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  • A Black South African on Israel and Apartheid (video)

    10/15/2014 4:05:58 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies ^ | 10-13-2014 | Kenneth Meshoe is widespread allegation -- really a slander -- that Israel is an apartheid state. That notion is simply wrong. It is inaccurate and it is malicious. And it will not help to promote peace and harmony in the Middle East. Its only purpose is to demonize Israel, and to isolate her in an attempt to de-legitimize Israel's existence. And because it is so inaccurate, it betrays the memory of those who suffered through a real apartheid. As a black South African, who was born under apartheid, in the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria, I know what apartheid is....
  • BDS Victory Over SodaStream Equals 900 Palestinians Out of Work (moving out of West Bank to Negev)

    08/26/2014 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Shalom Life ^ | August 26th, 2014 | Daniel Koren
    One of the biggest news stories that accompanied the start of 2014 was Scarlett Johansson being named as the global ambassador of SodaStream, an Israeli company based out of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, which develops home carbonation systems that allow users to convert tap water into sparkling water, in more than 100 flavors. […] Now, it seems the supporters finally have their wish: SodaStream has announced, in a reported non-political move, that they are moving the factory from the West Bank to a land that indisputably belongs to Israel (unless you’re a member of Hamas or ISIS),...
  • Uproar over U.S. ports (excellent editorial)

    02/17/2006 6:15:19 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 130 replies · 2,665+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/17/2006 | Staff
    The White House is obviously not listening to the congressional uproar over Dubai Ports World. Lawmakers want to know why a federal panel allowed a state-owned United Arab Emirates shipping firm to pay $6.8 billion to acquire six major American ports -- including critical ones in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia -- despite its home country's glaring ties to international terrorism. But the White House is yawning.
  • Democrats plan bill to block Dubai-US port deal (HRC is the sponsor)

    02/17/2006 7:51:42 AM PST · by presidio9 · 223 replies · 3,976+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/16/06
    Two U.S. Democratic senators said on Friday they would introduce legislation aimed at blocking Dubai Ports World from buying a company that operates several U.S. shipping ports because of security concerns. ADVERTISEMENT Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Hillary Clinton of New York said they would offer a measure to ban companies owned or controlled by foreign governments from acquiring U.S. port operations. "We wouldn't turn the border patrol or the customs service over to a foreign government, and we can't afford to turn our ports over to one either," Menendez said in a statement. P&O, the company Dubai Ports...
  • Frist Calls for Halt to U.S. Ports Deal

    02/21/2006 9:27:14 AM PST · by STARWISE · 144 replies · 2,917+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2-21-06 | Will Lester
    Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist called Tuesday for the Bush administration to stop a deal permitting a United Arab Emirates company to take over six major U.S. seaports, upping the ante on a fight that several congressmen, governors and mayors are waging with the White House. "The decision to finalize this deal should be put on hold until the administration conducts a more extensive review of this matter," said Frist. "If the administration cannot delay this process, I plan on introducing legislation to ensure that the deal is placed on hold until this decision gets a more thorough review." In...
  • P&O may have to retain port management-congressman

    02/21/2006 7:58:22 PM PST · by demlosers · 31 replies · 781+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:51 PM GMT10
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - British firm P&O (PO.L: Quote, Profile, Research) may have to retain management of six major ports in the United States even though it is on the verge of being taken over by Dubai Ports World, a U.S. congressman said on Tuesday. Republican Rep. Peter King is one of a growing number of American legislators who oppose allowing state-controlled Dubai Ports World of the United Arab Emirates to manage American ports, citing security concerns. He plans to introduce legislation halting the deal next week. "I think for the short-term the British company would probably have to stay...
  • Ports of Politics (take a deep breath and read the Wall Street Journal's take on this one folks)

    02/21/2006 11:21:25 PM PST · by presidio9 · 108 replies · 1,996+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 22, 2006
    -snip- the notion that the Bush Administration is farming out port "security" to hostile Arab nations is alarmist nonsense. Dubai Ports World would be managing the commercial activities of these U.S. ports, not securing them. There's a difference. Port security falls to Coast Guard and U.S. Customs officials. "Nothing changes with respect to security under the contract," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday. "The Coast Guard is in charge of security, not the corporation." In a telephone interview yesterday, Kristie Clemens of U.S. Customs and Border Protection elaborated that "Customs and Border Protection has the sole responsibility for the cargo...
  • A Few Words on the Dubai Ports World Imbroglio (Lileks, As Always, NAILS It...!)

    02/21/2006 11:41:27 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 90 replies · 2,014+ views
    James Lileks' Screedblog ^ | 02/22/2006 | James Lileks
    A few words on the Dubai Ports World imbroglio, written without pause or editing, which is probably just as well. Short version: the administration may have thought it was helping a Valuable Ally and probably a pal, end of story. But it plays like Bush defending eminent domain to condemn a neighborhood to build a mosque. I don’t make predictions, because – well, who cares? You either repeat the conventional wisdom and hide with the herd when you’re wrong, or buck the prevailing opinions and get a reputation as a “maverick” when you’re wrong, again. Works for some. But if...
  • Bush port defiance fuels bipartisan anger

    02/22/2006 2:41:12 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 63 replies · 900+ views
    AP ^ | 2/22/06
    Posted on Wed, Feb. 22, 2006 Bush port defiance fuels bipartisan anger TOM RAUM Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush's marquee issue, the war on terror, is being turned against him by Democrats and rebelling members of his own party in an election-year dustup over a deal that allows an Arab company to manage major U.S. ports. People in both parties are suggesting it's another case of Bush seeming to be tone deaf to controversy - on top of government eavesdropping, Katrina recovery and Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident. The storm is forcing the president to choose between losing...
  • Frist Changes Position, Says He Now Supports Port Security Plan

    02/26/2006 5:18:03 AM PST · by JackQuickFrost · 234 replies · 2,862+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | 02/26/2006 | Ryan Alessi
    LEXINGTON, Ky. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Saturday night that after recent briefings, he is now comfortable with an Arab-owned company running port security for six American cities and backed off a pledge to pass legislation to stop the deal. But Frist, a Tennessee Republican who was in Lexington for a state GOP dinner, told reporters that the next few days will be crucial for other members of Congress to press intelligence officials about the details of such an arrangement. "My comfort level is good, but I have 99 other United States senators who need the opportunity...
  • Just Nine Out of 300 Terminals Involved in Dubai Deal

    02/28/2006 3:34:51 PM PST · by Carl/NewsMax · 52 replies · 939+ views ^ | Feb. 28, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    News reports over the last two weeks have repeatedly claimed that a Dubai company was taking control of six major U.S. ports as part of a deal approved by the Bush administration. But according to one port security expert, Dubai Ports World will run just a tiny fraction of the terminals at the U.S. ports involved if the deal goes through. Defending the transaction on MSNBC's "Scarborough Company" Monday night, Kim Petersen, president of Seasecure, noted: "There are 300 terminals at those ports. Dubai Ports World is going to handle nine of them." SeaSecure is the largest provider of maritime...
  • Cancel This Deal, Diplomatically (Bill Bennet-Important Read)

    03/01/2006 1:20:56 PM PST · by STARWISE · 202 replies · 2,579+ views
    National Review ^ | 3-1-06 | William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn
    The Dubai Ports World deal can’t work. Dubai Ports World, the subsidiary of the United Arab Emirates, has now asked for a 45-day review from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to investigate security concerns over the control of six U.S. ports. This is to the good, calming calls for congressional action as well as subsequent threats of a presidential veto. Many lobbyists have been hired, charges alleged, fact-sheets disseminated, and polls put in the field. Still, questions remain to be asked, questions that none of the above D.C. responses have addressed. (snip) But better than...
  • Senate doesn't bother to question P&O security chief about port security matters

    03/02/2006 6:07:17 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies · 891+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 3-2-06 | Neil King Jr.
    Concerns over port security may be sky high, but the chief of security for the East Coast's main port operator, Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., hardly knew it when he sat before a Senate Commerce panel on Tuesday. More than a dozen senators grilled U.S. government officials, and the chief operator officer of Dubai Ports World, which is on the verge of acquiring P&O and all its world-wide port operations. But no senator had a single question for Robert Scavone, the man who oversees P&O's security for North America -- and will do the same for DP World. Scavone...
  • Armed Services Chairman Opposes Port Deal

    03/03/2006 7:59:36 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 98 replies · 1,350+ views ^ | 3/03/2006 | Staff Writers
    WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- A top Republican has declared opposition to allowing a Dubai government-owned company to assume control of operations at U.S. ports. House Armed Services Committee Duncan Hunter said the United Arab Emirates has a "terrifying" record of allowing the transshipment of nuclear materials and weapons of mass destruction through its country to Pakistan, Iran and other countries. The controversial deal will give Dubai Port World, Inc. control over P&O North America, a shipping and port terminal operator with a presence in 21 American ports on the East and Gulf Coast. P&O runs public port terminals --...
  • Protest delays Dubai port deal - (Eller&Co. suing to block deal)

    03/03/2006 2:17:41 PM PST · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 461+ views
    AP/Denver Post ^ | 3-3-06 | Jane Wardell
    A Miami company objecting to the takeover of British shipping company P&O by Dubai's state-owned DP World said today it has been granted the right to take the case to Britain's Court of Appeal - a move that puts the deal on hold. Miami-based Eller & Co., which says its business could be harmed by U.S. concerns over a United Arab Emirates company controlling significant operations at six major U.S. seaports, said Britain's Court of Appeal would hear its petition for an appeal on Monday. If the right to appeal is granted, the higher court will immediately hear the case....
  • Vanity -Don't miss replay of Wolf Blitzer's visit to Dubai

    03/06/2006 3:02:04 PM PST · by STARWISE · 33 replies · 802+ views
    AIRS: 4-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. ET Monday-Friday Monday's show Wolf Blitzer is live in Dubai with a look at the company at the center of U.S. port takeover controversy.
  • *Vanity - Live from Dubai - Wolf Blitzer on now -CNN

    03/07/2006 2:02:04 PM PST · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 389+ views
    CNN | 3-7-06
    More info and interviews with principals of DPW.
  • Dubai Ports World to divest itself of all American interests

    03/09/2006 10:42:42 AM PST · by navysealdad · 865 replies · 22,804+ views
    Dubai Ports Worls to divest itself of all American interests
  • Burning Allies -- and Ourselves

    03/09/2006 9:55:32 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 220 replies · 2,656+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2006 | D. Ignatius
    It was Karl Rove who conveyed the bad news. President Bush's political adviser called Dubai Ports World said the White House couldn't hold out any longer against congressional pressure to kill the Arab company's plan to acquire freight terminals at six U.S. ports. The initial response of one Dubai executive was: "Who's Karl Rove?" But in the end, political leaders here recognized that it was time to fold a losing hand. Until Rove's call, Dubai's business leaders had insisted they would fight on. The chairman of Dubai Ports World, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, told me emphatically on Wednesday that his...

    03/10/2006 8:32:16 PM PST · by crushelits · 11 replies · 416+ views ^ | March 02, 2006 | yahoo/cnn
    A video grab from CNN shows reporter Wolf Blitzer reporting on Israel's largest shipping line endorsing the takeover of six major U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World March 2, 2006. Dubai Ports World $6.85 billion acquisition of Britain's P&O will close on Friday or Monday, despite an additional 45-day review by the U.S. Government in response to security concerns, a U.S Treasury Department official said on Thursday.
  • Dubai - US demand for fee not acceptable: DP World

    02/16/2007 6:20:44 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 29 replies · 595+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | February 16, 2007
    DUBAI — Dubai Ports World, which faced a last-minute snag in selling its US ports, yesterday said it will not budge to the new demand made by New York Port Authority to pay a $84 million transaction fee. Speaking to Khaleej Times from New York, Chairman of Dubai World, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said: "We have not accepted and we will not accept the huge fee they now demand. However, we are confident that the issue can be resolved as we remain committed to completing the sale as promised." Although DP World has received approval for the sale of...
  • Merry Christmas, Carol

    12/19/2008 11:57:35 AM PST · by twistedwrench · 6 replies · 521+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 12/17/08 | The Prowler
    Despite denials from her soon-to-be former employers, the Albright Group, former Clinton EPA head and soon-to-be climate change czar Carol Browner served as a de facto lobbyist for Dubai Ports World, owned by the United Arab Emirate of Dubai, which arranged to buy a company operating six major U.S. ports, including New York and New Jersey. Browner told the Obama transition team that she never served as a lobbyist in her time in Washington, and her employer, the Albright Group, owned by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, also said that the firm does not lobby. But in 2006, when...
  • Abizaid Criticizes Port Deal Opponents

    03/09/2006 5:31:15 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 495 replies · 4,135+ views
    AP ^ | March 9 2006
    Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, took an unusual step for a military leader Thursday, criticizing opposition to the attempted purchase of some U.S. port operations by a Dubai-owned company, calling it "Arab and Muslim bashing." Abizaid, a grandson of Lebanese immigrants, and other military officials were asked about DP World's withdrawal from the deal as they left a briefing of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. He said the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, is vital to the military's stake in the Persian Gulf region. The Navy heavily uses the port there....
  • Dubai ports firm enforces boycott of Israel

    02/28/2006 1:02:31 AM PST · by BlueSky194 · 116 replies · 1,946+ views
    The parent company of a Dubai-based firm at the center of a political storm in the US over the purchase of American ports participates in the Arab boycott against Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The firm, Dubai Ports World, is seeking control over six major US ports, including those in New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Baltimore. It is entirely owned by the Government of Dubai via a holding company called the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCZC), which consists of the Dubai Port Authority, the Dubai Customs Department and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Area. "Yes, of course...
  • Welcoming Terror to U.S. Ports (From David Horowitz's

    02/23/2006 12:59:55 AM PST · by Stellar Dendrite · 99 replies · 1,733+ views ^ | 2-23-06 | By Rachel Ehrenfeld and Paul E. Vallely
    President George W. Bush justifies the sale of the private British company that manages six U.S. ports to the government owned Dubai Ports World, saying that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a close ally of the U.S. in the war on terror. Indeed, the Jebel Ali terminal in Dubai transports at least 40% of US supplies to the troops in Iraq. Having the deepest port in the Persian Gulf, Dubai is critical for U.S. naval operations in the region. The UAE also provides air bases to support U.S. warplanes and stores materiel for U.S. forces. Moreover, it is also...
  • Not So Fast On the UAE Port Deal...Check This Out...

    02/21/2006 11:10:13 PM PST · by antaresequity · 254 replies · 5,054+ views
    multiple links on UAE-Iran-USA | 02.21.06 | Me...composite sources
    There is Obviously way more to the UAE story than just the managment of port operations...I implore all freepers to dig a little deeper...Credit to Diddle E Squat for getting me to think and dig a little deeper...Take a look at the map and the links and snippets...then lets get back to a constructive discussion regarding the UAE as an ally or foe in the war on terrorism....and more importantly...a strategic ally in the coming war against Iran... Foreign Affairs The UAE and Iran continue to dispute the ownership of three islands, Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunb...
  • White House Defends Port Sale to Arab Co.

    02/16/2006 1:40:18 PM PST · by Stellar Dendrite · 282 replies · 7,699+ views
    Associated Press/Breitbart ^ | 2-16-2006 | By TED BRIDIS and DEVLIN BARRETT
    The Bush administration on Thursday rebuffed criticism about potential security risks of a $6.8 billion sale that gives a company in the United Arab Emirates control over significant operations at six major American ports. Lawmakers asked the White House to reconsider its earlier approval of the deal. The sale to state-owned Dubai Ports World was "rigorously reviewed" by a U.S. committee that considers security threats when foreign companies seek to buy or invest in American industry, National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones said. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, run by the Treasury Department, reviewed an assessment...
  • Shoppers Use App To Boycott Israel In Grocery Store Aisles

    08/07/2014 5:46:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 46 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 8/06/2014 | Clare O'Connor
    When young California-based developer Ivan Pardo launched smartphone app Buycott last year, users at first seized upon its technology to avoid putting coins in the coffers of the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. Everyday shoppers using iPhones or Android devices could scan the barcode of, say, Brawny paper towel or Dixie cups and trace the corporate ownership of both kitchen cupboard staples to Koch Industries , the conglomerate run by the politically active (and thereby controversial) industrialists Charles and David Koch. Other popular user-generated Buycott campaigns at the time of its launch included Demand GMO Labeling, allowing shoppers to scan a...
  • Britain's Student Union Votes to Boycott Israel

    08/06/2014 8:40:31 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/6/2014, 6:13 AM | By Elad Benari
    Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) has voted to boycott Israel, The Jewish Chronicle reports. The decision came at a special meeting on Monday, during which the NUS national executive committee adopted a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
  • Scarlett Johansson's New Movie Is Based on One of the Biggest Scientific Myths of All Time (Lucy)

    08/03/2014 10:42:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ross Pomeroy
    The reviews aren't yet in for Scarlett Johansson's new movie Lucy, but a single viewing of the trailer is enough to give the film a resounding "two thumbs down" on science... The idea that humans only use 10% of their brains is a complete, utter, and total myth. Lucy is entirely premised on neuroscientific BS...
  • Scarlett Johansson under fire for supporting Israeli SodaStream

    01/22/2014 8:45:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Yedioth Aharanoth ^ | 01.22.14, 10:51 | Adi Gold
    Just moments after actress Scarlett Johansson became the ambassador of Israeli company SodaStream, the celebrity was already being criticized for supporting a business that operates in the West Bank. Five years ago the Israeli carbonated drink company made its way to the US market, and Americans have since fallen in love with the soda pop-making gadget. But the product’s success has been overshadowed by a political cloud, which is threatening the Israeli business’s achievements and its spokeswoman. “While she’s openly gunning for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for 2016, Johansson would do well to realize that ‘normalizing’ the Israeli...
  • Scarlett Johansson's deal with Sodastream, which operates in the settlement Maale Adumim, launches

    01/26/2014 10:07:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    twitter ^ | 1/24/14 | John Reed
    John Reed ‏@JohninJerusalem Scarlett Johansson's deal with Sodastream, which operates in the settlement Maale Adumim, launches an internet meme. 
  • Pro-Palestinian Activists Targeted Major Hollywood Actress Over Her Deal to Represent Israeli

    01/26/2014 10:21:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/26/14 | Sharona Schwartz
    Actor Scarlett Johansson has been facing pressure from some pro-Palestinian activists after announcing earlier this month that she was becoming the first brand ambassador for the Israeli carbonated beverage kit maker SodaStream. She’s planning to star in a Super Bowl ad for the company which has characterized itself as an alternative to Coke and Pepsi.Scarlett Johansson filming a SodaStream commercial for the Super Bowl (Screenshot: YouTube) “The company’s commitment to a healthier body and a healthier planet is a perfect fit for me,” Johansson said in mid-January. “I love that the product can be tailored to any lifestyle and palate.”SodaStream...
  • Roger Waters rebukes Scarlett Johansson for SodaStream ties

    02/02/2014 9:55:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2/2/14 | Staff
    Former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters, one of the more prominent celebrity faces of the boycott Israel movement, says he has contacted Scarlett Johansson “a couple of times” over the A-list actress’s decision to represent an Israeli company that operates in a West Bank settlement ... “In the past days I have written privately to Neil Young (once) and to Scarlett Johanson (a couple of times). Those letters will remain private,” he said. “Sadly, I have received no reply from either ..."
  • Home, Where the Fizz Is

    02/26/2013 5:01:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Julia Moskin
    It can take just 90 seconds and a rubber band. Curious cooks have begun hacking carbonators, the soda-making machines that are proliferating in American home kitchens. Most buyers are happy to use them for their intended purpose: turning tap water into sparkling water. But off-label, they have been used to make herb-infused sparkling wine, newfangled sangria, heady cocktails and nonalcoholic — but intoxicatingly delicious — sodas. Recently, in a storefront laboratory in Chinatown, Piper Kristensen, a bartender and occasional lab assistant who works for the avant-garde bar Booker and Dax in the East Village, studied a SodaStream Penguin. It had...
  • Boycott Movement in Vancouver (BC) Against SodaStream (Israeli company)

    11/05/2013 9:47:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 11/6/2013, 1:45 AM | Dalit Halevi, Ari Yashar
    Radical Left-wing activists demonstrated in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday in a call to boycott Israeli company SodaStream for operating in “occupied territories” and “mistreating” Palestinian workers. SodaStream manufactures and distributes machines for home use to make carbonated drinks, eliminating the need to buy environmentally harmful plastic bottles. It has been discriminated against by the boycott movement for holding its headquarters in the eastern Jerusalem suburb city of Ma’ale Adumim, located over the 1949 Armistice lines. …
  • ‘Thanks to The Nutters at Oxfam, I’m Buying SodaStream’ (Canada employment minister)

    02/02/2014 6:17:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 2/1/2014, 11:03 PM | Ari Yashar
    After Actress Scarlett Johansson stepped down as Oxfam’s ambassador over her advertisement with Israeli company SodaStream, a company Oxfam boycotts, Canadian Employment Minister Jason Kenney said their move spurred him to buy from SodaStream. […] Kenney bashed the “anti-Israel obsession” with which leftist groups pursue Israel, even while they ignore countries like Iran which executes political dissidents and homosexuals. …
  • Secret to Homemade Coke: Instant Cold, No Canisters

    02/07/2014 1:04:44 PM PST · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Yahoo/WSJ ^ | 2-7-14 | Annie Gasparro and Mike Esterl
    For a century, the executives of Coca-Cola Co. have done everything possible to put their famed cola "within arm's reach of desire," to the point that one chief executive frequently pondered an extra tap at the kitchen sink—with Coke flowing from it. The company's plan to team up with the maker of the Keurig single-serve coffee brewers to develop a do-it-yourself countertop Coke machine comes pretty close. The new cold drink machine won't look anything like SodaStream, the leading home soda maker, says Coke's new partner, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. It will have a similar design to Green Mountain's...
  • Drink makers giving people ways to ditch the can (Coca-Cola vs. SodaStream: aha)

    02/08/2014 12:52:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 4:27 PM EST | Candice Choi
    It keeps getting easier to ditch the soda can. When Coca-Cola said this week that it would let people make its drinks at home using a beverage machine, it became the latest company to take advantage of a growing trend: People turning to flavored drops or at-home carbonation machines that do away with the need to haul home bulky cans and bottles from the supermarket. […] Options that do away with cans and bottles are faring far better. Revenue for the Americas region at SodaStream, which makes at-home carbonation machines, surged 88 percent in 2012 from the previous year, the...
  • After Soda Stream Factory Visit, Church Leaders Reject Boycotts (Presbyterians)

    02/20/2014 9:25:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 2/20/2014, 11:45 AM | Maayana Miskin
    A delegation of 14 leaders from the Presbyterian clergy, a church that in the past supported boycotting Israeli products manufactured in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), arrived last week to visit Israel. The visit was organized by the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL); the delegates’ goal was to discover Israel personally and to better understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Representatives from the Presbyterian Church, which has an estimated six million followers, visited the Soda Stream factory, which is located in Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem. They spoke to representatives from the management and several employees. While some United States-based religious groups, such as...
  • When soda becomes a political statement

    01/31/2014 7:24:09 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 30 replies
    Sun News ^ | January 30, 2014 | Brian Lilley
    Oxfam, the global charity that describes itself as "determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty," has decided it prefers Palestinians to be poor, hungry and unemployed. This all involves a Hollywood actress, a Super Bowl ad, an at-home soda maker and some confused liberals who appear to prefer their poor people stay poor. Scarlett Johansson has been an Oxfam global ambassador, helping to raise money and the profile of the charity's work around the world, but after ScarJo, as her fans call her, opted to appear in a Super Bowl ad for SodaStream, things...
  • By the Waters of Babble-on...and on and on and on.

    02/07/2014 6:53:36 PM PST · by Noremac · 2 replies
    Blasted Fools ^ | February 7, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    [youtube=]   I noticed that Roger Waters, formerly of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd, has been publicly scolding a few fellow celebrities in the field of music and film for not sharing his fanatical anti-Israel political views. Specifically, Scarlett Johansson drew Waters' ire for filming some ads for the Israeli beverage maker SodaStream and classic rocker Neil Young, who ignored Waters' directive to not book concerts in Israel. Waters has chugged the kool aid of the 'Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment', (BDS) movement, which is in reality a political movement whose underlying mission is to portray Palestinians as victims of...
  • At SodaStream, Palestinians hope their bubble won’t burst

    02/04/2014 4:28:07 PM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 3, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    A manual worker at the settlement-based factory that sparked the Scarlett Johansson controversy, Nahida Fares of Ramallah earns triple the pay of her husband, an officer in the PA ISHOR ADUMIM, West Bank — The SodaStream factory, situated just off the highway leading down from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, was abuzz on Sunday with journalists from across the globe trying to get a glimpse of the action. The tour of the carbonated beverage-maker plant was organized especially for curious foreign correspondents on the eve of the Super Bowl, which featured an ad starring its glamorous spokeswoman Scarlett Johansson. The...
  • Hollywood stars attack Palin

    09/20/2008 7:04:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | September 21, 2008 | Stefanie Balogh
    SARAH Palin's life reads like an Oscar-worthy script: moose-hunting former beauty queen-cum-hockey mum who could be a heartbeat away from scoring the US presidency. But Hollywood is having none of it. Politics and movies have always mixed - from Joe Kennedy and silent-films siren Gloria Swanson to son John F. Kennedy and bombshell Marilyn Monroe, to the McCarthyism that swept through back lots to blackball artists over real or imagined Communist sympathies. Hollywood is liberal and right now there is no love for the conservative Alaskan Governor who made history last month by becoming the first woman on the Republican...
  • This 'pundint' is appalled by Palin's 'verbage'

    09/21/2008 9:48:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 129 replies · 522+ views
    star ledger ^ | 09.21.08 | paul mulshine
    My male friends all seem to have the same assessment of the Republican nominee for the vice presidency of the United States: She's pretty hot. I guess that depends on what you mean by hot. If GOP leaders had intended to pick on the basis of pulchritude, I would have suggested perhaps a Scarlett Johansson lookalike. Instead they chose a Tina Fey clone. But apparently much of America is willing to vote for her based on her looks. The GOP better hope so. She sure isn't going to win based on her brains. We got a hint of that during...
  • Scarlett Johansson: I'm in love with Obama!

    01/25/2008 9:26:44 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 99 replies · 20,626+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 25 | ERIN CARLSON
    Johansson: I'm in love with Obama! By ERIN CARLSON, The Associated Press Fri Jan 25, 7:29 PM ET NEW YORK - Scarlett Johansson returned from the Persian Gulf with a whole lot of soldiers' trinkets and a delusion of her own engagement — to Barack Obama. "I am engaged ... to Barack Obama," Johansson joked in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. "My heart belongs to Barack, and that is who I am currently, finally, engaged to. Yes." Johansson, who showed her support for the Democratic presidential candidate at the Iowa caucus earlier this month, was really just...
  • Who is Barack Obama’s sexy blond Hollywood hottie?

    06/11/2008 3:26:38 PM PDT · by Shermy · 55 replies · 176+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 11, 2008 | Elizabeth Snead
    <p>According to Politico, the actress frequently e-mails the Democratic nominee, campaigns tirelessly on his behalf, hosts lucrative fundraisers and appeared in the “Yes We Can” viral video that got 10 million views its first week online.</p> <p>The actress has been an Obama supporter for years, even before the first Democratic caucus in Iowa, and doesn't even try to hide her affection for the candidate. “I am engaged to Barack Obama,” she said back in January, joking with reporters after a USO tour to the Persian Gulf. “My heart belongs to Barack.”</p>
  • Who’s To Blame For The Border Crisis?

    07/10/2014 8:25:24 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 45 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 07/10/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    An overwhelming surge of tens of thousands of illegal alien children crossing our southern border has been happening in the past few months, everyone is looking for a scapegoat. Rather than seeking out a solution to end this surge, most would prefer to just point fingers. The blame game is a lot like sex. It sells. Unfortunately, most are rather biased in how they point fingers. Democrats blame Bush. Republicans blame Obama. Libertarians blame our open border as not being open enough. It’s never really that simple; however, as there are many areas to place blame, so we’re going to...
  • Obama’s Economic Boycott Against Israel Adopted by 17 EU Nations

    07/06/2014 7:28:44 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 4 replies
    Political Kryptonite ^ | July 6, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    Since January of last year the European Union has been threatening to boycott any company or entity that does business with the West Bank of Israel. The sanctions, perversely designed by Secretary of State John Kerry, were meant to punish Israel for its settlements in the West Bank and encourage the Jewish nation to adopt Kerry’s peace process framework. The economic boycott threat was entirely one-sided against Israel. Because there were no consequences for the Palestinian Authority should they abandon the peace process, it gave the PA every reason to harden their position and wait for the EU to act...
  • It's Obama's presidency, but Bush's world (Mega Hurl Alert!)

    07/03/2014 11:07:46 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Matt Bai
    Believe it or not, it was 10 years ago this month that Barack Obama, then a candidate for the U.S. Senate, introduced himself to America with a speech that shook the Fleet Center in Boston. The main theme of that Democratic convention was the litany of George W. Bush's failures — an unpopular and unending war in Iraq, a faltering image abroad, a stagnating middle class. Obama gave eloquent voice to those frustrations, arguing that all of them could be addressed if only we reunited the electorate. Probably Obama himself would not have guessed then that he would ascend to...