Cher steps up to help residents of Flint Michigan


Twila
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well done Cher!


What’s happening in Flint, Michigan is beyond heartbreaking. Residents cannot drink their water due to lead contamination, but to add insult to injury, the water was originally declared safe. Then, as children began getting sick and the water was exposed as being toxic, government officials, including a slow to react Gov. Rick Snyder (R) finally thought they should do something about the toxic levels. To be blunt, what’s happening there is criminal, and someone needs to be held responsible. President Obama has even declared a state of emergency.

Stepping up big time to help the residents of Flint is none other than the legendary artist Cher. She has been very outspoken in her feelings about what’s been happening. Now, she’s not only voicing her opinion, but putting action to her words, she’s bringing fresh water to the people there who so desperately need it.

Partnering with natural spring water company Icelandic Glacial, Cher is donating 181,440 bottles of water to Flint. According to the press release:

“After reading about the catastrophic situation in Flint, a city of 100,000 people who have not had clean water in over a year, Cher contacted her friend Brad Horwitz, an investor in Icelandic Glacial, who reached out to the company’s Chairman and Co-Founder, Jon Olafsson, about Cher’s desire to purchase water for Flint’s residents. Icelandic Glacial committed to doubling Cher’s purchase which is being trucked in to Michigan beginning Monday, January 18th.

The water will reach The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (www.fbem.org) beginning Wednesday, January 20th. FBEM will immediately begin the distribution process to those who need it most for drinking, cooking and washing. The water will go directly to community centers, food banks and fire houses focusing in on low income housing areas where 40% of Flint’s population is living below the poverty line. The bottles, once finished, will return to the food banks and will be recycled with money raised going right back into the food banks.”

Cher stated:

“This a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it’s happening in the middle of our country. I am so grateful that Icelandic Glacial has come on-board to help the city of Flint. I cannot wait for the water to get there to help these people who have been poisoned because the water they’ve been getting out of their taps has been polluted for so long and remains that way without the state or the federal government stepping in with any substantial plan to resolve this problem.”

While this doesn’t solve Flint’s horrific water crisis, it will definitely be a welcomed effort and is sorely needed. The citizens of Flint have been poisoned, and in the most horrible way possible — by the people who are elected to work in their best interests. However, thanks to the efforts of Cher and Icelandic Glacial, fresh water is on the way.

What Cher Just Did For The Residents Of Flint, Michigan Is Absolutely Incredible «
 
Curious Cdn
#2
We should be sending in aid convoys from Windsor
 
spaminator
#3
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2DFu7oWit0
 
Motar
#4
Our 18-year old son was born in Flint, MI. The city was severely economically depressed then. Bless you, Cher.
 
gopher
#5
kudos to Cher
 
MHz
#6
Since the lead is all through the pipes it would be a good time to invest in some home filters that takes out all heavy metals.
 
bill barilko
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Since the lead is all through the pipes it would be a good time to invest in some home filters that takes out all heavy metals.

Yes but they are damned expensive and need frequent changing I doubt the average inhabitant of Flint Michigan could manage a strict regimen of filtration for more than a few weeks.

Someone would start selling cut rate offshore made filters people would start being poisoned again and they wouldn't figure out what was happening until they started bleeding out of all their bodily orifices.
 
MHz
#8
. . . at which point they would be willing to purchase the deluxe model
 
petros
#9
ROs are cheap.

If I buy Cher's new CD will it come with a coupon for Icelandia Glacial water?

Cool Ad
 
spaminator
#10
www.youtube.com/watch?v=P96TWg8nIk0
 
gopher
#11
the governor is a Republican who claims to worship the Prince of Peace


meantime, practitioners of what claims to be the religion of Peace sends in water to relieve those harmed by the governor's idiocy:


Muslims donate 30,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, during water crisis



RAHAT HUSAIN: Muslims donate 30,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, during water crisis - Washington Times



A Muslim organization called “Who is Hussain?” donated 30,000 bottles of water to the Red Cross in Flint, Michigan, on Sunday to help alleviate the water contamination crisis that has gripped the city for months. The donation drive came on the heels of President Obama’s declaration of the situation as a federal state of emergency.

Who is Hussain? collected the water after a local campaign collected donations of cases of water bottles and online donations netted funds to purchase additional water.

The city of Flint is located approximately one hour away by car from Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the highest population of Muslims by percentage in the United States. According to the 2000 US Census, the population of Dearborn was more than 29 percent Arab.

Dr. Aziza Askari, representative for the Michigan chapter of the Who is Hussain?, said, “We saw what needed to be done and we decided to do it. We reached out to schools, neighbors, friends, mosques, anyone and everyone to help us by donating a case of water, or money towards a case.”

Who is Hussain? was inspired by the story of an early Islamic leader, Imam Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Hussain ibn Ali complained early on about growing violence and extremism in the Muslim community, but was brutally killed after being denied water for several days. Adherents of Hussain’s teachings believe that the denial of water under any circumstances is an unconscionable crime, and actively promote water distribution campaigns on a regular basis. On the anniversary of Hussain’s death, they themselves forsake food and water for most of the day as a type of remembrance.

“Prophet Mohammed taught us ‘Your neighbor comes before your own household.’ As a resident of Detroit this is not only a Flint problem this is a Michigan problem and I feel obligated to help to the best of my ability.” said Mohammed Almawla, a local filmmaker and volunteer for the organization.

Flint has been the site of growing issues with water contamination, after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) allegedly ignored months of reports of water quality issues and fought with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over water quality treatments. The EPA was also criticized for failing to prevent the problem.

Another Michigan native and filmmaker, Michael Moore, called for the arrest of Gov. Rick Snyder. Mr. Moore also called for President Obama to visit Flint to survey the problem, criticizing the president if he failed to do so.

“We’re taking every action within reason, and going beyond reason to address this,” said Gov. Snyder in response to scrutiny, according to the Detroit Free Press. “This is something you wish that never happened, and let’s see that it never happens again in the state of Michigan.”
 
Ludlow
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

the governor is a Republican who claims to worship the Prince of Peace


meantime, practitioners of what claims to be the religion of Peace sends in water to relieve those harmed by the governor's idiocy:


Muslims donate 30,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, during water crisis



RAHAT HUSAIN: Muslims donate 30,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, during water crisis - Washington Times



A Muslim organization called “Who is Hussain?” donated 30,000 bottles of water to the Red Cross in Flint, Michigan, on Sunday to help alleviate the water contamination crisis that has gripped the city for months. The donation drive came on the heels of President Obama’s declaration of the situation as a federal state of emergency.

Who is Hussain? collected the water after a local campaign collected donations of cases of water bottles and online donations netted funds to purchase additional water.

The city of Flint is located approximately one hour away by car from Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the highest population of Muslims by percentage in the United States. According to the 2000 US Census, the population of Dearborn was more than 29 percent Arab.

Dr. Aziza Askari, representative for the Michigan chapter of the Who is Hussain?, said, “We saw what needed to be done and we decided to do it. We reached out to schools, neighbors, friends, mosques, anyone and everyone to help us by donating a case of water, or money towards a case.”

Who is Hussain? was inspired by the story of an early Islamic leader, Imam Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Hussain ibn Ali complained early on about growing violence and extremism in the Muslim community, but was brutally killed after being denied water for several days. Adherents of Hussain’s teachings believe that the denial of water under any circumstances is an unconscionable crime, and actively promote water distribution campaigns on a regular basis. On the anniversary of Hussain’s death, they themselves forsake food and water for most of the day as a type of remembrance.

“Prophet Mohammed taught us ‘Your neighbor comes before your own household.’ As a resident of Detroit this is not only a Flint problem this is a Michigan problem and I feel obligated to help to the best of my ability.” said Mohammed Almawla, a local filmmaker and volunteer for the organization.

Flint has been the site of growing issues with water contamination, after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) allegedly ignored months of reports of water quality issues and fought with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over water quality treatments. The EPA was also criticized for failing to prevent the problem.

Another Michigan native and filmmaker, Michael Moore, called for the arrest of Gov. Rick Snyder. Mr. Moore also called for President Obama to visit Flint to survey the problem, criticizing the president if he failed to do so.

“We’re taking every action within reason, and going beyond reason to address this,” said Gov. Snyder in response to scrutiny, according to the Detroit Free Press. “This is something you wish that never happened, and let’s see that it never happens again in the state of Michigan.”

many claim to follow. Perhaps they fail to read so they don't know what to follow.
 
bill barilko
#13
Quote:

Cher is donating 181,440 bottles of water to Flint

A literal drop in the bucket-what those hillbillies need is education but we all know thinking for yourself is against their religion.
 
Ludlow
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilko View Post

A literal drop in the bucket-what those hillbillies need is education but we all know thinking for yourself is against their religion.

Yes we all know that everything is cut and dry and extenuating circumstances are just an excuse for being lazy and ignorant. You must be related to Trump and Romney.
 
bill barilko
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Yes we all know that everything is cut and dry and extenuating circumstances are just an excuse for being lazy and ignorant....

'extenuating circumstances'

 
Cannuck
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

ROs are cheap.

POU systems are a last resort. In this case, it's a lot cheaper to deal with the problem at the municipal level

Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

the governor is a Republican who claims to worship the Prince of Peace


meantime, practitioners of what claims to be the religion of Peace sends in water to relieve those harmed by the governor's idiocy:

I think one of the problems we have today is the inability to adapt to the increasing complexity of the systems we are creating. I don't hold the politicians responsible for these types of gong shows. We need to do a much better job at determining where authority and responsibility begin and end. It should not always be at the presidents/governors/premiers/prime ministers office.
 
Ludlow
-1
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilko View Post

'extenuating circumstances'

Can't stand idiots who think they have all the answers and have everything figured out. What a dumbazz.

There[s not a positive out there that you won't try to turn into shyt. Because that's how your view is. You view the world and everything in it,,as shyt. Kind of a reflection of yourself maybe.
 
tay
#18
Pearl Jam has jumped on board in the aid to help Flint with its water crisis.

On Friday, the rock band pledged $125,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, according to a release from the band’s management.

Additionally, a network of the group’s friends and partners — including Live Nation, the group’s record label Republic Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Glaser Progress Foundation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation and the group’s one-time foes Ticketmaster — chipped in an additional $175,000, bringing the total donation to $300,000.

The band has also launched a CrowdRise campaign for fans to donate money to Flint through the website crowdrise.com/pearljam .

Funds will go toward the United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund, which aids in both the short- and long-term needs of the Flint community.

Earlier this week, Big Sean also launched a CrowdRise campaign to help those in Flint.
 
Curious Cdn
#19
As the infrastructure crumbles, there will be lots more "Flints". The greater Detroit area is at the cutting edge of collapse but there are plenty more near here to follow, like Rochester, Toledo, Milwaukee, Niagara Falls,
 
tay
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Since the lead is all through the pipes it would be a good time to invest in some home filters that takes out all heavy metals.

Appears the water is too toxic for filters.

And let's not forget that the Snyder clan didn't let people know what was going on with their water......

After lead poisoned the drinking water in Flint, residents received filters they were told would make their tap water safe. Now, tests over the last 24 hours are showing that lead levels in some homes are still too high for a filter to handle.

At a press conference this evening, Mayor Karen Weaver delivered the statement alongside representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which administered the testing. She encouraged residents to have their water tested immediately before using filters.

Some filters, specifically gravity-fed ones
certified by the National Sanitation Foundation , are able to remove reasonable amounts of lead from drinking water, up to about 150 parts per billion. What Flint is seeing, however, are some levels higher than 150 parts per billion—in other words, what can safely be removed by those filters. Some tests showed levels as high as 4000 parts per billion.

This means that the “reliable” water source from Lake Huron is now not safe anymore due to the way the Flint River water heavily corroded the city’s pipes. Test kits are now being distributed so residents can continue to monitor their water and know when it’s safe to go back to the tap—
if it ever will be . The New York Times published a devastating story on how doctors are working to evaluate the damage done to children under age five.

Meanwhile,
Congress has proposed $400 million in federal aid which could help replace the city’s lead pipes .


Flint Mayor: Water Still Showing Lead Levels Beyond What Filters Can Remove
 
MHz
#21
https://www.rt.com/usa/330537-michig...-water-supply/

The controversy over Flint’s water contamination took another turn on Thursday, as a newly revealed document shows state workers were trucking in their own water supply in January of 2015, almost a year before the governor acknowledged the lead problem.
The document, a facility notification sent by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB), refers to a notice about a violation of drinking water standards that had recently been sent out by the City of Flint.
“While the City of Flint states that corrective actions are not necessary, DTMB is in the process of providing a water cooler on each occupied floor,” said the notice, which was obtained by the liberal advocacy group, Progress Michigan.
 
bill barilko
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

...a newly revealed document shows state workers were trucking in their own water supply in January of 2015, almost a year before the governor acknowledged the lead problem....“While the City of Flint states that corrective actions are not necessary, DTMB is in the process of providing a water cooler on each occupied floor,”

 
Jinentonix
+1
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilko View Post

A literal drop in the bucket-what those hillbillies need is education but we all know thinking for yourself is against their religion.

Hillbillies? In Flint, MI?
And really, how good is an education when you've been brain damaged by lead poisoning before you're even old enough to go to school?
 
spaminator
#24
Flint, Mich., is not alone -- lead is in Canadian pipes too: Experts
Michelle McQuigge, THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:17 AM EST | Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:34 AM EST
TORONTO -- Water toxicity experts estimate that roughly 10 per cent of Canadians are at risk of being exposed to lead through their drinking water as Americans in Flint, Mich., grapple with an ongoing drinking water scandal.
Research funded by the Canadian Water Network estimates that about 60,000 households in major cities across the country still have lead service lines connecting the home to the municipal water supply.
Senior researcher Graham Gagnon says each member of those households could find themselves consuming lead, which the study says is unsafe for human consumption in any quantity.
Gagnon, who serves as director for the Centre of Water Resources Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says lead service lines can also be present in smaller communities and in larger buildings such as schools.
Exposure could also come about through buildings using fixtures, faucets or other components containing lead.
But Gagnon and others say Canada's cities have recognized the risks and made a concerted effort to decrease the number of lead pipes in their systems in recent years.
Gagnon believes such efforts may protect those cities from the sort of lead poisoning crisis unfolding in Flint, though adds communities that haven't launched replacement projects are at greater risk.
"It would probably be a bit surprising to me for the larger municipalities," Gagnon said of the likelihood of a Flint-style situation in Canada.
"For the smaller to mid-sized municipalities ... it wouldn't necessarily surprise me only from the standpoint that the resources needed to mount a lead service line replacement program are pretty substantial. Knowing some of these cities, they would be challenged to really take this on."
Not all cities are at equal risk of lead exposure through their main infrastructure.
Bu Lam, manager of municipal programs at the Canadian Water Network, said communities built before about 1950 are far more likely to have used lead in either their municipal water mains or the service lines connecting them to local buildings.
The period between 1950 and 1990 served as a transition period, when cities began shifting away from the toxic material, he said. Buildings erected after 1990 are far less likely to feature potentially poisonous pipes, Lam added.
The bulk of problems arise, he said, when lead-free municipal water lines are connected to old lead pipes. Cities can't take charge of making those upgrades, he said, since service lines run off city property and become the responsibility of each individual homeowner.
That responsibility can't be fulfilled on a tight budget. Lam says he's heard of prices ranging anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000, with rates in each city varying according to labour cost, property size and a host of other factors.
Despite the cost, Lam says Canadians must take some responsibility to guarantee their own safety.
"The ideal situation, of course, is not to have any lead pipes at all," he said. "That's not the reality. The reality is that municipalities and homeowners have to play an equal role in trying to address that situation."
Research conducted by Gagnon and colleagues in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and St. Catharines found that failure to upgrade service lines can in fact leave the residents of a home at greater risk than they were before cities improved their water mains.
Gagnon said lead service lines connected to copper city pipes are more likely to direct unhealthy material into the water as a result of the chemical reaction between the two metals.
Other metals and compounds pose less risk, but Gagnon said the best solution is to ensure both city and home service lines are made of the same material.
He said cities have started introducing some innovative strategies to lessen the cost for residents, including zero-interest loans that get repaid through the home water bill.
Gagnon said situations like the one in Flint, combined with a 2010 corrosion control guideline from Health Canada and the "greater outreach" that municipalities have undertaken, may help to reduce the number of Canadians at risk in the years to come.
Flint, Mich., is not alone -- lead is in Canadian pipes too: Experts | Canada |
 
Locutus
#25
cher is a beacon. gawd bless this cher.
 
tay
#26
The Wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff Is a Spokeswoman for Nestle, Michigan’s Largest Owner of Private Water Reserves.

“Follow the money.” Snyder’s chief of staff throughout the two years of Flint’s poisoning, Dennis Muchmore, was intimately involved in all the decisions regarding Flint. His wife is Deb Muchmore, who just happens to be the spokesperson in Michigan for the Nestle Company – the largest owner of private water sources in the State of Michigan. Nestle has been repeatedly sued in northern Michigan for the 200 gallons of fresh water per minute it sucks from out of the ground and bottles for sale as their Ice Mountain brand of bottled spring water. The Muchmores have a personal interest in seeing to it that Nestles grabs as much of Michigan’s clean water was possible – especially when cities like Flint in the future are going to need that Ice Mountain.


While the Children in Flint Were Given Poisoned Water to Drink, General Motors Was Given a Special Hookup to the Clean Water.


A few months after Governor Snyder removed Flint from the clean fresh water we had been drinking for decades, the brass from General Motors went to him and complained that the Flint River water was causing their car parts to corrode when being washed on the assembly line. The Governor was appalled to hear that GM property was being damaged, so he jumped through a number of hoops and quietly spent $440,000 to hook GM back up to the Lake Huron water, while keeping the rest of Flint on the Flint River water. Which means that while the children in Flint were drinking lead-filled water, there was one — and only one — address in Flint that got clean water: the GM factory.


This Was Done, Like So Many Things These Days, So the Rich Could Get a Big Tax Break.


When Governor Snyder took office in 2011, one of the first things he did was to get a multi-billion dollar tax break passed by the Republican legislature for the wealthy and for corporations. But with less tax revenues, that meant he had to start cutting costs. So, many things – schools, pensions, welfare, safe drinking water – were slashed. Then he invoked an executive privilege to take over cities (all of them majority black) by firing the mayors and city councils whom the local people had elected, and installing his cronies to act as “dictators” over these cities. Their mission? Cut services to save money so he could give the rich even more breaks. That’s where the idea of switching Flint to river water came from. To save $15 million! It was easy. Suspend democracy. Cut taxes for the rich. Make the poor drink toxic river water. And everybody’s happy.


For Just $100 a Day, This Crisis Could’ve Been Prevented.


Federal law requires that water systems which are sent through lead pipes must contain an additive that seals the lead into the pipe and prevents it from leaching into the water. Someone at the beginning suggested to the Governor that they add this anti-corrosive element to the water coming out of the Flint River. “How much would that cost?” came the question. “$100 a day for three months,” was the answer. I guess that was too much, so, in order to save $9,000, the state government said f*** it — and as a result the State may now end up having to pay upwards of $1.5 billion to fix the mess.


more


10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will. | MICHAEL MOORE
 
tay
+1
#27
I must ask where was the good reverend a year ago....?

Rev. Jesse Jackson planning 'major national march' in Flint

Rev. Jesse Jackson planning 'major national march' in Flint | MLive.com
 
spaminator
#28
Video: Flint, Michigan’s water crisis affecting pets
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is taking its toll on pets. Dogs are being tested for lead poisoning by the Michigan State University veterinary school.
May 11, 2016, 10:20 AM
Video: Flint, Michigan’s water crisis affecting pets
 
Danbones
#29
crooked government can't be fixed
it doesn't want to be
 
TenPenny
#30
All of the people in charge of running Flint's water system, and those who made the decision to switch sources, and those who were in charge of the project, should all be in jail from criminal negligence.
 

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