Daily Archives: January 26, 2016

For the undying 9/11 MORONIC STEEL = AIR ARGUMENT


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Published on Jan 26, 2016

In the words of Trenton Tye (aka The Blacksmith), why don’t these dumb things die?
Tye’s video: https://youtu.be/FzF1KySHmUA

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Expert Says Flint is Misleading People About Water Safety


Flint’s News Talk 1470 WFNT

Published on Sep 15, 2015

Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards says that Flint is intentionally “leaving people in harm’s way” by downplaying the serious nature of the lead contamination issues with the water.

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Poisoning the Children of Flint, Michigan


TheRealNews

Published on Dec 17, 2015

Curt Guyette, award winning journalist says the state of Michigan is responsible for the lead and toxins in the water supply that have done irreversible damage to children’s health

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CIRCLE OF LIES: Dodging Blame for the Flint River Disaster


ACLUofMichigan

Published on Oct 29, 2015

As the tragedy of the Flint water-contamination crisis leaks out to the world, Gov. Rick Snyder and his staff have worked hard to downplay, spin, ignore and outright lie about the problems, which stem from disastrous choices by the state and the governor’s emergency manager appointee. This short film by the ACLU of Michigan exposes the truth behind Snyder’s waffling, the emergency manager’s horrific decision to abandon clean water provided by Detroit in favor of using the corrosive Flint River as the city’s water source.

See also:   Mark Edwards profile

 

 

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Professor: Governor Knew The Severity of Flint Water Problem Months Ago


David Custer

Published on Jan 8, 2016

On Thursday, January 7th, 2016 Professor Marc Edwards, the man credited with blowing the whistle on a city’s water crisis, told me he’s obtained email correspondence showing Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff expressing concern about water quality as far back as July.

“He directed his staff to look in to look in the blood lead of Flint children that was anything caused concern,” Edwards said. “I kind of a viewed it as a very proactive measure and an admission that if there was a problem the state was sure going to look bad.”

But Edwards said the proactive measure from the governor was hindered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

“There is no doubt in my mind from the DEQ that they were spreading this information all over, misleading people,” Edwards said. “It’s very clear from the emails, and so if anything people can be accused and rightly so of being guilty of trusting MDEQ a bit too much. But my read of the email suggests that the vast majority of the blame lies with a small group of employees at MDEQ and that they effectively mislead other branches of government that were trying to help Flint’s kids.”

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Doctor Who Helped Expose Flint’s Water Crisis Looks For Solutions


26 January 2016

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of pediatric residency at Hurley Childrens Hospital in Flint, Mich., works at her desk, Jan. 2, 2016. The hospital is where more than 2,000 children have been tested for lead since the water switch was made in 2014. The doctor is credited with bringing the problem to the public’s attention. (Roger Schneider/AP)

While state agencies in Michigan long denied claims that the water in Flint was not safe to drink, several researchers and activists are credited with exposing the problem, including Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who presented her work in September to skeptical officials.

Flint water became contaminated with lead as a result of a decision to switch the city’s water source and not treat that water with an anti-corrosive. The water corroded the pipes and fixtures, causing lead to dissolve into the water. Even after switching back to the original water source, the water remains unsafe to drink.

Now, Dr. Hanna-Attisha is helping residents understand the problems of lead poisoning and is working to create programs for those already seeing its effects. She speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about her view of the crisis and what she thinks needs to be done now.

Interview Highlights: Dr. Hanna-Attisha

On how she discovered that there was lead in the water

“We were hearing reports of lead in the water by the Virginia Tech group and when we, as pediatricians, hear about lead anywhere we need to act. We know lead. When we started to do our research, we weren’t seeing kids coming in with symptoms of lead poisoning because lead is largely asymptomatic, it has no symptoms. It’s known to be kind of a silent pediatric epidemic. But we routinely screened children for lead and what we were seeing when we looked back at our numbers was that the percentage of kids with elevated levels doubled in the whole city and in some neighborhoods it tripled. And so we held this press conference and you don’t release research at press conferences but we had an ethical, moral obligation to inform the community that the water has lead and it looks like it’s getting into the bodies of children.”

…(read more).

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How Billionaires Built The Radical Right!


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Published on Jan 26, 2016

Jane Mayer, Investigative Reporter & New Yorker staff writer since 1995 / author of several books, latest is Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Website: http://jane-mayer.com

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