could just as easily say BP formerly known as BP Amoco.
or how about we go back to their originally incorporated name - Anglo Persian Oil Company... get two evil nations in one shot - England and Iran.
Edited by Llewelyn (07/19/1003:39 AM)
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For the record. England is one of my favorite countries, London my favorite city in the world, and British culture not only an object of admiration but the center of my professional life. That does not mean that I can't see some of the clay on the feet, just as I can see the clay on American feet, perhaps even more clearly.
What's said to be innuendo is not innuendo--it's pretty clearly twitting the twit, as appropriate as when you do it to folks who defend the US right or wrong.
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I believe you're misreading our disgust toward global corporations that exploit and destroy the environment in pursuit of maximizing their own profits, use their deep pockets to influence governmental policy of (foreign) countries, lie without shame and saturate our media with their self-serving propaganda. No innuendo needed because the country of origin is irrealavent.
An element of twitting may have evolved but it wasn't that to begin with. People sometimes use aliases for convenience which are abbreviations of fuller more cumbersome names: 'the States' for the United States of America; 'M&S' for Marks & Spencer; and so on, but I've never heard of anyone grossing an expression out for convenience or referring to a former name for no useful reason: 'British Petroleum' for BP. How about 'American Oil Company' for Amoco? No, I know - that Welsh one: 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch' for Llanfair PG. Let's be honest: BP bashing has become a national preoccupation in the States but has gone beyond the company to its British associations. Dragging Megrahi into it was really scraping the barrel and shows that the obsession goes all the way up, or down, through the political hierarchy, which would be more understandable if it wasn't so hypocritical.
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