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New Law ‘Facilitates Privatization’ of US Water Systems BUT Privatizations often Turn Into Disasters

just as many municipalities are attempting to recapture their once public utilities due to failed privatizations, the US is bucking the trend and embracing a known broken model.

http://www.mintpressnews.com/new-law-facilitates-privatization-us-water-systems/191577/


WASHINGTON — A major piece of legislation funding the development and improvement of water-related infrastructure passed Congress last week for the first time in nearly a decade, and President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill soon.

Yet public interest groups warn that a key provision in the law would complicate public investment in drinking water and wastewater systems in big cities and small towns alike. The end result, they say, would be to strengthen privately-managed or -owned water systems while leaving the federal government to take on the risk of these investments — essentially subsidizing water privatization.

“This law will facilitate the privatization of water systems and prioritize funding for privatized systems,” Mary Grant, a researcher for the water program at Food & Water Watch, a watchdog group here, told MintPress News.

Increased climactic variability seems to naturally lead to slower growth

https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/file/index/docid/498226/filename/camberlin_CR_revised.pdf

Political Rifts Over Bill Clinton’s Welfare Law Resurface as Aid Shrinks

Political Rifts Over Bill Clinton’s Welfare Law Resurface as Aid Shrinks: Some states are limiting cash benefits for families, rekindling concerns — some on the Democratic campaign trail — about a law signed 20 years ago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/21/us/politics/welfare-arizona-bill-hillary-clinton.html?ref=todayspaper

The Limited Case for Permitting SME Procurement Preferences in the WTO Agreement on Government Procu

The Limited Case for Permitting SME Procurement Preferences in the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228121888


Women and minority owned businesses may lose their preferential carve outs in government procurement under the new globalization rules.

Additionally, there are other Historically Disadvantaged Individuals who should get help. Otherwise a lot of work that's currently done my Americans will be contracted out at low wages to low low bidding foreign firms.

Debt burdened Americans can't work for such low wages and won't get those jobs.

Guide for Women in Interntional Public Procurement- Good info for Carve-Out Negotiators

Don't lose your preferential treatment in public procurements when it goes international by inaction!!

http://www.intracen.org/uploadedFiles/intracenorg/Content/Publications/Women%20procurement%20guide-final-web.pdf

Another Catastrophic Oil Spill Hits Gulf Coast, Corporate Media Completely Ignores It

Hillary Clinton says race against Bernie Sanders is 'done'

Source: BBC News

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said her primary race against Bernie Sanders is effectively over.

"I will be the nominee for my party," she told CNN in an interview. "That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won't be."

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-36335319

Video of Nevada Convention clearly shows NO VIOLENCE

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Women and minority owned businesses likely will lose preferential carve outs under Clinton or Trump

(In government procurement) - with those preferences, if awarded, going to firms from less developed countries's firms instead- and Bernie may be forced into this too but of the three I think the chances are best of Bernie preventing it. In "skilled" professions.

We will also lose the ability to funnel tax money earmarked for building infrastructure to domestic firms and their domestic (US only) workers.

Wages are also unclear, the lowest qualified bidders - the cheapest- are supposed to win contracts through GPA. and similar trade agreement based e-tendering setups.

The supposed goal is to increase trade and decrease cartel behavior or nepotism, the awarding of contracts to only your own country's favored workers.

However, that's how we still look at stimulus programs, they are viewed as a way to eliminate poverty here, but that may not be possible in the future. it seems these deals will bar new deal like stimulus programs unless the contracts are awarded by non-country based "reasonable and objective criteria"- . To prevent this carve outs need to go into the pending deals - explicitly carving an area out, like needs also to be done for public services, health insurance, public higher education. Otherwise countries like ours will be prohibited from doing things that preferentially help existing public programs and basically we will be prohibited from creating any new ones. The quality of services delivered by an international mix of providers, some services may even be delivered elsewhere- may be mixed, and accountability for quality will be questionable. For example, with public schools local officials are at least supposed to be held responsible for a schools quality. How accountable will a huge multinational firm located on the other side of the world be for declining quality in a high school or grade school? Or hospital? Or prison?

What will the sex mix be in hese firms. Will any of their employees be women, or "minorities"? Nobody is discussing this, because nobody knows its happening besides the trade negotiators and government officials.

These carve outs should now and always should have been an important issue for Bernie's platform.

Chinese Contractor is 3D Printing 10 Houses in One Day, materials cost: "less than $5000"

"Chinese 3D Printers Build 10 Houses in One Day: They're not exactly stylish, but at $5,000 a piece, who's complaining?"

http://dishwashers.reviewed.com/features/chinese-3d-printers-build-10-houses-in-one-day
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