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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by idiom View Post
    Thus making your responsibility pretty scant. I mean what are you against 'powers' that can put on WW2 as a trivial stage play.
    Facts are facts, I don't have much power and therefore I have limited responsibility, you aren't going to get me to take the weight of the world on my shoulders and thereby paralyze me.

    WWII wasn't a "trivial stage play" it was a fight between oligarch factions that devastated the world, both sides had serious problems and the world was going to be worse off at the end no matter which side won.
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    The rapid rise of variation in everyday goods and services, from which cereal we eat in the morning to which toothpaste we brush our teeth with at night, gives the perception of unlimited choice. For example, if you’re deciding which bottled water to buy, the possibilities range from budget brands, like Deer Park or Ozarka, to higher-end options, like Perrier or S. Pellegrino. But this appearance of choice is actually manufactured. All of the aforementioned brands are owned by one company: Nestle.
    Despite the amount of choices in the consumer market, several big companies own a large majority of major brands, effectively controlling everything you buy.
    So, how much of “choice” is really controlled by big business, and how well do Americans understand which corporations have a stake in the goods and services they rely on every day? To find out, we took an in-depth look at the major companies that own a majority of America’s food and consumer goods. Then, we surveyed 3,000 Americans about their understanding of which big businesses own which major brands. Check out our full visual below, or skip ahead to see our survey findings.
    These 11 Consumer Goods and Food Companies Control What You Buy


    Ceiling-high grocery store shelves may give the perception of endless options, but a closer look at the brands and the companies that own them reveal a complex interconnection. Check out our full visual above to get a better sense of just how intertwined some brands are, and read on to learn more about how well Americans understand this relationship.
    Major players

    Kellogg’s
    Founded: 1906 (as Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company)
    2017 revenue: $12.93 billion USD
    Major brands: Cheez-It, Eggo, Famous Amos, Keebler, Town House
    General Mills
    Founded: 1928
    2017 revenue: $15.62 billion USD
    Major brands: Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Cheerios, Chex
    Kraft-Heinz Company
    Founded: 2015 (merger between Kraft Foods Inc. and Heinz)
    2017 revenue: $18.22 billion
    Major brands: Heinz Ketchup, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Lunchables, Maxwell
    Mondelez International
    Founded: 2012 (spin-off of Kraft Foods Inc.)
    2017 revenue: $25.9 billion
    Major brands: Cadbury, Chips Ahoy!, Nabisco, Oreo
    MARS
    Founded: 1911
    2017 revenue: $35 billion
    Major brands: M&Ms, Snickers, Dove, Uncle Ben’s
    Coca-Cola
    Founded: 1892
    2017 revenue: $35.41 billion
    Major brands: Coca-Cola, Minute Maid, Glaceau
    Unilever
    Founded: 1929
    2017 revenue: $62.62 billion
    Major brands: Ben & Jerry’s, Klondike, Popsicle, Degree, Vaseline
    Procter & Gamble
    Founded: 1837
    2017 revenue: $65.06 billion
    Major brands: Pampers, Tide, Downy, Charmin, Gillette, Crest
    PepsiCo
    Founded: 1898
    2017 revenue: $65.53 billion
    Major brands: Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Quaker, Tropicana
    Johnson & Johnson
    Founded: 1886
    2017 revenue: $76.45 billion
    Major acquisitions: Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Band-Aid, Tylenol
    Nestle
    Founded: 1866
    2017 revenue: $89.79 billion
    Major brands: Toll House, Gerber, Poland Spring, Stouffer’s


    Other Major Industries Controlled by Mega Corporations

    Consumer goods brands aren’t the only ones controlled by major companies. There are a number of industries where major conglomerates own various brands, from media and movies studios to high-end beauty and luxury fashion.
    So, do American consumers really have freedom of choice? With 11 billion-dollar consumer good and food companies controlling over 400 major brands, we may not have that many choices — but we certainly have the illusion of them.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...ything-you-buy
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankindÖitís people I canít stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    So does Coke make different drinks or do they only make Coke Classic and put it in different bottles?

    Like is it an illusion that grape fanta tastes different to Coke classic?
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    Rescue helicopters and ambulances are operated by charities and are plastered with corporate logos
    The agriculture industry has zero subsidies
    5% of the national vote, gets you 5 seats in Parliament
    A tax return has 4 fields
    Business licenses aren't even a thing nor are capital gains taxes
    Constitutional right to refuse any type of medical care

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