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Thu Mar 7, 2013, 12:54 PM

 

Bush Family Evil Empire join the rush to privatize the world's water supplies

References for when "Fuck Jeb Bush" is not enough, in and of itself.

http://climatesoscanada.org/blog/2013/02/15/profiting-from-your-thirst-as-global-elite-rush-to-control-water-worldwide/


Former President George H.W. Bush’s Family Bought 300,000 Acres on South America’s and World’s Largest Aquifer, Acuifero Guaraní


In my 2008 article, I overlooked the astonishingly large land purchases (298,840 acres, to be exact) by the Bush family in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, while on a trip to Paraguay for the United Nation’s children’s group UNICEF, Jenna Bush (daughter of former President George W. Bush and granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush) reportedly bought 98,840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, near the Triple Frontier (Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay). This land is said to be near the 200,000 acres purchased by her grandfather, George H.W. Bush, in 2005.

The lands purchased by the Bush family sit over not only South America’s largest aquifer — but the world’s as well — Acuifero Guaraní, which runs beneath Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. This aquifer is larger than Texas and California combined.

Online political magazine Counterpunch quoted Argentinean pacifist Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the winner of 1981 Nobel Peace Prize, who “warned that the real war will be fought not for oil, but for water, and recalled that Acuifero Guaraní is one of the largest underground water reserves in South America….”

According to Wikipedia, this aquifer covers 1,200,000 km², with a volume of about 40,000 km³, a thickness of between 50 m and 800 m and a maximum depth of about 1,800 m. It is estimated to contain about 37,000 km³ of water (arguably the largest single body of groundwater in the world, although the overall volume of the constituent parts of the Great Artesian Basin is much larger), with a total recharge rate of about 166 km³/year from precipitation. It is said that this vast underground reservoir could supply fresh drinking water to the world for 200 years.

(More at the link. For more reading: )

Bill C-45 removes 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers from the protected list


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/12/27/ns-protected-waterways-bill.html?cmp=rss

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022168806

Nestle Group -"Access to Water Is Not Your Right"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022179129


Enron, an enormous supporter and contributor to George W. Bush, were early adopters of the hydraulic empire (via KamaAina) :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azurix
Azurix Corp. is a water services company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company owned and operated facilities in North America (mainly Canada), Europe, and South America. In 2007, Azurix was awarded a $165 million claim against the government of Argentina by an international arbitrator, the company is currently involved in a dispute over Argentina's refusal to pay the claim.

Azurix was formed when Enron Corporation purchased Wessex Water in 1998. In June 1999 it was part-floated on the NYSE stock exchange, with Enron retaining 34% ownership. The company was formed with an IPO of $800 million and an opening stock price of $22.00, which fell to $2.00 within two years. The business was a disaster for Enron, and in April 2001 Enron announced it would break up Azurix and sell its assets. Enron eventually sold Azurix North America and Azurix Industrial Operations to American Water Works for $141.5 million.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:00 PM

1. I read things like this and am just glad I chose not to have children

Selfish, I know.

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Response to siligut (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:02 PM

3. Not selfish if you think you are trying to prevent some

future suffering.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:05 PM

4. Exactly my thinking

I come from a long line of people who cannot sell-out to save their own lives.

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Response to siligut (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:12 PM

10. I consider NOT having kids to be the *opposite* of selfishness

tell me what's so selfless about blithely allowing your (not you personally!!!! I'm using "you" in the plural sense throughout this post) biological urges to overtake your logic, common sense, even your immediate survival needs? What is so selfless about going ahead and adding to the burden on the planet, because your romantic notions are soooo important and special? What is so selfless about ---all the idiotic justifications people have for satisfying a biological urge?

Globally, we are way WAY past the time of needing to procreate or die as a species!


In a world that is imploding due to our ever increasing numbers, putting your needs before the survival of everyone and everything---that's pretty selfish.

It takes selflessness to be aware of and refuse to be sucked into the continuing social rut that women must satisfy the urge when their clock is ticking and men are powerless before the demands of their dicks.

Moderating our biological urges is the reason we have a cerebral cortex. We don't HAVE to be enthralled to hormonal demands and limbic-based fantasies.

When people exercise their abilities to anticipate possible outcomes and consider long term effects--and make decisions based on reducing suffering/the best for all concerned--that is when we act as fully aware human beings. That is selflessness.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:50 PM

13. Yes, you express my thoughts too

Thank you

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:00 PM

2. I see the rise of Marxists again.

Some day the people will enact land reform and the Bushes can go pound sand.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:32 PM

12. It will be a long slog before the Marxists get a foothold in that region

Paraguay Tri-Border Area Is 'Terror Haven' and an unfettered capitalist's wet dream

Ever heard of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay? It is one of the world's largest and most diverse black markets. They have essentially established a no-holds-barred "free market" where containers are not checked by anyone. Thus it seems almost anything can (and, presumably, does) pass through this global hub of the seamy world of underground commerce.

It is also characterized by its ethnic and national hodgepodge...just about every part of the world from Asia to the Middle East to South America to Africa seems to have a small community doing one sort of "business" or another in this city. Even al-Qaeda and Hezbollah activity is alleged.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Frontier

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:13 PM

5. ¡Paraguay!



¿Por que no? Rev. Moon sabia.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:28 PM

6. In the case of the Bush purchases, this is what creates a Hugo Chavez and nationalization.

With good reason.
Although now I fear that this sort of thing will begin to be settled in the streets and with weapons, as opposed to in the courts.
What breathtaking rapacity. And it makes me want to hurl whenever I see Clinton and HWB all cozy - like being a Democrat has turned into falling down the rabbit hole.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 03:51 PM

7. Just wait until they ask for your papers, to prove you've paid for the oxygen you consume. nt

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 03:55 PM

8. Privatization of water is ABSURD

it is a people's right to have water

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 03:55 PM

9. I remember reading about this on DU when the bushies made that purchase

And considering what Halliburton and Bechtel are doing in Africa....water is the new oil.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:15 PM

11. How long until H2O is currency?

Yeah, if I had the money, I'd be getting into water futures on the ground floor, too.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:38 PM

14. Did the Bush family (R) use the profits GrandPoppy Prescott made as traitorous Banker to the Nazis?

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:29 PM

15. This is why Detroit gets a Republican manager no matter what plan it makes.

It doesn't matter if Detroit creates a plan that works right now, our Republican governor will say it doesn't and give the city water department to one of his friends like it's a fire sale.

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