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Jul
28

Pepsi Fesses Up: Just tap water in Aquafina

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Pepsi-Cola announced Friday that the labels of its Aquafina brand bottled water will be changed to make it clear the product is made only of tap water, just like from your kitchen sink.

Coca-Cola does announced it does not have plans to change the labeling on its Dasani brand bottled water, despite the fact the Dasani brand bottled water also comes from a public water supply.

According to a 1999 report by National Resource Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group based in Washington, “about one-fourth of bottled water is bottled tap water [and by some accounts, as much as 40 percent is derived from tap water] – sometimes with additional treatment, sometimes not.”

Bottled water is not safer
The bottled water industry has created a misconception in the United States that bottled water is cleaner, safer, and healthier than tap water. In fact, both regulation and enforcement of bottled water safety is weaker than of tap water safety. Federal, state, and local environmental agencies require rigorous testing of tap water safety. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulates bottled water if the water is sold over state lines, meaning up to 70 percent of all bottled water produced and sold within states is exempt from FDA regulation. Most food processing plants are not even inspected once a year and any safety testing of bottled water is performed by the companies themselves. A landmark study by the Natural Resources Defense Council found approximately one-third of tested bottled water brands violated, in at least one sample, an enforceable standard or exceeded microbiological-purity guidelines. The most common contaminants were arsenic and synthetic organic carcinogens.

Bottled water can costs $7.50 to $11.00 per gallon in the supermarket 8 but tap water costs most customers only one-tenth of one cent per gallon.

Personally, I think there needs to be some kind of investigation of the bottled water industry. American’s spent $10 billion on bottled water in 2005 and paid up to 1,000 times the cost of production, a major windfall of profit for the companies. As I see it, this windfall is primarly due to companies such as Pepsi and Coca Cola using deceptive marketing and misleading the American public to create billions in sales and profits.

 

 

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Jul
20

Billionaire Caught With Sex Cave

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I love this story. I know I’m not supposed to. But come on, doesn’t every man at some point dream of having his own sex lair?

According to court documents, computer chip magnate Henry T. Nicholas III ordered an extensive underground bunker built under his house in Laguna Hills, specifically to be used for hookers and drugs. The documents allege that the dot com billionaire would fly in prostitutes from Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New Orleans. New Orleans? Did the other three cities not cover it?

Now, ignore the fact that he’s married, this is illegal and it’s whores, and you have a pretty fun story. Who doesn’t want to build a $30 million bunker where there are no rules?If it was me, I wouldn’t waste my time with the drugs, apparently cocaine and ecstasy in this case. I’d want to concentrate on the other activities mentioned. I didn’t build a multi-million dollar sex cave to spend all my time stoned down there. Besides flying in hookers from Chicago can get pricey, I’d want to enjoy the moment.

Here’s another part I love — he got busted for building without a permit because he tried to rush most of the job in a a week. Why? Because he took his wife for a vacation to Hawaii for a week and wanted it to be done before they got back. This guy is both a genius and an idiot. If you’re going to bother with all this, just get a divorce dude.

Plus, if you’re a billionaire and can’t get laid on your own, maybe you’re not as smart as advertised.

Dumb move #2: Get into a contract dispute with the guy who built the underground sex cave for you. You didn’t think he might hold this over your head? On the other hand, if you’re loaded on coke and hookers 24-7, all of this might escape your attention.

Now, since there is a court dispute here, it’s impossible to know how true these allegations are. But there is a cave under his house. His wife did divorce him. And there are two different people suing him with the same story. It could be that they coordinated with each other or copied one another to make it more believable. Or it could be that they said the cave is for sex and hookers because it is, and that’s why his wife divorced him (after catching him in the cave with a hooker apparently).

Now, if I was Nicholas, I’d just own it. He’s single now anyway. Just fess up to it and say that’s how you roll. I’d say, “Yeah, that’s how I do. What are you going to about it?”

What business is it of anyone else? He’s not a politician, he’s not a hypocrite. He’s just living large. Come on man, don’t let that cave go to waste. Don’t just do it for yourself, do it for all of us who’ve ever dreamed of our own underground sex bunker. Live the dream, man.

Here is the Video about the story

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