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CIA’s Stealthy Starbucks

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WaPo’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports that, “At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert.”

NBC’s Rogue Sochi Starbucks

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They really love their Starbucks at NBC–and not just on “Morning Joe.”

Coffee Makes You Smart, Sexy

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Coffee makes you smarter, burns fat, and is good for your liver.

The Physics of Not Spilling Coffee

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Scientists are hard at work on figuring out how not to spill coffee. MailOnline (“It’s all in the walk: Scientists explore the physics behind NOT spilling coffee“): Researchers are a step closer to understanding the science behind one of life’s common pitfalls – spilling coffee. Scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, decided to […]

Caffeine Makes Us Feel Better

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Yet another study shows that people who drink diet soda actually gain weight. But it probably doesn’t matter, since that’s not why people drink them.

Peak Coffee?

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We’ve been hearing about peak oil for years. But now some experts are warning of an even more serious crisis: Peak coffee.

Coffee Consumption: Me vs. The World

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I drink more coffee a month than the average person does a year. Indeed, I easily go through more than the 12 kilograms that represents the top end of the scale.

More on Coffee, the Wonder Drink

Via HealthDay:  Can Coffee, Tea Lower Brain Cancer Risk? the latest research suggests that those who drink as little as a half cup or so of coffee per day may lower brain cancer risk by as much as 34 percent. Cool and may it be so. Indeed, based on my deft scientific and mathematical skills, […]

Quote of the Day – Coffee Snobs Edition

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“168 million Americans brew filter coffee and wish to do so in less than 27 minutes. Are these people out of touch? I daresay no.” –  Todd Carmichael, counseling his fellow aficionados that their pet trends aren’t the only way to enjoy a cup of Joe. A decade ago I was a legitimate coffee snob […]

Coffee Could be Killing You!

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Esquire reports that good coffee is bad for you: That “freshly roasted organic” coffee you’re drinking? It is probably not very good for you — nor is it organic. Here’s why: Coffee is roasted in exhaust — not exactly the same kind of exhaust that spews from your neighbor’s Hummer, but the principle is not […]

Coffee Conservatives

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When I first read about the Coffee Party movement a few weeks back, it was a lark that started on Facebook to “promote civility and inclusiveness in political discourse, engage the government not as an enemy but as the collective will of the people, push leaders to enact the progressive change for which 52.9 percent […]

Coffee Party vs Tea Party

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A joke on Facebook has burgeoned into a movement.  Or, well, something. Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party — the scattershot citizen uprising against big government and wild spending — Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger into a Facebook […]

How to Brew a Good Cup of Coffee

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Many of us are old enough to remember the days when home-brewing coffee consisted of selecting between pre-ground Folgers and Maxwell House and then running them through an electric percolator.  More recently, most of us migrated to purchasing roasted whole beans and using an automatic drip machine — or even a French press. Now, that, […]

Paradox of Choice Paradoxically Untrue

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Tyler Cowen dubs the paradox of choice — the idea that people become unhappy when given too many choices — “one of the most overrated and incorrectly cited results in the social sciences.”  He cites Tim Harford‘s recent piece in FT describing research on the subject: Is more choice better? Ten years ago the answer […]

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Coffee Fight

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A self-professed gun nut named Caleb: Saturday leaving my office, I was the subject of an attempted mugging by a member of the Indianapolis Choir Boy School of Good Men Who are Only Down on Their Luck.  As I was leaving my office, said altar boy came around the corner of my building to the […]

Naked Coffee Guy Truth Exposed

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Yesterday, Radley Balko passed on the story of Eric Williamson, the Springfield, Virginia man who has been charged with indecent exposure for being naked in his own house.    According to Williamson’s version of events, he was making coffee at 5:30 in the morning when a woman and her 7-year-old cut across his yard and spied […]

Retro Comedy: The 15 Creepiest Vintage Ads Of All Time

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Retro Comedy offers a collection of “The 15 Creepiest Vintage Ads Of All Time.”  I’m not sure if this one is creepy but it is rather bizarre: I’m not even sure how this poor woman was supposed to “store test” the coffee.  Even nowadays, when one can easily buy loose, whole bean coffee — rather […]

Blogging Making Comeback Over Microblogging?

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Steve Rubel points to what I hope is a trend. Interesting discussion overnight between my friends Robert Scoble and MIke Arrington over whether Robert’s personal brand diminished because of his love for Friendfeed. How refreshing and retro that this conversation is actually taking place via blogs instead of just on Twitter and Friendfeed, where I […]

Starbucks Ain’t So Bad

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Tom Smith has a message for those taking glee at the recent setbacks at Starbucks: [R]emember what coffee was like before Starbucks.  Some of you (though I doubt it, with the readership of this blog) may have cut your teeth on micro-roasted craft coffee shipped straight from Kona or that African critter’s butt to your […]

Gas Stations Charging More for Credit Card Users?

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Some gas stations are secretly charging credit card users more, ABC News reports. (Video here.) Many Americans have taken up a new hobby — hunting for the gas station with the lowest prices. But the hunt has gotten exponentially harder as the price of oil has skyrocketed and the posted price may not even be […]

George Carlin Dies at 71

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George Carlin, a comedian known for his combination of raunchy language and intellectual humor, died of heart failure last evening. He was 71. Carlin was an interesting guy, combining brilliant observational humor with political activism. Like too many comics in the HBO era, though, it often seemed that he was vulgar and outrageous simply because […]

Obama’s Jewish Problem

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While much has been made of Barack Obama’s problems with white working class voters, especially in Appalachia, a more problematic trend may be signs of trouble with Jewish voters, a strong if relatively small part of the Democratic base. Today’s NYT features Jodi Kantor’s story, “Many Florida Jews Express Doubts on Obama.” On Thursday, Mr. […]

Kentucky and Oregon Primary Predictions

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Today’s Democratic primaries in Kentucky and Oregon provide something akin to a rematch of the recent Indiana-North Carolina pairing. Hillary Clinton should easily win Kentucky, where Barack Obama hasn’t even bothered to campaign, and Obama should take Oregon. The Polls The latest RealClearPolitics average has Clinton up a whopping 29 points in Kentucky and Obama […]

Country Music Starter Set

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Tyler Cowen and Alex Massie, an economist and a Scotsman, might seem to be odd sources for advice on American country music but they’ve both written interesting posts on the topic. Neither grew up with the tradition but they found religion and are now offering recommendations for those looking to wade in. Cowen suggests, Hank […]

Hillary Doesn’t Pump Her Own Gas!

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The latest kerfuffle in the 2008 campaign is the shocking revelation that Hillary Clinton hasn’t pumped her own gas in years. And here I thought that, when the Secret Service pulled up to the pump, she got out and filled ‘er up. And probably washed the windows and checked the oil. And the tire pressure. […]

Labor Crisis Ahead For NFL

Hard though it may be to believe, a lot of NFL owners are actually strapped for cash — and are looking at their current deal with the players as the cause: Sometimes financial well-being simply doesn’t compute. In a resort hotel where coffee costs over $6, many an NFL owner was kind of crying last […]

What Makes Someone an Elitist?

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The rule of thumb for American politics in the media appears to be classifying politicians as being on the “beer-track” or “wine-track”, or, in the alternative Hillary Clinton formation, “Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts”. In other words, if you prefer wine over beer or Starbucks over Dunkin’ Donuts, then you are an “elitist”, and if not, […]

$11,000 Coffee Maker

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Paul Adams asks, “Could a Coffee Maker Be Worth $11,000?” The short answer is No, at least at the household level, barring the return of Carteresque inflation. But the machine in question, the Clover 1s, isn’t aimed at consumers but rather coffee shops. And it sounds pretty spiffy: It brews coffee like a French press, […]

Usury Laws, the Christian Right, and Bad Statistics

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A study (or, rather, a report on said study) by two law professors on the relationship between the availability of high-interest payday loans and representation by Christian conservative legislators is generating some blogospheric commentary. The study’s abstract: The culture war has become a national moniker describing a variety of policy debates between social conservatives and […]

Did Chelsea Clinton Break the Law?

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ABC News has the headline “Did Chelsea Clinton Break the Law?” What was her pernicious deed? Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton’s Election Day visit to New Haven poll workers Tuesday prompted state election officials to caution that politicking within 75 feet of polling sites is against state law. Two television station reporters told state officials […]

Michael Vick’s Dogs

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Good news for some of Michael Vick’s dogs. Ten of the dogs have been taken in by a dog rescue group in San Francisco called Bad Rap. All ten dogs on well on their way to transitioning from a short brutal lives as warriors under a brutal and sadistic man to lives as happy family […]

Huckabee Unaware of Iran Report

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The most interesting campaign news this morning is a report from The Politico‘s Jonathan Martin that surging GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was totally unaware of a new National Intelligence Estimate finding that Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program four years ago. Kuhn: I don’t know to what extent you have been briefed or been […]

Hillary Gets Donations From Three Bill Pardoned

The Hillary Clinton campaign kerfuffle of the day is that, as reported by ABC’s Jake Tapper, she received contributions from people her husband pardoned. Three recipients of controversial 11th-hour pardons issued by former President Bill Clinton in January 2001 have donated thousands of dollars to the presidential campaign of his wife, Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary […]

National Toast: Drink a Beer for Michael Jackson

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No, not the one-gloved one, the late beer and scotch-drinking Michael Jackson. We are talking about The Beerhunter here. As a fitting wake for the top writer of malted beverages, on Sunday September 30, at 9PM EST (OK, the USA is still on Daylight Savings, so maybe add or subtract one, or drink a beer […]

What’s Wrong with DC?

Ezra Klein ignited a big inside the Beltway cross-blog discussion by positing that Washington, D.C. is much less yuppie friendly than other major cities, notably Seattle and Portland. What makes DC awesome is the collection of people pulled their for work (and no, the existence of the suburbs doesn’t change the fact that most of […]

Citrus Sodas Have More Caffeine than Cola

Citrus sodas like Mountain Dew and Vault have more caffeine than colas, according to a study by researchers at Auburn University. The study by [Leonard] Bell and co-author Ken-Hong Chou found caffeine content in 12-ounce sodas ranged from 4.9 milligrams for a store brand of cola to 74 milligrams in Vault Zero, a citrus drink. […]

Sen. Larry Craig Hits on Male Cop in Restroom

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Senator Larry Craig apparently likes to make creepy advances on strange men in airport bathrooms. Unfortunately for him, one of his random targets was a Minneapolis airport policeman. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according […]

Karl Rove and the Permanent Campaign

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WaPo fronts a story entitled, “How Rove Directed Federal Assets for GOP Gains — Bush Adviser’s Effort to Promote the President and His Allies Was Unprecedented in Its Reach” by John Solomon, Alec MacGillis and Sarah Cohen. It largely rehashes the McClatchy story from Friday night. Thirteen months before President Bush was reelected, chief strategist […]

Late Night OTB – Townes Van Zandt

“Waitin’ Around to Die” from the lengendary Townes Van Zandt, reportedly from 1977’s “Heartworn Highway” documentary:

Late Night OTB – Billy Joel

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On of Billy Joel’s non-ballad hits: “Big Shot” from his 1978 album “52nd Street.” The video looks to have been shot somewhere during that time period, judging from Joel’s hairstyle.

Lawsuit Mania

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Steve Bainbridge tries to imagine the legal climate that would have followed if Judge Roy Pearson had actually won his $54 million case against a dry cleaner who had posted a “Satisfaction Guaranteed” sign and yet not satisfied him. Run into a grumpy flight attendant on United, sue because you didn’t experience the “Friendly Skies” […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The ‘Are You Smarter Than A Nucular Technician’ Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Caption Contest Wieners

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The Enough With The Butt Cracks Already Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Feds Go to Disney

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Washington Times “Inside Politics” columnist Greg Pierce reports on what looks to be a boondoggle for federal bureaucrats. A three-day, expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resorts — sound like a dream vacation? No, it’s “research,” according to four federal agencies sponsoring a June 3-5 conference in Orlando, Fla. The 2007 AcademyHealth Research Meeting is […]

Chavez Takes Control of Oil Production

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Venezualan dictator Hugo Chavez has increased his control of the nations oil supply by taking operational control from the oil companies for the Orinoco Belt crude projects. The Orinoco Belt has four projects that are estimated to be worth $30 billion and can convert 600,000 barrels of crude into synthetic oil in a single day. […]

Organic Coffee in Danger?

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Salon‘s Samuel Fromartz reports that a new USDA ruling that requires that all products carrying the “organic” label must be government inspected and certified, even those grown on Third World small farms. Until now, however, there has been a special provision for “grower groups” that made certification practical for farmer cooperatives in the Third World, […]

Debased Hobos and Their Tea

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Phil Libin reports, “The recent unpleasantness with Dean & Deluca has ended happily. I can now brew tea with a proper double-walled glass tea press, not the single-walled one I had been previously using, like some debased hobo.” This naturally brings to mind a passage from Tim Harford‘s recent Slate piece on “How the world’s […]

2007 Iditarod: And They’re Off!

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We’ve just finished watching the official start of the 2007 Iditarod via streaming video: ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Eighty-two teams and about 1,000 howling dogs lined up Saturday in downtown Anchorage for the ceremonial start of the 35th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race — the longest sled dog race in the world. Defending champion and four-time […]

The Quest for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

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As Outside the Beltway has noted in the past, coffee–its presence, its absence, its quality–is a matter of interest to many. Why, it’s even earned its own category on OTB! As noted in comments at the above link, Northern Europeans–from Holland, north and east to the Polish border–has its own way of doing coffee. Some […]

Four Years of Price Controls

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Many Americans have a very healthy level of skepticism for price controls in general. Apparently Hugo Chavez doesn’t and now his country is paying the price. CARACAS – Meat cuts vanished from Venezuelan supermarkets this week, leaving only unsavory bits like chicken feet, while costly artificial sweeteners have increasingly replaced sugar, and many staples sell […]

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