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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Fred Smith -

Yes - great stuff if it was true. Please remember 1) there was no point to such surveillance and 2) the technology did not exist at the time to do such a thing and 3) it did not happen. As well as being unreadable Mcluhanesque Postmordern goobledey gook it has nothing to add to historical understanding.

Alan -

Fred, if your point was even remotely true you would have some evidence to link to. Supply it or pack it in.

Dan Malleck -

Sorry, Fred. There was quite "a point" in such surveillance at the end of prohibition, because drinking was a very politically and socially loaded activity. As T&G point out, the technology did exist.

As for the "goobledey gook", it was not McLuhan but Foucault that they are using, and yeah, it's pretty heavy-duty. This is not a popular history, but applied theory, so it takes some work to get through, and it's certainly not for everyone. But it does repeat the "LCBO's control is bad" argument that so many Ontario drinkers like to hear, however distorted that version of history may be.

Alan -

Nothing distorted if you are interpreting history from a perspective other than that the governing authorities of the day were inherently correct.