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Flint Michigan: 100,000 residents dead from lead poisoning and may not know it

In environment on January 22, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Flint Michigan: 100,000 residents dead from lead poisoning and may not know it

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The near 100,000 residents of Flint Michigan are being poisoned by water purchased by them for consumption.

They are deathly sick and may not know it yet. Lead poisoning is a very serious condition and the state of emergency has not yet been realized.

Leads effect on your body is insidious at first, but the gradual decline and the devastating toll on your body is not often realized for years.

Flints population is comprised mostly of blacks at 57 percent, 37 percent white and 6 percent other. 42 percent live below the poverty line.

The city is facing bankruptcy and poor policy decisions by its officials have compromised their safety.

Perhaps one could reduce that because they are poor and less diverse than other cities, the lead problem could easily be swept under a rug and the hope being this would just go away.

The lead source was identified as a pipe corrosion problem from switching a water source that was more corrosive to the lining of water pipes supplying water to this community.

The Washington Post reported that in “April 2014, Flint stopped getting water from Detroit and began using water from the Flint River. The change was announced in a news release that acknowledged “lingering uncertainty about the quality of the water” and also sought to “dispel myths and promote the truth about the Flint River and its viability as a residential water resource,” assuring the public that the the water would be tested.”

“Residents quickly began complaining of water that smelled or was discolored. Flint began getting water from Detroit again in October, but by that time some residents had been drinking the water for 19 months.”

The integrity of the lead pipe wall has been eroded causing lead to leech freely into the water supply of almost every home in Flint Michigan. This chemical reaction has essentially poisoned every resident of Flint Michigan and created a health crisis not seen on a community since Chernobyl.

Many in local and state government thought this move would assist the city in overcoming mounting debt by saving money. Not a wise move in hindsight.

Lead poisoning by human absorption can be absorbed by inhalation of leaded fumes, think Leaded gas, lead paint in homes and through food and water. The devastating cumulative effect on children is our greatest loss.

According to WHO, the World Health Organization, “Lead is a metal with no known biological benefit to humans. Too much lead can damage various systems of the body including the nervous and reproductive systems and the kidneys, and it can cause high blood pressure and anemia. Lead accumulates in the bones and lead poisoning may be diagnosed from a blue line around the gums. Lead is especially harmful to the developing brains of fetuses and young children and to pregnant women. Lead interferes with the metabolism of calcium and Vitamin D. High blood lead levels in children can cause consequences which may be irreversible including learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation. At very high levels, lead can cause convulsions, coma and death.”

An EPA Regional Manager Susan Hedman had stepped down over the lead problem. It has been alleged that the EPA knew of this problem for years and failed to act responsibly to keep residents from harm.

Simply acknowledging that there is a problem does not make the water quality better. Michigan Governor Snyder has offered 38 million to “fix” the problem but I’m afraid the cost will exceed billions.

The protective barrier inside the pipes are corroded and compromised. This must be fixed before anyone can expect lead levels to fall. Currently according to local activist residents the lead tainted water continues to flow at high levels.

Meanwhile, Flint resident will continue to consume, bathe and cook with contaminated water and the devastating effect on their bodies will intensify.

19 plus months of lead consumption will be devastating to this community.

Because there are not dead bodies laying around everywhere this tragedy somehow seems benign and rationally explained away. It looks good in the media. Truth be known 100,000 plus residents of Flint may already be dead and their fate not yet fully realized. The darker tragedy lies just under the surface where social uproar acceptance levels are comfortable.

There has been a cover up in this scenario somewhere and those responsible need not “step down” but held accountable for their actions. The layers will soon be pulled back and the major players will be exposed. The political football has been passed and more and more are becoming aware of this huge health issue.

We may not see the full effect of this incident today, but tomorrow may be devastating.

This community is in grave danger!

Create awareness and alarm, this will spur action.

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Commissioner Caywood starts new session with request for tougher grass height regulations on homeowners

In environment on September 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Commissioner Caywood starts new session with request for tougher grass height regulations on homeowners

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As soon as the Bradley County Commission is sworn in they are quickly off to a tyrannical start.

Right out of the gates the conversation races to talk of property rights and regulation of grass height on your property.

First District County Commissioner Terry Caywood begins the new work session by ripping into foreclosed  property owners and tightening the hand of government, restricting your property rights.

He raised the issue to discuss the height of grass and the power of environmental officers to enforce stronger regulations to force folks to cut their grass to a certain height, especially on foreclosed property.

Many unfortunate stories across the nation have been told of tyrannical government yielding too much power and now it has come to Bradley County via a suggestion of our locally elected representative.

Many have warned of environmental  officers yielding more power than they were warranted and now we are beginning to see  potential enhanced regulations  being put in place by those less inclined to respect the Constitution and an individuals rights to his own property. 

This news source warned and provided many examples of government overreach via environmental police and warned of giving environmental officers unlimited power. Those suggestions were dismissed as whimsical and conspiratorial. Well, today, with Gestapo like adventure we see an overreach applied to environmental issues by our locally elected leaders, particularly, Commissioner Terry Caywood. The mere expression of environmental law leaves open the ability of one person to convince others that someone elses private property is their own business. This leaves many in power the lee way to use their position to regulate those within their sweep of power, while annihilating an individuals property rights. 

According to the Cleveland Daily Banner (link attached to this article), Commissioner Terry Caywood expressed his concerns about enforcing environmental codes during Mondays Commission work session.

Caywood expressed his excitement to the new environmental officer for  “hitting the ground running,” but expressed frustration there are not enough teeth in the county’s regulations to allow adequate enforcement. 

His enthusiasm for the  new enforcement officers could leave the impression that he is gung ho on seeing this power extended. Please stay aware of his actions as we do not want to see this arm of government grow in Bradley County! 

Mr Caywood was concerned a property on Georgetown Pike was not up to code and had received a
at least four calls of concern over the property. 

Caywood who reportedly visited the site said “The property [of the site] had been foreclosed on sometime ago by the bank and the home that is there … the yard is literally, literally taller than my head,” Caywood said.

He went on to say  “we don’t have anything on the books that gives our environmental officer any teeth to do anything about it.”

Please allow me to interpret and speak freely at this juncture. I do believe you have heard the phrase “not enough teeth” spew from Commissioner Caywoods mouth on more than one occasion during this work session. “Not enough teeth” and will speculate Mr Caywoods comments to mean there are not enough laws or regulations on the books to enforce environmental regulations against the property owner against his will. In other words, this shot across the bow will result in more laws being generated by local government. It’s just a guess, but I see it coming.

Caywood has astutely observed that the city has some laws on the books “where they can do something.” 

Caywood said he could not give his constituent any encouragement “and this has gone on all summer, but [the officer] couldn’t get anything done because he doesn’t have the means to do so.” Lest me remind you that the other property owner is also a constituent, albeit less fortunate than on the other side of the fence, but nonetheless a constituent with the same property rights.

Caywood went on to defend “his constituent” citing examples of him growing his own grass to new heights, ” if farm owners want to grow their property in such a way, “that’s fine, because that’s why we own farms.” 


“If you’re in a subdivision, that’s not the same ball of wax,” Caywood said.

He said it was a subject that needed to be looked at and officials need to “see what we have available for these guys we employ to do this, and if they have any recourse.”

Again, Mr Caywood, once you tread this slippery slope of tougher regulations and environmental codes  , sooner or later they will affect your  farm also. Environmental codes do not get to pick and choose their suitors, they apply acoss the board and show no favor to position or power. Once you unleash the tiger of  environmental regulation on your district, you are one complaint from having your property and your grass regulated also.

Luckily, Commissioner Howard Thompson saw the satire in Caywoods reach for more regulatory power and said, “the officer could leave a letter which would give a period of time before the owner is summoned to court.” Wow, what a fresh idea! Let’s ask the property owner to mow his grass and even provide someone to do it, providing that’s what the property owner desires. Doesn’t that sound alot less tyrannical and more “Christ like?”

Commissioner Charlotte Peak also sees the overreach in this and cautions of to many regulations on the books,  “But, I would caution the Commission not to put any new laws on the books that take away any of the rights of the individual homeowner. Property rights are property rights, and if you start mandating more … it’s a real fine line.” Meaning it starts the regulatory ball rolling till we are strangling on governmental regulation, Mr Caywood!

Commissioner Dan Rawls also chimed in, “You can send them all the notices you want, but they’re not going to reply to that,” Rawls said. “It’s an unfortunate situation. I don’t know what you would do to force them. If it was in-state or local, you might have some recourse.” 

Rawls , in the article from the Banner “said he agreed with Peak on limiting mandatory requirements “on people’s lawn heights or things like that.”

“Let’s teach responsibility and not legislate it,” he said.

“Commissioner Mike Hughes said the county has already passed a resolution that covers overgrown vegetation.”

“It’s actually already covered, we just never set a height for grass and I don’t know if it’s wise to do it,” Hughes said, “But, if a house is abandoned … I have personally sent letters to banks and you just have to get the right person.”

Hughes said once the right person is reached “they will clean the property.”

“Persistence,” said Chairman Louie Alford.

“Basically, that’s what it is,” Hughes said.

And basically what was concluded at this work session was how about being neighborly and talk to each other. Send over a nicely dressed letter and perhaps a dozen or so home baked chocolate chip cookies and talk with our neighbor. 

Let’s look over that fence and try to see the other person who may be struggling personally. He or she may be down on their luck, behind the eight ball and looking for a helping hand. Government extending their reach is not the answer. 

Let’s try nice. 

Let’s stop relying on the government for more rules and regulations to rule our lives and lets live by the “golden rule” and extend a hand of assistance. 

After all, wouldn’t Jesus do it?

Thanks to the Cleveland Daily Banner for it’s most excellent coverage of our County Commission meetings and their quotes used in this article. Please support and continue reading their paper for the latest news.

Mr Terry Caywoods email address is jesusgoodtome@hotmail.com. Please tell him how you feel about his suggestions.

Disaster Preparation: The only video you will ever need to see

In environment, Government on December 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

This will probably be the most important information that you may receive in your lifetime. The information contained in this video will go a long way in assisting you in preparing for the end times and when and if the “ball drops”, so to speak.

We are living in a very unstable world and how you will survive in the immediate aftermath as the rest of the nation is scurrying around looking for food, shelter, water and protection you had best be prepared to keep your family safe and fed with the proper tools to help you survive.

Chris Privette recently spoke to the Tea Party of Bradley in Cleveland Tennessee and he left many nuggets of wisdom and when he was immediately done many people approached me and said please get this out on video and please let us have in our hands the info he just presented.

As is the case at many of our meetings Mike and Pat Mallard with Tin Ship Productions, http://www.tinshipproductions.com have created another masterpiece and have spent many hours editing almost 3 hours of video down to about an hour and a half. Their site at the address above is chocked full of “real life” videos and tell a story about many atrocious things that are happening as our country charts a course for a certain demise. Please visit the site and download some of the awesome videos they have recorded over the last few years.

You are about to watch the most important video you will ever watch. The mindset that must be taken, the preparation that must be done, a detailed list of the perfect “go bag” is all in here. The nuggets of information being shared comes from many years of life experiences and battles that have been waged. Chris steps into an area that has had very little national attention. He is sharing with you, free of charge his plan for prepping and surviving the Zombie Apocalypse or martial law enforced by a fake president that has expressed and made it known that he is not about protecting the constitution and your rights.

Take this video, watch it for your self, take notes put your own survival plan together then reach out to your extended family and friends so they too can put together a plan to survive when the stuff hits the fan.

In this video you will find comfort in knowing this will be the only video you need to watch to be prepared for the certain tough times ahead. Think about how you will feel when you know you have watched this video and then prepared as Chris Privette has taught you. The first day after and the weeks to come will be much smoother
and the knowledge that you have gained just by watching a 90 minute video will be invaluable, priceless.

You owe it to your family. You owe it to your self to step up, man or woman up and do the right thing! I am already working on my “go bag”, how about you?

Are you ready? Get started today. Then pass this along to your
many friends and family. It is totally up to you, get started now!

See ya at the rally point.

What is unsustainable in Bradley County according to the United Nations?

In Agenda 21, environment on May 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

If Regional growth, the BCC 2035 Strategic growth plan, smart meters are SUSTAINABLE in Bradley County let me show you what is UNSUSTAINABLE in Bradley County according to the United Nations and the Global Diversity Assessment, the report directed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) which calls for urgent action to reversethe effects of unsustainable human activities, including, but not limited to the following;

Ski runs
Grazing of livestock, cows, sheep, goats,h and horses
Disturbance of the soil surface
No large hoofed animals
Fencing of pastures
Modern farm productions systems
Chemical fertilizers
Building materials
Industrial activities
Human made caves of brick and mortar
Paved and tarred roads
Highways and rails
Floor and wall tiles
Technology improvements
Farmlands and ridgelands
Fish ponds
Modern hunting
Harvesting of timber
Logging activities
Dams, Resevoirs, straightening rivers
Power line construction
Economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment
Inappropriate social structures
Weakness in legal systems
Modern attitudes toward nature
Judaeo, Christian, Islamic religions
Population growth
Human population density
Consumerism and population figures
Fragmentation of habitat
Derelict neglected lands
Sewers, drain systems,pipelines
Land use that serves human needs
Golf courses
Scuba diving
Synthetic drugs
Agriculture development
Forestry urbanization
Impervious surfaces

The United Nations definition of what is sustainable!

In 1987, the United Nations released the Brundtland Report, which included what is now one of the most widely recognised definitions:

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It contains within it two key concepts:

Unsustainable or sustainable, either way we lose out to the “Green Machine.” The EPA will unmercifully regulate us for not being green enough and fine us for not being complicit! Either way we lose this battle!

What do you want your future to look like? Encourage your elected officials to vote NO on the upcoming BCC Comprehensive Growth Plan that is being formulated by out of town consultants driven by non governmental organizations and committees of vested participants locally.

Cleveland Utilities not telling the “whole” story about Smart Grid Meters, let me explain

In Agenda 21, cleveland utilities, environment on September 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Don’t be fooled by the media blitz hitting Bradley County lately when it comes to the AMR meters or Smart Meters as they are called today, but for some reason Cleveland Utilities has decided to use the acronym AMR’s, the old name when the technology was young!

Lets just debunk the article in the local newspaper as a hyper attempt to make these smart meters sound great, almost Christ like in their attempt to make everyones life better. Yeah, the blasted things may even walk your dog for you if you whistle at a high enough frequency.

The meters are quite the opposite of “christ like” and will result in an invasion of your privacy you have never seen before. But,BUT, BUT Mr. Tom Wheeler says that these meters are not an invasion of your privacy, do not cause health problems, wont burn your house down, will not monitor your daily life or make “big brother” your new live in boyfriend. Heck NO, because he said so, thats why!

Ok, lets assume these meters are benign and Mr Wheeler is right! Ok, ill play along! These meters do nothing extra special and are essentially just like the others in that all they will do! All they do is record your use and we bill you at the end of the month just like we presently do. Then, with the following question I am going to blow you away! Are you ready? I have an excellent idea! Lets leave the monitors that are already in place, save perhaps millions of taxpayers dollars since the new ones are just like the old one. That’s a novel concept I bet noone has thought about! Ok, im done playing!

The reason they are changing to these smart meters is because there is alot of money to be made off being green in todays environment. And there is alot of money to be made off you by TVA and Cleveland Utilities adopting Smart Meters that will show huge profits when this goes full throttle. It is so sad that our elected officials are essentially “back door” taxing you and placing profit and money grabbing before the quality of life of the citizens of Bradley County!

In addition, they are going to be creating a huge revenue stream for Cleveland Utilities to help fund the 2035 BCC Strategic Growth Plan! Its in there, read it! Google it! I didn’t make that up, the consultants we paid about a half million dollars to put that in there. I didnt make that up, promise!

In talking to Cleveland Utilities Tom Wheeler recently attempted to deflect the citizens valid concerns from them regarding the use of Smart Meters to TVA. He kept saying as if TVA was solely to blame “you need to talk to TVA, they are the ones that are coming out with the Time of Day use rates!” Mr. Wheeler, with minimal research I discovered that this is not TVAs fault alone!
Cleveland Utilities, Elster, Energy Axis Systems, the EPA, TVA, and ultimately the United Nations who are deadset on pushing the “green Agenda” on false science. This is a collaborative effort of all listed above to “fool” the people of this great city to believing that this is the best option for them.

With a little research of the companies that many boast as “business partners” to deliver electricity in a highly efficient manner , you can quickly find the information you provided in the Monday, September 19th, 2011 edition of the Banner to be not only misleading but it shows you are turning your head to the truth and deceiving the people or are falsely representing the truth and are deceiving the people you represent.

ELSTER, is the company you chose to implement smart meters and ENERGY AXIS SYSTEMS is the technology within the smart meters and both are in partnership in delivering smart meters across the globe.

From the Elster website at http://www.elster.com/en/press_releases_1099.html, a press release from Elster to the Citizens of Bradley County, at the kickoff of Smart Meters! Pay close attention to the words within it! It is key to noting the intent of this technology. You will see the following statement under the heading of Cleveland Utilities selects Elster for smart grid project “Elster REX2 and A3 Alpha electricity meters will provide Cleveland Utilities with an automated infrastructure that will COLLECT the metering data required to REDUCE system demands and increase energy efficiency. The Smart Meters CAN BE LINKED WITH CONTROLLABLE APPLIANCES AND PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS TO MEASURE POWER USEAGE FOR TIME OF DAY PRICING AND HELP REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION DURING PEAK DEMAND!

In addition, enhanced LOAD CONTROL AND PERSONAL ENERGY MONITORING CAPABILITIES will provide consumers insight into their power consumption and ways to curb usage. Let me go on! In the same press release, remember this is a press release to you the general public that is supposed to make this thing look good! Next paragraph!

“With a comprehensive SUITE (or should I say smorgasboard) of software, communications services and meter hardware, the ELSTER ENERGY AXIS solution has been selected for electric smart grid deployments, such as this one, around the world!” This is not my press release, you probably just read it with the link I provided. But of course when I approached Mr Wheeler about this press release, his quote was that’s not exactly what it is about, essentially saying his own press release, which I am sure he signed off on was given the thumbs up by him, then he denies it! Do you see a trend!

I am so thankful for the local newspapers who only manage to tell about 10 percent of the news accurately, because it gives me the opportunity to disprove the hype, expose the leftist media cover up and display the 90 percent that is missing, thus our motto “giving you the other news that doesn’t make the headlines!”

When I saw this recent article I said I cant take the left wing bias any longer on this story, so I did about 6 hours of very easy research and found on the websites of the two suppliers of our Smart Grid meters and found all the information I needed without going any further! These websites are are chocked full of “green initiatives”, “green house gas talk”, “sustainability” and links to the United Nations and their plans to paint the whole world green with their false science!

For the sake of time and space and the desire to not lull you to sleep, I am going to list these findings and number them so they want get lost in the narrative and you switch me off to glance at Dancing with the stars!

From Elsters website I think you can clearly see why we are pushing this technology, it is a green initiative and directly on their website it says under optimization, “(Smart Grid Meters) are reducing the countrys dependence on foreign oil, a campaign whose momentum was picked up by GWB Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, to reduce green house gases (GHBs) emissions and modernize our National Electric Grid!” Off to a fast start and we have established the motive and the why!

Under http://www.energyaxis.com, go there now and look at all those pull down tabs, walk through this with me. I am going through those and pick out what I need you to see to dispel the hyperbole and posturing of Mr Wheeler of Cleveland Utilities.

1) Under the Unifying the smart grid tab, top of page, go there, don’t believe me! It talks about revenue protection as it applies to CUs! “Two way control, protect revenue and decrease utility operating expenses.” If this is true then your bill should go down, but what it does is the opposite, that the profit margin they need. High bills with decreased use…..bam! Revenue generator! This approach, tied in with Time of Day rates “forced” upon us by TVA, the margin of profit for CUs goes up, make sense? Profiteering to pay for the growth plan, sounds logical now huh?

2) Energy Axis Distributing Intelligence tab- (A Privacy issue) Talks about unprecedented amounts of data to be obtained (from you the customer) and says “GRID CONTROL” (didn’t say grid monitoring only like Wheeler says, but CONTROL) operations can be seamlessly MANAGED (again, didn’t say casually monitor you electricity use) through the system. Will provide flexible path routing and configurable message prioritization (meaning we can get any information we need using a set configurable message that we can decipher when we need to).

3) Automative Network Management tab- RF-Radio frequency to remotely execute connect and disconnect, reads remotely and accesses your meter on request and sends data back to the mother ship. A biggie, that Mr Wheeler said did not exist or what did he say “he would be long gone before we used that technology, well you are still alive and Elster is planning on using it! But the website says Updates time of use schedule and functioning over the air, performs upgrades to both radio frequency and meter through “REAL TIME REPORTING! ” Again, Mr Wheeler “your nose should be growing.”

4) Gatekeeper tab- This is a piece of technology within or attached to the box that and I quote, “ does the collecting and transmitting data from thousands of meters, about 1250 to be exact in and around you. Not only will they be collecting your information from thousands per box, you will be exposed to 1,250 other meters that are syncing in with your meter, anybody say cancer? Naaaaah of course not, nobody would knowingly do that to us, they said it would only be the equivalent of less than a single cell phone per year. I have read that this much exposure will be closer to 700 cell phones per day and many towns where these meters are being installed are selling and installing shields for your house to keep you from getting all this exposure.

5) Demand /Home response Area Network tab- This is a rapidly growing category of growth such as “in home displays”, “Smart thermostats” that control your temperature within you home, “load control devices”, did you go by that and not even wince! Go back and read again! “A RAPIDLY GROWING CATEGORY OF GROWTH” the ability to have a display in your home showing you minute to minute, the amount of electricity you are using , Thermometers complete with an RF detector to regulate your thermostat for you, hands free! Isnt this technology grand? And LOAD CONTROL DEVICES that will let you know when a preset “load” is placed on your meter and this will be regulated by Cleveland Utilities so that “you don’t use more than your fair share of electricity, especially during “peak” times.

6) Again at the Partners for Growth, Demand response at the right top of the http://www.energyaxis.com website, not Bradley County News website, the company that is installing and maintain these monitors website. It goes on to talk about Climate Change and the need for this technology, energy efficiency and demand response. Demand response is a fancy word for if you want more electricity than is allotted, you may not get it and if you do, baby you are going to pay for it.

7) Same tab- Demand response pilot programs, of which I am sure Bradley County is a part of or will be since we have such a longstanding, good working relationship with them. It continues to talk about tracking your energy use, UNDERSTANDING CONSUMER BEHAVIOR AND MOTIVATIONAL TRIGGERS, we have learned consumers will modify and change behavior. Wait a minute, did this just say that CU, Tom Wheeler , Elster and Energy Axis was going to MODIFY AND CHANGE our behavior through learned behavior and motivational triggers, SOOOOOOOO, if a motivational trigger is you are sweaty, hot, miserable in your own home, they will learn from that they either charge you the maximum for the useage of your air conditioner or regulate it for you thus invading your home and your sacred privacy place and turn your air down when an RF indicator indicates your “power load”has met its capacity. Folks, this doesn’t sound like the smart grid that Mr. Wheeler has sold to the public? I cant even say anymore! The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is the http://www.energyaxis.com site and Elsters website!

8) Under the Unifying the Smart grid tab, demand response, it talks about Distribution Autoimation, sounds a lot like regulating power to me. And are planning on doing it with Voltage regulators, capacitor banks, automated switches and reclosers, voltage conservation VAR control system. This is also the system that if it misfires or doesn’t collect a signal to monitor the voltage, say a cloud or a school bus (as demonstrated on the website) goes by your house during a “missed signal” period and you have …….yes FIRE! Just as many towns and citizens have reported with the use of Smart Meters.

9) Security tab- There is a whole section or division devoted to hacking and security of your personal history within your house. I pose this question, If there is little to no chance of someone knowing when you are home or when you take a bath, then why have they employed some of the leading Cyber Security Experts from companies such as Microsoft if this system is safe and a sure thing! That’s because hackers stay up on the latest hacking info and are always looking for a hole to crawl through and they need to deflect there attempts just as quickly. Your personal useage information is being sought after for a reason and that is to sell you a product or direct marketing to you.

Now, does this sound like the product that Cleveland Utilities and Mr Wheeler is pushing on you, well he may not know it but it is the technology he purchased and it sounds as if Elster and Energy Axis know how to deliver it! I am 100 percent confident that they will run their equipment the way the have to “to realize the cost savings” and the heck with your input, after all aren’t you guys just a bunch of conspiracy theorists.

You know the interesting thing about a conspiracy is? When a conspiracy theory is supported by fact from the source, it no longer is a conspiracy, it is all of a sudden the truth and it leaves the messenger of the “conspiracy” label looking a little deceptive! What you think? This is not my information from me, it is from the company delivering this Smart Grid Technology via Cleveland Utilities and Tom Wheeler, hope he can sleep at night!

Leave me a comment I enjoy the input!

EPA regulations will stifle farmers in Bradley County

In Agenda 21, environment, Farmers on September 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

This is worth another post! I am feeling pretty prophetic right now! Wow the Presidents Executive Order version of Cap and trade did not waste any time attacking our farmers with their environmental BS! Read again, this was posted approximately a month ago on this site! My connection to Facebook has been altered also and many articles are vanishing from this site! Guess 1st amendment rights only applies to select groups and only if it doesn’t offend anyone!

The far reaching of the effects of the EPA via The Clean Air Act will soon be stifling our Bradley County farmers and their businesses by regulating and fining them for the amount of GHG (GreenHouse Gases) their farm animals and produce emit!

Sound outrageous, to bad to to be true? As, we sleep, the Obama Administration is bypassing any resistance from many organizations and citizens to essentially pass elements of the defunct Cap and Trade Act which still lives with the existance of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) via the Clean Air Act!

Since 1970 the Clean Air Act has been a bill passed by Congress. The most ominous sign regarding this bill is that many are revising and amending the bill as frequently as in 1990, 1997, 2005, April 2007 and as recently as July 1, 2011. This tells me that through many decades current administrations are still making this Act relevant. The premise that it is still around, is that it perhaps oozes of international involvement and is an important cog in the sustainable community wheel.

In 2007, the EPA was given authority to regulate GHG’s by an opinion of the US Supreme Court on cars and vehicles. On January 2, 2011, these regulations will apply to “stationary emitters” ie farms, produce and Agricultural businesses. July 1, 2011 Entities emitting only GHG’s will be required to obtain permits under the Clean Air Act.

This will greatly be enhanced by the current Executive Order 13575 and 13576 to further regulate “the rural community” by the Presidents Council on Rural Development. Makes sense to me that once they fine,tax and regulate you out of existence, they claim your land and convert it to some type of “Government Playground.”

Under the Clean Air Act, once the GHG’s emission rules become final, certain provisions that are expected to impose potentially costly and burdensome requirements on agriculture, farms, small business and the economy in general.

Title V of the Act requires “major sources” by statute, this means farms, business, etc that emit more than 100 tons of pollutants per year to obtain permits to continue operating and even stiffer permit fines and fees for those emitting 250 tons per year. This new amendment will regulate many farms not previously included.

The USDA recently commented to the EPA that “even very small farms would meet the 100 tons per year emission thresholds. Many of our farms in Bradley County will be included in this threshold and face many new regulations with fines and fees just to operate.
According to the USDA, in America, these regulations will directly affect 99% of Dairy Producers, 96.8% of hog inventory, 95% of hog production, and 90% of beef production. This will result in many farms across the Country and Bradley County to face stiff fines, taxes, fees and tons of new regulation. The USDA lows balls the impact on local farmers in the 100s of millions.

The EPA realizes this will be “a significant impact” on farmers and that permitting authorities will be “overwhelmed” by the increase numbers of entities subject to these new GHG requirements. So, they have introduced “ a tailoring rule” to introduce this to our farmers slowly over the next few years.

For the record the Farm Bureau has spoken out against the new regulations and I would encourage you to contact your local Farm Bureau and encourage they resist this with a vengeance, before it is too late.

How will these new regulations impact you in Bradley County. With these fines, taxes and regulations how can any farmers in the country or Bradley County survive.

Estimated per offense penalties, taxes and fines per event;
1) $ 175.00 per dairy cow
2) $ 87.50 per head of beef cattle
3) $ 20.00 per hog

Can you see how the fines, permits and taxes could add up quickly with a large farm or the immediate impact on a small Bradley County farmer, just barely making it day to day to have thousands per event added to his or her debt load.

With this thought in mind the EPA’s budget has been increased by 34 % recently and an estimated 43 million being dedicated to the enforcement of these new GHG regulations. Ozone meters will be placed in the general vicinity of every applicable farm and monitored for your farms emissions of GHG’s with expectations to decrease your emissions by 70%. That is unobtainable according to many farmers and will result in many of our farmers simply going out of business and losing their land. This new enforement of regulations are expected to cost the farmers 4.2 billion annually according to EPA estimates.

Of course, this cost will be passed on to the consumer by the farmer which will reflect higher food prices and further strain on your personal budget. The Green movement must be halted, bad science and estimates are driving this regulation, speak up now or lose the whole farm.

God Bless our farmers, we must keep them alive and well and out from under government control. They are the backbone of our country and should remain so.

Details of this article obtained from the Florida Farm Bureau, the USDA and EPA websites. Thanks for you contribution to this article.

OLIN CHEMICAL releases mercury in Hiwassee River, thousands of Bradley Countians, others in grave danger!

In environment, local business on September 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

We have once again easily and with a stiff swing of the broom have swept a local environmental disaster under the proverbial rug of “political correctness” and we maintain the attitude “if we don’t see it then it must not be there!”

50 pounds of Mercury released into the Hiwassee River over a 3 day period of torrential downfall of nearly 13 inches. This is an enormous amount of mercury to be “dumped” on the citizens of Bradley County that will affect many families for many generations.

At this point the water may be free of mercury in Bradley County but the real concern is for the environment and the waterways south of Olin Chemical. A statement recently in a local paper by Cleveland Utilities Director Tom Wheeler that gives the appearence that all is well in Bradley County because you said the water is fine! This goes well beyond the water we drink and you know it. The Chamber of Commerce knows it too. Shame on you for not making this an immediate concern for us, the people of this county that live within the “kill zone” of this tragedy!

Recently, Olin has announced that they are going to stop the production of chemicals that produce Mercury in 2012 and have recently hired a company with literally two months experience to assist with cleanup at a cost of 80 million taxpayer dollars (catch that story in my blogs) all arranged by the ever so helpful Chamber of Commerce and its minions.

Many companies that have stopped using mercury in their production have what the industry calls a “mercury legacy” where mercury waste and storage is leeched into the community for many generations to come into that same Hiwassee River where many of your families recreate daily, putting them at risk of severe disease.

It is well documented that several Olin Chemical plants have mercury storage bins up to 420 tons of mercury. The saddest part of that statement is that the environmental police say they can release 70 pounds a year on a normal year till that supply is leeched into your private property and into the bellies of your children for many generations.

The symptoms of mercury poisoning go from as mild as red cheeks, burning skin, shedding of skin, to more severe cases of tachycardia, hypertension, alzheimers and certain types of cancer, brain damage and death.

Children are easily affected by mercury and stand to lose teeth, hair and nails, kidney dysfunction, memory loss and insomnia. Neurological symptoms are common and are as the other symptoms are usually always irreversible, meaning once you have them it aint going away, particularly in fetuses, infants and young children. Some minor cases seem to get better and can be reversible, once the mercury is removed from the childs vicinity.

Citizens who swim in the waters south of Olin along the Hiwassee and feel they have been exposed to mercury poisoning are encouraged to quickly shed all clothing and bathe with soap and water then seeking treatment from your doctor and train your family of what to look for if symptoms surface.

Many cases of mercury poisoning easily gets misdiagnosed as rhinosinusitis (runny nose) bronchiectasis (congestion)and low sperm counts, infertility! Chronic exposure that is sure to happen with inhabitants south of the Olin plant along the Hiwassee River can accumulate over the years and become fatal.

Interestingly enough the most common contaminant is the consumption of fish and ingestion of that fish by humans. That’s what we do in the Tennessee River, we fish and eat that fish! Animals eat plants and partake from the soil and water and then we consume the animals.

Mercury may also be inhaled and causes many of the same symptoms listed above. One study I saw of fish in the Tennessee River from a random sampling showed extremely high levels of toxicity quantified in milligrams per deciliter at 100 times the accepted range.

With this tragedy being swept under the rug by the political police, we are now in the midst of a tragedy, echoing sentiments of Chernobyl, the likes of Erin Brockovich warning of contaminants in the soil and water and no one cares till the population starts dropping dead or twitching in some river bed on the Hiwassee or the Tennessee River!

Wake up Cleveland!


Lets hold these large Corporations and the minion NGOs (non governmental organizations) that represent them and make them accountable to the citizens that they are placing a slow death upon!

While you sleep Cleveland and I pray every day that hundreds of thousands of people are not affected downstream and wont drink the water or farm the soil, but I am afraid they are and are very active on our rivers , lakes and waterways! Many will become sick and perhaps die because of negligence, lets at least make them realize they just hurt you badly!
This reality is real and it has already happened and God have mercy on us when these pollutants grab hold of your myelin sheaths and rob you of your mind, body and spirit and the many generations to come!
The Environmental group Oceana has been investigating Olin Plants for years and are very concerned with the incidents of the last few days. The pressure they put on them is partially responsible for the recent shut down on mercury production at Olin Chemical!
Contact the CDC or your local health department if you feel you have been exposed to dangerous levels of mercury, south of OLIN Chemical!

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