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  • Chavez Threatens to Silence Critics

    06/15/2009 10:36:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 476+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 13 June 2009 | John Semmens
    Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez says he is just “inches away from pulling the plug on Globovision.” Globovision is a TV network that has aired programming that the Chavez regime has determined to be excessively critical of the government. “I am trying to build socialism in my country,” Chavez complained. “It is hard enough without the constant second-guessing spewing forth from an intransigent right wing. Unless they reform their opinions, they won’t be on the air much longer.” The move was assessed as “understandable under the circumstances” by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. “Things go more smoothly for a country when everyone is...
  • Sodas a Tempting Tax Target

    05/20/2009 12:44:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 30 replies · 1,097+ views
    nyt ^ | May 19, 2009 | DAVID LEONHARDT
    Sugar, rum and tobacco are commodities which are nowhere necessaries of life, which are become objects of almost universal consumption, and which are therefore extremely proper subjects of taxation.” — Adam Smith, “The Wealth of Nations,” 1776 That quotation, from the great philosopher of capitalism, appeared at the start of an article that ran a few weeks ago in The New England Journal of Medicine. The article argued for taxing Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, Red Bull and any other sugar-sweetened beverage, largely to combat obesity. The authors were Kelly Brownell, a longtime obesity researcher at Yale, and Thomas Frieden, the New...
  • Coke told to can sex-laden TV adArticle from:

    05/04/2009 6:33:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies · 3,651+ views
    Adelaide Now ^ | May 04, 2009 12 | KELVIN HEALEY
    COCA-Cola has been forced to can a TV ad that authorities say suggested women should be available for sex whenever men want it. The Advertising Standards Bureau found the ad, though light-hearted, was inappropriate to be on TV when children were watching. It was the second embarrassment in a month for the soft drink giant, after it had to admit incorrect health claims in print ads featuring actor Kerry Armstrong. The latest controversy erupted over a Coke Zero ad, titled "Break-up as it should be".
  • U.S. Steel puts hold on $1B Clairton project

    04/02/2009 7:38:40 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 24 replies · 645+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 04-02-2009 | Len Boselovic
    U.S. Steel is suspending indefinitely the $1 billion modernization of its Clairton coke plant, a massive, multi-year project that was expected to create more than 600 construction jobs. The Pittsburgh steel producer said it was forced to make the "difficult but necessary decision" because of the economic slowdown that has prompted it to lay off about 7,000 union workers in recent months. "We cannot speculate as to when conditions will improve enough to allow work to resume," the company said in a prepared statement. When announced in November 2007, the project was hailed as the region's largest construction project since...
  • Ashley Biden cocaine snorting video [Satire]

    03/29/2009 6:32:55 AM PDT · by free_us_from_obama · 70 replies · 5,401+ views
    Here it is folks, the Ashley Biden cocaine snorting video you've all been waiting for.
  • Is Obama the New Coke? (Great Analogy)

    03/15/2009 6:35:44 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 22 replies · 1,058+ views
    foxnews ^ | 3/13/09 | John Tantillo
    Folks, first some history. In the early eighties, one of Jimmy Carter’s bright young political advisers, Pat Caddell, landed the plum marketing gig of guiding Coca Cola into the future–and he almost ran that venerable brand into the ground I’m talking about the “New Coke” debacle. Threatened by Pepsi’s growing market share and driven by data that said that the consumer wanted sweeter drinks, Coca Cola scrapped its time-honored soda formula and introduced New Coke. Presidents Reagan and Clinton both knew this about their Target Markets: the American people could be stretched, but in the end political marketing was the...
  • Have a Coke and a tax

    03/14/2009 2:13:42 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 30 replies · 668+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | March 12, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Have a Coke and a tax Once government starts down the "sin tax" road, it is very hard to stop. Everyone loves to tax a product they do not use. When revenues run low, alcohol and cigarettes are always at the top of the new tax list. Some municipalities have even proposed a "fat" tax. Now, a legislator in Utah has proposed a tax on caffeine. Be careful whose sin you tax. Yours may be next. Let's tax caffeine, legislator argues
  • U.S. Steel to idle 7 of 12 coke batteries

    03/13/2009 7:05:25 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 30 replies · 935+ views
    The Tribune-Review ^ | 03-13-2009 | Unlisted
    Temporary layoffs for 77 employees will result from U.S. Steel Corp.'s plan announced last month to shut down three of the 12 coke batteries at its Coke Works in Clairton, according to a notice the company filed with the state. The Downtown-based steelmaker said Thursday it also plans to idle four coke batteries due to economic conditions and cutbacks in steel production. In the state notice, the company said the shutdown of three batteries and associated layoffs will take place March 22 or later. Spokeswoman Erin DiPietro declined to say when the four other batteries would be idled, or how...
  • Kosher-for-Passover Coke and Pepsi Are Back! (Made with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup.)

    03/05/2009 10:53:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,729+ views
    Serious Eats ^ | April 18, 2008 | Erin Zimmer
    L'Chaim! Stock Up Now! Photograph courtesy of mhaithaca While bread gets cracker-ified during Passover, chosen bottles of soda get stripped of their high-fructose corn syrup and are sweetened instead with the real deal. No need to hunt for imported Mexican colas or hitch a ride south of the border for the cane sugar cola that tastes so great. That's right: Passover Coke is here! (Or Passover Pepsi, if you're on that side of the Cola War.) Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi make a real-sugar version around this time of year, and you can find it by looking for yellow caps on...
  • U.S. Steel scales back Clairton coke-making operations

    02/27/2009 8:53:00 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 5 replies · 594+ views
    TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | 02-27-2009 | Rick Stouffer
    U.S. Steel Corp. will soon idle three coke oven batteries at its Clairton Works, the result of the steelmaking slowdown and current economic conditions, the company said today. The batteries will be kept in what's called hot-idle status, meaning they will remain hot to maintain structural integrity, but won't be making coke, a major ingredient in making steel. U.S. Steel spokeswoman Erin DiPietro said the company is "adjusting its production according to customer demand."
  • NY Gov. Paterson: Proposed "Fat Tax" on Soda is a Failure

    02/13/2009 2:31:30 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 6 replies · 437+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | February 13, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Chalk up a loss for the nanny-staters. Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) thought it would be a cool idea to tax non-diet soda to penalize people for drinking something that he thinks will make them fat. We have been following this glittering jewel of liberal arrogance since he made the proposal in December. Then, last month, some modern-day Sons of Liberty decided to protest the tax by throwing a New York Tea Party, where they dumped soda into the Susquehanna River. (Video at the link) Finally, after weeks of protest by sensible, ordinary folks (and probably the Beverage Lobby), the Governor...
  • Ahmadinejad vs. Coca Cola (Boycott Coke; Drink Mecca Cola, Zam Zam, Sassan Instead)

    01/28/2009 1:20:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1,617+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 01.23.09 | Dr. Gil Feiler
    Iranian authorities demand local soft drink firm to provide explanation for connection with global Coca Cola Company on background of Tehran's boycott of all companies with 'Zionist' ties Following the announcement of a boycott of all companies with "Zionist" connections, Iranian authorities are asking for some answers from a local soft drink company. According to Iranian reports, Minister of Industry and Mines Ali Akbar Mehragian summoned the directors of Iranian company Khoshgovar for a hearing in order to get a better grasp on the nature of their relationship with the American Coca Cola Company. Beirut's Ministry for Energy and Water...
  • Now here's a shocker: Diet Coke Plus isn't nutritious, feds say

    12/25/2008 7:14:44 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 12 replies · 800+ views
    SciAm / 60 Second Science ^ | Dec 24, 2008 | Jordan Lite
    We hate to break it to you, but it looks like soda isn't good for you after all. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the Coca-Cola Company to revise its labeling of Diet Coke Plus so that it doesn't mislead consumers into believing that the pop, a brew of chemicals mixed in with some vitamins and minerals, is healthy.
  • New York Governor's Soda Tax Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

    12/16/2008 7:43:43 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 50 replies · 1,940+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 12/16/08 | Marrecca Fiore
    You drink diet soda, so you must be healthier. Right? That's what New York Gov. David Paterson is talking about with his proposal for an "obesity tax" — a 15 percent slap on non-diet sugary soft drinks. Think $1 for a Diet Coke, $1.15 for a Coke. There's just one problem: Studies have found links between drinking diet sodas and obesity and diabetes. A 2005 study at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and separate studies released in 2007 at the University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Massachusetts found that diet soda drinkers were...
  • Have a Coke and Smile - Except In New York

    12/15/2008 1:10:34 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 54 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 15, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    In the Big Apple - not so much The Governor of New York thinks Classic Coke, and all other non-diet soda, for that matter, makes you fat. So, the Classic Nanny-State is going to impose a Classic "Obesity Tax" on Coke drinkers. And he's just getting warmed up. More . . .
  • WIDOW, 77, HAD £1,300 OF COCAINE (She just needed a lift)

    09/17/2008 8:18:17 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 3 replies · 161+ views
    AN ELDERLY widow caught with £1,300 of cocaine in her handbag told police she planned to take the drug to give her “a lift”. White-haired Betty Lily Nicholls, 77, was arrested after a tip-off that the car she was travelling in was being used to transport drugs. Exeter magistrates heard that police stopped a Ford Focus car on the M5 last November. The male driver and female passenger – Mrs Nicholls – appeared “very nervous and avoided eye contact”. When Nicholls’s handbag was searched a bag was found containing compressed white powder. Nicholls, from Bude, Cornwall, told police: “I don’t...
  • Agents seize a ton of marijuana, 60 pounds of coke

    03/06/2008 5:23:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 39 replies · 795+ views
    Federal agents seized nearly 60 pounds of cocaine and 2,100 pounds of marijuana in separate incidents Tuesday at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 19 south of Tucson. The first seizure happened about 10 a.m. at the I-19 traffic checkpoint near Amado, about 45 miles south of Tucson, after a Border Patrol agent noticed inconsistencies with a driver's immigration documents, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release. A drug-sniffing dog then notified authorities the vehicle may have drugs in it and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection was allowed to search the vehicle, the release says....
  • Pepsi, Coke rivalry becomes physical

    10/13/2007 12:26:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 95 replies · 170+ views
    AP ^ | 10/13/07
    Pepsi, Coke rivalry becomes physical Fri Oct 12, 9:46 PM ET The long-standing rivalry between Coke and Pepsi took a physical turn Friday when a Pepsi deliveryman allegedly punched his Coke counterpart in the face at a western Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, state police said. The two deliverymen were "apparently bickering back and forth" while unloading their wares at the Indiana County store, police said. When the Coke deliveryman left the store, his counterpart allegedly punched him in the face three times, breaking his nose and giving him a black eye, police said. No charges have been filed, but police characterized the...
  • MILLER BEER UPDATE (sponsors gays ridiculing religious values)

    09/29/2007 6:33:03 AM PDT · by Liz · 51 replies · 387+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 9/29/07 | ANNOUNCEMENT
    On Sunday, September 30, Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications, the Catholic League, will appear on the Fox News Channel to discuss Miller Brewing sponsoring the Folsom Street Fair, a yearly gay celebration. For more info, go here
  • UChicago Dining Board Rules Coke Will Stay on Campus (students successful against Killer Coke)

    06/02/2007 9:34:08 PM PDT · by TexCon · 15 replies · 1,252+ views
    The Chicago Maroon ^ | June 1, 2007 | Mischa Fierer
    The Campus Dining Advisory Board’s (CDAB) six student members have voted 4–2 in favor of continuing U of C dining-hall contracts with the Coca-Cola Company. The student movement Kick Coke Off Campus has been campaigning for the University to end its contracts with the soft-drink maker over alleged human rights violations and environmental abuses in Colombia and India. The board met Thursday in Pierce Dining Hall at 3:30 p.m. All six board members attended. Two representatives from Keep Coke On Campus and two from Kick Coke Off Campus were also present. According to board member Andrew Stergachis, the pro-Coke and...