People Break Down Which Companies That Have A Positive Reputation Today Actually Have A Dark History
When one is using their money to support only companies that support the world, and have always supported the world, you find it is nearly impossible these days. There is no such place that lacks a history of "issues." Well, unless it's a newer company, like from this year.
Many of the old guard are steeped in so much grey area when it comes to morality, that at this point, if the history means that much to you, we all need to grow our own food, darn our own clothes and build are own cars and electronics. It's best to know and start confronting some hard truths. Many of these corporations are begging for a mea culpa.Redditor u/beta_nerd wanted to be aware of what major corporations may not deserve our time and money because of past misdeeds by asking... What's a company that's viewed pretty positively today but has a dark DARK history?
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Dupont is still one of the largest textile companies in the world and "Dark Waters" was a true story.
If you haven't seen it do. It's about how making teflon poisons everything forever.
General Smedley Butler
United Fruit is responsible for the overthrow of nearly every government in Central and South America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
General Smedley Butler, USMC, one of few recipients to earn the Medal of Honor for gallantry twice. Struck down many of these "insurrections" against legally elected governments. He performed his duty admirably and with distinction.
However, after his retirement, he spoke out against his service. Stating, he felt, he and his Marines were nothing more than mercenaries protecting the corporate interests of a few men and law makers, while he was slaughtering thousands of peasants.
Bayer. They paid to test its drugs on unwilling human subjects. These included paying a retainer to SS physician Helmuth Vetter to test Rutenol and other sulfonamide drugs on deliberately infected patients at the Dachau, Auschwitz, and Gusen. They also had prisoners purposefully infected with typhus so that could test anti-typhus drugs. IG Farben also manufactured the cans of Zyklon B gas that were used in Auschwitz's gas chambers. (IG Farben was a massive conglomerate that included Bayer and other major companies such as BASF, Hoechst (Aventis), and AGFA).
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Dole (the fruit company) organized the overthrow of the indigenous government on Hawaii so it could join the USA.
Continental Tires. Stock for Mercedes and other luxury cars. They tested their durability by making WW2 camp prisoners walk in shoes made with their rubber soles upward to 30 miles each day. Many collapsed and died from dehydration and from being malnourished already.
EDIT: the ones administering the quality control test didn't care if the shoes fit the tester. Imagine walking 30 miles in shoes a couple sizes too small.
EDIT 2: the company makes more than just tires, but it's mostly known for its tires. From a New York Times article:
"While supplying the German military with tires, bullet-resistant fuel tanks, gas masks and brakes for battle tanks, Continental and its subsidiaries also produced consumer products like soles for shoes and hot water bottles that helped fulfill the regime's promise to deliver prosperity to the German people."
I was watching those WW2 documentaries and one of the episodes focused on companies that benefitted from the war. A good portion of the episode mentioned Continental (a company who is reconciling with its past and is making positive commendable effort to not hide it) and other companies (I forgot which big company that was mentioned, but it's still not taking any responsibility for abusing war prisoners). Total coincidence that I had replaced all four Continental tires with another set two days prior.
Parker Brothers and the story of Monopoly. Charles Darrow essentially took an open source game originally made by Lizzie Magie and sold it to Parker Brothers, who learned about the original game and bought rights to the patent. They tried to sue Ralph Anspach for making Anti-Monopoly in the 1970s, but the early history of Monopoly worked against Parker Brothers and they eventually had to settle with Anspach.
Charles Darrow and Parker Brothers may have popularized the game, but credit for the game should go to Lizzie Magie.
Computers will kill us all...
IBM sold the Nazis punch card computers to keep track of every person in concentration camps. The computers also kept the trains running on time.
Watson himself traveled to Germany and subsequently increased his investment upon learning just how "lucrative the Hitler regime could be".
IBM claims they can't know what happened with the business during those years due to wartime destruction of records. So I guess one day they woke up with money in the bank, products being rolled out, but no memory or ledger of where or why. Right.
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Not a specific company, but an industry: Hollywood.
During the late 1930s Hollywood put a ban on anti-Nazi propaganda in films since they had a big market in Europe and didn't want to step on toes. The notable exception was Warner Brothers. Jack and Harry Warner family left Germany and came to America. The brothers saw the threat of Facism. They were the first studio to create anti-Hitler content.
Henry Ford helped with the invention of square dancing because " Ford hated jazz; he hated the Charleston. He also really hated Jewish people, and believed that Jewish people invented jazz as part of a nefarious plot to corrupt the masses and take over the world—a theory that might come as a surprise to the black people who actually did invent it." citation
Graham crackers were created to keep people from masturbating.
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H&M is now recognized and beloved as a sustainable, eco-friendly company with great worker rights but they used to be really corrupt and would use underpaid workers in 3rd world countries who worked in horrible and dangerous conditions, they also used to use horrible cheap materials that would cause massive pollution and wouldn't be able to be recycled... oh wait, they still do that, my bad you guys!
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Chiquita. They once funded rebels in a South American country to overthrow the government, in order to have land to build banana plantations. Banana plantations are famously laborious places. If you've ever heard the song "come mister tally man, tally me banana", that's what it is about.
Food lion, which goes by many different names throughout the world, had a scandal in the early nineties where they bleached meat and repackaged it.
There was a case about 20 years ago where an undercover reporter slipped into a Food Lion and filmed what they were doing. What they were doing was pretty bad. Food Lion actually sued the reporter and news organization for trespassing, and kind of unbelievably, they won. This was quite the landmark case in undercover journalism.
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Susan G. Komen. More people volunteer their time and money for it than any other breast cancer charity.
I vaguely recall they kept almost half of the donations for themselves (they called it administration expenses). They've also been labeled with pinkwashing, defined as organizations getting disproportionate publicity for donating very little.
Charity Navigator had rated them one of the worst charities for breast cancer. Bottom ten percent.
Let's not forget Mitsubishi used P.O.W. slave labor during WW2.
Had a great grandpa who was a marine who fought in the pacific theatre, and hated Mitsubishi with a passion. Refused to speak to my dad for 2 weeks after my dad bought a Mitsubishi car. never understood why until my dad handed me a model of a Mitsubishi Zero and then explained to me how he watched a lot of his buddies die due to kamikaze pilots flying Mitsubishi zero's crash into hangers and buildings.
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the fact that the person that made the .zip stole it and got praised for it.
DeBeers diamonds. They've distanced themselves from the blood diamond trade recently by claiming 'conflict-free' mining and starting programs focused on local entrepreneurship, but the scars across Africa remain today. Millions have been killed.
Oats are Out...
Quaker Oats! They fed radioactive oatmeal to autistic and disabled children to study the effects, without informing the children or the parents. This was from the mid 1940's to the mid 1950's.
ETA: There's actually a LOT of sources. The two most prominent places this occurred are Wrentham State School and Fernald School. Basic overview helpfully packaged for anyone who doesn't want to google "quaker oats radioactive" Also, the youtuber Illuminaughtii did a video on this and she lists her own sources in the description.
Microsoft under Bill Gates and Steve Balmer paid staff to sabotage competitor's software. Later on, one of the first instances of this got named "DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run". As an analogy, pretend Microsoft made and sold Michelin tires; it was like they paid people to go in to parking lots and slash your car's tires if you had bought Bridgestone, Goodyear, Yokohama, or Pirelli. It did make Bill Gates one of the richest men in the world, though.
Fraud permeates all parts of our public lives. The food were eat probably isn't as "organic" as we think and the clothes we were are probably hand stitched in more dark sweat shops then we'll ever be able to prove. So a lot of the time we believe what we're sold, how can you not. But don't let that stop you from learning more about where you spend your money and place your beliefs.
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Some people, like me and Fetty Wap, only have one eye.
Some folks are "allergic" to being hungry or full.
Some people have visible limb differences that their partner calls their "lucky fin" (hi babe!)
Some people have hair birthmarks! Yep, those are a thing.
Reddit user red2one asked:
"What’s an unusual body feature of yours?"
So many people have weird and wonderful things about themselves that the comments turned into a celebration of strange.
And we loved it.
"Because of a blood disorder, I have extremely acidic tears. My face swells, burns, and I get hives or an allergic reaction."
"A couple tears are annoying. Serious crying will eat away at my contacts, I’ll have to use cold compresses, and take antihistamines"
"Can you collect them and throw them at other people when they make you sad?"
"Do you find that this has made being emotional more difficult? Do you find yourself suppressing the urge to cry when you may think you might?"
"What blood disorder is that?"
"It’s a genetic mutation similar to sickle cell and thalassemia."
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"I have massive calf muscles. It looks like every day is leg day despite not doing weight lifting."
"My dad had the same."
"There’s a medical condition that can cause this, but if you had it, you would know. (Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy)"
"I realized my calves were big when watching a plastic surgery show and this guy got calf implants and his circumference was still less than mine."
"I have this too, the first time I sprained my ankle in high school the doctor wanted to check my calves for tumors, and I told him I could pop them, like popping pectoral muscles on buff people, and he had never seen something like that."
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"I have a pretty ordinary sense of smell, with two glaring exceptions."
"I can tell when I’m about to get sick because all water smells very metallic all of a sudden, and without fail i start feeling sick within a day of that happening."
"I can accurately tell my wife’s cycle by smell to a crazy degree of accuracy. It spooks her and she didn’t believe me for the longest time until one day I said she smelled different like I have never smelt before."
"I joked she must be pregnant, and I was right. The absurd part is that we backtracked the dates and I made that comment about her smell within a day or two of the egg attaching to her uterus."
"It’s kind of fcked up"
"You have to use that for science!"
"I would love to. How?"
"Science probably knows better than me ._."
"Hello, is this science?"
"Yes, I would like you to use my nose"
"I was born with tumors inside the bones in my one of my feet, that grew so quickly, they permanently disfigured it."
"Also, my penis is two different colors, brown and vitaligo, yet the rest of me looks like a white guy. It's like my Hispanic side and white side decided to fight it out on my member"
"Haha. Not the feet, but the other thing, kinda cool."
"So did you have to amputate the foot"
"No. They just removed the bones that had tumors, and hoped that as I grew, my foot would go back to normal. It didn't. Instead the other bones grew to fill the space. Doctors in the 80's yo. Lol."
"I can walk just fine. Only pain is if I happen to stub the toe that can't bend. You'd be surprised by how much more it hurts when your toe can't curl when you stub it. There's really nothing that can be done. All of the tumors were removed by the time I was 3. I just have the same chances of cancer returning as anyone else that's had cancer."
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"At some point I gotta sneeze when I‘m very hungry…."
"Every now and then I’ll feel nauseous then sneeze, and the nausea goes away. I think it has something to do with the vagus nerve."
"Yes! I also get 'hunger sneezes'. Nobody believes me."
"Lolol my brother starts sneezing when he gets full. It skips generations in my family so we usually get some runny noses during the holidays after the meal lol"
"This is me and my family. Anytime we eat beyond the bare minimum, we just get sneezing attacks where we sneeze 10-15 times in a row"
"My stomach is two different colors, split right down the middle"
"Maybe you are a chimera?"
"(That’s where you started out as two fertilized eggs with different DNA but merged early on to be a single organism.)"
"Is it as if you fell asleep at the beach with a towel over half your body, or are they wild colors?"
"More like the first. One side is darker than the other and it’s a pretty distinct straight line down the middle"
"Me too! Same on my back, straight down my spine"
"My Dad had 4 nipples. The extra two were on his abdomen on either side of his belly button. As a kid I just assumed all men had 4."
"Was he ever a cow for Halloween?"
"lol i have 4 nipples"
"I think I have almost that. I don't grow a lot of chest hair, but my nipples sprout hair like bamboo. On the bottoms of my rib cages I have two hairy patches with callicks to match my nipples. It's a bit darker but no nipples."
"My sternum is concaved, so there's essentially a divet right between my breasts (I'm a guy)"
"Apparently it's has an actual medical term (Pectus Excavatum) which is most definitely not a spell out of Harry Potter and way more common than I realized. It even has it's own subreddit (r/pectusexcavatum) There's an opposite condition where the chest convexes outwards (Pectus Carinatum)."
"If the 2 hug, they fuse into one superbeing. There are surgeries to repair them but hurt like hell and have a long recovery time. Only recommended if it is a problem in your daily life."
"Common uses include cereal bowl (not that I have done it), cell phone holder, candy dish, cuddle spot."
"When I was on the swim team in high school, there was a kid with a sternum like yours and another kid who was protruding. We made them hug. It was magical and unlocked Narnia"
"I have this. Also a guy. It really affected my confidence growing up especially after a few incidents of people staring. Not so much now, but I never go shirtless in public and avoid swimming pools to this day."
"I grew up being extremely self-conscious of my chest to the point where I’d also never take my top off in public and always try to cover my chest with my hands when swimming - until I was about 15 and I saw another much younger kid at a swimming pool also trying to hide it. That’s when I realised that the only person who gave a sh*t about my body was me - I let my guard down and he smiled at me and did the same! I’m 22 now and if anything I find it to be a great conversation starter - I used to hide it because I was different but now I show it off because I’m DIFFERENT!"
"Let em stare, king."
"I have a bifurcated uvula. That teardrop thing in the back of your throat? Mine is shaped like a butt."
"Mine is long as sh*t and sits on my tongue. Sometimes if I get crazy with a drink and chug too fast I'll swallow it and it tugs and hurts like a mf."
"My doctor called it a heart too"
"Me too! ONE OF US ONE OF US!!"
You're up, lovelies.
Step up to the mic and tell the world what's weird about you!
As much as we all try to make sure there is an abundance of good in the world, there will always be people or acts that are classified as profoundly immoral and wicked. Another word for this is evil.
The word evil often makes us think of the monster or villain of a fantasy story. However, there are evil people in the real world as well. Corrupt politicians, people who crave power, and those who have a tendency toward violence all count.
When it comes to evil people and acts though, their motives ought to be given just as much thought as their actions. The root of all evil is different in everyone's mind. Some people think it's a person's environment. Others think it's a feeling or emotion that gives way to evil. Whatever the case, everyone has a different opinion.
Curious about the varying opinions, Redditor Rude_Acanthisitta626 asked:
"What do you believe is the root of all evil?"
A Cartoon Villain
"Had to scroll way too far for this reference. Have some fool's gold"
"OP asked root. Not square root. Could also be the cube or quad root"
We May All Be Evil
"Ham. Dangerous sh*t."
"Damn. In that case, I'm a f*cking supervillain."
"Ham is delicious, fear my (apparent) dangerous insanity."
"The first track of Octavarium by Dream Theater. Next question?"
"Nutritious and disappointing..."
"Hardy, but evil. Especially the roots."
"The square root of 666..."
Others took the question seriously.
One Deadly Sin
"I think it’s impossible to boil it down to one root but if you had to, yeah. Greed."
"Nailed it. Was having a discussion with some buddies and offered the following question. What would happen if greed was universally replaced by altruism?"
"Fear. Fear creates hatred and all negative emotions, but there’s no way to get rid of fear so"
"I think it's fear. As far as I can tell fear is the root of greed."
"Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."
Power and Control
"The desire to control other people."
"Yup, the need for power."
""Power! Unlimited power!" was the motivation of Palpatine, one of the most evil villains in cinematic history. He's basically the Devil."
Is Anyone Better?
"Us vs Them mentality."
"Be it war, racism, politics, religion etc. It's all the same. My people are better than your people. Forgetting that we are actually all the same. People."
"Ignorance. In all its possible meanings."
"Ignorance leads to fear of the unknown. Fear leads to hatred. Hatred causes violence. Violence is the basis for conflicts. Conflicts lead to death. And death causes only more fear, hatred, and conflicts."
"Ignorance causes withdrawal. Withdrawal can lead to dogmatism. Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Intolerance leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence and conflicts, which cause death, etc."
"Ignorance leads to decline. Decline causes frustration. Frustration leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence conflicts, which cause death, etc."
Evil can be contained if the cause is known, and that's why knowing the root is so important.
But again, the root cause of evil is different depending on who you ask.
They don't tell you that you need money to fund the dream.
Nothing is free, not even our imagination.
So what jobs would we take if money didn't matter?
The list is endless.
RedditorJust_Replacement3989 wanted to hear about what jobs we dream of if anything was possible.
"If money wasn't an issue, what would be your profession?"
I'd be so many things. I'd actually have to time to find out what I was capable of doing.
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"Drummer in a crappy band."
"Is there room for a second drummer in your crappy band? I'll even settle for being like the guy in Slipknot who just hits a keg with a bat."
"I would want to be a florist."
"I worked at an indoor farm that mainly sold edible flowers. My favorite part was making edible flower arrangements for fancy restaurants. They would just order their flowers and I could arrange them however I wanted. Good times."
"I worked as a florist for 4 years, to this day it’s my favorite job I’ve ever had. I wish it paid the bills!"
A Language Field
"Field linguist, studying, documenting, and preserving endangered languages. That’s why I spent years getting my PhD in linguistics. Unfortunately, there’s not really any jobs in field linguistics outside of academia, which is incredibly competitive, and there’s limited grant money, to boot. But I’d love to work with interested communities and speakers, and be able to say, hey no need to worry about where you’re getting the money for that."
"If you haven’t heard it already, highly recommend listening to the Nat Geo Overheard podcast episode 'Scuba Diving in a Pyramid' as well as 'Cave of the Jaguar God.'"
"Checkout the David Gibbins books. He's a legit underwater archeologist, and the books are very much Indiana Jones meets MacGyver adventures. Lots of fun."
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"I'd be an art guy. Not make art but be the dude who finances artists, opens a local gallery, gives money towards fostering local theatre and film talent. Basically try to turn the area in which I live into a creative hub."
"Wonderful quote on the wall of Seattle’s Museum of Museums 'There is no version of a great city with a declining artist population.'"
Loving art full time is not cheap.
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"Cottage dweller and personal chef for myself."
"This is my dream too. Been doing as much research as I can to make it a reality. I learned food preservation, gardening, woodworking and basket weaving, I already hunt and fish, I can make soap, cheese and bread, beer and mead. I just need to learn how to build a cabin now."
"I have/had several friends that do/did that. I have a buddy that was a writer on News Radio. I have a friend that runs Bloomberg in Bulgaria."
"He also has several director credits for B movies you've definitely heard of. I have another friend who produces a huge show in NYC. Bottom line- They are absolute workaholics. Like 7 days a week, no time off. Yes they make tons of money, but missed most of their kid's childhood travelling and working. Not for me, I'm not a workaholic at all."
"Stay at home dad, so I can spend more time with my son."
"That is the dream. To have everyone home at the same time goofing around. I look forward to the weekends, the three of us chill out in bed in the morning watching either toy story or minions. It’s great."
"That’s like my dream. Hoping I make less money than who I’m put with."
"Permanent Student. I want to learn how to do everything!"
"Yes this is it for me. Being able to study and not worry about the actual result, but have it structured etc. - the dream. I’d still try, I just wouldn’t stress that a less good mark will impact my career or opportunities. I’d not feel the need to be competitive. I’d just cruise in and out and have a good time!"
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"Hosting and teaching Dungeons and Dragons games. Would be nice to have the ability to learn all the books cover-to-cover and use that info 4+ days a week as a job."
I just want money. I'll do anything. That is all.
Who doesn't love adding to a story?
We've all watched a film, a tv show, read a book or played a game that once it was over, our hearts sank.
We wanted more!
What happens next?
You never want great stories to end.
And sometimes, the continuation surpasses the original.
It's rare, but it happens.
And I will die on this hill.
Redditor FireSwarm21 wanted to know what sequels and beyond were a step above the originals.
"What sequels are better than the original?"
I love sequels to my favorite stories. The characters never leave.
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"The Rescuers Down Under."
"Wow! I haven't seen this movie in likely over 20 years!! Used to be one of my favorites... does anyone know if it's on Disney+?"
"Uncharted 2: Among thieves."
"I think is extremely common in games since the first one usually doesn't just have to set up characters and story but also the style, engine, etc... With the second the studio can invest way more into the actual game."
"The even numbered Uncharted games are my favorites even though 1 and 3 are good too."
"Silent Hill 2. The game, to be clear, not the second film."
"Even though I wouldn't call the first Silent Hill a good movie, I do really think Cristopher Gans cared about Silent Hill and tried his best."
"You can see he made some changes to the characters and story to male it a more 'palatable' movie for Hollywood. Maybe those changes shouldn't have been made but you can see the reason why it was. If nothing else that movie looked like Silent Hill."
The Next Generation
"Wrath of Khan."
"The movie that saved Star Trek. And over Gene Roddenberry's objections, I might add. Also, it still kind of blows my mind that only 5 years passed between The Wrath of Khan and The Next Generation. They feel like completely different eras."
"Wrath of Khan has a late 70s feel in a 1982 movie. What most people think of as the 80s hadn't quite hit its stride culturally yet. Meanwhile, if you look at the early episodes of TNG they feel a little dated, although not as much."
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"The Empire Strikes Back."
"Rewatching the trilogy with my girlfriend and the fight scenes are way waaaay better! The pacing, too!"
Ah the drama of the Star Wars series. A neverending saga.
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"The Dark Knight is leaps and bounds better than Batman Begins."
The Through Line
"I agree but what is interesting about T2 is that the world-building and plot of the original Terminator plays a major hand in making T2 amazing. Having the antagonist from the first become the protagonist in the second sets up for an amazing plot and throughline."
"𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙤𝙖𝙙 𝙒𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙧 is better than 𝙈𝙖𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙭."
"I watched mad Max recently for the first time and was so confused. I was like, 'where's all the post-apocalypse stuff?' I thought I was watching the wrong film and had to double-check. To be honest I didn't enjoy it that much but I did love all the sequels."
"Shrek 2 = better."
"Shrek 1 was very good but Shrek 2 was an improvement in many ways. Shrek 3 was definitely the weakest of the series but not a terrible movie by any means. Shrek 4 was at least as good as 1 and 2."
"Actually Dreamworks does sequels pretty well as the major companies go. Kung Fu Panda 2 was just as good as if not better than the first. The third was not actually that good but they can’t all be winners. The tv shows are pretty good. How to Train your Dragon 2 tore out my heart and stomped on it but it was still a good movie. The Madagascar movies are all of similar quality to each other."
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"Ouija: Origin of Evil was surprisingly better than Ouija the original. Now Ouija was pretty bad so it didn’t take much but usually these off brand horror movies go from bad to worse if they attempt a sequel."
Sometimes more of the story is always better.