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Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« on: April 19, 2016, 01:06:02 AM »
Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis 


Anna Scanlon
Prison Planet.com
April 18, 2016

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, two more deaths from Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed, bringing the total up from 10 to 12.

In 2014 and 2015, the state found 91 cases of this illness. It is believed that at least half of the cases are associated with the recent water crisis, though at this time they are still uncertain. [1] [2]

Eden Wells, M.D., Chief Medical Executive with the MDHHS, said:

    “To date, 91 cases and 12 deaths have been identified in total for 2014 and 2015 in Genesee County. We remain vigilant in identifying any potential case associated with the outbreak.”

Although it is unconfirmed if the outbreak is related to the crisis in the water system, it is clear that those who developed the disease obtained it through some body of water. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person and instead festers in in warm water. It is often found in places like hot tubs, cooling towers, and water systems of bigger units like apartment buildings and hospitals. It can even be contracted from air conditioning units. Once someone inhales the bacteria, or the mist containing the bacteria, they may develop a serious respiratory infection and then potentially fatal pneumonia.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has stated that it is working diligently to determine the exact cause of these two new cases. However, documents that had been released in February suggest that officials were aware of the disease and had linked it to the water crisis as long as 10 months ago. This has led citizens around the country to develop distrust in their water supplies and health officials. [2]

The crisis in Flint began in April 2014 when, as a cost-saving measure, the state moved the source of its tap water from Detroit’s supply to the Flint River. The system was switched back to Detroit’s in October 2015 after the state noted that there were high levels of lead in many people’s blood, particularly in children’s. Lead is a toxic agent that can lead to severe health problems, including, but not limited to, permanent damage to the nervous system and even death.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has stated that it is working closely with nearby Wayne State University, the Genesee County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to be more vigilant of cases of this disease in 2016. [1]

Sources:

[1] CBS Detroit

[2] Reuters

This post originally appeared at Natural Society

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Re: Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2016, 08:50:35 PM »
Two Key Figures in Flint Water Crisis Mysteriously Wind up Dead

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Funny thing about large scandals that threaten the establishment… people tend to mysteriously die around them.

Speaking of, two of the main people involved in the Flint water crisis have now turned up dead.
First, you have the Flint Water Treatment Plant foreman, 43-year-old Matthew McFarland, who died suddenly Saturday, April 16th. Police say there were no signs of foul play in the home, and a cause of death has yet to be determined.

McFarland had recently been questioned by police in regards to whether or not he had misled everyone by purposefully downplaying the dangers of Flint’s lead-poisoned drinking water, while his co-worker Michael Glasgow had just been officially charged with willful neglect of duty and evidence tampering for falsifying Flint’s water quality reports.

Toxicology reports on McFarland are still being processed… Think they’ll find anything?


The second person to meet an untimely demise around Flint just so happens to be one of the first plaintiffs to file suit over the city’s lead-tainted water, 19-year-old Sasha Avona Bell. Her 16-month-old son is one of 220 lead-poisoned children involved in what is now 98 lawsuits against Flint.

Bell and a female friend were fatally shot on Tuesday, April 19th in a townhouse. Bell’s son was found there, unharmed. Police arrested 18-year-old Malek Thornton (mugshot below) on suspicion of committing the crime.

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Re: Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2016, 12:32:34 AM »
Like you said on the Prince is dead, thread decemberfellow
we'll never know the truth how these people died.  So many
cities in the USA still have lead pipes to deliver water into homes.
The nearest big city 2.5 hours from me,  "Just discovered"  about
500 homes that have city infrastructural  lead pipes.   
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Re: Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2016, 03:14:22 AM »
Bombshell: Leaked Email Proves Michigan Faked Lead Test Results Back in 2008 


April 29, 2016
 Melissa Dykes


Now it’s just blatantly obvious there was a cover up in Michigan, from the local all the way to the state level, over their lead-tainted water.

Check out this leaked email from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) sent back in 2008:





Via Truthdig:

    The email was sent in response to a test result that showed one home’s lead levels were ten times the federal action level of 15 parts per billion, and urged the lead test technician to take an additional set of water samples to “bump out” the high result so that the MDEQ wouldn’t be required to notify the community of the high levels of lead in its water.

    “Otherwise we’re back to water quality parameters and lead public notice,” complained Adam Rosenthal of the MDEQ’s Drinking Water office in the email.

So for years, these people just let Michigan residents continue to drink poisonous lead-tainted water like it was no big deal la ti da.

Three MDEQ employees have recently been charged in attempting to cover up Flint’s poisonous, lead-tainted water, and two people have died surrounding the controversy, but the emails just go to show that the level of corruption surrounding the case is by no means restricted to the local level.

Makes you wonder how many other states are currently hiding the same problem…

As we know, Sebring, Ohio residents weren’t warned of their lead-tainted water for months. How many other cities are like this right now and we don’t even know it?


http://www.thedailysheeple.com/bombshell-leaked-email-proves-michigan-state-authorities-falsified-lead-test-results-back-in-2008_042016

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Re: Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2016, 08:14:55 AM »
A few months ago Michael Rivero had some interesting things to say about this issue:

       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQWYzaLjB4
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Re: Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2016, 02:04:31 AM »
Having served as Secretary of State under Obama -- and being an obvious water-carrier for Wall Street mega-banks (Goldman Sachs in particular) -- a Hillary Clinton presidency, one can reasonably say, would be a mere continuation of the Obama administration.

It follows, therefore, that Hillary is desperately counting on Trump to give her the same "left cover" that John McCain gave Obama eight years ago:

       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhXY2dwbrpE

In light of this self-evident truth, Trump would be well-advised to look for opportunities to deny Clinton the left cover she so craves by attacking her politically from her left.

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, I would argue, is one such opportunity -- an opportunity that is practically screaming out to be taken advantage of.

If you read the following two articles, you'll know why I say that:

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/democrats-cover-up-role-of-obama-administration-in-flint-water-crisis/5513112

Democrats Cover Up Role of Obama Administration in Flint Water Crisis

By James Brewer
Global Research
March 09, 2016



Democratic Party politicians and operatives descended on Flint before Tuesday’s Michigan primary hoping to exploit public anger over the water crisis to boost their electoral chances. The selection of the city as the venue for the March 6 debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was designed to give the appearance that the Democrats were concerned with, and would seriously address, the disaster inflicted on the people of Flint over the last two years.

Both candidates sought to lay blame solely on the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, while concealing the role of state and local Democrats, including the state treasurer, the mayor, the emergency manager and the city council. They also said nothing about federal officials from Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who knowingly concealed the fact that the city was not treating its water supply with anti-corrosive agents and that lead levels in the water had made it toxic.

While making various demagogic statements, neither candidate offers any serious proposal to provide relief to the beleaguered residents. During the debate, LeeAnne Walters from Flint asked both candidates if they would require public water systems to replace lead pipes throughout the US if they were elected. Neither candidate would give a direct answer to the question.

Clinton replied, “We will commit to a priority to change the water systems and we will commit within five years to remove lead from everywhere,” referring to all lead sources, including paint and dust.

Walters, a key figure in exposing the consistent cover-up by water quality officials, told the Huffington Post on Monday, “I hated Clinton’s answer. To tell a Flint resident that we’ll handle this in five years is no different than what the city was telling us and what the state was telling us.”

The Flint mother noted that federal agencies, particularly the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have been downplaying the importance of lead in drinking water for decades, focusing almost exclusively on lead in paint and dust. This attitude toward public water systems was a significant factor in the lead poisoning of Washington, DC from 2001 to 2005 and contributed to the culture within agencies tasked to protect drinking water safety that has been exposed in the Flint events.

[Continued...]


http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-in-flint-let-them-drink-lead/5523824

Obama in Flint: Let Them Drink Lead

By Andre Damon
Global Research
May 06, 2016



On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama told the residents of Flint, Michigan that their children, poisoned by water from the contaminated Flint River, and many potentially scarred for life, “will be fine.”

The president’s trip to Flint took place amid an ongoing drinking water crisis in the city, where the water supply was poisoned when it switched its water source to the Flint River in 2014.

After taking a tiny sip of Flint water while delivering a speech at Northwestern High School, the president announced that the water is safe to drink. Obama went on, “I don’t want anybody to start thinking that somehow all the kids in Flint are going to have problems for the rest of their lives, because that’s not true.”

Trivializing the disaster, Obama declared,
    “If you are my age, or older, or maybe even a little bit younger, you got some lead in your system when you were growing up. You did. I am sure that somewhere, when I was two years old, I was taking a chip of paint, tasting it, and I got some lead.”
Obama’s statements are reminiscent of the declaration attributed to Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France before the Revolution, upon hearing that the population of Paris could not afford bread: “Let them eat cake.” Obama declared instead: Let them drink lead (or eat lead-based paint)!

The attempt to downplay the significance of what has happened in Flint (paralleled in many other cities throughout the country) by referring to the widespread use of lead paint in an earlier period displays an extraordinary level of ignorance and complacency. Regulations on the use of lead paint were bitterly opposed by the paint industry for decades before the clear evidence of its disastrous health consequences, particularly for young children, eventually led to it being banned in the US in 1978.

According to the World Health Organization, lead-based paint continues to cause 600,000 disabilities each year worldwide. Nearly 150,000 people die every year from lead poisoning, with paint a major contributor. Yet Obama would have Flint residents conclude that everything is “fine” because they have ingested lead through their water instead!

In an effort to further minimize the disaster, Obama added,

[Continued...]

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If Trump wants to hand Clinton a public relations gift on a silver platter, he'll suggest or imply that this crisis is some how the fault of the victim -- e.g. "Why don't they just move?" [blah blah blah]

       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQWYzaLjB4

But if he wants to do the opposite, he'll explain the politically embarrassing extent to which both Democratic Party politicians and certain state-level Republicans (through deceit and malfeasance) made the working poor of Flint victims of contaminated water in the first place, and why "privatizing" the public water supply -- by turning ownership and control of it over to the very robber barons who own these politicians -- is a cure that's even worse than the disease.

       http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=39a38233b6d771ed1ae8180ce95a6215

The real "populist" solution? First and foremost, initiate a class action lawsuit against all of the politicians and bureaucrats responsible for this crime, and make them (not the taxpayers) pay for whatever damages are awarded by the court.

Second, promote the idea of electing a modern day Tom L. Johnson as mayor of Flint (preferably on a 3rd party ticket):

       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW8sJS6UPPw

Last but not least, promote the idea of instituting a Bank of Michigan modeled on the Bank of North Dakota, so that the cost of renovating and modernizing crumbling public infrastructure (of which municipal water systems are an obvious part) can be greatly reduced by eliminating interest-gouging from the equation:

       https://ellenbrown.com/2016/05/02/bank-of-north-dakota-soars-despite-oil-bust-a-blueprint-for-california/
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Re: Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2016, 11:17:53 AM »
http://www.globalresearch.ca/michigan-officials-quietly-gave-bottled-water-to-state-employees-months-before-flint-residents/5504479

Michigan Officials Quietly Gave Bottled Water To State Employees Months Before Flint Residents

By Bryce Covert
Global Research
January 30, 2016


John Whitaker, executive director of Midwest Food Bank, carries a case of
water that was donated to Flint residents on January 27. CREDIT: AP Photo/
Darron Cummings


John Whitaker, executive director of Midwest Food Bank, carries a case of water that was donated to Flint residents on January 27. CREDIT: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Flint switched its water source from Detroit to the Flint River in April 2014, which is now known to have caused lead to leach into the city’s tap water. After two boil advisories were issued in August and September of 2014, the city sent residents a notice that the level of trihalomethanes (TTHMs), which can cause liver and kidney problems, had exceed federal limits, although they were told that it was still fine to use the water and no corrective actions needed to be taken.

But concerns raised over water quality were enough for officials in the state’s capitol of Lansing to decide to give state employees the option to drink bottled water from coolers, rather than from water fountains. Coolers were placed next to the fountains on each occupied floor, according to the documents, and were to be provided “as long as the public water does not meet treatment requirements.”



For residents, however, it took researchers uncovering elevated levels of lead in children’s bloodstreams for a lead advisory to finally be issued in September of 2015. Residents were told not to drink the water and a public health emergency was declared by the Genesee County Health Department in October, and Flint’s mayor declared a state of emergency in December. The National Guard was activated in January of this year to distribute water from five fire stations — a full year after water was brought in for state employees out of concern over water quality.

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Re: Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2016, 08:56:35 AM »
http://www.wxyz.com/news/whistleblower-lawsuit-claims-flint-mayor-weaver-diverted-water-crisis-money-into-political-fund

Whistleblower lawsuit claims Flint Mayor Weaver diverted water crisis money into political fund

Jim Kiertzner
WXYZ Detroit
May 9, 2016

[Video clip omitted - see original article]

(WXYZ) - A former Flint City Administrator claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on the new Flint Mayor, who was allegedly diverting cash donations to help people with the water crisis into to the Mayor's own political fund.

Natasha Henderson claims wrongful discharge of employment and whistleblower protection in a suit filed today in Federal Court.

You can read the lawsuit at the bottom of this article.

The claim is an assistant to the Mayor, Maxine Murry told Henderson in tears that she "feared going to jail" because the Mayor allegedly told her to direct donations from the Safe Water/Safe Homes fund to the "Karenabout Flint" political fund.

The suit also claims Henderson took the issue to the Flint City Attorney and documented it in email and, when Henderson followed up, she was fired within hours.

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