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Utah: Sanders has more than a 50% lead. Idaho is more than 80%

Open primaries are more representative of the general election.

Bernie's leads are so large in Utah and probably Idaho it may be better than many likely think-

Good description of the rationales being given for the "labor mobility" provisions in trade deals

commonly known as "Mode Four"


Plastic sculpture

Anybody work with cast acrylics?

Myths About Canadian Health Care, Busted!

Canada's health care system works substantally better than both the US health care system and what one would think if one read US newspapers.

Here is a web page where "myths" about Canadian health care are laid to rest by facts. its worth reading.


below are some random examples of pages that are relevant to the discussion..


MYTH: User Fees Ensure Better Use of Health Services (Wrong!!!)

MYTH: Canaadas System of healthcare Financing 'is unsustainable'. (Wrong!!!)

PNHP has a web page about this:


Illinois Revoting?

Saw something about that on another blog and thought I should pass it on.

Lots of people were turned away previously.

Illinois Revote-ing?

I saw something about this on another blog- Evidently lots of people were turned away in Illinois earlier, and if they want to vote, they can today?

Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation (Undoing Privatization)

Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation



Privatisation on the backfoot as new book shows that the growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to 37 countries impacting 100 million people.

Satoko Kishimoto, Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean

978 90 7056 348 6

Water Justice, Public Sector Alternatives

TNI has joined with a number of organisations to launch Our public water future: The global experience with remunicipalisation that details the growing wave of cities and communities worldwide that are bringing water services back under public control.

The book is launched in the run-up to the World Water Forum in South Korea (12-17 April) and comes in the wake of Jakarta’s decision in March 2015 to annul its privatised water contracts citing the violation of the 9.9 million residents’ human right to water.

This is the largest remunicipalisation in the world, suggesting that water privatisation is running out of steam and the pendulum is swinging back in favour of a reinvigorated, accountable and sustainable public control of water.

The TNI book is co-published jointly with Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Multinationals Observatory, European Public Services Union (EPSU) and the Municipal Services Project (MSP).

Key findings of the book

Water remunicipalisation refers to the return of previously privatised water supply and sanitation services to municipal authorities, and is also broadly used to refer to regional and national-level services in some cases.

Between March 2000 and March 2015, researchers have found:

235 cases of water remunicipalisation in 37 countries, affecting over 100 million people
Number of cases doubled in the 2010-2015 period compared with 2000-2010
Cases are concentrated in high-income countries, with 184 remunicipalisations compared to 51 in low- and middle-income countries
The great majority have taken place in two countries: France (94 cases) and the US (58 cases)
Public water operators are joining forces within and across countries to facilitate the remunicipalisation process

From Jakarta to Paris, from Germany to the United States, this book draws lessons from this growing movement to reclaim water services. The authors show how remunicipalisation offers opportunities for developing socially desirable, environmentally sustainable and quality water services benefiting present and future generations. The book engages citizens, workers and policy makers in the experiences, lessons and good practices for returning water to the public sector.

Table of contents

Introduction Calling for progressive water policies [PDF] Emanuele Lobina
Global list of remunicipalisations [PDF]
Chapter 1 Water in public hands: Remunicipalisation in the United States [PDF] Mary Grant
Chapter 2 An end to the struggle? Jakarta residents reclaim their water system [PDF] Irfan Zamzami and Nila Ardhianie
Chapter 3 German municipalities take back control of water[PDF] Christa Hecht
Chapter 4 Turning the page on water privatisation in France [PDF] Christophe Lime
Chapter 5 Taking stock of remunicipalisation in Paris. A conversation with Anne Le Strat [PDF] Olivier Petitjean
Chapter 6 Remunicipalisation and workers:Building new alliances [PDF] Christine Jakob and Pablo Sanchez
Chapter 7 You are public…now what? News ways of measuring success [PDF] David A. McDonald
Chapter 8 Trade agreements and investor protection: A global threat to public water [PDF] Satoko Kishimoto
Conclusion Reclaiming public water through remunicipalisation [PDF] Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Emanuele Lobina

Pages: 132

News: new articles are added to Eau publique, eau d’avenir in June 2015 (French edition of Our Public Water Future).
Find English translation.

Foreword [PDF] By Célia Blauel
Nice: building a public water company after 150 years of private management [PDF] by Olivier Petitjean

News: new article is added to Un futur per l’aigua pública in September 2015 (Calatan edition of Our Public Water Future).

Find English Translation

Window of opportunity for public water in Catalonia [PDF] By Eloi Badia and Moisès Subirana


Our Public Water Future(pdf, 1.67 MB)


Press release: Wave of remunicipalisation reaches 100 million people(pdf, 49.89 KB)

Media briefing on book: Why are cities choosing to bring water back under public control?(pdf, 193.28 KB)

Memo on how 1995 WTO services agreement makes it impossible to put effective limits on banks

MEMO Gats conflict with bank size limits.doc




“In sectors where market-access commitments are undertaken, the measures which a Member
shall not maintain or adopt ... are defined as...limitations on the total value of service
transactions or assets...”

–from World Trade Organization services agreement, 1994

“We’re not going to have just a set of immutable, quantitative criteria [for banks] that say if
you’re above this amount of assets, you’re too big to fail.”

– Obama administration official,
January 2011

Implication of WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services for Universal Health Care, Nonprofit Hospi

from Public Citizens Global Trade Watch - 2007 (this ALL still applies today)


Must see these matchups in the general- Who is the Democrat most likely to win against Trump or Cruz

This MUST be why the Clinton supporters want Bernie to drop out so badly!

2016 Presidential Election Polls: Possible Matchups:

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