Posts Tagged ‘DETROIT’


In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on July 6, 2014 at 10:32 am


Detroit shut off water to thousands of it’s residents and they want to raise water prices.

How does city government expect a populace to pay a 9% water price hike when unemployment is at 40% and foreclosures have skyrocketed?  And now you’ve shut off water.  Think about that people.  Water is the most important element to survive and it has been shut off.  Have you ever gone a day in the summer without anything to drink?  We’re going to need some Sally Struthers commercials over here soon.  Hey look, there’s a 60% chance of rain today, everyone outside with your buckets!  Of course, rainwater collection is now illegal in some places so they’re screwed.  The people and groups in Detroit are so fed up they are going to the UN for assistance.  Some are probably asking: how come America is involved all over the world with trillions in armed forces money while ‘Rome crumbles.’  Shouldn’t we make sure our military personnel has something to come home to when they are done with their service?  A house with sewage, electricity and running water for example?

Shouldn’t Detroit at some point be declared (have been declared?) a federal emergency area and have federal funds pumped in to resuscitate it?  Or is the intent to leave it to decay like an old gold mine ghost town after the gold rain out because bail outs are just what we do for big corps and foreign countries, not for our citizenry?  Come to think of it, if we pulled 1/10th of our military in foreign countries and the contractors and engineers which always follow to profit after the destruction of a regime, and put them to work rebuilding Detroit water we could prob get the job done in a week.  Come to think of it again, didn’t we bail out the auto industry located in Detroit?  So all that money went into the company which then pulled up stakes in the city which grew them and left the city behind like the dried out husk of a cocoon.  A quick search shows that Chrysler 300s are built in Canada and Ford Fusions and 300 engines are built in Mexico.  Buy American indeed.  We would if we could find any.  Maybe at the mom and pop on the corner…nope, gone, Walmart drove them out of business.

I think we are rapidly approaching a moment in history where the local govt on the one hand is saying, “you can’t grow farms or collect water or live off the grid” and on the other is saying, “we can’t fix or maintain the grid.”  So where does that leave Detroitians?  What conclusion can we take away when our ability to sustain ourselves is getting more and more limited and any hope of depending upon the government for sustenance/assistance (I’m talking about a city that functions on a basic level, not welfare or hand outs) is going the way of the dodo.

And you can bet I’m going to be drawing some serious analogies to shutting off the life sustaining water in Detroit and shutting the flow of healing adult stem cell therapies in the USA.  Hey, we want to live!  Are you getting this?  We want to live!

Groups Appeal to UN for ‘Humanity’ as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands
‘By denying water service to thousands, Detroit is violating the human right to water.’
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
June 18, 2014

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As thousands of people in Detroit go without water, and the city moves to cut off services to tens of thousands more, concerned organizations have taken the unusual step of appealing to the United Nations to intervene and protect the “human right to water.”…


Bill Clinton backs Michigan’s Prop 2
By Alexa Stanard 10/13/08 6:52 AM
Former president Bill Clinton speaks Friday on behalf of CureMichigan. (photo: Alexa Stanard)

Former president Bill Clinton speaks Friday on behalf of CureMichigan. (photo: Alexa Stanard)

Former President Bill Clinton rallied a star-studded Michigan political crowd Friday to support a ballot proposal that would permit embryonic stem-cell research in the state.

Clinton appeared at the upscale fund-raiser hosted by CureMichigan, the organization backing Proposal 2, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.  He called support for stem-cell research “the pro-life position” and cited the research’s potential benefits both to those facing health problems like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease and to Michigan’s struggling economy.

“There isn’t a person here who doesn’t know someone who could be benefited by this work,” Clinton told the crowd of several hundred in Waterford Township, northwest of Detroit. “This is not about cloning. This is about letting Michigan do what can be done in almost any other state.”…


TechTown starts global hunt for stem cell firms – Detroit Business News and Information – Crain’s Detroit Business

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 3:18 am

Director to visit Europe, Mideast -By Tom Henderson

Randal Charlton, executive director of TechTown, will hit the ground running this week as he tries to lure stem cell researchers and companies from around the world to establish a presence in the Stem Cell Commercialization Center that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano announced in his State of the County speech last Thursday.

The center, which will be housed in TechTown’s Tech One building on Burroughs Street just north of Wayne State University, is an outgrowth of the passage of Proposal 2 by Michigan voters last November. The proposal allows embryonic stem cell research in the state.

President Barack Obama’s efforts to end former President George W. Bush’s restrictions on the number of stem cell lines could be supported by increased federal funding through the economic stimulus package.

via TechTown starts global hunt for stem cell firms – Detroit Business News and Information – Crain’s Detroit Business.

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