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2013-11-03 11:38:58 AM  
So if you want to know why there is so much resistance to GMO labeling, there you go.
 
2013-11-03 11:41:11 AM  
In other words, OWS and the Tea Party just sent out a joint "I Told You So" memo.
 
2013-11-03 11:44:55 AM  
Wealth concentration in a capitalist system?

SHOCKED.
 
2013-11-03 11:45:37 AM  

grinding_journalist: Wealth concentration in a capitalist system?

SHOCKED.


Gee, it's almost as if they forgot the lessons of US Steel, Standard Oil, and Ma Bell.
 
2013-11-03 11:46:38 AM  
I guess the "progressives" also like using "fuzzy math." From looking at the list, it was six consumer-goods companies, six media companies, and five banks. The last time I checked, that didn't add up to ten. Add your spin-offs from said companies (Yum! Brands, Mondelez), that's even more. Or even the brands that were sold by said companies (Unilever no longer owns Skippy Peanut Butter," Hormel does).
 
2013-11-03 11:49:11 AM  

IlGreven: Gee, it's almost as if they forgot the lessons of US Steel, Standard Oil, and Ma Bell.


Gee, it almost like you have no grasp of history.
 
2013-11-03 11:50:18 AM  

IlGreven: grinding_journalist: Wealth concentration in a capitalist system?

SHOCKED.

Gee, it's almost as if they forgot the lessons of US Steel, Standard Oil, and Ma Bell.


They didn't forget, there's a strong movement to return to the glory days of the gilded age, at least among the conservatives.
What the Republican party needs is for zombie Teddy Roosevelt to return from the grave and start knocking some heads around.
 
2013-11-03 11:50:29 AM  
The only one that scare me is the last one
 
2013-11-03 11:50:34 AM  
And yet it's the government people are continuously worried about.
 
2013-11-03 11:51:05 AM  
assailedteacher.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-11-03 11:51:52 AM  

CBob: In other words, OWS and the Tea Party just sent out a joint "I Told You So" memo.


When did the Tea Party rally against the evils of corporate encroachment?
 
2013-11-03 11:58:39 AM  
Most of what I buy is from the Trader Joe's, Kroger/Ralphs, and Target store brands.
 
2013-11-03 11:59:13 AM  

DesertCoyote: I guess the "progressives" also like using "fuzzy math." From looking at the list, it was six consumer-goods companies, six media companies, and five banks. The last time I checked, that didn't add up to ten. Add your spin-offs from said companies (Yum! Brands, Mondelez), that's even more. Or even the brands that were sold by said companies (Unilever no longer owns Skippy Peanut Butter," Hormel does).


Wow.  Counting to 10 is a basic skill.  Here, let me spell it out for you.

10 Consumer Goods Companies (stuff you buy, per the headline, clockwise from top):
1. Pepsico - 2. General Mills - 3. Kellogg's - 4. Mars - 5. Unilever - 6. Johnson & Johnson - 7. Proctor & Gamble - 8. Nestle - 9. Kraft - 10. Coca-Cola.  See?  Not hard.

Then, the article goes on to list 6 media companies that control 90% of American media (GE, NewsCorp, Disney, Viacom, Time-Warner and CBS) and then talks about banks (but doesn't list the 10 that control a little more than half of the nation's assets) having merged so much in the last 20 years.

/I only buy my goods from small, locally-owned underground shops.  You've probably never heard of them.
 
2013-11-03 12:04:20 PM  

grinding_journalist: Wealth concentration in a capitalist system?

SHOCKED.


Profits from successful designed and marketed brands fund additional product research?

SHOCKED.
 
2013-11-03 12:06:25 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: DesertCoyote: I guess the "progressives" also like using "fuzzy math." From looking at the list, it was six consumer-goods companies, six media companies, and five banks. The last time I checked, that didn't add up to ten. Add your spin-offs from said companies (Yum! Brands, Mondelez), that's even more. Or even the brands that were sold by said companies (Unilever no longer owns Skippy Peanut Butter," Hormel does).

Wow.  Counting to 10 is a basic skill.  Here, let me spell it out for you.

10 Consumer Goods Companies (stuff you buy, per the headline, clockwise from top):
1. Pepsico - 2. General Mills - 3. Kellogg's - 4. Mars - 5. Unilever - 6. Johnson & Johnson - 7. Proctor & Gamble - 8. Nestle - 9. Kraft - 10. Coca-Cola.  See?  Not hard.

Then, the article goes on to list 6 media companies that control 90% of American media (GE, NewsCorp, Disney, Viacom, Time-Warner and CBS) and then talks about banks (but doesn't list the 10 that control a little more than half of the nation's assets) having merged so much in the last 20 years.

/I only buy my goods from small, locally-owned underground shops.  You've probably never heard of them.


My mistake. These crazy infographics are so cluttered they make simple math a daunting task. Because 12 doesn't make their point, they had to leave the Mondelez brands bunched with Kraft and Yum! with Pepsi (whose only connection these days is the lifetime Pepsi contract at their restaurants - they don't own the brands).
 
2013-11-03 12:15:53 PM  

Ishkur: CBob: In other words, OWS and the Tea Party just sent out a joint "I Told You So" memo.

When did the Tea Party rally against the evils of corporate encroachment?


The two guys complained for about 30 seconds before the first torrent of checks from Dick Army and the Koch Brothers came rolling in.

Of course, that also doesn't take into account the fact that the Tea Party was effectively borne out of a CNBC douchebag riling up folks working on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the fear that some little people that got screwed by the meltdown might get help to avoid losing their homes.
 
2013-11-03 12:17:11 PM  

Ishkur: And yet it's the government people are continuously worried about.


Who do you think has enabled this concentration of power?
 
2013-11-03 12:17:11 PM  

Ishkur: CBob: In other words, OWS and the Tea Party just sent out a joint "I Told You So" memo.

When did the Tea Party rally against the evils of corporate encroachment?


^^^^ This! These groups of Teabaggers aren't rallying against corporate evil, they are demanding our subservience to it!
 
2013-11-03 12:22:42 PM  

DesertCoyote: Benevolent Misanthrope: DesertCoyote: I guess the "progressives" also like using "fuzzy math." From looking at the list, it was six consumer-goods companies, six media companies, and five banks. The last time I checked, that didn't add up to ten. Add your spin-offs from said companies (Yum! Brands, Mondelez), that's even more. Or even the brands that were sold by said companies (Unilever no longer owns Skippy Peanut Butter," Hormel does).

Wow.  Counting to 10 is a basic skill.  Here, let me spell it out for you.

10 Consumer Goods Companies (stuff you buy, per the headline, clockwise from top):
1. Pepsico - 2. General Mills - 3. Kellogg's - 4. Mars - 5. Unilever - 6. Johnson & Johnson - 7. Proctor & Gamble - 8. Nestle - 9. Kraft - 10. Coca-Cola.  See?  Not hard.

Then, the article goes on to list 6 media companies that control 90% of American media (GE, NewsCorp, Disney, Viacom, Time-Warner and CBS) and then talks about banks (but doesn't list the 10 that control a little more than half of the nation's assets) having merged so much in the last 20 years.

/I only buy my goods from small, locally-owned underground shops.  You've probably never heard of them.

My mistake. These crazy infographics are so cluttered they make simple math a daunting task. Because 12 doesn't make their point, they had to leave the Mondelez brands bunched with Kraft and Yum! with Pepsi (whose only connection these days is the lifetime Pepsi contract at their restaurants - they don't own the brands).


Hey, now!  This is Fark!  No being reasonable here!

Seriously, though, you know more than I do about the current disposition of the brands.  I thought Pepsico still owned Yum!, which owned all the retail brands there.  And I thought Mondelez was firmly under Kraft, so I was puzzled as to why so few of their brands were represented there.
 
2013-11-03 12:25:17 PM  
So besides toilet paper and cleaning supplies, I see a lot of crap I don't need like soda and junk food.
 
2013-11-03 12:34:13 PM  

AngryDragon: Who do you think has enabled this concentration of power?


I'm sorry, I must have missed the press release where the government put a gun to these megacorps' heads and told them to merge into larger and more monolithic megacorps.

/was it back in the 80s?
//fairly certain Reagan did it on a very special episode of Family Ties or something
 
2013-11-03 12:55:53 PM  

Ishkur: AngryDragon: Who do you think has enabled this concentration of power?

I'm sorry, I must have missed the press release where the government put a gun to these megacorps' heads and told them to merge into larger and more monolithic megacorps.

/was it back in the 80s?
//fairly certain Reagan did it on a very special episode of Family Ties or something


Enabled != forced
 
2013-11-03 01:02:13 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Ishkur: CBob: In other words, OWS and the Tea Party just sent out a joint "I Told You So" memo.

When did the Tea Party rally against the evils of corporate encroachment?

The two guys complained for about 30 seconds before the first torrent of checks from Dick Army and the Koch Brothers came rolling in.

Of course, that also doesn't take into account the fact that the Tea Party was effectively borne out of a CNBC douchebag riling up folks working on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the fear that some little people that got screwed by the meltdown might get help to avoid losing their homes.




Tea Party originally came from a call to arms from Ron Paul, but was quickly usurped by the Koch Bros.
 
2013-11-03 01:13:04 PM  

AngryDragon: Ishkur: And yet it's the government people are continuously worried about.

Who do you think has enabled this concentration of power?


Why is it a bad thing that a small number of large corporations own the majority of brands of candy, toilet paper, or shampoo? Do you find these markets to be lacking in competition or priced artificially high?
 
2013-11-03 01:16:56 PM  
How can A&W be controlled by both Kraft and Pepsico?

/how accurate is this?
 
2013-11-03 01:20:26 PM  

basemetal: How can A&W be controlled by both Kraft and Pepsico?

/how accurate is this?


It's probably the restaurant vs. the soda.
 
2013-11-03 01:34:25 PM  
 
2013-11-03 01:42:00 PM  
See also  http://www.theyrule.net/

It apparently hasn't been updated since 2010 but still an interesting tool to map possible connections between board members of many fortune 1000 companies.
 
2013-11-03 01:48:32 PM  

ajgeek: basemetal: How can A&W be controlled by both Kraft and Pepsico?

/how accurate is this?

It's probably the restaurant vs. the soda.


Yes, though the A&W restaurant was spun off from Yum a couple of years ago into its own franchise/private owned company.  To complicate matters even more, you could put A&W under the Coca-Cola banner since the rights to A&W in Canada are owned by a different company from the rest of the world and the bottling and distribution of A&W root beer in Canada is done by Coca-Cola.
 
2013-11-03 01:56:47 PM  
Don't forget Luxottica, which owns just about every place to buy glasses and sunglasses world-wide, including several vision insurance companies.
 
2013-11-03 02:00:12 PM  

12349876: ajgeek: basemetal: How can A&W be controlled by both Kraft and Pepsico?

/how accurate is this?

It's probably the restaurant vs. the soda.

Yes, though the A&W restaurant was spun off from Yum a couple of years ago into its own franchise/private owned company.  To complicate matters even more, you could put A&W under the Coca-Cola banner since the rights to A&W in Canada are owned by a different company from the rest of the world and the bottling and distribution of A&W root beer in Canada is done by Coca-Cola.


Oddly enough, the Dr Pepper Snapple group (subsidiary of KRAFT) also sells Canada Dry ginger ale.
 
2013-11-03 02:03:52 PM  
Hmmm, under the consumables those are mostly products that the companies created and built up. I know the media infographic is wrong because it's missing Sony, or it should if you include books and magazines and movies.

You might question their lobbyist powers, but they don't monopolize access to markets (that is, public distribution) like the banks do.  The banks that have concentrated their ability to fark things up by having a serious case survivorship bias.
 
2013-11-03 02:06:11 PM  
I grow my own food, I make my own clothes, soaps and toothpaste, I only belong to a Credit Union and I don't own a T.V.

Amidoingitright?
 
2013-11-03 02:07:51 PM  

IlGreven: Gee, it's almost as if they forgot the lessons of US Steel, Standard Oil, and Ma Bell.


On the contrary, "they" learned very well that bigger is more powerful, richer, and more easily controlled by the few at the top. What kind of "they" did you have in mind? Maybe there is some benevolent parent figure running everything? No, there isn't. Big Money runs everything, but they encourage you to think there is some magical entity watching over you. It makes you easier prey.
 
2013-11-03 02:12:17 PM  
Aside from the HBA items and gum, there's not a single thing on there I buy.  The world would be a better place if every one of those brands disappeard and people ate fruits and vegetables.

i49.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-03 02:35:07 PM  

Rent Party: So if you want to know why there is so much resistance to GMO labeling, there you go.


Bill Clinton's Telecommunications Act of 1996 is why all media is owned by 6 companies. This is also why news on GMO labeling is hard to come by via traditional media.
 
2013-11-03 03:05:08 PM  

HempHead: UNC_Samurai: Ishkur: CBob: In other words, OWS and the Tea Party just sent out a joint "I Told You So" memo.

When did the Tea Party rally against the evils of corporate encroachment?

The two guys complained for about 30 seconds before the first torrent of checks from Dick Army and the Koch Brothers came rolling in.

Of course, that also doesn't take into account the fact that the Tea Party was effectively borne out of a CNBC douchebag riling up folks working on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the fear that some little people that got screwed by the meltdown might get help to avoid losing their homes.

Tea Party originally came from a call to arms from Ron Paul, but was quickly usurped by the Koch Bros.


'Cause Ron Paul is anti-corporate and all.
 
2013-11-03 03:08:19 PM  
IlGreven:
Gee, it's almost as if they forgot the lessons of US Steel, Standard Oil, and Ma Bell.

You mean the one where the government slants the market to create monopolies because they're easier to do business with, then decides to break them up when they stop being so useful and cooperative?

Then, of course, there's the markets...

Each of those three companies started as innovative companies that had great products. They expanded, bought other companies. Right about the point the government started trying to break up each of them, they were already losing lots of market share. US Steel dropped from 67% of the US market when the company was formed to 50% in the ten years it took for the government to go after them for monopolization.

The chart in Subby's article is funny. Yeah, you buy a lot of products from those companies - but, for the most part, they hate each other (at least, when it comes to competition).

If you want to see something funny, watch the soft drink guys who stock shelves. If the Coca-Cola guy and the Pepsi guy show up at the same time, it can nearly end in an actual fist fight...
 
2013-11-03 03:10:09 PM  

Badafuco: I grow my own food, I make my own clothes, soaps and toothpaste, I only belong to a Credit Union and I don't own a T.V.

Amidoingitright?


Only if you can make soap better than Dr. Bronner's. Who by the way deserve a massive shoutout for huge funding of YES on Washington State's 522 which would require labeling of GMOs. And who have YES ON 522 printed on the labels of their awesome soaps.
 
2013-11-03 03:12:38 PM  
Fascism folks.
THIS is what it looks like.
 
2013-11-03 03:13:12 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: HempHead: UNC_Samurai: Ishkur: CBob: In other words, OWS and the Tea Party just sent out a joint "I Told You So" memo.

When did the Tea Party rally against the evils of corporate encroachment?

The two guys complained for about 30 seconds before the first torrent of checks from Dick Army and the Koch Brothers came rolling in.

Of course, that also doesn't take into account the fact that the Tea Party was effectively borne out of a CNBC douchebag riling up folks working on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the fear that some little people that got screwed by the meltdown might get help to avoid losing their homes.

Tea Party originally came from a call to arms from Ron Paul, but was quickly usurped by the Koch Bros.

'Cause Ron Paul is anti-corporate and all.


Wake up dude and go audit the Fed in another solar system.
 
2013-11-03 03:17:19 PM  

Nemo's Brother: Rent Party: So if you want to know why there is so much resistance to GMO labeling, there you go.

Bill Clinton's Telecommunications Act of 1996 is why all media is owned by 6 companies. This is also why news on GMO labeling is hard to come by via traditional media.


Yup.
 
2013-11-03 03:27:42 PM  
Sombody forgot Spaghetti-Os!
 
2013-11-03 03:35:36 PM  
List fails without revealing that two phone OS's account for 90% of all cellphones...and that they spy on everything you do with your phone.

http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/global-mobile-operati ng -system-share.png?w=500&h=400

It also ignores that there are only 3 major computer operating systems, and that YOU are the product for all three. To boot, Microsoft has even figured out how to convince you to PAY for the privilege.
 
2013-11-03 03:46:09 PM  

DesertCoyote: Pepsi (whose only connection these days is the lifetime Pepsi contract at their restaurants - they don't own the brands).


They're making up the part about the lifetime Pepsi contract, too.
 
2013-11-03 04:00:16 PM  
It gets better. Those top banks also hold majority shares in all oil and pharmaceuticals traded. There is no 'big oil' or 'big pharma', there's just one big farking problem. Are you dumbfarks paying attention yet? With the data sitting right in front of you, are you STILL going to cry conspiracy theory?
 
2013-11-03 04:01:04 PM  

Stone Meadow: List fails without revealing that two phone OS's account for 90% of all cellphones...and that they spy on everything you do with your phone.

http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/global-mobile-operati ng -system-share.png?w=500&h=400

It also ignores that there are only 3 major computer operating systems, and that YOU are the product for all three. To boot, Microsoft has even figured out how to convince you to PAY for the privilege.


I'm curious, where's the data mining with linux and windows (the OSes, not the apps).
 
2013-11-03 04:19:40 PM  
Most of the stuff in that chart is just crap.  I think I saw just 4 brands I remember ever buying on there (nespresso, bounty, Gillette, Duracell)
 
2013-11-03 04:20:53 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Stone Meadow: List fails without revealing that two phone OS's account for 90% of all cellphones...and that they spy on everything you do with your phone.

http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/global-mobile-operati ng -system-share.png?w=500&h=400

It also ignores that there are only 3 major computer operating systems, and that YOU are the product for all three. To boot, Microsoft has even figured out how to convince you to PAY for the privilege.

I'm curious, where's the data mining with linux and windows (the OSes, not the apps).


I googled 'do apple and windows spy', and found lots of articles detailing how each of them does so. Take your pick.

Also, what is this "Linux" you mention...? ;^)

~njnnetwork.com
 
2013-11-03 04:21:26 PM  

Proximuscentauri: It gets better. Those top banks also hold majority shares in all oil and pharmaceuticals traded. There is no 'big oil' or 'big pharma', there's just one big farking problem. Are you dumbfarks paying attention yet? With the data sitting right in front of you, are you STILL going to cry conspiracy theory?


LOL!

What the fark are you talking about? Which bank owns a majority interest in all pharma or oil companies? Where the fark do you idiots get this shiat? It's laughable.
 
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