coke-zeroI love my Coke, even though they got rid of that tasty Black Cherry Vanilla, but this news can’t be good for those of you who like Coke Zero.

It seem Venezuela has banned the product, from the entire country, after citing health concerns with the local bottling plant (can you still call it a bottling plant if they’re putting it in cans?). That’s right folks, Coke Zero isn’t healthy enough for Venezuela.

So, do you still want to down that can in your hand? You can read more of the story here.

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sunCarbon Day Automotive has set-up the first solar powered electric vehicle charging station in the windy city (hmm… did anybody consider wind power, or is that too on the nose?). The facility will will be used daily by the City of Chicago Department of Fleet Management to power the city’s electric cars with energy from the sun and by consumers when electric cars hit the streets in the near future.

You can check out the full press release here.

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Tuesday\'s Worth ReadingGet your read on with this set of interesting, clever, and diversionary articles:

It’s been a while but the supposedly true stories of a tech-department-gone-horribly-wrong known as ‘Where is Bob‘ is updating once again. This time the hapless boss has set his sites on that most egregious example of workplace waste: Interns.

There is no hate more pure than a man’s hatred for his mom’s favorite singer as evidenced by An Open Letter to Celine Dion.

I’ve avoided posting on the passage of California’s Proposition 8 mostly because it’s such a terrible, terrible mark upon an otherwise uplifting election season. But rather than stew about it, Tom Ackerman has a novel approach to turning the tide: Simply refusing to recognize anyone’s marriage.

And since intellectual powerhouses* like William Kristol are pushing for Bush to proactively pardon America’s more over-zealous soldiers in the War on Terror, Jon Swift posits that same pardon should be extended to Wal-Mart shoppers responsible for the stampeding death of a store employee on Black Friday.

File under: They still made that? Well, not anymore. Gaze in wonder and horror at The Long, Slow, Torturous Death of Zima from Slate Magazine.

And finally… the global financial crisis has impacted nearly every aspect of business, but Marc Stober showcases where it’s hurting the most: Personnel. read the Stober Family Financial Memo.

*and by ‘powerhouse’ I mean has a perfect 0.0 record for accuracy, insight, or common sense

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sausageLit 101 Class in Three Lines from McSweeney’s – Worth it for the summation of Narnia alone.

The New York Time’s Magazine asks ‘What’s the Best Pixar Movie of All Time‘ – and doesn’t come up with the Incredibles at #1. Bastards.

Charlie Six takes on the absence of suppressive fire in First Person Shooters – I have to say, I like this idea. I think he’s not taking it far enough, though. Cater to the Xenu crowd and include suppressive persons to really drag down morale.

For the Buckaroo Bonzai who has everything – The Terra Wind Amphibious RV.

The Disadvantage of an Elite Education – Perhaps the most surreal bit of navel gazing I’ve read in a while, detailing how the Ivy League just can’t relate to the workin’ man.

Comic book artist Michael Turner passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 37, having succumbed to his years long battle with cancer. – Now, I’m more than willing to admit that I wasn’t a fan of Turner (in fact I’d go so far as to state I actively disliked his style and influence), but by all accounts he was a fighter until the end. G’night, Michael.

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I hereby take back maybe one bad thing I’ve said about TwitterThe Mars Phoenix Tweets: “We Have Ice”. A rocking day for interplanetary science.

This man kicked your kitchen’s ass – A little bit on the beautiful mind of Peter Schlumbohm

iTunes hates you, but you’re too dumb to know it – Don Reisinger lays down all the reasons iTunes popularity just perpetuates the many ways we let the music industry screw us over.

While you’re feeling crappy… How about a little bit of dirt on just how badly KBR has been bilking the US government for the last 5 years?

And Friday is always the right day to talk about sex, so read up on The Orgasmic Mind: The Neurological Roots of Sexual Pleasure. Three cheers for reward systems! Huzzah!

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I know, I know… I’ve been awful about keeping the ‘buddha flowing with content recently, but thankfully the not-posting workload is easing off, so I expect to get back up to speed presently. So let’s just skip the tearful accusations and jump right in…

An Affair To Remember – A heartbreaking read that explores the perils of love in the age of dementia, and brings up some serious questions about the role of guardians and caregivers in navigating the love lives of Alzheimer’s patients.

Todd Levin explores the world of newfound riches with the console that I hold as one of the best ever made: The Sega Dreamcast. – Tilt

The Science of Gay – The LA Times looks at the research (both credible and dubious) behind the roots of same sex attraction.

Why the new iPhone means the return of the Bell monopoly – Way to think different, Jobs.

The most innane dilemma you’ll have all day.

In case you missed it: The reason we fall for optical illusions? We can see the future! Personally I just want to see the future that tells me when the new Battlestar Galactica episodes return…

And just because: File this under ‘Stuff you so don’t need’ – The amazing Hawaii Chair!

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I’ve mentioned this before, but Local Harvest is an excellent reference for tracking down your local growers (organic and otherwise), as well as contributing CSA farmers and co-ops.

Author Michael Pollen’s (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) excellent article from Spring ’07 detailing how America’s Food Bill legislation is contributing to our growing obesity and diminishing state of health.

And finally…some harrowing news: The U.S. Has No Remaining Grain Reserves.

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Check out this AP article about the burgeoning community-supported agriculture program movement: For a flat fee, members essentially commission a share of a farmer’s seasonal crop, getting a hearty box of fruit and vegetables each week.

As a big fan of the buy local ethos I’d really love to see this take off, and I’m very much going to look into seeing if there are participating farmers here in my area. Growers ’round here have phenomenal sweet corn, tomatoes, and other veggie/fruit goodness, and that price tag seems rather cheap considering how much I spend a season in produce.

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The New York Times profile of game god Miyamato illustrates just how far reaching an influence this man really has, as well as showcasing my own lack of Wii Fit technology.

Paul Newman has been diagnosed with terminal lung-cancer. – Holy crap, but that makes me so very sad.

The US withdrew support from the UN’s Human Rights Council on Friday. While part of me just thinks ‘oh, great.. That’s awesome for our reputation’, I have to admit that, considering which other nations sit on the council, it’s a half-full gesture at best. Still, the idea of taking our ball and going home just drives home how little we’ve accomplished diplomatically in the last 7 years.

As we all collectively choke on gas prices, I find this editorial particularly relevant:

“The average U.S. citizen completely ignores the regularity with which the automobile kills him, maims him, embroils him with the law and provides mobile shelter for rakes intent on seducing his daughters. He takes it into his garage as fondly as an Arab leading a prize mare into his tent. He woos it with Simoniz, Prestone, Ethyl and rich lubricants—and goes broke trading it in on something flashier an hour after he has made the last payment on the old one.”

From the Dec. 15, 1947 issue of Time Magazine, oddly enough.

And finally: Free Range Kids – The burgeoning movement to bring back the unsupervised play of old. About damn time…

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The Scientist has an excellent article from Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World. regarding the return of Panama disease (which wiped out the Gros Michel banana our grandparents grew up with).

I don’t like thinking about living in a world without bananas.

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