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Two Rapporteurs Appointed by the UN Visit Detroit: Restore access to water

Two special rapporteurs from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke at a press conference yesterday, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in Detroit, about the need for all levels of government to step up in their defense of human rights.

Catarina de Albuquerque and Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteurs on the rights to safe drinking water/sanitation and adequate housing, respectively, both spoke to multiple press organizations, concerned civil service groups, and citizens about the continuing water shutoffs in Detroit and how they also affect the housing situation of citizens in the city. Both condemned the city’s actions as a violation of human rights, stating that the shutoffs primarily affect low-income African-Americans. Furthermore, without water there are increased health risks that can easily be avoided by not shutting off water access.

The UN rapporteurs also stated that the United States is bound by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that humans have the right to an adequate standard of living.… Read the rest

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Chinese Firm Intends to Renovate its Detroit Properties

Pic: Mike Russell (CC)

Pic: Mike Russell (CC)

Is Detroit the canary in the coal mine, warning of an impending influx of Chinese land lords?  Is it a bad thing?  Are these people really even “communists?”

Via Detroit Free Press:

The Chinese development firm that snagged three downtown Detroit properties at auction last year said it is moving forward with plans to renovate the 1920s-era buildings as it eyes future purchases in the city.

“We don’t hold buildings. We bought them, and we’re going to develop them,” said Ken Creighton, a local representative for the DDI Group, also known as the Shanghai-based Dongdu International Group, which is making its first foray in the U.S.

DDI paid $16.4 million for the three buildings it won in online auctions last fall:

■ The David Stott building, 1150 Griswold, sold for $9.4 million.

■ The old Detroit Free Press building, 321 W. Lafayette, went for $4.2 million.

■ Clark Lofts, 35 W.

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Once Again A Young African American Is Killed For Seeking Help Following A Car Accident

renisha CBS News reports on a tragedy that echos the police killing of Jonathan Ferrell in North Carolina less than two months ago:

The attorney representing the family of a Detroit teenager who was shot and killed while apparently seeking help after a car accident says the girl was injured and may have wandered a Dearborn Heights neighborhood for as long as an hour before arriving on the porch of the man who shot her.

McBride, whose cell phone was apparently dead, “knocked on several doors and no one answered,” said Thurswell. The one man who did come to the door, apparently came armed with a shotgun. McBride was shot in the face and died on the man’s front porch.

Police have said the man, who has not been identified but is reportedly 54-years-old, told them he thought McBride was trying to break into his home and that the shotgun fired accidentally.

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 54

Coincidence Control Network: File #054 – Attack of the Modern Caveman

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This week: Pussy Riot update, the slow television of Norway, Detroit bark city?, Matt Forney is a massive dick-bag, Dark Wallet and BitCoin: a good idea?, and a Canadian Astronaut snorts at Hollywood.

PersonnelJoe Nolan, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins

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Links:

  • Pussy Riot Hunger Strike – Link
  • Norway does TV…wrong – Link
  • Investor to Create a Forest in Detroit – Link
  • Matt Forney – Modern Caveman – Link
  • Dark wallet – Link
  • Canadian Astronaut booted out of screening of Gravity for heckling – Link

Interludes:

Dissolved, End, Messer Chups

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Investor to Create 140-Acre Forest in Middle of Detroit

e9f3ee53f86880c32c6a0dc04e584dbbAn urban forest sounds nice, but some residents wonder who will really benefit.

Via The Atlantic:

After nearly five years of planning, a large-scale attempt to turn a big chunk of Detroit into an urban forest is now underway. The purchase of more than 1,500 vacant city-owned lots on the city’s lower east side – a total of more than 140 acres – got final approval from Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder last week.

The buyer is Hantz Farms, and it’s a venture of financier John Hantz, who lives in the nearby Indian Village neighborhood. Indian Village is an affluent enclave of manor-scale historic homes, but much of the surrounding area is blighted. Hantz Farms will pay more than $500,000 for the land, which consists of non-contiguous parcels in an area where occupied homes are increasingly surrounding by abandoned properties.

The company has committed to clearing 50 derelict structures, cleaning up the garbage dumped across the neighborhood, planting 15,000 trees, and mowing regularly.

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‘Fake Cops’ Robbing Detroit Drivers At Gunpoint Turn Out To Be Real Cops

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Cops and robbers, via Information Liberation:

There were at least two reports of men with police badges, bullet proof vests and guns posing as police officers and robbing unsuspecting drivers at gunpoint.

The first incident took place at a Citgo gas station on Detroit’s east side last Sunday. The clerk says two white men in a black Ford F-150 with police lights pistol-whipped customers pumping gas. The men stole cash and cell phones from their victims. A warning went out to be on the lookout for “fake cops” but it turns out those officers were not fake after all.

A second incident happened near Harper and 3 Mile Drive. A man says he was pulled over by three men in a unmarked Crown Victoria. The man was searched and while he answered questions, his wallet and CDs were stolen.

Now under arrest are two police sergeants, a 20-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department and a 17-year veteran of the St.

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The BOOM in Motor City: Man Arrested for Driving Antique Combat Vehicle Around Detroit

m20-armored-utility-car-02Via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Although Detroit has a (perhaps unfair) reputation for lawlessness in the popular imagination, you’ve got to ask what was going through the as-yet unidentified man who decided to take a World War II-era M20 armored car for a spin through suburban streets. The vehicle’s gun had been modified to fire compressed gas instead of live ordinance, creating loud explosions and fiery flashes every time the man pulled the trigger. The man was arrested without incident, and the press has not reported where he got the vehicle.

As far as I know, the man driving the M20 was not Ted Nugent.

H/T: BoingBoing.

 

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Detroit: Cubes of Human Flesh Found in Sewer Trigger Serial Killer Fears

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“Cubes” of human flesh floating about in the sewer trigger about a thousand fears, and a possible serial killer is just one of them. (“We all float down here, Georgie.”)

Via New York Daily News:

Fears of a serial killer on the loose in Michigan mounted after cops found cubes of human flesh in a drain pipe that bear disturbing similarities to remains discovered in another pipe last August.

A sanitation crew first spotted the 4-inch-by-4-inch pieces of “skin and fat and little bit of muscle tissue” in a sewer pipe outside Detroit, in Warren, Mich., police told ABC News.

The two cubes of flesh appear to closely match those discovered earlier this year, which were found about 5 miles away in a sewer in Sterling Heights.

Police said that those chunks, 10 in total, which bore an intricate tattoo, belonged to a white woman with a large build, CBS News reported.

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