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General Mills: If You Clip This Coupon, You Can’t Sue Us

General Mills, the food mega-corporation that owns Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, and basically every sweet cereal you ate and served your kids, has a startling new legal policy making it illegal to sue the company after you:

- download or print a coupon;

- “join” an online communities (which online communities is in question, but possibly including Facebook);

- subscribe to an email newsletter;

- or redeem a promotion or participate in any “offering.”

In other words: It just became nearly impossible to get a deal on a General Mills product without forfeiting your rights to sue the company. Even if your kid with a peanut allergy eats a Fiber One bar with trace amounts of peanuts and gets sick. For this reason, the Times reports that the new terms could come under strict legal scrutiny.
This policy, known as “forced arbitration,” is becoming common among companies seeking ways to prevent users and customers from joining together and suing for millions of dollars for things like false advertising.
Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]


Don’t eat that shit, and you don’t have to worry about it—directly.

theatlantic:

General Mills: If You Clip This Coupon, You Can’t Sue Us

General Mills, the food mega-corporation that owns Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, and basically every sweet cereal you ate and served your kids, has a startling new legal policy making it illegal to sue the company after you:

- download or print a coupon;

- “join” an online communities (which online communities is in question, but possibly including Facebook);

- subscribe to an email newsletter;

- or redeem a promotion or participate in any “offering.”

In other words: It just became nearly impossible to get a deal on a General Mills product without forfeiting your rights to sue the company. Even if your kid with a peanut allergy eats a Fiber One bar with trace amounts of peanuts and gets sick. For this reason, the Times reports that the new terms could come under strict legal scrutiny.

This policy, known as “forced arbitration,” is becoming common among companies seeking ways to prevent users and customers from joining together and suing for millions of dollars for things like false advertising.

Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

Don’t eat that shit, and you don’t have to worry about it—directly.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

I’m not sure how reliable the writing on this site is, but should the study be accurately reported, the facts are alarming.

Sadly, I wouldn’t say unexpected. If figures like that are true, knowledge of such could put a real damper on voting. Literally, why bother?

Is our democracy nothing more than a tradition?

I’m going to have to get ahold of the entire study.

I’ve seen people try to order a beer at brunch, and the response from the wait staff is akin to telling a date your favorite movie is Triumph of the Will and you love ball torture. Let me order something cheap without my waiter throwing shade in my general direction.

Right on.

So what if I might prefer a reasonably priced Bourbon and Ale 8 (3 parts bourbon, 1 part soda) with my steak and eggs Benedict over the shitty, fancied-up concoction reminiscent of Tang and Zima.

If I am getting wrenched out of bed while still harboring a righteous hangover some Sunday afternoon to suffer through a bunch of 1st world chit-chat, baking under the sizzling sun, feigning interest in someone’s tiny tyrant of a dog, I deserve a real fucking drink.

Sure champagne has its time and place (New Year’s, weddings, yacht christening…douchey fucks). As a mixer, it’s bullshit. Maybe sipping on something barely stronger than cough syrup helps you feel sophisticated and chic, but to me it’s beside the point. Alcohol exists to do its job, why fight it.

Better yet, to hell with brunch altogether. Wake me up for dinner and drinks.