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Detroit's water utility supplied 20 percent less water in 2009 than it did in 2003. The obvious reasons why are a steep decline in Industrial activity and population. Michigan's largest city - home to 820,000 residents, 1 million less than in 1950 - is losing 10,000 residents annually.
But a third important source of the department's diminishing market is that many poor residents simply can't afford the basic service. Thousands of Detroit residents have had their water connections cut by the city, forcing people to adopt informal methods to gain access to drinking water.
"I've been to some neighborhoods where they run a hose through the window from their neighbor's house," said Maureen Taylor, chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO), which educates low-income workers and welfare recipients on social services rights.
"I've seen hoses from house to house. I've seen people with big water canisters getting water from the neighbors. Most folks understand the situation and give a hand."
Originally posted by samhouston1886
First the jobs then the water and slowly but surely the food.
Want to stock up on sacks of rice and cooking oil and
flour and other such staples to survive the Coming #storm?
Too late! CostCo is limiting how many sacks of rice you can buy!
At warehouse stores from coast to coast, managers are setting
limits on food purchases. CostCo customers in Silicon Valley can
only buy one sack of rice, while shoppers in New York stores have
limits on oil and flour
Originally posted by InterestingRide
Do you have anything more current than 2008?
Hidden hazards of nano-ingredients
I never thought I’d say this, but there’s something in your food that’s even worse than sugar… and this microscopic new threat isn’t even listed on the ingredients label.
These tiny terrors are called “nanoparticles” or “nanomaterials,” and they’ve been scientifically engineered to make foods look better and last longer.
But when it comes to nano, just say no-no — because nanotechnology, as it’s called, is wildly unregulated and dangerously untested. In fact, we have no idea at all what this junk might to do humans — yet you’re probably eating it right now.
Welcome to your new life as a supermarket lab rat.
What little we do know is downright frightening: A two-year study on animals at UCLA found nano-titanium dioxide — the most common nanoparticle — caused DNA and chromosome damage, according to AOL News.
The researchers say this kind of severe damage could lead to cancer, heart disease and brain disease… and yet these nano-particles are turning up in everything from fruit and vegetable coatings to salad dressing to ice cream.
We used to call that food tampering. Instead, the mad scientists behind this sick scheme are considered industry pioneers.
Meanwhile, the FDA is so in the dark on this one that they won’t even admit it’s in your food… even if its own experts say it is. In fact, the AOL News report found that 20 of the world’s top food makers have their own nano-labs or contracts with universities to develop nano-ingredients for them.
And because there’s no requirement to list these particles on nutritional labels, there’s no way of knowing if your food has been nano-tainted… and therefore no way to avoid it.
It’s reaching the point where the only way to be safe is to grow your own — and if you have the time and space, don’t wait — spring is here. Start planting today.
Originally posted by harrytuttle
It's going to cost the city more money to repair main breaks when people start digging into the pipes to get the water. They might want to rethink their tough stance on cutting off water. Humans are very creative when it comes to getting basic needs, and carrying out vengeance.