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Well, Well, Well | The Aquifer Underground


Note: this post is still suffering from a problem I am having with WordPress image insertion, as near as I can figure.

Source: Diarioweb.com.br

Topic: Black-market artesian wells and the pending water crisis

Neighbors here in São Paulo are already chatting over the back fences about how long it will take before we start receiving our water from caminhões-pipa — tanker trucks that carry treated water to the neighbourhoods subjected to rationing.

Viomundo offers a lengthy and informative interview with an expert in the field, while the Web site of a modest but remarkably informative regional newspaper in Rio Preto, São Paulo, a small city in the interior, dedicates reams of virtual pages to the topic.

Both deserve kudos for dredging up information on an aspect of the black-market economy — that I had never thought of before. Electricity, gas, pay TV, transport, yes, but according to our expert, water for the tap is an enormous black market. Another instance of entrepreneurial spirit among the poor, as celebrated by the neocon Hernando de Soto.

Let us allow the journalists set the scene, and then hear from the expert. Continue reading


«When The Civitas Met Murdoch»


Item: The day the Brazilian media met Murdoch | GGN.

By: Luis Nassif

The economic journalist and social networker paints, in broad strokes, the media Zeitgeist that led, among many other things, to his recent defeat in a libel suit brought by the director of sports and journalism at the Globo network.

Je ne suis pas Nassif, but I read him daily for a fresh angle on the news. And if I had the man’s talent, I hope that I would demonstrate his courage as well. The following translation is second-draft quality.

In the middle of the last decade, the Olympus of the Brazilian media experienced an invasion by foreign bodies, dinosaurs of the extreme right that had be considered extinct since the end of the Cold War; vociferous and bellicose, attacking other journalists, public figures, and political parties with unprecedented aggression.

Before then, news media might attack other news media, but there were no personal attacks on journalists.

The great shift away from the old model began in 2005, coinciding with the creation of a media cartel led by Roberto Civita, the capo of the Editora Abril publishing house.


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