Child Exploitation is Now Acceptable?

Everything these days seems to be “for the children” or “saving the children” or “protecting the children”. These phrases are so overused that I’ve often commented to friends that I thought there were laws against exploiting children and I didn’t understand why they were not being enforced.

The “for the children” battlecry has been over-used so much these days, that this mother is wondering if we shouldn’t just ban children next. Sounds heartless I know, but when special interest groups run ads using healthy kids that claim hot dogs gave them cancer, I see this as emotional blackmail. I see this as teaching children that it is perfectly acceptable to lie in order to try to manipulate others into doing what you want. I see this as exploiting children.

TV Ad Attacks Hot Dogs As Cancer Risk

But Actual Evidence Doesn’t Measure Up To Pro-Vegetarian Sponsors’ Claims

CHICAGO, Aug. 26, 2008

(AP) A new TV commercial shows kids eating hot dogs in a school cafeteria and one little boy’s haunting lament: “I was dumbfounded when the doctor told me I have late-stage colon cancer.”

It’s a startling revelation in an ad that vilifies one of America’s most beloved, if maligned, foods, while stoking fears about a dreaded disease.

But the boy doesn’t have cancer. Neither do two other kids in the ad who claim to be afflicted.

© MMVIII The Associated Press.

Read the FULL STORY here.

So where’s the FTC? Isn’t there some regulation or law about “truth in advertising“? Or is that something that is ONLY applicable to businesses pushing an actual product?

What truth-in-advertising rules apply to advertisers?

Under the Federal Trade Commission Act:

  • Advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive;
  • Advertisers must have evidence to back up their claims; and
  • Advertisements cannot be unfair.

What makes an advertisement deceptive?

According to the FTC’s Deception Policy Statement, an ad is deceptive if it contains a statement – or omits information – that:

  • Is likely to mislead consumers acting reasonably under the circumstances; and
  • Is “material” – that is, important to a consumer’s decision to buy or use the product.

Personally I don’t believe non-profits, special interest groups or charities should be given an exemption on telling the truth. If anything they should be held to an even HIGHER STANDARD of honesty because of the way many of them are viewed, not to mention their tax-exempt status.

As an example, the American Cancer Society is the richest non-profit in the United States (don’t you wonder how a “non-profit” can actually BE RICH?). Yet this same organization constantly claims to have no money for research into the very thing they are supposed to be researching. At the same time, they seem to have all the money in the world to advertise on TV and not tell the whole truth in their advertising. I’ve lost all respect for them and will never donate to them again because of this fact. They seem more interested in trying to get the people to live as they want them to instead of doing what they claim they are about………………researching the real causes (versus just accusing slight associations as absolute causes) and finding cures for cancer.

American Cancer Society: The World’s Wealthiest “Nonprofit” Institution

Samuel S. Epstein M. D.

The American Cancer Society is fixated on damage control— diagnosis and treatment— and basic molecular biology, with indifference or even hostility to cancer prevention. This myopic mindset is compounded by interlocking conflicts of interest with the cancer drug, mammography, and other industries. The “nonprofit” status of the Society is in sharp conflict with its high overhead and expenses, excessive reserves of assets and contributions to political parties. All attempts to reform the Society over the past two decades have failed; a national economic boycott of the Society is long overdue.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is accumulating great wealth in its role as a “charity.” According to James Bennett, professor of economics at George Mason University and recognized authority on charitable organizations, in 1988 the ACS held a fund balance of over $400 million with about $69 million of holdings in land, buildings, and equipment (1). Of that money, the ACS spent only $90 million— 26 percent of its budget— on medical research and programs. The rest covered “operating expenses,” including about 60 percent for generous salaries, pensions, executive benefits, and overhead. By 1989, the cash reserves of the ACS were worth more than $700 million (2). In 1991, Americans, believing they were contributing to fighting cancer, gave nearly $350 million to the ACS, 6 percent more than the previous year. Most of this money comes from public donations averaging $3,500, and high-profile fund-raising campaigns such as the springtime daffodil sale and the May relay races. However, over the last two decades, an increasing proportion of the ACS budget comes from large corporations, including the pharmaceutical, cancer drug, telecommunications, and entertainment industries.

© 2003 Cancer Prevention Coalition

Read the FULL STORY here.

Emotional extortion to push an agenda to force everyone to eat the way the movement wants and not allowing for the free will that God/dess gave us all.

Everyone is using “the children” today. MADD has been using them for decades. The anti-smoker/ing movement has been seriously using them for the last 5 years at least. The anti-obesity movement is using them just as vigorously now.

The step is obvious and it seems that the UK is bound, set and determined to take that step, in the process they are repeating history. Unfortunately they are fashioning their new world after a dictator they fought and won against. I just read something in the Telegraph that sent chills down my spine for it’s resemblance to Hitler’s Youth Movement.

Children aged eight enlisted as council snoopers

Children as young as eight have been recruited by councils to “snoop” on their neighbours and report petty offences such as littering, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

By Martin Beckford, Sarah Graham and Betsy Mead

Last Updated: 1:00PM BST 06 Sep 2008

The youngsters are among almost 5,000 residents who in some cases are being offered £500 rewards if they provide evidence of minor infractions.

One in six councils contacted by the Telegraph said they had signed up teams of “environment volunteers” who are being encouraged to photograph or video neighbours guilty of dog fouling, littering or “bin crimes”.

The “covert human intelligence sources”, as some local authorities describe them, are also being asked to pass on the names of neighbours they believe to be responsible, or take down their number-plates.

Ealing Council in West London said: “There are hundreds of Junior Streetwatchers, aged 8-10 years old, who are trained to identify and report enviro-crime issues such as graffiti and fly-tipping.”

Harlow Council in Essex said: “We currently have 25 Street Scene Champions who work with the council. They are all aged between 11 to 14. They are encouraged to report the aftermath of enviro-crimes such as vandalism to bus shelters, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping etc. They do this via telephone or email direct to the council.”

© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2008

Read the FULL STORY here.

There’s a phrase in there that I wasn’t familiar with “fly-tipping”. According to Wikipedia:

Fly-tipping or dumping is a British term for illegally dumping waste somewhere other than an authorised landfill. It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, i.e., waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste.

Generally, I could agree with the concept here. After all, it IS the responsibility of everyone in the community to do their part to keep the community pleasant and clean. Anyone can call a number to report some wrongdoing. This is common knowledge and most people have no trouble finding the number if they really want to call something in for action to be taken.

What I find obscene about this is the fact that they are deliberately recruiting children, as young at 10 years old, using MONETARY rewards to get them to act as spies on their neighbors. That is just so Hitler-ish it must have Winston Churchill wondering why so many good people died fighting Hitler and his fascist rule.

We are coming full circle it seems and if we are not careful………or rather, if we don’t start putting a stop to the insanity NOW, we will find ourselves living in Hitler’s dream world. I’ll have another example of this tomorrow.


~ by swfreedomlover on September 7, 2008.

2 Responses to “Child Exploitation is Now Acceptable?”

  1. OhmyGods. The hot dog ad is sick, and I have not eaten a regular meat hot dog in almost 20 years. Hell, I’m vegetarian, and I’m sickened. I became veggie of my own free will, with my resaarch and my tastes–no tricks, no lies. I am so disgusted that vegetarian groups would scare kids and blatanly *lie*, like the fundamentalists Christians I grew up with.

    The British snoop squad is even sicker. I can think of no good consequences.

  2. Unfortunately, ALL special interest groups will LIE to manipulate the people to their ways. I have NO respect for any of them anymore. Every single one of them does it.

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