Killing the romance and deliciousness of eating is not something the EU should be dabbling in, given its poor record on secret and often inscrutable governance.
By Martha Rosenberg - March 22, 2013
Do you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning? Do you wake up…hungry for food? You may be suffering from……fill in the disease du jour...Selling symptoms to suggestible people has been a gold mine for Big Pharma since it started advertising directly to the consumer almost 15 years ago. Thanks to disease mongering ads, millions of people who were once fine now have depression, insomnia, season allergies, GERD and assorted attention and pain disorders.
By Comrade Black
I am not suggesting that everyone everywhere in the world should be vegan, especially not in the case of Indigenous peoples living traditionally with a diet that ‘includes’ sustenance hunting...but it really pisses me off when white folks use indigenous cultures and their traditions as a scapegoat excuse to continue eating factory farmed meat and cheese bought from a grocery store. Last I checked no traditional communities (Indigenous to Turtle Island or elsewhere) ever had factory farms as part of their traditional ways of life.
By Lauren Kelley - December 24, 2012
McDonald’s has become synonymous with food that’s terrible for you, low-wage jobs and overzealous marketing to children. Largely that’s because of McDonald’s scale; the company serves more customers each day than the entire population of Great Britain, and it hires some one million workers each year...This is all to say that there’s a lot to hate about McDonald’s. As such, here is a not-comprehensive list of some of the more outrageous facts about McDonald’s, past and present.
By Michael Laxer - December 8, 2012
Wal-Mart is "so confident in our low prices, we guarantee them"...Ever wonder how they do it?...[They] have sourced all of their purchasing from factories in the Third World that can produce certain goods more cheaply than they could be produced in North America...But this fixation on the bottom line is even more deadly and crass than many consumers would have assumed. It turns out that, when given the chance, Wal-Mart directly refused to pay for a plan to make fire safety improvements in the factories that it gets its clothing from, as it would have cost them money.
Movember- the time of the year, where men try to show they have testicles by growing an ugly flap of hair over their top lip. On top of looking like a greasy douchebag-hipster, pedophile, and/or cop - you are helping to raise funds for a multi-billion dollar black hole of an industry that is notorious for cruel animal testing.
Self-help books and articles have drawn the public’s attention to a recent and growing affliction: “addiction to work.” They present people who eventually suffer breakdowns mainly due to their grueling professional lives and are then classified by psychologists as “workaholics.” The reader is additionally informed of a range of symptoms for this strange illness: the workaholic employee or manager lives only to work...The concept “workaholism” says: something is wrong with these people...Against this, it should be said: it’s just normality, ordinary working life, which encourages people to throw themselves into work to such an extent that it drives some people to get themselves “addicted” to – of all things – work.
By JOHN FEFFER - August 02, 2012
When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently watched a concert that included Disney figures like Mickey Mouse, it was big news. Foreign analysts rushed to the conclusion that the young leader was presiding over a shift in Pyongyang’s attitudes about the West. After all, Mickey Mouse is a symbol of American imperialism and Western penetration almost as potent as McDonald’s...But the worlds of Walt Disney and Kim Il Sung are actually not that far apart.
We are seeking submissions for a zine on being both working class and vegan, to decenter veganism away from the politics of privilege and consumerism.
By Robert Stevens - WSWS
The tens of millions of pounds spent on the Royal Jubilee is in stark contrast to the demands of the ruling elite that working people — the target of the most severe austerity measures since the 1930s — must make “sacrifices” for the good of the nation. It is estimated that the cost of the celebrations...will be around £1.2 billion.
By Jay Taber - May 31, 2012
Part of the attraction of green greed as a solution to all our woes is that for privileged first world consumer societies it appears painless, fostering the illusion that we can still live in five thousand square foot mansions and drive hybrid SUVs and take exotic cruise ship vacations, as long as we use biofuel. It’s magical thinking, of course, but to an infantile audience, it’s very appealing.
By Jim Hightower - AlterNet
One would assume that in a rich, medically advanced, health-conscious nation like ours, dicey decisions about whether to allow a particular pharmaceutical product into our bodies would be among the most rational we make--as determined by (1) the best science available, (2) the strict moral duty of medical purveyors to "First, do no harm," (3) good government regulation, and (4) the profession's fear of public reproach and legal punishment. One would, however, be wrong on all counts...
By Danny Schechter - 25 April 2012
[Inequality] is distorting the structure of the economy where a new form of serfdom is trapping millions in debts they will never crawl out of...[I]t is changing the contours of the dominant consumer society. Economists used to brag about all the choices it offered, but today it is bifurcating into a world of pricey upscale shops versus the 99 cent stores...That's the real 1 per cent - 99 per cent divide that sustains the inequality.
While we may not have been directly implanted with Eldon Tyrell's niece's memories, our DNA reeks of Horatio Alger and our own bootstraps.
By Martha Rosenberg - January 9, 2012
So, how does Pharma dupe us into using unsafe drugs? Today's drug ads, targeted directly to consumers since 1999, seem like they sell diseases and often cast women, children, the elderly and mentally ill in a bad light. But a quick look at ads before direct-to-consumer advertising (DTC) in medical journals shows that drug ads have always done so. It's just that patients didn't use to see them...Here are some of Pharma's most offensive ad campaigns, then and now.