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Northern Express: Is Survival Only for the Rich

Pellston is courting a Chicago area company that promises badly needed jobs, but strikes some people as bad news. The young company is called Sovereign Deed and plans to provide emergency supplies and services to wealthy clients who are caught in a major catastrophe, such as a pandemic, an earthquake, or terrorist attack.
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Charlevoix County: Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners

The Chairperson called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Present were Commissioners Roloff, Tripp, Drebenstedt, Christensen, Evans and Reinhardt, 6. Commissioner Evans led the Pledge of Allegiance.
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La Vanguardia : Los elegidos evitan los desastres

Solía pensar preocupada que Estados Unidos estaba a punto de ser tomado por extremistas que creen con sinceridad en la llegada del Apocalipsis y que ellos y sus amigos serían llevados a un refugio paradisiaco.
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Ellis Boal for Congress (blog): Sovereign Deed: a house of cards

This investigation is for the benefit of the following in assessing the desirability of Sovereign Deed's offer to establish operations in McKinley Township:
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Democracy Now! (blog) :"Shock Doctrine" Author Naomi Klein on State-Sanctioned Torture and Disaster Response for the Chosen

Author and journalist Naomi Klein reacts to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of Michael Mukasey, which she calls an endorsement of state torture.
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Aftonbladet (Sweden) (blog): Betala eller brinn

Tidigare brukade jag oroa mig för att USA hade råkat i klorna på extremister som på fullaste allvar trodde att apokalypsen var nära förestående och att de och deras vänner skulle lyftas upp till den himmelska tryggheten.
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The Irish Times (Ireland): A shock to the system

ECONOMICS: Naomi Klein thought Sovereign Deed was a hoax when she first heard about it. The company offers VIP rescue missions to people unlucky enough to be caught up in a disaster; a Katrina, perhaps, or a Californian wildfire.
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Resistir (blog) : Resposta aos desastres, mas só para os eleitos

Antes, preocupava-me por os Estados Unidos estarem controlados por extremistas, crentes sinceros na aproximação do Apocalipse e na salvação celestial, deles e dos seus amigos, através da teletransportação. Agora mudei de opinião. Sim, o país está realmente sob o controle de extremistas empenhados em representar o clímax bíblico – a salvação dos eleitos e a imolação das massas –, mas sem intervenção divina. O céu pode esperar. Graças aos prósperos negócios dos serviços privatizados contra desastres, podemos obter o Êxtase aqui na Terra.
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The Guardian: Rapture rescue will airlift you to safety. If you can afford it

The plan is the brainchild of Sovereign Deed, a startup with links to the mercenary firm Triple Canopy. Like HelpJet, Sovereign Deed works on a "country club-type membership fee", according to the company's vice-president, the retired general Richard Mills
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Petoskey news: Sovereign Deed forum held in Pellston to dispel rumors

Emmet County residents filled Pellston's high school auditorium on Tuesday to hear about the present and future plans of Sovereign Deed, the private civil defense firm that intends to locate its national response center at Pellston Regional Airport.
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Petoskey News: Sovereign Deed picks Pellston

Sovereign Deed, a civil defense firm, has informed Emmet County that it has selected Pellston Regional Airport as the site for its initial National Response Center, with a promise of bringing $79 million in investment and 300 to 500 full-time jobs to the county in five years.
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Petoskey News: Sovereign Deed about to launch protective services

Barrett Moore, chief executive officer of Sovereign Deed, the nation's first private civil defense firm, asks us to imagine ourselves working in Manhattan and living in Connecticut, 50 minutes away by commuter train, when a catastrophe occurs somewhere in between, taking out standard communications and transportation.
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Rebelion (blog): Respuesta ante los desastres para los elegidos

Miren que lo pasa en el sur de California. Mientras los incendios devoraban franjas enteras de la región, algunas casas en el corazón del infierno permanecían intactas, como si las salvara un poder superior. Pero no era la mano de Dios; en varios casos fue obra de Firebreak Spray Systems. Firebreak es un servicio especial ofrecido a los clientes del gigante de seguros American Internacional Group, pero sólo si viven en los códigos postales con la población más rica del país. Los miembros del Grupo de Clientes Privados de la compañía pagan un promedio de 19 mil dólares para que rocíen sus hogares con una sustancia antinflamable. Durante los incendios, las “unidades móviles” –que van de un lugar a otro en camiones de bomberos rojos– en ocasiones llegaron a extinguir incendios para sus clientes.
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Senate Fiscal Agency: PA 198: STRATEGIC RESPONSE CENTER S.B. 400 (S-2): FIRST ANALYSIS

A new company called Sovereign Deed, LLC plans to develop a national infrastructure for the delivery of catastrophic response services. In recent years, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Gulf Coast and the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, the public system for disaster relief has been heavily burdened. The principals involved with Sovereign Deed see an opportunity to provide privatized catastrophic relief to supplement public efforts. The company intends to establish a number of local and regional response centers throughout the United States and one national response center for the country. Reportedly, the regional airport in Emmet County's McKinley Township, just outside of the Village of Pellston in northern Michigan, is one of three finalist sites for Sovereign Deed's national response center. Local and State economic development officials are attempting to assemble a package of incentives to encourage the company to choose Michigan, rather than one of the other finalist sites in Wisconsin or Illinois.
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Chicago Sun Times: Marriage Offer Has Her Whirling

Attorney Mary Szews got quite a jolt Tuesday when she spied a helicopter buzzing outside the window of her 73rd-floor Sears Tower office at the Schiff, Hardin & Waite law firm. "Hey, Szews! Will You Marry Me?" screamed a banner attached to the chopper.
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