• @thantik
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    4816 days ago

    Bayer also sold medicine that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS to Asia and Latin America when outlawed in the USA in the 80s. Why in all fuck their corporate charter wasn’t permanently suspended and the company sold off is BEYOND me.

    • @A_AOP
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      916 days ago

      Many people are (…)* by big profits.
      (*) I can’t find the right word.

        • @A_AOP
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          416 days ago

          Yes, fitting word, but not the best since it has a double meaning (sexual).

            • @A_AOP
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              216 days ago

              This is exactly the right word, unfortunately, we see it use too often in this context : “Many people are corrupted by big profits”. … and because we got habituated, it’s not striking anymore as it should.

  • admiralteal
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    This is a heartbeat of history; people who can profit off of the suffering of others will do so remorselessly.

    So many other stories you can look up. Obvious shit like climate change or smoking, where it’s well-known how unrepentantly evil the industry has been in suppressing the science and research they KNEW indict their product.

    For an equally-tragic but less-well-known story, you could look into the Radon Girls. That’s a heartbreaking saga of corporate malfeasance where the bad guys basically got away with it.

    If you like podcasts, this is narratively similar to the content in two of my favorites. You’re Wrong About and Well There’s Your Problem. The former is more about cultural moments and moral panics, the latter is oriented towards the arrogance and carelessness of engineers (though sometimes is just historical stories).

    • @[email protected]
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      1016 days ago

      I’m reasonably sure it’s Radium Girls, but yes: tragic, and totally on brand for capitalism.

  • TheMurphy
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    1716 days ago

    And you can be sure whatever causes all major illness today, they know, but it’s too profitable to do anything about it.

    The things the sugar industry knows for example, but everyone is turning a blind eye.

  • @j4k3
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    And all current politicians, and most Lemmy users, and certainly all reddit users are brain damaged as a result.

    …“we could improve our machining tolerances and stop using ancient sand casting techniques where the cores float and move. Or hell we could just ignore those low quality crudes from Venezuela”…

    “Nah! Dumb consumers are best for capitalism. Give them lead.”

    All airplanes are still using leaded fuels, so if you live near the end of a runway… depending on the average education level of the area, you likely have the cheapest real estate in the region.

    • th3dogcow
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      2416 days ago

      All airplanes are still using leaded fuels

      Jet fuel doesn’t contain lead. Only the avgas used by smaller planes with piston engines.

      Still, it’s unbelievable that this fuel is still being used in 2024!

    • @TheGrandNagus
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      316 days ago

      Only a small subset of aeroplanes. And it’s not a thing in most of the developed world.

  • @[email protected]
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    1516 days ago

    We will probably say the same thing about plastics in a few decades.

    We know the health risk associated to micro plastics but we continue to use them everywhere

  • @stoly
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    1215 days ago

    Add in asbestos and other stuff. The US has always prioritized the wealth of business owners.

  • @[email protected]
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    1215 days ago

    Tetraethyl lead (TEL) was introduced in the 20s, but was largely eliminated from passenger cars in the US by the end of the 70s, and banned in the 90s. You can still get TEL additives for fuels for certain classic cars that require it, and certain aviation fuels still have TEL because they haven’t found anything else that works in those applications yet.

    You can blame Thomas Midgely Jr. for the introduction of both TEL and chrlorofluorocarbons (CFCs used in refrigerants).

    • @[email protected]
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      915 days ago

      certain aviation fuels still have TEL because they haven’t found anything else that works in those applications yet.

      They have finally found a replacement. A company called GAMI got approval for replacement of 100LL in all engines in 2021. No modifications are necessary, aside from a sticker. It’s called G100UL. They’re ramping up production, it’s only available in a few airports atm.

      Of course it could’ve been replaced decades ago if the political will existed to ban it, but 🤷‍♂️

  • @Etterra
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    1215 days ago

    Wait until OP learns that oil companies covered up their own research which proved they were wrecking the environment with CO2 pollution.

    Or that the sugar industry covered up the evidence that sugary food caused the obesity epidemic and they told everyone it was actually fatty foods doing it.

  • Ephera
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    1016 days ago

    Man, that The Conversation article is just listing individual events and it still reads like a crime scene. Obviously, because it was a crime, but deep down I had still a tiny bit of hope that the companies were not quite as blunt about it.

    • @A_AOP
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      You are right : the corporations were criminal here, but there was also a hero here (Clair Cameron Patterson) I did put his name + a link in the body of my post, and he won in the end.
      Edit : ok, i updated my post to put a spotlight on this.

  • Mr Fish
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    You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and practiced on - Ben Franklin

    • @A_AOP
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      Thanks. Well, …I know since others made similar comments 😋
      (see comments from th3dogcow and from @[email protected] )