Corporations including Coca-Cola pull sponsorship of Planned Parenthood; Pepsi drops use of aborted fetal cells



Planned Parenthood’s corporate sponsors are dropping like flies after the women’s healthcare nonprofit made national headlines for its involvement in an illicit organ trade scheme involving aborted fetal tissue. Coca-Cola, Xerox and Ford have all told Planned Parenthood to remove their names from its website, and other corporations like Pepsi that previously made use of aborted fetal cells in the manufacture of their products have announced that they’re likewise cutting ties.

Since its unfolding, the controversy has prompted Planned Parenthood to completely remove the complete list of donors from its website. But before this happened, some of the group’s biggest contributors were contacted by certain media outlets seeking comment on the ordeal, revealing that few wish to be associated with this baby chop-shop organization since its misgivings were made public.

The Daily Signal reports that representatives from Xerox, Ford Motor Co. and Coca-Cola have all denied that their respective companies are in any way involved in funding Planned Parenthood. Fannie Mae, another listed sponsor, said it doesn’t contribute directly to Planned Parenthood, but that it will match employee gifts.

March of Dimes, another listed Planned Parenthood sponsor, claims it has no “current grants” going to the pro-abortion group, but had this to say on its Facebook page:

“Since 2007, five local March of Dimes chapters have given local grants to Planned Parenthood exclusively for prenatal education. In these communities, these are the only such services available to improve the health of low-income women and reduce the risks of birth defects, low birthweight, and prematurity in their babies.”

As far as all the other listed sponsors (the full list is still available here, despite having been scrubbed from Planned Parenthood’s website), The Daily Signal reports that many of them deny giving direct contributions to Planned Parenthood, though some admit to matching employee contributions.

Then there’s the listed sponsors who didn’t respond to The Daily Signal‘s requests (as of this writing) for further guidance as to their involvement with Planned Parenthood. These include the following groups and corporations:

Bank of America
Bath & Body Works
Ben & Jerry’s
Deutsche Bank
Johnson & Johnson
La Senza
Liberty Mutual
Susan G. Komen
Wells Fargo

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Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts to companies that use them in food chemical research

PepsiCo’s lack of response is particularly curious, as the junk food giant was embroiled in controversy several years ago following the revelation that it was using aborted human fetal tissue in the testing of flavor enhancement chemicals added to its soft drink beverage products. In early 2012, PepsiCo announced that it would stop using the controversial HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cell line to test its flavor enhancers.

But PepsiCo may still be supporting such endeavors through its alleged contributions to Planned Parenthood, which the company has yet to refute or deny. As more information about this latest scandal is revealed, PepsiCo’s involvement (or non-involvement) will more than likely take center stage among pro-life groups who’ve been closely watching the company’s actions in the years following the Senomyx scandal.

One of the companies on the dole of Planned Parenthood’s organ dealing operation is StemExpress, which supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other “clinical specimens” to companies like Senomyx, which then use them to test food products for companies like PepsiCo, for example.

“Planned Parenthood’s hand in this nauseating maltreatment of human beings represents only the tip of the iceberg and has been the source of tremendous benefit for one company purchasing PP’s baby parts and then selling them off to biomedical researchers for profit,” writes Paul Bois for Church Militant.

“That company is StemExpress … (which) openly states in bold print its ‘human tissue products range from fetal to adult’ while guaranteeing that ‘every sample delivers the purity, viability and quality’ the buyers look for.”



Windows 10 defaults to keylogging, harvesting browser history, purchases, and covert listening


By default, Microsoft gets to see your location, keystrokes and browser history — and listen to your microphone, and some of that stuff is shared with “trusted [by Microsoft, not by you] partners.”

You can turn this all off, of course, by digging through screen after screen of “privacy” dashboards, navigating the welter of tickboxes that serve the same purposes as all those clean, ration-seeming lines on the craps table: to complexify the proposition so you can’t figure out if the odds are in your favor.

Oh, and if you’ve already chosen to use Firefox as your default browser, Microsoft overrides your decision when you “upgrade” and switches you to the latest incarnation of the immortal undead monster formerly known as Internet Explorer.

Under “Personalization,” the first setting tailors your “speech, typing and inking input” to the way you talk, type and write … “by sending contacts and calendar details, along with other associated input data to Microsoft.” The next setting sends typing and inking data to Microsoft to “improve the recognition and suggestion platform.”

Some people may be comfortable with this usage; after all, third-party smartphone keyboards like SwiftKey improve their autocorrect functionality by learning how you type. But for others, sharing “contacts and calendar details” may be a bridge too far.

Next is a rather nebulous entry: “Let apps use your advertising ID for experiences across apps.” What this sentence doesn’t quite explain is that Windows 10 generates a unique advertising ID for each user. If this option is enabled, it allows app developers and ad networks to profile you using that ID and serve you ads based on how you use your PC.

The final part of the first settings page concerns location. Your computer may not have a GPS radio in it like your smartphone does, but if you’re connected to the internet, your location can be tracked through your IP address. With this option enabled, you’re allowing Windows and apps to request your location, including your location history. That’s useful for location-based services like, say, telling a retailer’s website where you are so it can give you the address of the nearest store.

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out [Zach Epstein/BGR]


David Cameron used ‘swarm’ instead of ‘plague’ in case it implied that God had sent the migrants


The indifference of the British to the plight of the Calais refugees is staggering – we criticise the desperate people who probably have a good claim to asylum, but well up over lorries in a traffic jam

Last week a proud, beautiful, beloved African creature, who’d lived the last years of his life in a fenced compound, was killed by a train in the Channel tunnel. That’s the British for you: criticising people fleeing genocide for pushing their children over a perimeter fence, when we’d do it for a 40% discount off an Asda telly.

If you feel more emotion looking at a picture of queuing lorries than a picture of desperate humans living in a lay-by, you need to check your bedtime routine for someone beating you round the head with a meat tenderiser. Only the British could experience great pain at the thought of a traffic jam – a place where you can sit alone with your radio on without being expected to do any work. Aren’t traffic jams unbearable? By the time you get home, you need to sit alone in a comfy chair with your favourite music on just to calm down.

Can you think how desperate these refugees must be? I appeal to women to understand this – not because they are more compassionate, but they’ll understand that getting into a van driven by a bloke from Kent is something you’d never do by choice. Can you imagine stowing away in the back of a van? To survive cholera, genocide and starvation, only to be killed by a sleeping bag covered in chlamydia. Migrants are desperately fighting to get into the backs of vans that drowsy nightclub goers are desperately fighting to get out of.

David Cameron has offered France dogs, fences, and car parks – dealing with a humanitarian crisis like a primary school kid emptying his pockets for the bullies. I’ve mused before about whether he might be a psychopath and it’s worth noting that he has left reassessing the processing and treatment of genuine asylum applications until after his three-week holiday in Portugal. Cameron used the phrase “promiscuous swarm of foreign peoples”. Oops, my mistake, that was Hitler – but you get the general idea. Cameron’s use of the word “swarm” was carefully thought out; he avoided the word “plague” in case it implied God had sent them.

The Daily Mail (catchphrase circa 1938: “German Jews Pouring Into This Country”) has revelled in the kind of reporting that can only be the sign of a decadent society in freefall. No doubt Rome, in its later days, was also full of people who held very firm opinions based on little evidence, I simply can’t be bothered to find out.



Support Disabled people to live NOT die!


– Urgent Action for DDPOs and Disabled Rights Campaigners to oppose the legalisation of Assisted Suicide

Book NOW for Assisted Dying bill briefing session and media training -13 August

The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance is calling on Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) and individual Disabled Rights campaigners and supporters to join Not Dead Yet UK in speaking out about the dangers that the legalisation of assisted suicide poses to Disabled people.

There are currently two bills to legalise assisted suicide before Parliament. Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords on 4 June and Rob Marris’ Assisted Dying No.2 Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 24 June. Marris’ bill will have its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on 11 September when Parliament returns from its Summer recess. For the first time in years MPs will get to vote on this highly controversial subject.

There are many different ways you can be involved but one important ask is for DDPOs to sign up to the ROFA statement opposing legalisation.

Inclusion London is also running an Assisted Dying bill  briefing session and media training workshop facilitated by Liz Carr from the Not Dead Yet campaign on Thursday 13th August at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA.

The day is open to representatives and members from national as well as London Disabled People’s Organisations and campaigns. For more information visit the Inclusion London website  or

To read more about the Assisted Dying bills, the issues surrounding the legalisation of assisted suicide and ways you can be involved in the campaign see the Inclusion London ( and DPAC ( websites.


Ted Heath allegations: another public figure, yet more public unease


Former prime minister the latest high-profile Westminster name linked to child sex abuse allegations

Sir Edward Heath is the highest profile political figure to be linked to child sex abuse allegations that have shaken the political establishment.

The new claims follow a flurry of previous allegations of child abuse against at least 24 former and current senior politicians which have circulated on social media.

At least three serving MPs are facing claims from political colleagues that they may have been involved in abuse. None are the subject of an official police investigation although their names have been passed on to the police.

Last month, documents revealed that the security services warned the Thatcher government in the 1980s that allegations an MP had a “penchant for small boys” risked causing it political embarrassment.

The files showed that former MI5 director general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 over claims made by two sources about the MP.

Former Tory home secretary Leon Brittan, Peter Morrison, who was an aide to Margaret Thatcher, ex-diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister William van Straubenzee were named in other top secret files uncovered following the review.


Letters: Back To Work Programme Is A ‘Pointless Exercise In Time Wasting’


I’m 60 [years of age] and was sent to Pinnacle People in Brixton by my JobCentre advisor.

I was then referred to a 6-month Mandatory Work Activity at [the] Positive Network Centre in Mitcham, South London.

The work isn’t particularly demanding. They could have sent me to shovel s*** at the stables in StHelier or chugging for a fake charity in Tottenham, which is where a lot of the other people were sent, but it’s a pointless exercise in time-wasting.

I used to spend my time productively composing music in my home studio but apparently that’s not good enough for them.

I’m now into the second month of my 6-month placement and all it’s done is disrupt my life and make me put everything on hold.

I tried to discuss the pointlessness of it with my JobCentre advisor and the people at G4S / Pinnacle Brixton, but was threatened with being sanctioned if I didn’t put up and shut up.

It’s very depressing.

Rory Cargill

(Addresses removed for security purposes)


A cruel trick: Tripping up claimants


Monday 3rd
posted by Morning Star in Features

Ruth Hunt talks to welfare rights expert NICK DILWORTH about the DWP’s love of maliciously prosecuting people who accidentally break complex benefit rules

DESPITE claiming to be “disability confident,” the DWP, Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) and the right-wing media are largely responsible for the hostility and suspicion that now surrounds those with disabilities.

The FIS, which started operating in 2014, has wide-ranging powers to spy on and investigate claimants. Increasingly these are people with serious disabilities and the end result can be catastrophic and include loss of life.

As welfare rights expert Nick Dilworth says: “With all the propaganda and vile rhetoric of today, it’s all too easy to wag the finger at these people and blame them for daring to venture out of their homes. The DWP throws the rule book at innocent people and neglects to question how it was all-too-often the DWP that failed to apply the benefits properly in the first place.

“Undeniably benefits were awarded without proper verification checks being carried out. Claimants would often provide details of their doctors but the DWP wouldn’t always follow through as they should’ve done, and would confirm awards without carrying out the checks.

“Then the game changed and (now it’s) is all about getting people off disability benefits. It was government policy which created the welfare wilderness, a recompense for making someone redundant after years of hard work. They were dumped on benefits with little scrutiny.”

A DWP document from 2010 signalled this change of approach, with Lord Freud committing £425 million to reduce fraud and error.

Despite the propensity of the complex benefit system to produce errors, and government figures for fraud remaining at 0.7 per cent, the focus has been on fraud. So amid a barrage of benefit cuts and reforms, the FIS was introduced alongside private-sector “bounty hunters”’ who trawl through data and are paid by result.

Dilworth illustrates how intrusive the evidence-gathering process can be: “They can go covertly to their neighbours, employers, and trawl bank statements. Using evidence from their Tesco Clubcard, they look for patterns of expenditure, how much they spend on their weekly shop and search credit reference agencies. Their social media pages are trawled and the most intimate details of their lives are splashed across evidence bundles for all to see as the case proceeds to court.

“It doesn’t surprise me people plead guilty when they’re innocent (after) having their entire life, with embarrassing factors related to their ill health, exposed in a courtroom, with often unsympathetic jurors and judges. Clients describe it as “a living hell.”

Taking video evidence as an example, it’s clear only part of a picture is portrayed during investigations, as Dilworth explains: “The DWP video surveillance only shows segments that help their case — just enough for it to be shown as a ‘compelling’ account of perceived capability. What it doesn’t show is how a claimant is when they can’t go out.

“Many are deeply affected by mental health problems and walk into a DWP investigation with fear, but in the belief they’ve done nothing wrong. The interviews, often under caution and without legal representation, are conducted with one goal in mind — to catch the claimant out. People fall into traps and end up admitting mistakes, which are entirely innocent. The interviewers use aggressive, accusatory questioning, with some interviews lasting over five hours.