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[News] UK AstroTurf Story Shows Sheer Powwow Water Abuse

  • Subject: [News] UK AstroTurf Story Shows Sheer Powwow Water Abuse
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:47:12 +0100
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Please donât hesitate to contact me â a rant about Powwow Water

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| So, long story short, itâs a tale of sad customer service 
| which reached depths of incompetence I have never before 
| seen. No company has ever been this bad at keeping promises 
| and meeting expectations. Weâd cancel the contract, but no 
| one comes out to collect the damn thing and we keep getting 
| billed.
| But then, light! Yesterday an engineer appeared at 9am 
| without any due warning and replaced it. 24 hours in, itâs 
| still working. But then today I get the final straw â in 
| the form of a mass marketing letter from Powwow.
| âPowwow is pleased to announce the launch of the most 
| exciting website the bottled water market in the UK has 
| ever seenâ.
| I sh*t you not. The most EXCITING WEBSITE EVER (for bottled 
| water). They follow this up with more great stuff.
| âThis is a huge step forward in our company historyâ join 
| us in supplying any good news you think would be of benefit 
| to Powwowâ



Wendell Potter: How Corporate PR Works to Kill Health Care Reform

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| It is easy to think of efforts to influence lawmakers as the
| exclusive domain of K Street lobbyists. Much has been said
| and written about the millions of dollars the special
| interests are spending on lobbying activities and the
| hundreds of lobbyists who are at work as we speak trying to
| shape health care reform legislation. Very little by
| comparison has been written about the millions of dollars
| that special interests are spending on PR activities to
| accomplish the same goal and that are vital to successful
| lobbying efforts.


Size Matters, Reality Doesn't

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| After some conservative bloggers wrote that they believe
| allies' guesstimates over official reports, CJR asked
| whether "the point of the whole exercise on Saturday was
| not, apparently, to gather a crowd in the numeric sense" but
| "to gather a crowd in the symbolic sense."


P.S. to the Tea Party Express

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| Blogger Lindsay Beyerstein reports that BusBank, "one of the
| featured corporate sponsors of the Tea Party Express had to
| pay millions of dollars to settle lawsuits for its role in a
| bus fire that killed 23 elderly nursing home residents
| fleeing Hurricane Rita in 2005."


Revolving door for health care aides

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| Some of the most influential aides in the closed-door Senate
| Finance Committee negotiations over health care reform have
| ties to interests that would be directly affected by the
| legislation.


Wendell Potter: Public Option Essential, Baucus Plan An "Absolute Gift" To Health Insurance Industry (VIDEO)

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| 'Contrary to the misinformation being disseminated by the
| health insurance industry and its allies, the public
| insurance option would not have a competitive advantage over
| private plans," Potter told the committee. "It would have to
| meet the same benefit requirements and comply with the same
| insurance market reforms as private plans. "


Obama speech disrupter a health industry darling

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| At that point the president was interrupted by Rep. Addison Graves âJoeâ
| Wilson (right), a Republican from South Carolina.
| âYou lie!â Wilson shouted from the crowd.
| Obama paused for a moment before continuing his address as Wilsonâs
| colleagues looked on in shock following the breach of protocol.
| Whether because of his outspokenness or in spite of it, Wilson is a
| major recipient of contributions from the health care industry.

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