Bankrupt Michigan Building Fake City With Taxpayer Dollars In Order To Test Driverless Cars

Michigan Uses Taxpayer Money To Build Fake City – Daily Caller

The University of Michigan and Michigan’s Department of Transportation are working together to build a fake city with taxpayer money.

Why? To test driverless cars, of course.

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They will be creating a realistic scenario without other cars or real drivers to test the new technology before automated cars hit the pavement, according to inhabitat.

This 30-acre fake city will be at University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex and has been designed specifically for testing the automated cars. This faux city, called the Mobility Transformation Facility, will be operated by U-M’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), which, according to a statement from the University of Michigan, is a public/private partnership that “aims to change how people and goods move around.” U-M’s College of Engineering is a university member of that center and donated funding for the facility.

In addition to the College of Engineering donating funds, the MTC is partnering with the Michigan Department of Transportation, which provided $3 million to help build the facility, according to MTC’s website.

This city is designed like a typical city with intersections, traffic lights, sidewalks, benches and simulated buildings. There will also be some obstacles or “risks” involved, such as construction barriers and crosswalks.

“We will actually be writing code for the test facility,” assistant professor of computer science and engineering Edwin Olson said in the U-M statement. ”We’ll be able to trigger tricky traffic signal timings, or a pedestrian stepping into the intersection at just the wrong time, for example.”

In addition, according to the MTC’s website, the city will also include different kinds of road surfaces (concrete, brick, dirt, asphalt), vary the number of lanes in a road and have tunnels and traffic circles.

U-M’s statement says the test city will “model the kind of connected and automated mobility system that the [Mobility Transformation Center] aims to enable in Ann Arbor by 2021.” And the system could ”dramatically reduce crashes, ease traffic and reduce pollution and energy use.”

And Peter Sweatman, the director of both the Mobility Transformation Center and the U-M Transportation Research Institute, said that such a system would have cars that could communicate with other cars and the rest of the world, not working as autonomous “islands unto themselves.”

The first car to be tested in this fake city is an automated Ford Fusion hybrid. Michigan Engineering researchers are working with Ford to create sensors and mapping technology for the car.

And the testing that they’ll be doing can be changed for ever lap around the city, said Associate Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Ryan Eustice in the same statement.

Eustice said, “That will give us a leg up on getting these vehicles mature and robust and safe.”

MTC said that the facility should be open by fall 2014.

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Over 44,000 Healthcare Workers Flee Leftist SEIU After Michigan Ends Forced Unionization

SEIU Membership, Revenues Plummet After State Ends ‘Underhanded Scheme’ – Fox News

A Michigan branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union saw its membership and revenues plummet after the reversal of a measure that forced caregivers tending to friends or relatives to be members with their dues paid by those they cared for.

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More than 44,000 home-based healthcare workers parted ways with SEIU Healthcare Michigan after learning they did not have to join the union or pay dues, according to reports the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Thousands of the employees were allegedly forced into the union under a plan the SEIU successfully lobbied for that classified even unpaid family members caring for their elderly parents as “home health care workers.” Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients’ Medicare or Medicaid checks.

“Family members were told they were public employees,” Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, a Michigan-based policy group, told FoxNews.com. “They are not public employees and this was not proper.

“It was an underhanded scheme to get these people in [the union],” he added.

The measure, which counted the home healthcare recipient as an employer and the caregiver as an employee, was adopted during the administration of Demcratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but abolished by Republicans including current Gov. Rick Snyder, who was elected in 2012. His election coincided with the state’s vote to end forced unionization by approving a right-to-work ballot measure. Snyder subsequently signed a bill that ended the SEIU’s due collection scheme.

Wright’s organization estimates that the SEIU reaped nearly $35 million from Michigan’s elderly and disabled from 2006 to last year. Of some 59,000 residents classified as home-based caregivers, about 80 percent stopped paying when they learned they did not have to.

“What the numbers show is that these people never wanted to be in the union in the first place,” Wright said.

Requests for comment to SEIU Healthcare Michigan were not immediately returned.

Some of those charged under the prior scheme are suing to get their money back.

Retired Detroit police officer Robert Haynes and his wife Patricia say they were forced into the union after they were considered public employees because they cared for two adult children with cerebral palsy in their home.

“Our children’s case worker had come for their usual six-month visit and he had told us that we were now part of the union,” Haynes told FoxNews.com. “I was like, ‘What?’”

But Haynes and her husband weren’t concerned.

“I didn’t think much about it,” she said. “Then my husband heard the news that the law was reversed and we realized they were doing nothing for us.”

Haynes said that every month, $30 was deducted from their children’s Medicare payments, and, while it did not break their bank, they objected on principle.

“They couldn’t get me a raise, they couldn’t get me more vacation time and they certainly did nothing to improve my children’s care,” she said. “I’d hate to say it, but in my opinion, they were stealing.”

Haynes also says that they are also hoping to help others who had to pay dues.

“We are not anti-union. I just don’t understand why we were forced to join because I have two disabled kids,” she said. “That we were told that we had to join a union just because we chose to keep our kids at home to care for them.”

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Leftist Corruption Update: Obama-Loving SEIU Receives Second Largest Campaign Finance Fine In Michigan History

SEIU Hit With Second-Biggest Campaign Finance Fine In Michigan History – Washington Free Beacon

The Service Employees International Union will have to pay the second-highest fine in Michigan history for its failed 2012 campaign to preserve forced union dues among home care workers.

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Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that the politically powerful union agreed to pay the state nearly $200,000 for failing to properly disclose donors and file timely campaign reports.

The union funneled more than $9 million into two 501(c)(4) non-profit groups, Home Care First Inc. and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, which served as the public face of a ballot initiative.

“These organizations cannot be used as a means to conceal the identity of the true contributors,” Johnson said in a release. “This agreement reflects our commitment to transparency and accountability in the campaign finance process, especially in an election year.”

The union could have faced millions of dollars in fines if it did not settle with the Secretary of State’s office. SEIU said in a statement that reporting oversights were inadvertent.

“We have decided not to dispute the preliminary findings of the Secretary of State and SEIU Michigan consider this matter closed,” the union said. “The mistakes were a result of errors and reports by the Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care regarding the receipt and transfer of funds.”

The fine stemmed from an August 2013 complaint filed with the Secretary of State’s office. It alleged that the union and its 501(c)(4) groups misreported its campaign disclosures. For example, SEIU reported more than $4 million in direct contributions to the 501(c)(4)s in September filings, but those contributions were later scrubbed from an October campaign report, according to the Secretary of State’s complaint.

Patrick Wright, a senior legal analyst with the free market Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said the fine was an appropriate conclusion for an election battle “that started off ugly and ended ugly.”

The SEIU earned about $6 million per year from the forced dues program established by former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. It was willing to spend big money to preserve it, according to Wright.

“They were willingly bend the rules to set the scheme up in first place, so their attempts to continue it through questionable campaign finance is in no way a shock,” he said. “Clearly it was a major income source and they were loathe to let it go.”

The fine is the second highest campaign finance violation in Michigan history. Former Democratic congressman Mark Schauer was forced to pay the state more than $225,000 for taking excessive contributions from his state Senate campaign fund in 2009. Schauer is now running for Michigan governor.

Wright said that the large amount indicates that the union recognized the state had powerful evidence of campaign malfeasance.

“They seem to be clearly admitting fault. The amount of money seems to indicate that the culpability was rather clear and that they’re hoping this will go away,” he said.

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Armed Pizza Delivery Driver 1 Armed thug 0

Just another example of how armed Americans defend themselves with guns

A pizza delivery driver is believed to have defended his life with a firearm after an armed man attempted to rob him on Monday night.

Witness James Wethers told KNXV-TV that he heard three gunshots at around 11 p.m. Monday night. When the looked outside, he saw the “freaked out” pizza delivery and another man face down in a driveway across from his home in Redford, Mich.

“He just said he was robbed. The guy put a gun up to his head and he had to shoot the guy,” he said. “He was freaked out…he didn’t know what to do.”

Self-defense is the most basic of human rights

 

Michigan Insurance Provider Forced To Call EVERY ObamaCare Applicant Due To Online “Glitches”

Michigan Insurer Forced To Call EVERY ObamaCare Applicant Due To Online Glitches – Independent Journal Review

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Priority Health of Michigan explains that, due to continuing online glitches, it is phoning everyone who signs up for ObamaCare online. Worse? A company spokesperson says it can only do so for one reason:

“We can only do that because there is a low volume right now. Certainly, if it picks up, it’ll be difficult to call each and every person.”

Moreover, Team Obama won’t even commit to having HealthCare.gov fixed by MARCH.

The fiasco continues.

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*VIDEO FLASHBACK* 2010 – Newt Gingrich To Michigan: Change Or Die


…..Too bad the people of Detroit utterly ignored Newt’s sound advice.

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You will never guess what was found at Muslim conference in Dearborn, Michigan

Things that make you go HMMMM

Less than two months removed from the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon where pressure cooker bombs killed three people and injured over 200, several floors of a Michigan hotel were evacuated early Monday after a female guest discovered a pressure cooker in a second-floor bathroom.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the pressure cooker was found around midnight at The Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, and had not been converted into an explosive device. Police tell the Freep that the evacuation was a precaution and no injuries were reported.

Sources to Local 4 say that the pressure cooker did not belong to the hotel.

The Universal Muslim Association of America(UMAA) was hosting a three day conference at the hotel this Memorial Day weekend, and Arab-American News reports that the event titled, Conference of Ali,  attracted attendees from different states and countries including several from Toronto, Canada.

Well, it was not a bomb, so what was it doing there? On an American holiday that honors our military? A sick joke? A dry run?