BREAKING—Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged for his role in Flint water crisis, where many lead poisoned + Legionnaire’s Disease that killed at least 12. He faces two counts of willful neglect of duty & could face 1 year prison + $1,000 fine. 🧵
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2) Other former members of his administration are expected to face charges as well, according to the Associated Press.
3) “At least dozen people died and more than 80 people were sickened with Legionnaires' disease after water from the Flint River caused lead to leach from old pipes, poisoning the water system city.
4) “Soon after the switch, residents began to complain that the new water in their homes had a foul stench, tasted different and was discolored, according to an MLive report from May 2014, a month after the change in water sources.
5) “Officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality told Flint city officials they did not need to use any corrosion control measures to treat the river water, at least not initially, Michigan Public Radio reported in December 2016.
6) The "wait-and-see approach was a really bad idea," because without the necessary treatment "the protective coating on the inside of pipes that built up over the years from Detroit's water likely disappeared. And that's what caused lead levels to spike in many homes in Flint."

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BREAKING—We are out of vaccine reserves! Trump HHS Sec Azar announced this week that the govt would begin releasing #COVID19 vaccine doses held in reserve for 2nd shots—but no such reserve existed!! Trump HHS had already shipped out reserves end of Dec!
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2) “Now, state and local officials across the country are realizing their limited vaccine supply will not immediately increase, dashing hopes of dramatically expanding access for millions of people.”
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Organic food, keep enjoying them.

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2) No pardon for the “caveman” either.
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“The crisis of deep human suffering is in plain sight. There’s no time to waste. We have to act, & act now.

Since pandemic began: wealth of the top 1% of the nation has grown roughly $1.5 trillion—4x the amount for the entire bottom 50%.”
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