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Propaganda Isn’t Just for Politicians Anymore

GE Clean Coal Ad

I’m sure many of you have seen this absurd ad campaign by GE. A bunch of hot-bodies (I mean HOT!) shoveling coal to the tune of “Sixteen Tons“. What balls! Coal is GREAT to the words:

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

I mean, really, have we sold out to corporate power so totally that we think this is cute or funny? I want to see time-lapse video of these folks digging coal after about 20 years, with teeth rotted out and black lung.

Watch the Coal-Is-Good-And-We-Know-What-Is-Best-for-All-You-Ignorant-Folk Ad (short clip – in Quicktime (mov) format.

This one really got me, even moreso than the oh-we-are-really-so-good-to-our-workers-we-just-love-those-poor-dumb-six-dollar-an-hour-folks ads coming from Walmart. Like, hey we saved one baby by covering his brain surgery with our health plan so we are REALLY a very good bunch of people! We know most of our workers can’t afford the copays, but hey, we DID save that baby you saw on the commercial!

Did you miss my spoof of Walmart prices are falling for the waiving of prevailing wages in the Gulf? (Warning: the flash work is really primitive)

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