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Friday, February 28, 2014

Gerald Celente - Trends In The News - "Decades Of Deception"



"France to stay additional time within Central Africa, the deceptions of war & your 4th amendment rights are now withering away. Wake up America! Or keep letting the psychos decide for you!"

Original release: 2/26/14.

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Has Russia invaded Ukraine?


BBS News Europe
February 28, 2014

Ukraine has accused Russia of carrying out an armed invasion by sending naval forces to occupy Sevastopol airport in the Crimea region.

Russia's Black Sea Fleet denies its servicemen are blocking the airport.

Another Crimean airport, Simferopol, has also been occupied by armed men, thought to be pro-Russia militia.

Relations between the two countries have been strained since Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukrainian president last week.

Mr Yanukovych is now in Russia and expected to hold a news conference later in the city of Rostov-on-Don, near the Ukrainian border.

He disappeared after leaving office but resurfaced in Russia on Thursday, asserting that he is still Ukraine's lawful president.

Ukraine's general prosecutor has said he will ask Russia to extradite Mr Yanukovych, if it is confirmed that he is still there.

In other developments:

  • The BBC has seen eight trucks with the black plates of the Russian army moving towards Simferopol
  • Unconfirmed reports say eight Russian military helicopters have arrived in Sevastopol
  • Ukraine's central bank has put a 15,000 hryvnia (1,000 euro; £820) limit on daily cash withdrawals
  • Armed Forces chief Yuriy Ilyin, appointed earlier this month by Mr Yanukovych, is sacked
  • Ukraine's parliament calls on the UN Security Council to discuss the unfolding crisis in Crimea
Lynchpin of struggle

These tensions between Russia and Ukraine in the wake of Mr Yanukovych's departure have been particularly evident in Crimea, Ukraine's only Russian-majority region.

The BBC's Bridget Kendall, in Moscow, says the Crimea is becoming the lynchpin of a struggle between Ukraine's new leaders and those loyal to Russia.


 

 

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Russian soldiers had arrived in Sevastopol military airport near Russia's Black Sea Fleet Base on Friday morning.

The men were patrolling outside, backed up by armoured vehicles, but Ukrainian military and border guards remained inside, Mr Avakov said.

"I consider what has happened to be an armed invasion and occupation in violation of all international agreements and norms," Mr Avakov said on his Facebook page.

Armed men also arrived at Simferopol airport overnight, some carrying Russian flags.

A man called Vladimir told Reuters news agency he was a volunteer helping the group there, though he said he did not know where they came from.

"I'm with the People's Militia of Crimea. We're simple people, volunteers," he said.

Andriy Parubiy, acting chairman of Ukraine's National Security Council, has claimed that both airports are now back under the control of Ukrainian authorities.

The airport occupation is latest in a series of moves to raise fears of unrest in Crimea, which traditionally leans towards Russia.

On Thursday, a group of unidentified armed men entered Crimea's parliament building by force, and hoisted a Russian flag on the roof.

The Crimean parliament later announced it would hold a referendum on expanding the region's autonomy from Ukraine on 25 May.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to maintain relations with Kiev, but he is also giving the Crimean government humanitarian aid.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on all sides to "step back and avoid any kind of provocations".

Financial strain

On top of its political problems, Ukraine also faces huge financial hurdles.

It says it needs $35 billion over the next two years to avoid default on its loans.

Russia has suspended the next instalment of a $15bn loan because of the political uncertainty.

Switzerland and Austria announced on Friday that it had launched an investigation against Mr Yanukovych and his son Aleksander for "aggravated money laundering".

Austria also said it had frozen the assets of 18 Ukrainians suspected of violating human rights and involvement in corruption. It did not give any names.

Crimea - where ethnic Russians are in a majority - was transferred from Russia to Ukraine in 1954.

Ethnic Ukrainians loyal to Kiev and Muslim Tatars - whose animosity towards Russia stretches back to Stalin's deportations during World War Two - have formed an alliance to oppose any move back towards Moscow.

Russia, along with the US, UK and France, pledged to uphold the territorial integrity of Ukraine in a memorandum signed in 1994.

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I can see this easily escalating. I hope it doesn't.

Was Yanukovych a Russian puppet?

While I am far from understanding all the aspects of what is taking place in Ukraine here is a lesson for any person or state our there; if you don't want people in your business stop taking their money.

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Mexican holiday trumps the U.S. Bill of Rights in t-shirt case


Infowars.com
February 28, 2014


The 9th U.S. District Circuit Court has ruled that the students in a northern California high school did not have their First Amendment violated when they were ordered by officials to turn their t-shirts inside out during the Mexican Cinco de Mayo holiday.

The court said fears of racial violence by students outraged over the American flag displayed on the t-shirts outweighed the right guaranteed by the Constitution. The Live Oak High School in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill has experienced racial issues between Latino and white students in the past. 

“Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence,” Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the three member panel. Racial issues unrelated to the Bill of Rights “made it reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real,” she added. 

William Becker, a lawyer from the American Freedom Law Center representing the students, said they will appeal the ruling. 

“The 9th Circuit upheld the rights of Mexican students celebrating a holiday of another country over U.S. student proudly supporting this country,” Becker said.

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Judge M. Margaret McKeown should be deported to Mexico along with the high school staff that made the kids turn their shirts inside out.

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Government Spies On Innocent People Via Webcams, Laptops, Xbox

Steve Watson
Infowars.com
February 27, 2014

The latest revelation concerning mass government spying confirms an issue that Infowars has been covering for close to a decade. British and American governments are spying on people in their own homes via web cams, laptop microphones and devices such as the X-box.

The London Guardian has the details in a report based on information leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The British surveillance agency GCHQ, with help from the NSA, actively spied on nearly 2 million Yahoo users via webcams built into their computers. The documents show that the agency intercepted millions of images as part of a secret program codenamed OPTIC NERVE.

The report also states that Americans were almost certainly targeted as part of the bulk collection of data, and that there is no law to prevent such activity in Britain.

The documents show that images were collected from webcams at regular intervals, one image every five minutes, and were used by the spy agency to trial automated facial recognition programs.

The Guardian describes the process as “eerily reminiscent of the telescreens evoked in George Orwell’s 1984.”

 The documents dub the practice as “bulk access to Yahoo webcam images/events”, and spies working at GCHQ compared it to a police database of mugshots. “Face detection has the potential to aid selection of useful images for ‘mugshots’ or even for face recognition by assessing the angle of the face,” the papers read. “The best images are ones where the person is facing the camera with their face upright.”

Essentially, the spy agency appear to have been building a huge digital database containing the faces of Yahoo users.

The documents advise employees at GCHQ on how to use the system, noting “[I]f you search for similar IDs to your target, you will be able to request automatic comparison of the face in the similar IDs to those in your target’s ID”.

In one presentation contained within the documents, more technologically advanced systems, such as iris recognition cameras, are discussed as potential surveillance tools. The paper even chillingly states “think Tom Cruise in Minority Report”.

The documents state that Yahoo users were specifically singled out because “Yahoo webcam is known to be used by GCHQ targets”.

The papers also note that a large quantity of the data collected contained nudity or sexually explicit imagery. The spy agency seemingly made no effort to prevent the collection of such images.

Yahoo described the practice as “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy,” and strenuously denied having any knowledge of the program.

Infowars first reported in 2006, EIGHT YEARS AGO, that innocent people were being spied on through their computers. We specifically described the practice as Minority Report style technology, as the GCHQ had done.

We have since covered the issue consistently, warning that “Hundreds of millions of Internet-active Americans will all be potential targets for secret surveillance.”

Of course, some quarters dismissed our reports as “conspiracy theories”, while worried internet users questioned whether the reports were accurate.

The GCHQ program was seemingly not limited to Yahoo user web cams either. Another presentation within the leaked internal papers discusses the capabilities of the Xbox 360′s Kinect camera, saying it generated “fairly normal webcam traffic” and that it was being evaluated as a potential surveillance tool.

We have also documented the potential use of Xbox for surveillance purposes, noting that Skype calls made on the devices can be intercepted. We have also warned that the ‘always on’ camera of the new Xbox One, which is so powerful it can see through clothing, is wide open to abuse by hackers and government agencies.

According to the leaked documents, the OPTIC NERVE program began as a prototype in 2008 and was still active in 2012. There is no indication that the program has been deactivated.

Security expert Bruce Schneier writes that this latest revelation highlights how there is no distinction between actively spying on a person and what he called “Eavesdropping by algorithm”, in other words, automated computer surveillance. The NSA and the Obama administration have attempted to argue that what they are doing cannot be called “spying” or even “collecting” data, because when the data is gathered, a person is not looking at it. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper still uses this explanation to claim he never lied to Congress when he answered ‘no’ to the question “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

The fallout from the OPTIC NERVE program, the creation of facial recognition databases, and the fact that spooks provably looked at images of people, even NAKED images of people, highlights the fact, Schneier argues, that the “NSA’s definition of ‘collect’ makes no sense whatsoever”, and that our governments are indeed actively spying on us.

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And people still keep buying the Xbox. 

I have all my cameras on my laptops disabled and covered. I even cover up the forward facing camera on my phone. You couldn't pay me to have an Xbox in my home.

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India Declares Dolphins To Be “Non-Human Persons”


The Mind Unleashed
February 23, 2014

India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to forbid the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment anywhere in the country.

In a policy statement released Friday, the ministry advised state governments to reject any proposal to establish a dolphinarium “by any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.”

Why?

“Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphins should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,” the ministry said.

I was surprised to read about this the other night, since it happened back in May and somehow escaped worldwide attention and the 24 hour media hoopla. The effort to re-categorize Cetaceans (dolphins, whales, porpoises) as non-human persons has been gathering steam since a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 where a group of philosophers, conservationists, and animal behaviorists attempted to gather wide support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans from the scientific community.

The Declaration:

1. Every individual cetacean has the right to life.
2. No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.
3. All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.
4. No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
5. Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
6. Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.

And what does it mean to say an animal has “rights”?

“Unlike[...] positive rights, such as the ‘right’ to education or health care, the animal right is, at bottom, a right to be left alone. It does not call for government to tax us in order to provide animals with food, shelter, and veterinary care. It only requires us to stop killing them and making them suffer.”

Seems reasonable enough. Considering dolphin intelligence has been long been established, this declaration doesn’t seem to be a particularly radical move. They exhibit self-awareness, use tools, cooperate to solve tasks, and very recently it was found that they possibly communicate to each other using individual names. The major real world implications of declaring them non-human persons would be the closing of dolphin and orca shows at marine parks, setting them free from aquariums and zoos, and a prohibition against kills, such as the one documented in Academy Award winning movie The Cove.

Of course, the biggest implication is the whole idea of creating a new category of non-human persons. Do we stop at dolphins and whales? And, if not, where do we draw the line? Once we give rights to some animals how do we justify our continued exploitation of others?

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Homeland Security Warns of New Shoe Threat


Bryan Douebleu
Clinical Cynic
February 21, 2014

In its latest message to the American sheeple, via lamestream media, Der Homeland Insecurity warns of new shoe bomb threats. They state that this new 'threat' reminds us that we are under constant threat. Of course they want you to believe that - you tend to hand over your rights a bit more easily. They also state that this knowledge comes from "very recent intelligence" but go on to state this 'threat' isn't specific to any airline, country, dimension, planet, or time. In the meantime, enjoy your full-body screening.

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While the lamestream media have seemingly forgotten about it, the Japanese fishermen of Taiji are still at it.

On February 20, striped dolphins were restrained and tethered together by their flukes in shallow, bloody water. These dolphins were left thrashing for over 20 minutes. A cruel and inhumane method of slaughter.

 
 
 
 

This needs to be identified with Japan, not just Taiji. If the black cloud of these archaic practices were to begin to taint greater Japan, especially economically, it would stop.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A wildlife park in England has murdered two lions and four cubs


Martin Delgado & Nick Constable
Daily Mail
February 8, 2014

Six lions at Longleat Safari Park have been put down, triggering  outrage among staff who claim there was no obvious reason for the animals to be killed.



An adult male called Henry, a lioness named Louisa and four of her cubs were all put to death last month in an operation supervised by vets.

Bosses at the safari park on the Marquess of Bath’s Wiltshire estate insist the decision was taken because of ‘health risks’ after a population increase led to violent behaviour.

Read more...

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Bosses at the safari park need to be fed to lions.

I find this highly disgusting. A lion is violent. They lead violent lives. This is fact. This is their natural behavior as dictated by instinct - sticking them in a cage that people can drive through does not negate this.  A lions daily life is perhaps one of the most violent on this planet.

Firstly, I oppose any sort of zoo or "safari" park... these assholes were breeding lions. Essentially, they were doing that same old human bullshit of creating lives and then destroying them. In this case I think those running this place should have received the needle in their arms. Lions are teetering on the brink now... because of this reason I have ZERO tolerance for bullshit. Even if lions were not hunted in shit holes like South Africa or often exploited I would still have a huge issue with this. And this was complete bullshit. Staff clearly stated the reasons behind this was pure BS.

If anyone near Longleat that is reading this - don't give these fuckers any of your money. 

Humanity goes to war for all sorts of bullshit reasons; protecting the environment and wildlife are one of the few reasons I would willingly go to war. Too bad most of the world fights for greed or perceived self-gain.


Longleat should be shut down. 
Their website should be DDoS'ed into the Stone Age.

If you are in the UK and you still don't have a problem with this dump, consider the parasite known as Alexander Thynn; just another greedy, parasitic "noble" known as the Marquess of Bath. He is the douche that owns Longleat. He is a prime example of a human parasite in where only he and his aims matter - not yours (or the lions). In November of 2010 Alexander Thynn fired all employees over the age of 65 before laws came into effect protecting them from discriminatory employers.

Of course all parasites like to multiply: On the left you have the "Ejaculate of Longleat" who is currently running the show at Longleat - then on the right you have the "Loins of Longleat".

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[They said Marius was "surplus".]

Marius, an 18 month old giraffe, had a bolt put into his brain in front of spectators. They then autopsied the poor thing in front of an audience. I don't understand; what was the point of the autopsy - they were the ones that murdered Marius after all. Marius was then dismembered and fed to lions. All this because the zoo stated they were fearful of inbreeding.

Zoos, and most people that go to them, offer nothing for the environment or wildlife.

But hey - this is the same country that slaughters dolphins too.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sochi stray dogs ARE being hunted down and killed


People
February 6, 2014

It's not just the journalists who are having a hard time of it in Sochi, Russia.

The country's government has authorized a pest removal company to rid the city of hundreds of stray dogs before Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, believing them to be too dangerous to be left roaming around. To combat the move, which has been met with outrage from animal lovers, Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska has funded a rescue effort in conjunction with his charity organization Volnoe Delo.

“We were told, 'Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,'" Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort, told The New York Times.



A rescue cart is now making its way around the Olympic Village, bringing the stray animals to a makeshift shelter called PovoDog, a play on the Russian word "povodok" (leash). About 80 animals are being held there currently, with many locals believing them to be abandoned pets or the offspring of abandoned pets. Since their eradication began in October, an estimated 300 dogs have been killed every month from a chemical injection that causes them to suffocate.

Addressing the issue, Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, told reporters only that "It would be absolutely wrong to say that any healthy dog will be destroyed." In the meantime, shelter workers hope the dogs in their care will find forever homes with the fans attending the Olympic games.

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What the real problem here, as is always the case, is humans. Humans created the stray dog issue. The Sochi games should be boycotted by anyone that professes to care about and love dogs. Over 2000 dogs have been killed (not to mention two orca captured and taken from their natural lives). Even without stray dogs Sochi you are still greeting the world with a dump... Congratulations. I'd actually rather watch paint dry than watch the Olympics.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Help End Big Cat Exploitation

If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.
[From BigCatRescue]

No. 1 Ford Motor Company aired a commercial during the Super Bowl featuring a live adult tiger with actor James Franco. Ford tells us that the tiger was "properly treated" during filming. And to make matters worse, they now have a SECOND ad featuring an adult leopard! Please politely let Ford know they are missing the point - the very fact that these cats are bred to be used in movies and commercials is abusive. Ford would likely be appalled if they knew how big cats are kept when they aren't on set. Animal lovers do NOT want to see them exploited for entertainment and profit. Tweet using #nearlydouble at http://twitter.com/Ford and post Facebook comments at https://www.facebook.com/ford[Football - just another worthless distraction keeping people's eyes off of things that really matter. I would also put the screws to James Franco... he should not be let off easily either. - Bryan]

No. 2 On February 15th the Myrtle Beach Marathon (South Carolina) will again be a willing participant in the exploitation of tiger cubs as it teams up with one of the country's most prolific breeders and exhibitors of exotic cats, Bhagavan Antle and his T.I.G.E.R.S. facility. Big Cat Rescue tried to educate the president of the marathon and its board of directors about the extensive breeding and cub petting this facility does. We explained that Antle has decades of animal care citations and investigations dating all the way back to 1989. Antle claims his "Rare Species Fund" contributes to wildlife conservation, but Rare Species Fund does not even appear to be a non-profit registered with the IRS. Please ask the organizers of the Myrtle Beach Marathon to stop exploiting tiger cubs and cancel the cub display during their marathon. Contact Shaun Walsh at shaun.walsh@edwardjones.com and 843-238-3343. Contact Bill Stanton at billstanton@sc.rr.com and 843-233-8088.

No. 3 Animal handler Dave Salmoni brought two lion cubs onto the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 31st. He used the guise many breeders and exhibitors of big cats use: seeming to care about big cats in the wild all the while exploiting captive cubs on television! The cubs were clearly stressed and not under the direct control of Salmoni, which we believe is a violation of the Animal Welfare Act. To make matters worse, it appears that the cubs actually belonged to Serenity Springs, which is being sued by USDA for Animal Welfare Violations!  Please urge NBC and the new producers of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (which starts this month) to stop having big cat cubs on the program and place the wellbeing of the cats above profits and ratings. Click here and then scroll down to open the "select show" box to leave your comments: http://www.nbc.com/contact/general

No. 4 Live in the state of Washington or know someone who does? Our friends at the Mountain Lion Foundation need your help to stop a Washington state Senate bill from passing that would FORCE the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to allow trophy hunters to use hounds to kill cougars for fun. Please help stop this cruel and unnecessary bill! 
 http://goo.gl/FudMHt [I find it disgusting that they want to go out into the wilderness and kill these cats for "public safety"... what a sham. These individuals represent all the ugliness within humanity. They are a cancer... for nothing else other than them is important. Want to know what kind of hunt I would support (or culling rather)? - Bryan] 

No. 5 Did you know that the USDA has a new online form for reporting animal abuse? If you see abuse of any animals at USDA licensed facilities, you can now quickly and easily let USDA know and urge them to immediately send an inspector out to inspect the facility. Find the form here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/aw_complaint_form.shtml 

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Japanese Dolphin Slaughter - The Numbers So Far

Every remaining day, throughout February, the Taiji dolphin killers attempt to acquire and kill more dolphins.


Below are screenshots of the numbers from Ceta-Base which has been tracking the numbers of dolphins driven, captured, killed, and released during the 2013/2014 dolphin season in Taiji, Japan. If you know anyone that is an apologist for Sea World or other programs, such as "swim with dolphins" programs, please spread this information to them. Please also consider making "social" networking actually worthwhile and share information like this.

[Click to enlarge images.]
 

In short, the Taji dolphin slaughter led to 158 dolphins being taken for the captive industry... this year alone. I don't have the stomach to count up the number killed.

The Taiji killers begin capturing and killing dolphins in September and do not cease until at some point between February through April.

And now, posted below, is a document compiled by Ceta-Base, which tracks the Taiji operation from 1999 through 2012. You will see that this current season (above), in comparison, comprises one of the largest takes on record.



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Subway Has Been Deliberately Putting Chemicals Found In Plastic In Bread


Bryan Douebleu
Clinical Cynic
February 6, 2013

Subway has vowed to remove a chemical that is typically found in plastics and rubber, a known carcinogen, from its bread products. The decision was derived only after pressure was applied through an online petition by a food blogger. In other words, Subway only yielded when light was shone on their little known secret.

The chemical is azodicarbonamide - the much beloved FDA allows its use to strengthen dough and increase shelf life - never mind the associated risks to your health. Azodicarbonamide is used in plastics, rubber, and synthetic leather. Oh yeah, it is used in the U.S. and Canada in food too. Not one of the letters within the acronyms FDA or USDA actually stands for safety. Of course, just as with GMO's and vaccines, Europe is ahead of the curve and this substance is and has been banned on the continent. Supposedly the chemical is found in all sorts of bread and other grain products.

Azodicarbonamide, and its related compound semicarbazide, are known carcinogens; how and why we allow agencies like the FDA and USDA to be headed by industry insiders and operate with impunity - allowing the use of harmful chemicals and genetically engineered ingredients to be used in our food... something that is often done without out knowledge - is far beyond me. As always, it is up to us to try and keep ourselves informed. Yet, with the ban on the substance in Australia and the EU, and the fact that Subway operates within Europe and Australia, Subway was both aware that they could not use azodicarbonamide in those locations and the reasons why. Yet they saw fit to continue to do so here. Does that seem ethical or moral to you?

So my question is this: will we, the consumers, punish Subway by boycotting them? Will we teach them a lesson and also set an example by starving them of capital (cash)?

In modern business the only thing that matters is the bottom line. This applies to the entire spectrum, from fast food to health care.

They knew they were using an ingredient that is a known carcinogen yet they continued to do so... I will not give them one red cent... ever in my life. I just can't help but wonder if I will ever see a time in my life where the public will begin to hold companies, the government, and politicians accountable for their actions (or inaction). Maybe if Subway was wearing tights and throwing balls around the public might actually give a damn - pathetic.

Want more? 

Read about Subway's deception here.

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