The UN’s got the money, the UN’s got the water

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Judi McLeod, Editor, Canada Free Press

Judi McLeod, Edi­tor, Cana­da Free Press

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No one, and most espe­cial­ly Detroit May­or Mike Dug­gan, should be sur­prised that two Unit­ed Nations lawyers came to town to scold city offi­cials for cut­ting off water to delin­quent cus­tomers, sanc­ti­mo­nious­ly describ­ing the water shut-offs as a “human rights” vio­la­tion.

The Unit­ed Nations vir­tu­al­ly owns cities and towns of North Amer­i­ca like Detroit.  They’re just not usu­al­ly that open about it. 

The UN own­er­ship of cities and towns is called Agen­da 21.

The best def­i­n­i­tion of Agen­da 21 comes right from the UN itself.  In 1993, the UN pub­lished ‘Agen­da 21: The Earth Sum­mit Strat­e­gy to Save Our Plan­et’: “Agen­da 21 pro­pos­es an array of actions which are intend­ed to be imple­ment­ed by every per­son on earth…it calls for spe­cif­ic changes in the activ­i­ties of all people…Effective exe­cu­tion of Agen­da 21 will require a pro­found reori­en­ta­tion of all humans, unlike any­thing the world has ever expe­ri­enced.

And if you think they are kid­ding in this Sci­ence Fic­tion-type def­i­n­i­tion of ‘The Agen­da That Real­ly Wasn’t There’, ICLEI (Local Gov­ern­ments for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty) proves oth­er­wise.  (Cana­da Free Press, Aug. 20, 2012 )

Noth­ing in Orwell’s 1984 can match the full hor­ror of Agen­da 21.  It is serf­dom by stealth.”

In addi­tion, some 178 coun­tries are now push­ing Agen­da 21 but these are only the coun­tries we know about. “

Mean­while, you can bet what­ev­er coins you have left in your cook­ie jar that the two rep­re­sen­ta­tives with the UN Office of the High Com­mis­sion­er for Human Rights, whose vis­it to Detroit last­ed three days, dur­ing a time when the city is des­per­ate­ly work­ing to bail itself out of bank­rupt­cy, did not go with­out water or any oth­er crea­ture com­fort.

It is con­trary to human rights to dis­con­nect water from peo­ple who sim­ply do not have the means to pay their bills,” Cata­ri­na de Albu­querque, one of the two rep­re­sen­ta­tives, said Mon­day at the con­clu­sion of their vis­it.  (FoxNews, Oct. 21, 2014)

I heard tes­ti­monies from poor, African Amer­i­can res­i­dents of Detroit who were forced to make impos­si­ble choices—to pay the water bill or to pay their rent.”

Decades of Demo­c­rat rule left the once thriv­ing city of Detroit high and dry, and that was before a man called Barack Hus­sein Oba­ma came along to nation­al­ize the Amer­i­can car indus­try back in 2008.

Were it not for the human suf­fer­ing in Demo­c­rat-hob­bled Detroit, it would be down­right com­i­cal read­ing about how Alex­is Wiley, May­or Duggan’s top aide, said the city is “very dis­ap­point­ed” with the “one-sided” UN review of the city’s water prob­lem.

They weren’t inter­est­ed in the facts,” she said. “They took a posi­tion and nev­er once [before Mon­day] reached out to the city for data.”

The UN doesn’t need to reach out to your city for data, Ms. Wiley.  They already have it, along with the data of some 600 and grow­ing oth­er Amer­i­can cities.

Cities in the know should be “very alarmed” rather than “very dis­ap­point­ed” with a UN that col­lects cities for its insid­i­ous Agen­da 21 choke­hold on soci­ety like some have to col­lect pogey in declin­ing economies.

Many babies were born in the nine months it took the UN to hit town to weigh in on the 27,000 Detroit water shut-offs from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30.

In a con­cert­ed effort to col­lect on the more than $115 mil­lion in delin­quent water and sew­er depart­ment pay­ments, Detroit offi­cials shut off water to both busi­ness­es and res­i­dents who either are 60 days past due or owe more than $150 on their water bills.

Most shut-offs were halt­ed for sev­er­al weeks this sum­mer to give res­i­dents an oppor­tu­ni­ty to enter a pay­ment plan, but they have resumed with 5,100 shut-offs in Sep­tem­ber alone. ()

Detroit offi­cials have defend­ed the deci­sion, argu­ing that cus­tomers col­lec­tive­ly owed more than $115 mil­lion in delin­quent water-and-sew­er depart­ment pay­ments before the city took action and that their efforts are improv­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

The depart­ment said it col­lect­ed about $2.5 mil­lion in 2012 and 2013 and about $3.7 mil­lion in the first nine months of this year.

Ordi­nary res­i­dents aren’t the only ones sub­ject to the pol­i­cy. Ser­vice was shut off to one city coun­cil mem­ber. And an inves­ti­ga­tion by a local news orga­ni­za­tion found city offi­cials have col­lect­ed on the more than $80,000 owed by the Joe Louis Are­na, home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, and rough­ly $55,000 past due from Ford Field, where the NFL’s Detroit Lions play home games.

Wiley also said Detroit is help­ing res­i­dents by improv­ing cus­tomer ser­vice, get­ting 33,000 peo­ple in the pay­ment plans and cut­ting res­i­den­tial calls for water assis­tance by more than 50 per­cent.

De Albu­querque and the oth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Leilani Farha, vis­it­ed Detroit after activists appealed to the UN for assis­tance. Among them was the Amer­i­can Civ­il Lib­er­ties Union, whose Michi­gan direc­tor Kary Moss said: “It’s unfor­tu­nate that, in the Great Lakes State, we need a vis­it from an inter­na­tion­al body to remind us of our most fun­da­men­tal oblig­a­tion to our cit­i­zens. Water is life.”

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives met with res­i­dents and with Dug­gan and water depart­ment offi­cials for about two hours Mon­day morn­ing.

De Albu­querque and Farha, also known as UN spe­cial rap­por­teurs, cit­ed such oth­er prob­lems as the city’s dras­tic pop­u­la­tion decline, ris­ing unem­ploy­ment and the util­i­ty pass­ing on high­er costs asso­ci­at­ed with an aging sys­tem.

De Albu­querque said she has seen shut-offs in oth­er U.S. cities and devel­oped nations, but noth­ing like Detroit. “Our con­clu­sion is that you have here in Detroit a man-made per­fect storm,” she said. “The scale of the dis­con­nec­tions in the city is unprece­dent­ed.”

De Albu­querque and Farha say the mayor’s plan to help delin­quent cus­tomers fails to help the chron­i­cal­ly poor and those who face shut-offs. Farha also said at least some res­i­dents said their past-due bills were the result of city billing or account­ing errors.

How­ev­er, they called their con­ver­sa­tion with Detroit offi­cials “con­struc­tive.” They also said they can’t enforce rec­om­men­da­tions but want to help the city and res­i­dents resolve the sit­u­a­tion.”

If the UN ‘spe­cial rap­por­teurs’ real­ly want­ed to help Detroit, they’d pay off the $115 mil­lion owed in unpaid water bills.  The UN’s got the mon­ey and some of it came direct­ly from the no-water belea­guered peo­ple of Detroit.

But over the years, the cash-rich UN has not even paid its out­stand­ing park­ing bills to the City of New York.

Per­haps there is a light at the end of the prover­bial tun­nel, with the light on the hypocrisy of the largest bureau­cra­cy on earth being shone in by Detroit,  some day lead­ing to hun­dreds of towns and cities kick­ing them­selves free from the tox­ic ten­ta­cles of the UN’s invad­ing Agen­da 21 Army.