The Pardu

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Finally A Consumer Tool for Avoiding Purchase of Koch Industries Consumer Products









   Koch Industries


    Revenue $115 BAs of November 
    2012
        At a Glance
  • Industry: Multicompany 
  • Founded: 1940
    Country: United States 
  • CEO: Charles G Koch 
  • CFO: Steve Feilmeier 
  • Website: www.kochind.com
  • Employees: 60,000 
  • Fiscal Year End: Dec 30, 2011 
  • Sales: $115 B e 
  • Headquarters: Wichita, KS


   







Forbes Lists
#2 America's Largest Private Companies
I am frequently exposed to Facebook request and email request to boycott certain organizations based on their support for conservative causes, anti-minority, or anti-Obama Administration positions. Many of the boycotts have worked as we certifiably chipped into Rush Limbaugh's sponsors.  I believe we also sent message to Papa John's as well as the parent company of Red Lobster and Olive Garden.  And, I still remain reticent when considering BP gasoline even though I know my lack of patronage hits the franchisee vs. the BP.

Activism counts when we have no other means of expressing our concerns. We certainly cannot take our concerns to the US Congress as it (both Chambers) have shown they march to drum we cannot beat.  We do not have the money for contributions and possibly for other enticements that seem to attract the attention and votes of members of Congress.

As stated above we can, at times, hit some organizations where it hurts. Even if we cannot leverage of buying habits to the point of hurt, we can send messages that we do not support what they are doing in many areas.We should never forget the personal satisfaction in thinking, "Oh, I stopped buying their products long ago,and here is why....." In my case Whole Foods is a prime example. The CEO was and remains way over the top in his past criticism of potential candidate Obama as we moved towards the 2008 vote.  And the uber wealthy owner of Papa Johns drove me way from an occasional (almost rare) Papa Johns Pizza based on his avid support for Romney and his threat to raise prices for pizza if the ACA was signed into law.

As I have followed and written about the Koch Brothers to the point of knowing way too much about the and their family tree, I have often wonder, "How can (where possible)  avoid spending money on products from the Koch Empire and, how can I keep up-to-date on their obvious efforts to shape the nation in their likeness. A likeness that I find personally repugnant.

I found my answer to the first part of that question.  The second part of the question? Simply be aware of and stay up on the inner workings o two men who would be "king."

Political views 
Exhibit A.) Scroll down Background through Political Views
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_activities_of_the_Koch_brothers

Exhibit B.) 
http://sourcewatch.org/index.php/Koch_Brothers

Political and social empire

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Political contributions to the GOP


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Corporate empire

    Consumer Products
 (http://www.boycottkochbrothers.com/)

Boycott Koch Products

       Koch Consumer Products:

Koch Products & Companies Include:
- Angel Soft
- Angel Soft Ultra
- Brawny paper towels
- Dixie cups (& napkins & plates)
- Insulair cups
- Perfect Touch cups, paper products
- Quilted Northern
- Sparkle paper towels
- Stainmaster
- Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
- Mardis Gras napkins
- Zee Napkins
- Georgia Pacific products
Home/Office papers:
- Advantage
- Image Plus
- Spectrum

Other:
- Stainmaster
- Lycra
- Teflon

Building supplies:
- Georgia Pacific

Holiday Companies
Gander Mountain
American Greetings


Industrial Products
Much of the Kochs' (David and Charles) comes from industrial operations:
  • Koch Pipeline Company LP:; owns and operates 4,000 miles of pipeline used to transport oil, natural gas liquids and chemicals
  • Flint Hill Resources LP, that operates oil refineries in six states.
  • Koch Fertilizer, LLC, owns or has interests in fertilizer plants the United States, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Italy.
  • Matador Ranch in Texas
  • Oil Speculation: Ranked among top 10 global commodities traders.
  • Oil Sands: Kochs' Flint Hills Resources Canada LP already imports & refines 25% of Canada's oil sands and operates a crude oil terminal in Canda. Kochs stand to profit from increased tar sands flow.
While it is not listed above, i am reading much about how the Kochs' will benefit immensely from the Keystone XL Pipeline. Yet, another disturbing thought!

How about video "tribute" before I visit why I have spend time on this piece.



If you have time, play this one hour version or here (same version). If you are not a libertarian or not a conservative, the video might set a flame in your heart as you will see real danger in these men.

As I eluded to before, I often wonder how I can best practice my personal battle against people who will establish an oligarchy and a plutocratic state in American. These men are the archetypal in their quest to be "King."   I may have found the tool which will facilitate my ability to avoid spending money where it goes against the good of the nation.

Have you ever wondered whether the money you spend ends up funding causes you oppose?

A buycott is the opposite of a boycott. Buycott helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles.
Example: During the SOPA/PIPA debate in 2012, a number of companies pushed to pass legislation that reduced online freedom of expression, while other companies fought hard to oppose the legislation. With Buycott, a campaign can be quickly created around a cause, with the goal of targeting companies with a boycott unless they change their position, or buycotting a company to show your support. 
When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns you've joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.























www.buycott.com


















Forbes on BuyCott

New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart
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Downloaded, Installed and ready for testing on my IPhone.

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