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Avoid and destroy all evil corporations

While browsing flights on Expedia.com the other day, I became rather suspicious when just a few minutes after searching for a flight, the price on the same exact trip had jumped about $20. I get that prices go up as flights get closer and seats get sold, but I knew that 1) Expedia put cookies in my browser and knew what I was searching for, evident by the site autofilling the fields for me; 2) it was suspicious that it happened within a few minutes; and 3) corporations are often extremely evil entities.

So I did a little online searching and found that indeed, this is a scam. A trick. A deliberate extortion. Try it sometime — search for a flight, then go back and search again. Then open a new browser (like if you were using Google Chrome, try it in Internet Explorer) and your price will go back to its original state.

So Expedia.com (and I suspect, all of its kind, such as Priceline, etc.) are deliberately extorting their customers. Is all fair in love, war and business?

Obviously, corporations can be great. They can make fabulous products that enhance our lives, and they provide jobs and livelihoods. They create healthy economies, and they are often the living embodiment of humanity’s dreams.

But since corporations are people, they can be tempted by evil, and many go straight for it. Their evil is justified by the fact that it makes them more money and/or enhances their public image. Does that make it okay?

Many corporations attempt to have ethics, to help communities and try not to hurt the environment too much. Others purport to do good, but it’s really just a marketing and public relations facade, one that they try to make even their employees believe.

And many — think of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and now, companies like Monsanto — engage in large-scale disinformation campaigns. This is why it is so important that people shop mindfully and really think about what they are buying. Are those pink-ribbon emblazoned cookies really going to help cure cancer? Susan G. Komen would certainly like you to think so, and they have a vested interest in doing so. Many food items pretend to be ‘all-natural’ and otherwise healthy when they are definitely not; low-fat food items and diet pills are cashing in on a multi-billion dollar industry that is only getting (pun intended) bigger by the day.

NaturalNews listed the Most Evil Corporations, with Monsanto taking the top spot. The rest:

British Petroleum 9%
Halliburton 5%
McDonalds 3%
Pfizer 2%
Merck 2%
Wal-Mart 2%
Nestle 1%
Other 7%

Monsanto created bee-killing, cancer-causing, neurotoxic pesticides and herbicides, Agent Orange, DDT, PCBs, dioxin,  the artificial sweetener Aspartame (NutraSweet), bovine somatotropin rBST / rBGH pus milk (Posilac shots), GMOs and more. They make it a point to sue small farmers out of business and directly caused thousands of farmer suicides in India. These are all verifiable facts. They are attempting to patent all the seeds, consolidating control over the world food supply.

This is a blatant example, but corporations are behaving in disingenuous ways all the time, in ways we may not notice. And that’s deliberate. Having worked in the marketing world, I know first-hand how companies will deliberately try to tap into hardwired emotions to make a sell. They KNOW you. They know their demographics and target audience, right down to what shows you like to watch and what car you like to drive. Marketing is not inherently evil and neither are corporations. I’m just trying to point out that the consumer needs to be very aware and to do the research behind the product.

Companies will eventually respond to consumer demands. The voice of the citizenry can be heard. But the citizen must be informed, and must care. They can’t go mindlessly along with the commercials and the trends. They can’t just get something because it looks good, sounds good, or is convenient. If we are slaves to convenience, we will have a land of Wal-Marts and fast-food. We need to make conscious, intelligent, independent choices: look at company histories, look at supply chains, look at ingredients. Look at mission statements and what backs them up. Look at what the parent and sister companies are.

And when you hear all of those terrible ‘potential’ side effects listed on drug commercials for the latest Lipoprozandiac, please pause and re-consider all of the synthetic pills and chemicals you may be putting into your body. I believe one day these drug companies will be exposed for the truly evil entities they are. For the most part, they are not trying to heal or to cure you. They exist to make a profit — by pushing their pills to larger and larger markets, regardless of the consequences. Do the research. The facts, as long as a free internet exists, are at your fingertips.

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Your mom is being targeted

Better Homes & Gardens is the third most popular magazine in the United States, bested only by AARP Magazine and AARP Bulletin (AARP is the American Association for Retired Persons; these publications are targeted towards the burgeoning Baby Boomer demographic).

Over 7.6 million American women are mailed a copy every month. And when you take into account all its sister publications (like Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Parents), all under the Meredith Corporation umbrella, you can deduce that over 75 million women are exposed to not only recipes, stress-reduction techniques, beauty tips and decorating features, but to targeted advertisements. Which, disturbingly, are often those of Big Pharma: Merck, Lilly, Pfizer, et al.

I became intrigued when I was flipping through an issue and was horrified to see page after page of prescription drug ads. In a recent issue, I counted six (besides others for over-the-counter meds and ultra-beneficial products like M&Ms, Campbell’s Soup, refined Domino’s Sugar, McDonald’s, Eggos and Cocoa Pebbles cereal). All except one were 2-3 page ads (the second and third pages needed to list all the myriad, horrifying potential side effects). They were mainly for bladder and cholesterol issues: Vesicare, Enbral (psoriasis), Livalo, Toviaz, Celebrex (arthritis) and Zetia.

Only the United States and New Zealand allows for television advertising of prescription drugs; and the United States — which makes up five percent of the world’s population — accounts for forty-two percent of the money spent on prescription drugs.[4] (sourced from rationalwiki.org).

Seeing an ad does not necessarily incite action. But when your doctor is pushing pills (because they get research stipends and other incentives for doing so) and you are seeing them in every other ad on the TV and in your favorite magazine, and you don’t know any better, you might just think they are a good idea. Taking these pills, I promise you, will cause much harm and very slight, if any, good.

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The cancer conspiracy

I realize this title, to the vast majority of the world, sounds completely crazy. But I am going to post it anyways, because I believe the information may help someone. I believe cancer can be healed, through detoxing the body (sunlight, infrared saunas, positive thoughts, music, exercising) and flooding it with pure nutrition (organic fruit and vegetable juicing).

And while the order of the day is, invariably, chemotherapy, powerful pills and radiation, consider that there is another way. A way that doesn’t kill the good cells as well as the bad, that heals the whole person and returns them to a state of wellness from the inside out. Watch The Gersen Miracle on Netflix for more information.

Unfortunately, many people are, in effect, brainwashed by advertising, media and spin. They are encouraged to buy anything and everything with a pink ribbon on it, to donate money and to participate in walks for the cure. Where is this money going? To fund large salaries and pharmaceutical companies, more drug research, the western medical establishment; which, I believe, is somewhat profit-motivated and self-serving. If they actually found a ‘cure,’ the money would stop.

And let it be noted, that most of these foundations’ sites and campaigns do little to talk about real ways to prevent cancer. These real facts are hard to find and little known. For example, anti-perspirant clogs pores, blocks up lymph nodes and can lead to breast cancer. But put a pink ribbon on it and you are doing your part. Stephen Colbert has blasted Susan G. Komen for the Cure when they went so far as to partner up with KFC and try to sell pink buckets of fried chicken. Their Yoplait yogurt (as in, corn syrup and artificial sweetener crap) partnership is also laughable.

Pure whole foods and an unpolluted environment are the most important factors in preventing/healing cancer; not giving your hard-earned cash and walking in a local 5k with your pink t-shirt on. Interestingly, the U.S. has one of the highest incidences of certain types of cancer in the world, largely due to the quality of food, air and water and the lack of physical activity. The fact is that genetically linked incidents are very rare.

I am also noticing the mainstream media pushing more and more for people to accept cancer as normal and even cool. We have the TV series “The Big ‘C'”,the big-budget film 50/50, the Lifetime movie Five.

I’m sure many people involved in all of these productions, campaigns and even in the so-called treatments have good intentions. I’m not sure where the conspiracy originates, who knows the real truth, who is trying to hide it, etc.

What I do know is that most people don’t know. That matters of life and death are increasingly out of their control.