We have long been resigned to the fact that we are from morning till night, stuffed with advertising crisps and dandruff shampoo. We understand that the "motor trade" are now part of our life. Everyone wants to get their piece of bread, nowhere on it anywhere.
But sometimes corporations in the pursuit of profit is used far more radical methods than writing idiotic slogans. And here it is becoming not joking.
1. Private military companies
We understand that the risk of incurring the wrath of the public, if you allow yourself unflattering remarks about the "soldiers of fortune". Especially after so many years as Hollywood explained to us that being a mercenary is almost as cool as an astronaut or a fireman.
What's the catch:
When the U.S. military forces of its own is not enough, the government, willy-nilly, to seek the services of firms engaged in the recruitment of mercenaries. Try to find a suitable professional 100,000 people and ensure the smooth operation of the entire war machine, from learning the safe handling of weapons to aerial reconnaissance!
And then for private military companies like Blackwater and DynCorp come golden days.
Blackwater alone since 2000 has received at least $ 600 million from the CIA and more than a billion — from the federal government. Government contracts account for ninety percent of the income of the company. What do they do with all of this a lot of money? The same thing as the military itself — to protect sensitive sites, accompany people and cargo, conduct consultations, training, and, of course, jogging with slogans.
The whole problem — in control. Obliged to report to the military government. One has only to some for a marine plunge into anything — immediately begins a long and dreary procedure clarify all the circumstances and take appropriate action.
With private security companies all very different. When in September 2007 Blackwater mercenaries killed in Baghdad seventeen unarmed Iraqis, no one really knew what to do with all this. And when one of the employees of the company still charged with murder, Blackwater founder Erik Prince said that the man can only be fired. That's all. The killer was on the loose, and could, after waiting a couple of months to find a job quietly mercenary in another private company to regain up arms and go back to the Middle East.
When in the 1980s boom privatization of prisons, it seemed that this makes some sense: if a private company can protect, maintain and feed prisoners better than the government, why not give it a chance?
What's the catch:
We are all, of course, want to prisoners was less. Prison — it is the most expensive of the possible solutions to stumble into society. However, if you are a company and you get paid for every "zeko-day", here to change your interests are diametrically opposed.
In April 2010, the Arizona immigration law was signed, later caused heated debates, protests, and even a boycott from several U.S. cities. This law obliges immigrants over 14 years old to wear with them documents. If the police caught without immigration paperwork properly, then send it (the first time) to prison for 20 days. And, in truth, the Arizona illegals were so happy to get rid of term. Because in the first version of this law provided for imprisonment for up to six months.
Now we are not going to discuss immigration policy or the security of our borders. We propose to reflect on the first draft of the law. Treat yourself: six months in prison, to 62 dollars a day per person. In the state resides somewhere around 460,000 illegal immigrants (at least, so say the government of Arizona). Just a bonanza for the private prison company that is not able to load their "capacity", and almost on the verge of bankruptcy!
According to one of the independent investigation, the idea of the aforementioned immigration law SB 1070 was born in the depths of a commercial company Corrections Corporation of America. And it is not just an idea — these people have put tremendous efforts to realize it.
Long before the bill was presented to the members of the legislative assembly before in Arizona about it though someone has learned, a group of businessmen and other "stakeholders" wrote the text, give it a name, and then voted for him in Washington, at the Grand Hyatt.
A year before the immigration law guide Corrections Corporation of America worried about how to adapt the prison to the content residing illegally in Arizona women and children. Apparently, women and children in the state's number one troublemaker.
That this, if a little prison work? Nothing. Except, perhaps, the two little circumstances.
The first — private prisons, to put it mildly, is not doing their job so well. Management of a commercial correctional facilities has recently been charged with cruelty to prisoners. In a similar institution immigrant from a brain injury left for 13 hours in solitary confinement. On the origin of injuries his family, unfortunately, will never know — he died shortly afterwards.
The second factor — managing private prisons often try to save as prisoners. They endlessly cut back on food, health care, drug treatment programs and … even on the toilet paper.
Imagine that you are a journalist and is conducting its own investigation. And you do not work anywhere, but in Fox News (the main information channel U.S. approx. Mixednews). And now, you can dig up a sensational material: milk — production of some agricultural company contains an illegal concentration of growth hormone in cattle. Which should cause a great response, as the milk comes from this company in almost all industrialized countries (except the U.S.).
You make your report, bring it to his boss, and he, being the embodiment of evil, asked to correct your work so that the hormone looked so harmless that even almost already and useful. Naturally, you're an honest journalist, mosque thunder and lightning, threatening to complain about the corrupt boss in the public administrations, etc. You will then, of course, fired, and all potential employers you will wear the black list.
Or another story: Imagine that you work for a news program and issue the air exposing a large shoe company associated with non-human conditions and meager wages at its factories. And when the next time you bring excellent material on the same topic, then get rejected.
It takes two years, and your news organization makes a deal with the very same shoe company called Nike. And sports reporters are reporting from the Olympic Games not otherwise in the parks with the labels of the firm.
What's the catch:
In both cases, large companies, namely Monsanto and Nike, neposredstvennnoe exerted influence on the content of news programs. In the case of Fox News, the reporters who refused to smooth out the story with the content of the hormone in milk, were actually fired, and the broadcast version was given to the company Monsanto (it's about a harmless hormone). In 2003, on this occasion took legal action. The Court of Appeal of Florida has decided that news programs have the right to lie all they want. In the end, that only politicians can?
As for Nike, in 1998 he sponsored the company C-PBS, and more precisely, the coverage of the Olympic Games in Japan. Parks with naykovskoy "tick" that journalists were C-PBS during the broadcast, were part of the deal.
And most of all, these parks were sewn on the very terrible sweatshops, which journalist Robert Baskin unveiled two years ago. Robert, by the way, demoted, and then granted her petition for dissolution of the contract.
4. Doctors and hospitals
According to statistics, twenty-five percent of Americans have at times depressed, 10 percent — are sitting on antidepressants. But that's not the saddest.
First, those pretty pink pills that the doctor has prescribed for the treatment of the Monday of the next crisis, not necessarily the best medicine in your case. Second, it is possible that your doctor paid, and it is useless to you vtyuhivat nonsense.
What's the catch:
Of course, doctors are not allowed to take money in exchange for the purpose of patient products of a particular company. But they can be invited to the conference, to take on the highest level and to settle in five star hotels. And we assure you that the five-star hotel is able to awaken in man a keen interest in the production host.
In 2004, the U.S. government filed a suit against a company called TAP for "payment of gratitude" to doctors. Defense argued that it was "common practice" and nothing illegal freeloading not. And won. But fate TAP literally hung in the balance, because in May 2011, the company lost another court in almost the same situation.
Recently, the government decided to change tactics, and now intends to prosecute the doctors themselves.
In every company there is a hilarious student one nerdy-nerd who is on the verge of discovering something unheard of and able to change the world.
If you are one of these young geniuses, all day long disappeared in the lab, you'll probably try to find a source of funding for the continuation of your experiments, the crossing of the cucumber and carrots. You have two options: either to apply for a government grant, or try to win a special grant. Money does not grow on trees, but scientific work requires considerable resources.
What if you — villainous company? You say, spoil the environment, and universities across the country are dreaming, as if quickly erase you from the face of the earth? Do you know how many papers devoted to the creation of "green" energy technologies, which are, after all, have to leave the oil companies out of work?
What's the catch:
Big oil companies such as BP, Chevron and Conoco donate colleges across the country huge sums. And do not choose any colleges, but only those that are developing alternative energy sources and looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2007, BP has spent $ 500 million to build a research center at the University of California at Berkeley, who specializes in green technologies. So, one of the professors stated publicly that he would find its own source of funding, not only to be bound by the terms of the company.
Since 2002, ExxonMobil donated Stanford more than 225 million dollars for research on "study ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." And of course, this generous gift came with great fanfare. But it was the company and one "small" condition: the members of the expert group that reviewed proposals for research topics, were approved by the representatives of the oil industry.
Apparently, as soon as we are waiting for a breakthrough in this area.
Of course, we should not rule out the option of enrichment as the mining of precious metals, with the aim, known only by the organizers of the production. But people who came to that material wealth — that's not all, pay attention to the type declaration buy gold jewelry. Selling jewelry and disposal of scrap gold can give quite tangible results!