Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Detroit announces new immigration plan aimed at China

MI governor: "Let's send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world."

May 7, 2014
Jen D

Chinese home and business investors are starting to flood into the Motor city, greatly encouraged by the governor of Michigan. At the beginning of 2014, governor Rick Snyder announced his new immigration plans of issuing 50,000 immigrant visas to Chinese immigrants willing to reside in the bankrupt city.

A time not so long ago, Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city in the world and it had the highest per capita income in the entire country.

If the immigration plan gets the A-OK from Obama and his crew, this will mark the first time the US government has granted immigration visas to a particular city.

Snyder says encouraging foreigners to invest money and buy up properties won't cost the state government much, but could potentially have great benefits:
“this is one way for the federal government to step up to provide significant value without cost that could have a huge impact on the city’s future.”
Snyder has also talked about opening up "an Office for New Americans" to attract and help immigrants move and adjust to living in Michigan. Snyder is requesting 50,000 special federal immigration visas over the next five years to attract foreign professionals who are willing to work and live in the city.

But this is not the first talks of China coming to Detroit. In September 2013, Dongdu International Group of Shanghai bought, sight unseen, two downtown icons, the David Stott building for $4.2 million and the Detroit Free Press building for $9.4 million, both at auction.

Many investors were buying two-story homes by the handfuls at very very cheap prices. Houses that have already succumbed to scrap thieves, houses stripped to the bones have been bought sight unseen.

And they aren't just interested in Detroit. One Chinese company known as "Sino-Michigan Properties LLC" actually had plans to buy 200 acres of land near the little town of Milan, Michigan and turn it into a "China City" with artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens.  For much more on how Chinese buyers are gobbling up real estate all over the nation. Read more here, "The Chinese Are Acquiring Large Chunks Of Land In Communities All Over America".

So, as the Chinese economy continues to rise and the US economy continues to decline, the shift in global power becomes more apparent.  Are they teaching the Chinese language in the Common Core schools these days?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Coke and Pepsi Chemical Swap

Coca-Cola and Pepsi announced they will be removing flame retardant chemical from their drinks, but is that enough?

May 6, 2014

Jen D

Before everyone starts celebrating and stocking up on cases of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, let's see what's really going here. Both companies have announced that they are removing brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from their beverage products. The move follows a social media campaign of petitions on by people wanting it out of its drinks. BVO has been patented as a flame retardant and is usually made from genetically modified corn or soy derivatives bonded with a bromine atom. The chemical has been used by the soft drink industry since 1931.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have stood by the safety of the ingredient, which is used to distribute flavors more evenly in fruit-flavored drink. If you've been drinking Mountain Dew, Fanta, Gatorade, Powerade, etc., you've been drinking brominated vegetable oil.

Social media sites and news outlets are applauding the removal of BVO in these beverages, but no one seems to be aware of what they're replacing it with: sucrose acetate isobutyrate.

Sucrose acetate isobutyrate (SAIB) has shown, in a study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, that dogs fed this chemical showed enlarged livers and altered liver enzyme function. Scientific studies also show that SAIB, when ingested by humans, is largely exhaled through respiration, indicating that the chemical enters the blood supply upon being ingested orally and then makes its way to the lungs.

SAIB is odorless and tasteless at levels used in beverages. It is used as weighting agent or flavor emulsion stablizer to prevent separation of essential citrus oils. It is also used as a fragrance fixative, color cosmetics, and hair care.

Although it may seem as if the consumer has won this round, in reality, big companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo will always come out on top. Substituting one toxic chemical for another makes it null and void. Adverse effects associated with excessive consumption of these chemical drinks have included memory loss, fatigue, loss of muscle coordination, headaches and tremors.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Earthquake Warning Issued for Oklahoma

What has the state of Oklahoma shaking? So far this year, earthquakes in Oklahoma have increased by about 50% since October 2013.

May 5, 2014
Jen D

The U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey, issued a joint statement reporting 145 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred in Oklahoma since January 2014. The previous annual record, set in 2013, was 109 earthquakes. The largest earthquake in Oklahoma history, a magnitude 5.7, occurred in Nov 2011, near Prague.

So, what's causing the earth to shake in the middle of the United States? Scientists have suggested that disposal wells, used to dispose waste from oil and gas drilling operations (also known as "fracking") could be the cause for the recent spike of seismic activity.

As of Jan 2013, more than 10,000 underground injection wells were active in Oklahoma. About 6,000 of these wells are a type of injection well used for enhanced oil recovery. The remaining 4,000 are disposal wells used to store drilling waste. Most of these disposal wells store waste between 10,000-20,000 feet underground.

Oklahoma Injection Wells - Google Fusion Tables

Source: Oklahoma Corporation Commission

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit near Prague, was preceded by a 5.0 quake that hit a day earlier. This fore shock occurred near an active wastewater disposal well, along the Wilzetta fault. A new study confirms that small man-made earthquakes can trigger damaging quakes.

Earthquakes linked to fracking are mainly caused by the fluid disposal in deep wells; injecting water, sand and chemicals into the Earth to crack open rock and then remove oil and gas. The millions of gallons of waste fluids are usually pumped back into the Earth via deep wastewater injection wells. The wastewater can lubricate or jack open fractures and faults, triggering earthquakes.

Researchers suggested that the first earthquake primed the fault for another, larger earthquake which hit the next day. The study was published March 7 in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Obama: ‘That’s the Good Thing as a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want’

February 11, 2014
Eyes Open Report

While touring the Charlottesville, Va., estate of Thomas Jefferson along side French president Francois Hollande, its reported president Obama quipped, “That’s the good thing as a president, I can do whatever I want.”
Per the official pool report:
At 4:45 POTUS and president Hollande walked out from a portico and strolled in Front of your pool with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation. Looking at a terrace she said that Jefferson loved to admire the landscape from there. POTUS said that he’d like to take a look and seemed delighted to “break the protocol”.
“That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want” he quipped, walking to the terrace with his guest and Ms. Bowman. Pool now in the mansion as the leaders will come and visit Jefferson’s study.
Whats ironic about the timing of Obama’s “quipp” is that the pool report was released around the same time the White House had announced it will unilaterally delay the Obamacare employeer mandate for employers with less then 100 employees.
Unilateral moves by the Obama Administration to delay mandates of the Affordable Care Act have come under fire recently by members of the GOP who claim that the decisions are unconstitutional.
Its also Ironic that the president would make such a remark at a time he is so openly willing to announce his intention to bypass congress and make executive orders.

(Obama: ‘Whenever I can take steps without legislation I will’)

(Hat tip: Weekly Standard)
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