Hello Everyone:
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I see Governor Rick Synder changed his plans and decided it was in his best interest to meet with President Obama at the airport.  I’m sure money for Flint, MI had something to do with his decision.  
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Apparently, Governor Synder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver met with the president in President Obama’s limo (the beast) to discuss the situation.
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Governor Synder gave a 2 minute speech that was booed by the Flint crowd prior to President Obama taking the stage and delivering an update and inspirational  message regarding the water crisis in the video below.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder upon the president’s arrival in 
Flint, MI_May 4, 2016
Little Miss Flint”  Amariyanna Copeny is hugged by 
President Obama at his meeting in Flint_May 4, 2016
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President Obama drinks water as he speaks at 
Flint Northwestern High School, Wed., May 4, 2016
about the ongoing water crisis.
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From: Camille Mitchell
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:08 PM
Subject: Child’s letter stirs Obama’s visit to Flint next Wed., May 4th

Hello Everyone:
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President Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan next Wednesday, May 4th,  The federal government has employed support (financially. etc.) assisting and solving the Flint Water Crises.  Of course, Governor Snyder will not be attending and I find it convenient and strange that the governor has never met with President Obama when the president visits Michigan. 

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Amariyanna Copeny age 8 sits on her mother’s lap with Flint
supporters as Governor Snyder arrives.’

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From: Camille Mitchell
Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 2:59 PM
Subject: What does Ikiru, Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action have in Common?

Hello Everyone:
With all the talk regarding the Flint Water Crisis; I recalled three outstanding films regarding an environmental specifically water contamination crisis.
All three deal with an environmental crisis that transforms the main character in each film.
The first one Ikiru 1952 causes Mr. Watanabe to examine his life of working 30 years as a stagnant bureaucrat.
AddendumApril 28th
Ikiru (the title of the movie means “To Live”).  Director Akira Kurosawa was one of Japan’s most critically acclaimed directors.  Kurosawa directed brilliant actor Toshiro Mifune in many of his films.

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The third one Erin Brockovich 2000 gives Erin Brockovich a way to develop her potential beyond her past as a former beauty queen and currently an unemployed single mother of three children.
In the second one A Civil Action 1998; attorney Jan Schlichtmann has complete transformation from a cocky successful personal injury attorney to a tenacious, caring, attorney willing to lose it all in order to do the what is right.
View the movie trailer for A Civil Action below.
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I enjoyed all of these superb films; however, if you can only view one; I recommend A Civil Action for the thriller aspect of Jan Schilchtmann’s  journey.

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“An unexamined life is not worth living”

                              – Socrates

Toshiro Mifune plays a bureaucrat Mr. Watanabe in 
Ikiru, director Akira Kurosawa_1952 
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 Mr. Watamabe through his tireless and persistent efforts, he is able to overcome the stagnation of bureaucracy and turn a mosquito-infested cesspool into a children’s playground.
 John Travolta portrays plaintiff’s attorney Jan Schlichtmann
and opposing counsel Jerry Facher played by Robert Duvall_1998
A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta (as plaintiff’s attorney Jan Schlichtmann) and opposing counsel representing Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace and Company attorney Jerry Facher played by Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. Both the book and the film are based on a true story of a court case about environmental pollution that took place in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the 1980s.
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It’s Schlichtmann’s search for purpose and his journey toward redemption after his colossal abdication of moral sense at the film’s outset. That journey is troubled and arduous, and he has few compunctions with endangering the livelihoods of his partners in the process.
Julie Roberts portrays Erin Brockovich_2000

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Robertswho fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The film was a box office success, and critical reaction was positive.

Roberts won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics awards for Best Actress. The film itself was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Steven Soderbergh at the 73rd Academy Awards. He won that year, but for directing the film Traffic.   Early in the film the real Erin Brockovich has a cameo appearance as a waitress named Julia.

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Camille
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