after Flint’s previous contract with Republic Waste Services expired, notifying residents that they should avoid putting out their trash on August 1, and instead keep it inside.

“Due to the circumstances, there will be no trash pick-up in the city starting this Monday, Aug. 1, 2016,” the notice read. “Until a new agreement is officially in place, we ask the residents not set their trash out at the curb to prevent animals from disturbing it and make [sic] the situation worse.”

The circumstances center around an ongoing battle between Mayor Weaver and the Flint City Council over which company should be contracted to pick up the city’s trash. Mayor Weaver wants it to be Rizzo Environmental Services, and the City Council wants it to be Republic Waste Services.

The benefit of using Rizzo is that the company bid $2 million per year less than Republic, which would save residents money. But the opposition insists that Rizzo has connections with former Flint Mayor Woodrow Stanley, not to mention some unsavory ties with Michigan’s northern neighbor, Canada.

According to M Live, the council voted 8–1 on July 18 against hiring Rizzo. Mayor Weaver later vetoed this decision, only to have the council come back and override that veto. The situation is now at a standstill, as the opposing sides war over what to do.

Republic’s apparent offer to continue providing trash services after the July 29 expiration of its contract, hinged upon a court hearing in which the council pushed for Mayor Weaver to reinstate trash pick-up. Mayor Weaver is also being charged with not adhering to the council’s vote and essentially ignoring it.

At this point, neither side admits to violating the city’s charter concerning the trash contract, but clearly one of them has, and Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah is set to hear the case and make a decision.

“We hope to have a new agreement in place that will allow crews to resume trash collection by the middle of the week,” Mayor Weaver told the press. “We realize this is an inconvenience and we’re working to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.”

Why is there so much corruption in Flint?

Such political theater may have gotten Flint its 15 minutes of fame with the lead in the water scandal, but this time around there are serious ramifications for public health that are entirely avoidable. Letting garbage just pile up in people’s homes because you can’t come to an agreement over who should take it to the dump is completely unacceptable, threatening public health in a whole new way.

The whole purpose of having a city council is to make decisions like those regarding trash pick-up, and it appears as though Mayor Weaver is acting out of harmony with the law in demanding that it be her way or the highway. This is the argument of the lawsuit that’s been filed against her.

The fact that Flint’s water crisis isn’t even over, with new criminal charges still being brought forward in that case, suggests that Flint’s government is deeply embedded with corruption that needs to be rooted out in order for it to move forward as a first world city. If this corruption isn’t dealt with, it will continue down the path to third world ruin.

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Sources for this article include:

MLive.com

Edition.CNN.com