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Re: E-M:/ New property rights group-Midland

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has a web site entitled the Education Report to influence teachers and young minds. They also sponsor debate workshops and scholarships for high school students. The latest topic was Alternative energy subsidies: Yes or no?  (Wonder if the debate was biased?).
475 students took part in the workshops, held in Livonia, Adrian, Grand Rapids and Traverse City. Students were also invited to participate in an essay contest on this topic for one of four $1,000 college scholarships.
 Note the article  Schools Should Stick to Basics and Resist Green Fad  by Russ Harding which states
educators should drop environmental courses because they are not based on science, but political, philosophical, environmental indoctrination. http://www.educationreport.org/pubs/mer/
In a message dated 2/25/2009 1:24:05 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, ldnum@umich.edu writes:
Enviro-Mich message from Larry Nooden <ldnum@umich.edu>

It seems important to understand how special interests bent on personal
gains no matter their impact on others are operating.  As this case
illustrates, their impacts trickle down all over us.

Those interested in conservation, the environment or even democracy need to
play  a more active role in getting the whole story out there in public

Most remarkable is the cloak of religion and freedom that they wear, and
this deceives many. Even though, these activities too often translate our
into 'antisocial' (contrary to the common good), they are embraced by
religious groups contrary to their religious mandate to act prosocialy
(Norenzayan A and Shariff A [2008] The origin and evolution of religious
prosociality. Science 322:58-62).  Unfortunately, as our news media fade,
and special interest money pours into talk show hosts and political
infomercials  coming out out of  "think tanks" like our own Mackinac Center
are increasingly controlling public opinion and being accepted as the
'whole truth'.

WC Fields said it quite well: you can not fool all the people all the time,
but you can fool enough to make quite a good living.  I would only modify
this to say that with enough political and news media power, you can make
great fortunes.  But then, many people have been convinced that it is
'unAmerican' to question this.

So, what can be done?    Supporting public broadcasting seems like a start,
although they need to reminded not to be swayed by sponsors like the
National Mining Association and Microsoft.

--On Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:57 PM -0500 MICHDAVE@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 2/24/2009 4:17:24 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> ldnum@umich.edu writes:
> This is part of an emerging and concerted push from special interests to
> use the economic crisis (that they and their political ilk have created)
> as
> an excuse to by bypass/overrule environmental protections.
> It's the perfect storm:
>  Like the conservative think tank, Mackinac Center in Midland, CIVPROS
> contributors are " confidential".  The Mackinac Center is where Russ
> Harding landed at the end of the Engler administration
> Also worth noting that Midland Co is home to John Rappanos. Who never met
> a wetland he liked.
> And Midland is home to a number of elected officials who want to
> eradicate the "facility" designation under Part 201 Act 451--- which
> defines properties and parcels which Dow Chemical is responsible to
> address for their release of a smorgasbord of chemicals including dioxins
> and furans.
> Michelle Hurd Riddick

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