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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MLB Opening Day: The "Official Water of Major League Baseball" is made by a company that uses cells from aborted babies for flavoring; UPDATE: has now stopped!

Aquafina is the "Official Water of Major League Baseball."

Aquafina is made by PepsiCo.

PepsiCo has a "Collaboration" with Senomyx to "Discover, Develop and Commercialize New Sweet Flavor Ingredients"

Senomyx uses HEK-293T and a HEK-293 derivative for Human receptors for sweet and umami taste.

HEK-293 cells are human embryonic kidney cells obtained from a healthy aborted fetus.

Who needs to use embryonic stem cell research to cure diseases when you can use it to make a fortune off of more stimulating food and drink tastes?

When asked, Pepsico wrote: “We hope you are reassured to learn that our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers. This will help us achieve our commitment to reduce added sugar per serving by 25% in key brands in key markets over the next decade and ultimately help people live healthier lives.”

So we can now lead healthier lives by reducing our sugar and replacing that with the remains of aborted babies?

March 18, 2012
Obama Administration: Use of Aborted Fetal Cells in Soft Drinks Constitutes 'Ordinary Business Operations'

May 8, 2012 Update
Pepsi Stops Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines to Test Flavors

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Why a government attempting to do good is so dangerous

The government has a tangible role with those who do evil (punishing them) and an intangible role with those who do good (praising them). A government that has decided that praising the good of others is insufficient and must itself also do good has forgotten its very nature.

Good is done through people. People do good to one another either out of love or out of duty. Love does not make demands. Government actions are only demands. Government can only produce duty, not love. It is by its nature inherently coercive. If you don't pay your taxes, you are incarcerated.

Even when government uses carrots instead of sticks to discourage evil, those are only incentives to reduce one's duty to pay taxes, not to increase one's love. The closest government can get to doing good is to create a duty for people to do good.

Government not only can create duty, it is its very nature to create duty. That is what government does.  When that duty is applied to doing good, government has then (1) made it impossible for people to do that particular good out of love, and (2) made not doing that particular good into an act of evil.

Therefore, by its compulsory nature, the power of government attempting to do good is the power to strip good of love and to make not doing good one particular way into an act of doing evil that it can punish. That is why a government attempting to do good is so dangerous.  A key problem with government attempting to do good is it can make doing other forms of good into evil.

A government attempting to do good also undermines its own fundamental role of praising good. We only praise that which is done out of love, not that which is done out of duty. When a government decides it must recede from creating a duty for good so that people can do good themselves out of love, the government shows it has previously overstepped its proper role.

We need to elect people who understand that with respect to doing good, they are not there to create a duty for others to do good, but simply to recognize good done by others and serve them by praising them accordingly.

Updated 2/22/2013, 12/31/2013.

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