March 25, 2013
Conspiracy, ME Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 13
Thank goodness for the generation behind me, Although, I must admit sometimes I think they are a bit too fanatical. One such reference just blew my mind.
It started out this way: http://action.sumofus.org/a/coke-recycling/?sub=fb
“If Coke supports recycling, why is it bringing this ridiculous lawsuit?
This program could increase recycling by 30 percent, if Coke doesn't succeed in blocking it.”
I thought, "Really? There's a Coca-Cola conspiracy?" I doubted it. I do, however, believe that anyone can write any dumb thing and someone will believe it. And, since my cynical scientific nature says, “Prove it,” I immediately began a round of research about research.
A day later, a Yahoo article caught my eye because the topic was so unbelievably stupid.
Yes, you read that link correctly. About halfway through the drivel I saw something that just shocked me. Oh, so women are fat because we aren’t doing more housework? Hmm, are y’all sure it’s not because we are sitting at desks all day, sitting in cars driving our kids around, running errands, commuting, and drinking Coke to keep us going? Well, of course it’s not Coke’s fault… oh, and wait – it appears these remarkable findings were gleaned from an intensive study… funded by Coca-Cola.
I shared this link, and my astonishment, with the recycling conspiracy post-er.
Then I did that thing I shouldn’t do because it usually means I disappear into a time-sucking time warp as I delve deeper and deeper. I lose track of time. I’m a research junkie.
I imagine Coca-Cola’s position on funding research is based on a realization that they have run out of ways to positively market the brand. Sorry, but I have to lay another idiocy on you. Another miraculous study funded by Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola Recommended to Treat Stomach Blockages. The soft drink might rot your teeth, but it's actually an effective first line of treatment for some stomach blockages. http://www.livescience.com/26124-coca-cola-stomach-blockages.html
Now I’m giving away my age just a bit, but my mom used to give us kids coke syrup over crushed ice for upset tummies. These study results are pretty amazing. First we're fat because we don't do enough housework, and now Coca-Cola has “proved” we have stomach troubles due to fruit and vegetable build up. It appears I am going to be up all night ferreting out other sponsored "research" studies.
No one was asking these questions when I was growing up, we were just happy that our parents' light-weight, gas-efficient, cost-effective Pintos didn't blow up.
PS. There apparently is a Wrigley's Gum Conspiracy, too!
Posted by jaselin at March 25, 2013 07:22 PM