More Healthy food production in America, and less Cancer. We the people have the power to make it a reality, vote with your wallet, take to social media, and tell others.
Kraft and the other large food companies spend millions on advertising to promote their products.
They (Kraft et al.) have millions of dollars to “speak” for them on behalf of their corporate interests. Their corporate interests, do not coincide with the interests of the many people who are trying to raise healthy children.
Who speaks for the interests of us, the people; who don’t have millions of dollars to promote our interests in the “Prime Time Mass Media”? We must speak up on our own behalf using whatever media platform we have access to.
The corporations that produce this unhealthy “Junk Food” are often owned by the same people who own the mass media and other “Pop Cultural Institutions” in our society. These conglomerates wield enormous power over the way we live our lives, the information that we have access to, and they very effectively shape our opinions and lifestyles to suit their interests of greater corporate profits, at the expense of our own interests of health and well being.
People who are accustomed to eating this “Junk Food” because they are conditioned to eat it from childhood; criticize “a few vocal, politically corrects moms” writing letters and blogging about big food companies making food healthier and “ruining it” for the rest of us who “like the taste”.
I will make the argument that the PC moms don’t go far enough in their efforts to change the food industry.
Perhaps the “PC moms” could watch less television and spend less time with their “faces, glued to Facebook” then perhaps they would have more time to prepare healthy, home cooked meals for their families, instead of relying on the likes of Kraft Foods Corporation and others, to sell them pre-packaged, mass produced, chemical laden junk food that compromises the health of their children.
However, like any other product produced by any other company; a successful product must be designed so that it encourages additional and future consumption. Television and other mass media are partly to blame for this.
For Example: 40 years ago, there were a handful of television stations on the VHF band (for those of you who can remember physically turning a channel knob on a TV set). In the NYC metro area there were channels 2,4,5,7,9,11 and 13 (PBS), so we had 7 channels, that catered to a mass audience. Now we have perhaps hundreds of channels on cable, thousands if you count the video available on the internet.
It would not be advisable or practical for the government to get into the business of limiting mass media production or consumption in a way that would be necessary to improve this situation.
However it is advisable, practical, and clearly in the public interest for the government to regulate the production of unhealthy foods.
Indeed, a major reason why American health care costs are so high in comparison to the rest of the world, is because our food is making us SICK.
I will not support the politics of the Soviet Union, but lets examine at a particular part of their history and government policy.
The Soviets had Free Universal National Healthcare, the government paid everyone’s medical bills. Therefore the government had an interest in keeping the Soviet people healthy, and thus incurring fewer medical expenses.
The Soviet Union controlled national agriculture and food production. Through government decree: there were no processed foods, there were no foods with chemical preservatives and other chemical additives nor artificial ingredients. The diet of the Soviet people was balanced, naturally nutritious, and contained large amounts of whole grains, fish, fruits and fresh vegetables; mostly sold in bulk food stores where customers had to bring their own jars and containers and purchased food by weight. Food was also sold as very low cost prepared meals in state run cafeterias at people’s places of employment, the cost of this cafeteria food was commensurate with the average workers wages for about 15 minutes of labor.
After the crash of the Soviet Union in December of 1991, the “doors” were opened capitalism, and western corporations including Mc Donalds Hamburger Restaurants, Coca Cola, Kraft foods and all the other processed foods we “Know and Love” here in America.
Prior to the the crash of the Soviet Union in 1991, Cancer was almost unheard of outside of Chernobyl and a few Industrial Chemical manufacturing plants located in isolated regions of the former Soviet Union. If you mapped geographically, the cancer rates in the Soviet Union, now the Russian Federation; prior to 1995, incidences of cancer would show up prominently on this “Cancer map” clustered around, and downwind from Chernobyl and those few isolated chemical plants.
Today, that same “Cancer” map of the Russian Federation would show clusters of cancer in the largest cities where access to Western, particularly American packaged foods are sold and consumed. You will find almost no cancer of those types (not already connected to Chernobyl and Industrial Chemical manufacturing plants) in small isolated villages with older populations who were not so receptive to the wave of new capitalist culture and foods that came after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Compare this set of history and facts from the old Soviet Union, to the set of facts we are all familiar with here in America: The government could care less about regulating our food to make it healthier, because if we get sick it’s our own problem; as we live in a free market where everybody pays their own way.
Everything in capitalism is a path to cash: Today the conglomerated corporations sell you unhealthy food, that makes you sick, tomorrow they sell you cancer treatments in hospitals owned by publicly traded corporations, their brethren in the conglomerated corporate world that we all live in, and can not escape from without banding together and demanding it.
Taxing Churches is Constitutional !
We can understand the “spirit of the law” and what the founding fathers had in mind regarding a statement in the 1st amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
This being traditionally interpreted to the effect of: We (the U.S. government) are not going to have a state sponsored religion, and we are not going to tax churches that we don’t like, out of existence.
We don’t think that the founding fathers intended to create an absolute loophole for religious institutions to pay absolutely no taxes.
We think what they (founding fathers) were tying to prevent was: Using government to impose taxes on unpopular religions, or religions that challenged the status quo; as was the experience that the Puritans had in Britain before emigrating to the North American continent beginning in the 17th century.
We believe that the constitution will support that all religious institutions can be taxed, so long as they are all taxed in an equal manner that does not discriminate or favor one religion over another.
Well; There is nothing more equal than land / property taxes, nearly all property owners must pay them, and at a rate that is essentially equal for the same jurisdiction and land use.
Oh…. By the way; did you know that the NFL (the National Football League) is currently, and has been for the past 50+ years a “Tax Exempt, Non Profit organization”?
Write to your Representatives in congress and ask for legislation to change the tax status of Religious Institutions and the NFL!
Domestic spying on Innocent American Citizens and America's bogus war on terror, Educate yourself: it is all manufactured by the Plutocracy, led by Big Oil; to retain "ownership" of our government. -
It’s not news that we spy on other countries. After all; “Nations don’t have friends, they have Interests”.
Domestic spying, of American citizens who have not committed crimes; that is another matter. The fact that our government needs to engage in this type of spying; which we previously decried as “Totalitarian”; when it was performed by the likes of the USSR and East Germany, now becomes “necessary” when America does it.
"But we have to defend ourselves against the evil terrorists!!!"
Sure we do; because in order to justify to the American people why we need to go to the “evil terrorists’” countries for the true purpose of making it safe for American Corporations to plunder their OIL; we first have to establish in the minds of the American people that these middle eastern people are our enemies. (see Major General Smedley Butler - War is a Racket)
Did you ever notice that all of these “international Terrorists” come from, or were trained in small, third word countries that have OIL or other natural resources that America or it’s allies have an interest in?
The coincidental benefit of always fighting a “War against Terror”, is that now you have justification to spy on American citizens and monitor the political dissidence that would threaten the Plutocracy that really own this country and it’s government.
Here is one change we could make in our country that can stop or greatly reduce this Plutocratic induced war on terror: Switch to renewable alternative energy sources that can displace fossil fuels. More research needs to be done regarding Hydrogen / Electric hybrid systems of energy storage, which could be the answer.
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Boycott Mc Donald's Restaurants & Wal-mart for effectively making the American Taxpayers subsidize their crappy / unhealthy products; by paying their workers so little that they qualify for government assistance programs. -
————-Disqus conversation from CNN—————
This is about Mc Donalds not only exploiting their workers by paying them less than a living wage; this is about Mc Donalds making American taxpayers subsidize their restaurants by paying their workers so little that they are eligible for public assistance programs. So the real cost for a $1 menu item is probably $1.25 after you factor in the extra taxes we need to pay because Mc Donald’s workers get public assistance.
How is it Mc Donalds is able to prosper and expand in Europe and other regions that have a substantially higher minimum wage relative to the cost of living, but they (Mc Donalds) scream that they won’t make money here in America if forced to pay their workers more?
Mc Donalds, Wal-Mart and all the other big chain, multi-national corporations are all doing the same thing: exploiting their workers and forcing American taxpayers to subsidize their corporations though the benefits we must provide their underpaid workers.
Certain political parties like to complain about people milking the system and staying home to collect welfare because “we need to reduce their benefits, welfare shouldn’t pay more than work”.
NO! The problem is, big corporations who pay too little, making an incentive for people to stay home and collect benefits. You can not lower benefits to lower than what it takes to survive; and with a straight face, say that we have a “societal safety net”.
Response by “J.W.”:
Huge corporations who were able to grow to their current size and international stature by Exploiting American Workers, need to put something back into this country, not rob both their employees, and the taxpayers at the same time as they are currently doing.
If you use this logic, then the real oppressors are the customers of these discount places, who insist on irrationally low prices. (That would include me, btw.) I suppose we could raise the minimum wage - which would force retailers to lay people off and raise prices, which would discourage a large portion of the customer base from shopping, which would lead to even more people losing their jobs.
You okay with that?
Counter Response by us:
Good argument but you fail to take into account how much Capital these huge corporations and their largest investors have sitting in banks both here and abroad.
Capital, billions of dollars of it, beyond any legitimate “rainy day need”, emergency need, or any fiscally conservative business expansion plan(s). Capital sitting in banks not being circulated into the economy. Capital that exists only because these corporations, their stockholders, and executives exploited their workers and the American taxpayers.
This capital needs to be returned back into circulation into the economy, after doing so; there will actually be more hiring and economic prosperity because more money will be changing hands, not horded away as “dead” excess capital, only serving to bolster the egos of those bank account holders.
Back when the highest tax rate in America was 90% is when we saw the largest economic growth in this country. Corporations and the rich invested their excess capital back into their businesses to expand them and increase production and efficiency; or were forced to pay that money to the government as taxes. With that excess capital that the government previously received from the rich, we build all sorts of public infrastructure projects which today are crumbling from lack of maintenance funding.
Today, here in Texas they are building Multi Billion dollar Toll roads paid for by privately funded bonds, while non-toll roads are crumbling in disrepair. Fifty years ago these roads would have been built as free public roadways and all roads would have been properly maintained, not just the lucrative toll roads.
This is how excess capital, not being put back into the economy weakens our country and makes our economy and our nation worse, not better.
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If you value your privacy, don’t own a Tesla.
Some governments, corporations and people casually attempt to undermine our rights by trying to prohibit us the right of anonymity under pretense of the most social engineered sentence of our modern society: ”If you have nothing to hide, surveillance won’t bother you.”
All of Tesla’s vehicles contain an always on internet connection that can not be physically removed from the vehicle.
Sources close to Tesla claim this permanent internet connectivity: which allows for real-time, detailed surveillance of the vehicle, is for driver safety, and to ensure that the vehicle is functioning properly at all times. We see this as one of the biggest upcoming threats to privacy in the 21st. century.
As one can expect; other auto manufacturers will eventually follow Tesla’s lead and there will come a day soon when purchasing a vehicle without built in internet connectivity will be impossible. Don’t expect the United States Government to enact legislation anytime soon to prevent this. Instead, vote with your wallet and purchase vehicles and other electronic devices that are designed in a manner consistent with individual safety and privacy.
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Cancer is mostly preventable, but American Medicine won't tell you this -
It is interesting how countries with national healthcare approach the issue of Cancer: treatment and prevention.
In America it seems that we are hell bent on finding a cure for Cancer with no mention of prevention or living healthy. The Canadian government and others with national healthcare tell their populace that the best Cancer medicine is Cancer prevention.
Apparently when the government has to pay for your healthcare they are more interested in keeping you healthy and would therefore begin to regulate the food and drug industries to a greater degree; forcing them to produce healthier products.
In America, lobbyists from the huge food and drug industries corrupt our political system and prevent the government from regulating the food and drug industries in a way that would force them to produce healthy products.
This is why you will never see any serious cancer prevention discussion and education coming from the United States government. In our form of capitalism, everything is a path to money: first sell people unhealthy food, then sell them medical treatment and drugs to try and cure the disease that they got from eating the unhealthy food.
Wake up people; your sickness and misery is a large corporation’s payday!
Nobody from our current government is going to tell you this or help you stay healthy; their major campaign donors would disown them if they did.
Medicine is a business in America, designed to keep you paying money to doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, not to get healthy.
Eat Healthy, don’t eat the mass produced, chemical laden crap that the big corporations dump on the market and boycott Walmart and any other big supermarket chain if they don’t start selling healthy food.
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