HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » marble falls » Journal
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 71 Next »

marble falls

Profile Information

Name: had to remove
Gender: Do not display
Hometown: marble falls, tx
Member since: Thu Feb 23, 2012, 04:49 AM
Number of posts: 24,445

About Me

Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

Journal Archives

How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany

How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany
The soda was made from apple fibers and a cheese by-product.


Matthew Blitz

Retro bottles released by Coca-Cola for Fanta’s 75th anniversary. Photo from SKopp, cropped from the original, CC BY 4.0.

It’s February 1944, and Berlin is attempting to recover from American aerial bombing. But life and industry continues on the city’s outskirts. In farmhouses, bottles clang and a mix of ex-convicts, Chinese laborers, and other workers fill glass bottles of what was likely a cloudy, brownish liquid. This is one of Coca-Cola’s makeshift bottling operations, and they are making Nazi Germany’s signature beverage. Even during war, Germans want their Fanta.

The soft drink Fanta was invented by Coca-Cola, an American company, inside of Nazi Germany during World War II. Developed at the height of the Third Reich, the new soda ensured the brand’s continued popularity. Fanta became a point of nationalistic pride and was consumed by the German public, from the Fraus cooking at home to the highest officials of the Nazi party.

The drink was technically fruit-flavored, but limited wartime resources made that descriptor not wholly accurate. Its ingredients were less than appetizing: leftover apple fibers, mash from cider presses, and whey, a cheese by-product. “[Fanta] was made from the leftovers of the leftovers,” says Mark Pendergrast, who, as the author of For God, Country, and Coca-Cola, revealed this hidden past. “I don’t imagine it tasted very good.”


In 1933, right when Hitler and the Nazi Party were assuming power, German-born Max Keith (pronounced “Kite”) took over the company’s German subsidiary, Coca-Cola GmbH. Keith was an imposing figure: tall, intimidating, possessing a “little whisk-broom mustache” (not unlike Hitler’s), charming but quick-tempered, and utterly devoted to Coca-Cola. “[Keith] valued his allegiance to the drink and to the company more than his allegiance to his own country,” says Pendergrast. For that reason, he saw no quarrel with boosting sales by tying Coca-Cola to every aspect of German life and, increasingly, Nazi rule.

Back in America, the Coca-Cola Company—led by Robert Woodruff—did not discourage this. The company sponsored the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which Woodruff attended, and made banners featuring the Coca-Cola logo alongside the swastika. Keith used a 10th anniversary party for Coca-Cola GmbH to order a mass Sieg-Heil (Nazi salute) in honor of the dictator’s 50th birthday. He declared that this was “to commemorate our deepest admiration for our Fuhrer.”


Hitler’s invasion of Europe in 1939 didn’t faze Keith or Atlanta-based Coca-Cola either: The company continuously supplied its German subsidiary with syrup and supplies. In addition, Keith followed German troops into conquered countries—such as Italy, France, and Holland—to take over their respective Coca-Cola businesses. By 1940, Coca-Cola was the undisputed soft drink king of Nazi Germany. According to legend, there’s a photo in the Coke archives of military leader Hermann Göring chugging a bottle of Coca-Cola. Hitler was rumored to enjoy the caffeinated beverage while watching American movies like Gone with the Wind. Then, on December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

The U.S.’s entrance into World War II meant that American companies had to immediately stop all business activities with the enemy. In addition, the German government was threatening to seize “enemy-owned” businesses. General Motors pulled out of Germany (though, Opel, a fully owned subsidiary of GM, still operated there). IBM’s operations were seized by the Third Reich, though controversy exists on how much they contributed to the German war effort. Coca-Cola HQ in Atlanta also cut off communications with Keith in Germany and halted the export of Coca-Cola’s 7X flavoring (the long-mythicized, top secret formula for Coca-Cola syrup).


Working with his chemists, Keith patched together a recipe within the limitations imposed by wartime rationing. It was basically made from the leftovers of other food industries: fruit shavings, apple fibers and pulp, beet sugar, and whey, the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained during cheese production. To name this concoction, Keith told his team to use their imagination. Joe Knipp, a salesman, pitched “Fanta,” shorthand for the German word for “fantasy.” It stuck.


For Pendergrast, there’s little doubt that Keith worked with the Nazis, but he sees Keith as a corporate man rather than a Nazi ideologue. “You could not do business inside of Nazi Germany unless you collaborated with them,” says Pendergrast. “There’s no question he was a Nazi collaborator. [But] he was not a member of the Nazi party. His allegiance was to Coca-Cola, not to Hitler.”

One couldn’t blame Keith for being confident that this odd, carbonated, sort-of-cheese tasting drink was his ticket to ascension in the world of Coca-Cola. Says Donovan, “Maybe in the back of [Keith’s] mind, he had this vision that if Germany wins, then [he would] become the head of Coca-Cola International.” Of course, Germany did not win the war. As the liberating American troops rode into Germany in the summer of 1945, legend has it, they found Keith in a half-bombed plant still bottling Fanta. Production of Fanta ceased before the end of the year.


In April 1955, Coca-Cola reintroduced Fanta with a new recipe, this time as an orange-flavored drink. It debuted in Italy, before making its way to the United States in 1958. According to Pendergrast, they revived the name largely because it was convenient. After all, Coca-Cola already had the copyright. “I don’t think anyone [at Coca-Cola] cared that [Fanta] had roots inside of Nazi Germany,” says Pendergrast, “I think they thought no one would pay attention.”

Ohio Legislators Accidentally Legalized Pot, Say Law Enforcement Experts What were they smoking?

Ohio Legislators Accidentally Legalized Pot, Say Law Enforcement Experts
What were they smoking?


By Mary Papenfuss

State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being.

That’s pretty much the conclusion of legal experts and the state attorney general. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors.

The state passed a law July 30 legalizing hemp by changing the definition of marijuana to exclude hemp, based on the amount of THC, which is the chemical that gets people high. A THC level of 0.3% or less is legal hemp, while a THC level over 0.3% is marijuana, which is still illegal in Ohio — though medical marijuana dispensaries are legal in the state.

But who can figure out those THC levels? Police can’t.

“Now we have to be able to distinguish the difference between hemp and marijuana,” Jason Pappas, vice president of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, told WBNS-10TV. “That ... has to be done through crime analysis.”

But most crime labs in Ohio can’t detect the quantity of THC in marijuana.

“Until these testing requirements are fixed ... it’s going to be very difficult to go after any marijuana cases in Ohio,” Pappas said. “You legalized marijuana in Ohio for [the] time being.”

The head of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association agreed that the hemp law in effect “legalizes marijuana in Ohio ... for a time.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent a letter to state prosecutors warning them that it could take “several months” before the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation establishes a reliable system to determine THC levels, according to WBNS.

In the meantime, the bureau is recommending prosecutors “suspend identification of marijuana testing” and not indict “any cannabis-related items.”

Tucker Carlson's Commercial Breaks Tell The Real Story Of His Advertising Problems

Tucker Carlson’s Commercial Breaks Tell The Real Story Of His Advertising Problems
Last year, Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” would feature more than 30 paid ads. In his Thursday show, there were only 13. Friday, there were just 11 ads.
By Jenna Amatulli


After Carlson told his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” viewers that white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America” and that the suggestion it is a problem is “a hoax” spread by the mainstream media, his commercial breaks on Thursday and Friday have featured as few as 13 and 11 paid ads, respectively. As of last year, he had about 36 paid ads per show.



The Hollywood Reporter analyzed Carlson’s advertisers after the radio show comments were uncovered and found that in the nine programs that aired after it, “ads for Fox programming have made up 34.8 percent of the show’s advertising spots in that period, compared to just 3.7 percent in the period leading up to his December comment about immigration.”

As of the end of March, Carlson’s ad load per show fell from about 36 to about 18, and it’s remained pretty stagnant since then. A typical show features anywhere from 18 to 21 ads.

However, that number has decreased again in the last two weeks.

The sudden uptick in Fox house ads comes on the heels of Carlson announcing he would be taking some time off for a vacation until Aug. 19.

Despite the planned vacation, advertisers have been releasing statements that they are cutting ties ― marking the third mass exodus of brands in less than a year.

This week, Long John Silver’s said it will no longer advertise on Fox News as a whole, and Nestlé, HelloFresh and Stein Mart confirmed that they are no longer running ads on Carlson’s show.

Muskegon officer on leave after KKK item found at home


Anderson was cleared in the 2009 fatal shooting of Julius Johnson during a chase in Muskegon. According to FOX 17, investigators said Anderson used all available forms of non-lethal force during a physical struggle before firing the single shot that killed Johnson.


MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Police officer injured in Wednesday’s altercation that led to the
fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Muskegon man

has been unable to provide investigators with details of the incident, authorities said.

“He is not able to be interviewed because of his injuries,” said Michigan State Police Grand Haven Post Commander Lt. David Roesler,
whose post is investigating the incident.

Julius Allen-Ray Johnson, 23, of Muskegon, was shot dead around 1:30 a.m. behind 1705 Pine after a foot chase and confrontation with the 38-year-old Muskegon Police officer. Police said Johnson, a recent parolee, fled from a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Posted by marble falls | Fri Aug 9, 2019, 12:52 PM (2 replies)

Monster: the drink from Hell!

Woman Puts Octopus On Face, Ends Up In Hospital

Woman Puts Octopus On Face, Ends Up In Hospital

Jamie Bisceglia told HuffPost she couldn’t get the animal’s beak to dislodge. “It was like a prong.”


By David Moye


However, she saw another opportunity for glory when she spied an octopus one of her friends had caught.

“I grabbed it off the hook and said, ‘Take a picture for the photo contest,’” Bisceglia told HuffPost.

She put the cephalopod on her face and said the tentacles covered her ears and nose.

It was perfect for a fun photo, except when the octopus bit down on her chin.

“[My friends] noticed my face had changed,” she said. “We couldn’t get the beak to dislodge ― it was like a prong.”


Bisceglia waited two days until the fishing derby was over to seek medical attention.

That may not have been the best move, as the left side of her face was paralyzed and there was lots of swelling.

“They took me in stat, but the IVs didn’t work and my arm swelled up like an elephant,” she said.

Now she is on antibiotics and a quest of sorts.

“I want people not to do what I did,” she said. “My advice is, know what you’re touching beforehand.”

Bisceglia did get revenge of sorts: She boiled and grilled the creature and served it on a salad.


Too bad it didn't eat her.

'Headline was flawed': New York Times changed headline about Trump speech after backlash

'Headline was flawed': New York Times changed headline about Trump speech after backlash
USA TODAY Jordan Culver and Adrianna Rodriguez,USA TODAY 29 minutes ago



The headline read "Trump urges unity vs. racism." It comes after President Donald Trump addressed the nation after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that killed nine and 22 people, respectively.

The headline ran in the Times' first print edition and was changed in subsequent editions, The Times told USA TODAY in a statement Tuesday.

The original headline didn't sit well with a number of Democrats.

"Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions," tweeted Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who told CNN over the weekend that Trump was "responsible for this," said via Twitter: "Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT. "Please do."

Fellow Democratic presidential candidates Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O'Rourke – who called the headline "unbelievable" – also sounded off on Twitter.

Even a New York Times contributor was taken aback by the headline. Op-ed contributing writer Wajahat Ali tweeted: "I write for the NYT. This is a terrible headline."

Trump has repeatedly faced criticism for his stance on immigration. He also recently tweeted four Democratic congresswomen should "go back" to the "crime infested places from which they came."

Trump's tweets were condemned as racist by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Times' headline was changed for the newspaper's next edition, reading "Assailing hate but not guns."

Ali tweeted appreciation: "This one is on point! Thank you!"

"The original headline was flawed and was changed for all editions of the paper following the first edition," Danielle Rhoades Ha, vice president of Communications for The Times, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. "The headline in question never appeared online, only in the first print edition."

As a result of the controversy, the hashtag #CancelNYT began trending on Twitter Tuesday afternoon as social media users expressed outrage about the headline. Many demanded the resignation of Times editors while pledging to unsubscribe from the paper and calling for others to do the same.


Texas Mounted Officers Apologize For 'Poor Judgment' After Leading Man Behind Horse By Leash

Texas Mounted Officers Apologize For ‘Poor Judgment’ After Leading Man Behind Horse By Leash

The Galveston Police Department issued an official apology for any “unnecessary embarrassment” caused by the incident.

By Josie Harvey



Adrienne Bell, a Democratic candidate running for Congress in Texas’ 14th District, posted the image to Facebook, saying the scene had invoked “anger, disgust and questions from the community.”

In a press release posted on Facebook Monday, the police department identified the suspect as Donald Neely. He was arrested for trespassing on Saturday, and a transportation unit was not immediately available at the time of the arrest so the officers escorted him to the Mounted Patrol Unit staging area in this manner.


Not only is this dehumanizing.... but the fact it’s not on every new channel, on every news article... this country wants more of this. Old white racist people literally run this country.
— Jeffrey Lopez🇩🇴 (@fuckimagorilla) August 6, 2019

Dear @GalvestonPD.

What you did here to this man, Donald Neely, is horrible and unacceptable.

I would say “We need answers,” but nothing you can say would ever justify what you did to this man. Nothing at all. pic.twitter.com/OdVeqrFDcv
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 6, 2019

A picture is worth a thousand words....They wish they could put us back in chains....
— Jacque 🇯🇲🇺🇸 (@Jacque044) August 6, 2019

This is just sickening and uncalled for.

This young black man was put on a leash while handcuffed between two mounted horses in Galveston, Texas.

This invokes painful imagery of slave catchers and runaway enslaved Africans. pic.twitter.com/ZHEmyCYbUE
— zellie (@zellieimani) August 6, 2019

Oh my god. Is that what I think it is? Oh jesus. Please tell me this isnt real. Shameful.
— Mags’ Tweets (@magstweets8) August 6, 2019


Rick Santorum Suggests Unarmed 'Soft Target' Shoppers Tempted El Paso Shooter

Rick Santorum Suggests Unarmed ‘Soft Target’ Shoppers Tempted El Paso Shooter

The former Pennsylvania senator parroted a line often used by gun control opponents — that if everyone is armed, everyone is safer.

By Mary Papenfuss



When CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked about the Texas shooting Saturday that killed 20 people, Santorum responded: “So they go after soft targets, that’s exactly right. The whole point is that when you restrict guns to law-abiding people, you make more soft targets.”


Texas is an open-carry state where shoppers could legally have been armed — but the law didn’t have any impact on the Walmart attack. Tapper pointed out to Santorum that alleged gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, did not appear to be deterred by the possibility of any armed shoppers. In addition, it wasn’t likely that a gunman could have easily determined who was armed and who was not to make any decision about a “soft target.”

Santorum, now a conservative CNN commentator, was parroting the narrative of gun control foes who argue that everyone is safer if everyone is armed. He also claimed, without evidence, that in “several” shooting instances this year, armed “law-abiding people actually come, not police ... and stop these things.”

In fact, it was police, not armed civilians, who stopped the attacks in both El Paso and later that night in Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed nine people in yet another mass shooting. Last Sunday, police also stopped a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California that killed two children and an adult.


Rick is just full of Santorum.

Passengers Surprised by Flight Attendant Hiding in Overhead Compartment

Passengers Surprised by Flight Attendant Hiding in Overhead Compartment
By Daniel Avery On 7/31/19 at 9:45 AM EDT


Overhead space is at a premium on most planes, but passengers on a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Philadelphia found their carry-ons crowded out by a flight attendant who had climbed inside the overhead compartment.

The incident, which occurred before the plane doors were closed, was filmed by passenger Veronica Lloyd, who returning home to Pennsylvania.

In the clip, the unnamed female attendant can be seen on her side and then rolling onto her stomach. It appears she was starting to say something when the video cut off.

Lloyd told Fox News she was "perplexed" by the attendant's impromptu hide-and-seek, noting she was up there for at least 10 minutes. "It was very interesting. I think she was doing it to try and be funny and make the passengers laugh."

"Southwest Employees are known for demonstrating their sense of humor and unique personalities. In this instance, one of our flight attendants attempted to have a brief moment of fun with customers during boarding. Of course, this is not our normal procedure, and Southwest crews always maintain safety as their top priority."


Southwest continually ranks among the top carriers on national surveys. The Points Guy's Brian Kelly told Forbes the company reached Number Two on its 2018 Best Airlines in America list because of lower airfares and an increase in the size of already considerable route network, "while continuing to rate at the very top in customer satisfaction and baggage and change fees."
Posted by marble falls | Sat Aug 3, 2019, 08:34 AM (5 replies)
Go to Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 71 Next »