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  •  I'm on food stamps (5+ / 0-)

    And I wouldn't drink Pepsi if you paid me.

    PepsiCo was a supporting member of ALEC until their membership was outed. ALEC would love to end our SNAP benefits forever. PepsiCo spent more than $90,000 to defeat California's GMO labeling initiative. Fuck Pepsi and the horse they rode in on. It's political for me.

    I don't drink soda pop anyway and I see your point to an extent, but those huge food corporations don't care one wit about you and your economic condition. All they care about is their profit and they're propping up right-wing politicians because they think it will get them even more.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:42:56 PM PDT

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    •  so don't I'm cool with that (18+ / 0-)

      Maybe you like chocolate once in a while.  Or organic fruit in season. Or secretly want Cheetos when you hurt so bad you can't move or had another door slam in your face so you can't get off SNAP.

      My luxury item is about dignity and living with the agony of grinding poverty and illness.  It's not political for me, it's life affirming.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:47:00 PM PDT

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    •  That's true of EVERY purveyor (5+ / 0-)

      of food - from abalone to zucchini.  Stores are in business to make money.  

      It sounds like what you're saying is "don't buy food".  That's not realistic.

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      by Noddy on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 06:26:03 AM PDT

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      •  Not every purveyor of food belongs to ALEC (0+ / 0-)

        You also might be surprised that some people in the food business actually love the things they sell — that they want to make the very best and they want you to buy the best they have to offer.

        Check out this article about the new book Salt Sugar Fat. Some food execs won't even eat the food they make, it's so bad.

        "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

        by Crider on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:13:24 AM PDT

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        •  And they (2+ / 0-)
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          aren't in it for the money?

          Just because they claim to love what they do doesn't mean they aren't out to make money from it. I'm pretty sure that they do want to make the very best and offer the very best to their customers, at a very premium price that people living on food stamps just can't afford. If you think they get the stink-eye in the check-out line at WalMart, wait until you see the stink-eye they get at one of those love what they're doing, providing the best product they can to their beloved customers, up-scale, high-priced organic health food stores (assuming they even take food stamps).

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          by Noddy on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:52:30 AM PDT

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          •  I'm on food stamps (2+ / 0-)
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            And we often shop at a local co-op health food store. You would be surprised at how many people who buy there are on food stamps.

            I'll say it again: big ag corporations such as PepsiCo are not out for your best interest. They don't care if their products hurt you.

            "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

            by Crider on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:22:31 AM PDT

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            •  Yanno, I don't drink Pepsi (2+ / 0-)
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              The diarist does, and has very valid reasons for doing so - he likes Pepsi. Worse, he likes Diet Pepsi (shudder).

              Me, I make my own sodas because no one makes the flavors I like best (Mr. Q Cumber comes closest, but it's too sweet for me). I like savory flavored sodas - carrot, cucumber, chicken, tomato, and celery. I carbonate them myself.

              But I fully and completely support the right of people to buy whatever floats their boat - even if it is skanky diet sodas - and I don't care how they pay for it.

              As far as I'm concerned, people on food stamps still pay taxes. Maybe not as much as they once did or might again, but they pay taxes and have earned the right to buy whatever food products they want whether they use food stamps or cash.

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              by Noddy on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:10:55 AM PDT

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              •  I should HR (1+ / 0-)
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                for chicken and cucumber flavored sodas.  

                (((((((shudder)))))))))

                Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

                by Mark Mywurtz on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 06:12:52 PM PDT

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                •  Food Policing - yer still doin it. /nt (0+ / 0-)

                  And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

                  by Mortifyd on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:44:13 PM PDT

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                  •   Sheesh (0+ / 0-)

                    I figured it was pretty obvious that I was having a little fun at the expense of chicken-flavored soda. Lighten up....pretty sure it does little harm to kid about chicken soda which is, you know, a bit of a weird concept if you've never.

                     

                    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

                    by Mark Mywurtz on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 04:46:32 AM PDT

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                •  You don't know what you're missing (0+ / 0-)

                  The chicken flavor is light, refreshing, and it satisfies in a way that commercial sodas just don't.

                  The venison soda is a bit odd, because venison broth itself (the base of the soda) is odd -kind of sweet, kind of gamey, and lacking in serious umami although adding carrots, celery, and onion helps.

                  Before you condemn the cucumber sodas give a Mr. Q Cumber a try. For those accustomed to over-sweetened sodas, it's palatable, tastier than cucumber spa water, and with all the lovely carbonation.

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                  by Noddy on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 06:47:50 AM PDT

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                  •  I'd probably t.r.y. all of them (0+ / 0-)

                    without high expectations, sad to say.  Except the cuke coke....I care not one bit for cucumbers in their normal form...can't imagine adding a little ginger ale would change that much.  Thanks though!

                    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

                    by Mark Mywurtz on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 07:07:16 AM PDT

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              •  Goodness Noddy, is there anything (1+ / 0-)
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                you can't make yourself? BTW, what do you use for a carbonator? We like seltzer, but don't make our own. Our tap water isn't trustworthy and those sodastream things seems outrageously expensive.

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