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Cutting off water to Detroit's poor 'an affront to human rights,' says UN
07-01-2014, 12:13 AM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Residents of Detroit, Michigan who are $150 or two months past-due on their water bills are having their water shut off by the bankrupt city. Now, even the United Nations has stepped in, saying Detroit is in violation of the human right to water.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is facing $5 billion in bad debt, and is scrambling to recoup its losses. The city, which filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history last year, argues that the financial burden of paying water bills has been put on the back burner by many families who didn’t believe services would be shut off. Those bills have gone up 120 percent in the past decade, well beyond the national average.

“We sent out a little over 46,000 shutoff notices in May. Of those 46,000 shutoff notices, about 4,500 were actually shut off,” Greg Eno, a DWSD public affairs specialist, told RT.

Within 24 hours, 60 percent of the affected customers paid their accounts in full and had their service immediately restored. Forty percent of the remaining customers had their service restored within 48 hours, DWSD said in a statement.

“Many of the properties that we shut off are actually vacant structures, not occupied homes,” DWSD Director Sue McCormick said.

http://rt.com/usa/168992-united-nations-...er-cutoff/

Bit of a dust up over the last few days on this issue. Access to water is a right, but having it delivered to your house and not pay, how is that a right? Can I sue my gov. for all the buckets of water I carried from the lake? Sheesh
07-01-2014, 12:36 AM #2
j browsing Member
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flint dumped Detroit ..was sick of being over charged by a corrupt water co in Detroit coffeetime.gif

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
07-01-2014, 02:17 AM #3
Wicked Oblivion Member
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Openly suppressing the rights and forcibly oppressing the lives of the undesirable elements of society,because they dont have enough damn evil money,is something that the wealthy elite have been doing to the torn asunder poor for thousands of years,along with blinding their eyes and stealing their dreams and exterminating their existence,as no great surprise to anyone born to die in hell...

Most people are only a trip and a fall a few paychecks away from being suddenly poor and homeless themselves and so eradicating the lower classes out of sight and out of mind is easier for the well off and stuck up blinded by greed upper class people to live with,who think and act like their sh#t doesnt f###en stink,but actually reeks of hellish demonic aroma emanating from every cocaine blocked pore...

As they wear their deceptive masks and speak their misleading lies for each other, while hopelessly drowning their helplessly lost souls eternally damned and doomed within their fabricated world of materialistic illusions,that only wither and fade and return back into the stardust from where they came,just like you and I and everything else also will some day thats not so far only a step and a breath away...
failboat Show this Post
07-02-2014, 02:55 AM #4
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
(07-01-2014, 12:13 AM)Shadow Wrote:  Access to water is a right, but having it delivered to your house and not pay, how is that a right? Can I sue my gov. for all the buckets of water I carried from the lake? Sheesh

having it delivered to your house could be a right if you want to. a right is a societal rule which determines the very foundation of a society's legal system. so when a country signs an agreement on access to drinking water being a right then it indeed has to provide access to drinking water to all humans within it's borders. "access" is a very vague term but cutting off the delivery of water to your house or flat could indeed be a violation of that right - especially when the next water source is miles away.

but: access to drinking water is not a human right. yet.
07-02-2014, 03:07 AM #5
White Ribbon call me
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the united third world of America.. some superpower.. blink.gif
07-02-2014, 01:17 PM #6
Accidental Stoner Member
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$ 5 000 000 000..!?!?

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07-02-2014, 02:09 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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(07-02-2014, 01:17 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  $ 5 000 000 000..!?!?

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Like shutting off water will make one bit of difference 15.gif A drop in the ocean...
07-02-2014, 02:38 PM #8
White Ribbon call me
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i dont really know the full situation in detroit as it doesn't really interest me, but cant the govt save the city? or is that another constitution issue? chuckle.gif
07-02-2014, 08:12 PM #9
yankees skier
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NWO dream, the UN stepping into the USA.

Biere.
07-03-2014, 12:47 AM #10
Accidental Stoner Member
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(07-02-2014, 08:12 PM)yankees Wrote:  NWO dream, the UN stepping into the USA.

Crap.
Seems a lot less far out and crazy now, than when I
first heard the conspiracy-tards predict it 13.gif
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07-03-2014, 12:57 AM #11
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
Selective, since Human rights have been broken right out of people the world over by the same government the UN wants to now chastise.

The high realms will not look upon any of this with favor.
07-03-2014, 03:49 AM #12
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(07-02-2014, 02:55 AM)failboat Wrote:  having it delivered to your house could be a right if you want to. a right is a societal rule which determines the very foundation of a society's legal system. so when a country signs an agreement on access to drinking water being a right then it indeed has to provide access to drinking water to all humans within it's borders. "access" is a very vague term but cutting off the delivery of water to your house or flat could indeed be a violation of that right - especially when the next water source is miles away.

but: access to drinking water is not a human right. yet.

Any rights are what you gain for yourself, not that which someone else earned for you.

İmage

A republic. If you can keep it.

İmage
failboat Show this Post
07-03-2014, 04:02 AM #13
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
(07-03-2014, 03:49 AM)Shadow Wrote:  
(07-02-2014, 02:55 AM)failboat Wrote:  having it delivered to your house could be a right if you want to. a right is a societal rule which determines the very foundation of a society's legal system. so when a country signs an agreement on access to drinking water being a right then it indeed has to provide access to drinking water to all humans within it's borders. "access" is a very vague term but cutting off the delivery of water to your house or flat could indeed be a violation of that right - especially when the next water source is miles away.

but: access to drinking water is not a human right. yet.

Any rights are what you gain for yourself, not that which someone else earned for you.

İmage

A republic. If you can keep it.

İmage

rights aren't something you earn...
rights are granted to you by the society you live in (and if that society is ruled by some sort of elite instead of the people prepare to lose your rights).



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