Everybody is dishonest sometimes, find out some ways to spot those who tell the truth and those who don’t…
Everybody is dishonest sometimes, find out some ways to spot those who tell the truth and those who don’t…
My mother “lost” her “battle” with breast cancer years ago…in the grand month of “Breast Cancer Awareness”, formally known as October. In the years since then, I’ve been gifted Pink Ribbons in every form and incarnation from pens to key-chains to coffee mugs…I despise them, each & every one.
I have never, and will never, give a dime or show an ounce of support for this ridiculous “Cheering on” of a disease – of this “Pink Ribbon” club that serves only to make talking about loss of boobs more tolerable to society. What the video below says at the beginning is true…there is a push to pretty-up the disease and to show only shiny, happy survivor faces in public…and for some of us who know better, who have a more intimate relationship with breast cancer, that public relations image is downright nauseating. My mother was NOT happy and cheerful and perky during the years breast cancer ravaged her body. She was sick, pale, weakened, burned, scarred, maimed, bald and died looking like a Holocaust corpse.
And before I allow myself to veer off into a full out personal rant, I will let other voices pick up from here and explain what it is about the Pink Ribbon campaign that gets me so agitated that my vision blurs from pink to fiery-red…
Source – “Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve?”
Little known to many, for instance, is the fact that the original breast cancer ribbon was created by a woman named Charlotte Haley, now 68 years old, as an awareness tool to expose the fact that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) spent virtually none of its budget on cancer prevention. Today, that ribbon, which was originally a salmon color, has been hijacked by corporations and turned pink for the purpose of raising gobs of money in the name of “finding a cure.”
“Raising money has become the priority, regardless of the consequences,” said one woman interviewed for the film, concerning what all the breast cancer hullabaloo is really about. “If people actually knew what was happening, they would be really pissed off,” added another woman.“Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Léa Pool, and produced and executive produced by Ravida Din for the National Film Board of Canada, PINK RIBBONS, INC. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has been hijacked by a shiny, pink story of success.”
Most people have no idea where their donations to groups like Susan G. Komen for the Cure actually go, and whether or not any of it is being used for legitimate purposes. And at the same time, many of the products with pink breast cancer labels on them actually contribute to the disease, including KFC chicken (http://www.naturalnews.com/028631_Komen_for_the_cure_pinkwashing.html), Diet Coke (http://www.naturalnews.com/031415_Coca_Cola_diet_soda.html), and even alcoholic beverages (http://www.naturalnews.com/030018_pinkwashing_breast_cancer.html).
So how can organizations like Komen for the Cure and its numerous corporate sponsors claim to be interested in ending breast cancer when they continue to do nothing to oppose the use of cancer-causing chemicals and additives in consumer products?” Click Here To Learn More
“To many women with breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about the evils of pink.
From soup cans to Mustangs, many corporations saturate their products in pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month. These corporations incentives, many breast cancer advocates warn, however, may not be as good-hearted as they appear.
This advertising technique, called cause marketing, is a marketing strategy where charity is used to increase profits. Research from Cone Communications, a Boston consultancy, found that 79 percent of consumers would likely switch to a brand that supports a cause, all other things being equal.
“This is nuts,” breast-cancer patient, Jeanne Sather, 54, said. “Companies will take out an advertisement in a major magazine to tell you about their great donation, and the ad might cost more than the donation,” Sather said. “This is fairly typical.”
Sather said cause marketing exploits women who have breast cancer. Sather said she urges women to boycott any product that displays a pink ribbon on it. Her Seattle-based blog, The Assertive Patient, features her “Boycott October” campaign where she recommends that people stop buying pink ribbon products.
Many organizations are producing “pink products,” with promises to donate part of the item’s proceeds towards a breast cancer foundation. Angela Wall, the editor of Breast Cancer Action said consumers need to be aware that the portion of the product’s profit that the corporation donates is often very slim. Many corporations have a donation maximum that puts a cap on the money raised at a certain point. The money raised after this point goes to the corporation, rather than the charity.
While some companies are required to inform consumers of their maximum, many corporations found loopholes, enabling them to pocket the excess charity money.
New Balance reached its $1 million per year maximum over the past two years. The company is partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation, who insist its corporate partners inform consumers when they have reached their donation maximum. However, New Balance said in a statement that it does not inform their consumers after they have reached the cap.
Despite mislead customers, many companies claim cause marketing triggers awareness. Last month, the Pink Ribbon Produce campaign used in-store promotions to drive breast-cancer awareness through produce at participating stores. The participating stores were decorated with a pink ribbon indicator.
Not everyone, however, says generating awareness is enough support.” Full Post Here
I’ve said before that I generally have little use for most of what comes out of Hollywood but there are rare exceptions and “Wag The Dog” is one of those exceptions & for the same reason that allows “Idiocracy” to make the cut…it is some of the best fictional “truth” that’s out there. As I’ve been feeling the rumble of the War Pigs’ drums getting steadily louder and louder lately, this movie has come to mind more than once. Ordinarily it is easy to tell where the spark will ignite but right now, there is too much noise in the wind to look just in one direction.
I ask myself over and over…is any of it even REAL? Does N. Korea really want to blast us into oblivion? If so…why…and I mean, really WHY, not the Faux or CoNN news scare versions of why, thanks. If they don’t really want to attack us, how would ‘We The Peons’ know that? Or…maybe it’s Syria that wants to take us out..? Oh but wait…I saw mention about how going to war with China would be a bad thing…so maybe it’s them we should fear?? And of course, we cannot forget those scary folks down in Mali who…well, I don’t know what their beef is exactly, but by gawd…America will be there, standing strong!!!
I know I did not list all of the places our government is currently chest-thumping with but it still makes the point…there is too much being thrown out too quickly – and without full background, details or key information so that the average citizen has no damned idea what is going on and what, if any, real threats there are. So much of what I’ve been seeing reads like propaganda and rhetoric…but is it? How can I be certain? Are we intentionally being spun about in all directions so that when something does finally trigger even more massive scale war, we will be so confused as to believe anything our ‘protectors’ tell us?
This story is so disturbing I am not sure where to even begin with tearing it apart…a Texas legislator went to a bar, got drunk, got in her vehicle and smashed it into another car and then a cyclist…according to police reports, she was so snockered that she was unable to count backwards from 100 and blew nearly twice the legal limit on the breathalyzer test.
And this woman is sniveling publicly and getting standing ovations and roses from fellow lawmakers for it? Really?!
It’s very sweet that she promises that ‘nothing like this will ever happen again’ but I am sure there are plenty of folks – myself included – who really don’t believe her. What won’t happen again? She won’t drink and drive again…or she just won’t smash things up and get caught next time?
What if she had been driving stoned and wrecked? Would her fellow politricksters be so understanding and supportive?
What if she had waved a loaded gun around on the street and fired off a couple rounds in random directions? What would people say then..? How is using a loaded vehicle to randomly risk the lives of others any different from carelessly discharging a weapon? Does being drunk excuse the recklessness of the action be it drunk driving or drunk gun-waving?
Instead of apologizing and trying to gain public sympathy, resign and get your affairs in order, Ms. Gonzalez! Go serve your proper prison sentence, get treatment, pay restitution to the REAL victims…woman up, in other words. You nearly killed people…you’re lucky people are not putting flowers on the graves of innocent people instead of on your desk. You deserve punishment the same as anyone else who risks the lives of other people…and to the coworkers and cronies applauding the DUI?
Shame on you for effectively slapping the faces of all of those who have lost loved ones to intoxicated drivers and reckless fools.
KVIA News “A Democratic state lawmaker arrested for drunken driving offered an emotional apology on the floor of the Texas House on Monday, drawing a standing ovation and flowers from her colleagues.
Naomi Gonzalez of El Paso crashed her BMW into another car, which then hit a bicyclist around 2 a.m. Thursday. Gonzalez, the other driver and the cyclist all went to the hospital with minor injuries. The 34-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Gonzalez sought special permission to address her colleagues and said she did so “with a heavy heart.” She explained that the crash occurred as she drove alone to her Austin apartment and, “I want to be clear about this: I made a mistake and I am deeply, deeply sorry for it.”
“I am sorry for the shame I have brought upon this House and my district,” Gonzalez said. She added that ongoing legal issues prevented her from saying much about the incident, but that she was glad no one was seriously injured.
“To them and to you, family, friends, colleagues and constituents, I ask for your understanding and I pledge that nothing like this will happen again,” Gonzalez said, her voice cracking. She also thanked constituents and lawmakers for their support and patience.
Lawmakers applauded loudly, eventually climbing to their feet. Some gave Gonzalez hugs and high-fives. Flowers were left on her desk in the chamber…” Full Story and Video
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In spite of complete lack of evidence, the ‘Causeway Cannibalism’ incident in FL is being credited to the use of Bath Salts – otherwise known as synthetic meth. Who needs facts – like the perpetrator in the FL attack NOT being influenced by any kind of meth, synthetic or real – when there is an opportunity for politricians to jump on the bandwagon of the week and use misinformation to literally scare up a few more votes?
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the brainiac behind such schemes as regulating the cost of CocoPuffs and outlawing alcoholic sodas (who knew rum & coke could be evil?) has now jumped into the lead position of guiding the latest ‘anti-zombie salt’ campaign and is pushing for a ban on bath salts.
I would much rather see our tax dollars be spent on something useful…like a mental examination of Schumer who shows obvious signs of insanity by wanting to repeat a (failed) action and expecting a new outcome…while ignoring logic, facts and all common sense.
Reason TV, ”Bath salts. They’re turning people from Miami to Maryland into flesh-eating hulks and the synthetic concoctions that are sold as insect repellent and plant food have supposedly singlehandedly set off the zombie apocalypse…”
“…Here’s the problem with banning “synthetic methamphtemine” – or the real thing, for that matter: There are an infinite number of ways that natural and artificial drugs can be combined, married and sewn together to get a user higher Matthew McConaughey on any given Monday. Science will always be one step ahead of the legislative process, so as quickly as a chemical compound is banned, four more will spring forth from crafty laboratories eager to pacify those seeking a quick fix…”
Now, Ladies & Gentlemen…The American Legislative Exchange Council is proud to present, longtime member; their latest – and greatest –
contender for Highest Corporate Spokesman In The Land…er, I mean presidential candidate…Newt Gingrich…
Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to ALEC members at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s States and Nation Policy Summit, December 4-6, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
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The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Friday, July 17, 2009.
psychopath, er, I mean candidate, Rick Perry’s Remarks to the American Legislative Exchange Council
August 5, 2010 - Thank you, Tom [Craddick] and thank you for all you’ve done for Texas throughout your life of public service, and for standing tall in your defense of conservative values. Folks, you’re looking at a man who was elected to the Texas House of Representatives at age 25, and chosen to the first Republican Speaker of the House in Texas since Reconstruction. He played an essential role in the Republican revival in Texas, and helped hold the line as we applied spending cuts to overcome a $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003, and reformed the way we fund education in our state. He also married very well, but that rarely shows up on his official bio.
Tom, it has been an honor to serve with you in Austin, and I know that our current Speaker, Joe Straus, would agree that we stand tallest on the shoulders of giants. Well done, sir.
It’s good to be here in the company of like-minded Americans, who still care about the values that drove our country’s founders, as they shaped the foundation of our republic. As we go along on our journey, working to defend those values, ALEC serves as a fueling station to keep us going, and a trading post for the exchange of ideas, equipping us all to keep fighting the good fight. To me, that exchange of ideas, from representatives of various states, is the embodiment of federalism. I think that folks like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would have felt right at home with the members of ALEC, as you work to protect the rights of individual citizens, and attempt to shove government back into the box that they originally shaped to contain it. Incidentally, that box was called the Constitution, and that document is more important than ever, as folks in Washington attack it from every angle.
If he is already this much of an arrogant prick and speaks to voters this way now, I shudder to imagine what a monster he would become as leader of the free world…
Once again our corporate controlled media set a conveniently flexible (flexes towards the rhetoric side, at least) standard for participating in the next presidential debate that excludes Gary Johnson – and yet somehow allowS the likes of Huntsman and Cain in. It’s bullshit. Pure, unadulterated, slanted Bullshit. The only purpose of including so-called ‘candidates’ like Herman Cain is to guarantee that there will be plenty of inflammatory sound-bytes that can be replayed endlessly to increase partisan division and hype for 3 days worth of out-of-context ‘news’ stories. I did mention the bullshit factor, didn’t I?
It is insanity, folks. We no more have Free elections any more than we live in a Free country. Why can’t more people see this game for what it really is? It’s a staged show; a circus…KISS is no longer ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’…our elections are. The thought that any of these life-size, walking, talking, caricature(s) of a bad political cartoon are being considered serious choices for leader of this nation makes me ill. You decide which candidate I’m referring to because that broad stroke easily covers several of them, up to and including Obama. It’s embarrassing to know that large parts of the world probably believe that ‘We The
Peons, People’ actually take ANY of the jackasses being included in the debates, seriously.
And every time I see someone say how much they are voting for X because they ‘would just love to have a beer’ with them, I want to give into my base desires and smash something (usually my monitor as it brings in the most of these comments) to smithereens with my battle-axe.
“I WILL CAST MY VOTE FOR LEADER OF A POWERFUL NATION BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE FUN TO DRINK BEER AND/OR HAVE SEX WITH THEM.”
Doesn’t it make you want to cry over what we’ve lost and how far we have fallen?
It doesn’t have to be this way. WE HAVE CHOICES. There are other options besides giving in to the corporate interests and politicians. TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION. Do not participate in the commercial tactics and don’t buy tickets to the Insane Political Posses. Go hunt for your own news and knowledge; ween yourselves off the FOX-CNN sweet pudding and try some real cranial nutrition for a change. Stop supporting the system and the people who want to own and control you.
Please, please, please…cast your vote outside of the corporate circus tent…help prove to the world that the media whores and political puppeteers are not representative of who we really are. Vote Gary Johnson, Ron Paul and any other non-corporate sponsored (re: owned) and promoted candidates with views that align with yours. Donate. Blog. Promote. But above all…take back your right to honest representation in Washington and squash this media fueled and politically supported, circus filled with clowns and high-wire walking jugglers.
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