February 24, 2004

Post-Weekend News Roundup

I don’t feel like writing a long post about anything in particular at the moment, so here are a bunch of stories with little comments. In outline form!

  • Anger Toward Bush Intensifying (Yahoo News)
    • … in exit polls conducted during Democratic primaries, a sizable chunk of voters have been describing themselves as not just dissatisfied with Bush but outright angry � 51 percent in Delaware, 46 percent in Arizona and New Hampshire, 44 percent in Virginia and Wisconsin.
    • Why are people so angry with Bush. Is it the lies, misrepresentations, distortions and blame-shifting do you think?
  • Education chief calls teachers union ‘terrorist organization’
    • …Education Secretary Rod Paige called the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, “a terrorist organization” during a private meeting with governors Monday.
    • Got this off David’s site. So, what was the transgression that earned America’s teachers such contempt that a Bush official is preparing to ship them off to Guantanamo? The union criticised the “No Child Left Behind” law. The NEA is far from alone in its criticism.
  • Coke taking serious look at mid-calorie colas (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
    • … Generally, these beverages are formulated to have fewer calories than regular soft drinks but not the zero-calories of traditional diet products.
    • Looks like Coke is planning a version with less sugar, but not quite a diet drink. It’s about time. I love Coke, but the stuff is like liquid caloric overdose. A 20 oz. serving of Coke has 200 calories. That’s right, it’s 10 calories per ounce. It takes you about 45 minutes of walking to burn off 20 oz. of Coke. Sitting at a desk, it takes a 180 lb. man about two hours to burn off that Coke. It’s about 1/10 of the daily caloric intake he needs to maintain his basal metabolic rate. Considering that, I wouldn’t mind a version of these sodas with a lot fewer calories. I can almost dring regular diet soda. Almost. But if there were reduced calorie sodas that tasted halfway decent, I’d probably never look back.
  • Oh yeah, Nader is running. How much difference will it make? See the first item in this list.
  • Depp, Theron win Hollywood top acting awards
    • Johnny Depp won the top acting award while Charlize Theron took the lead actress trophy at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) held in Los Angeles Sunday night. …
    • Wow - I liked Depp’s performance, but that’s a surprise. What does this bode for the Oscars? Usually I don’t pay any attention to this stuff, but I’ve seen some great performances this year, and there’s the pool to consider.
Posted by James at February 24, 2004 1:10 AM
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The Oscar picks were interesting this year because they had more of a clue than usual and nominated some lesser known but deserving films like Belleville and City of God. I'll sit down and come up with my votes for your Oscar pool sometime during the next week.

Posted by: Mike at February 24, 2004 9:12 AM

We have a soda called Yacht Club soda in North Providence. There's about 12 flavors, and you can go pick up a mix and match case or 2 for a good price. They're made with cane sugar and are not too sweet at all. And the bottles are completely recycled (you bring them back and get your deposit back).

Posted by: Bil at February 24, 2004 2:54 PM

Part of the problem is the whole 20oz thing. When did 12oz cans become too small? I'm perfectly happy with a can (in fact they are too large for me to make a mixed drink with. 10 oz would be better).

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 24, 2004 5:11 PM

I agree, Bob. I chose 20oz because it more accurately reflects the volume of soda I see most people consume regularly.

Fact is, I, too, can easily pour 20oz of Coke down my gullet. Soda is liquid energy in a form that's easy to swallow, and all too easy for your body to absorb. Not so easy for your body to deal with once it hits the bloodstream, though. No wonder diabetes is on the rise.

Lately I try to drink water, diet soda, a mix of diet soda and regular, Fruit2O... or scotch. Or vodka tonics. Or gin.

But mostly water at work.

Posted by: James at February 24, 2004 5:30 PM

Bob, Try DietRite Cola. It is made with Splenda
and 0 calories. It only has 2 carbs per 12 ounces. They have Cola, Tangerine, White Grape, and rasberry flavors.
The Tangerine is the best. It tastes sort of like the orange Freeze pops you can buy and freeze.

Posted by: Gail at May 6, 2004 11:21 AM

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