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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:04 PM
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Dow Chemical's London Executives Receive "B'eau-Pal" Bottled Water Samples
The Yes Men are at it again. Full story at link. Why do they hate America?

http://www.theyesmen.org/blog/dow-runs-scared-from-water


The launch of "B'eau-Pal" water came as Bhopal prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal catastrophe, and coincides with the release of an official report by the Sambhavna Trust showing that local groundwater, vegetables, and breast milk are contaminated by toxic quantities of nickel, chromium, mercury, lead, and volatile organic compounds. The report describes how a majority of children in one nearby community are born with serious medical problems traceable to the contamination.



The attractive yet toxic product, developed by the Bhopal Medical Appeal and the Yes Men with pro-bono help from top London creative design firm Kennedy Monk, highlights Dow's continued refusal to take responsibility for the disaster. (Five years ago, the Yes Men impersonated Dow Chemical live on BBC World Television and announced that after 20 years, the company was finally going to clean up its mess in Bhopal. That hoax, which temporarily knocked two billion dollars off Dow's share price, is featured in the Yes Men's new movie, The Yes Men Fix The World, which opens in UK cinemas on August 11.)

Twenty Bhopal activists, including Sathyu Sarangi of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, showed up at Dow headquarters near London to find that the entire building had been vacated.

Though Dow has consistently refused to clean up the mess in Bhopal, they have taken numerous steps to clean up their image. In a recent press release, for example, Andrew Liveris, Dow's Chairman and CEO, noted that "lack of clean water is the single largest cause of disease in the world and more than 4,500 children die each day because of it." He went on to assert that "Dow is committed to creating safer, more sustainable water supplies for communities around the world."
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:06 PM
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1. Still, slightly better for you than Zima!
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:16 PM
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3. Well yeah, but so's the stuff from the cooling towers at Chernobyl
n/t.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 09:16 PM
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6. Just having a bit of fun here
I'm a "real" beer drinker, cannot resist the chance to take a shot at alcopop!
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hughee99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:25 PM
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5. Many people wouldn't be caught dead drinking a Zima,
but you'd be caught dead drinking this stuff.
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:11 PM
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2. Brilliant idea!!!
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:21 PM
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4. Dow Chemical wants a cleaner and clearer stream in your neighborhood
,because so many chemicals can be masked as odorless and colorless. 45 zillionares run out of martini mix each day because we need a lot of money to keep our huuuuge lawns watered in this ever increasing world of ungratefulness and social unrest. Dance for money, pool boy!
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 09:24 PM
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7. recommend
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 10:36 PM
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8. KnR for greater visibility. We must not forget, it could happen anywhere. n/t
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-14-09 08:31 PM
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9. Don't you love the packaging?
Looks like an ancient Pepsi bottle. And I love the "bottled at the source."

The Yes Men rock.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-14-09 08:34 PM
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10. Beautiful! Kick (too late for a rec) n/t
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-14-09 09:00 PM
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11. Plenty of good links at the bottom of Wikip*dia's page about the disaster ...
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