PepsiCo, Coca-Cola confident fracking will boost bottled water sales
Jul09

PepsiCo, Coca-Cola confident fracking will boost bottled water sales

RALEIGH- Try to find the good in every situation.   PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have found the good in the recent fracking bill approved by the North Carolina legislature that allows fracking in the state, starting in 2014.   Fracking or hydraulic fracturing gas drilling involves injecting a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand at high speed to break up shale rock deep underground and free trapped natural gas. Fracking wastewater has been connected with many incidents of flammable water and poisoned streams across the US.   But the two largest soda companies say while your backyard pond may be on fire, because of fracking, rest assured you can purchase uncontaminated bottled water from your favorite soda provider to put the fire out.   “Here at Pepsi, we have always prided ourselves in giving back to the community,” said Indra Nooyi, president of PepsiCo.   “It’s beautiful to think that in the near future a bottle of Aquafina may do the same thing brave firefighters do every day. The thought just warms my heart.”   PepsiCo’s Aquafina derives water from processed public tap water, but assures customers the water will come from state taps, who have banned fracking. Coca-Cola has promised the same for their bottle water product Dasani, which also comes from public tap water.   Both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have relied on bottle water sales to makeup for sinking soda sales from consumers, who have abandoned soda due to health concerns. However, both companies have received criticism that bottled water adds plastic to landfills, uses too much energy by producing and shipping bottles across the world, and undermines confidence in the safety and cleanliness of public water supplies.   “We are not exactly making water flammable, now are we?” said Muhtar Kent, president of the Coca-Cola Company.   “I think it is kind of ironic that the same people, who have rallied against our production of bottled water, will have to come crawling back on their hands and knees for access to clean water after fracking takes off.”   In the US bottled water sales hit 9.1 billion gallons last year or 222 bottles of water for each person in US, four bottles of water for every man, woman, and child, every week. Both companies expect sales to rise after fracking takes it toll.   “We expected water sales to go up this year,” said Kent.   “But mostly due to survivalists, who are stockpiling water in case of the Mayan apocalypse. However with fracking, I don’t see bottled water sales going down anytime soon. Bottled tap water is the new gold.”   Fracking in North Carolina...

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Man, who downloads Internet porn, confused why his computer doesn’t have virus
Jul09

Man, who downloads Internet porn, confused why his computer doesn’t have virus

CHARLOTTE- The “Internet Doomsday” virus shut down 69,000 computers today in the United States as the FBI’s temporary fix for all computers impacted by the malicious software expired 12:00 a.m. EDT this morning.   A Charlotte, NC resident Andrew Cortez doesn’t own one of the 69,000 computers infected by the virus. While many may rejoice at the news of their PC’s safety, Cortez is perplexed as to why his computer was not infected by the virus.   “I just don’t get it,” said Cortez.   “I download and watch a lot of Internet porn. I don’t have a malware or virus blocker. I just don’t see how my laptop escaped the virus.”   Cortez says he watches two hours of Internet porn nightly after his wife and kids go to bed. Cortez even admits he squeezes in Internet porn throughout the workday, when tasks come to a standstill or when stall number three is not occupied in the break room’s bathroom.   “I feel like I won the virus lottery or maybe not all viruses are created equal,” said Cortez.   “Maybe the virus creators loved porn and did not want to mess with those, who love and appreciate the art form that is porn.”   The originators of the virus allegedly netted $14 million in bogus advertising revenue. Six people were arrested in Estonia and charged with Internet fraud in November 2011 in connection with the virus. A seventh suspect remains at large.   Cortez has some advice for the FBI to catch the seventh suspect.   “I would start looking at hackers, who have ties to the Internet porn industry,” said Cortez.   “Whoever is responsible apparently doesn’t want to hurt Internet porn consumers. But don’t look at regular Internet porn moguls, because I watched some pretty messed up stuff like amputee, bestiality, poop, etc.”   Cortez’s wife has encouraged Cortez to see a therapist.   Several websites, including Facebook and McAfee, offer free diagnostic tools to check if the “Internet Doomsday” virus infects your computer.   The Citizen Thymes also offers a free diagnostic check. If you can read the following link, your computer is not...

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Tea Party proud new state budget lands North Carolina closer to 50th in education spending
Jun25

Tea Party proud new state budget lands North Carolina closer to 50th in education spending

RALEIGH- The $20.2 billion state budget sitting on Governor Bev Perdue’s desk spends $250 million more on public schools than last year.   But with the loss of $259 million in one time federal stimulus money used to hire 5,400 local school personnel, the 115 school districts across the state will have $189 million less to work with next year, resulting in 3,500 teachers losing their jobs.   While the statistics may spell doom and gloom, the North Carolina tea party members say the cut in funding is a reason to celebrate.   “For too long we have overspent on education in North Carolina and for what?” said Sam Stevens, a 45-year-old Rutherford County resident.   “We’ve spent so much money only for our kids to be spoon fed liberal hypocrisy. The new budget not only reduces our dependence on big government, but also gets us closer to the magic number 50.”   The magic number Stevens refers to the N.C. Association of Educators report, which found North Carolina ranked 49th in the nation per pupil spending on education in 2011-2012. The N.C. Tea Party hopes the recent state budget allows North Carolina to place 50th in per pupil spending.   “As famous NASCAR race driver Ricky Bobby once said, ‘If you ain’t first you’re last,” said Stevens.   “For us it is opposite, if you ain’t last you’re certainly not first. Why waste money on a socialist system like public education?”   Opponents of the state budget argue the education cuts are not necessary and money could be taken from other places to pay for education. North Carolina Policy Watch explains the legislature could close a tax loophole in last year’s budget to pay for education cuts.   “Last year’s Republican budget included a tax cut that was billed as a break for small business, but as it turns out thousands of the state’s wealthiest lawyers and other business partners will also receive the $3,500 break,” according to an article by North Carolina Policy Watch on Friday.   “Limiting the tax cut to small businesses would give lawmakers $141 million to spend on schools, eugenics, public health, and a few other key priorities.”   But the N.C. tea party argues that the state should reward successful small businesses.   “What good have these kids done for the state of North Carolina?” said Stevens.   “Get a job like the rest of us. This is exactly what is wrong with this country. These kids need to understand you have to work to get ahead in this life and their teachers need to apply to what they are really qualified...

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Senator to eugenics victims ‘North Carolina saved you money’
Jun25

Senator to eugenics victims ‘North Carolina saved you money’

RALEIGH- The North Carolina legislature passed a $20.2 billion budget last week, but couldn’t find enough money to compensate victims of a 1929 to 1984 forced sterilization program in North Carolina.   North Carolina sterilized more than 7,600 people aiming at creating a better society by weeding out people who were deemed “feeble-minded,” many of them poor women.   The state House had agreed to pay $50,000 to victims who were alive as of March 1, 2010 but the legislation failed in the Senate. Specific senators have given some pretty eye opening quotes as reasons why the legislation failed.   State Sen. Don East said, “I’m sorry it happened. I don think money fixes it.”   Sen. Jerry Tillman said, “A great wrong was done, but we didn’t do it.”   But perhaps the most surprising quote came from State Sen. Lynn Jenkins Friday.   “The victims were suppose to receive $50,000 but the truth is they saved a lot more by not having kids,” said Jenkins.   “Kids cost a lot of money. You have to feed them, clothe them, take them to soccer practice, etc. The state of North Carolina actually did them a favor.”   As expected Jenkins comments received a lot of backlash over the weekend.   “How could someone say something like that?” said Audrey Morris, a 54-year-old Durham resident.   “It’s one thing if it was a choice to not have kids but the state made that choice for the victims. It’s not right.”   Jenkins is the first senator to defend the program. Senators also opposed the compensation to victims because they felt the compensation would open the door for other groups to ask for compensation from the state of North Carolina.   “So let me get this straight. The state is worried if one group, who were wronged gets justice other groups who were also wronged might want justice?” said Morris.   “I’m sure this was the same debate when they started prosecuting rape cases. ‘Oh no don’t prosecute rape cases because that will lead to other rape victims wanting to come forward for justice.’ It’s disgusting frankly.”   Other senators opposed the compensation because they felt the current generation shouldn’t have to compensate for a previous generation’s sins. But no senator has come forward to support Sen. Jenkins statements.   However one top commenter on the Citizen-Times.com weighed in on the benefits of the sterilization program.     Yes Mike it does sound awful....

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North Carolina fracking inspiration for new Universal Studios Earthquake ride
Jun18

North Carolina fracking inspiration for new Universal Studios Earthquake ride

  RALEIGH- The North Carolina House approved hydraulic fracturing gas drilling or more commonly known as fracking, 66 to 43 Thursday.   But legislators probably did not anticipate their vote would be inspiration for an amusement park ride in Orlando, Fla.   Universal Studios Florida Attractions announced late Sunday plans to add a new ride to the amusement park, “Earthquake 2.0 North Carolina USA.”  The new 20-minute ride will allow guests to explore North Carolina fracking, which will climax in a simulated 8.3 magnitude earthquake.   Fracking involves injecting a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand at high speed to break up shale rock deep underground and free trapped natural gas. It has been long suspected fracking cause earthquakes, but was finally confirmed this past Friday by The National Research Council report, “Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies.”   “We are excited to bring back an old favorite ride back, with a new twist,” said Bill Davis, President & COO of Universal Orlando.   “It is probably unfortunate for those in North Carolina, given the circumstances, but hey, nobody asked Kansas residents before they made Twister.”   The Orlando amusement park had a similar ride “Earthquake: The Big One” that simulated an 8.3 magnitude earthquake from a San Francisco subway train, which ran from 1990-2002. Earthquake North Carolina however guests experience the earthquake from the safety of an extended cab Ford pickup truck splattered with “Bush/Cheney” bumper stickers, with giant oversized stainless steel Truck Nutts dangling from the bed.   “We really wanted our guests to experience the type of individual that would risk their own personal safety and the safety of thousands others, for something so materialistic as natural gas and oil,” said Davis.   The Senate will take up the North Carolina fracking bill this week for consideration of minor amendments before landing on the governor’s desk. If the bill passes as expected, fracking would begin in the state of North Carolina starting in 2014.   But bill supporters seem to be not worried about how an amusement park in Orlando might impact the state’s image.   “This bill has always been about jobs,” said Rep. Mitch Gillespie, R-McDowell.   “Good to know we are not only creating jobs in North Carolina through fracking, but also in Florida.”   Gillepsie even dismissed claims fracking causes earthquake, saying it was completely safe and job creation is what is really important.  But not everyone agrees.   “So I bet the GOP will claim it created jobs when it hires contractors to clean up the aftermath of earthquakes in North Carolina,” said Ben Olson, a 32-year-old Raleigh native.  ...

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State House Speaker Thom Tillis ‘Whatever, I do what I want’
May21

State House Speaker Thom Tillis ‘Whatever, I do what I want’

RALEIGH, NC– State House Speaker Thom Tillis found himself in hot water after authorizing $19,333 to his former chief of staff and his former policy adviser after both resigned because of inappropriate relationships with lobbyists. Tillis defended the payments as a “pay in lieu of notice,” a UK based law that says workers are owed compensation if an employee is terminated without given a minimum notice of one week.   Tillis’s critics argue UK law does not apply in North Carolina, just like Tillis and his fellow GOP members have argued Sharia law does not apply in the state, even though there is no precedent or presence of Sharia law in North Carolina courts. Tillis was short with press members on Sunday, after asking how UK laws apply in North Carolina.   “Whatever, Whatever, I do what I want,” said Tillis.   Legal experts say even if UK laws did apply in North Carolina, “pay in lieu of notice” wouldn’t apply because Tillis’s staff members resigned and were not terminated.   “I run with the GOP gang and we only commit hate crimes,” said Tillis. “Whatever, Whatever, I do what I want.”   Democrats concur such payments are at the very least a crime of hypocrisy. Party leaders question how Tillis could advocate for Amendment One so adamantly,  because the amendment according to him protects North Carolina families and marriage as an institution, yet at the same time pay his former staff members, who essentially destroyed several North Carolina families and marriages. For example, Tillis’s ex-Chief of Staff Charles Thomas, who is married, received $12,500 after he resigned for being involved with a married lobbyist with the N.C. Home Builders Association.   “So Tillis is not willing to spend tax payer money legitimizing the relationship of two same-sex individuals because it destroys marriage,” said Kevin Arthur, a LGBT rights advocate. “Yet he is willing to spend tax payer money on an individual, who destroyed two marriages. Cleary Tillis has a screw loose somewhere.”   Tillis is even receiving flack from factions within his own party. Tillis regards himself as a tea party republican and according to his website bio “established himself as a common-sense fiscal conservative and an outspoken critic of tax increases and wasteful government spending.” But several unnamed tea party members came forward Saturday questioning how paying staff members unnecessary severance packages was not wasteful government spending.   “Whatever, I ran for congress and won. Then I had sex with an intern, killed her and hid her body,” said Tillis. “Whatever, I do what I want.”   Tillis remarks on Sunday although crazy are not the first...

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