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For me it is All About Being of Service & Living the Life of the Give-Away....

Being Mindful of those who are unable to speak for themselves; our Non-Two Legged Relations and the Future Generations.

It's about walking on the Canka Luta Waste Behind the Cannunpa and the ceremonies.

It's about Mindfulness and Respect. It's about Honesty and owning up to my foibles.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The RIGHT to Clean Water: Flint, Detroit & Nestle

I am at a complete loss to understand how it is in this day & age that people in the United States Do NOT Have A Right to Clean Water.

I do not understand how their local government officials are able to deny their poorer constituents clean water and adding insult to injury; turn off their constituents' filthy, lead-laden, toxic water when those same constituents refuse to pay for the water.....  while at the same time, those same Greedy government officials allow
Nestle all the Clean water it wants for basically free and then allows Nestle to turn around and sell it back to their constituents at over a 100% profit.




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/nestle-pays-200-a-year-to-bottle-water-near-flint-where-water-is-undrinkable

 Nestlé pays $200 a year to bottle water near Flint – where water is undrinkable

While Flint battles a water crisis, just two hours away the beverage giant pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles
by in Detroit, Michigan

Gina Luster bathed her child in lukewarm bottled water, emptied bottle by bottle into the tub, for months. It became a game for her seven-year-old daughter. Pop the top off a bottle, and pour it into the tub. It takes about 30 minutes for a child to fill a tub this way. Pop the top, pour it in; pop the top, pour it in. Maybe less if you can get gallon jugs.

Luster lives in Flint, Michigan, and here, residents believe tap water is good for one thing: to flush the toilet.

“I don’t even water my plants with it,” she said.

Flint became synonymous with lead-poisoned water after government officials, looking to save money, switched the city’s water supply from Detroit city water to water from the corrosive Flint river.

Once the city had switched, the number of children with elevated lead exposure doubled; residents reported unexplained rashes and losing hair. An unpublished study recently found fetal deaths in Flint increased by 58% during the crisis.

Suddenly, Flint was a cause célèbre. The Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders held a debate in Flint. Barack Obama visited to raise morale. Americans who could afford it started ripping out old lead pipes. Media outlets across the country started examining their own towns for lead.

Despite having endured lead-laden tap water for years, Flint pays some of the highest water rates in the US. Several residents cited bills upwards of $200 per month for tap water they refuse to touch.

But just two hours away, in the tiny town of Evart, creeks lined by wildflowers run with clear water. The town is so small, the fairground, McDonald’s, high school and church are all within a block. But in a town of only 1,503 people, there are a dozen wells pumping water from the underground aquifer. This is where the beverage giant Nestlé pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles that are sold all over the midwest for around $1.
To use this natural resource, Nestlé pays $200 per year.
A volunteer loads bottles of water into the car of a family whose water has been shut-off.
Now, Nestlé wants more Michigan water. In a recent permit application, the company asked to pump 210m gallons per year from Evart, a 60% increase, and for no more than it pays today. In the coming months, the state is set to decide whether Nestlé can to pump even more.
The proximity of the Nestlé plant to Flint’s degraded public water supply has some Michigan residents asking: why do we get undrinkable, unaffordable tap water, when the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, bottles the state’s most precious resource for next to nothing?

‘Don’t seem right’

“It’s almost like a civics class for us Flint folks,” said Luster. “You shouldn’t be able to profit off of water – it’s free. It came out of the ground.”

Free water is not uncommon. In the US, water has traditionally been free for companies and people to use – it’s the government infrastructure that cleans and delivers people safe water that costs money. The government infrastructure is what failed in Flint.

Still, in Michigan, what people have a problem with is a company bottling the state’s water and selling it back to people who, through no fault of their own, are completely dependent on it.
Bottled water is “a necessity of life right now”, said Chuck Wolverton, a Flint resident. He won’t touch his tap water. He drives 15 miles outside of town to his brother’s house to shower every night, where he often also washes his clothes. His water bill, he said, was around $180 per month. “I don’t even give it to my dogs.”
The Detroit water and sewerage department marks the curb in front of houses whose water it has shut off, including this house in Detroit’s North End neighborhood.
In a state where officials denied Flint’s water was poisoned with lead; where Detroit residents choose between heat and water; where the water-borne, pneumonia-like legionnaire’s disease killed a dozen; and where gastrointestinal bugs spread among residents who lacked (or didn’t trust) water, Nestlé’s request seemed like salt on a wound.

“Don’t seem right, because they’re making profits off of it,” Wolverton said, with several fresh cases of bottled water in the back of his car.
“With the money they make, they could come and fix Flint – and I mean the water plants and our pipes,” Luster said of Nestlé. “Me and you wouldn’t even be having this conversation.”
Activists here, such as Luster, see Nestlé’s bottling plant and Flint’s tainted water and Detroit’s mass water shutoffs as connected – part of an “ecosystem” (as Luster calls it) meant to put water into private hands.

‘Sustainable water practices’

In 2017, bottled water became the most consumed bottled beverage in North America, due in part to fears of lead-tainted water and concerns about the negative health effects of sugary beverages, analysts said.

Nestlé had $92bn in sales in 2016, and $7.4bn from water alone. Nevertheless, the company pays nothing for the 150 gallons per minute it already pumps from the ground in central Michigan. The $200 per year is just an administration fee.

“We’re not saying give everyone a new car, a new home. We’re just asking for our water treatment,” Luster said. “That’s a no-brainer.”

Nestlé doesn’t bicker with the price it gets water at, but it does maintain that when it turns Evart water into brands like Nestlé Pure Life and Ice Mountain, it is being a steward of the environment.
The company has 52 bottled water brands altogether, including some of the best known in the world – Poland Spring, Perrier, San Pellegrino.

“Nestlé promotes sustainable water practices throughout its operations,” said the company’s 2016 annual report. “For Nestlé Waters, this starts at the source with engagement activities with local communities to ensure the sustainability of our shared public water resources.”

Many people in Evart would probably disagree, and they’re hardly alone. A small town in Canada was recently disappointed that it was outbid by Nestlé in a bid to fund a long-term water source for the town. And environmentalists in California are watching closely whether Nestlé can continue to pump water – for $524 – out of San Bernardino national forest on a permit that expired nearly 30 years ago.

Further, Nestlé’s annual report does not address plastic pollution: a problem piling up at one million bottles per minute according to a Guardian analysis. Some campaigners believe plastic pollution to be the most significant environmental problem behind climate change. Studies have also begun to find plastic pollution in the food chain – in fish, salt, honey, beer and tap water.

A home in Detroit’s North End neighborhood whose water has been shut off.

A social justice issue

Michigan’s water conflicts, with Nestlé as a new focal point, have begun to attract broad social justice campaigns.

The Rev Dr William Barber II, a powerhouse preacher sometimes compared to Dr Martin Luther King Jr for his ability to weave together left-leaning politics and Christian teachings, trained some of Michigan’s local water activists in August. Many said they were directly politicized by rolling water crises in Flint and Detroit.

“One of the reasons we’re here today,” said Barber, standing backstage in a community college in Detroit, was “this water crisis”.

Social justice groups focused on water in Michigan have become an increasingly powerful force. Protesters pushed for public hearings on Nestlé’s permit in January. Residents in Flint agitated for continued state support in February. Activists in Detroit blocked city contractors from shutting off residents’ water, and won a reprieve when a judge dismissed charges against them.

Politicians are also entering the fray. The Michigan state representative Tim Sneller and colleagues asked the Michigan department of environmental quality (MDEQ) not to approve Nestlé’s permit.
“Now, I firmly support economic development in our state, and I recognize the extent to which Nestlé Waters’ presence in Michigan has helped our economy,” Sneller said, in an opinion article in April. “However, there needs to be a balance between the economic benefit of Nestlé and the responsibility of the MDEQ to protect Michigan’s environment and natural resources.”

On Friday, activists from Flint will join activists from Evart, where Nestlé pumps water. They will be joined by groups from Detroit, where people are having their water shut off, from north of the border, where the social justice group Council of Canadians is based, and from indigenous communities around the Great Lakes. Together, they want to promote a “water summit” on “human rights and water sovereignty”.

“When it comes to water, we should be working within the government to make that as cheap as possible,” Barber said. “Privatizing that which the lord created is just wrong”.
Where Barber spoke, in Detroit, water still technically belongs to the city’s residents. But in neighborhoods where one in five homes had their water shut off last year, it is anything but affordable.

‘Water is not affordable to us’

Nicole Hill, a mother of three, has her water shut off every few months. It still costs “more than $200 a month”.

The first time her water was shut off, she said, “I get up, I make them breakfast, I take them to school, I come back to wash the dishes and no water comes out the faucet.”
That was in 2014, when 33,000 homes in Detroit had their water shut off. She was one of thousands who were part of a city “blitz” that shut off water to delinquent accounts. Last year, 27,000 homes in Detroit had their water shut off.

Hill went so far as to file a class action lawsuit to try to secure her community’s right to affordable water. She lost in a lower court and appealed. Last year, a panel of three federal judges ruled against her, writing: “A right of this nature is not rooted in our nation’s traditions.”
Valerie Jean, a mother of five, bonded with her neighbors after her entire block was cut off from water when multiple residents fell behind on their bills. Still struggling, Jean perpetually seems to have a blue stripe in front of her home, a kind of scarlet letter painted on front yards by city workers to highlight a home’s water access point. That makes it easier to shut water off.
“When they shut off a whole community, it shows water is not affordable to us,” said Jean.

Rev Dr William J Barber II at the Poor People’s Campaign mass meeting at Wayne County Community College.

Barber spoke to a crowd of hundreds in Detroit, with 11,000 more people watching online. The rally was not just about raising spirits. It was part of the Poor People’s Campaign, a “moral revival” organized by Barber and his co-chair, the Rev Dr Liz Theoharis, to train impoverished Americans to be activists.

Barber is a tall, stout man with a teeter-totter gait. He’s got hands the size of a bear’s and builds his speeches like a fire – nurturing a spark into a cheering, song-singing, burn-the-house-down blaze.

“The prophet said, ‘Take away your prayers, take away your sacrifice – if you want to please me, let justice roll down like water!’”
Barber started with a cold crowd, but some were soon in tears, and answered calls in unison – “Forward together!” Barber yelled. “Not one step back!” the crowd shouted back.
“Forward together!”
“Not one step back!”

In April 2014, Flint switched from Detroit city water to the corrosive water in the Flint river. Luster remembers – it happened on her daughter’s birthday. She and her nine-year-old daughter (then seven) quickly became sick. By July, she had collapsed at her job as a retail manager. Even today, strange, unexplained health effects remain.

Luster, 43, has had part of her uterus removed, an unexplained abscess taken from her left breast, and a lymph node removed from her right underarm and back. She has lost a five-gallon bag’s worth of hair.

Now, she is a full-time organizer with Flint Rising, and is considering law school. And almost two years after the crisis made national headlines, Luster still does everything in her Flint home with bottled water – cooking, washing hands, and even seemingly innocuous tasks, like ironing. She filters bottled water to drink.

By this summer, the state of Michigan alone will have provided 157m bottles of water to Flint and counting. Once, a news crew counted how many 16.9-ounce bottles Luster’s household used in a day – 151. “So now you see, when I see a bottle of water, I don’t see, ‘Let me go get a drink.’”

Republican Tax Cuts Could Be Paved with Fossil Fuel Giveaways

After reading this article on the Federal Budget;

Republican Tax Cuts Could Be Paved with Fossil Fuel Giveaways 

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/republican-tax-cuts-could-be-paved-fossil-fuel-giveaways



 I just wanted to go to D.C. interrupt Congress and SCREAM:

Instead I wrote the following to all of the wonderful people who voted for those assholic greedy wanking Mamzers:

Yet another info-rant from me:
All those people bitching in FEAR about having their taxes raised because other less fortunate poor people (veterans, homeless, children, Natives) get just a fraction of the help they need from the government need to pull their heads-out-of-their-arses and really look for themselves what potus 💩 and congress 🤡 are really doing w/ the budget in regards to taxes, tax-cuts, & distributions.
Facts:
Oil companies are allowed to defer their tax payments without paying Interest (like the rest of us) for up to 20 years, which not only drops their taxes from 24% to as low as 11.7% - 3.7%, it increases the Federal Debt
(most of us pay at least 10% - 15%)
Oil companies receive major subsidies from the tax-payers
In 2012 the 5 largest oil companies made $104 Billion in PROFITS
They receive a tax deduction for: tertiary injectants, drilling costs, & a "depletion" allowance
They use "Last In-First Out" accounting; so their inventory is taxed on the oldest & cheapest priced barrels
Restructuring the business into a Domestic Partnership

https://www.usnews.com/…/the-surprising-truth-about-oil-and…
http://www.taxpayer.net/…/understanding-oil-and-gas-tax-sub…
Then there are the banks and Troubled Assets Relief Program, where in 2008-2009 they received in actuality $14.4 TRILLION for misappropriation of their clients mortgage monies with the $$$$ going to the CEOs & top Administration
In 2015, the banks had still not paid back the monies and had $35.1 billion in write-offs and realized losses…
http://www.motherjones.com/…/real-size-bailout-treasury-fed/
http://wallstreetonparade.com/…/how-did-the-taxpayer-make-…/
Now, think about what would this country be like If the government had all the $$$$$ they throw at the Banking & Oil Industry alone paid back, when it was due (let's say a net 30)....
Also think about your $$$$ related fears:
Why are you angry & afraid of the government when they spend tax dollars helping PEOPLE In Need; especially the veterans, children & the elderly: but you're not angry that the government refuses to spend the needed money helping those people affected by poisoned water, poisoned food, and natural disasters?
Why are you Not Angry at Clinton for negating the Glass-Steagall Act, which prohibited commercial banks from engaging in the Business of Investments (which means using Your money [not theirs] to make more money for themselves)?
Why are you not angry at the government spending $4.79 trillion on the Middle East war(s) all based on our hostile take-over of the Middle East's oil, mineral, & opiate resources?
Why are you not angry that the NFL does not pay taxes & also receives billions of $$$ in subsidies?
Why are you not angry that the government uses your tax dollars to subsidize Drug Companies but angry that they subsidize Health Insurance for people who pay taxes?

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Glass-Steagal…
https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/09/costsofwar2
https://www.nytimes.com/…/…/stop-subsidizing-big-pharma.html
Just think people, think about what is going on and where your tax dollars are actually going...
Think about what would happen if those Oil, Wall Street, & Drug Companies would actually Pay Their Taxes (even at a rate of 20)%
Think about what would happen if the government cut War Spending
Stop Placing the Blame on the people in Need.... Blame your Government.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

These 26 Images Prove that This is the End of the World as We Know It


These 26 Images Prove that This is the End of the World as We Know It


Sometimes every word is superfluous. These pictures say more than a thousand words.
1. The view over the overdeveloped metropole of Mexico City (with more than 20 million inhabitants).

Pablo Lopez Luz
2. An elephant killed by poachers left to rot.

Kristian Schmidt/Wild Aid
3. The rainforest in flames – goats used to graze here.

Daniel Beltra
4. Trails of excessive air traffic over London.

Ian Wylie
5. A massive truck delivers a load of oil sands for processing. Oil sand is considered the energy source of the future.

Garth Lentz
6. A simple herd farmer cannot withstand the stink of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia.

Lu Guang
7. A waste incineration plant and its surroundings in Bangladesh

M.R. Hasasn
8. A fire storm plows through Colorado – increased incidences of wild fires is a result of climate change.

R.J. Sangosti/Denver Post
9. The scars left behind from the mining of oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Garth Lentz
10. A nighttime spectacle in downtown Los Angeles – the energy demand is incalculable.

Mike Hedge
11. In Oregon, this thousand year old forest fell victim to the chain saw for a new dam.

Daniel Dancer
12. The area around Almeria in Spain is littered with greenhouses as far as the eye can see – simply for a richly filled dinner table.

Yann Arthus Bertrand
13. Poachers pose proudly with the coat of a Siberian tiger.

Steve Morgan/Photofusion
14. The Mir Mine in Russia, the largest diamond mine in the world.

Google Earth/ 2014 Digital Globe
15. A dead albatross shows what happens when we litter. A living dumpster.

Chris Jordan
16. And yet another megatropolis – a bird’s eye view of New Delhi (over 22 million inhabitants).

Google Earth/2014 Digital Globe
17. Paradise almost lost: the Maldives, a popular vacation spot that is threatened by rising sea levels.

Peter Essick
18. The beginning of Black Friday at an electronics store in Boise, Idaho.

Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman
19. Tons (literally) of broken electronics end up in developing countries and are stripped for precious metals by using deadly substances.

Peter Essick
20. The blunder of the Brazilian rain forest is being repeated here in Canada.

Garth Lentz
21. A landfill for worn-out tires in the desert of Nevada.

Daniel Dancer
22. While the entire world watched the events of Fukushima, a massive heat and power station was burning just a few miles away. All attempts to extinguish it where fruitless.

Mainichi Newspapers/AFLO
23. This polar bear starved to death in Svalvard, Norway. Disappearing ice caps are robbing polar bears of both their living space and food.

Ashley Cooper
24. To the last drop: an oilfield in California and the merciless overexploitation of humans.

Mark Gamba/Corbis
25. A massive waterfall from melting pack ice. These masses are the only meltwater and the undeniable proof how swiftly climate change is advancing.

Cotton Coulson/Keenpress
26. The Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya rides a wave of filth and trash (Java, Indonesia).

Zak Noyle
“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.”
This prophecy is becoming a more and more brutal reality. But, even today, not every person is aware of the horrible effects our lifestyles have on nature. So share these evocative pictures with everyone. – 

Friday, September 8, 2017

HURRICANE EVACUATION + PETS: Federal Law

ATTENTION: HURRICANE EVACUEES with PETS
For my friends in the path of Hurricane Irma (Jose, and any others)
If you are evacuating to a hotel/motel and they say they DON'T accept pets, don't get rude, but simply tell them that is against the law & FEMA established that after Hurricane Katrina.

The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS) was a bi-partisan initiative in the United States House of Representatives to require states seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance to accommodate pets and service animals in their plans for evacuating residents facing disasters. (There are only a handful of states where this provision is not in place. Please see map: https://www.animallaw.info/…/map-states-disaster-planning-l….)
PLEASE do not leave your animals when you evacuate. They depend on you for safety, shelter, food, and water. Without you, they can get irreversibly ill and possibly die.
Stay safe and be sure to share!
Verification:
1. https://www.congress.gov/…/plaws/publ308/PLAW-109publ308.pdf
2. https://www.avma.org/…/Ref…/disaster/Pages/PETS-Act-FAQ.aspx
3. https://www.animallaw.info/…/state-and-federal-disaster-pla…
Details:
http://www.wagnpetsafety.com/…/Pet_Parents_and_PETS_ACT_of_…