The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit — Eric London | World Socialist Website

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Source: World Socialist Web Site / written by Eric London

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

22 January 2016

The disclosure that thousands of working class families and their children were exposed to lead poisoning in the city of Flint, Michigan has led to a wave of outrage throughout the world.

The basic events are now clear, though details continue to emerge. In April 2014, city officials made the decision to save $5 million by switching the city’s drinking water source to the polluted Flint River after the Detroit water department demanded higher rates. High acid levels in the river water corroded the city’s lead pipes, wearing away the protective mineral coating and introducing lead into the water used by tens of thousands for drinking, cleaning and bathing.

Already, 10 people have died in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak likely caused by lead-tainted water. Children are particularly…

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Death Is An Occupational Hazzard | Critical Thinking Newsletter

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Norm’s note: what follows is an excerpt from today’s Daily Pickings newsletter issued by the  Critical Thinking website:

The symbiotic relationship between banking and intelligence services has a long history. Nathan Rothschild’s information network was essential to his audacious acquisition of wealth and power in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo. GHW Bush and his father (Prescott Bush at Brown Brothers Harriman) cultivated the CIA/banking nexus.


Vladimir Putin’s “crime” was to weaken the hold of the banking families (primarily Rothschilds) over the Russian economy, expelling or jailing some of the criminal oligarchs who achieved prominence under the compliant Boris Yeltsin. The Structural Elite strategy, ever since, has been to alienate Putin and return Russia to the hegemonic global banking fold. Thus the inexorable push of NATO eastwards, the US backed coup in Ukraine, the downing of MH17and the Alexandr Litvinenko affair.



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The Movement to Dismantle Industrial Agriculture

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Growing Change

Directed by Simon Cunich (2011)

Film Review

Growing Change is an Australian documentary about Latin America’s food sovereignty movement and the deliberate campaign by Venezuela and other left leaning governments to extract themselves from the US-run system of industrial agriculture.

The film begins by quoting from a 2008 study by the UN Environment Programme called Agriculture at a Crossroads: International assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology.

This study concludes that industrial agriculture can’t produce enough food to feed 9 billion people.* Although it cites a number of reasons for this conclusion, the documentary highlights two of the most important: oil depletion (industrial agriculture requires 66 barrels of oil per year to feed one person) and the destruction of topsoil through repeated use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that kill living organisms responsible for soil fertility. In part due to urbanization, the world has lost 25% of their…

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“California Politicians To Wear Logos Of Top Corporate Donors?”

Image: In California, where the state government is forcing (mandating) ineffective and toxic vaccines on parents and their children (SB277), people are finally getting fed up with their corporate owned and operated government, which hypocritically and falsely claims to represent them. If only folks in the other forty-nine states would follow suit with these … Continue reading “California Politicians To Wear Logos Of Top Corporate Donors?”

It’s Like “Nazi Germany” — Federal Police Officer Furious After Cops Attempt to Rob Him and His Wife

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“It seems like Nazi Germany, you’ve got to have the paperwork and the proper authorities to come through Tennessee.”

Source: It’s Like “Nazi Germany” — Federal Police Officer Furious After Cops Attempt to Rob Him & His Wife | The Free Thought Project

Nashville, TN — In May of 2014, Ronnie and Lisa Hankins were driving back from his grandfather’s funeral in Virginia when they were targeted by a gang of police officers in search of cash.As Lisa drove the couple westbound down I-40, they saw an officer, who happened to be with the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force, and Hankins correctly predicted that they were about to be pulled over.

“I told her we are going to get pulled over,” Ronnie said to NewsChannel 5.

“What made you think he was going to stop you?” NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked.

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