Michigan’s Crap Roads

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Everyone who lives in or visits the state of Michigan knows the state of the roads is abysmal.  Why? The answer isn’t entirely clear until you start investigating.

So just who is responsible for Michigan roads?  As I mentioned in the video, there are three levels:  Michigan Department of Transportation, county road commissions, cities, villages and townships that receive funding.  You must track the funding from one of these three areas.

The road problem should have been solved a long time ago by proficient state, city and local managers.  But apparently we cannot rely on government officials to do their jobs and fix things.  Why is that?

The citizens of Michigan are left with a confusing situation where we find that:

At a time when some politicians are calling Michigan’s roads dangerous, and state funding for transportation is projected to have nearly doubled over a 10-year period, Michigan doesn’t have money to fix deteriorating roads.

This is because the population is growing and there is more road traffic, thus the need to fix the infrastructure and do it right.

Experts say it is significantly more expensive to replace a bad road than maintain a fair one.  Then why don’t we invest in better road construction materials like the Europeans do?

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Case Study: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo is a city in Michigan which has crappy roads.  Apparently the city has budget problems; it hasn’t been able to balance it’s budget.

The city convened a panel to address the problem and a Michigan State University economist stated that, “Unless the community’s growing rapidly, has lots of new development and construction, lots of new jobs coming in…” it is going to not be able to maintain itself fiscally. The problem seems to be that “strict caps on property taxes under Michigan’s Headlee Amendment and Proposal A” create this situation.

But you can’t run a city like a corporation that intends to always make a return on its investments.

The mayor has a bright idea. He asks two of the areas wealthiest individuals to help with the budget problems.  They just happen to be philanthropists.

Experts in philanthropy stress that city leaders must take precautions before diving headfirst into a financial deal with some of the city’s wealthiest citizens.

Some raise concerns that the new model could help displace the traditional role of government. It also potentially gives the wealthy donors more power over local government operations than perhaps was ever intended in an American-style democracy.

“…there are still many unanswered questions about the details of its philanthropic plans and its founders. The motivations of the donors, for example, remain mysterious.”

The Philanthropists:

William D. Johnston

New Greenleaf building packed with cool tech

New Greenleaf Trust Trading Room intended to give WMU business students a sense of the real world

William U. Parfet

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Basically blurring the line between government and corporations at the local level — foundation documents suggest that donors may be able to earmark some or all of their donations for specific projects.

The $70 million dollar ‘gift’ to Kalamazoo has created a flurry of construction.  Apparently there will be a lot more roadwork also:

More than 50 road construction projects planned for Kalamazoo, Portage in 2019

City of Kalamazoo’s 2019 budget includes more road funding, utility hikes

Although some in Kalamazoo tout that local control of major streets leads to equitable development, there has been very little equity involved. The main construction and road work centers on the downtown area, meanwhile residential neighborhood roads continue to deteriorate while property taxes have increased and the cost of utilities have risen.

 

 

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The Hubris of Harlan

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The Shakespeare of science fiction, Harlan Ellison had the nerve to state that television programming held the possibility of educating and uplifting humanity.  He bemoaned the state of stupid TV and most pointedly Star Trek — the ‘trekkie’ phenomenon and mediocre plotting on the TV series.

A brilliant writer, his one time teleplay he wrote for the series, “The City on the Edge of Forever,” a time travel story involving Captain Kirk falling in love with Edith Keeler, a woman from the 1930s, was rewritten and rewritten by studio hacks taking the heart and soul from the story which completely infuriated Harlan.  Not one to take the slashing of his story lightly he declared,

“I’ve never seen more than a pittance from “The City on the Edge of Forever,” while every thug and studio putz and semiliterate bandwagon jumper and merchandiser has grown fat as a maggot in a corpse off what I created…”¹

After 50 years of television ‘programming’ Harlan Ellison’s words are more relevant today than ever.  Especially after Harlan’s nemesis, Gene Roddenberry admitted “…that television has incredible power.”  And that the “Ultimate power in this world, as you know, has always been one simple thing: the control and manipulation of minds.”

1. Harlan Ellison, “The City on the Edge of Forever,” The Original Teleplay, in The Harlan Ellison Collection, Open Road Integrated Media, (Kindle Edition).

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Ode to JonBenet

JonBenet Ramsey

 

JonBenet Ramsey.  A little girl murdered in 1996, whose murder caused an international sensation because it was such a high profile case involving powerful people, is still awaiting justice. There were some poems given to investigators by an anonymous author who felt that perhaps disclosure disguised by poetic means would help solve the case or at least identify what was going on by those scared and desperate people to afraid to come forward.  What follows is one such poem:

However, one must study greats
Take, for example, William Yeats,
Who spoke about Byzantium
No governor could stop the run
Your split in planning took its toll
Your race spun out of your control
Things fall apart

The antichrist lurks in the head
It festers in the carnal eye
Which takes young victims from their bed
To suffer that and then to die
Now vacant, half-glazed tears are shed
From ambidextrous author’s stead
One doll, now grown, hides in dread
Another Manchurian candidate
Is dead.¹

This poem hints at a powerful cabal, ‘religious’ and/or occultic, above what we would call government, but hides like a parasite within governments (what is left of governments).

The author speaks of William Yeats and is highly versed in poetic composition. The author is most likely very educated, part of the ‘elite’ ruling class, or is involved in those circles. Someone privy to understanding who or what is behind the stagecraft.

William Yeats, accomplished and well known Irish poet, wrote a poem called “Byzantium,” which describes the occult and human sacrifice. This poem alludes to secret societies and conjuring spirits — blacksmiths or “smithies” of the Emperor with their iron “In glory of changeless metal” complete the sacrifice of the “death-in-life and life-in-death ritual.”

The first stanza of the JonBenet poem describes a split. A layered ‘split’ which resonates through the centuries. A split that could be describing the Anglican Church which broke from the Catholic Church during the reign of Henry the VIII. This split had unknown, unforeseen complications, where “Your split in planning took its toll/Your race spun out of your control.” Race, meaning a competition, or a group of people — the stanza being full of double entendres.  Further poems given to investigators hint at scandals within, or involving a church and/or religion.

The Manchurian doll, referring to the manufactured mind-controlled female sexualized ‘type,’ may refer to Patsy Ramsey, or even the author, who most likely is a female, and describes herself as ambidextrous, or well-versed or studied in both worlds; able to experience and report back from these darker realms.

William Butler Yeats studied the occult and was acquainted with Aleister Crowley, who was founder of the religion of Thelema.

Read Presumed Guilty: An Investigatiion into the JonBenet Ramsey Case, The Media, and the Culture of Pornography by Stephen Singular, for further analysis, and for the rest of the poems mailed to investigators.

1.  Stephen Singular, Presumed Guilty: An Investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey Case, The Media, and the Culture of Pornography  (Kindle Edition)

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