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McCarriage of Justice

How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, revoke their charter?

Fast food giant McDonald’s has just been handed a stunning defeat by a Malaysian high court in an epic trademark dispute. The ruling ended an eight-year battle in which the megacorporation attempted to prevent a small curry restaurant from using the prefix “Mc” in its name. McCurry (which stands for “Malaysian Chicken Curry”) argued that it had every right to use the two consonants and that McDonald’s claim that the two restaurants could be confused was unfounded. McCurry offers an Indian menu (including, among other things, fish head curry) while McDonald’s sticks to arguably less palatable “Western” fare. In addition to granting McCurry the rights to the disputed prefix, the court ordered McDonald’s to pay all legal costs incurred by the defendant. McDonald’s has a history of attacking anyone who dares string the two letters together: the company has previously brought legal action against a curry restaurant in Jamaica and the Oxford English Dictionary for listing the definition of “McJob.” Hopefully having its McAss handed to it by Malaysia’s highest court will end the corporation’s global monopoly on the two letters, allowing small business owners and a good part of Scotland to breathe easy.

But what can we do to prevent bullying megacorporations from treating the world like one giant school yard? For every Malaysian McCurry there are untold numbers of little guys slain by corporate Goliaths. For every staggering judgment (like Pfizer’s recent $2.3 billion settlement with the FDA) there are a slew of shady backroom deals in which corporations make a mint at the public’s expense. How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, are allowed to revoke their charter? What are some effective ways for civil society to fight back against corporate power?

Sarah Nardi

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McAnonymous

You illustrate a great point that is endemic to the human condition - egocentrism. People always think that the things they experience (their surroundings, their geography, their point in history) is the real state of the world. Unfortunately for the masses, the press also has a huge impact on their perception of the world. Naturally the press tends toward catastrophe and negative news - "Everything was good today" makes for a pretty poor headline.

I think it's great that you've spent so much time travelling. You likely spent the majority of your time in, and close to civilization where trees may have been cut down. Even if you spent a lot of time in the rain forests you wouldn't get a sense of the enormity of the forest coverage, only a sense of the enormity of the areas being cut down. I'm not blaming you for that, I'm saying that unless viewed via satellite, you can't possibly compare the two.

I'm simply stating what's been reported by the Food And Agriculture Organization at the U.N. It's a group of scientists that dedicate their careers to surveying the exact topic we're discussing. If you think their reports are wrong, then I suggest you find contrary reports.

McAnonymous

You illustrate a great point that is endemic to the human condition - egocentrism. People always think that the things they experience (their surroundings, their geography, their point in history) is the real state of the world. Unfortunately for the masses, the press also has a huge impact on their perception of the world. Naturally the press tends toward catastrophe and negative news - "Everything was good today" makes for a pretty poor headline.

I think it's great that you've spent so much time travelling. You likely spent the majority of your time in, and close to civilization where trees may have been cut down. Even if you spent a lot of time in the rain forests you wouldn't get a sense of the enormity of the forest coverage, only a sense of the enormity of the areas being cut down. I'm not blaming you for that, I'm saying that unless viewed via satellite, you can't possibly compare the two.

I'm simply stating what's been reported by the Food And Agriculture Organization at the U.N. It's a group of scientists that dedicate their careers to surveying the exact topic we're discussing. If you think their reports are wrong, then I suggest you find contrary reports.

McBored

"I think it's great that you've spent so much time travelling. You likely spent the majority of your time in, and close to civilization where trees may have been cut down." McAnonymous

in answer to your question no i didn't spend my time close to civilization i spent as much time as i could as far away from it as i could you see i wanted to see for my self not read it in a papper or a book like your self. The devistation around civilized zones is one thing its when one ventures past the next green belt that things really start to show mining ,deforestation native people being forced off there lands by force care to coment on that one as i have a number of photos that will back this and a couple of witnesses one being yossi ghinsberg probably unknown to you without the power of your search bar umm and what was i doing out there well my background is medicine with a PhD in Biotechnology of Infectious Diseases i was looking at the next range of diseases that as a race we are about to encounter due to virgin areas of forest that have been removed most of which go into making the same books you keep quoteing or the furniture your siting on you see i have met many people like your self that sit behind the anonymity off a lap top and quote skripture this atricle that book the interesting thing i have found is that 99.9% of you give nothing back to society what so ever the only thing you do is berate others slam business and complain in general about your lot in life do me a favour get out from your pocky appartment and travel meet real people see real things experience life and try giving a little back to the very society that has carried your whineing arse this far and oh by the way egocentric take a look at your other posts i think it would be very safe to say here lies the case of the kettle calling the pot black in other words try having look at your self ah wait that might scare you, you might see who you really are wouldn't want that would we. have a truely fantastic day and stay away from the mirror

McBored

"I think it's great that you've spent so much time travelling. You likely spent the majority of your time in, and close to civilization where trees may have been cut down." McAnonymous

in answer to your question no i didn't spend my time close to civilization i spent as much time as i could as far away from it as i could you see i wanted to see for my self not read it in a papper or a book like your self. The devistation around civilized zones is one thing its when one ventures past the next green belt that things really start to show mining ,deforestation native people being forced off there lands by force care to coment on that one as i have a number of photos that will back this and a couple of witnesses one being yossi ghinsberg probably unknown to you without the power of your search bar umm and what was i doing out there well my background is medicine with a PhD in Biotechnology of Infectious Diseases i was looking at the next range of diseases that as a race we are about to encounter due to virgin areas of forest that have been removed most of which go into making the same books you keep quoteing or the furniture your siting on you see i have met many people like your self that sit behind the anonymity off a lap top and quote skripture this atricle that book the interesting thing i have found is that 99.9% of you give nothing back to society what so ever the only thing you do is berate others slam business and complain in general about your lot in life do me a favour get out from your pocky appartment and travel meet real people see real things experience life and try giving a little back to the very society that has carried your whineing arse this far and oh by the way egocentric take a look at your other posts i think it would be very safe to say here lies the case of the kettle calling the pot black in other words try having look at your self ah wait that might scare you, you might see who you really are wouldn't want that would we. have a truely fantastic day and stay away from the mirror

McAnonymous

You've obviously proven yourself inable to write (see above) or read. I have never complained about my lot in life - I'm doing okay thanks. The irony - which of course would be lost on you - is that my writing is consistently fighting against the whiney, puerile, impotent philosophy of this website. I'm not whining, I'm fighting the whiners.

...and once again, you're driving my point further home for me. Thanks. You're further personalizing the issue of deforestation with your tales of photographs and "witnesses." That's 100% egocentric. My point was that to truly know the state of the world - forest coverage in this case - one needs to look at global data. While, yes, there are regional issues that need addressing (AGAIN through economic development of rural communities) overall the globe has stable forest coverage as referenced by the U.N. Just pointing out a lie of the envirofascists. Not my data - the U.N.

They'll give anyone a PhD nowadays! I'll bet your thesis was one big run-on sentence wrist-slasher! Give me your address, I'll buy you some punctuation and grammar.

McAnonymous

You've obviously proven yourself inable to write (see above) or read. I have never complained about my lot in life - I'm doing okay thanks. The irony - which of course would be lost on you - is that my writing is consistently fighting against the whiney, puerile, impotent philosophy of this website. I'm not whining, I'm fighting the whiners.

...and once again, you're driving my point further home for me. Thanks. You're further personalizing the issue of deforestation with your tales of photographs and "witnesses." That's 100% egocentric. My point was that to truly know the state of the world - forest coverage in this case - one needs to look at global data. While, yes, there are regional issues that need addressing (AGAIN through economic development of rural communities) overall the globe has stable forest coverage as referenced by the U.N. Just pointing out a lie of the envirofascists. Not my data - the U.N.

They'll give anyone a PhD nowadays! I'll bet your thesis was one big run-on sentence wrist-slasher! Give me your address, I'll buy you some punctuation and grammar.

Mcbored

my my what is it like to be hated so, to be hated on the internet is one thing
(see the posts with your response) but i'll bet your hated in your everyday life as well not much of a life really is it ,haven't really amounted to much have you!
you say that you are not whining but fighting sounds more like whining to me and a lot of others upon reading the rest of the posts as for egocentric take a look at your self no really take a good long look .
As for your reliance on data my god man do you really belive every thing that is written do you really belive in data that takes 5 years to collect ,have a good look at the study you quoted 5 years in total a lot changes in 5 years as far as my Phd is concerned medicine cancer research last time i looked i didn't see any one handing out free PhD'S and what are your qualifications ...none! et you didn't finish high school and probably failed primary they just did want you there any more so thy moved you on.
so you bought a computer and thought you would fight the world from yu little appartment ,how brave of you somthing tells me this is about the extent of fighting you may do probably a weady nerd guy that couldn't fight his way out of a wet papper bag ,got picked on at school and not looked at twice by a member of the opposite sex. oh and thank you for your analism re my writing but when i last looked punctuation and grammer were up to the writer and not items for sale.
on a closing note get out there and fight somthing real commit your self to somthing you know, a real life with real meaning you can do it go forth and multiply and stop whining.

Mcbored

my my what is it like to be hated so, to be hated on the internet is one thing
(see the posts with your response) but i'll bet your hated in your everyday life as well not much of a life really is it ,haven't really amounted to much have you!
you say that you are not whining but fighting sounds more like whining to me and a lot of others upon reading the rest of the posts as for egocentric take a look at your self no really take a good long look .
As for your reliance on data my god man do you really belive every thing that is written do you really belive in data that takes 5 years to collect ,have a good look at the study you quoted 5 years in total a lot changes in 5 years as far as my Phd is concerned medicine cancer research last time i looked i didn't see any one handing out free PhD'S and what are your qualifications ...none! et you didn't finish high school and probably failed primary they just did want you there any more so thy moved you on.
so you bought a computer and thought you would fight the world from yu little appartment ,how brave of you somthing tells me this is about the extent of fighting you may do probably a weady nerd guy that couldn't fight his way out of a wet papper bag ,got picked on at school and not looked at twice by a member of the opposite sex. oh and thank you for your analism re my writing but when i last looked punctuation and grammer were up to the writer and not items for sale.
on a closing note get out there and fight somthing real commit your self to somthing you know, a real life with real meaning you can do it go forth and multiply and stop whining.

McAnonymous

So absolutely no point at all? Very effective at structuring your arguments once again - or more your desperate clawing at my life. Amusing. It's actually customary in intellectual circles to attack one's arguments - not the person. Heard of that?
As for data - once again - yes, I would take data collected over 5 years by actual scientists over your egocentric vignettes. Thanks - again - for making my point - again.
I thought you would look at punctuation as some kind of self-defined, post-modern relativist notion. I'm embarrassed that the school system has failed you so badly. The language of English actually has rules of grammar, which unless otherwise followed make you look like an idiot (see above).

McAnonymous

So absolutely no point at all? Very effective at structuring your arguments once again - or more your desperate clawing at my life. Amusing. It's actually customary in intellectual circles to attack one's arguments - not the person. Heard of that?
As for data - once again - yes, I would take data collected over 5 years by actual scientists over your egocentric vignettes. Thanks - again - for making my point - again.
I thought you would look at punctuation as some kind of self-defined, post-modern relativist notion. I'm embarrassed that the school system has failed you so badly. The language of English actually has rules of grammar, which unless otherwise followed make you look like an idiot (see above).

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