NEO-CONSERVATIVE JOHNS HOPKINS AND WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION CONTROLS ALL PUBLIC POLICY INSTALLED BY BALTIMORE CITY POLS.
This week I received notice from a CLEAN WATER BALTIMORE.ORG with the logo of the Mayor of Baltimore and her director of Public Works on the letter telling me that they will be installing SMART METERS for water. The letter was translated into several different languages representing all the nations tied to this global organization tied to VEOLA ENVIRONMENT.
CITY HALL SAYS----WE ARE NOT PRIVATIZING PUBLIC WATER.
It said that a global corporation ITRON will install and monitor for the city these water meters. Local media pretend that ITRON is a local business----as the Baltimore Sun tells us openly misleading the Maryland public.
Washington-based Itron is expected finish the job in Baltimore by April 2016 and by 2017 in Baltimore County.
Our Vision The way we manage energy and water will define this century. By applying knowledge and technology, together we can create a more resourceful world.
Our Mission Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water
CITY HALL SAYS ------WE ARE NOT PRIVATIZING PUBLIC WATER.
Veola Environment is contracted to manage and develop the rebuilding of all new water infrastructure. Please Google the article below---it's too long to post:
Veolia Environnement - Public Citizen www.citizen.org/documents/Vivendi-USFilter.pdfPublic Citizen - Water for All - www.wateractivist.org Veolia Environnement: A Corporate Profile The Name Game - Veolia Environnement goes by many names
CITY HALL SAYS-----WE ARE NOT PRIVATIZING PUBLIC WATER.
Obama and Congress send stimulus money for public utility development that targets the private sector and does not go to our state or city government or its public works department. The awards are going to large national and global corporations coming in to install all public water pipelines.....now what kinds of companies can stocks be sold? THAT'S RIGHT NATIONAL AND GLOBAL CORPORATIONS. What workers do they bring in when they do a job? Workers from their home state or country. No hiring of Baltimore citizens happening much with all this work. Each corporation making a patchwork of our public infrastructure.
CITY HALL SAYS----WE ARE NOT PRIVATIZING PUBLIC WATER.
Water Infrastructure Stocks
Flows of Profits Under Your Nose Written by Nick HodgePosted September 9, 2009
I've wanted to put together a piece like this for some time now because of the multiple purposes it serves.
For starters, it partly answers the oft asked question of "Where are the stimulus dollars going?"
It may sound mundane, but the stimulus (or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), is actually quite easily tracked at Recovery.org. A quick browse there will answer most propaganda-driven questions being asked in the mainstream.
Secondly, today's piece legitimizes major trends I've been trying to point out to you all year.
Before we get to it, let me remind you of my words back in May:
Take, for example, the $11.28 billion recently allocated to improving our water supply via the stimulus and the president's budget. Here's how that sum breaks down:
- $3.9 billion for EPA Water Loan Programs
- $6 billion for EPA Clean Water State Revolving Funds
- $1.38 billion for the USDA Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program
Such is the benefit of living in a wealthy nation. The cumulative "they" won't let anything too bad happen. We're spoiled enough to know that Uncle Sam will always provide.
But there's more to it than just having the simple things readily available. . . water at the tap, a well-connected highway system. You can also profit from them.
Because Uncle Sam is just like, well, a rich uncle. He'll pay for you to get things done, but he won't do them himself.
This oft overlooked bridge is the key to easy profits.
A Bridge to Somewhere
The government is just providing the funding for these projects. Funding that you contributed to via taxes or from debt we've outsourced.
Those funds then go to companies that provide desired services. . . companies that you can invest in for profit. I'll call this the funding bridge. And most government projects have it.
It's why Northrup and Lockheed profit during wartime. And it's why biotechs soar when they get government funding or approval.
I'm sure even the "Bridge to Nowhere" would've had a profit bridge to somewhere.
But this funding bridge is just getting started. According to Recovery.gov, only $36.8 million of stimulus dollars have been spent. The Feds will be spending that money for the next four years.
And if you get into the right companies now, you could be profiting the entire time.
Companies are lining up to get the funding. And serious investors are lining up right behind them.
Well, it's been a few months since then. Much more than $36.8 million of the stimulus money has been spent. And, as I predicted, many stock gains have been made as a result.
But there's still plenty of time to profit from this years-long event. So let's see if we can reconnect with that funding bridge.
Water Running Under Your Nose
Billions of dollars have gone out the federal door since I forecast a profit bridge would emerge from the stimulus. And a profit bridge has clearly emerged.
Today, we'll explore both sides of the bridge with respect to water.
Here's a list of just water-related funding I painstakingly compiled from the Environmental Protection Agency's stimulus website:
- New Jersey received over $43 million for drinking water infrastructure improvements.
- New Jersey received over $160 million for waste water infrastructure improvements.
- Michigan received $1.7 million to improve water quality.
- Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina and Missouri received over $114 million for drinking water infrastructure improvements.
- Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands received over $253 million for waste water infrastructure improvements.
- South Carolina, Georgia, Guam, and American Samoa received over $1 million to improve water quality.
- Colorado received $6.9 million for drinking water infrastructure improvements.
- Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands received $2.9 million for clean water and drinking water improvements.
- Alaska received $.2 million to improve water quality and create jobs.
- Minnesota and New Jersey received over $200 million to improve water quality.
- U.S. EPA, Campo Band of Mission Indians, Indian Health Service celebrates more than $1.6 million in drinking water infrastructure improvements.
- EPA announces $93.7 million Recovery Act funds for wastewater infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania to boost economy, create jobs, and protect the environment.
- EPA awarded more than one million dollars in ARRA funding for water quality planning in the state of Wisconsin.
- EPA awarded over $94 million in ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the states of Indiana, Colorado and Tennessee and the Territory of Puerto Rico.
- EPA awarded over $267 million in ARRA funding for waste water infrastructure projects in the states of Louisiana, Indiana, Utah and Tennessee and the Territory of Puerto Rico.
- EPA awarded $7.5 million in ARRA funding for water quality planning in the states of New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Utah and Tennessee and the Territory of Puerto Rico.
- EPA awarded ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the State of Texas ($160M).
- EPA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Indian Health Service (IHS) announced $90 million in ARRA funds for improved access to drinking water and wastewater services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
- EPA awarded ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the State of Delaware ($19.2M).
- EPA awarded ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the State of Maine ($30M).
- EPA announced ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the State of Ohio ($133.1M).
- EPA awarded ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the States of Ohio ($52.3M).
- EPA announced ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the state of West Virginia ($15.6M).
- EPA announced ARRA funding for Water Quality Management projects in the states of Ohio, Missouri, California, North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma and Louisiana totaling $7.9 M.
- EPA awarded ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the states of Alaska and Oregon totaling $67.8M and announced funding for water infrastructure projects in Delaware and Colorado totaling $44.3M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the states of Georgia and Maryland totaling $81.5M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the states of Maryland and Washington totaling $163.0M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the states of Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and Mississippi totaling $192.6M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the states of North Dakota, Ohio, Minnesota and Illinois totaling $489M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for water quality management planning in the states of Arkansas, New Mexico and Connecticut totaling $937.3K.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the states of North Dakota and Florida, totaling $107.7M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the states of Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana, totaling $116.7M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for water quality management planning in the states of Nebraska, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida and Alabama, totaling $2.8M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the states of Arizona and Nevada for a total of $45.7 M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects in the states of Arizona, Nevada and Delaware for a total of $94.3 M.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for Water Quality Management Planning grants in the states of Kansas, Arizona and Nevada for a total of $818K.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the states of Oklahoma and Iowa totaling $84.7 million.
- EPA announced ARRA funding totaling $133.1 million for drinking water infrastructure projects in the states of North Carolina, and Michigan and ARRA funding totaling $336.2 for clean water infrastructure projects in the states of Florida, Michigan, and Kansas.
- EPA announced ARRA funding for drinking water infrastructure projects to the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Kentucky and Maine totaling $129.8 million.
It's quite a list. . . tipping the scale at almost $4 billion. And yet, that's not even half of the water funding slated to come down the pike. In total, there's over $11 billion available to do everything from installing new water meters to building entire new treatment plants.
Half of this profit bridge has been firmly created. . . and there's still more to come. From Alaska to Puerto Rico, pipes are being laid and profits are being made.
So how's the other side of the bridge coming along?
Going With the Flow
As I said would happen, the profit side of the bridge is also coming together nicely. Had you heeded my advice of yore — and invested in water stocks — you would've already turned some nice returns.
Simply holding a broad-based water ETF since the stimulus was signed would've netted you anywhere from 50-75% already. Take a look:
That's something I told you to do when all this money began flowing. In a separate article than the one mentioned above, I said:
This is the kick-off party to years of easy water investing. If you're going it alone, I'd suggest holding a water ETF or two.
That statement came just before I showed you a chart of the same four water ETFs seen above. Of course, they were trading much lower at the time.
And individual water stocks have delivered even harder-hitting gains. Members of my Alternative Energy Speculator cashed out of Flowserve (NYSE: FLS) during its recent 100% run. And we're sitting nicely in Layne Christensen (NASDAQ: LAYN) and Lindsay Corp. (NYSE: LNN) as they make similar ascents:
But even with all the water profits being made, my advice still stands: Holding a water ETF is still the best way to profit as the water bull continues to run.
Profits from individual companies — while often much higher — are a bit harder to come by. They take more acute research, precise timing, and an intimate knowledge of the sector.
If those are the types of gains you're after, I can help you get them with the Alternative Energy Speculator. The thousands of investors that follow advice have already closed more than 30 double-digit winners this year. . . many as a direct result of water-related funding.
This elite community is where investors get my premium research and learn how to profit from it. For water, that means finding out not only how much capital is flowing (as you just learned), but on whose balance sheet it will add up. It means 50% gains from individual companies and specific knowledge rather than 25% from an ETF based on a guess.
And the system is paying off. Take a second to read about the success of this investment style and the readers that adhere to it.
Thousands of wealthier readers and dozens of double-digit winners so far this year can't be wrong.
Call it like you see it
The organizations coming out to protest water privatization are mostly linked to labor and justice organizations that work to elect Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons pushing these global privatization policies. We see AFSCME and AFL-CIO----UNITED HERE----we see the 15 Baltimore ministers who tell Baltimore citizens to vote for the Baltimore Development corporate and corrupt pols every election---
BALTIMORE DOES NOT HAVE A HISTORY OF RIGGED AND CORRUPT ELECTIONS THAT KEEP POLS IN BALTIMORE CITY HALL AND AS MAYOR FOR DECADES BECAUSE ALL OF THESE GROUPS EDUCATE AS TO WHY THESE POLS ARE BAD.
Baltimore would have no Wall Street/Johns Hopkins pols in office without the 15 black ministers who pretend to protest while they support the most raging Wall Street pols-----Baltimore would have no Wall Street/Johns Hopkins pols in office if NAACP/Morgan State/and Urban League did not support the most raging Wall Street pols each election.
Baltimore would have no Wall Street/Johns Hopkins pols if Baltimore's middle-class would stop being silent on what will kill everybody's families in just a few decades if left unchecked.
State and local labor unions cannot support the most raging Wall Street Clinton neo-liberal in elections knowing they are going to privatize and then come out to protest privatization. If private sector unions think this is a boon to private union work----YOU NEED TO WAKE UP AND MAKE JOBS, JOBS, JOBS ABOUT SOLID PUBLIC INTEREST DEVELOPMENT. OUR PUBLIC UNIONS ARE THE LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT UNIONS WE HAVE IN THE US.
This is happening in cities across the nation and we must have the labor and justice organization members RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN ALL PRIMARIES AGAINST CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS FOR THE SAKE OF THE FUTURE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP/CONGREGATIONS.
We should not hear politics won't solve this----we can reverse all this policy in two election cycles if people would engage and get rid of the corrupt, corporate pols.
Baltimore Coalition Protests Potential Privatization of Water Services City Administration Responds: “There is no plan, no intention, no desire to privatize…”
by: Roberto Alejandro Special to the AFRO(Photo by Stacey Mink/Maryland Working Families)Nov 1, 2014 [ A+ ] /[ A- ] Baltimoreans gather outside City Hall to protest what they see as a first-step in an effort to privatize city water services. (Photo by Stacey Mink/Maryland Working Families)
Water price increases, diminution of services, and a loss of jobs are all at stake if Baltimore City goes through with a proposed consulting plan for its water and waste management services, according to a coalition of community advocates.
The One Baltimore Coalition, representing over 40 different organizations, is speaking out against a trend towards privatization that could increase costs for essential city services while simultaneously driving down local employment.
At issue is a bid by a French company, Veolia, to conduct an efficiency study of the city’s water and wastewater management services. To Glenn Middleton, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 44, such a study smells like a first step towards privatization.
“Our concern is in an efficiency study, Veolia brings in engineers, so why would they come in to do a study unless it’s a study for them to take over?” said Middleton.
Middleton wanted to know why the Department of Public Works, which oversees water and wastewater management, would reach out to a private company to study the needs of the city’s water services rather than consulting the employees who have been doing the job and are most familiar with its problems.
On Oct. 27, the One Baltimore Coalition held a rally at City Hall attended by nearly 500 people, according to Stacey Mink, communications director for Maryland Working Families, one of the member organizations of the One Baltimore Coalition.
According to Dr. Lester Spence, a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins who spoke at the rally, there has been a tendency in American politics at all levels over the past several decades to adopt the perspective that the private sector can deliver services more efficiently than government and at less cost.
“What we find is that this isn’t true, that private forces aren’t more accountable, that they’re not more efficient in a number of cases, and that they cause a number of problems as far as delivering public goods,” said Spence. “They just don’t do it that well.”
Privatization is not just a water issue in Baltimore, said Spence, pointing to the proliferation of charter schools as an example of how the privatization ethos has begun to take over delivery of education in the city.
“There’s a growing tendency to make privatization the solution for a variety of ills that Baltimore faces,” said Spence.
For Rev. Al Hathaway of Union Baptist Church, it is this broader tendency of city residents being pushed into the hands of private corporations that compelled him to team up with the One Baltimore Coalition on this issue. Hathaway says his congregants began receiving communications from the city suggesting they insure their water pipes with a private company, confusing many of them as to why suddenly the city was asking them to buy insurance from a private entity.
“We’re looking at almost a first-step move (towards privatization) where we are now being asked to bear the burden of replacing the water pipes without knowing if that’s a real need,” said Hathaway.
According to Jennifer Combs, public information officer for the Baltimore City Dept. of Public Works, the department is simply looking to conduct a review of the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants in order to keep costs and rates reasonable.
“There is no plan, no intention, no desire to privatize the Baltimore City Department of Public Works or the outstanding water system that we operate,” Combs said in an e-mail to the AFRO. “DPW will remain accountable to its 1.8 million commercial and residential customers across the Baltimore region, to the citizens and taxpayers of Baltimore City, and to their elected representatives.”
Combs said that while the city has requested proposals for an external review, it is still reviewing proposals and no contract has been awarded as of yet.
Baltimore has a few decades of public works projects outsourced to private corporations that has the system looking like a jigsaw puzzle as lots of different corporations come in to do a sector of Baltimore all having different work standards---materials-----with no oversight and accountability. We hear people say they want to have an inspector come by to approve installations but the city has no inspectors.
In Baltimore we have work crews from Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Utah, coming to install these projects and if they had a city and state public works sector in their own states as we need here in Baltimore and Maryland -----THEY COULD STAY IN THEIR OWN STATES TO WORK AND OUR BALTIMORE CITIZENS WOULD BE HIRED AS PUBLIC SECTOR WORKS EMPLOYEES. Baltimore has absolutely no public works machinery, equipment, engineers-----
When you allow global corporations to make your city or state without any public sector resources----you have created in the US what US NGOs and global corporations have in third world nations----they replace government.
ALL OF THAT FEDERAL FUNDING SHOULD BE COMING TO OUR STATE AND CITY GOVERNMENT TO BE DISPERSED AS CITIZENS IN THESE AREAS WANT IT. INSTEAD, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ANNOUNCING THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND ALLOWING ONLY GLOBAL AND NATIONAL CORPORATIONS RECEIVE THIS MONEY. THEN, THESE GLOBAL CORPORATIONS OPEN UP BRANCHES AROUND THE NATION AND PRETEND THEY ARE LOCAL BUSINESSES.
BUT BALTIMORE CITY HALL SAYS------WE ARE NOT PRIVATIZING PUBLIC WATER.
SAK Construction Begins Work on Baltimore Wastewater Pipeline Rehabilitation
Mon, 2015-02-02 12:19
Source: SAK Construction
The $17.3 million project includes residential neighborhoods in southwestern Baltimore
SAK Construction LLC began work on a new $17.3 million contract to install 115,000 linear ft of 8- to 24-in. cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) in a dozen residential neighborhoods in the southwestern section of the city of Baltimore. The Atlantic Div. office of SAK is located in Arbutus, Md., and will oversee the project.
According to Bob Stier, Atlantic Div. general manager, the project also requires SAK to rehabilitate 529 manholes and repair more than 2,100 house connections, using excavation, grouting and CIPP methods. The assignment, part of a comprehensive plan the city of Baltimore is implementing to improve its wastewater system, is scheduled for completion in April 2016. SAK is concurrently working on a separate $18.8 million wastewater rehabilitation project in the Union Square area of Baltimore, scheduled for completion in November 2015.
SAK’s 7.5-acre Atlantic Div. office and campus is located one mile from the jobsite. Minority and women-owned subcontractors vetted by SAK will partner with it to execute more than 30% of the project.
We know long-term unemployment is high in industrial cities like Baltimore from decades ago----and with the slow elimination of the public sector by Baltimore City Hall at the request of Johns Hopkins and Wall Street's Baltimore Development this long-term unemployment is soaring in Baltimore. Now, this high unemployment is highest for black citizens because all of the jobs loses recently are from slashed public sector and small business minority contractors. This is not the only story about long-term unemployment as the city's white citizens especially union labor are high as well. I was in a food store when a white union worker came in shouting how Hopkins and Whiting Engineering Construction was using out-of state and country workers so much that white and black citizens of Baltimore cannot get a job. So, this is a problem for all citizens of Baltimore, but especially black citizens. Unemployment in the US has never come down---it has risen slowly since the 2008 crash----the Federal and state government simply uses unemployment benefits as the figure----saying only 5.2 % of Maryland citizens are drawing unemployment checks is far different from saying over 25% of Maryland citizens are unemployed and in Baltimore almost 50% of black citizens are unemployed.....WHICH IS THE REAL FIGURE. As you see below Maryland is ranked high in long-term unemployment as it totes this 5.2%. Checking the media articles has almost all media and especially black media using this Federal and state low-ball number----meaning WE HAVE NO JOURNALISM.
The reason it is so important that media and government figures show 5.2% in Maryland is that immigration and use of immigrant workers cannot be done when unemployment for domestic workers is so high---and the global Trans Pacific Trade Pact is all about flooding the US jobs markets with immigrant workers as is happening in Baltimore and Maryland. Immigrants are not counted as unemployed as their jobs end. THIS IS WHY HAVING A LOCAL DOMESTIC ECONOMY KEEPING GLOBAL CORPORATIONS AT BAY AND A STRONG PUBLIC SECTOR IS SO IMPORTANT---IT ASSURES STRONG LOCAL EMPLOYMENT AND A STABLE ECONOMY. All of these Federalpolicies from Obama and Clinton neo-liberals privatizing with public private partnerships are meant to deliberately destabilize domestic employment.
Look at a comment below from someone who is able to figure out when statistics are fishy!
'I see that unemployment rate in Baltimore remains relatively low compared to surrounding metro areas.
I just want to ask if this is real unemployment rate... How Baltimore residents feel the local economy? If the unemployment rate is lower, why the crime rate is higher?
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/baltimore/1298031-low-unemployment-rate-baltimore-real-estate.html#ixzz3jSm8RbhL'
Long-Term Unemployment Still Very High
By Jarrett Murphy | March 24, 2015View as "Clean Read" Print Email BLS
One nasty feature of the 2007-2008 recession was the high number of people who were out of work for a really long time. The good news, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is that the number of people who are long-term unemployed is dropping. The bad news is that it's still a big number.
"Five years after the Great Recession ended, the number of long-term unemployed still made up a larger share of unemployment than during any previous recession," reads a BLS report.
BLS defines long-term unemployment as a spell that lasts 27 weeks or more. The bureau also looks at the number of long-term unemployed out of work for 52 and even 99 weeks.
There are obvious reasons long-term unemployment is of particular concern: the longer you're out of work, the more likely you're going to run out of unemployment benefits, exhaust your savings, fall behind on your rent or mortgage and so on. There are subtler dangers, too. Long gaps in employment taint a resume, can erode the value of contacts you made when you were employed and can degrade workers' skills. There are effects on family life. And people coming out of a long-term spell of unemployment tend to end less.
The number of people out of work for 27 weeks or longer hit 6.7 million—some 45 percent of the total unemployed population—in the second quarter of 2010. A year later, the share of the unemployed out of work for 52 weeks or more hit 31.9 percent, and in the last quarter of 2011 the peak in the share of unemployed out of work for 99 weeks or more hit a peak of 15.1 percent.
All three numbers have come down since then. In the last quarter of 2014, 2.8 million people—or 31.6 percent of the unemployed population—were out of work for more than 27 weeks.
BLS finds that blacks, Asians and older Americans were more likely to be long-term unemployed. Interestingly, one's level of education didn't affect the risk of long-term unemployment. New York State has among the higher levels of long-term unemployment as a percentage of overall unemployment.