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Coca-Cola and Terrorism?

coke and terrorism?
Has anyone else heard stories/rumors/gossip linking coca-cola products to the next potential wave of terrorism? A friend of a friend said that when some random additional character of undiscernable reliablity told her to avoid coke after August 6th and she subsequently called the FBI (also of undiscerable reliability ;-) they said, "Yes ma'am. We're already aware of that."

So what's the deal? I mean, the irony is there of course, fat bloated Americans drinking Disney-assed Coke products and getting Ebola Zaire from it (especially considering that coke is black). But for some of us, the rumancoke is the only lifeline of sanity holding us together in these times of horror and uncertainty.

Please tell me it isn't true.
no se, pero... 06.Aug.2002 19:14

anticoke

I haven't heard anything about coke-linked terrorism - BUT - coke is just about one of the worst things you can put in your body - like, you're probably better drinking your rum straight. Drinking soda is linked to kidney stones, heart disease, and just about every other 20th century ailment. Plus - why support a multi-yucko corporation that exports the amerikan way of life all over the world to everybody's detriment?? I say we start a major rumor about coke-linked terrorism and put them out of business!!!

coca-cola boycott in Bombay, India 06.Aug.2002 19:47

india girl

i know that parts of india boycotted coca-cola after 9.11 as a way to protest america.

i love these photos, so this post is a good reason to put 'em up.
coca-cola boycott in Bombay, India
coca-cola boycott in Bombay, India

photo two 06.Aug.2002 19:49

india girl

put a nail into a can of coke and it will dissolve overnight... imagine your brain on the shit...
photo two
photo two

very twisted lawsuit against Coke 06.Aug.2002 21:10

aim

Check out the story on the lawsuit Kolody has against Coca Cola at  http://www.guerrillanews.com/cocakarma/

Its pretty twisted. You get to read some stuff about coke's involvement with the CIA, the Judicial Department, improper SEC filings, etc.

It is a long read but well worth it.

Perspective 06.Aug.2002 22:38

Me

There's an interesting urban legend debunking site with something to say about the coke/terrorism crap.
 http://www.snopes2.com/rumors/cocacola.htm

also, on another page, it quotes this text:

"BAN DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE!

Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

Dihydrogen monoxide:

is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
contributes to the "greenhouse effect."
may cause severe burns.
contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Contamination is reaching epidemic proportions!

Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the midwest, and recently California.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

as an industrial solvent and coolant.
in nuclear power plants.
in the production of styrofoam.
as a fire retardant.
in many forms of cruel animal research.
in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its "importance to the economic health of this nation." In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use."

Every statement in that quote is true. but let me tell you what dihydrogen monoxid is.

Dihydrogen Monoxide.
This means two (prefix di) hydrogen atoms, and one (prefix mono) oxygen atom.
H2O.
Water.
just because something has some interesting reactions, like dissoving nails, or steak (that's the other one i've heard about coke) doesn't mean it'll hurt you. Vinegar will reduce a penny to sludge in a few days, but it's supposed to be healthy.
keep in mind though, i say this simply to point out that anecdotal evidence is no evidence, not that coke is healthy, or harmless. who knows, it may kill you in a month if drunk while standing on your head. but don't take the fact that it's got carbonic acid (CO2 dissolved in water, and what's responsible for "dissolving" steak and metal) as evidence it's deadly. Do some research on your own, find out what it really does.

there. long post, i know, but uninformed enthusiasm is a dangerous thing. and no, i don't work for coke. (or pepsi either)

Debunking what? 08.Aug.2002 08:47

posix

Dear "me", you're totally out on this (correct me if I missed something), your link (which isn't even the one you quote below but let's forget that) debunks the myth that "helpful terrorists will pour some poison in coca cans to kill people", which is worth debunking but *totally* beside the point of the other posts: they mention that the CocaCola company IS ITSELF the terrorist organisation; read on Cocal Cola being responsible for far many union leaders assassination than any other company some day.

Correcting myself 08.Aug.2002 08:48

posix

Ok *i* m the one who missed the boat here, provided you were actually replying to the original article and not the above comments. Please specify which you reply to... but the again the comments were the interesting bits of infos, the short article is not worth reading IMHO...

coke and death squads in Colombia 08.Aug.2002 13:53

anon

here's a link to a good story about the coke/colombian anti-union death squads.

 http://www.colombiareport.org/colombia73.htm

Of course, in this as in so many things, the US government is no different. Here's the link to newly declassified gov docs showing the US has known all along that "Plan Colombia" $ won't stop drugs, it will go to anti-rebel death squads.

 http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB69/


Smash colonialism! Smash the nation-state!


straightening out your perspective posix 12.Aug.2002 02:25

me again

posix, i'm aware the link was to a site debunking the myth about warnings not to drink coke, if you read the original article that started all this off, that's what it's relevant too.
i'm also aware that the quote is not from that page. it's from another page on that site, debunking urban legends.
i quoted it simply to point out that hearing all kinds of anecdotes about what a compound can do, or be used for, isn't much evidence at all. the quote makes water sound like the next form of nerve gas, and every statement there is true.
i was attempting to make a point about all the crap about coke dissolving your innards.
who knows about that being crap, maybe it is dangerous, but frankly, the fact that it'll dissolve a nail overnight doesn't much impress me. water will dissolve a nail in a couple weeks, and we're all exposed to (not to mention composed of) water a hell of a lot more than coke. (never mind that coke has water in it, which, like i said, will combine with CO2 (the fizz in pop) to make a mild acid.
anyway, yes, i realize the thread mentions coke being terrorists themselves. that i chose not to address, having no personal information pertaining to it, beyond that the "avoid coke after XXX date" stuff is crap.
so, posix, that clear it up a little for you? i'm not defending coke, i think they're corpadverticus bastards. (see above link to death squad/colombia) i am, however, asking for some common sense about deciding whether or not something is safe.