Coca-Cola is in vehement opposition to the recent ruling of a Nigerian judge concerning their sugary sodas. In a lawsuit over beverages Coca-Cola makes in a Nigerian factory, a Lagos High Court judge recently stated that the drinks contained high levels of carcinogens that are both harmful and “poisonous.”
The Carcinogens in Question
The carcinogens in question are benzoic acid and other additives like 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), which are used to create the “caramel coloring” that is added to Coca-Cola’s products. The judge’s warning implies that consumers of the popular drinks have much more to worry about than just rotting teeth and obesity caused by sugar consumption. (Just months ago, it was found that Coca-Cola funded scientists were paid to tell Americans they were too worried about what they were eating and drinking though sugary sodas have been directly linked to an obesity epidemic.)
The Nigerian court Justice, Adedayo Oyebanji, held that high levels of carcinogenic additives were causing an unnecessary health risk, and that when mixed with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) they could cause dire health consequences. Coca-Cola’s Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) was forced to put warning labels on Coke’s products – including Fanta and Sprite, and awarded 2 million naira (around $6,350 U.S. dollars) against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for failing to ensure specific health standards.
“It is manifest that NAFDAC has been grossly irresponsible in its regulatory duties to the consumers of Fanta and Sprite manufactured by Nigeria Bottling Company,” the judge said.
He continued, “NAFDAC has failed the citizens of this great nation by its certification as satisfactory for human consumption products … which become poisonous in the presence of ascorbic acid.”
Meanwhile the Nigerian Health Ministry released a claim stating that Coca-Cola’s products were safe to consume even though several studies including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that soft drinks containing a mixture of the salt of benzoic acid, sodium benzoate and vitamin C can cause cancer and other chronic conditions
Additionally, the NBC and the federal food-safety agency are both appealing the ruling, arguing: “Coke’s products don’t exceed benzoic acid limits in Nigeria …” The Coca-Cola Company and the agency cite limits set by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which technically wouldn’t label the sodas as dangerous, but only because permissible ingredient levels vary by country, depending on many factors.
Coca-Cola’s Incendiary History
Many are not wise to Coca-Cola’s shady past, though most are well advised of the company’s current lackluster image.
- Coca-Cola Beverages Used to Contain Cocaine. This addictive drug was used to keep people coming back for more Coke. It was only removed in 1929, more than forty years after Coke products were introduced to a mass market. (In other words, plenty of time for the company to have developed a mass following through a highly-addictive product.)
- Coca Leaf Extract is Still Used in Coca–Cola Products Today. This plant alkaloid still has a highly stimulating effect on the brain, just like speed.
- The Coca-Cola Corporation has been Accused of Assassination to Further the Company’s Greed. The notorious Columbian death squad terrorism funded by Coca-Cola are detailed here.
- Coca-Cola is Not All-American. The company has promoted its drinks as all American when they were doing business with Nazi Germany, with their logo resting comfortably next to the 3rd Reich’s Swastika.
Is the Nigerian judge over-zealous in his determination that Coca-Cola’s products are “poisonous”? If the company’s history is explored, he seems quite right.
Jeff Bezos Thanks Amazon Workers And Customers For Paying For His Flight To Space
The billionaire space race chalked up one more ignoble milestone on July 20 when the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, boarded a reusable rocket his company Blue Origin built and funded, flew to the edge of space for a moment of weightlessness, and came back down to earth.
You can watch the flight and learn more about the journey here.
The Amazon founder has faced withering criticism for accumulating his massive fortune on the backs of an exploited workforce that is subject to harsh working conditions and low pay in warehouses or Fulfillment Centers where staffers must urinate in water bottles in order to meet their quotas.
In his press conference following the launch, Bezos thanked that same workforce for helping him to shoot himself into space in a move that many critics have described as a simple “joyride.”
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for this,” he told the crowd, which responded with laughter. “Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every employee thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It’s very appreciated.”
Critics on Twitter responded with derision, noting that Bezos was able to enjoy the trip at the expense of his hard-working employees.
“Thing is, employers are supposed to pay their employees, not the other way around, but that’s basically how Amazon works,” one user tweeted.
While another tweeter asked: “Maybe they’re searching space for signs of a livable wage or a way to pay their fair share of taxes?”
On Tuesday, Bezos blasted off in the sub-orbital New Shepard rocket from Texas. The date for the launch was chosen to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Members of the crew, which included his brother mark and 82-year-old female astronaut Wally Funk, brought a number of historic items on the flight, including a piece of canvas from the conceptual plane originally flown by the Wright brothers, the goggles Amelia Earhart used to fly across the Atlantic, and a brass medal made from the first hot air balloon which flew in 1783.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”