Totalitarian Thursday

Something is rotten in the state of Michigan.

One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene after determining it couldn’t turn a profit. Numerous cities and school districts in the state are now run by single, state-appointed technocrats, as permitted under an emergency financial manager law pushed through by Rick Snyder, Michigan’s austerity-promoting governor. This legislation not only strips residents of their local voting rights, but gives Snyder’s appointee the power to do just about anything, including dissolving the city itself—all (no matter how disastrous) in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”

If you’re thinking, “Who cares?” since what happens in Michigan stays in Michigan, think again. The state’s aggressive balance-the-books style of governance has already spread beyond its borders. In January, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed bankruptcy lawyer and former Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr to be a “legal adviser” to Atlantic City. The Detroit Free Press described the move as “a state takeover similar to Gov. Rick Snyder’s state intervention in the Motor City.”



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16 Responses to Totalitarian Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Puggerthugs are invading!!! Hide your wallets!
    Here to run the life you have known into the ground so they can control every aspect of government from the most minute city council all the way up the ladder, infesting everything with stupid ideas that will give our lives a whole lot more misery than the Feds have already given us.
    Ugly isn’t it? Puggerthug ugly.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    @ Swilly’s after the usual 23 minutes on the sticks. Earlier took winter jackets to the cleaners, bought a multimeter from Four Star Supply for US$18, not low cost, and then replacement furnace filter. Walked both items home up College Hill Climb. Rested a bit before coming down here for dinner. Afterwards will go back up College Hill Climb again to install the furnace filter and try out the multimeter.


  3. Den says:

    You are correct, the battery is for the (OHMS) function, however you do not need to use that function to T-Shoot your AC stuff, plug the probes into the meter, set the switch to the AC position then insert probes into a two-prong power outlet, note the reading, that is the single circuit voltage present in your house, your dryer has two of those. Unplug your dryer and move away from the wall being mindfull of the dryer exhaust hose connection, you might have to loosen a hose clamp there and disconnect the hose then reconnect it back later. On your dryer connection box (Plugin) there are 3 possible outlets, the ground has an ‘L’ shaped connector the other two are straight slots. To test put one lead to the ‘L’ shaped connection and each of the straight slot connections. It should have the same voltage from ground to each terminal. If you do not have the requisite voltages it means there is something wrong at the breaker panel. Let me know how you do with the checking.


  4. Den says:

    Time to check in with the LLamas…


  5. Den says:

    One more thing: Well … the Dawn spacecraft is getting closer to dwarf planet Ceres, and the mysterious bright spots on Ceres surface are looking clearer, but, currently, there’s no new information on what these weird spots might be. Scientists are having fun contemplating the spots along with the rest of us. In fact, NASA wants you to vote on what you think they might be. See the graphic below. In the meantime, enjoy this latest image of Ceres, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015 and released June 10. These are among the first snapshots from Dawn’s second mapping orbit, which is 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above Ceres. worth a look-see.


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