Hillary Clinton, Sanders and Flint town in the USA

This video from Michigan in the USA says about itself:

Flint Lives Matter: Hillary Clinton Just Wants Votes

7 February 2016

Some residents of Flint say Hillary Clinton visited on Sunday just to get more votes. The water crisis affecting the mostly black Michigan city has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. At the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Clinton said the lives of Flint children were as valuable as those from any other part of America. Church goers applauded Clinton, but others were less enthusiastic over her arrival. Flint Lives Matter organiser Calandra Patrick sees Clinton as an opportunist who is jumping on a national issue for more votes.

While the Flint water crisis has drawn international attention due to the magnitude of the disaster and the callous criminality of government officials involved, the high rates of lead poisoning in the Flint population are not unique. Countless cities and towns across the United States suffer from lead levels that are as high as what has been reported in Flint—and in many cases, far worse: here.

More e-mails have been made public showing that a year ago health officials were worried that the spike in cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint was connected to the use of the Flint River as a water source. When those concerns were communicated to Michigan environmental and health authorities, their response was to quash any public announcement that the city’s water was the source of the increase: here.

A recently released prisoner revealed that hundreds of his fellow inmates in Flint, Michigan’s Genesee County Jail were lied to about lead-poisoned water and told it was safe. They had no option other than drinking the tainted tap water. With the exception of two very brief episodes of bottled water distribution—in October 2015 and again in January 2016—the inmates, including pregnant women, have been drinking, washing and consuming food prepared from contaminated water for nearly two years: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

United States: Clinton seems to write off primary

Tuesday 9th February 2016

by Our Foreign Desk

HILLARY CLINTON appeared yesterday to have given up on today’s New Hampshire primary, flying to Flint, Michigan, for a hit-and-run visit.

Ms Clinton, who has targeted African-American communities as potential backers, took a helicopter to the largely black city to express concern at a scandal over polluted drinking water.

However, Flint Lives Matter organiser Calandra Patrick sniffed electoral opportunism, commenting: “It doesn’t matter to me if she makes an appearance or not. It doesn’t matter to me one bit.”

The Clinton camp had already antagonised young women supporting Bernie Sanders, her left-wing rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, when Bill Clinton’s former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said there was “a special place in hell” for women who don’t help women.

Ms Albright: if you are correct about the geography of hell, then Hillary Clinton should go to that ‘special place’. Ms Clinton refused to support Saudi women, who were and are whipped and imprisoned for the ‘crime’ of driving cars.

As Ms Clinton thought selling weapons to and buying oil from the Saudi absolute monarchy was more important than siding with these courageous Saudi women.

Feminist writer Gloria Steinem suggested at the same Concord meeting that women backing the Vermont senator did so to meet young men.

She apologised later in a Facebook post, saying that she “misspoke” in implying that young women weren’t serious about their political views.

Ms Steinem: you said something about young politically interested women. Something similar to what sexist men decades ago used to say about you and other then young feminists. Well, at least you apologized. Contrary to Ms Albright.

Ms Clinton defended Ms Albright’s “special place in hell” comment as a “light-hearted but very pointed remark.”

Ms Albright, when secretary of state, once declared that sanctions on Iraq that had killed 500,000 children were “worth it.”

This video from the USA is called Madeleine Albright – The deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it for Iraq’s non-existent WMD’s.

Mr Sanders emphatically rejected support from some men who have made misogynist comments about Ms Clinton, declaring: “I have heard about it. It’s disgusting. Look, we don’t want that crap.

“Anyone who’s supporting me and doing sexist things, we don’t want them, we don’t want them.”

I’m a woman and I will vote for the best feminist for president: Bernie Sanders, by RoseAnn DeMoro. I won’t vote against Hillary Clinton because she’s female, but I don’t intend to vote for her because I am. We need more fundamental changes in this country: here.

Flint, USA people refuse payment for poisonous water

This video from Michigan in the USA says about itself:

Flint residents protest paying for poisoned water

25 January 2016

Residents of Flint staged a demonstration in front of the city hall today in protest of both the high rates for water and the recent shutoff notices that have been sent out. After almost two years with poisoned tap water, thousands of residents are facing shutoff of their water completely.

Nothing has been resolved with Flint water. Lead levels still make the water unsafe to drink and thousands, particularly children who are the most vulnerable, have been exposed to lead poisoning. Residents must rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Yet the water rates are among the highest in the country.

In the context of reports of the poisoning of residents of Flint, Michigan due to lead contamination in the city’s water supply, recent studies have shown lead contamination to be a widespread problem in cities and towns throughout the United States. The populations of major cities such as New Orleans, Baltimore, Boston and Detroit are exposed to elevated levels of lead contamination in their homes, soil and water supply: here.

THE NEXT FLINT, MICHIGAN Inside the Ohio town that now fears its water may be contaminated. [AP]

As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to occupy national headlines in the United States, scientists and environmental officials have revealed a dirty secret of American life: the poisoning of drinking water with toxic chemicals is not unique to Flint, Michigan, but takes place all over the country: here.

New evidence has emerged that challenges the official explanation of why Flint’s state-appointed emergency manager decided to end the city’s half-century practice of buying water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). While the move was explained as a cost-cutting measure, an April 2013 email surfaced this week revealing that DWSD officials offered to sharply reduce rates to Flint, with a potential cost saving of hundreds of millions: here.

Documents reveal that the administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been providing state workers in Flint with bottled water for over a year. The revelation came from examination of an internal email sent out to state workers by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) back in January 2015. This notice, sent out long before any officials publicly acknowledged a health hazard, cited a contamination problem within the Flint water supply: here.

Federal and state officials are warning Flint residents that the lead filters they are using may be inadequate to protect them from the effects of elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water: here.

A just-released series of emails sent to a staff member of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in early March demonstrate that his administration knew about the relation of Flint River water to the spread of the deadly Legionnaires’ virus at least 10 months before the governor publically announced it: here.

Hundreds of students, faculty and community members gathered into a lecture hall at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to hear Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha deliver a talk on the roots and the devastating social impact of the Flint water crisis: here.

Half a million US kids are poisoned by lead each year. crisis was just the beginning: here.

As its hometown of Flint remains poisoned, General Motors makes record 2015 profit: here.

Vesper sparrow sings, video

This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about itself:

Vesper Sparrow singing

26 January 2016

In the evening twilight or early morning, listen for the Vesper Sparrow‘s characteristic song consisting of two to four long, clear notes, followed by musical slurs and trills. These large sparrows are found in grasslands and fields across North America.

Video recorded by Benjamin Clock in Michigan.

Flint, USA people protest against water poisoning

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 January 2016

Hundreds of people protested outside the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan Tuesday as Governor Rick Snyder delivered his annual State of the State address, which began by addressing the water crisis in the city of Flint.

Snyder, together with other state, federal and local officials, is deeply implicated in the decision to supply the residents of Flint, Michigan with tainted water, which put thousands of people at risk for lead poisoning and may have contributed to at least ten deaths.

Demonstrators demanded accountability, with many calling for Snyder’s resignation and indictment, and spoke of the broader social implications of the Flint water crisis.

Woolly mammoth discovery in Michigan, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Woolly mammoth skeleton unearthed by Michigan farmers

3 October 2015

Two farmers in Michigan made an astonishing discovery when they unearthed the remains of a woolly mammoth while digging in a soybean field.

Experts say it is one of the most complete sets ever found in the state.

University of Michigan researchers say there is evidence the mammoth lived 11,700-15,000 years ago.

THE MAMMOTH COULD BE MAKING A COMEBACK “Dr. George Church, a molecular biologist at Harvard University who is working on such projects, estimates that a variation of the first new woolly mammoth (which disappeared some 4,000 years ago) may be born as soon as seven years from now.” [HuffPost]

Homophobic United States preacher’s closet gay double life

This video from the USA says about itself:

Exposed Anti LGBT Pastor Resigns After being caught

20 May 2015

MIDLAND, Mich. — An anti-gay pastor in Michigan has resigned following revelations that he regularly solicited men on the popular gay hookup app, Grindr.

Rev. Matthew Makela, a married father of five, resigned as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Mich., on Sunday, just one day before Queerty posted screenshots and text messages of sexually explicit conversations between the pastor and other men.

Queerty reports that Makela, who had been at St. John’s since 2010, confirmed himself as a Grindr user, and notes that Makela has a record of disparaging the LGBTQ community, posting (now deleted) screenshots of the reverend decrying same-sex marriage and stating that the “transgender movement is going to assist opportunistic sickos in preying upon children and others.”

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Anti-LGBT vicar Matthew Makela resigns after being found on Grindr gay dating app

Reverend Matthew Makela had made anti-LGBT comments in the past

Kashmira Gander

Wednesday 20 May 2015

A pastor who has expressed views against LGBT communities has resigned from his post, after he was found to be using a gay dating app.

Reverend Matthew Makela has stepped down from St John’s Lutheran church in Midland, Michigan, after he sent sexual messages to a man on Grindr.

He wrote in one message: “I love to make out naked. Oral and massage. And I top” and “I would love to mess around with a bicurious guy”, news website Queerty reported.

His contact on the app comes after he expressed anti-gay views under an article which argued that sexual attraction must be resisted like the temptation to steal or lie.

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Revered Matthew wrote: “I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God. The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us.”

The comments seen by Queerty, which have since been deleted, went on: “We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle.”

And as the issues which trans people face have been brought further into the fore in recent years,  Reverend Matthew labelled the rights movement as “aiding opportunistic sickos in preying upon children and others”, according to posts on his Facebook page seen by the news website.

The pastor has confirmed to Queerty that the profile was genuine, and that he has stepped down from his post.

Explaining why the website decided to publicly out Reverend Makela outside of Grindr, it explained: “If Makela made even one LGBT kid at St. John’s “Christ-based” elementary school, their parents, friends, family or anyone who ever stepped foot in the church feel like being true to yourself is shameful (and it seems all too likely that he did), then we’re glad to share his hypocrisy with the world.”

Reverend Makela’s resignation comes after an anti-gay politician from North Dakota was outed by a fellow user of Grindr, after he shared photos to the local Fargo newspaper, The Advocate reported.

Randy Boehning posted the images of himself on the app, after he voted against protecting lesbian and gay North Dakotans from housing and employment discrimination.

A homophobic post on Facebook has shut down the career of Lithuanian producer Ten Walls (AKA Marijus Adomaitis)—at least, for now. On June 3, Adomaitis (who also uses the alias Mario Basanov) launched a vitriolic tirade comparing homosexuals to pedophiles, as well as describing them as “people of a different breed” who need to be “fixed”: here.