Genocide in Flint

If you believe that people generally intend the natural and probable consequences of their acts, you have to seriously consider the possibility that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his cohorts intended to commit genocide in Flint.

As anyone who has chemically treated swimming pool water can affirm:

When you add Chlorine (CL) to water (H2O) in order to kill microbes, you create HCL, which is hydrochloric acid. Since it’s not a good idea to go swimming in vats of acid as any damn fool knows, you have to add a base to neutralize the acid. When I managed a couple of public swimming pools back in the 60s, we used to add soda ash to the water to increase the pH to 7.0, which is the neutral balance-point between acid and base.

We checked the pH every hour with a simple portable color-test kit and added soda ash to increase the pH if it were below 7.0. We kept a written record of each hourly result and how much soda ash we added.

When the idiots in Flint decided not to add an anti-corrosive agent (i.e., a base) to the water supply they were disinfecting with chlorine, they converted the water into an acid that caused skin rashes and dissolved the inner surface of the pipes, releasing lead into the water supply.

As Amy Davidson lays out the case against the people who poisoned Flint’s water supply in her New Yorker article, The Contempt That Poisoned Flint’s Water, I cannot help but conclude that they knew what they were doing long before the story broke.

A brilliant neo-nazi type solution to reduce poverty in Flint.

A harsh accusation I realize, but how could Snyder and his cohorts not have known?

Michael Moore accused Snyder of genocide.

He is right, if Snyder is a person who intends the natural and probable consequences of his acts.

A thorough and complete investigation is necessary.

13 Responses to Genocide in Flint

  1. bettykath says:

    Rachel Maddow is having a town meeting in Flint today. She is the one who made this a national story based on the local media reports. She is firm in her belief that, in spite of the governor’s pov that the people in Flint did this to themselves (can the governor be so myopic?? or so stupid???) it was all from the state government.

    Is this a case where the feds can take over the investigation? Normally the state AG would be the prosecutor but what to do when there is corruption incest within an administration? I wouldn’t trust anyone appointed by the governor as special prosecutor, nor anyone within the state apparatus to do the job. Maybe a grand jury made up of people from Flint. They wouldn’t be unbiased but they would see through the b.s.

    • bettykath says:

      The NAACP had a meeting with the gov. and their list of demands included, at the top as the no. 1 priority, get rid of the “emergency” managers. The crowd at the Town Meeting seemed to agree, although it had to compete with their corrosive, lead-filled water had how to get a permanent fix.

  2. bettykath says:

    According to emails, the administration knew for three years that the Flint River water was corrosive

    (love the red line that tell me something is misspelled. I usually know it and can fix it but right click is soooo nice, so much less work. Now if it could only let me know when I leave out a word or substitute a word, properly spelled, that I didn’t mean.) 🙂

  3. girlp says:

    I believe it’s genocide and I believe the DOJ has enough evidence to take Snyder and his cohorts to trial. Snyder’s release of the emails show he knew what was happening and dismissed anyone who challenged him on this. He made the decision to take over the local government and appoint the person who cut corners to cut cost it comes back to him.

  4. bettykath says:

    The attorney general just announced a thorough investigation is now underway. NOW???? wtf has he been doing the past several weeks? So many conflicts of interest but he says they know how to work with coi walls. I know there are such things but pardon me for being skeptical. Maybe he will end up charged with a conspiracy to cover-up.

    • girlp says:

      He released emails that seem to hurt more than help him, there are others who need to be investigated including the previous Mayor this is beyond irresponsible.

  5. Two sides to a story says:

    Snyder should step down, at the very least.

  6. bettykath says:

    Whether it was deliberate or not, Snyder’s administration took way too long to take any action. The action began only after the national publicity. Earlier attempts to get action met with stonewalling, obfuscation, and procrastination. They folks need to go to jail. I suspect that with enough digging, the truth will be told.

  7. Malisha says:

    It is inefficient to investigate wrongdoing BEFORE you correct it. CORRECT IT FIRST (including Snyder OUT and others OUT and all under investigation and ordered to remain within the jurisdiction pending conclusion of the investigation) and then investigate to your heart’s content, but FIRST GET THOSE SLOBS OUT AND CORRECT THE PROBLEM. Later, you can make them pay for the correction of the problem by means of restitution.

  8. Governor Snyder lied when he said the switch to the Flint River was motivated by saving money. The Motor City Muckracker reports

    An e-mail obtained by Motor City Muckraker shows the deal [offered by the Detroit Water and Sewage to prevent the switch from Lake Huron to the Flint River] would have saved the city $800 million over 30 years, which was 20% more inexpensive than switching to the Karegnondi Water Authority.

    A high-ranking DWSD official told us today that Detroit offered a 50% reduction over what Flint had been paying Detroit. In April 2012, DWSD warned

    The offer by DWSD shows that Gov. Rick Snyder was lying when he insisted the water switch was motivated by saving money for Flint, which was under the control of a state emergency manager.

    “When compared over the 30 year horizon the DWSD proposal saves $800 million dollars or said differently – saves 20% over the KWA proposal,” then-DWSD Director Sue McCormick said in the e-mail dated April 15, 2013.

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