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Diageo does a very good thing. Will Microsoft follow?

Posted by Charles II on May 6, 2012

Leo Hickman, The Guardian:

Diageo, one of the world’s largest drinks companies, has announced it will no longer fund the Heartland Institute, a rightwing US thinktank which briefly ran a billboard campaign this week comparing people concerned about climate change to mass murderers and terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Charles Manson and Ted Kaczynski.

On Thursday, a billboard appeared over the Eisenhower Expressway in Illinois showing a picture of Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who in 1996 was convicted of a 17-year mail bombing campaign that killed three people and injured dozens. The caption read: “I still believe in global warming. Do you?” A day later it was withdrawn.

Its website is still hosting the original press release, which includes the claim that the “most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.” Microsoft, which has a policy of supplying free software to all non-profit organisations in the US, posted a blog on its website on Saturday distancing itself from Heartland.

3 Responses to “Diageo does a very good thing. Will Microsoft follow?”

  1. Spocko said

    This is excellent news. Getting funders to pull away from RW think tanks is great. The drive a lot of crazy stuff that is designed to muddy the waters on important issues.

    • Yup. Now to get Microsoft to back away from ALEC.

    • Charles II said

      I wrote a long and thoughtful letter to a former employer in the corporate world pointing out that not only had his company paid for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and was funding the denial of the franchise to elderly, ill, and minority voters, but that there was a larger principle involved: that when a small group of people try to govern without consultation, they make suboptimal decisions and generate resistance to their rule.

      The recent history of the US is of increasingly bad decisions leading to social unrest. Genuine conservatives should see this as a dangerous trend and seek to restore a system of representative democracy.

      Needless to say, I have received no reply.

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