Room Full of Mirrors

Room Full of Mirrors

Why I object to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza: Israel turned the occupied territories into a prison.

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Czech girl smoking (in both senses of the word) in traditional dress. Not sure where pic is from, so advise if you know. Dik.

Czech girl smoking (in both senses of the word) in traditional dress. Not sure where pic is from, so advise if you know. Dik.

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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes - Saint Francis Borgia at the Deathbed of an Impenitent (detail)

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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes - Saint Francis Borgia at the Deathbed of an Impenitent (detail)

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Dutch state found liable in deaths of more than 300 men in Srebrenica massacre

Budweiser? Budvar? A-B?

Budweiser is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and well known American beers around the world. Thanks to its countless commercials proclaiming it the “King of Beers” and “The Great American Lager” coupled with its near universal availability in the US, it’s hard to think of American beer without thinking of Budweiser. Unfortunately, Budweiser isn’t American at all, it’s Czech. That’s right, the beer that is most synonymous with America was actually stolen from a brewery in what today is the Czech Republic.

Pilsner, the style of beer Budweiser attempts to replicate, is originally a Czech style of beer. Originating in the Czech town of Pilsen, Pilsner is a German word which means “from Pilsen.” The first clue that the Great American Lager actually isn’t all that great or American comes from its name. ‘Budweiser’ is also a German word, meaning “from Budweis,” which is a town in the Czech Republic. When German-American immigrant Adolphus Busch started selling Budweiser in 1876, he decided to name it after the town he got the recipe from, Budweis. This wasn’t something the people of Budweis were too pleased about of course, considering they’d been brewing their own Budweiser beer since the 14th century.

As a result Anheuser-Busch and Budejovicky Budvar, the brewery in Budweis which sells the original Budweiser, have been locked in copyright disputes ever since. Currently they’ve reached an awkward truce which allows A-B to sell its beer in the US under the name ‘Budweiser’ while in most of Europe it must be sold as simply ‘Bud’ and in Germany it’s sold under the awkward name ‘Anheuser-Busch B.’ Budejovicky Budvar for it’s part is allowed to sell their beer under Budweiser in Europe while having to go by ‘Budweiser Budvar’ here in the States.

To give A-B some credit, they didn’t simply ‘borrow’ the recipe and name from Budejovicky Budvar, they also dumbed down the recipe, replacing much of the barley and grains used in the Czech version with flavorless adjuncts like rice and corn. Nothing says American like stealing from other countries and making bland, watery beer. So I guess in a lot of ways Budweiser is the Great American Lager. God Bless America!

Original article here: http://blog.beeriety.com/2009/07/17/budweiser-the-great-czech-lager/

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Real Americans should not drink Budweiser.  Actually, nobody should.  It just sucks.  If you are drinking rice alcohol, just drink sake instead.  Budweiser is not a “great American lager.”  Far from it.  The USA does have fantastic beers, but Bud is not one of them. 

Living legend David Allan Coe! Love the guitar.

Living legend David Allan Coe! Love the guitar.

How an Iranian musician took ancient Persian poetry to the top of the U.S. charts

Accomplishments take time. They are not accomplished with a short burst of effort.

Joachim Low, the coach who has been part of this evolution since he assisted Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, a tournament that was effectively a rebirth for a national team that earned a new love and respect from supporters, tried to find some perspective.

"We’ve been together now for 55 days," Low said. "We started this project 10 years ago, so this is the result of many years’ work, beginning with Jurgen Klinsmann. We’ve continued that work and our strength has been our constant progress. We’d not made this ultimate step before, but champions do what they will do. We believed we’d win it."

Low added: “We showed the best performances for seven matches of all the team in this tournament, but we’re looking back over ten years of preparation and hard work. This team has developed a spirit which is unbelievable. We’re proud to be the first European team to win a title in Latin America, in Rio, in Brazil, in a footballing country par excellence… and this makes us proud.”

Philipp Lahm, the understated and almost ludicrously consistent captain, dedicated the win to the group. “Whether we have the best individual players or whatever does not matter, you have to have the best team. We stepped up time and again in the tournament, did not let ourselves get distracted by any disruption, went on our way. And at the end you stand there as world champions — [it’s] an unbelievable feeling.”

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Quoted from a news source.

World Cup - such a tough call!
World Cup - such a tough call!

World Cup - such a tough call!