THE "BOYCOTT WAR" Power Quiz
Test your knowledge of politics, profit, and power.
Answer the following questions and click on the link at the end to see how
Do you have what it takes to follow the long hard road of constructive
social change (in a society that ever fails to distinguish between government
and corporate propaganda and accurate news coverage)?
Or would you make a better transport worker at Raytheon (the company
who manufactured the "smart" missile that hit the marketplace
in Baghdad in March, 2003)?
Good luck but be careful...some questions may have multiple answers
- some may have none!
1) Everyone knows that George W. Bush had been killing American civilians
on Death Row for a long time and that recently he has begun killing Iraqi
civilians en masse. Yet little press has been made of the bombing raids
that the U.S. and England had been performing in Iraq in the "no-fly"
zone long before the war-talk started. If your government kills civilians
are in a faraway land and the media doesn't make a sound, did it happen?
(If you're having trouble with this first question, ask an Iraqi who has
been living there until recently).
When did George W. Bush first bomb and kill Iraqi civilians?
a) February, 2001
b) June, 2001
c) September, 2001
d) September, 2002
e) March, 2003
f) He wouldn't do something like that
2) Just as the U.S. economy is completely immeshed in teh global economy
so too is the military economy immeshed in the U.S. economy. Although it
may be hard to draw distinctions between civilian and military (like when
the U.S: decides that Iraqi TV is a military target), there are certain
paper agreement sthat turn over direct dinero from the "Defense"
Which computer company is NOT directly related to U.S. military contracts?
d) Hewlett Packard
3) Not that the Democrats would necessarily have been much better but
it is hard to deny the central role that certain Republicans have had in
the latest display of U.S. atrocities. One can only imagine what the world
would look like today if the "Democratic" Party, Republican Party,
and the Green Party all had the same amount of campaign financing...
Which company did NOT donate at least $1,000,000 to the Republican
c) General Electric
d) News Corp. (owner of Fox TV)
e) Time Warner/AOL
4) What better way to hedge your bets than by buying off politicians
on BOTH sides of the playing field? Well, as long as you have the money
to throw around...
Which of the following companies did NOT donate at least $50,000 to
BOTH George W. Bush's AND Al Gore's Presidential campaign?
a) Bank of America
b) Coca Cola
d) Rite Aid
5) Despite the fact that he had raised the largest amount of campaign
funding in U.S. history. "President" George W. Bush actually received
at least 500,000 less votes than Albert Gore. Yet, due to the electoral
college, a brother running the show in the swing state of Florida, a cousin
reporting the preliminary 'results' on Fox TV, and a Supreme Court with
members appointed by his father - hey! He got to be President! Well, when
it was time to celebrate this grandiose act of legal larceny there was no
shortage of rich folks willing to foot the bill for the party.
Which of the following did NOT donate at least $50,000 to George W.
Bush's inauguration festivities?
a) The Washington Post
b) The Washinton Redskins
d) Dole Food Company
e) Bill Cosby
f) Phillip Morris
6) We are all familiar with the "Axis of Evil" and we all want
to be very careful not to associate with them or to even associate with
those who associate with them. So it is very important for us to know who
might stoop so low as to traverse with such nefarious beings.
Which of the following have the least connection to the other?
a) Donald Rumsfeld - North Korea
b) Dick Cheney - Iraq
c) George W. Bush - Osama bin Ladin
d) Ronald Reagan - Iran
7) As most people know, Iraqis have used attacks by soldiers in civilian
clothing to fight the U.S. and British forces. Not only have they erased
the distinction between the military and the civilian sectors, they have
also had the audacity to captured U.S. soldiers to the media. The U.S. Secreatary
of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, belated these breaches of the Geneva convention
and the mainstream media followed suit, reporting his views as if they were
virtually an objective news source. Subsequently, relatively little attention
has been paid to U.S. breaches of the Geneva convention during the same
period of time.
Which of the following violations of the Geneva convention have NOT
been recently committed by the United States?
a) Displaying captured soldiers to the media
b) Targeting non-military areas for attack
c) Using civilian vehicles to transport troops
d) Hiring civilians to engage in acts of war
8) During the current invasion, the military refer to "friendly
fire" as "blue on blue". Their funny way of talking keeps
outsiders on their toes if they want to make sense out of anything.
In U.S. military jargon "blowback" is a word for what?
a) A failed operation
b) A hazing ritual that the Navy performs on hapless beginners
c) A recipient of U.S. aid that turns on its financiers
d) A scam within the political elite that gets leaked to the media
9) It's fine to boycott companies but when you're only one person - its
hard to see the impact. Collectively, however, consumers have quite a bit
to say about the financial well-being of huge transnational corporations.
Which of the following companies are currently being hurt by boycotts
across the globe?
c) Coca Cola
10) It's horrible to be forced to stoop so low so as to be obliged to
pay a couple bucks a day for poor mothers working overtime to pump out products
that will only end up in the trash after a few uses anyway. Take pity upon
the CEOs of such companies who must be having terrible dreams at night,
being devoured by their plight!
Which of the following companies have NOT been connected to sweatshop
labor in Asia?
b) Taco Bell
11) OK. You look like you need an easy question. Here's a softball:
All of the following companies have military contracts but which one
is the largest military contractor in the United States?
b) Lockheed Martin
c) General Electric
12) Corporations don't forget old friends and they certainly don't lose
touch when such friends reach positions of power. It may do us well to also
remember which corporation is connected to which politician. Jim Hightower
once even suggested that politicians should wear badges with the logos of
the corporations that they are connected to so citizens can know whom they
have sold out to.
Connect the following individuals to the company where they served
on the Board of Directors (or as CEO):
Careful... It's tricky. One of the above companies shares three individuals
and one individual shares three companies ...such are the ways in the mystifying
maze of corporate politics!
- Laura Cheney (Vice President Dick Cheney's wife)
- Anthony Principi (U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs)
- Colin Powell (U.S. Secretary of State)
- John Deutsch (Former CIA Director - Clinton Administration)
- Donald Rumsfeld (U.S. Secretary of Defense)
- Ann Veneman (U.S. Secretary of Agriculture)
- Paul O'Neill (U.S. Secretary of Treasury)
- Norman Mineta (U.S. Secretary of Transporation)
- Elaine Chao (U.S. Secretary of Labor)
- General Instrument Corp. (Hi-tech company & defense contractor)
- Lockheed Martin (The #1 U.S. weapons manufacturer)
- Calgene, Inc. (Subsidiary of Monsanto the gene-tech giant)
- America Online (Yes, the Internet company)
- Eastman Kodak (The giant film and photo company and Bush supporter)
- Bank of America (Just what it says it is)
- Schlumberger (The second largest U.S. oil services company)
- Lucent Technologies (Major U.S. Department of Defense contractor)
- Aluminum Company of America (Again, just what it says it is)
13) As a natural follow-up to the previous question...
Which company has Dick Cheney (current Vice President of the United
States, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense 1989-1993) NOT been on the Board
a) Halliburton (The largest U.S. oil services company and major military
b) TRW (U.S. military contractor)
c) Proctor & Gamble (Gigantic pharmaceutical company)
d) Burger King (The second largest restaurant chain in the world)
e) Electronic Data Systems (Major U.S. military contractor)
14) The United States made a big deal about how France was being so undemocratic
and self-serving by threatening to block any U.S. resolution in the UN Security
Council that would have sanctioned the invasion of Iraq. One can only wonder
as to what extent the U.S. itself might consider stooping to such lows in
Since 1970, how many times has the United States used its veto to
block UN Security Council resolutions?
b) 1-10 times
c) 10-20 times
d) 20-80 times
e) 80-100 times
15) And since everything is relative...let's compare:
Since 1970, what is the sum total number of times that France, China
and the Russian Federation have used their veto to block UN Security Council
b) 1-10 times
c) 10-20 times
d) 20-80 times
e) 80-100 times
16) Just to be difficult- because in difficult times we need difficult
questions- and often the most difficult questions of all are quite simple
- such as "Why?". It is often far easier to answer "What".
Hopefully the second part of this question will become a refrain for the
new era - an eternal question to the world around us...Why? Or as the Unitarians
say: "To question is the answer".
Which of the following countries has been condemned by the World Court
for terrorism and... Why?
b) United States
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