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Backlash is swift and furious after California brewery mocks MLK to promote ‘Black Lagers Matter’ beer

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A San Diego brewery is the subject of backlash after mocking Martin Luther King, Jr. to sell its “Black Lagers Matter” beer.

Vice Munchies reported Friday that Dave Hyndman, the owner of the Reckless Brewing Company, made a since-deleted post riffing on King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

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In the post, Hyndman mimicked the language of the famous civil rights speech and joked that dark-colored beers were discriminated against.

“I have a dream,” the post read. “I have a dream of a world where beers are judged not by their color but by the content of their character.”

As Munchies noted, the response to the since-deleted post was swift.

“People are literally dying,” Toronto beer blogger Robin LeBlanc wrote, “but okay, let’s make fun of BLM, social justice efforts, and the ‘perpetually offended.'”

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As Munchies noted, the brewery’s owner complained that those offended by the joke post “have no sense of humor.”

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“Does it affect your opinion if [sic] me if I told you that I ran the beer name in the post by some African American customers and they said they liked it?” Hyndman said in a reply to his subsequent posts, which were also deleted.

As the report noted, Reckless had been involved in beer name controversies before after naming an amber ale “Genocide,” an IPA “Crazy Stupid B*tch” and “Adam and Steve’s Friends of Dorothy Fabulously Fruity Super Gay Beer.”

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Hyndman eventually apologized on the brewery’s Facebook page.


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2020 Election

Trump and the GOP have become the party of the dead

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There are few morbid topics subject to greater speculation than the religious loyalty of President Donald Trump's "base." Why an alarmingly large amount of Americans refuse even to entertain any criticism of Trump deserves scrutiny from political scientists, psychologists and perhaps horror novelists working in the school of Edgar Allan Poe.

This article first appeared in Salon.

What is abundantly clear is that no matter who votes for Trump, he and the Republican Party on the national level have no interest in governing on the behalf of living human beings — with the exception of ensuring that a tiny minority of billionaires and multimillionaires enlarge their investment portfolios. Trump evinces no concern for Americans dying of the coronavirus, racist violence or any other malady or injustice. He demonstrates no regard for health care professionals courageously trying to save their patients from dying, and appears cruelly indifferent to the struggles of millions of workers whose livelihoods have been destroyed by COVID-19. Needless to say, Trump also shows contempt for Black Lives Matter, immigrants and anyone who opposes his re-election, which at this moment (and throughout his presidency) is more than half of the American public.

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As coronavirus seizes the state, Florida hospitals are in panic mode

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As Florida experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, the residents of the state are facing obstacles like overwhelmed hospitals and a looming shortage in beds.

This article first appeared in Salon.

There are 47,663 hospital beds in the state right now with 11,782 available (meaning a remaining capacity of 19.82 percent) and a total staffed bed capacity of 59,445, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's Hospital Bed Capacity Dashboard. The state Department of Health also reported on Friday that, out of 95,300 individuals who received coronavirus test results over the course of the previous day, 11,433 tested positive for COVID-19 (all but 90 of whom were Florida residents), meaning that more than 12 percent of the new cases had positive test results. The state also reported 93 new deaths due to COVID-19. (Salon reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment on this story.)

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2020 Election

The GOP is a suicide cult

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

Back in March, we argued that Donald Trump had become the charismatic leader of the dumbest suicide cult ever. There were fewer than 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the time, but it wasn't difficult to see the trajectory we were on at even that early date. At the time, we were commenting on the President's* repeated claims that the whole thing was a big hoax and polls showing that Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to say they were taking steps to avoid becoming infected.

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