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“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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Needy Airmen to Receive Free ‘Turkeys for Christ’ from Law-Breaking Evangelical Slaughterhouse

During Thanksgiving many organizations sent out turkey donations to help our troops, mostly to help the young enlisted service members who have family to support. Now, many of these organizations do this to help; however there are others that have the wrong intentions.

One company in question is HOUSE OF RAEFORD which is one of the largest poultry companies in the country. Basically this “Christ-centered” company has no respect for its employees or for the law in general. Nevertheless, the company constantly brags about its false achievements. Here are a few examples of the ways this company operates. On September 2012 the company announced that it had reached the milestone of “one million man hours without a lost time accident”. The truth behind this announcement is this company simply forces injured employees to keep working. If the injured employee returns to work the same day, it’s not a lost time accident and the company doesn’t have to report it.

We’re not talking about minor injuries. One of the cases was that of a woman whose arm got caught in a conveyor belt. Her arm was broken and part of one of her fingers was cut off. An injury that serious would certainly put an employee out of work for a while, right? Well, not at House of Raeford. That would make it a “lost time accident,” which would have to be reported as such. So, this injured woman was forced to return to work for the next shift. Since she didn’t miss

a complete shift, her broken arm and amputated finger didn’t have to be reported as a “lost time accident.” Problem solved.

James Mabe, the manager who reported no musculoskeletal disorders over four years, had an explanation for it: “Hispanics are very good with their hands and working with a knife. We’ve gotten fewer complaints,” and “It’s more like a natural movement for them.” Amazingly, in spite of having such lack of regard for federal laws, House of Raeford has received nearly $100 million in government contracts from the Department of Agriculture from 2006 to 2012 and now, of course, this “Christ-centered” bunch of law-breaking employee abusers is getting some

good press from the Air Force because of those 300 turkeys its FLOCK ministry is donating. Student Researcher: Jesus Martinez-Lopez, Indian River State College
Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., Indian River State College

Chris Rodda, “Needy Airmen to Receive Free ‘Turkeys for Christ’ from Law-Breaking Evangelical Slaughterhouse,” Alternet, November 21, 2012. breaking-evangelical

This company is highly unethical. If every company treated its employees like this there

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It’s donation of 300 turkeys to families of the armed forces only succeeds in underscoring the blatant hypocrisy of this company. The morality of an action must also be determined by its motive. In this case, however, we can see that in fact the company did not donate turkeys to the army to help people; its intention was rather to get publicity from the army.

Nor does this “charitable act” compensate for the damage that this company has done to its workers. Only the relatively few armed forces members and the heads of the company are benefitted while its workers continue to suffer.

This company treats its employees like objects or things, not as persons who have rights.

It exploits and abuses its labor force to maximize profit; it doesn’t care about the workplace conditions, or more importantly, about its employees’ welfare. It would rather let an employee suffer than to send him home or to the hospital just because it would spoil its record or cost money. To add insult to injury, its management is also bigoted and rationalizes and hides it cruel treatment with the demeaning stereotype that its Hispanic workers are skilled with knives.

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