The Minnesotan smoking ban resistance dubbed “Theatre Night” continues to wend its way through courtrooms and the resistance fighters remain righteously determined. We link to recent postings at the activists’ freedomtoact website, including notes from Robert Ripley, owner of the Bullseye Saloon, which was taken to court by the Minnesota Department of Health. Ripley describes findings of Judge Jerome Abrams, which he says have forced his personal compliance, but which also point the way for others to continue to resist and defy effectively, in line with the nebulous theatrical exception. At the same time, activists in Minnesota and elsewhere are investigating numerous other avenues toward defeating technocratic tyranny, while advancing in membership and determination. The show goes on. The war is on.
Australia Cans vs Bottles
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."