posted on Aug, 2 2012 @ 12:38 AM
Originally posted by stanguilles7
This is some fascinating political posturing. The Mayan calender? Seriously?
I'm not sure his angle, other than local politics and anti-american sentiment.
Right, they shouldn't have any aspirations of their own now should they? How dare they.
Originally posted by stanguilles7
I find it very odd that an official government spokesperson makes references to an American new age mythology, instead of listing the myriad valid
compalins with coca cola's business practices.
Maybe because their intent isn’t worded to your ‘ideal’ of what should be said – instead they are using a polite way that does not ruffle
feathers so much.
Further, since he did say ‘end of capitalism’ that kind of sums it up nicely IMO. The mention of ties to paramilitary and killings is not
surprising since a derivative of coc aine is still used as a flavoring agent in Coke and one has to wonder about Cokes involvement with either
big pharma and/or coca farmers. That would be the capitalism they may be trying to stem. Read below about how the plant material is obtained to make
lidocaine, Novocain, xylocaine and whatever other ‘caines’ and derivatives of the coca plant.
A short guide on coca cola
The company reduced the amount of coc aine in its beverage but could not remove it entirely, since their trademark rested on the fact that
it was part of the beverage. In 1913, the company came up with a compromise: it tried to eliminate the active ingredient in coc aine by replacing
it with "spent coca leaves," which are still used today for flavoring.
Legal status of coca
In the U.S.A.'s legislation, coca leaves are specifically mention, with a DEA number, in the list of controled substances :
DEA number : 9040
Schedule : II
Narc : Y
Yet a disposition similar to that of the U.N. Single Convention, regarding coca leaves as a flavouring agent, is also found within the United State's
Food and Drug Administration rulings. This slightly odd tolerance was most likely tailor made for the Coca-Cola company...
Coca leaves are thus regulated worldwide by the 1961 U.N. Single Convention, yet decocainized leaves still have a special mention and status, at least
in the politically influential U.S.A. which was behind the establishment of this U.N. convention...Interestingly enough, and despite this disposition,
the actual taste and flavour of coca leaves have found little culinary uses outside the soft-drink industry.
This "decocainization" itself is very blurry notion,for a number of reasons.. "coc aine" and "egconine" for instance, are not the only
active alkaloid in the coca leaf spectrum...
Yet "decocainized" leaves, non psychoactive are considered a flavouring agent and allowed special FDA ( hence D.E.A. disposition, for the
supervision of importation) authorizations such as the Coca-Cola company's, or, more recently, the new Redbull cola.
Coca-Cola replaced unprocessed coca leaves with "spent" coca leaves, which have gone through a coc aine extraction process, and served only
to flavor the beverage. These changes were in response to increasing pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, which was carrying on a
campaign against harmful food ingredients and misleading claims, under the direction of Harvey Washington Wiley. The coca leaves are imported from
Peru, and they are treated by US chemical company Stepan, which then sells the de-cocainized residue to Coca-Cola
This combined with the other mentioned issues with water and of course trying to bolster their own economy seems to be good thinking on their part.
I’m sure if USA said no to all the Chinese imports many would cheer because they would believe it to be good for their country and not give a dam
about the others. Raising the ‘anti-Americanism’ flag is just, as others have suggested, a ploy to make anyone not in agreement seem unpatriotic.
(ala Your either with us or your a terrorist) Now THAT
is anti-Americanism – bashing other Americans because their ideals do not align
perfectly with yours. It is our company in their country taking their money and resources. My money says they (Bolivians) may want to back out of a
criminal element while at the same time create some wealth of their own.