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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

You lie and you pay Mr Man!

Great to see GlaxoSmithKline has to tell everyone they lied about how healthy their sugar syrup Ribena is and they have to pay over $200 000. Of course I would also argue that this shit shouldn’t be marketed to children anyway – always a bone of contention by some posters here who seem to want Ronald and his chums to have unlimited, unrestricted access to your children via the Television – what about this advert then? These guys LIED about what was in their product, do adverts that lie still get unrestricted access to your children, you freedom bugle blowing clowns for Ayn Rand? The thing that pisses me off is that they only were fined $200 000 - for a multi billion dollar company, this is chump change - what the hell would you have to do to get fined the full Million? This company lied about their product, and you can see how it happened, you know the maggoty PR types, 'Christ no one wants to drink sugar syrup any more - what do we do', 'Hey did you know blackcurrents have 4 times the Vit C of oranges', 'Wow, let's use that as our advert' - of course no one checked whether their product had any actual Vit C in it (they are after all maggoty PR people with no idea) and off GlaxoSmithKline went with their advert. $200 000 is chump change and the Commission is ball-less.

Judge orders Ribena to fess up
GlaxoSmithKline has been ordered to run an advertising campaign to provide the facts after it admitted misleading the public about the vitamin C component in its Ribena drink. The multinational company, which had a worldwide turnover of $61 billion in 2005, was also fined $217,000 after pleading guilty to 15 breaches of the Fair Trading Act.

Oh and from the – it has nothing to do with the mass marketing of junk food whatsoever, freedom personal choice, freedom personal choice, freedom personal choice brigade comes this little gem of a story…

Teenagers 'less healthy than their parents' generation'
Today's adolescents are the first generation to have grown up less healthy than their parents, doctors said yesterday. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, obesity and sexually transmitted diseases have replaced childhood infections of the past such as tuberculosis and polio and are exacting a greater toll. The difference is that the modern threats to teenager's health are preventable. Between 1970 and 2000, obesity in adolescents has increased fourfold, sexually transmitted diseases have increased threefold, drinking has increased, smoking rates are unchanged since 1982, and suicide is slightly up, figures show.


At 28/3/07 10:53 am, Anonymous RnBram said...

Your sneer at Rand shows how little you know about her ideas. Her major point is that real freedom means freedom from the coercive and fraudulent acts of other men, corporate or otherwise. She would argue that the proper role of government is to ensure that contracts are properly and honestly met, which means GSK would be guilty of fraud. They would not be protected just because of their size.

You might experience a life changing discovery if you took the time to actually understand what she is saying. Your remarks about Rand are no more honest than GSK's dishonesty about Ribena. Two wrongs do not make a right!

At 28/3/07 4:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shockingly dishonest. Hopefully teh floodgates will now open with claims against other bullshit advertising


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