STUNNING: Corporate Connection Map, Full Rez


In the wake of the latest Obama corporate-scheming disaster story — a severe blow to anyone who believed his campaign promises — here’s a graph that should help you occupy educated.

Remember, Obama promised:

We will not negotiate bilateral trade agreements that stop the government from protecting the environment, food safety, or the health of its citizens; give greater rights to foreign investors than to U.S. investors; require the privatization of our vital public services; or prevent developing country governments from adopting humanitarian licensing policies to improve access to life-saving medications…

Note: This map was last updated in 2003. Much more has been consolidated since then, but you get the idea. Here’s a slightly different approach, more updated.

Full Rez of the Map = Right Click Here and select “Open image in new window” or download it

Facebook Bitch: Why America Doesn’t Deserve Democracy

 


America simply does not deserve good government. We fulfill our civic duty of whining to our virtual friends, retweeting #occupy solidarities and Liking Obama’s fan page, but when it comes to the one opportunity to directly change the system — voting — we simply… uh, what’s on The Daily Show tonight?

On Tuesday, the country saw an insanely low turnout for the US Congressional primaries, with California being no exception. Case in point: the winner of District 2 had just 48,001 votes, second place 19,636 and third place 18,257. That’s $26.50 spent per vote (plus an embarrassing $68 per vote for self-funded fourth-place finisher Stacey Lawson), plus countless volunteer hours of blood, sweat, and now a whole lot of tears.

Results? In November, Californians will have to choose between a PAC-funded Democrat, and a Republican stock broker with literally no specific plans for what he’d actually do — there’s not even an issues page on his site — and whose community engagement is so low that he highlights Morgan Sports Car Club on his list of association membership.


“Apathy Party 2012: Because voting is for suckers”

The people had the rare opportunity to vote in someone like Norman Solomon, who actually has an understanding of national and world issues — written thirteen books, one of which was made into a documentary — and a strong track record of standing up and doing something on the issues of civil liberties, environmentalism, corruption, unjust wars and more. Organizations from MoveOn.org to Progressive Democrats of America all sent emails urging their members to turn out for Solomon. Californians blew it.

So much time, money, and effort goes into elections, so much at stake at the just the beginning of our world ecological, energy and economic crisis, yet too few care enough about themselves, their families, fellow citizens and habitat to vote.

Blame it on America’s corporate-backed culture of complacency. Blame it on some biological phenomenon that states democracy isn’t a proper governance format for humans. Blame it on Internet access, hair-color appointments, socio-economic blah blah blah.

Face it: When it comes to responsibility, Americans suck.

Conclusion?

1. Your vote really does make a difference.

2. Get-Out-The-Vote activism does not make the difference, be they positive, negative, pretty, ugly, or from this post.

3. Voluntary voting does not work. Perhaps it’s time for compulsory voting or the opposite extreme — have a benevolent council decide for us; maybe the latter is already happening in our current voting participation, but the results are typically not benevolent.

4. Lobbying is quite necessary, as there is no mandate from the people. The only way to affect government is to get a bunch of good or evil friends and force the government to do something; evil people are better at it.

Wake up America!

Just kidding. All the venti mochas at your local quad-corner Starbuckses combined aren’t enough to pry open your eyes, get you out of bed, and vote this year. Go back to sleep and dream of a dreamy tomorrow, because when your circumstances finally jolt you awake, you won’t like your waking world.

This was commentary that does not necessarily reflect the opinion of OccupyEducated.org. What do you think?

Corporate Conglomerate Map Gets Huge Engagement



This photo got huge engagement — 396+ shares in 24 hours on Facebook… now 415.  Even more shared it than Liked it.


Full rez is at this link.
 

You could really see people get engaged, from all over the world.

Dinorah Naieli: holy… wakamole… EAT NO EVIL!!!

Angel Bernal: Es importante realizar una labor en otros idiomas para sensibilizar a otros lugares del mundo.

Laura Saukstelis: Why is there such a strong opposition to accurate labeling…could it be because of greed, uhmmm? Practically EVERYTHING else one buys, lists all of it’s contents…clothing, toys, furniture, purses & on & on.

Some pointed out a few possible inaccuracies, effectively crowdsourcing accuracy.

Simon Felipe Leiderman: I have several problems with this graph: 1) A&W appears twice. One as part of Kraft and one as part of Pepsico. It would be preposterous for Pepsico to not own the drinkbrand, just the rights to the name of the restaurant. Fact is, 2) Pepsico no longer owns Yum Brands. They were spun off last I heard. Last but not least, 3) DOLE IS NOT OWNED BY PEPSICO! Dole is owned by Castle and Cook, which is owned by David Murdock. So there needs to be some education of the education.

Erick Karlen: Well from logos large enough to recognize I can tell you for one that Coca Cola does not own Monster Energy (they are a brand of the independent bottler Hansen Beverage Company) so that kind of makes me question the accuracy of everything else on here. Moreover, knowing that everyday supermarket brands stem from not that many consumer products giants is neither surprising or revealing.

There are a few proud ignoramuses, always… contrarians.

Ryan Meyerhoff: Hey look! A chart of successful companies producing products because they are in demand and being purchased over alternative choices.

Audra Anne: …who cares who makes what? I believe in pro choice so if you don’t want to buy something, don’t buy it. If you don’t believe in animal testing, buy from a company who doesn’t test on animals. If you don’t want to eat chemicals, don’t eat them. And so on. Everything we do is a choice.

Richie Hutchison: really? life’s too short to be worrying about things like ‘don’t buy from these companies” plus it just seems like you’re jealous that you can’t start a business that succeeds well enough to do something like this. How would you feel if you had a very successful business and people started to boycott you because they thought you made too much money? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Republican or conservative, but i think this is overkill. Worry about making yourself better and not bringing others down to your level.

But they weren’t left to just spread their proud ignorance. It’s a teaching opportunity.

OccupyEducated.org: ‎@ Ryan Meyerhoff nice try. Look semi closely, and you will see this “demand” doesn’t come from the sky. It’s a closed-loop cycle — refined sugar demand is powered by marketing and physical addiction, which creates more demand.

“Alternative choices?” Check the aisle supply and then cross check it with the price difference (created by farm subsidies that promote unhealthy “food”), the economy and the addiction created, and tell us how you see it lining up for the average income earner in ‘merica.

OccupyEdcuated.org: @Audra Anne and @Richie Hutchison sounds like you’re made up your minds on this one, considering your passion, but if you allow education to seep in, you will see that while, yes, personal choice as the main determining factor of consumption was available for quite a while, these systems have grown so strong that participating outside this machine is impossible for more than 90% of the people in this country. They’ve grown this strong not because they’re good business people, but because they own your government, and use your tax dollars to subsidize their products, so their toxic, water-destroying, earth-destroying products can still become cheaper and cheaper, while healthy alternatives become more an more expensive.

Free choice is a myth.

It is so very important to get the word out, and lead people to deeper knowledge, especially in these books!