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Nestle continues to grab water rights from communities

Corporate giant Nestlé continued its privatization creep on Thursday as it won approval to take over another Canadian community’s water supply, claiming it needed the well to ensure “future business growth.”

Nestlé purchased the well near Elora, Ontario from Middlebrook Water Company last month after making a conditional offer in 2015, the Canadian Press reports.

In August, the Township of Centre Wellington made an offer to purchase the Middlebrook well site to protect access to the water for the community. Consequently, the multinational—which claimed it had no idea the community was its competitor—waived all its conditions and matched the township’s offer in order to snag the well for itself.


Trudeau was supposed to be better than this. My theory is once it looks like a candidate going to win, someone takes them “on vacation” to a Global Stepford Politician Institute where they undergo the surgery the Stepford wives underwent.
Of course, updated to reflect the technology and programmed to take over the world with the corpses, er, corporations.

Hmmm. Movie, anyone? Pick and choose the cast from successful sci-fi shows and lots of excellent FX.


Nestle bought a mineral water company in my town, then closed the bottling plant that supplied forty jobs (in a little town, that’s significant). They still pull the water out of the ground, but they ship it for bottling elsewhere. >:-(


Winnie came home on Saturday after spending three weeks at the veterinary clinic. She kept her eye and is slowly getting used to not having vision in it. Here is an old photo of her at home.
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Glad to hear she’s home. I found this last week and thought of you and Winnie. https://www.cnet.com/news/horses-make-weather-based-wardrobe-choices-study-shows/


Yay!! Thanks for the update and the pic. she looks very sweet. All the best to you and Winnie in this “getting used to” phase!


Ahhh! Home at last 🙂


Awww, give Winnie BIG HUGS, a carrot and an apple from TPW! :O)


What a sweetie! I’m glad she’s back home!


Another interesting/potentially disturbing HC endorsement

Hillary Clinton has secured another Bush administration endorsement.
Donald P. Gregg, national security adviser to George H.W. Bush during his tenure as vice president, said he believes Clinton would be an “extremely good president.”

Gregg, 88, served as Bush’s national security adviser for six years and was part of the Reagan administration for eight years.


A friend and associate of Bush, Gregg was involved with the Iran-Contra scandal from the inception. On March 17, 1983, Felix Rodriguez met with Gregg at the White House and presented his five-page proposal for the creation of a “Tactical Task Force” for the “pacification” efforts in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Gregg then recommended Rodriguez’ plan to National Security Council adviser Robert McFarlane, with a secret one-page memo on “anti-guerrilla operations in Central America”. This marked the beginning of U.S. support for the Nicaraguan contras. In June 1985, Gregg met with Rodriguez and U.S. Army Col. Jim Steele of the U.S. Military Group in El Salvador during the height of the guerrilla war.[6] In December 1985 Rodriguez attended Bush’s White House Christmas party and was introduced as an old friend of Gregg’s. In January 1986 Rodriguez met with Gregg’s deputy in Salvador. In May 1986 Rodriguez met with Gregg, Bush, and Oliver North in Bush’s office. In August 1986 Gregg met with Rodriguez and Bush. (Gregg soon met with Alan Friers to support arms purchases from Rodriguez instead of Richard Secord.) John K. Singlaub warned North in September 1986 that too much contact with Rodriguez would be bad for the Administration.

This 2003 interview Gregg did with Frontline, that focused on North Korea, gives a peek at what goes on behind the scenes. Keep in mind that Gregg was with the CIA 1951-1982 or so (CIA gig overlapped with NSC gig during the last few years) until appointed National Security Advisor by Bush Sr., who was VP at the time., in 1982.

Gregg: I refer to North Korea as the longest-running intelligence failure in the history of U.S. espionage.

Frontline: Why?

Gregg: They were very difficult to recruit. I think the reason being that they came from a country that had a tradition of being the Hermit Kingdom, trying to shut out the incursions of foreigners. They came from a Confucian tradition — very tight family structure.

Then there was the overlay of self-reliance and the overlay of the particularly virulent kind of Marxism which had been adopted in the North. They were just extremely difficult to get at. Then there was a very difficult problem: If you did get one to agree to help, it was almost impossible to do anything with him once he returned to North Korea.

Frontline: I want to go back to understanding the mentality of the North Koreans. They see us as a nuclear threat. Is that a fair statement?

Gregg: They see us as a military threat.

Frontline: We’ve threatened them in the past, historically, since the war.

Gregg: Yes, we did. We threatened them with nuclear weapons during the Korean War, and they haven’t forgotten that. …

Gregg seems to have approved of Jimmy Carter’s visit to North Korea in 1994 and sounded quite critical of Bush Jr.’s approach.

Frontline: What happened with this administration that they’ve taken another tack? If those were the clear lessons of 1994 and 1998 — that talking to them seriously, cooperating with them where possible, works — why have they failed to learn that lesson?

Gregg: I think two reasons. I think that President Bush, as he acquired a worldview as he ran for office, came into office with very hostile feelings toward four or five world leaders: Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, Arafat, Castro, Chavez of Venezuela. He also had a very strong antipathy toward Bill Clinton for some of the things Clinton had done while he was president, and for the fact that Clinton defeated his father in 1992.


Great Open Thread this morning LD, thank you for all the vids and links.

According too an article in the San Fransisco Chronicle

Wells Fargo, one of the four largest banks in the United States, and among the largest banks globally, has rained $2.7 million in campaign contributions over the Capitol over the past two years, according to OpenSecrets. It gave generously to both parties but especially to Republicans through its political action committee.

The top recipient of Wells Fargo’s political contributions in this election cycle, according to OpenSecrets, is the Republican National Committee ($287,000).

Second on the list was Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at $258,351, followed by her primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at $61,043, despite having railed against what he described as corporate corruption of the political process.

DeSaulnier blamed campaign contributions for giving the banking and other industries “too much control here.”

“Members of Congress,” he said, “are willing to look past this kind of behavior in order to get another contribution.”

I find it amazing that 14 of the 21 members of the Senate Banking Committee have received campaign contributions from Wells Fargo political PACS.

A McClatchy analysis of donations made by the Wells Fargo and Company Employee PAC, whose job it is to influence members of Congress, finds that it gave to 10 Republicans and four Democrats on the 22-member Senate Banking Committee. It gave $54,500 to Republicans, who hold 12 seats on the panel, and $15,500 to Democrats who hold 10 seats.

More broadly, searchable data on the OpenSecrets.org website shows that Wells Fargo has given, in the 2015-2016 election cycle through this Sept. 12, about $159,500 to Republicans who control the Senate and $69,700 to Democrats, who are in the minority.

The Wells Fargo PAC has given $831,700 to federal candidates in the 2015-2016 election cycle, 34 percent to Democrats and 66 percent percent to Republicans.

Included in that list are:
Charles Schumer, New York $6,500
Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota $3,000
Jon Tester, Montana $4,000
Sherrod Brown, Ohio $2,000


And then there is the dark money…disgusting.

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

The donations to Brown and Sanders are a good example of how the financial industry hedges its bets.


They donated to Sanders? I didn’t see that, but may have missed something?


I believe it happened last year and Bernie wasn’t aware off it the time…if I recall correctly, once he discovered the money he forwarded it on too a charity..

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

From the Chronicle piece:

Second on the list was Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at $258,351, followed by her primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at $61,043, despite having railed against what he described as corporate corruption of the political process.

I figure there are bound to be a few thousand people in mail rooms and lobbies and mortgage departments of big banks who are progressives.


Maybe including people who saw what was dirty at Wells Fargo from the inside….


Thanks, LD for all these videos.

Re: Nomi Prins –
I also listened to a couple of other vids with Nomi Prins:
very interesting – the history of the strong alliance of the big banks with the Presidents of this country going back to the Great Depression and before. she did a huuuge amount of research to dig out a fascinating and troubling story:

and Bernie’s interview of Nomi Prins on CSPAN


I’ve never seen this interview. I had no idea Bernie was a guest host on this show. He’s really good.

Fleur de Lisa

Seriously – an intelligent conversation. Asking the right questions, and letting a knowledgeable person answer fully. While being charming, and teaching us about politics.


This was reported by @Greyhound yesterday in the Science Sunday post…I thought I’d repost it here in case anyone missed it.

Great news for spinal cord injury victims


joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

Wow. That is a dream come true.


Thanks, LD. Hope all is well on the home front.

Love EW. AND Reich is right–when we can move from committee grandstanding to legislation and jail-time prosecutions, that will be progress.

We need the grandstanding to get the word out, make no mistake, but we also need action against these dastardly criminals.


She’s gathering support… and shining a light into a dark place. Light can be a good disinfectant… or at least show us where we need to get to work. I’m so glad she’s shining that light!


Attention fellow science geeks – livestream about to start from NASA to discuss some findings about Jupiter’s moon Europa.



Thanks for the heads-up on the live feed ….very interesting regarding the subsurface ocean on Europa and the suggested water plumes. Too bad the observer craft is unable to do an analyses of its content….there could be bio-life down there under the surface…nice too hear they haven’t ruled it out.


some more background info on Europa’s water plumes


Wow. Cool image.


Thanks for that grapevines!




The Left Deserves Better Than Jill Stein

Stein’s Green Party run doesn’t offer a plan to win, or to build power. The Left is capable of so much more.

Like Sanders, the Green Party’s Jill Stein has become a symbol. Progressives and radicals are rightfully tired of having to hold their noses and choose between two bad options. Stein’s campaign seems to offer an alternative. Outside the twin evils of hawkish neoliberalism and thinly veiled white nationalism sits a party that can sincerely claim to be united behind solidly progressive demands: transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership and implementing a $15 minimum wage, among others. These are changes that could make a real difference in the lives of America’s worst-off, and potentially save the planet we all live on from ecological collapse.

Unfortunately, those changes won’t come from Stein or the Green Party.

While liberals love to harp on Stein for her views on Wi-Fi signals and vaccines, the Left should have more serious concerns. The problem isn’t that Stein holds a few fringe views, or even that she’d serve as a spoiler.

It’s that the Green Party’s stumble toward the presidency falls into the same traps that plague conventional Democratic Party politics: putting too much emphasis on the presidency and the electoral process itself, while declining to undertake the kind of deep organizing necessary to alter the state of play in these arenas. The result, for the Greens, is a politics too interested in being right, and not enough in actually taking state power.

The article goes on to quote the November 2015 official Green Party fundraising plan that admits that:

the party also features “little unity around any purpose or plan at all, much less one that would attract and retain lots of new people.”

To paraphrase its own document: The Green Party does not have a plan to build power. To paraphrase every semi-conscious leftist I’ve talked to in 2016: The Left needs a plan, electorally and otherwise.

Brutal, but do Kate Aronoff’s words ring true? She seems to be at least somewhat perceptive. The piece up top was published today. Last week she wrote this:

Clinton hasn’t won over millennials. And no, sexism isn’t to blame

What Clinton can do now is prove that she’s listening. Doing so could bear fruit in the polls, but only if she shows she’s willing to part ways with her billionaire friends and push for policies that are in line with what millennials really want.

Since the Democratic national convention, Clinton and Trump have peddled their own politics of fear. Hers: of an ascendant far-right. His: of immigrants and the prospect of a truly multi-racial democracy. If Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign showed anything, though, it’s that young Americans are eager to vote for something – not against it.

For the most progressive and diverse generation in history, Trump represents virtually everything our generation is against. Clinton represents everything that hasn’t worked for us. Her embrace of politics as usual these last few months could cost her the election, putting Trump in the White House and emboldening his most dangerous supporters. Either way, Trumpism will grow so long as elites are setting the political agenda.

Millennial-led movements, meanwhile, are showing a way forward, free of fear-mongering and full of hopeful visions for a fairer future. If defeating Trump means voting for Clinton – and it does – defeating the toxic ideology that surrounds him means she needs to take these movements’ advice seriously.

Wouldn’t it be great if Clinton effectively spoke to millennials tonight? But, judging by some of the inept moves of her campaign, I’m thinking that’s a long shot.


I wouldn’t believe a word of it. Not watching. And of course, I totally disagree that “…defeating Trump means voting for Clinton – and it does….”

But she’s spot on about the Greens. Almost feel like I’m holding my nose and voting Jill. Not because they don’t espouse great ideals, but b/c they are eager to bad mouth Bernie and they haven’t achieved real change towards those ideals in how many years? I don’t feel any fire in the belly when I hear them speak, I hear a lot of dismissal of a lot of folks and almost a whining about their values.

Geesh, did i say that out loud? :oP


I hear you polarbear! Defeating Trump here in CT, for example, does not mean having to vote for Clinton. Hillary should win easily here but, then again, I haven’t seen even one Clinton lawn sign, while I have seen numerous Trump/Pence signs, so who knows?

It’s those tricky swing state voters my heart really goes out to. What to do, what to do, with two such awful candidates??

I promised my friend that I’d try to watch the debate. She’s the one I got more interested in politics. She may vote for Hillary out of fear, she’s pretty open about it (she has some pretty scary neighbors), but this election is wrecking her as it is me. I feel very strongly that the country’s psyche is taking a big hit. All I can do is hope we don’t all have a collective nervous breakdown. 😛

Did you see this tweet that Jane Sanders retweeted?

‘Bernie Sanders The Movement Should Not Listen to Me’

This comment under Jane’s retweet is pretty typical of the reponses of what one person called “This is THE most amazing re-tweet ever!! <3 @BernieSanders and Jane!"

Interesting, eh?


ahhh, sure miss Jane and Bernie.


If you get a chance to read the comments under Jane’s retweet specifically, you’ll see that you and I are not alone.


None of the above changes my mind.



Well, I watched the debate tonight. I can’t stand listening to Trump for thirty seconds, and I can’t imagine four years. He was a scary, shifty-eyed (really!), lying, jerk during the debate. I hope he helped to do himself in, though his supporters were probably lapping it up.

Now, if only Hillary does more to try to reach progressives. She’s got a looooong way to go. But she didn’t look unhinged. He did.


Maybe we should start a grief group. :O)


I’ll join you…


Last week, while I was working on other things, I listened to hours of Bernie on YouTube. I needed a fix. I’m so so sorry I can’t vote for him in November. Just listening to his voice made me feel better, though. Maybe even hopeful? We need all the hope we can get.


Good idea!

Spring Texan

Thank you for posting this; it is so heartening.

Only attacking Trump and saying how much she likes Reagan isn’t getting Clinton anywhere:
Clinton’s Economic Agenda Is More Popular Than Trump’s. Maybe She Should Campaign on That.

Look forward to after Clinton is elected and having Bernie and Jane unfiltered again I hope.

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

A point amply demonstrated in last night’s debate. Did Clinton attack George Bush even once? The answer is no. At one point, she said that Obama has inherited an economic mess, without any reference at all to who created it. It just magically appeared, perhaps at the beginning of history. Trump promises that big tax cuts for the wealthy, and gutting regulations, will create a ton of jobs. Clinton doesn’t make any reference at all to the last time a Republican promised that. Trump says Obama blew up the deficit, Clinton doesn’t blame Bush.

She is actively avoiding going after the Republican Party. It’s a selfish maneuver than hurts down-ballot Democrats.


And we have the Obamas and the Bushes all huggy huggy kissy kissy, which was looked on so approvingly. “Why can’t we all get along.” Made me nauseous. The establishment Democrats and Republicans get along all too well.


You know, for someone who has spent the better part of two decades whining about the “vast right-wing conspiracy” against Her — and who rather gleefully named “Republicans” as her enemy during one of the first primary debates — she sure is ready, willing and able to embrace them all.

Really, who doesn’t see through her sh!t? Only the willfully blind, imo.


Me too @polarbear4. I like most of the Green’s platform, but they’ve been a political party for decades and still haven’t really gone anywhere. Maybe they need fresh blood (if they’ll take it.) Anyway, I’m voting for Stein/Baraka because of the ideas. I want my preference for those ideas known. I’m sure my vote won’t make much of a dent Clinton’s win here in CA unless enough Berners in CA have the same idea as me. Sigh.

Worst. Election. Ever.


That was my plan too, harry, being here in CA too. But I don’t know… we need to make sure. The debate tonight showed how truly awful he is. If I have to vote for her, I might, and vote progressive down-ticket.


Yeah @NVPainter he was awful. I totally agree with that. I still think the odds of Hillary losing CA are 1 billion to 1, so I have no problem voting for Jill and Ajamu.


Speaking of Jill Stein, she held a press conference at Hofstra today:




The Establishment Machine in action 🙁

Not only voter suppression, but Presidential Candidate suppression as well. Reminds me of what happened to Bernie….disgusting.


United States of America
Midterm Self-Assessment Report
for the
Open Government Partnership

Regarding whistleblower protection, the IRM report also recommended added attention to training and instituting an award for whistleblowers. The third NAP includes a commitment to develop a common whistleblower training curriculum for the intelligence community and those leaders have already consulted with civil society organizations on the content of the training. The intelligence community has also committed to establishing a National Intelligence Professional Awards program to recognize superior service by an intelligence professional in effectuating change by speaking truth to power, by exemplifying professional integrity, or by reporting wrongdoing through appropriate channels.


Needless to say, some are skeptical:


I guess when you’re running against an alleged billionaire, you have got to have your billionaire posse to back you up.

From Robert Reich

“Whose stupid idea was it to invite Mark Cuban to sit in the gallery of Clinton supporters at tonight’s debate? Sure, Cuban’s brash style and harsh attacks on Trump have been grabbing headlines. But Cuban isn’t the kind of person Clinton wants people to think she’s fighting for. The Dallas Mavericks owner is part of an increasingly long list of billionaires, including Hewlett Packard executive Meg Whitman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’ve opted to back Clinton over Trump. Billionaire backing isn’t something Hillary needs to advertise.”


Ah, but Cuban IS the kind of person Clinton IS fighting for…..TRUTH AT LAST


Well no doubt, but I don’t understand why her campaign is bringing attention to that.


“her campaign” doesn’t seem too bright to me. Or maybe they care less about the optics as far as we’re concerned and more about just smushing Trump’s face in it.

I read today that back in the 90’s Bill Clinton’s campaign arranged to have oversized stools brought in for the debate to make Perot look small, “and it worked”, is how the article went. Is the word petty? Or dirty. Pirty?


NPR is reporting they’ve rigged Clinton’s podium so that she will appear too be the same 6ft 3 height as the Donald.



You can only hide an Elephant in a room for so long @jcitybone ….besides, it will make her Bush friends happy.

Now we just need Cheney and Rummy too step up too the plate in her behalf…just one big neocon Corporatist happy family 🙁


I wonder if DAPL will come up.

HC: Well I blah blah blah and I blah blah. Now I blah blah, but I…..

DT: What’s DAPL?


What a great way to protest! Is the MSM covering this pretty consistently, i hope?


Isn’t it though?? But I only saw this planting via twitter so far. Will look more.

Here’s a little treat for you and grapevines:


Are they Norwegians, or are they Same? The Same people (pronounced Saw-may — Samer, pronounced Saw-mare is plural) are the indigenous people of the Nordic countries. They were once migratory, moving with reindeer herds across the very northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland.) They used to be called the Lapps by others — and their lands were called Lapland.

I’m guessing they’re Samer, coming to support indigenous comrades on the other side of the world. Bless them for it! <3


I think of them as Sami – but maybe if they are part of the Sami people they are called Samer?

But yes @NVPainter, that’s them. I saw another tweet that said they lived in Norway and are fighting for their rights there but, as you said, they are the indigenous people of Scandinavia and when I was a kid we were told they lived in Lapland. I think of them as the reindeer people.

I just loved that they visited the site!


It could be that “Sami” is the Norwegian spelling. (My family is Swedish, in part from way up north, not too far south of Sameland.) It’s wonderful that they came to lend their support! And thank you for sharing — I hadn’t heard about this.


It’s a shame that some feel the need to hide their faces. But I certainly don’t blame them.



Thanks, mags, especially the photo of the Norwegians. I’m signing off for the night. Sweet dreams, all.


You too polar bear!

polar bear.jpg

Awwwww. too cute.

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