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    New Episode Released

    Monday

    The Border

    Let’s hope the war not spilleth over.

    While American media outlets have been trashing the Trump administration over its abandonment of America’s “noble Kurdish allies” in Syria, they have paid little attention to an extraordinary and alarming development in Mexico. This week, criminals actually declared open season on the Mexican government—and won.

    As part of an ongoing campaign against the country’s powerful cartels, Mexican security forces arrested two sons of former Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in mid-October. Presently, the elder Guzman languishes in a maximum security prison in the United States. Mexican officials seemed to believe that taking his sons out of commission might sound the death knell for the rump Sinaloa organization.

    It proved to be disastrous. Multiple battles soon erupted between government forces and cartel gunmen in the streets of Culiacan, Sinaloa’s state capital. The cartel attackers quickly freed Ivan, the eldest son. Ivan then launched an all-out siege of Culiacan in an effort to free his younger brother, Ovidio.

    PSA

    Rates for every streaming service. The death of cable?

    PSA II

    Wired magazine recommends 31 podcasts. TWE didn’t make the list. But we push on.

    Podcasts are now big business. In this post-Serial audio world, journalists, celebrities, academics and yes, anyone else who owns a mixing desk and a microphone now has a regular show. The quality is generally very high but some efforts can still be hit and miss with dozens of podcasts popping up around the same themes or TV shows. To help you out here’s our guide to the best podcasts you should be listening to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast app.

    Dolly

    I’ve never been a big fan, but I’ve always liked country music.

    But Jolene herself was always kind of a cipher: We know she was a looker, with those flaming locks of auburn hair, but what, exactly, was going on behind her eyes of emerald green? A new Netflix series, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, premiering November 22, promises to let us in on her backstory. Each episode of the show, which Parton produced, narrates, and appears in, expands one of her songs into a mini movie.“I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve done,” she says. “All my life, I’ve felt my songs tell such stories. I’ve always dreamed about being able to make them into movies.”

    Clown

    For your off-beat reading interests: Life as a minor league baseball league clown.

    Officially, I was free to stop being a nuisance as of the sixth inning, which was also when most of the vendors and three-quarters of the fans would call it quits. Instead I would grab a seat near the exit and continue hollering nonsense until security escorted me out. I am at my core a gibbering weirdo, but I also spent the season as an expectant father. Unleashing my exhausting secret self on a sleepy crowd left more room in the rest of my life for gentleness. Being weird is my exercise, except instead of abs I confuse the people around me. Some people do SoulCycle, I approach strangers with claims that baseball was founded by a turnip farmer named Andrew Dice Doubleclay.

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    Happy Halloween
    October 31, 2019

    Nothing scarier than this:

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    Friday
    October 25, 2019

    IMG_3150Brew Rambling

    Auto-Drunk

    Thing is, I can’t figure out if this is a bad thing or a good.

    Then researchers discovered the unusual truth: Fungi in the man’s digestive system were turning carbohydrates into alcohol — a rarely diagnosed condition known as “auto-brewery syndrome.”

    In people with the syndrome, fermenting fungi or bacteria in the gut produce ethanol and can cause the patients to show signs of drunkenness. The condition, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, can occur in otherwise healthy people but is more common in patients with diabetes, obesity or Crohn’s disease.

    $2,000,000 Whiskey

    I have three life bucket goals: develop a taste for coffee, become a saint, develop a taste for whiskey. Not necessarily in that order.

    The whisky comes from the same cask #263 of Macallan that yielded the previous world record holders for most expensive single bottle of spirit.

    Distilled in 1926, when the whisky was 60 years-old (in 1986) the cask yielded just 40 bottles. Twelve bottles were given a label designed by Italian artist Valerio Adami, 12 more were given a label by Peter Blake and two were sold and given private labels – including one by Irish artist Michael Dillon which was the bottle sold last November for £1.2m.

    Farfetched

    This would be like claiming someone stole tourism promotional ads for Somalia. Why would anyone want them?

    Anheuser-Busch on Thursday claimed that rival MillerCoors had broken the law by stealing recipes for Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.

    The accusations, including that an Anheuser-Busch employee took screenshots of secret beer recipes and smuggled them out, are contained in a 66-page legal filing in federal court in Wisconsin in response to a MillerCoors false advertising lawsuit over corn syrup claims in Super Bowl ads.

    Interesting

    I welcome the innovation. I’ve cut my hands on enough broken beer bottles. It would add serious bio-mass to my garden’s compost bin.

    Carlsberg started working on the new type of packaging in 2015, and is still a few years away — at least — from selling the bottle to customers. One reason that it’s taking so long to develop an effective paper bottle is because Carlsberg needs to make sure that the new package doesn’t alter the taste of its carbonated beverage, and because the types of materials it’s seeking, like the bio-based polymer lining, are not commercially available.

    To move things forward, Carlsberg has been partnering with packaging experts and other companies. On Thursday, Carlsberg said that Absolut, Coca-Cola and L’Oréal are joining its efforts to develop effective paper packaging. More partners can help drive up mainstream demand for the type of materials it needs.

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    Wednesday
    October 22, 2019

    Nostalgia

    Children’s TV host Soupy Sales, during one of his programs, asked children to send him the “funny green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. Presidents” from their parent’s wallets and purses. He received thousands of dollars in the mail and was suspended for two weeks.

    Debut

    Best 100 Debut Albums of All Time

    The Beatles‘ released their first album, Please Please Me in 1963. In honor of that world-changing LP, we’ve compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time. A note on how we made the list: Albums got docked points if the artist went on to far greater achievements (which is why Please Please Me and Greetings from Asbury Park, great as they are, didn’t made the Top 10); conversely, we gave a little extra recognition to great debut albums that the artist never matched (hello, Is This It and Illmatic!). We also skipped solo debuts by artists who were already in well-known bands, which is why you won’t see John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band or Paul Simon. We focused, instead, on debuts that gave you the thrill of an act arriving fully-formed, ready to reinvent the world in its own image.

    Holden Revisited

    J.D. Salinger, Unbound: A new exhibit at the New York Public Library offers an unprecedented glimpse into the novelist’s creative process and private life.

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    Monday
    October 20, 2019

    Lonely Car

    Candy-O

    I was a big fan. I still think “Best Friend’s Girl” is one of the greatest songs of the decade.

    The Mystery of Ric Ocasek: ‘He Tried for Happiness, But Underneath Was a Lot of Pain’

    The New Wave icon was always an enigmatic presence, and the cool detachment that fueled his hits with Cars came from a very real sense of aloneness.

    Hudge and Gudge

    Disgusting.

    Using lobbying, the revolving door and “dark pattern” customer tricks, Intuit fended off the government’s attempts to make tax filing free and easy, and created its multi-billion-dollar franchise.

    List

    America’s best haunted houses. I don’t care for slasher movies. Horror movies are alright. I really like haunted houses, as long as they’re urbane. I don’t like people jumping out at me in the dark.

    Erebus (Pontiac, Michigan): Erebus bills itself as a “four-story tower of terror.” It’s a half-mile walk filled with zombies, monsters and a time-travel experiment gone terribly wrong. Erebus is just outside Detroit.

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    Friday
    October 18, 2019

    For the Bar Tonight

    As Radical as Its Eponym

    Sam Adams’ newest beer is illegal in 15 states. And not because it uses the word “fag” in its advertising or anything sinister like that.

    Utopias is described as a “barrel-aged extreme beer” and has a multiyear-long brewing process, Forbes reports. The 2019 brew is a blend of Sam Adams’ earlier extreme beers, which have reportedly been aged in wooden bourbon casks.

    According to Forbes, Sam Adams’ only brewed 77 wooden casks of Utopias, which the outlet describes as having “distinct vanilla notes and subtle nutty and elegant dark fruit aromas.” The beer also claims to have an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 28 percent, significantly higher than the average beer (which is usually lower than 10 percent).

    Auberon

    A lot has changed since the period that Waugh on Wine covers. The British mass market is no longer in the grip of a “depraved” taste for semi-sweet wine. The drinkers he has in mind when he refers solecistically to “the hoi polloi” do not exhibit a “passion for filth” by favouring cheap Teutonic gut-rot. Pink champagne is easy to find, and Chianti is no longer the preserve of nurses hosting dinners in fifth-floor flatshares in Fulham. A large proportion of the most sought-after French wines now end up in Chinese cellars. The globalization of demand has stretched prices. When Waugh complains about the cost of 1982’s most rarefied clarets, he proposes as an alternative Château Léoville-Las Cases at £9 a bottle; anyone thinking of laying down its 2018 counterpart will have to find around twenty-five times that amount.

    Depressed Drinking

    Amen to these observations. The nauseating sight of country music today is a larger indictment of our culture in general.

    The characters who currently populate American pop culture, and the audiences that applaud them, and the executives that produce them, expose a culture that is hollowed out of its humanity— tragically unable to distinguish between music that moves the spirit and the jingles that make disposable products seem more appealing on television. Worse yet, they don’t even seem to care.

    New Podcast

    Modern Drunkard Magazine. I haven’t listened to it yet but will shortly.

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    Climate Protesters in London’s Rougher East End

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    October 16, 2019

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