Beer through the Ages: The Role of Beer in Shaping Our Past and Current Worlds

Gamo farmers in southern Ethiopia preparing the harvest of grains. Photo by John W. Arthur. Dr. John W. Arthur Associate Professor of Anthropology University of South Florida St. Petersburg “Thirst rather than hunger may have been the stimulus behind the origin of small grain agriculture.” —Jonathan Sauer, 1953 “Man cannot live on beer alone. …[…]

Well We Knew Some Idiot Would Try It – and Sure Enough. No, Hitchens Did NOT Consider ‘Conversion’.

Christopher Hitchens / Creative Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.20.2016 From Darwin to Gramsci to Sagan, theists have a long history of waiting until a notable and outspoken atheist has shuffled loose the mortal coil to return to the Earth to claim, lo and behold, “She/He converted prior to death!  Hallelujuah, praise God!” They[…]

Is Understanding the History of Nonviolence Essential to Harnessing Its Power?

Photo by Annette Bernhardt, Flickr Creative Commons. By Tristan Husby / 04.18.2016 A friend of mine who is an organizer and nonviolent trainer has a favorite exercise called “10-10,” which she uses when introducing nonviolence to new activists. She divides the students into groups and tells them to write down, as quickly as possible, 10[…]

Numbers that Matter in NY and Elsewhere – the DNC is Betting on the Wrong Horse

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. acknowledges his supporters on arrival at a campaign rally, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.20.2016 3.2 million:  The number of Independent voters in New York who could not vote in the closed primaries. 27%:  The percentage of registered voters[…]

Once You Go Black…

From Drew Moody at There’s an agreement among coffee professionals that putting cream and sugar in black coffee is frowned upon. This common value is so well-known outside of the coffee industry that it’s become a point of mockery to our clientele. The running joke to those on the other side of the bar,[…]