By Brian Small at Apr 14, 2009
I was impressed with Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now saying he thought Bolivia was the most democratic country in the world. A mass movement of the most repressed people in the hemisphere managed to elect a true representative in Evo Morales. I associate him with the Water War in Cochabamba. I was hoping to blog some key Chomsky on Ferguson and 'the investment theory of elections' and Bill Blum borrowing from Ralhp Nader. I was going to find some time to track down Evo Morales provocative 'culture of dialogue' comments which I first heard in passing while boiling snap peas for breakfast and listening to Democracy Now -all at the same time, talk about multi-tasking. But then I fired up the Flock Browser with it's convenient RSS feeds informing me of all the sites I had been browsing a few weeks ago. I got distracted by 'No Impact Man' and his introduction to a documentary on bottled water.
Demcocracy Now just had Maude Barlowe and some people on to talk about the corporate 'World Water Forum.' Tomoko Sakuma has been writing articles about Japan's water issues at home and abroad. I hate letting any of my money get to Coca Cola or Pepsi. Not that Kirin or any of the Japanese companies are any more humane or less pyramid-like, (as far as I know) but if I break down and just have to use a (extremely wasteful) vending machine I go domestic. When you have David Rovics' voice saying 'drink of the death squads' in the back of your head it's hard to use the big red Santa Coke machines.
The Pepsi quote starting No Impact Man's blog entry reminded me of an old Adbuster's issue showing pictures from and Annual Shareholder's Report. It had Asian-looking women in traditional clothes seated at a boardroom table, all but one drinking tea. Good healthy locally produced tea most probably. Only one was drinking a Coke and they had a PR strategy to fix this 'problem.' I had thought it was an adbusters farce but it was the corporate position image. This Documentary looks like a great way to bring up poclad with your buddies that don't like to read. Morgan Spurlock's Supersize Me as a case study warm up for The Corporation should work too. This looks like it will be another worthwhile DVD to have. I'm still haven't finished Fast Food Nation yet but it looks good with the PR guy not wanting to kill his customers - 'bad for repeat business.' You don't want shit(the literal kind not the chemical kind) in the food you sell, tarnishes your image. No Impact Man's Blog post below.
That's a quote, apparently, by Robert S. Morrison, vice chairman of PepsiCo--which owns Aquafina. I heard it when I was watching a brand new documentary--Tapped--by director Stephanie Soechtig about the perils of the bottled water industry to people and the planet. I also confirmed that Morrison called our most precious asset "the enemy" here.
Anyway, Tapped is not yet out in theaters, but you can watch the excellent trailer below:
I was following up some links on the corporatization of childhood and stumbled on this purchase guide for bottled water alternatives. The DemocracyNow! Mark Shapiro segment and Amy Goodman blog almost make you feel like this is a basic self-preservation to accompany your 'intellectual self defense.' You can't help but have "Water, what will you bring me now." streaming through your head while you follow up these issues. Did anybody see that old, 1985, Michael Caine movie, Water about an Island in the Carribean with smokeable rope, that fought of oil development for mineral water. Margarette Thatcher was threw a letter opener into a wood doorframe while cursing Ghandi.