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Flint, Michigan: A Neocon Chemical Attack on America’s Poor?

‘Flint is a crime scene,’ says Rev. Jess Jackson as EPA defends water crisis response as Russia Today fails to grasp political realities of Neocon Synder's motives

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

[ Editor’s note:  Again, Russia Today tries to blame the Obama administration for something its political enemy, extremist nutcase Michigan governor Rick Snyder has done.  Snyder, part of the Hitleresque triumvirate of Midwest dictators, Kasich of Ohio, Walker of Wisconsin and Snyder of Michigan, continue their war on veterans, the working poor, pensioners and the elderly and, of course, blacks.
The Neocon’s are a new breed, a product of Reagan’s idiocy.  Reagan welcomed a “brain trust” of what he thought were “new conservatives,” converted Bolsheviks, mostly gay, primarily secular Jews, all ready to help America take down Russia, secure the world’s resources and eliminate the last vestiges of political process by impoverishing America’s middle class and destroying America’s industrial base.
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Industrial workers, according to Reagan, were a threat to America’s security, their love of unions, of social justice and their desire to improve their lot.  Attempts by those of “non-inherited wealth” to gain social mobility was seen as a “share the wealth” threat by Reagan, making him fodder for Bolshevik schemes.
 
What we are seeing in Flint is very much a part of this, a part of a very large “whole” which includes financial crises, half a dozen regional wars and Europe’s political and social meltdown. 
 
The race war right wing nutcase Alex Jones and the Bundy militants are pushing for isn’t a passing whim, it is something far more pervasive, part of a move toward right wing extremism and radicalization directed against Islam in Europe, Christians in the Middle East and Jews around the world.  
It began in earnest here in America with the Jade Helm hoax.  Prior to Jade Helm, we were warned of Russian troops moving across America, tens of thousands, over and over by InfoWars.  Watch RT miss all of it, though we laud them for tryingGordon Duff ]
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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency defended the agency’s handling of Flint’s lead-contaminated drinking water over the past 18 months. The Rev. Jess Jackson called Flint’s crisis “a crime scene.”

“EPA did its job but clearly the outcome was not what anyone would have wanted. So we’re going to work with the state, we’re going to work with Flint. We’re going to take care of the problem,” said Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to reporters on Monday, according to Reuters. “We know Flint is a situation that never should have happened.

McCarthy’s announcement comes after Flint’s mayor and the governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in the city, and just days after President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency over the crisis. Obama ordered federal aid for state and local efforts for Flint but denied an additional request for a major disaster declaration sought by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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The head of the EPA’s remarks were made as accusations off passivity are being directed at Governor Snyder and the state Department of Environmental Quality over Flint’s drinking water becoming contaminated with lead. The problem began in April 2014, when, in a cost cutting measure under a state-appointed emergency manager, the city switched from Detroit’s water supply to water from the Flint River.
Despite the water having high salt content, it was piped untreated into homes and offices. The salt corroded the lead in the pipes, causing the water to become contaminated. Residents then began complaining about dirty water with a bad smell and taste, as high lead levels started appearing in the blood samples of children.

The city switched back to Detroit’s water supply in October, but only after months of complaints and protest from residents, who were angry that the government had ignored alarms raised by doctors and scientists. Lead contamination can cause brain damage and other health problems.

An NBC News report from January 8 said emails it obtained showed that high-ranking officials in Michigan were aware of elevated lead levels in Flint’s water six months before the state of emergency was declared.
Just how deep the health impacts from the lead poisoning go are unknown. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Flint-area pediatrician who forced the state to acknowledge the city’s problems, declared that “all children younger than 6” — that’s 8,657 children based on the US census data – “should be treated as exposed,”according to the Detroit News.

The EPA administer said they agency had established a task force of experts to conduct an audit of the state’s water program “to make sure whatever improvements need to be made get made and get done quickly.”

Over the weekend, more than 10 leaders spoke at the Heavenly Host Church of the Harvest church in Flint at meeting packed with over 150 people. They demanded more attention, money, and better solutions. One of the leaders was a long-serving civil rights activist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“This is a disaster, not just an emergency,” said the Rev. Jackson, according to the Detroit Free Press. Jackson added the responsibility for the crises fell on Governor Snyder, and said the people of Flint “have been betrayed.” “Maybe they should put … tape around the city, because Flint is a crime scene,” Jackson told reporters after the church meeting.

Also on Monday, the Detroit Free Press reported 60 protesters gathered outside Governor Snyder’s apartment in downtown Ann Arbor and chanted for his arrest.

“Many of us think this governor has committed a crime, and want to see justice for Flint,” said Jan BenDor, who helped organize the protest and led a failed recall effort against Snyder in 2011. “If that whole city could be poisoned, it could happen to any of us.”

Protesters marched from the University of Michigan’s campus, at times blocked passing cars before arriving at Snyder’s apartment, where they marched in a circle, chanting, “Justice for Flint! Arrest Rick Snyder!”
The protest occurred a day before Snyder is due to give his annual State of the State address.
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14 Responses to "Flint, Michigan: A Neocon Chemical Attack on America’s Poor?"

  1. LC  January 20, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Several million people murdered in U.S. past few years by forced homelessness & NO news of’m.
    They’re supposed to live in tent cities with NO prestitude coverage or access to anything & forbidden access to outsiders!!!!

  2. wjabbe  January 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Suppose this group of three states were expanded to four: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut. Where would Governor Malloy rank compared with the other three which have already been ranked in the article? Would he be above or below them? Connecticut has benefitted substantially from the 3+ year old and counting Sandy Hook no? Connecticut has also had economic problems. Here is a speculation: Could there have been a secret federal government drawing between these four states as to which state would be the”lucky” one to receive the Sandy Hook spoils? And Connecticut “won” the secret drawing. Recall that video on about Dec. 14, 2012 showing Malloy stating something like “we have been spoken to that something like this might happen…”. Now watch the video by Wolfgang Halbig asking Malloy about this and Malloy contradicts his earlier comments on national television. Are these early signs of Amnesia of Alzheimers? Hey Jesse, why not visit Connecticut and help get some justice for white people for a change? While there you could put up some crime scene tape too.

  3. Bill  January 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Trump btw is threatening to make anti-union ass Scott Walker his running mate…If Trump made Bernie his running mate and split the ideological difference ( care about workers while at the same time regretting that America was forced into these insane wars essentially ordered by the billionaire Jews who own America ) and he might actually get somewhere…

  4. Bill  January 19, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Flint, MI..Must admit the name alone made me feel guilty about recently buying a 2012 Nissan Rogue…( Zero down, 295/mo. ) But give me a break: I suddenly had 3 dead cars in the driveway: a 2001 front-end wrecked Dakota ( 2/12/14 coming home in the polar vortex and Capt. America in a Jeep Rubicon stopped in the middle of the N. Tryon exit off 485…in the beginning of the exit…on the snow and ice..to see if he could help a ’94 Lexus that was maybe 1/2 off the road )..An ’07 Kia Rio and a ’94 Diamante that a friend gave me…Capital One sd I was pre-approved if I went to a certain dealership…

  5. Worker Bee  January 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    “…part of the Hitleresque triumvirate of Midwest dictators, Kasich of Ohio, Walker of Wisconsin and Snyder of Michigan…”

    This comparision is unfair – to Hitler.

    “…a product of Reagan’s idiocy…”

    Yes, growing up in a small Wisconsin town during Reagan’s first term was the life. Official unemployment in the county was 35%, so of course real unemployment was higher. In the winter we collected scrap lumber, cardboard, and paper to burn in a barrel stove to keep from freezing to death, and had a steady diet of sandwiches made from past the sell date bread from the thrift store and government surplus pasteurized cheese handouts.

  6. ayelyahbenjamin  January 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    “Despite the water having high salt content”… (not caring and culpable)…” it was piped untreated into homes and offices in a “cost cutting measure”…. and with zero consideration fro human life….”under a “state appointed Emergency Manager” ….how convenient…. Snyder poisons of the population he feigns he now cares about…not negligence, a crime scene is exactly what it is… I am surprised only 60 protestors landed on his doorstep ….. RT I’m sure would not knowingly provide cover for Snyder, given the full picture…. he needs to been taken down or out whichever comes first

  7. Gordon Duff, Senior Editor  January 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Eduard: Which constitution is that? You totally fail to make a point, any point.

  8. ManCavePatriot  January 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I would have the Army corps of engineers dredge the Flint River. I’ll bet they hit the ‘motherlode’ of dumped batteries.

  9. Eduard  January 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t get his “Bundy” rancher angle. The US Constitution backs the Bundy’s side in terms to the massive over reach of the federal government. Geez, the State of Nevada is really only 15% of what is shown the map.

    Let’s be honest about this mega land grab and show the real size of Washington DC. If people in the eastern States saw this comprehensively on a map, they would be outraged as many people in the West are increasingly are. Heck, the State Oregon would be 60% smaller and in a few more years 2.5 million acres will make it even smaller. Each State legislature is suppose to vote whether State land is ceded to the Federal government. This is NOT the case though, which makes it extraordinarily clear the federal government is in violation of the US Constitution.

  10. Eduard  January 19, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I believe the polluted Flint River is the source of lead poisoning, not the commercial water pipes themselves. This makes sense since lead has been used as an ingredient of gasoline, paint, housewares, glassware, and food containers– all of which have contained varying amounts of lead. These items and others are common in old land fills, industrial sites, old commercial sites, and junk yards. All of which cause run off and end up in streams and rivers like the Flint River.

    The water having a high salt content is a common problem in many cities. This is a result of unchecked runoff from streets, roads, and other anthropogenic “infrastructure” that causes the interruption of natural filtration that Nature normally provides.

    Nevertheless, you are quite right in regards to the Midwest dictators and their Neocon playbook.

    • Gordon Duff, Senior Editor  January 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Eduard: You are correct about the Flint River, which is of course the source of the lead poisoning, something Snyder was aware of.

      You need to read more about this. You are missing the point, which I admit is not made clear in this article alone.

  11. ethanallen  January 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Vlad the Impaler has certainly been outdone by Snyder the poisoner.

  12. jalenfromrosemont  January 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Sadly folks im afraid the days of peaceful protest should be over. Burn the son of bitches apt down and then ask questions..Arent there a bunch of college kids in Ann Arbor ready for the pitch forks and knives? Oh wait. They are too busy with their I-crap. Never mind. Sorry hate to say weve gotten to this point but until all of these crony bastards have to look under their car everyday nothing will change. Just think 19. Million . Thats a few Hours in a Day of QE , which oh btw the top 1% own more than the other 99%.. Just saying. And folks of Flint .. Get yourselves a Home RO Unit. …150 bucks.. Come on . Your against an enemy that could care less about you.

  13. wjabbe  January 19, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    While they are at it, crime scene tape should be placed around the whole state of Corrupticut. This would have the additional benefit of providing a few extra jobs for unemployed laborers and surveyors.

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