Thursday, March 25, 2004

Conspiracy!

This article reminds me of a conspiracy theory I heard once. That the Coke/New Coke fiasco was done on purpose to mask the change from a sugar base to a high-fructose corn syrup one, because sugar is price controlled and high fructose corn syrup isn't(*). When the public freaked (as the conspiracy claims was expected), the original Coca-Cola [how did I get that wrong?] was reintroduced- but it had high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar, and nobody noticed. I have no idea if this is true, but that's what I heard. But something changed (if only perception), since you don't hear much about a cola war these days.

And I love the fat(**) people stock footage. News people, sadistic bastards that some of them are, love finding the fattest, most horribly dressed slobs out there and shooting footage of them from the neck down. It must really suck to be sitting at home watching the news, and see yourself in your horrible sweatpants and plaid shirt on TV advertising a sweeps piece on fad diets. All you did was accidentally go out for a paper one day, and suddenly your beergut is selling news. I'm not implying anything bad here. If you want to be fat, enjoy yourself. But some people are slobs, and some people have bad fashion sense, and some people are fat. And some are all three.

(*) As an Illinoisan, I should keep my foul mouth shut. But being corn based, the syrup is most likely highly subsidized through the payoffs to the farmers. Which is a form of price control, I guess.

(**) I use 'fat' not to be disrespectful, but because I've heard that to call someone 'overweight' is to imply there is something wrong with them, and to assume that they don't want to weigh that much. 'Fat' is an adjective, 'overweight' is a judgment. I choose to believe that, since there are less letters to type.

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