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General Motors Quick Guide to Crisis Management

April 8, 2014 | By

Nearly fifty years ago, shortly after Ralph Nader’s 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed charged that General Motors knowingly distributed Chevrolet Corvairs despite design defects, GM  CEO James Roche  hired former FBI agent  Vincent Gillen to investigate Nader  to, in Gillen’s words “ determine what makes him tick,” examining  “his …

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Profit Above Safety

April 2, 2014 | By

Weak regulations and enforcement let General Motors and other carmakers kill people again and again. cross-posted from Slate.com   A design problem in a General Motors car contributes to dozens of automobile crashes and numerous deaths. Charging that the company failed to correct a known defect, lawyers file more than …

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Ten Corporate Practices that Harm Health & Ten Community Strategies to Combat Lethal but Legal Products

March 19, 2014 | By

Ten Corporate Business and Political Practices that Harm Health How Do Big Food, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Corporations Harm Health? This List Shows 10 Ways:   1. Make disease promoting products ubiquitous   2. Encourage retailers to promote their products credit 3. Supersize products credit 4. Target marketing to vulnerable …

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Super Bowl Dreaming

February 5, 2014 | By

A few nights ago I dreamt I watched a transformed Super Bowl. It wasn’t the Broncos or the Seahawks who starred in my dream but the ads. Instead of promoting soda, beer, SUVs and candy, the ads urged viewers to reject appeals to enrich big corporations by consuming products associated …

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Top Lessons from 50 Years of Fighting the Tobacco Industry

January 29, 2014 | By

Cross-posted from The Guardian This month’s 50th anniversary of the First Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health provides a bittersweet reminder of the promise and the limitations of public health activism to curb corporate promotion of behaviors and lifestyles associated with premature death and preventable illness and injury. In …

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