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Journal: POV / PBS story on water privatization

P.O.V. - Thirst | PBS I caught this tonight by accident and was glad not to have missed it. It held out slight hope that mass grassroots movements might be able to stand up to the likes of Bechtel once they are done with Iraq and start privatizing water. The segments showing the people of Rajasthan organizing their own community infrastructure and boycotting bottled water got me thinking about how habituated we've become carrying it around all of the time.

One thing that's bugged me a great deal: what happened to having a cooler of water on the bench at a little league game that the kids drink from? Every game the kids are toting around all of those bottles and tossing them around all over the place, seems like another step away from exposing the kids to the concept of a community resource (albeit on a small scale and having nothing to do with Bechtel).

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Journal: The President on broadband

I was checking out the new video from the president and came across a technology issue speech that had this great bit on broadband. I could see SBC using this:

The President said: "Broadband, or what they call high-speed Internet, is critical in making our high-speed economy even more productive. That's what people have got to understand. You see, some people say, what do you mean when you say, broadband? Well, broadband is the capacity to move information a lot quicker and to move more information a lot quicker. As a matter of fact, broadband is four to 100 times faster than dial-up access. So in other words, if you -- if you have your -- if you're on a -- just a dial-up phone for your computer, imagine information getting to you a hundred times quicker. That means more information can move quicker."

http://www.georgewbush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=2833

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