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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:12 am    Post subject: Flint water tragedy Reply with quote

10 Things They Won't Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will
By Michael Moore
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44124.htm

'News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: The Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the toxic Flint River.

When the governor's office discovered just how toxic the water was, they decided to keep quiet about it and covered up the extent of the damage being done to Flint's residents, most notably the lead affecting the children, causing irreversible and permanent brain damage. Citizen activists uncovered these actions, and the governor now faces growing cries to resign or be arrested.

Here are 10 things that you probably don't know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late, can only process so much. But if you live in Flint or the state of Michigan as I do, you know all to well that what the greater public has been told only scratches the surface.

1. While the Children in Flint Were Given Poisoned Water to Drink, General Motors Was Given a Special Hookup to the Clean Water.

A few months after Gov. Snyder removed Flint from the clean fresh water we had been drinking for decades, the brass from General Motors went to him and complained that the Flint River water was causing their car parts to corrode when being washed on the assembly line. The governor was appalled to hear that GM property was being damaged, so he jumped through a number of hoops and quietly spent $440,000 to hook GM back up to the Lake Huron water, while keeping the rest of Flint on the Flint River water.

Which means that while the children in Flint were drinking lead-filled water, there was one -- and only one -- address in Flint that got clean water: the GM factory...........'


Read the whole article - it is a damning and almost unbelievable snapshot of the 'Rulers' attitude to the ordinary citizens.

But also, be sure to check Michael Moore's Twitter account, where he has a chart of Bernie Sanders', Hillary Clinton's and the Republicans' stance on important issues:
https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/694986332758761473

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds':
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/21/flints-lead-poi soned-water-had-a-horrifyingly-large-effect-on-fetal-deaths-study-find s/?

'The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.

That decline was primarily driven by what the authors call a “culling of the least healthy fetuses” resulting in a “horrifyingly large” increase in fetal deaths and miscarriages. The paper estimates that among the babies conceived from November 2013 through March 2015, “between 198 and 276 more children would have been born had Flint not enacted the switch in water,” write health economists Daniel Grossman of West Virginia University and David Slusky of Kansas University.

In April 2014, Flint decided to draw its public water supply from the Flint River, a temporary measure intended to save costs while the city worked on a permanent pipeline project to Lake Huron. Residents immediately began complaining about the odor and appearance of the water, but well into 2015 the city was still assuring residents that the water was safe to drink....'

Shades of EPA head Christine Todd Whitman's 'The air is safe to breathe' after 9/11.

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