Michigan Leftist Politico Ruins Midlander’s Lives Over Endangered Species

When Leftist politicians aren’t insisting on lockdowns in order to assert their authority citing the spread of COVID-19, they’re ruining people’s lives in other ways. Bridge magazine has published a very revealing article that the state’s Democrat Attorney General, Dana Nessel, sued one of the state’s utility companies operating the Edenville Dam citing endangered species as her justification.

From the article:

“For decades, federal regulators demanded changes to the design of the Edenville Dam to make it more likely to withstand heavy rains and avoid flooding.

So when Michigan regulators assumed oversight of the dam in late 2018 after its owners lost their federal license to generate energy, they took action.

To protect mussels.

Three weeks before the 96-year-old dam failed this week amid heavy rains and caused the worst flood in Midland history, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sued its owner, alleging it illegally lowered Wixom Lake in 2018 and 2019, killing “thousands if not millions, of freshwater mussels.”

“Defendants wrongfully exerted dominion over the freshwater mussels and caused their death which denies and is inconsistent with the state’s right to them,” state lawyers wrote in an April lawsuit.”

Apparently, this dispute has gone back since the 1920’s when hydroelectric dams were used by power companies along the Tittabawassee River in order to generate power for state Midlanders. Nessel’s use of the term exterted dominion is very telling since it has religious connotations. It is almost as if Michigan’s Attorney General sees it as her religious, moral duty to intervene on behalf of the clams jeopardized by human activity.

But wait, ladies and gentlemen, there’s more:

“The dam’s owner, Boyce Hydro Power LLC, claims Michigan pressured it to raise lake levels before the flood and the company took steps to lower them because “mis-operation could pose a significant risk to the Village of Sanford, Northwood University, the City of Midland, and other downstream areas,” according to a lawsuit last month.”

Boyce Hydro Power lost its federal license to operate Edenville Dam in 2018 transferring regulatory authority to Michigan. But nothing was done on the part of state or federal officials to insist that the company spend money to upgrade the dam’s infrastructure in order to prevent its erosion. Residents in the area had also expressed disappointment that lake levels were so low that they could no longer boat in it. However, there is no mention of resident interests in Nessel’s court filings, only expressed concern about the alleged plight of the clams.

Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, made no mention of the above during her press conference she held about the dam’s collapse yet took the time to scold private ownership of critical infrastructure. Whitmer berated Boyce Hydro Power obviously in a cynical attempt to deflect blame for her bestie Dana Nessel who ruined the lives of area Midlanders, in which neither Nessel nor Whitmer have expressed any remorse or sadness for their stupidity that resulted in this catastrophe. But, like Rahm Emanuel said: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.

PHOTO CREDIT: By Phil Squattrito – Flickr: Undercarriage, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17586908

Blind Obedience and Disinterest Empowers Totalitarianism

This is a very good article revealing the cultural impact the response to the coronavirus pandemic represents. It also aids environmentalists and other Leftist groups too. – GJ

The Great UnReason of 2020: The ‘Curious, but Quite Authentic, Inability to Think’

Remembering Hannah Arendt.

Thu May 7, 2020 Jack Kerwick Frontpage Magazine

Upon the Nazis’ rise to power, Hannah Arendt, a Jewish woman who would go on to become a considerable 20th century philosopher, had to flee with her family from her native Germany.

Once the war was over and some prominent Nazis were brought to justice, Arendt attended the trial in Jerusalem of Adolph Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust.

The experience left an indelible impression upon her, one that would shape the trajectory of her philosophical thinking. What she observed was that, much to her surprise, Eichmann wasn’t the incarnation of evil that she expected to encounter. His actions were monstrous, yes; but he was remarkably ordinary or “banal,” to use Arendt’s term of choice.

What struck Arendt was Eichmann’s “curious, but authentic, inability to think.”

“However monstrous the deeds were, the doer was neither monstrous nor demonic, and the only specific characteristic one could detect in his past as well as in his behavior during the trial and the preceding police examination was something entirely negative: it was not stupidity but a curious, quite authentic inability to think.”

Eichmann didn’t subscribe to any “theory or doctrine,” exhibited no “particularity of wickedness, pathology, or ideological conviction;” his “only personal distinction was a perhaps extraordinary shallowness.”

Note, Arendt did not intend her characterization to be interpreted as commentary upon Eichmann’s IQ. Nor, for that matter, did she mean to suggest that he was literally incapable of thinking critically. Rather, her point was that Eichmann showed no will to think beyond the clichés—the memes, bumper sticker slogans, and hashtags—of his day.

Because of his reliance upon “clichés,” “stock phrases,” and “conventional, standardized codes of expression and conduct”—all of which “have the socially recognized function of protecting us against reality,” “against the claim on our thinking attention which all events and facts arouse by virtue of their existence”—numerous “inconsistencies and flagrant contradictions” littered Eichmann’s testimony in court.

Yet he showed no signs of being in the least “bothered” by them.

FULL ARTICLE

H.R. 6666 is a COVID-19 Survellance Scheme

Have you noticed the media isn’t reporting that the Democrats are pushing H.R. 6666? If enacted, this bill will allow for tracing Americans infected with COVID-19 and anyone who has had contact with them including all of their movements. Does the media support this? It sure looks like it and the goals of H.R. 6666 certainly can set the stage for even more government overreach. Not surprisingly, soon after this op-ed and others like it were written, they’re being ridiculed as conspiracy theories. That is what the Left always says when they get caught or use to try to claim the narrative.

H.R. 6666 a devil of a COVID-19 government surveillance plot

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A House resolution from Illinois Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush that would put Big Government in charge of tracking citizens’ movements as they relate to COVID-19 mitigation efforts — even sending health bureaucrats to “individuals’ residences,” “as necessary,” as the legislation states — has a most apt number: 6666.

Mark of the beast. Mark of the beast for a beastly, monstrously unconstitutional bill.

After all, what’s more devilishly un-American than launching one of the most massive government surveillance programs of private citizens in U.S. history, all under the guise of protecting people from the coronavirus?

That’s the “COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act” in all its $100 billion grant giveaway glory.

According to H.R. 6666’s text: The taxpayer funds will be used to “trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts, through mobile health units and, as necessary … at [citizens’] residences.”

That means government comes to your home, taps on your door and demands you take a COVID-19 test. And if you test positive, that means the government makes sure you stay at home. How? Good question. Good unanswered question. Good chillingly unclear question.

The top dogs at the Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in control of disbursing the $100 billion to local governments to carry out the COVID-19 testing — more specifically, to “hire, train, compensate and pay the expenses of individuals” to staff mobile health units and to knock on citizens’ doors and to enforce compliance with quarantining.

It’s all for the good of the country, dontcha know.

FULL ARTICLE

WUWT: Lockdown Fail In One Easy Graph

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Guest “Excel-lent!” by David Middleton What happens if you crossplot the “lockdown” rating of the Lower 48 states and DC with the COVID-19 infection rate? To the extent there is a correlation, the states with the tightest lockdowns have the highest infection rates. Alaska and Hawaii were the only states ranking in the top 10…

via Lockdown Fail In One Easy Graph — Watts Up With That?

 

If I Wanted America to Fail …

This video is from 2012 but just about everything in it still rings true today, especially in light of the consquences of coronavirus lockdowns. AOC’s tweet last month cheering the drop in fossil fuel prices is ample proof that virus and climate activists share the same goals and the Left owns the economic destruction resulting from the COVID-19 policies they advocated.