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  • Peterr commented on the blog post Chickens Coming Home to Roost in Kansas

    2014-07-26 10:20:46View | Delete

    Koch Industries has been running some feel-good ads for the last month or so, trying to paint themselves as ordinary folks doing good honest work.

    I’d say they’re feeling the pinch of the antipathy the Koch Brothers have been generating.

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 18:15:46View | Delete

    Who were some of the weirdest (in a good way) characters you met while working on the film?

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 18:06:04View | Delete

    Love the title!

    Are there any good beer blogs/websites you came across, that you’d recommend to someone looking for more info on craft beer?

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 18:00:14View | Delete

    Roger, are they any clips that it broke your heart to edit out of the final film? You know, the little bits that made you say “Damn, this is great, but it doesn’t fit the flow of the film” or “. . . it would take too much time to set this clip up properly”.

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 17:43:45View | Delete

    Craft brewers run up against the same obstacle that many small wineries do: state laws that privilege alcohol distributors over direct-to-consumer selling.

    Roger, do you know if craft beer brewers have teamed up with wine organizations like “Free the Grapes” to take on these laws?

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 17:30:48View | Delete

    They wouldn’t have sold out to a bunch of Belgians, either.

    *grin*

    What surprised you most in making the film?

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 17:26:23View | Delete

    Wow.

    That’s proof that the Busch family no longer controls A-B, then. InBev may have let you make YOUR film, but the old Busch clan (like Gussie) never would have let that happen.

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 17:24:44View | Delete

    I’ve got his Beer Companion on my shelf of cookbooks, and it remains a gem (though obviously parts are overtaken by new beers that have come out and old breweries that have closed).

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 17:23:07View | Delete

    Roger, how did you come to choose beer as the topic for this film?

  • Peterr commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

    2014-07-07 17:20:35View | Delete

    My first sip of beer was probably Busch, as that was the beer of choice in our St. Louis family of German immigrants. Alas, my time as an exchange student in Germany in high school ruined most mass-market American beers for me, as I delighted in the richer variety of beers that I found.

    I was more than delighted when craft brews started catching on in the US.

  • Peterr commented on the blog post With Hobby Lobby Decision, SCOTUS Heads Back to the Gilded Age

    2014-07-05 13:11:24View | Delete

    She already did, the same day the ruling came down:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby — allowing some companies to refuse to cover employees for specific birth control methods if they conflict with the business owner’s religious beliefs — was “deeply disturbing.”

    Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, said she hopes the court’s ruling sparks a “real outcry” across the nation.

    “This is a really bad, slippery slope,” Clinton said during an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which was sponsored by Facebook and streamed live on the social media network.

    “It’s very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health-care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception,” Clinton added.

  • Peterr commented on the blog post With Hobby Lobby Decision, SCOTUS Heads Back to the Gilded Age

    2014-07-05 10:55:06View | Delete

    That was strongly stated by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her dissent.

  • Peterr commented on the blog post With Hobby Lobby Decision, SCOTUS Heads Back to the Gilded Age

    2014-07-05 10:53:47View | Delete

    Alito regularly equated the corporation with the owners, which as you note is a narrow definition of just who the “corporation” truly is.

    I’d be quite happy with saying “If corporate owners demand and receive an exemption from the requirements to provide the ACA-mandated minimum coverage, they lose the liability shield provided by incorporation.”

    Of course, the GOP in the House would make certain such a proposal never sees the light of day.

  • That won’t be enough for the USCCB. They don’t want anyone to be forced to protect the jobs of LGBTs.

  • Ed, I’m curious about reactions you’ve received to the book. Musicians, politicians, lawyers, family friends, music executives . . . any interesting ones you’d like to share?

  • I loved the story of how he wanted to sing it in court, was refused, and then sung it out in the halls for all the reporters and others to hear.

  • John, I’m curious about your reaction to the discussion of Pete’s back and forth with (a) the commercial side of the music business that pushes artists to write and sing what sells and (b) the personal side of the business where you are writing and singing what you want. It rang true to me, but then again, I’m not a musician . . .

  • Welcome, Ed — and you too, John. (I’ve been a fan of your music for a long time!)

    I enjoyed the book from beginning to end, as it did not lay out some idealized portrait of a hero, but a gritty tale of someone trying their best to live according to their values. Sometimes thinks worked out, sometimes they didn’t, and the song goes on.

    I’m a Lutheran pastor, and had always figured that the guy who wrote “Turn, Turn, Turn,” had to be religious on some level. I appreciated, therefore, the section where you explored Seeger’s religious life (“In matters of faith, Seeger himself seems to have been rather ecumenical . . .”).

    What hit me about this, though, was that this apparently was ignored by HUAC and those out to get all the alleged communists. One of the themes of this fight was the righteous and Christian US vs the Godless Communists. (This was the era in which “under God” was added to the pledge of allegiance, after all.) How did HUAC and its investigators square Seeger’s religiousness (of whatever variety it was at the time) with the fight against Godless Communism? Did they simply ignore it, or consider it “cover”?

  • Peterr commented on the diary post The Anti-Piketty Book Is Out by Elliott.

    2014-05-31 20:27:55View | Delete

    Absolutely. Alleged co-author Rex Sinquefield (known mostly for providing money for any and all anti-tax initiatives he can find) came out of hiding to push this book . This is clearly part of the pushback against progressive economics, from Occupy’s critique of the status quo to Piketty’s more academic analysis. This strikes me as nothing less that [...]

  • Peterr commented on the blog post Not Feeding the Trolls Is Not Enough

    2014-05-30 17:49:15View | Delete

    *applause*

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