‘Water is life, about that there is no question’ – Guest post by Bill Cobbs

“BELIEVE IT OR NOT”
Water is life, about that there is no question. I have been asked why I am so determined that Michigan should implement a comprehensive ecological and water policy. I’m going to talk about water today because it will play an ever-increasing role in Michigan’s future. Michigan is surrounded by 20 percent of the worlds clean water supply.

Democracy dictates that public policy be set by the populace. In Michigan, more and more of our policy decisions are being driven by private enterprise and special interest. This is a disaster in the making. Today we allow outdated oil pipelines to continue to operate long past their projected lifecycles {Enbridge 5}. We allow private corporations to pump water from underground aquafers based on public acts that never foresaw privatization of our water resources. Nestle’s, a multi-billion-dollar international corporation now pumps 200 gallons per minute, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for a two hundred dollar a year permit. Nestle’s sole purpose is to use this water for financial gain. They currently are seeking permission to increase the amount the pump by an additional 100 percent. Michigan’s future is inextricably tied to water.

2030wrg.org{Water Resource Group} is a public/private “collaboration”. The stated purpose of the “collaboration” is to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030. Sounds like a lofty and admirable goal. In fact, if you stopped right there you might breathe a sigh of relief that there were people tackling this issue.

Unfortunately, that sigh of relief would not last long when you became aware of the makeup of WRG. The partners include six international corporations three of which are heavily invested in the beverage business. Another 5 of the partners are in the banking business. The public partners have a much smaller footprint.

One of the private partners is Nestle’s Corporation whose former CEO is on record saying that water should be managed and controlled by private enterprise. WRG is not in this for altruistic reasons. Once again private enterprise is looking to gain control over a public asset.

Michigan must be a good steward of our water resources. We can only do that if we share information with our citizens and allow them to have a voice in how those resources will be allocated and used. We cannot afford to make a mistake.

FOOTNOTE:

As I meet people across the state, I am amazed how similar we are. They say our nation is divided, but from barbershops to coffee shops, Michiganders I meet share many concerns.

Citizens express their concern for our future, for our infrastructure, for the people of Flint, for our Great Lakes, and for our schools. I have heard stories of citizens’ triumph over adversity, speaking up in the face of retaliation by Emergency Managers, and teachers standing up for students who have no one else. I am encouraged and strengthened by you. We can take back our state.

If you’d like me to speak to your circle of friends, community or political group, service club, civic organization or county Democrats chapter feel free to send an email to my scheduler, Jeffrey Salisbury at JeffreyLSalisbury@gmail.com .

No group is too large or too small. I hope to meet you soon.

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Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel – The Washington Post

Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates.

April 3 at 4:29 PM
The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would likely require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

READ MORE HERE: Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel – The Washington Post

Privatized Michigan prison food services vendor fined, gets raise to cover the fine with $1.5 million to spare | Eclectablog

Eclectablog

Two years ago, after privatizing Michigan’s prison food services to a company that then set out to prove what a fiasco this sort of thing is with scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal), Gov. Rick Snyder finally fired Aramark. He then hired another private firm, Trinity Services Group.

Since that time, Trinity hasn’t fared much better, racking up $2.5 million in fines:

The Free Press published a series of reports on how the $145-million contract with Aramark had been marked by problems with food shortages, sanitation issues and Aramark workers getting too friendly with prisoners — in some cases, smuggling in drugs or other contraband or engaging in sex acts.

There also were inmate demonstrations and other unrest related to food issues. But some of those problems have continued under the new contractor. The fines assessed against the company have mostly been for unauthorized meal substitutions, delays in serving meals and inadequate staffing levels. The Free Press reported…

Source: Privatized Michigan prison food services vendor fined, gets raise to cover the fine with $1.5 million to spare | Eclectablog

Trump-DeVos Suck Up Watch: PBS Is Showing a Series Attacking Public Schools

Goddang it PBS!

Diane Ravitch's blog

Laura Chapman wrote the following expose of a new series that will appear on PBS. It must be public television’s effort to curry favor with the Trump administration, as it reflects the extremist agenda of Betsy DeVos, who is intent on creating a free market in publicly-funded schooling. Since Trump’s budget has proposed to eliminate funding for public television, this series may be a demonstration that even PBS will give a showcase to libertarians who want to destroy public institutions.

More than ten years ago, PBS ran a four-part series called SCHOOL, produced by Sarah Patton, Sarah Mondale, and Vera Aronow. It was a history of public education that documented the role of public education in welcoming generations of immigrants and leading the way to a better society. For the past four years the same team has been creating a one-hour documentary exposing the corporate assault on public education. They…

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Diverting more public money to businesses: The Good Jobs for Michigan Legislation

Diverting more public money to businesses: The Good Jobs for Michigan Legislation
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
It is important for people who want to develop a class consciousness to read the business press. While reading the business press might be aggravating, it is important to know what the business community is thinking and how they are influencing public policy.

In a recent “sponsored content” article in MiBiz , the President and CEO of The Right Place Inc, Birgit Klohs, wrote about current proposed legislation in Michigan that would essentially divert more taxpayer money to support business interests.

The legislation that The Right Place Inc CEO was referring to her in article is Senate bills 242, 243 and 244. One of the sponsors of the bill, State Senator Jim Stamas, explains the legislation this way: https://griid.org/2017/04/03/diverting-more-public-money-to-businesses-the-good-jobs-for-michigan-legislation/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

It is important for people who want to develop a class consciousness to read the business press. While reading the business press might be aggravating, it is important to know what the business community is thinking and how they are influencing public policy.

In a recent “sponsored content” article in MiBiz, the President and CEO of The Right Place Inc, Birgit Klohs, wrote about current proposed legislation in Michigan that would essentially divert more taxpayer money to support business interests. 

The legislation that The Right Place Inc CEO was referring to her in article is Senate bills 242243 and 244. One of the sponsors of the bill, State Senator Jim Stamas, explains the legislation this way:

Under the bills, business expansions or new locations creating at least 500 qualified new jobs that pay the prosperity region average wage or higher would be eligible to receive up…

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