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The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision has left the sewer door open and the rats are getting bolder and bolder. 

It could only a matter of time before corporatist hubris reaches a point where corporations will feel entitled to require branding on human bodies. 

Look at what's happening in Australia. 

Sales of cigarettes in Australia were about $10.4 billion in 2009, Reuters reports l, and they add, " Smoking-related illnesses kill more than 15,000 Australians each year and cost the economy A$31.5 billion in health costs, according to Australian government health authorities." 

The Aussie government has passed a law that requires that most of the cigarette package be covered with warnings and ugly images of cancer, bulging eyes, the most unappealing green colors.  The manufacturer's branding will be allowed only on a small part of the package, in smaller letters. 
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flickr image  By foboat, with caption:  Australian Dunhills

Philip Morris company has responded with a lawsuit, complaining that this will hurt the value of their trademarks and their profits and have suggested that the losses they sue for could be in the billions. 
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The Philip Morris company is basing its damage threats on  Australia's bilateral investment treaty with Hong Kong. That treaty, similar to ones the US has signed, like the WTO, holds the Australian government responsible to protect Hong Kong investments in Australia. 

To fight the legislation, Philip Morris run ads accusing the Australian government of being a "nanny state."

If they don't get satisfaction after three months,  they will seek arbitration through the United Nations. 

You have to wonder what will come next. Will Philip Morris go to the Supreme Court of the United States, and claiming rights of free speech that come with corporate personhood, ask the five corrupt, corpo-whores on the court to void laws prevent advertising of cigarettes on television?

Or why not go further? Perhaps they'll put small print--and let's face it, nobody every reads the terms of use legal talk on websites, software, etc.-- on tickets on stadiums they own, making people agree to get tattoos on their throats or wherever. Yes I'm stretching things. But could you imagine, just a few years ago, a corporation going to the supreme court and overturning almost a century's laws protecting the sanctity of the vote. 

The utter scum in the Supreme Court have proven themselves willing to give big corporations almost anything they ask for. What the hell. Clarence Thomas' wife will get paid. Scalia will accept trips and hunting excursion and speaking invitations that scream conflict of interest. 

So maybe I'm over the top on the tattoos, but the idea of rolling back regulations of advertising of tobacco and other things banned from TV-- get used to it. We really should be changing the name of the nation to the CSA-- Corporate States of America.  

Will the Democrats do anything about this CSA situation? Don't hold your breath waiting. 
Will Obama do anything about it? My guess is he'll consult with his advisors. Oh, that's right. They're all corpo-whores. Good luck. 

Here's a very partial list of some of the Brands Philip Morris Owns. A more complete list is here.
tobacco products
Marlboro 
Virginia Slims 
Merit 
Parliament 
Benson &Hedges 
L&M 
Chesterfield 
Lark 
Cambridge 
Basic 

foods and beverages:
Capri Sun 
Country Time 
Crystal Light 
Kool-Aid 
Tang  
General Foods International Coffees 
Gevalia 
Maxim 
Maxwell House 
Sanka 
Cool Whip 
Dream Whip 
Jell-O 
Philadelphia and Kraft Cheeses
Cream of Wheat
Grape Nuts
Oreos
Raisin Bran
Shredded Wheat
Chips Ahoy
Ritz crackers
Life Savers
Velveeta
Breyers Yoghurt
Stove Top
Miracle Whip
Oscar Mayer
Claussen
DiGiorno and Tombstone Pizzas
Fleischmann's 
Kraft Lunchables 

This is a small portion of the brands the own. the brands they are trying to stuff the branding of down the throats of the Australian people in spite of laws democratically elected officials have enacted. 

international treaties should not be allowed to over-ride national or even state or provincial laws. Period. 
They are designed to protect corporations before humans and that's just wrong. 

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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As the old saying goes, "Treaties are made to be b... by Marika on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:36:58 AM
Not only the US but the world have turned into a c... by kenneth sibbett on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 12:29:14 PM
Should we post pictures of mangled bodies on all c... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 2:17:17 PM
Laura, you know that coffee incident happened over... by kenneth sibbett on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:48:08 PM
where do you stop?   I could walk out of my h... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:54:39 PM
Pro lifers that line the street holding pics of ab... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:59:38 PM
Laura, I'm disappointed. You are parroting corposp... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:40:53 PM
I'm not parroting anything, regardless of what you... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:50:25 PM
heavily taxes all tobacco sales.  To say that... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 10:41:55 PM
The idea of anti-smoking crusaders being "nannies"... by John Jonik on Sunday, Jul 3, 2011 at 3:52:56 PM
As it turns out, Laura, there's a lot more to the ... by Debbie Scally on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:52:38 PM
siding with the Corporations at all.  I simpl... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 5:01:03 PM
Could you provide specific examples of products th... by lwarman on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 5:14:53 PM
The government doesn't "stop" me from buying thing... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 5:50:12 PM
I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure that in Cana... by lwarman on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 10:53:10 PM
Laura, you seem to adopt the option that freedom i... by Marika on Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 8:54:28 AM
I just love the cheap tv ad, I used to see (don't ... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 10:05:53 AM
Initially the woman asked for basic costs, admitte... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:09:02 PM
to weaken the sovereign rights of nation states ma... by intotheabyss on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:42:04 PM
Tobacco is one of the oldest and safest antiseptic... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 6:35:52 AM
'ane we are the merchants of cool we do our thing... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 8:28:16 AM
Laura Roberts's arguments may or may not wear thin... by Mort Persky on Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 7:00:41 PM
I liked Claussen pickles. That and shredded wheat ... by Debbie Scally on Sunday, Jul 3, 2011 at 1:38:52 PM