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Guest Post: Inflation Rocks The UK As Beer Gets Watered Down

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg

Inflation Rocks The UK As Beer Gets Watered Down

These types of stories are popping up with increased frequency throughout the western world.  Products are simply declining in quality, and in many cases these declines are being accompanied by price increases.  Remember my article from a week ago Inflation Hits Coffee as Brewers Secretly Swap Robusta for Arabica.  This is more or less the same story, except this time in the UK and centered around beer.  From CNBC:

Britain’s favorite pint of bitter is being watered down as austerity continues to bite and taxes rise.

John Smith’s Extra Smooth, billed as “no nonsense beer”, is being reduced from 3.8 percent alcohol to 3.6 percent in response to rising costs and reduced beer consumption.

Heineken, which is also raising the cost of the famous bitter by about 2.5 pence a pint, said it was bringing John Smith’s “in line with competitor smooth ales that already sit at or below this alcoholic strength”, including its biggest rival, Carlsberg’s Tetley Smoothflow.

Now here is my favorite line:


“Extensive research conducted with retailers and consumers consistently confirmed that a 0.2 percent reduction in [alcohol content] does not compromise on the taste and quality,” a Heineken U.K. spokesman said.

Um yeah, but it does compromise on the alcohol…the main reason most people drink beer in the first place.

Heineken blamed the rising cost of energy and ingredients such as barley – as well as higher beer duty – for the increase.

There you go.  Finally the truth comes out; the culprit is inflation.  Taste that beer?  That’s the taste of you getting poorer.


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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:16 | 3156641 francis_sawyer
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mmmmmm... BEER! [RIP Mark Haines]...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:30 | 3156681 whatsinaname
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Is that Kate in the picture drinking up ?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:56 | 3156738 joego1
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Its Saint Pauly Girl

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:12 | 3156770 Jack Napier
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Ever since I saw the Heineken commercial with the guys coming out of the closet together in the closet full of beer I realized only queerbaits drink Heineken. I couldn't care less if they replaced their recipe with ram piss. Just don't touch Stella and everything will be OK.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:07 | 3156841 knukles
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Waste of good alcohol.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:10 | 3156848 prains
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3.6% is still 3.6% higher than Schlitz

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:19 | 3156891 TruthInSunshine
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Horseburgers & piss swillwater in the U.K.

Coming soon to a Chain Weighted, Hedonic Quality Adjusted CPI Amerika in the near future.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:26 | 3156896 Better_late_tha...
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I just want to say thank you to tyler for allowing me to click on the hot girl and be able to zoom.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:38 | 3156935 French Frog
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As it was a UK-centered article, it would have been nice if they had used a local girl for the picture rather than a Fraulein enjoying herself at the annual Oktoberfest in Munich...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:02 | 3156943 Terp
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Well, at least our Fräulein gets to drink proper beer (e.g. 4.8% alc. min.) and not the faggy piss they seem to sell the limeys.



Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:45 | 3156964 phyuckyiu
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Eye Of The Hawk by Mendocino Brewing Co. or GTFO.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:43 | 3157075 economics9698
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English girls have fat asses, hairy armpits, body odor, and look like a half eaten Sheppard pie.  Tyler made the right choice, here, here!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 09:21 | 3157125 duo
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didn't know Hofbrau Haus was in London

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:10 | 3157314 Joe Davola
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Wouldn't mind hosen her leder.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:05 | 3157503 trav777
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she looks a lot like an ex gf of mine...she was nuts

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 12:34 | 3157791 Raymond Reason
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Did you date my second wife?  Unfortunately beer killed our marriage, and now her liver is going too.   

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:41 | 3157405 the not so migh...
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thats a lie!!!!!

my british dream girl


I would leave my wife and kid and fly to england to be her garbage man


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 19:53 | 3160287 BigJim
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"English girls have fat asses, hairy armpits, body odor, and look like a half eaten Sheppard pie."

No, they're just the only ones who looked at YOU twice.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:24 | 3157058 SafelyGraze
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substituting water for beer = hedonics

plus, (free) air in the foam

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 09:00 | 3157098 tabasco71
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what? so you prefer to see a fat beer hog throwing up in the gutter?  you can always google.... ?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 07:43 | 3157028 GubbermintWorker
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Indeed. Damn, those puppies are straining to be released!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 07:25 | 3157018 Winston Churchill
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Love the smell of adulteration in the morning.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:26 | 3156861 Raymond Reason
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Stello Artois is a fraud.  But there are little known breweries in Central Europe, monasteries, that have been brewing for 7 or 8 centuries. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:08 | 3156897 TruthInSunshine
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The original pilsner is the very Czech Pilsner Urquell, and it's quite a bit better than Stella (even in super market bottles, rather than preferably from a cask).

Belgian brewed ales (many by monks in monasteries) rule.  The lacey, cloudy, cask refermented (i.e. no artificial carbonation and no pasteurization) brew does not lie (and will knock you on your ass if you think it's any ordinary "beer").

Tapping the Essence of Belgium
Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:03 | 3157499 trav777
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retire the up arrow for this post, das bierland FTW

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:20 | 3156978 Al Gorerhythm
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The beer may be watered down but you have to admit, you still get the same packaging. Winning.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:01 | 3158874 The_Dude
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Augustiner Bräu in Salzburg, Austria 

One of the best days of my life, spent under the trees with family and friends.  Wouldn't sell that memory for all of your gold.  And any beer brewed by a bunch of monks has got my seal of approval.

Definitely worth the trip....

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:40 | 3156937 French Frog
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"Just don't touch Stella and everything will be OK"

It  just goes to show that people will drink any old piss and even be proud of it with clever marketing lol

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 02:30 | 3161389 MyKillK
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Yea, I laughed out loud on that one. Just goes to show how gullible people are. Just slap some fancy labeling and a frenchie name on the bottle and people think it's classy stuff. It's barely better than Budweiser.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:46 | 3157082 Downtoolong
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Heineken probably pumped her tits up with air too.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:48 | 3156711 Xibalba
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The English would do this, but I doubt the Germans ever would. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:46 | 3156820 taniquetil
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As long as the Belgian Trappistes stay honest, what macrobreweries (InBev, SabMiller, Molson Coors) do is totally their business.

BTW, Rochefort 8 and 10 are my favorites.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:51 | 3156917 TruthInSunshine
Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:00 | 3156834 Albertarocks
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LOL... right you are (about the Germans).  And it looks like it's getting to the point where good cold Canadian beers with the standard 5% are soon going to be referred to as "hard stuff".

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:44 | 3156868 August
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As long as Victory Gin remains available, I'll get by.

Bottoms up!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:26 | 3156934 Curiously_Crazy
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Same in Australia mate. Our standard beers (by which I guess I mean easy to drink swill but goes down a treat on hot days) was always 5%. Then 4.8 now 4.5.  Luckily we still have Coopers - decent South Australian Brewer - that has kept their sparkling ales at 5.8 for as long as I can remember and not changed it a bit...


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:28 | 3156955 Albertarocks
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I'm used to the Canadian beers obviously, but some of the better times I've ever had was drinking American beers in the little roadside bars that seem to pop outta nowhere about every 3 miles along the highways there.  Haven't been into the USA for over 20 years now.  And the more it becomes a total police state the less likely it is I'll ever return there.  It saddens me but I'm just not going to a place where the police are constantly looking for a fight.  My problem is that I tend to oblige them.  Probably my Irish ancestry to blame for that.  That's starting to just be too damned dangerous these days when they'll shoot a person on the spot and say he was a terrist (Bush's pronounciation).  The way Bush pronounced that word, nobody knew if he meant terrorist or tourist.  So they just shoot both... just to be on the safe side.  Hitler's goons used to do the same thing and the Irish didn't particularly get along with those arseholes either.   It's all about homeland security doncha know?

Cheers mate.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:47 | 3157079 economics9698
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4.8%?  Fuck that we have Steel Reserve for $1.29 a quart that is 8.1%!  /sarc

In Canada Maudite is some great fricking beer. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:56 | 3157465 Almost Solvent
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Molson XXX mothafuckers

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:49 | 3156968 Navymugsy
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Toohey's is the shit!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:17 | 3156649 Say What Again
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I can't read the article without getting distracted by the Fraulein.


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:45 | 3156707 ACP
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Nothing like good beer and beer wenches.

I need a cigarette.

When do we get our Obama beer wenches?!?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:52 | 3156877 Say What Again
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It was the blackest night

There was no moon in sight

You know the stars ain't shinin'

'cause the sky's too tight

I heard the scarey wind

I seen some ugly trees

There was a werewolf honkin' 'long the side of me



Titties and Beer
Titties and Beer

Titties and Beer
Tetas y Birras
Titties and Beer
Tetas y Birras


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:05 | 3156760 Bansters-in-my-...
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What....!  Say What Again

There was an article.......?


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:11 | 3156769 Agent P
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Had something to do with inflation, I think...I don't know about prices, but something else sure is rising.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:18 | 3156652 DeadFred
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This is getting personal when they start messing with the two most important brews in existence.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:49 | 3156714 Missiondweller
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Agreed. Has the whole world gone mad?


I may have to go back to brewing my own like I did back in college. Used to be able to brew 5 gallons for $11.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:01 | 3156835 fnord
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Still can, first thing I did was to price out a batch of 3.8% bitters. For $10.09 I could get 5.5 gallons of bitters and 4 hours of relaxation while brewing. All I need is a lady like that who likes beer.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 07:19 | 3157013 Go Tribe
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No kidding. So now I have to start hoarding raw coffee beans and hops??? Fuck obama and bernank.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:20 | 3156656 Oldwood
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The whole world is being watered down. The only exception is corruption which is becoming more potent.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:08 | 3156842 U4 eee aaa
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The water isn't. It's coming in smaller packages

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 06:27 | 3156989 LMAO
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Oldwood,I concur.

U4, the quality of said water though is getting increasingly worse; so hey still paying more for less in one way....

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:21 | 3156657 Goldilocks
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Jane's Addiction - Jane Says (4:48)

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:21 | 3156661 kito
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Stop drinking crappy multinational beers and switch to higher alcohol content/better tasting local microbrews.......well worth it......

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:28 | 3156678 Overfed
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Sheaf stout was on special today at the local store. :-D

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:50 | 3156720 Missiondweller
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Easy to say if you live in Oregon (my former home).

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:25 | 3156797 A Nanny Moose
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Microbreweries are popping up all over the place. It's a good time to be alive, if you are a beer lover.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:25 | 3156795 percolator
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Yeah totally agree, Sierra NV Torpedo is my fav or even better start brewing beer yourself.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:31 | 3156803 A Nanny Moose
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I only drink local stuff. Whenever I travel for work, I make it a point to find the local microbrews, and give them a try.

Last time I flew Horizon Air they had free micro-brews. They lost money on my seat.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:47 | 3156822 taniquetil
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Belgian Trappist and Abbey Ales all the way, although you'll pay a few bucks more for them.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:06 | 3156921 TruthInSunshine
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Westvleteren 12


I do not buy into "hype" of any kind. In this case, I can honestly say it's in my top 3 (maybe 2) ales of all time. It was just recently sold in the U.S. as of December 12th, lines formed, and it fetched $85 per 6 pack.- Westvleteren 12 On Sale in U.S. for First Time Ever for 12-12-12

I wouldn't pay that for it, because there are nearly as good trappist ales for about $12 to $14 for a 750ml bottle (Chimay Grande Réserve, etc.).

Contrary to popular opinion, small U.S. Breweries (kraftwerk) are making some kick ass ales, stouts, pilsners. Two such breweries are New Holland Brewing Company & also Bell's Brewery.

If you can get your hands on some New Holland Dragon's Milk, DO NOT HESITATE. It's as good if not better than some of the best that Europe offers.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 09:22 | 3157130 duo
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3Floyds if you're in the Chicago area.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:29 | 3157354 Doomer
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I find that good microbrew lagers are like hen's teeth - hard to find.  A lot of breweries don't even try because a good lager is harder to brew than an ale, and when they do, it is pretty hit or miss, with more misses IMHO.

That being said, Prima Pils from Victory is outstanding if you really like hops.

Also, I must say that just because a beer doesn't bowl you over with flavor doesn't mean its a bad beer; sometimes I want subtle, but still pure flavor.  Flame at will, all you ale chuggers, but Hofbrau Original or Spaten Premium fits the bill for me on a summer day, especially with food.  If anyone has any suggestions for good German helles-style or Czech-style pilsners made state-side, I am open to suggestions.


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:21 | 3156662 legorf
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Good job with the picture, I suddenly felt enticed to click on the link.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:22 | 3156663 FinalCollapse
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As long as these boobs don't get downsized...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:45 | 3156705 SHEEPFUKKER

I believe they are properly inflated. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:46 | 3156965 phyuckyiu
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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:22 | 3156664 JackT
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99 Bottle Of Beer On The Wall..99 Bottles...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:23 | 3156669 francis_sawyer
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You're not 'getting poorer' if you brew your own & grow your own barley & hops...


If you're a JEW ~ junk me for not buying my beer at your pops liquor store... Sorry to NOT LET YOU steal money out of my pocket... Write your local lobbyist to inform them there are TEAR OUR WRISTS still lurking...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:46 | 3156702's picture

That crap is getting really old. And who are these braindead idiots who upvote you when you blame everything under the sun on Jews? Might be time to stop hanging around here.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:57 | 3156741 SilverRhino
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Truth often offends.

GTFO then of you dont like the posts.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:04 | 3156755's picture

Maybe I will. Hey, Tylers. why are you letting these idiots vandalize your property?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:34 | 3156806 A Nanny Moose
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It would be unfortunate to lose your voice of reason.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:05 | 3156759 ForTheWorld
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Your resposne to CrocketAlmanac is the same as his to francis_sawyer, so perhaps you should heed your own advice if you don't like what CrocketAlmanac posts?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:04 | 3156742 francis_sawyer
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You're right... 'It's getting old'...


Wanna know what's getting OLDER?... Do you REALLY wanna go there?...

Blow me... [together with all the 'braindead idiots' who you wish to be relegated to be SENTENCED TO DEATH in the ZH gas chamber]... Look ~ my BROTHER is a salesman for a liquor distribution company... Half his clients are Koreans & half are Jews... There are at least 2 dozen other 'SALESMAN' in this organization (who do the same job as my brother) ~ half of their clients are Koreans & half are Jews...

Got any BETTER numbers for me Einstein?...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:05 | 3156758's picture

Tylers, this guy should be show the door.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:09 | 3156764 francis_sawyer
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Yeah bitch ~ It would be MUCH more in Tylers interest to tell LIES & HALF TRUTHS than to publish anecdotal stories about what goes on in the REAL WORLD... Dickwads like you should be more worried about whether or not they bring back the MATH QUESTION...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:13 | 3156773 Goldilocks
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AC\DC Have A Drink on Me (3:59)

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:21 | 3156788 francis_sawyer
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Frankly ~ this is a YAWNER of a thread... [evidenced by the sheer fact that MARK HAINES got a junk ~ probably from Crockett]...


Best thread of the evening was this one:

francis_sawyer ~ naturally got 4 JUNKS from the pussies he BITCH SLAPPED in that thread... Crockett!?!... Stand up & be counted... YOU'RE WELCOME SIR ~ YOU MAY HAVE ANOTHER...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:25 | 3156796's picture

I'll post again when your username yields an ACCESS DENIED. Goodbye francis.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:50 | 3156802 francis_sawyer
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Crockett ~ I'm going to give you an unsolicited piece of advice... [Sorry for that ~ it's not usually my style to do so]...


Nature is CYCLICAL... As such... & as Ecclesiastes might say... Everything has it's TIME under the sun... You?... Francis_Sawyer?... We are but mere mortals... Neither of us has a SAY in what is to become... However ~ That should not DETER either one of us, as individuals, from MAKING BETS as to what may or may not occur...

So go ahead & place your bets... I'll 'respect them' as I place mine & plan to collect my winnings [which may or may not materialize]... Let GOD collect the 'vig'... Oh yeah ~ I forgot... You're an ATHEIST... You don't believe in God... Therefore YOU must be right... There is no vig to be collected... Sorry ~ my bad... TYLERS ~ cancel my accout IMMEDIATELY!


Lastly ~ Crockett??? Are you fucking STONED or something... More than half [WAY more than half] of the threads that get reported each day here are a bunch of LIES told to you by:

- The Teleprompter in Chief

- Some 'lying ass' central banker

- some media stooge [like Steve LIESman]

- some banking ANALyst


Thank Dog you have your priorities straight in calling francis_sawyer out for TRUTH & reconciliation...


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:50 | 3156971 phyuckyiu
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Francis, i'm not sure a beer article qualifies for j00 hating, maybe save your ammo for something better so you don't cheapen your argument.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:03 | 3156944 BigDuke6
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It disgusts me to see ZHers call for the exclusion of fellows.

Reminds me of the trash that wanted trav out.... Fucking Mosley and pals.

Fuck you crock of shit

Don't post, you're no loss

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 09:01 | 3157099 rodocostarica
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I have this thing about always wanting to up arrow any post mentioning AC DC. Let there be rock!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:19 | 3156784 PenchantForHoarding
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Dude, I've been reading this blog daily for 2.5 years. What the f. Quality control, someone? Its not that I take the bait in terms of the childishly retarded content you somehow seem to prolifically spew lately... guess I'm just selfish. I just want to read the stories and peruse the comments without retard trolls ruining the experience. Its that simple.

I picture a Midwestern quasi foreclosed split level ranch strewn with anarchist cookbooks and simple racist literature and probably a plastic name tag from your workplace. And you. Meth'd out in a darkened room silhouetted against a CRT monitor.

Do us all a favor, sign off, and STFU for awhile. Jesus... am I the only one sick of listening to this idiot?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:11 | 3156888 akak
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No, you are definitely not the only one sick of his shit, and that of similar trolls.


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:23 | 3156786 Tinky
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While I do agree that readers are free to ignore posts, this:

"my BROTHER is a salesman for a liquor distribution company... Half his clients are Koreans & half are Jews... There are at least 2 dozen other 'SALESMAN' in this organization (who do the same job as my brother) ~ half of their clients are Koreans & half are Jews..."

tells you all you need to know about the foundation of francis_sawyer's bigotry. Only a moron (and/or someone deeply troubled) would assert the above, as if it is somehow meaningful, then follow up with this idiotic challenge:

"Got any BETTER numbers for me Einstein?..."


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:35 | 3157065 Random
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I'm no fan of the jews myself (the twisted ones at least, easily the majority of the lot) but imho is not making any sense bringing them in regards to everything, like blaming the jews for beer watered down (although you could argue that due to QE+ infinity this a direct consequence). You can call it "blame-the-jew inflation" if you like. Also, if you really go down the rabbit hole, jews (the nasty and very powerful ones) are merely lackeys and scapegoats to the papacy, acting as a PR shield.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:57 | 3156824 percolator
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Ignore Francis Sawyer he's an idiot. 

This summer I made the mistake of engaging him when he thought the mid-Atlantic states excellent crop of soybeans would be enough to offset the drought reduced crop in the Midwest.  When I pointed out the fact that Iowa alone grows more than 4 times the amount of soybeans than the entire mid-Atlantic states combined he went on a nonsensical spiel.

What's funny is Francis was probably looking at tobacco and thought it was soybeans. 

Check it out here francis proves he nothing but a troll.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:20 | 3156890 SilverFish
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Ok, name one really good Jew beer.




Case closed.


*bangs gavel*

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:24 | 3156894 akak
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Samuel Adamski?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:24 | 3156670 CrimsonAvenger
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Do what you want with the beer. But if you touch my whiskey you're getting a swift kick in the nuts.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:49 | 3156876 Richard Head
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Jack Daniels watered its whiskey down from 90 to 86 proof in 2004.  So much for their vaunted tradition.  How many people were aware of this?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:26 | 3156672 Falconsixone
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Watered down jobs here. Like walfart saying they're going to hire 100k mercury dead military  people for min. wage at 20/30 hrs a week so they get no med. cover for what the gov did to them. One of the main veins that made u.s. companys move to compete with slave  owner corps. They are miltary, couldn't they just take walfarts headquarters like they do in other countrys?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:37 | 3156685 Rusty Shorts
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What a minute, the very first law, (punishable by hanging.. till death), on the books was:

1) Do not water down the Beer


...the second law on the books was:

2) Do not water down the Beer


The Code of Hammurabi ...I think, I'll have to dig out my notes...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:36 | 3156689 Schmuck Raker
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Haben usend Google search on dis imagine Eich bin haben Google sux.

[via Google translation software]

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:36 | 3156692 gimli
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I'm so unhoppy...........

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:52 | 3156729 Missiondweller
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LOL! That was good!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:40 | 3156697 FiatFapper
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The fuckers just found horse & pig DNA in burgers in Ireland.

Austerity - the palpable taste of margin compression.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:47 | 3156821 Harbanger
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Big deal, pig sausages are delicious.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:33 | 3156902 tenpanhandle
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but it was in the secret sauce.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:54 | 3156828 Aurora Ex Machina
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This is no surprise to anyone who knows how many gypsy horses are left loose and the down-turn in agriculture. Kind of like being "shocked" when Spanish sausage has donkey in it. Newsflash: if you've been eating those sausages from local sources, chances are, it's gonna have some horse in it. [and for the rest of the report; the pig in beef dishes is purely to do with slack industrial standards; I've long since noticed stray pork cubes in super-market meals like lasagne; it's simply a facet of the way factories work].


p.s. Horse is tasty, healthy, and is one of only three mammal meats that improves with age. Ditch the classism, and get eating the old nags (not including dear Eliz II, of course).

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:45 | 3156703 jonjon831983
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Fructose Corn Syrup -> Pink Slime -> Beef Needling -> Swapped Coffee -> Diluted beer?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:46 | 3156708 joego1
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Come up to where I live in Mendocino California. We brew kick ass IPA, the best Pinot and killer bud dude. We do not scrimp on the quality factor. Possibly the  last American stand.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:51 | 3156723's picture

Cue the Sir Douglas Quintet:

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:00 | 3156752 joego1
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It rejected my mobile device. No body loves me, nobody cares....

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:18 | 3156780's picture

Bummer, dude. It's a great song.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:39 | 3156911 tenpanhandle
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sorry to say pal but the Redtail Ale has gone to shit.  when they moved out of hopland to their big new ukiah factory, they left the quality control behind.  As for the Arcata, Blue Lake and Eureka breweries, they too have suffered a lowering of the taste bud test scores.  However, the green bud has definately improved in quality.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:49 | 3156713 lolmao500
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Good. Maybe those damn drunks will stop being drunks for a moment and realize they are a bunch of slaves to a monarchy and they'll do something about it.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:50 | 3156826 Anusocracy
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Not likely. Pommie bastards are at least as stupid as the bloody Yanks.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:50 | 3156715 The Gooch
Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:50 | 3156716 Dr. Engali
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Can't be any worse than some of the domestic piss water we have here. If you want good beer it isn't going to come from a company who pretends their beer is hauled into town by Clydesdales. Support your local brewery or make your own.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:51 | 3156727 The Gooch
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After Goose Island was co-opted by Anheuser, Polish Vodka is the only way. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:51 | 3156725 DavosSherman
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There's beer somewhere in that picture?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:55 | 3156734 Insideher Trading
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It's bacteria shit.

Make your own.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:55 | 3156736 lolmao500
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Ladies and gentlemen of the WVCDL and West Virginia. Today, around 3PM I met with Senator Manchin. In any conversation with a person of that level of power, there are two conversations that occur at once. The first is the obvious and direct meaning of what is spoken. The second conversation is the meaning between the lines. In this case, neither is good. West Virginia, in my opinion, you have been sold out.

First, let's talk about the direct conversation. It's very simple. Senator Manchin supports a three-pronged approach that includes universal background checks, including private sales. He supports mental health-care reform. And he supports magazine capacity limits, and possibly other restrictions.

Further, he stated to me directly, that he believes 75% of West Virginians, like him, believe that the only purposes behind gun ownership and the second amendment are hunting and recreational shooting. He told me that defense is not an angle he considers or believes in, and that is specifically in the context of defense of self, and defense from tyranny. Perhaps now you understand why I've been too angry to update you on the results of the meeting. In case you're thinking of stopping here, it gets worse.

Senator Manchin told me what the media will do if Congress (including the US House of Representatives) fails to pass an AWB and/or mag restrictions. "They will one, by one, put up pictures of dead children. They will show the carnage." Considering that tomorrow, President Obama will be exploiting children by dragging them on stage with him while he outlays his plan, this is not a huge leap. And these are the words of a United States senator. We, and I don't mean just West Virginians, I mean Americans, must prepare for this. That is a direct quote. Verbatim. We need every talking head in the conservative media out in front of this. Make it happen. Share this post far and wide.

When it became clear that we were not going to find common ground, and that Senator Manchin intends to support magazine capacity limits and other pointless gun-control laws doomed to failure, I told the senator that we would be there. We would be at every single event. We would be at every fund-raiser. We would be there, and the content of our signs would not be pleasant.

And now we get to the second conversation. The one between the lines. When I said we would be there, he said, "there won't be any events."

This confused me. No politician runs for office without fund-raisers and events. And I have to admit, it wasn't I that grasped the meaning of this. I want to be clear, that the following was not stated. This was deduced by a confidant of mine, and I think she is correct. Manchin was honest. There will be no events. Why would a US Senator not need funds? This is because there will be no campaign. Joe Manchin is too young to retire from a position of such power. What does that mean?

West Virginia, this means that Joe Manchin has sold you out. It means that he has accepted some position, likely promised by Barack Obama, to place his boot in your neck in exchange for power.

Now you know. Now you know why for four hours, I was too angry to update you.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:14 | 3156775 Freddie
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Can the people of WV recall Manchin and Rockefeller?  They need to.   Get two sneators who will work to impeach O.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:20 | 3156949 zhandax
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West Virginia, in my opinion, you have been sold out.

He is a politician (translation; lying piece of shit).  Of course you have been sold out.  Time to trade up (was unfortunately last November).  Your idiots are hosed.  Please play again.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:23 | 3156854 joego1
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Argg, hang the traitor from the yard arm mates! Pass the grogg. Yo ho Yo Ho a pirates life for me!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:57 | 3156740 tooriskytoinvest
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Is Gold Getting Ready To Rip? Fed Aggressively Buying Securities Outright, Japan Fired First Shots In Global 'Currency War',  Trust In Central Banks By Other Central Banks Is Ending, And Fitch Prepares To Downgrade U.S. Credit Rating

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:58 | 3156743 TahoeBilly2012
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Victory Beer...coming to a Winston Smith near you!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:00 | 3156750 Bansters-in-my-...
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If it's less than 5% alcohol it AINT beer.


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:07 | 3156763 Híppos Purrós
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Believe it or not.... The beer isn't the worst of it...

[UK Independent] - Horsemeat discovered in beefburgers on sale at Tesco and Iceland

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:09 | 3156767 Seasmoke
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Perhaps I have gone off the reservation but I continue to buy many bottles of bourbon each week and keep them in basement. I am over 100 and plan on inventory of 500 before end of year. Barter. Barter. Barter.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:48 | 3156915 tenpanhandle
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I am doing so also and have well over five hundred bottles but better buy some more because I never thought of that barter angle ;) 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:11 | 3156771 chump666
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I drink spirits, damn fine Bourbon: Buffalo Trace, Tequila, Polish vodka, Rum...

As for Beers, f*ck Heineken.  Get a good traditional German pilsnar, high alcohol etc


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:19 | 3156783 Goldilocks
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one bourbon one scotch one beer (8:28)

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:19 | 3156785 Antifaschistische
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This isn't news though..

Ten years ago I hear a 'HOME HANDYMAN" on the radio saying to buy homes built in the 60's because THEY would last and the crap built since then was already falling apart.

I hear a "CAR GUY" on the radio 5 years ago talking about how important it is to not let any modern car overheat because the metal in the engine is crap compared to the cars of the 70's.

Toy stores in the 60's and 70's wer magical places full of hand made toys crafted from wood and steel.  Then, in the 90's when you walk in to Toy's-R-Us it's just a bunch of cheap plastic junk that will be in a yard sale in 5 years with some hispanic ladies saying they'll take 4 of those toys for a total of 50 cents.

I throw away staplers at work because they're quality is so poor.  It's not like the grey swingline staplers we had in elementary school that was part stapler and part hammer.

I'm reading a blog site for "tools" and they say to buy a "vintage" axe because the metal in modern axes are junk.

I returned a high end modern home theater system after spending a whole week trying to figure out why it didn't sound as good as my Pioneer SX1080 Receiver from 1979 (or so).  When I finally found someone who knew what they were talking about he said, "oh, you'll never get new stuff that sounds like that equipment from Pioneer or Sansui in the 70's unless you spend over $10,000."

The quality of a shirt from K-Mart in 1975 vastly exceeds that of a $250 shirt from Nieman Marcus today...and  yes, I do have a collection of Ted Baker shirts from London to prove it.

Our entire system is one giant facade of fake crap and the only artisans left are the people who make crap look like it's something special.

It all disgusts me.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:52 | 3156829 U4 eee aaa
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Yes, but debt is built to last!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:53 | 3156830 Acidtest Dummy
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Each generation must be more ignorant than the last for the system to work.

      Let's export some WAR CRIMINALS to the Hague, sure they're not as good as our grandparents' WAR CRIMINALS, but if we don't do something with them they will spoil. (Spoil our chance of self governance.)

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:07 | 3156928 ebworthen
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Exactly, precisely, dead-on truth.

Broken dreams.

Plastic world.

Sad but true.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:56 | 3156941 Shigure
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You are right about staplers - mine is over 70 years old and still good. Have you seen "The Light Bulb Conspiracy"?


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:20 | 3156787 sitenine
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I know it's not proper to cry in one's beer, but that's fucked up.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:21 | 3156789 williambanzai7
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They claim the piss makes it taste better.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 07:28 | 3157021 Ralph Spoilsport
Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:22 | 3156790 Magnum
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Bought a bag of Oreos the other day, some new flavor they have.  Used to be, three solid rows of cookies and real weight to the package.  Now you get the same size package on the outside, but each cookie is placed on a  tray that places a gap in between each cookie.  Total weight is probably 1/4 of an old pack of Oreos, and same price of course.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:44 | 3156817 Bastiat
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Old R a sputin s t o u t.   Wow.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:50 | 3156827 U4 eee aaa
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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:56 | 3156831 U4 eee aaa
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I hear Canadian beer is being watered down so much it tastes like American beer LOL!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:59 | 3156833 Aurora Ex Machina
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Feature on UK beer (and piss-poor ones at that); picture of pretty German Fräulein in traditional bustier.

So, this is really about Cameron's latest weak attempts to state that the UK could "go it alone", while everyone knows it still hinges on Germany, right?



p.s. National crisis will only happen once Special Brew gets watered down, and then the Scots will revolt...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:02 | 3156836 Dre4dwolf
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Haha that sucks, well I don't really drink beer anymore, Moonshine since 3 months ago.... and I think it actually has health benefits!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:04 | 3157040 SilverFish
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Yeah, it makes you go blind, so you're less likely to leave the house and get run over by a beer truck.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:10 | 3156846 Unprepared
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My goodness, I never thought that BOE's liquidity injection will dilute the beer as well. What's the reserve ratio for brewers and are they under Basel III?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:22 | 3156847 ebworthen
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"A 2% reduction in your paycheck does not significanlty reduce your belief in the kleptoligarchy or it's validity.  We did not raise your taxes by 2% this last pay period, just your FICA."


"A limitaion on the number of rounds and type of weapons and bullets and magazines does not limit your constitutional rights." says Obama while executing executive orders.

So, if The People execute The Executive for trying to attack The Second Amendment of The Constitution will the military and police support The Constitution - or the Executive Dictator - Rights Raper- in Chief?

Eh Boys?


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:33 | 3156863 lordbyroniv
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SMUTTYNOSE is all Ill drink!!!  That shit ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:04 | 3156885 realtick
Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:14 | 3156889 Joe A
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Nobody in his right mind should drink Heineken anyway. I don't know what the fuss is about that 'beer'. I am Dutch but I avoid that Dutch beer like the plague. I'd rather go for a Hertog Jan. And of course Belgium beer. Beer produced by small local breweries are much better than any of these big brands. Even American beer from small breweries is geting better. One recently won the price for best beer brewed by small breweries.

But the article is right, everywhere you see inflation in quality of products. Whether it is beer or cookies or whatever. All of course under the banner of 'new' and 'improved'. But no improved prices, rather even inflated ones. Well, it is a consumer society, just switch to another brand and see how long it takes before brands go back to the 'traditional taste'.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:30 | 3156900 akak
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As far as I am concerned, nobody in their right mind would drink ANY beer, period.

How that nasty, overcarbonated, sticky, bitter skunk piss ever became as popular as it is has always eluded me.  I have tried it numerous times, and never cease to find it vile and repulsive.  I suspect that it is only the alcohol content, and NOTHING else, that can be credited with beer's popularity.  Those who enjoy it, like those who claim to enjoy beets and horseradish, I strongly suspect of being aliens, or at least not the same species as myself.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:35 | 3156906 Joe A
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Well, I don't know what kind of beers you tried but if it is not your thing then you will never like any one of them anyway. Although appreciation for tastes (of whatever food or beverage) often comes later in life. Some people drink beer to get piss drunk but others drink it in moderation and for the taste of it. When it comes to taste I am of the opinion that everybody is entitled to their own bad taste.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:44 | 3156913 akak
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It is also true, if not widely known, that tastes are not uniform and absolute, and that many people fundamentally taste a given food or substance significantly and sometimes even radically differently than another person would.  For example, there is a compound in beets, thiourea, that is tasteless to the majority of people, but which has a highly disagreeable "dirt-like" taste to those who can detect it (myself included).  Potassium chloride tastes like normal table salt (sodium chloride) to a minority of people (myself again included), while it tastes quite bitter to most others.  And there are many other such substances in many other foods.  Also, some people have vastly more taste buds than others, accentuating these taste differences, and tastes in general.  So it truly may be that those who dislike a food are not merely being "picky" or "stubborn", but are in many cases probably literally tasting that food in a profoundly different manner than those who enjoy it.

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