[Reader-list] Giant corporation, Bhopal survivors need cash now

The Yes Men plea at theyesmen.org
Sun Apr 9 09:57:01 IST 2006

April 11, 2006

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Here's an update on some recent Yes Men activities. But first, two

* In a few weeks, the Yes Men will speak at a major conference
as one of the world's biggest, nastiest companies. We're planning
something every bit as bizarre as the WTO's meter-long golden phallus -
but we're a bit short on funds to pull it off. If you can help,
please visit http://www.theyesmen.org/contactus/#donate or write to us.

* On a whole other level, survivors of the Bhopal catastrophe have
just completed a march from Bhopal to Delhi to protest the Indian
government's refusal to help force Dow to the table; now they're
beginning a hunger strike. Please support them at
http://www.bhopal.net/delhi-march.html#actions or by donating to the
Bhopal Medical Appeal (http://www.bhopal.org/donations/).

Now for the updates.


Last November at a San Francisco nanotechnology conference, a "Dow
representative" urged the scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in
the audience to hurry potentially dangerous nanotech products to
market before they could be tested. Citing Dow's record profits
despite a history of releasing dangerous and often lethal products,
the representative asserted that caution is best deferred until after
a product is released, and that testing ought to be performed not by
the corporation but by the population at large, to give them the
opportunity to participate in corporate progress. The audience, to
their credit, found these ideas disturbing, but many admitted that
they had no control over how the products they were developing would
be released. Meanwhile, in the exhibits hall, the Yes Men discovered
that nanotech products known to be dangerous are available for sale
to anyone with the money....


The pesticide Dursban was banned in the US in 2001; that very year,
Dow opened a Dursban plant in Chiplun, India, and now manufactures
and sells it in India. Last December, the Yes Men, posing as Dow
managers, dropped in on the factory for an inspection. They had been
told of the plant by Bhopal survivors, who are angry that Dow is able
to launch new, harmful ventures in India even as they continue to get
away with murder in Bhopal.

Also in December, the Yes Men visited the largest agricultural fair
in India and learned how companies like Monsanto sell their expensive
seeds to farmers, who are often ruined when the crop doesn't perform
as well as expected; thousands of farmers have lately committed
suicide by drinking the pesticide that comes with the seeds, and
millions more have ended up in big-city slums. After speaking to
Monsanto and other company representatives to learn their sales
tricks, the Yes Men successfully sold seeds armed against "amoebas
and houseflies" and demonstrated a pesticide that doesn't kill but
simply lobotomizes the drinker, making him or her happier with
whatever happens.

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