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Most Ridiculous Item Of All Time (and then some)

What is the world coming to when some half-baked, banana republic in South America jumps up and “demands” one of America’s largest and most loved companies change its name? I’ll tell you what it has come to. Arrogant bullshit is what it has come to.

Just who do these uneducated, illiterate, unwashed peons think they are? Don’t they realize that Coca-Cola’s annual revenue exceeds the sum of the entire GDP of Bolivia for the next hundred years by about a gazillion dollars?

Has the entire world gone mad? Let’s pop a cap in their ass just for laughs and giggles. Maybe have a flyover by USAF fighter squadrons dropping leaflets advertising Coca-Cola and rattling the windows with sonic booms for a few hours. If that doesn’t get the point across the go back and drop “The Real Thing” and I don’t mean soda pop.

If Coca-Cola has any guts at all they’ll re-brand all of their product to be sold in Bolivia to the new name, F-U-COLA and continue to sell Coke to the rest of the world.

And while we’re at it, what kind of deranged, ass-backward country puts a freaking vulture on it’s national seal right above a llama eating a bag of nuts under a palm tree? Am I missing some hidden meaning there?

Bolivia Demands Coca-Cola Change Its Name
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia - (THE WASHINGTON TIMES) - March 22, 2007

imageimageBolivia’s ruling party demanded that Coca-Cola drop the “coca” from its name to “dignify” the “bioenergetic” leaf that provides the main ingredient in cocaine.

“If we are not permitted to commercialize coca, then why should Coca-Cola be allowed to do it?” said Margarita Teran, president of the Coca Committee, which is part of a nationwide convention to write a new constitution. She said her committee has sent letters telling the soft-drink manufacturer to change its name.

Coca-Cola declined, suggesting that Coke, not Bolivia, is the real thing. “We need to say that Coca-Cola as a company is worth dozens of times more than all of Bolivia,” the company said in a statement read on a Santa Cruz television station. Coca-Cola contains a flavored essence of the coca leaf, but not cocaine, which was eliminated from the formula many years ago. (The cola comes from the kola nut.)

The coca campaign is a key issue for the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, which seeks to add the coca leaf to the national seal at the center of the nation’s tricolor flag.

“The state recognizes that the coca plant in all its varieties as a natural, economic, renewable, strategic and bioenergetic resource,” according to a statement released last week by Miss Teran’s Coca Committee. It calls the coca leaf an “axis of Andean Amazonic cultures” and a “sacred symbol.”

“The commission proposes that the laurel and olive branches, which currently adorn that national seal, should be changed for branches of the sacred and ancestral coca leaf plant to symbolize popular culture, resistance and social cohesion.”

Neither proposal is likely to be popular in Washington, which has cut millions of dollars in counternarcotics aid to Bolivia since leftist President Evo Morales, the leader of MAS, came to power on a promise to legalize coca growing.

On a recent trip to South America, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice decided not to take a miniature guitar she received as a gift from Mr. Morales back to the United States because it was lacquered with coca leaves.

MAS Sen. Antonio Peredo said that current symbols contained in the seal—olive and laurel in the talons of a condor—are a legacy of Bolivia’s colonial past, while “the coca leaf corresponds to Bolivia and all that was the Tahuantinsuyo,” referring to the ancient Inca empire.

Ms. Teran of the Coca Committee agreed. “The coca leaf should be declared a national patrimony and incorporated into our national seal because it’s sacred and should not be used as a mere commercial label,” she said.

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