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(CNN)   Venezuelan army liberates Coca-Cola from bottling plant. Boissons gazeuse surrender   (cnn.com ) divider line
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2003-01-18 03:55:14 AM  
boissons gazeuse is french for "soft drink" (not literal)

there's your fact of the day
 
2003-01-18 03:58:32 AM  
Lame.
 
2003-01-18 03:59:05 AM  
Far from me being a stickler, but I think that it would be 'Boissons gazeuses'... but then I speak Canadian French...

h4g
 
2003-01-18 03:59:17 AM  
in other news, Pepsico takes over a neighboring country, restarting the age old cola wars. But seriously... in a general OIL strike, how is taking over the coca-cola plant going to help?
 
2003-01-18 04:00:12 AM  
exactly how necessary is soda? duh!?

Pepsi surrenders!
 
2003-01-18 04:01:51 AM  
"CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) -- President Hugo Chavez's government can take over facilities necessary to keep basic goods flowing ..."
"...national guard troops took over a Coca-Cola distribution plant in the..."

...
 
2003-01-18 04:01:57 AM  
"The court decision will also affect the distribution of products such as rice, corn, flour and beer."

Beer and coke over say, milk? Priorities...
 
2003-01-18 04:02:37 AM  
Curse my confusing ubb code and html. -.-
 
2003-01-18 04:02:46 AM  
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2003-01-18 04:05:29 AM  
CNN reports Coca-Cola©® as being the latest casualty in the increasingly violent cola wars. So far, no mention has been made of the fate of the Farkistanian rebel leader Dr. 'Ackbar' Pepper who was last seen in public at the Boise civic center Manga convention waiting in line to buy an aging porn star's autograph. He is rumored to be mildly carbonated and dangerous.
 
2003-01-18 04:06:23 AM  
They say things go better with coke, but sheesh...
 
2003-01-18 04:06:33 AM  
Damn. Damn. Damn. Asmodai beat me to it.

*that's what I get for typing about 10 words a minute*
 
2003-01-18 04:18:38 AM  
of course the article includes a picture of two women attacking a soldier.

queue bleeding heart...
 
2003-01-18 04:19:04 AM  
I prefer a nice refreshing Dr Pepper. 10-2-4
 
2003-01-18 04:41:26 AM  
I channel surfed into some vaguely documentaryish (yeah it's not a word) report on the "I'd like to teach the world to sing" phenomenon of the early '70s.
It was a bit scary actually. They got two versions of the song into the top 40... a song that's an advertising jingle.
 
2003-01-18 04:45:10 AM  
Damn, I had a funnier headline.
 
2003-01-18 04:48:13 AM  
On January 1 Venezuela entered into its second month of a national work stoppage. Close to 90 percent of the working population refuses to participate as producers in an economy that supports the regime of Lieutenant Col. Hugo Chavez. In a disorganized and chaotic fashion, without any single leader or political party, the people (known as "the opposition") have taken a page out of Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged, and tried to answer an important question in that literary masterpiece: what would happen if the productive forces laboring under a despotic government went on strike and ceased subsidizing their own subjugation?

from: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=5485
 
2003-01-18 04:48:13 AM  
Remind me to submit an article from CNN/Reuters after I've already read it on 3 other sites. I guess yahoo does't count. Wait, lol, I'm drunk. So ignore my drunk ass. But my headline was better in the humor dept.
 
2003-01-18 04:48:49 AM  
FoamingPipeSnake

Ah HA! You were watching VH1 top 100 moments that rocked, and you're trying to cover your tracks. Channel surfing my ass.

How did I know that?

I heard from a friend of a friend.

Who was channel surfing.

For his deaf and mute mother.
 
2003-01-18 04:50:35 AM  
MadameX
You could say the way that country is falling apart...

Everything goes DOWN better with coke.
 
2003-01-18 04:54:53 AM  
new posts! new posts! new posts!


*getting restless*
 
2003-01-18 04:56:37 AM  
Funny, the article talks about the opposition forces wanting a referendum on Chavez continuing as President. Apparently they are forgetting about their aborted coup from earlier in the year when the farmers from all over the country side came through with the army and kicked their asses out the first time.
 
2003-01-18 04:57:40 AM  
Hmmm, I can just picture a new Coke commercial...a hot Venezuelan soldier cracking open an ice cold bottle of freshly siezed Coke...
 
2003-01-18 05:19:17 AM  
Things are gonna get real ugly over there once they have emptied all of the warehouses,and business's. i don't see anyway this guy is gonna be in charge much longer. If he is the country is gonna be bloodied bad. Or should I say worse?
 
2003-01-18 05:52:10 AM  
they want that coco-cola.... um, go to your neighboring country, colombia....plenty there
 
2003-01-18 06:27:23 AM  
One for the proletariat, woohoo.

One less for the bourgeoisie that have everything!

Go people!
 
2003-01-18 06:30:17 AM  
French headlines for spanish speaking Venezuela?

Huh?
 
2003-01-18 06:52:14 AM  
Anyone else think those protesters are kinda hot? (in a protesty, general strike sort of way). Man, it's 5 in the morning; must be getting delerious. Haven't emptied the kitten cannon yet either.. That must be it..
 
2003-01-18 06:52:26 AM  
Unclefenders it is liable to break out into civil war with the police forces on one side and the army on the other. It is really an ugly situation. A whole shiat load of people lost their shirts before Chavez came in and the nation was pretty much looted by the government and some of the richest of the rich there. Chavez got voted in because he promised to turn the economy around.

When he got in there the first thing he did was seize a whole shiat load of land that had been "gifted" to wealthy supporters of the past regime. He then gave that land an acre at a time to homeless farmers to farm on and feed themselves. Of course the rich folks hit the roof over that... never mind that millions of people could not feed themselves and that many of the wealthy people who lost only a modest ammount of land were partly responsible for the state of affairs.

So what happens all the rich folk get together and organize a coup using the police force as their muscle... it fell through when the army and the nations poor marched on the capital and demanded Chavez get put back in. So now they are taking a different tactic by shutting down the oil trying to choke to death an already hurting economy.

Personally I think Chavez has been rather calm and collected through out this whole thing... I mean he has the army firmly on his side... I would have had the opposition leaders drug out into the streets and hung from the lamp posts weeks ago.
 
2003-01-18 08:20:57 AM  
Code_Archeologist:

Wrong.
 
2003-01-18 08:26:24 AM  
So what happens all the rich folk get together and organize a coup using the police force as their muscle... it fell through when the army and the nations poor marched on the capital and demanded Chavez get put back in. So now they are taking a different tactic by shutting down the oil trying to choke to death an already hurting economy.

It was not a coup....military officers demanded Chavez to resign after he ordered them to shoot at people marching towards the presidential palace. They put an opposition leader as president while they called for elections, but they realized he was even worse than Chavez. Then, the same military that put him out brought him back, and not the poor people.
 
2003-01-18 08:40:50 AM  
What many people think is this is a battle between rich and poor. But most of the population is against Chavez now. Chavez couldn't care less about the people that elected him. In his four years as president the number of poor people has only raised. The unemployment rate has almost doubled. Hundreds of businesses have shut down. He's destroying our economy.
This government is also the most corrupt one we've ever had, even though Chavez main promise was to eliminate corruption.

Now the majority of the people here are against Chavez, including the rich and the poor.

Funny, the article talks about the opposition forces wanting a referendum on Chavez continuing as President.

Between 1999 and 2000 he called about 7 referendums. Why can't he accept to make another one? Because all he wants is power.
On last november, 2 million people signed a petition for a non-binding referendum. The organization in charge of elections and referendums set the date for february 2nd. This strike was triggered by Chavez saying he wasn't going to resign even if 90% of the people voted against him in. That's legal, because the referendum is non-binding. But it's not democratic.
 
2003-01-18 08:54:52 AM  
Apparently they are forgetting about their aborted coup from earlier in the year when the farmers from all over the country side came through with the army and kicked their asses out the first time.

Chavez only formed a party and ran for presidency only after failing two coups and seeing he wasn't going to get power that way.
 
2003-01-18 09:07:46 AM  
/confused

I am all for democracy in Venezeula. But they elected some corupt socialist that has turned dictator(surprized). See what happens when lefties come into power.
 
2003-01-18 10:08:58 AM  
IMHO I wonder if he's really corrupt and if the overall majority don't want him as leader:

"When the captain of the Pilin Leon first dropped anchor, he was expressing his solidarity with the anti-government strike in Caracas. But the tanker's crew were opposed the strike and their captain's piratical action. When the marines boarded, on the orders of the embattled president Hugo Chavez, only the captain needed to be replaced."

"Opposition spokesmen complain that Chavez is a leftist who is leading the country to economic chaos, but underlying the fierce hatred is the terror of the country's white elite when faced with the mobilised mass of the population, who are black, Indian and mestizo. Only a racism that dates back five centuries - of the European settlers towards their African slaves and the country's indigenous inhabitants - can adequately explain the degree of hatred aroused. Chavez - who is more black and Indian than white, and makes no secret of his aim to be the president of the poor - is the focus of this racist rage."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/venezuela/story/0,12716,858019,00.html
 
2003-01-18 10:17:58 AM  
Veze_,

Tell them like it IS, amigo!

Some of the liberals around here can't stomach the idea that anyone spouting Marxist rhetoric, hanging out with Castro, and driving the economy into the ground can be evil. More so, the idea of poor people not falling for it hook line and sinker is like telling them that rain falls upwards and the sky is paisley - it just doesn't compute.

If I was President of the United States, my stormtroopers would have already subjected Chavez and his Commie cronies to public impalement on live TV, and damn the sissies who think we can negotiate in good faith with murderous human filth. I say fight evil with Evil!

(/soapbox)

 
2003-01-18 10:36:49 AM  
But most of the population is against Chavez now. Chavez couldn't care less about the people that elected him. In his four years as president the number of poor people has only raised. The unemployment rate has almost doubled. Hundreds of businesses have shut down. He's destroying our economy.

sounds like what we have in the US in a couple of years, but pretty much everything on the last 3 sentences are already happening if not soon.
 
2003-01-18 10:42:12 AM  
"sounds like what we have in the US in a couple of years, but pretty much everything on the last 3 sentences are already happening if not soon."

I call BS on that. We had our our economic mecca blown up by asshat muslim terrorists. The ecomony is getting better and unemployment is at like 6%. Yeah we are sure heading for economic ruin, right.
 
2003-01-18 11:48:07 AM  
Gracias Veze_
De una venezolana a otro[u otra!]
 
2003-01-18 12:09:00 PM  
He who controls the coca-cola controls the country
 
2003-01-18 12:31:46 PM  
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2003-01-18 01:01:15 PM  
Harmonia is prez of Venezeula?
 
2003-01-18 01:05:28 PM  

Maybe they have seized some of the last Classic Coke containing Saskra root before it runs out, and they have to bring back New Coke. I read it at uncoveror.com

COCA-COLA COMPANY TO RE-INTRODUCE "NEW COKE"
COCA-COLA COMPANY TO RE-INTRODUCE "NEW COKE"



[image from uncoveror.com too old to be available]On
April 23 1985, Coca-Cola introduced, "New Coke," a sweeter, more Pepsi-like version of the original. People were outraged. Although marketing research had indicated that the new formula was preferred in taste-tests by a striking margin, they had killed an American Icon. To many, it was as if someone had killed off baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, or Chevrolet. People were outraged, and avoided the new product in droves. Coca-Cola classic was rushed back into the market as a result of the backlash. "New Coke" is about to be re-introduced, replacing classic,
whether people like it or not. This time, they have no choice.

If you read the ingredients of Coca-Cola, you will see "natural flavors." What they are is Coke's trade
secret. One of those natural flavors is called Saskra root. It is an herb that has gone extinct. All supplies of it will be exhausted by December.

A Coca-Cola representative spoke to THE UNCOVEROR on the condition of anonymity.
"Saskra root," he told us, "is irreplaceable. We have tried
creating the formula without the Saskra, and it just breaks down. The natural
flavors separate like oil and water, and the resulting concoction tastes nasty.
We have tried to substitute different herbs and ingredients to no avail. The
results taste awful. We have hired top scientists to try to synthesize Saskra
root, and have even tried to clone the plant, to no avail. It can not be
synthesized or cloned."


[image from uncoveror.com too old to be available]How
did this happen? Did the herbal medicine people over-harvest this plant until
none remained? No. Saskra Fortissima was a weed that once grew alongside
Coca plants in the wild. Without some of the substances Coca plants leave in
soil after several growing seasons, Saskra can not grow. It has always been
rare, and since the late 1970s, has been found only in Columbia. Thanks to the
U.S. Government's spraying of Columbian farms to kill Coca plantations, Saskra
is now extinct. No Saskra plants, no Saskra root.


"We originally made New Coke," said
our source, "for two reasons. Diet Coke, which had an entirely new formula,
and did not use Saskra, was gaining popularity for its taste alone, not because
it was a diet drink.  Saskra was becoming so scarce, that it was
cost-prohibitive. We decided to try making Diet Coke with real sugar instead of
artificial sweeteners, and New Coke was born. In taste tests, everybody loved
it. We could cut costs, by dropping Saskra root,  and increase sales by
introducing a better tasting product. We just did not anticipate that people
were so sentimentally attached to the original formula. We had to reluctantly
introduce Coca-Cola Classic. People were so glad to have it, that they didn't
mind the price increase we had to make, factoring in the cost of obtaining
Saskra Root."


[image from uncoveror.com too old to be available]"Now,"
said the Coca-Cola spokesman, "the war on drugs has caused the extinction
of Saskra Fortissima. We have searched the world over. There are just no
more living specimens. The DEA's goons did not care when they began spraying in
Columbia, that they were causing starvation by destroying whole farms, and all
Columbia's poorest citizens had to eat. They did not care that many of the farms
they were crop-dusting with herbicides had never grown Coca at all. They
probably did not even know that Saskra existed. We now have to decide if we
should roll out new coke again with a big ad campaign, or just not tell people,
and hope the ones who taste the difference, and raise a stink can be effectively
accused of spreading false rumors."


No matter how the Coca-Cola Company decides to
do it,  New Coke will be back to stay by December, and Coke Classic will be
gone forever, a casualty of the war on drugs.



HOME
 
2003-01-18 01:25:59 PM  
How long before Coke claims, in an ad, it is doing a great thing by giving to the hungry?
 
2003-01-18 01:30:53 PM  
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2003-01-18 02:07:25 PM  
[image from i.cnn.net too old to be available]I'd hit it (the one on the left).
 
2003-01-18 02:24:58 PM  
Coca-Cola is the biggest reason why Cuba still has no-trade sanctions. They're still upset cause during the uprising, the coke factories got destroyed. Cuba won't pay the damanges, so coke convinces the US politicans to not break the no-trade agreement.
 
2003-01-18 02:44:41 PM  
Thanks Al, I needed a chuckle.
 
2003-01-18 02:47:49 PM  
Isn't ironic how lefties, who claim to support labor and the people, support Chavez, the man trying to crush the most amazing labor movement in the world. Show me one other country with a labor movement capable of the strike these courageous Venezualans have engaged in. It is unprecendeted. And Chavez and American liberals are eager to crush this dramatic display of the people's power.

It would be funny it is weren't so damn evil to defend dictators and enemies of the freedom of assembly and the freedom to collectively bargain and the freedom to speak freely.
 
2003-01-18 05:16:41 PM  
Only a racism that dates back five centuries - of the European settlers towards their African slaves and the country's indigenous inhabitants - can adequately explain the degree of hatred aroused.

That sentence alone shows the author doesn't have a clue what's going on. Venezuela has always been one of the less racist countries in the world. That's the product of years of race mixing. You can see it in history books and you can see it right now. Chavez introduced racism to us, with his hateful speeches. He constantly calls anyone opposing his regime 'oligarchs'. He's interested in international opinion seeing this as a battle between poor and rich. He's interested in people thinking he is the defender of the poor and powerless. He uses the poor to hold to his power.
 
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