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Ronaldo Coke Rejection Prompts Calls For Other Sports Stars To Ditch Junk Sponsors

Health experts say more sports personalities could help combat global obesity epidemic

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Football star Cristiano Ronaldo’s public rejection of Coca-cola this week has prompted health campaigners to call for other sports stars to step up and ditch junk food and drink sponsors.

As highlighted in the video below, Coke is massively unhealthy, and its presence as a sponsor of the Euro 2020 tournament is akin to a tobacco company plastering its logos all over the Olympics.

The London Telegraph reports that Ronaldo’s small action, along with other players such as Italy’s Manuel Locatelli has shone a spotlight on those who are still endorsing Coke and other junk products.

Two of England’s most successful footballers Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford are “ambassadors” for Coke, which basically means they make millions by appearing in adverts and sharing the brand on social media.

Kane is also on the take from Cadbury, makers of chocolate.

It’s also particularly hypocritical of Rashford, because he simultaneously campaigns for healthy eating:

Even Ronaldo himself starred in Coke advertisements when he was younger, and presumably more controllable and less aware.

The Telegraph reports:

Caroline Cerny of the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 major health organisations, said: “Ronaldo’s defiant stance against being associated with a sugary drink could mark a turning point and we hope other sports stars will similarly refuse to be used as walking adverts for junk food and other unhealthy products. It’s time to break the link between unhealthy brands and sports sponsorship so children are not exposed to a flood of marketing when they watch or play their favourite sports.”

The report also notes:

Dr James Davies MP, a member of the Health and Social Care select committee and a vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity, said: “It’s refreshing to see key figures in sport highlighting the need for healthier lifestyles.”

Coca Cola brags on its own website about how “Sport & Entertainment partnerships are part of the DNA of The Coca-Cola Company”:

It is literally the longest standing sponsor of the Olympic Games, dating back to 1928.

The question is, why when its fucking poison is one of the biggest contributors to worldwide obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout.

After the Coke snub, maybe some sports stars could address Nike and other sports brands who make millions from sponsorship exposure yet still use forced labor to manufacture their products.

Like parasites, these massive multinational companies will latch onto anything successful to push their junk on the world. They also do it particularly insidiously by promoting a fictional world, falsely suggesting the cream of sports talent love their products, while the reality behind it all is that they’re being bought off or even duped into selling pure shit to young people who idolise them in exchange for cold hard corporate cash.

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Pfizer CEO Bails On EU Testimony After Report Highlights ‘Secretive’ Vaccine Deal

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has bailed on an appointment to testify before the European Parliament’s special committee, where he was expected to face tough questions over secretive vaccine deals, Politico reports.

Bourla was scheduled to appear before the panel on Oct. 10, alongside key officials involved in the EUs vaccine procurement process, in order to discuss how to respond to future pandemics. According to the report, “Other pharmaceutical executives have addressed the committee, including the CEO of Moderna and senior officials from AstraZeneca and Sanofi.”

Bourla? Not so much.

The committee’s chair, Belgian MEP Kathleen Van Brempt, told POLITICO she “deeply regrets” the decision taken by Pfizer.

After a visit to BioNTech’s headquarters last week, Van Brempt had said in a written statement that she looked forward to discussions “with other CEOs” including “Mr. Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer” on October 10. -Politico

In early September, an audit repirt into the EU’s vaccine procurement strategy raised questions over Bourla’s relationship with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen before they struck a multibillion-euro vaccine deal.

The report, by the European Court of Auditors, found that von der Leyen had been directly involved in preliminary negotiations for the EU’s biggest vaccine contract, for up to 1.8 billion doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, which was concluded in May 2021. This was a departure from the negotiating procedure followed with other contracts, where a joint negotiating team made up of officials from the Commission and member countries conducted exploratory talks. -Politico

In April, von der Leyen admitted that she had been texting with Bourla for a month straight while they were negotiating the massive contract. Two months later, the texts disappeared, triggering accusations of maladministration by the EU’s ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly,” Reuters reported at the time.

Bourla and von der Leyen’s cozy relationship was noted last year by the NYT, which Bourla told they had “developed a deep trust, because we got into deep discussions.”

“She knew details about the variants, she knew details about everything. So that made the discussion, way more engaged.”

And now Bourla won’t have to answer questions about it.

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The Growing Global Reliance On Antidepressants

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According to the latest OECD data, Iceland continues to have one of the highest levels of antidepressant use in the world – with an average consumption of 16 daily doses per 100 inhabitants in 2021.

In general, the northern countries are among the biggest consumers, with Canada and Sweden also showing a ratio of over 10 doses per 100 inhabitants per day. 

Worth noting however is the absence of the United States from the data.

As Statista’s Martin Armstrong shows in the infographic below, antidepressant use has become more widespread all around the world, with major increases from 2015 to 2020 or 2021 observed in Iceland, Portugal and Sweden, as well as Belgium and Greece. 

Infographic: The Growing Global Reliance on Antidepressants | Statista

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The places with the lowest consumption levels of those analyzed are South Korea and Lithuania (not displayed), with a ratio of 2 to 3 daily doses per 100 people.

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Hypochondriacs And Virtue Signalers Cause #BringMasksBack To Trend On Twitter

If masks work, why haven’t they worked?

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Four vaccines later and with even the likes of Joe Biden admitting that the pandemic is over, there are still hordes of people who want to continue to wear face masks and to force others to do the same.

The terms #BringBackMasks and #BringMasksBack are currently trending on Twitter, along with ‘World War III’.

Why? Because these people are still out there:

Well, that was the initial reason the phrases were trending. They continued to trend when everyone else called out the psychotic cult:

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