Profitable Companies; Bonehead Policies

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I was sent this today. 

It originated in something called “Wallet Pop” which is an e-zine I think.   I’m not sure, but it was a fascinating read.

It’s an overview of several well-known American businesses with some of the most biased and prejudicial policies ever. 

Providing they’re true and if they are, I would never patronize ANY of these establishments. or buy their products.

Again, this is all according to Wallet Pop.  

Blame them.

Let’s start with fast food giant, McDonald’s.  

When founder, Ray Kroc, finally submitted to hiring females in his restaurants nearly 15 years after the founded the chain, he reportedly insisted they be “flat-chested and unattractive women that men wouldn’t like”.

 In Kroc’s eyes, nice-looking women would have jeopardized the family environment he worked so hard to foster. They would have caused distraction among employees in the workplace and they would have attracted a less desirable clientele.

This next “skeleton in the closet” is fairly well-known. 

Years before we’d come to associate our beloved Bug,  Volkswagen’s long strange trip began with a swastika. The iconic, quirky little car often dubbed the “hippie-mobile” was originally, quite literally, the Hitler-Car.

The brainchild of the Führer himself, the car was masterminded as a gift to the German common man. Translated as the “people’s car,” Volkswagen would provide a cheap, fast, and fuel-efficient means of travel to a country where only a wealthy few owned cars. Hitler, however, never lived to see his pet project come to fruition since the Beetle wouldn’t be mass-produced until after the Nazi surrender.  

And you thought that was a cute little front bumper?   Nope, just an homage to that oh so infamous mustache.

I don’t drink Red Bull.  I’m not a fan of the taste or smell, which to me is quite  reminiscent of Betadine douche.   Therefore, I don’t know that much about this so-called “energy drink”, so I was rather surprised to stumble across this little gem in my email.   

Apparently, for the nearly two decades since entering the US market, Red Bull has been running from controversy like a bovine through a Pamplona street. The energy drink has been implicated in a number of serious, even fatal, swigging and swooning incidents all across the globe.

A 2008 Australian study found that Red Bull can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. Just one can of sugar-free Red Bull caused the blood of healthy subjects to become sticky and temporarily raised their cardiovascular risk to levels seen in individuals with cardiovascular disease.

As one would suspect, Red Bull disagrees with such assertions.

Perhaps, but still, I’d rather drink the douche.

Here’s something to consider next time Mother Nature bestows on you your monthly chocolate jones.   And to be honest, I never thought of this either and tobe honest, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pass the candy section at my grocers without getting a little pissed. 

There is a dark and not at all sweet truth about the multi-billion dollar chocolate industry: It has yet to eliminate the child and slave-like labor used to harvest cocoa in the nations where most of the world’s supply is grown. According to some human rights activists, “Big Chocolate” hasn’t even made a noticeable dent in the problem.

The issue isn’t a new one.  For almost 20 years not, international labor groups, along with journalists from some worlds’ biggest news organizations have been reporting on the West African practice of using young kids, many under age 10, to harvest the cocoa that, after passing through the hands of farming co-ops, exporters, and food conglomerate, s — becomes the chocolate used to make the candy in your  supermarket and school or office vending machine, which ultimately takes up permanent residence on your ass.

Field researchers have estimated that hundreds of thousands of children work the fields on remote farms in the Ivory Coast and parts of Ghana, two countries that supply 60% of the world’s chocolate. Although it’s not illegal for children to work on farms, it is a violation of human rights laws for children to work so many hours that they’re unable to attend school. It’s also a violation to ask kids to use dangerous tools such as machetes, which are used on cocoa farms. Many of the children who work on the farms are brought there by child traffickers; others are employed by small operations run by their families or farmed out by their own poor families for profit.

Banana terrorism?   Because it has appeal?  Oh, I know that was horrible and I should be shot and I would be if you believed this report from Pop Wallet.   

Chiquita & Dole, two top banana companies, stand accused of hiring murderous terrorist groups.

In his ruling to allow a Chiquita suit to proceed through the judicial system, U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra wrote that the families of the victims “allege that Chiquita, knowing that FARC was a terrorist organization, intentionally agreed to provide money, weapons and services to it as part of a common scheme to subvert local trade unions, protect Chiquita’s farms and shipments, harm Chiquita’s competitors, strengthen FARC’s military capabilities, and injure  families by overt acts done in furtherance of the common scheme.”

Dole faces a similar suit. Almost a year ago, 73 heirs of individuals who were murdered by the AUC (another terrorist group) filed a legal complaint against the company. 

Bananas Foster for desert?  Nah, why not just eat some guilt chocolate instead.

Although we acknowledge that slavery is part of our country’s past, few realize how closely it’s tied to some of the most prominent companies in our present, like JP Morgan Chase.

The multinational bank admitted in January 2005 that it had discovered ties to slavery through two of its predecessor banks — Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana. Between the years of 1831 and 1865, the banks accepted approximately 13,000 slaves as collateral on loans and took ownership of 1,250 people when plantation owners defaulted on those loans.

I’d like to see Reverend Al demand slavery reparations from this entity.   Won’t happen.   Nor will it ever happen with that other big entity, either.   “Big Guv’ment” ain’t gonna do it, no matter who puts his feet up on the desk of the Oval Office.

We’ve all heard the familiar  ad jingle, “Things go better with Coca Cola!  Things go better with Coke!”.

Even torture apparently.  Again, this is according to Pop Wallet.

While Coke represents a wholesome, all-American image to consumers, there are markets necessary to its long-term financial health that don’t adhere to wholesome, all-American ideals.

Take Colombia, where a decades-long civil war has resulted in thousands of assassinations, kidnappings, and cases of torture at the hands of right-wing paramilitary groups — including the killings of eight people who worked for Coca-Cola bottlers.

According to a lawsuit filed in Miami in 2001, after the union (at a Colombian bottling plant) elected a new board, the general manager brought in paramilitary members to destroy the union. On the morning of December 5, 1996, a union negotiator who manned the plant’s front gate was shot and killed by paramilitary members on motorcycles.

This last “skeleton” is kind of  a reach as far as I’m concerned, but it includes some very odd coincidences…like the one about the strange deaths of  13 witnesses who testified before the Warren Commission regarding what they saw in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on one particular November morning back in ’63.

Or so we’re told.

I’ve never seen the movie,  The Conqueror and chances are, neither have you.

 RKO Pictures’ sprawling epic of a film won’t be found in many classic collections, nor is it considered vastly underrated by critics or cinephiles.  For starters, John Wayne as Ghengis Khan? 

I don’t think so.

No kids, by almost every account, this movie was a disaster in every sense of the word.

To make matters much worse, it was shot along the red bluffs and scrubby flatlands of St. George, Utah. Unfortunately, the entire production was located just 137 miles downwind from an atomic testing range in Nevada’s Yucca Flats.  Roughly 11 atomic explosions occurred there JUST the year before, two of which scattered ample amounts of radioactive material throughout the area. The nukes, nicknamed Simon and Harry, were several times larger than the 13- kiloton bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

And check this outListe91 members of the cast and crew — including leads John Wayne, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead, stuntmen Chuck Roberson and Bernie Gozier, and the director — each contracted various forms of cancer in the years following production.

Talk about fall out!!! 

Director, Dick Powell died from stomach cancer, Moorehead succumbed to uterine cancer, and Hayward battled brain and lung cancer — the same malady which Wayne famously fought.   And that’s not even counting the numerous extras hired to portray the raging Mongol horde.  Apparently, no one has kept a record on their death rate.

These actors, extras and film crew were living and working on radioactive land.   And it wasn’t just a little contiminated, it was VERY contaminated.   With fresh fall out, thank you very much

Dr. Robert C. Pendleton — director of radiological health at the University of Utah and former member of the Atomic Energy Commission — stated the fallout was “abundant” and likely collected in the windblown areas where much of The Conqueror was filmed. He added that the radioactive material could have also entered the food chain, and if the extended visitors sampled the local meat and produce, their chance of being contaminated would have increased.

But increasing chances of contamination wasn’t a problem — producers had that covered. Rather than film in the same location for retakes, they  shipped 60 tons of the radioactive ground back to the Culver City studio.   We’re talking 60 tons of verty radiactive dirt over 400 miles.

You do the math.

Seer the original Wallet Pop article here.

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2 comments

  1. What an entertaining post LK! Only thing missing is UFOs. They must fit in somewhere. And just as I was getting ready to enjoy my first Betadine Douche Chocolate Coke Spritzer of the evening … Damn. Guess I’ll just have a screwdriver.

    The whole idea of the “corporation” is ultra creepy. As an entity it provides great cover for the greedy psychopaths who can never have enough money or power. Of course this doesn’t apply to every corporation. Just 90% or so. I guess. I don’t really know.

    But thank you, as always, for your entertaining ponderings. 🙂

  2. Dole, Chiquita, Coca Cola all fall under the same issue. FARC and the AUNC are armed groups in Colombia and to some extend the neighbouring countries. FARC are guerilla while AUC are paramilitaries (fighting on the state side). And what happened with the Union of those 3 companies is just the tip of the iceberg. There is far more going on down there. Any company doing agri business in a remote region of Colombia, where the government arm is non existent, will sooner or later run into problems with armed groups, or must hire them or pay them off.

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