HAVE YOU NOTICED?
Have you ever noticed that advertising supported news sites rarely carry negative stories about
- Look at today's page in which Pepsi and Coke are
identified. In one link it is reported that the pair, along with
other bottlers, basically blackmailed the state of California
backing off a tax that would slow down consumption of their sugar
filled and artificially sweetened drinks, to help fight obesity and
health problems in California citizens. Basically hurt our sales
and we will undermine your roads, bridges, town services so we can
fatten up you and your kids to make a buck. Exact a citizen tax on
them. Stop buying their products and drink water.
- In the other link, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's
investigative unit, a
public broadcaster, reported on soft drink bottlers like Coke using
tactics the tobacco companies used to keep people smoking forever, to
keep selling their products. The NCBI cited article "The Perils of Ignoring History: Big Tobacco Played Dirty and Millions Died. How Similar is Big Food?" discusses the risks of such conduct by corporations like Coke, pushing products that damage health. They are not alone in their concern. These tactics can be unearthed, along with simple observation (you just have to learn to trust your lying eyes.)
- On the face of it, that is only one small part of the
story. Both of these firms fund lobbying firms to create laws
prevent their bad behavior from being regulated and both will use data
analytics to design advertising to keep people hooked on using their
products. Historically its been called advertising and public
relations, but, when properly driven by data, its far more than that.
It is a way to control and manipulate behavior. Why not simply call it
putting a leash on people, just like dogs.
Have you ever noticed that people who do terrible things, like the
serial killer Jeffrey
are jailed and in some cases executed when they are caught, but we
limit our punishment for these atrocities to individuals, not
- Tobacco companies deliberately and willfully sold products that poisoned
and slowly murdered people for years. They knew exactly what they were doing,
lied continuously about it, and made a spectacularly successful
business out of it. Is that not serial killing of the worst and
- What would the outrage be if an individual in charge
of a city's water supply systematically and deliberately over a
period of many years introduced a toxic agent into the water supply
that gave a large number of residents cancer that killed them?
about if the person was a Muslim?
- Even better yet, what if that person was a member of a Communist party? What a bonanza for the military!
- What difference does it make who does it? Or are we so swayed by the worship of money that it
blinds our eyes to murder by corporation but not
individual? There is not a corporation in the world that can sit on a
toilet, its brain cells and body are entirely human, so there is simply
no possibility of losing blame in a stack of papers somewhere.
- Or, does allowing time to pass make the crime
acceptable? If that's the case let all of the killers out of jail
and wait a couple of years and time will have sanitized them. Or maybe
they should start companies and give us jobs, then that will make them
good guys, right?
Have you ever noticed how calm those responsible for the death and
destruction of others can be. And even more interesting is how
making a profit off of it seems to relieve any responsibility or remorse for
doing so. That's just the way it is right? Except for the
victims, their families, their children that no longer have a parent,
and society, who are left to clean up after them.
- The very
calm Dahmer interview
in which he matter of factly discusses his
state of mind when he "raped, murdered, and dismembered 17 men and boys
from 1978 to 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia,
cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts — typically
all or part of the skeleton."
- Look up some interviews with tobacco company executives, or
or the Koch brothers manipulating environmental laws to allow their
businesses to pollute and make a buck, and you will see the same matter
of fact calmness. Of course in a lot of cases the victims are
calm too, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL DEAD.
So if we are going to talk about journalistic reporting and
integrity, when do we draw the line between behavior for a buck, our
own self interest, and getting to the bottom of things no matter how
unpleasant or unpopular they are, if we have a chance to make the world
a better place to live in.
- And that statement is absolutely NOT any kind of indictment
about capitalism, which is better than a dictatorship or state
ownership for sure, to me its just a matter of trying things out to
figure out the best balance between capitalism with character and
integrity, and capitalism as if it is terrorism for profit.