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  • Caption Chelsea Clinton

    04/17/2008 5:31:47 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 52 replies · 665+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 4/16/08 | staff
    "Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., greets supporters outside the National Constitution Center before a debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen., Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Philadelphia."
  • Absolut’s ‘Mexico U.S.’ Map Angers Many (BOYCOTT)

    04/14/2008 11:40:07 PM PDT · by USMC Brat · 14 replies · 472+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | April 14, 2008 | NewsMax
    An organization fighting illegal immigration has launched a boycott of Absolut vodka after the Swedish company ran an ad showing large areas of the U.S. as part of Mexico. A map in the ad depicts Mexico owning California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and other U.S. territory, with the slogan, “In an Absolut World,” and panders to the “separatist” movement among Mexicans, according to the National Illegal Immigration Boycott Coalition (NIIBC). “There is a rapidly growing separatist movement in the United States that is being fueled by illegal immigration across our southern border with Mexico,” the group said in a...
  • In An Absolut World Of The People's Cube

    04/11/2008 5:30:47 PM PDT · by hanfei · 12 replies · 63+ views
    The People's Cube ^ | 4/5/2008 | Comrade Red Square
    Long live the glorious comrades at Absolut Vodka who have joined the progressive cause of humiliating Yankee imperialists by creating an ad with the map of the United States that would please the most radical members of Atzlan, La Raza, and Mecha. The ad was part of a new campaign with pictures of various pipe dreams accompanied by the slogan "In an Absolut World," which is translated from Swedish as "when pigs fly," "when the hell freezes over," or "in the Progressive World of Next Tuesday," whichever comes first. We immediately decided to join the struggle and throw a few...
  • SKYY® Vodka, Made in the USA, Proudly Supports Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    04/11/2008 4:28:24 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 24 replies · 1,367+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 4/11/08 | Press Release
    In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican-America War (1846-1848). With the signing of this treaty, the United States gained control of what was to become the Golden West, including California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. Today, SKYY® Vodka, the number-one vodka produced in the United States, spoke out against suggestions by Absolut® Vodka to disregard that treaty, as well as the joining of Texas to the Union in 1845, as depicted in Absolut’s recent advertising. “Like SKYY Vodka, the residents of states like California, Texas and Arizona are exceptionally proud of...
  • Absolute Absurdity

    04/09/2008 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Mattsanchez · 34+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 04-07-08 | Matt Sanchez
    By Matt Sanchez © 2008 In an attempt to be "edgy," the Absolut Vodka manufacturer created an ad that hearkened back to the first Mexican Empire and included much of what is indisputably the United States of America. The ad (seen at right) placed California, Colorado and Texas in Montezuma's Revenge territory, which would be a disaster for the average human smuggler; could you imagine having to cross Texas on foot just to get a decent job or drink clean water?
  • Absolut vodka pulls ad showing California in Mexico

    04/08/2008 9:52:03 PM PDT · by fishhound · 93 replies · 164+ views
    Yahoo/reuters ^ | Tue Apr 8, 9:35 PM ET | Noel Randewich
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The distillers of Sweden's Absolut vodka have withdrawn an advertisement run in Mexico that angered many U.S. citizens by idealizing an early 19th century map showing chunks of the United States as Mexican. ADVERTISEMENT The billboard ad has the slogan "In an Absolut World" slapped over a pre-1848 map showing California, Arizona and other U.S. states as Mexican territory. Those states were carved out of what had been Mexican lands until that year. Although it was not shown in the United States, U.S. media outlets picked up on the ad, and after a barrage of complaints,...
  • Absolut vodka ad stirs a U.S.-Mexico debate: Some in the north take offense

    04/05/2008 7:37:40 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 67 replies · 1,086+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 5, 2008 | Deborah Bonello and Reed Johnson
    MEXICO CITY -- The latest advertising campaign in Mexico from Swedish vodka maker Absolut seemed to push all the right buttons south of the U.S. border, but it ruffled a few feathers in El Norte. As word of the campaign spread across the border, primarily via the Internet, some in the United States began giving the campaign a much more hostile reception. The colorful ad, created by the Teran\TBWA agency and the vodka maker, is a sight gag depicting what a map of North America might look like "In an Absolut world," i.e., a perfect one. It shows the Mexican...
  • Absolut responded to my email and said "THE MAP" is down!

    04/04/2008 8:37:30 PM PDT · by austinaero · 91 replies · 223+ views
    via email | Austinaero
    I got a note from Mr. Moran, the PR guy at Absolut. It reads" "The ad has been down -- have you not seen the Pears ad in its place?" Jeffrey A. Moran Corporate and Brand Communications The Absolut Spirits Co., Inc. 401 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10016 CONTACT email: jeffrey.moran@absolut.com direct dial: +1 212.641.8720 main: +1 212.641.8700 fax: +1 212.641.8703 mobile: +1 917.609.2463
  • Boycott Absolut Vodka!!

    04/04/2008 8:32:27 AM PDT · by Ancesthntr · 14 replies · 855+ views
    Mi blog es tu blog ^ | April 2008 | Absolute Vodka Company
    Check out this ad in a Mexican magazine named "Quien" from this month: http://lauramartinez.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/imagenfinal.jpg I like Absolut vodkas, but I won't buy them anymore. They've got competition in the regular and flavored markets, and the competition will benefit from this idiocy. Maybe I'll buy some Kalashnikov vodka instead: http://www.vodkakalashnikov.com/home.htm
  • Time-Warner: Vodka Ad Campaign Reconquers California for Mexico

    04/03/2008 7:31:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 129+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | April 3, 2008 | Warner Todd Huston
    Time-Warner: Vodka Ad Campaign Reconquers California for Mexico Warner Todd Huston April 3, 2008 Taking the Reconquista concept all the way to the end, Absolut Vodka launched an ad campaign that appears on billboards and at least one magazine that features a map of the western U.S. and Mexico with nearly the entire west coast appearing as a part of Mexico. This ad appears in Quien Magazine, which is owned by Time Warner and also appears on billboards in Mexico. Quien claims a "total audience" of 513,000 readers in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. The map covers what used to...
  • ABSOLUT Outrage!! (Vanity)

    04/03/2008 2:28:29 PM PDT · by Maceman · 72 replies · 107+ views
    For those of you who want to let the Absolut Vodka people know how disgusted you are by their appallingly offensive Mexican marketing campaign, here is a list of e-mail addresses for people at Absolut who ought to hear from you: Ketil.Eriksen@absolut.se - Ketil Eriksen, President V&S ABSOLUT Spirits Anna.malmhake@absolut.se - Anna Malmhake, Global Brand Director, V&S ABSOLUT Spirits tim.murphy@absolut.com - Tim Murphy, VP Marketing, Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. jeffrey.moran@absolut.com - Jeffrey Moran, Director of Public Relations and Events, Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. karl-johan.bogefors@absolut.se - Karl-Johan Bogefors, Global PR Manager, V&S ABSOLUT Spirits
  • Caption Absolut Vodka's new anti-american reconquista ad

    04/03/2008 8:15:21 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 215 replies · 1,131+ views
    michelle malkin ^ | April 3, 2008
    <p>Advertisement appeared in Quien magazine, in Mexico City, and billboards.</p>
  • Time-Warner: Vodka Ad Campaign Reconquers California for Mexico (boycott Absolut Vodka!)

    04/03/2008 9:17:15 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 87 replies · 489+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 3, 2008 | Warner Todd Huston
    Taking the Reconquista concept all the way to the end, Absolut Vodka launched an ad campaign that appears on billboards and at least one magazine that features a map of the western U.S. and Mexico with nearly the entire west coast appearing as a part of Mexico. This ad appears in Quien Magazine, which is owned by Time Warner and also appears on billboards in Mexico. Quien claims a "total audience" of 513,000 readers in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. The map covers what used to be Mexico's claimed borders before our 1846 war with them from which the U.S....
  • Bacon Flavored Vodka

    03/03/2008 5:15:31 PM PST · by SlapHappyPappy · 31 replies · 240+ views
    YesButNoButYes ^ | January 27, 2008 | Scaramouch
    Bacon-flavored Vodka Posted by Scaramouch on January 27, 2008. A few days ago I bookmarked a recipe for Bacon-Flavored vodka to try making, but in the last few days, the site has gone dark. Luckily, Google still has a cache of the page, so before it gets lost forever, I thought I'd rerpoduce it here to add to our growing list of bacon-themed ingestibles. Bacon VodkaMakes up one pint Fry up three strips of bacon Add cooked bacon to a clean pint sized mason jar. Trim the ends of the bacon if they are too tall to fit in the...
  • Chelsea Clinton Talks Policy in Obama Territory

    02/16/2008 8:13:34 PM PST · by gingerky · 40 replies · 513+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2-16-08 | Jodi Kantor
    The question was one she had heard before, but this time it was asked in downright hostile terms. “Has your mother shown any remorse for the fact that her vote cost Iraqis a million of their lives?” a student asked Chelsea Clinton on Monday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Clinton replied: “She cast a vote based on the best available evidence. Perhaps you had clairvoyance then, and that’s extraordinary.”
  • (July 28, 2006)Hillary Clinton, McCain Held Vodka-Drinking Contest

    02/13/2008 2:12:45 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies · 4,403+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 07/28/2006 | Drudge
    On a congressional trip to Estonia, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton astonished her traveling companions by suggesting the group do what one does in the Baltics: hold a vodka-drinking contest! Delighted, the leader of the overseas delegation, Sen. John McCain, quickly agreed, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report on Saturday. The after-dinner game went so well -- memories are a bit hazy on who drank how much -- that McCain later told people how unexpectedly fun he found Clinton to be. TIMES reporter Anne Kornblut has filed a story on the curious relationship between Hillary and John McCain. "One...
  • Minister In Skirt Charged With Indecent Exposure

    08/01/2007 8:24:12 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 128 replies · 3,050+ views
    WGAL-TV ^ | 2007.08.01 | WGAL-TV
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- A Baptist minister has been charged in Tennessee with indecent exposure and driving under the influence. Police said 58-year-old Tommy Tester of Bristol, Va., was wearing a skirt when he was arrested last week after allegedly relieving himself in front of children at a car wash. A report also accuses Tester of offering police officers oral sex and says an open bottle of vodka and empty oxycodone prescription bottle was found in his car when Tester was arrested Friday. Authorities identified Tester as the minister of Gospel Baptist Church in Bristol and an employee of Christian...
  • Auction to begin on home of Absolut vodka

    12/11/2007 4:59:51 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 11 replies · 313+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 12/11/2007 | TT/The Local
    Sweden is set to begin its sale of state-owned wine and spirits manufacturer, Vin & Sprit. The government said it would contact all interested parties over the course of the day before beginning an auction process, Minister for Financial Markets Mats Odell announced at a press conference on Tuesday morning. "We are now coming to the end of the preparatory phase and the beginning of a more active phase. We expect a transaction to be made public next year," sad Odell. The minister said that the government had decided to conduct the sale in the form of a bidding process...
  • Vodka-drip feed saves tourist

    10/09/2007 8:15:08 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 15 replies · 757+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 October 2007 | Jessica Marszalek
    DOCTORS used a case of vodka to help save an Italian tourist being treated for poisoning in a Queensland hospital. And hospital authorities later proved very understanding about the booze bill. The 24-year-old man was brought to Mackay Base Hospital, in north Queensland, two months ago after he had ingested a large amount of the poisonous substance ethylene glycol, found in antifreeze, which can cause renal failure and is often fatal. In details just released by the hospital, Dr Pascal Gelperowicz, who led the man's treatment with Dr Todd Fraser, said the man was unconscious on arrival and his treatment...
  • (Sweden:) Women 'try to set fire to porn shop'

    06/20/2007 8:08:18 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 22 replies · 1,038+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 06/20/2007 | James Savage
    Two young women tried to set fire to a pornographic video shop in Malmö on Thursday night, police have said. The women, 23 and 26, were arrested at 12:45 am near the shop on Bergsgatan in the city. "They were outside the shop, and set fire to a phone book. They also tried to set fire to an antenna cable that led into the video store," said police spokesman Lars-Håkan Lindholm to The Local. As well as housing the porn shop, the block housed a number of apartments. Police were called to the scene by someone who saw what the...
  • Candy Is Dandy, But Vodka Is Liquor

    01/31/2007 4:14:12 AM PST · by theothercheek · 12 replies · 630+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | January 31, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Nearly 260 vodka brands were introduced in the U.S. from 2001 to 2006, according to market research firm Adams Beverage Group. "Swathed in purple glass, illuminated in pink, or infused with flavors like cherry vanilla, vodkas now account for about a quarter of all new hard-liquor brands, more than any other spirit," reports The Wall Street Journal. The Stiletto is an aficionado of vodka martinis, so she has strong opinions about her spirit of choice:† The finest vodkas are distilled from wheat. Only a peasant would drink a potato vodka, like Chopin.† Unless vodka is going to be used for...
  • A spirited war: The search for the real vodka

    11/24/2006 11:05:14 AM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 653+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 23, 2006 | Dan Bilefsky
    A spirited war: The search for the real vodka By Dan Bilefsky / International Herald Tribune Published: November 23, 2006 RIGA, Latvia: Polish lore has it that vodka was distilled from coal during Communist times after efforts to use chickens backfired. In Sweden, vodka was once produced from paper-mill residue. But vodka purists of today have little patience for alternative ingredients. "Real vodka can only be made from grain or potatoes," says Rolands Gulbis, head of Latvijas Balzams, the largest vodka distiller in the Baltics, whose vodka making tradition dates to 1900 when Czar Nicholas II of Russia built a...
  • Championing the cause of 'real' vodka

    10/25/2006 11:23:43 AM PDT · by lizol · 15 replies · 468+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | 24-10-2006 | Thijs Papot
    Championing the cause of 'real' vodka by Thijs Papot 24-10-2006 When should a bottle of spirits be labelled vodka, and when not? European Union agriculture ministers are to address this issue and examine whether or not there's a need for a clear definition of what goes into making 'true' vodka. But there's also division in the EU as to whether protectionism isn't the real motive for this debate. "Vodka is a misunderstood drink," says potato vodka producer Tadeusz Dorda, "Because vodka really does have taste, character and an aroma, depending on the type of potato and the time of year."...
  • Drudge: HILLARY CLINTON, MCCAIN HELD VODKA-DRINKING CONTEST

    07/28/2006 4:59:49 PM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 127 replies · 7,144+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 28 July 2006 | Drudge
    HILLARY CLINTON, MCCAIN HELD VODKA-DRINKING CONTEST Fri Jul 28 2006 19:19:50 ET On a congressional trip to Estonia, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton astonished her traveling companions by suggesting the group do what one does in the Baltics: hold a vodka-drinking contest! Delighted, the leader of the overseas delegation, Sen. John McCain, quickly agreed, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report on Saturday. The after-dinner game went so well -- memories are a bit hazy on who drank how much. McCain later told people how unexpectedly fun he found Hillary to be. TIMES reporter Anne Kornblut has filed a story...
  • Hillary Clinton, McCain Held Vodka-Drinking Contest

    07/28/2006 4:25:30 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 74 replies · 3,233+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | July 28, 2006 | Matt Drudge
    On a congressional trip to Estonia, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton astonished her traveling companions by suggesting the group do what one does in the Baltics: hold a vodka-drinking contest! Delighted, the leader of the overseas delegation, Sen. John McCain, quickly agreed, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report on Saturday. The after-dinner game went so well -- memories are a bit hazy on who drank how much -- that McCain later told people how unexpectedly fun he found Clinton to be. TIMES reporter Anne Kornblut has filed a story on the curious relationship between Hillary and John McCain. "One...
  • Russia enters its worst alcohol drought since Gorbachev era

    07/23/2006 8:58:35 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 25 replies · 1,102+ views
    Sunday Tribune, Dublin ^ | 24 July 2006 | Andrew Osborn
    BUYING whiskey in Moscow has become mission impossible. Shelves once full of imported wine have been swept clear. Could vodka, Russia's national drink, be next? Famed for their hard drinking, Russians are facing the country's worst alcohol shortage in 20 years. Not since Mikhail Gorbachev tried to crack down on alcoholism by curbing vodka sales has there been such a crisis. This time the drought is the result of a bureaucratic bungle. The aim was to stamp out bootleg alcohol, which can poison or even kill, but anti-counterfeiting measures have had unforeseen effects. 1 July, a day that has come...
  • Gorbachev: 'Americans Have a Severe Disease' ("It's called the winner's complex," he said.)

    07/12/2006 2:46:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 2,096+ views
    ABC News Internet Ventures ^ | July 12, 2006 | CLAIRE SHIPMAN
    15 Years After Being Deposed From Power, Former Leader Discusses Russia, U.S. Mikhail Gorbachev is generally regarded as the man who broke down the "iron curtain" that separated the communist world from the West and thawed the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Now, 15 years after a coup removed him from power and the Soviet Union dissolved, he has some stern words for the United States, whose relationship with Russia has soured lately. "We have made some mistakes," he said, referring to recent attacks on Russia's democracy. "So what? Please don't put even more obstacles...
  • Vodka war splits EU

    06/28/2006 10:30:57 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 19 replies · 721+ views
    FoodNavigator.com ^ | 28/06/2006 | Chris Mercer
    Squabbling over what ingredients can be used to make true vodka threatens to hold up European Commission proposals to tighten the definition of spirit drinks. Calls to restrict the raw materials that can be used to make vodka would damage Europe's vodka trade, said the European Vodka Alliance this week. It is an issue threatening to cause full-scale rows between several EU member states, as new proposals for defining spirit drinks work their way through the EU machine. Poland has led a delegation including Sweden, Finland, the Baltic states and Germany, demanding that true vodka could only be made from...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 06-22-2006

    06/22/2006 7:45:35 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 197+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 06-22-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Tell me how much work it must take To attain 60-proof -- IN A LAKE? If this is your wish "To drink like a fish" This water, your thirst it will slake!
  • Malfunctioning distillery turns lake into 30% proof vodka

    06/21/2006 7:15:51 PM PDT · by Flavius · 53 replies · 926+ views
    wbj ^ | 5/31/06 | na
    Malfunctioning distillery turns lake into vodka. According to specialist analysis, the Bracholinskie lake in Wielkopolska is filled with alcohol. The concentration of alcohol in the water amounts to 30% in some places. The phenomenon is a result of a technical problem in the nearby vodka production plant. "Our alcohol measuring equipment is not wrong. It recorded a level of 30%. There is vodka in this lake," stated chemist Robert Wilczynski. The news about the free vodka in the lake spread fast and attracted a number of farmers from nearby villages who arrived at the lake to take as much vodka...
  • Vodka makes Russia work

    05/15/2006 1:28:49 PM PDT · by lizol · 15 replies · 392+ views
    STLtoday ^ | 05/15/2006 | Joseph Tartakovsky
    Vodka makes Russia work By Joseph Tartakovsky 05/15/2006 In the fall of 1977, the state vodka monopoly of the Polish People's Republic filed suit in an international trade court claiming that vodka had first been distilled in Poland. For this reason, it argued, only Polish firms had the right to sell the clear alcohol in foreign markets under the name "vodka." An incredulous Soviet Ministry of Trade initially ignored this as a joke. But it was a particularly pernicious joke, touching the tender parts of the Russian soul, not to mention Warsaw Pact solidarity, so the ministry grudgingly asked the...
  • The History of Polish Vodka Its origin, name and distillation

    04/18/2006 10:44:07 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 43 replies · 5,256+ views
    The first one to feel the bite of pure alcohol on his tongue was probably an Arab alchemist of the eighth century, living in the area of present-day Morocco. Vodka, which in some of its forms comes very close to being an almost purely alcoholic brew, appeared in Europe later – we know that alcohol was being distilled from wine in Italy by the 11th century. It was called spiritus vini or "spirit of wine." The 13th-century alchemist Arnaud de Villeneuve of Montpelier wrote that it "strengthens the body and lengthens life." Because of this belief in the blessings of...
  • The Vodka War (and the Beer War, Too)

    03/06/2006 10:48:01 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 12 replies · 518+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, March 6, 2006 | Paul Belien
    Poland and Hungary are quarrelling over the definition of vodka. For the Poles vodka is “an alcoholic beverage derived from cereals or potatoes.” Historically vodka is a colourless liquor made from grain. Traditionally it was made in Russia, the Ukraine, Poland and Scandinavia. However, the fact that potato vodka is also considered to be vodka, though potatoes were only introduced in these regions in the 18th century, indicates, according to some, that vodka can also be distilled from other products than grain or potatoes
  • Smirnoff back in the family

    02/27/2006 1:21:31 PM PST · by x5452 · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 27/02/2006
    27/02/2006 - 2:45:55 PM Smirnoff back in the family The story of Smirnoff vodka took a new twist today when it was re-united with the name of the legendary Smirnov family after a gap of nearly 90 years. Drinks giant Diageo has signed a joint venture with the maker of Smirnov, which uses original recipes created by imperial vodka supplier Pyotr Smirnov, who died in 1898. The split happened when one of Pyotr’s sons – Vladimir Smirnov – fled Russia following the Soviet revolution. He established Smirnoff in Paris using the Francophone spelling of his name and the business developed...
  • High-end vodka is keeping spirits up

    02/27/2006 1:09:50 PM PST · by x5452 · 51 replies · 46,954+ views
    IHT ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2006
    High-end vodka is keeping spirits up By Nora FitzGerald International Herald Tribune FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2006 MOSCOW People thought it couldn't be done. The idea of renting Liberty Island in New York Harbor for a bling and borscht party to introduce a Russian vodka seemed too absurd. But Roustam Tariko, 44, a Russian tycoon who made his initial fortune in importing and banking, not only got permission, he also spent more than $3 million, inviting more than 1,000 people to the September event and feeding them Beluga caviar, blinis, quail eggs and, of course, red borscht - all washed down...
  • Russians to Face Shortages of Vodka Due to Red Tape

    02/04/2006 5:47:19 AM PST · by Cagey · 10 replies · 293+ views
    CNN ^ | 2-3-2006
    MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- Russians could suffer a shortage of their national tipple next week because a bureaucratic mix-up has brought every vodka distillery in the country to a halt, producers say. Distillers have been waiting since January 1 for tax authorities to send them new excise stamps -- the anti-counterfeit stickers that by law must be attached to every bottle of vodka. "We are selling vodka left over from last year but those stocks are getting smaller all the time," said Vera Bragina, a spokeswoman for Russia's Smirnov Trading House. "The situation is pretty much under control but if...
  • Get ready for the next Russian revolution

    02/03/2006 2:54:29 PM PST · by lizol · 24 replies · 463+ views
    Reuters via MSNBC ^ | Feb. 3, 2006
    Get ready for the next Russian revolution Drinkers unite! Bureaucratic snafu may cut off supply of vodka Updated: 4:20 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2006 MOSCOW - Russians could suffer a shortage of their national tipple next week because a bureaucratic mix-up has brought every vodka distillery in the country to a halt, producers said Friday. Distillers have been waiting since Jan. 1 for tax authorities to send them new excise stamps — the anti-counterfeit stickers that by law must be attached to every bottle of vodka. “We are selling vodka left over from last year, but those stocks are getting...
  • Yeltsin celebrates 75th birthday

    02/01/2006 2:40:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 352+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2 February 2006
    RETIRED Russian president Boris Yeltsin will celebrate his 75th birthday today at a Kremlin function expected to include former US and German leaders Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl. Yeltsin, who received messages of congratulations from Russian Patriarch Alexy II and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, spoke again before the occasion of his hopes as he steered Russia out of the Soviet era. "I wanted people to become free and happy," the ex-president said. Born in Siberia in 1931, Mr Yeltsin dissolved the Soviet Union in 1991 and founded modern Russia. But most Russians still view his presidency in a negative light,...
  • Hic! Jumbo drinks to beat winter (Russian Elephants Drink Vodka to Stay Warm)

    01/13/2006 11:23:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 803+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | January 14, 2006
    Indian elephants preparing to perform in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator are drinking daily doses of vodka to help them survive temperatures as low as minus 28 degrees Celsius, a media report said. The elephants are working for the Moscow State Circus, which on Sunday plans to hold its first show in Mongolia in 25 years, the UB Post newspaper said in a report posted on its website. The elephants had to travel on trucks from Moscow to Ulan Bator because they were too large to be transported by rail with the rest of the circus. To help the...
  • (vanity)Smirnoff Vodka®: THE CHOICE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

    11/23/2005 7:24:19 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 18 replies · 1,633+ views
    smirnoff.com ^ | 11/23/05
  • You Know You Have Been In Finland Too Long, When...

    10/21/2005 10:00:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies · 348+ views
    HELSINGIN SANOMAT ^ | 10/21/2005 | Staff
    This old chestnut has been doing the rounds of the Net for some time and in places it is showing its age. We have taken the liberty of adding a few glosses (for which we asked a furriner who's been here over 20 years and is therefore probably guilty of most of the behaviour being lampooned). 1. You rummage through your plastic bag collection to see which ones you should keep to take to the store and which can be sacrificed to garbage. Apparently the plastic bags - formerly free, now costing about EUR 0.10-0.15 - supplied by Finnish shopkeepers...
  • Russia lite: Nyet to vodka, Da to beer

    09/28/2005 12:02:40 PM PDT · by jb6 · 64 replies · 846+ views
    Buzzle.com (Guardian Newspapers) | September 28, 2005 (original: 10/20/2002)
    Beer is set to outstrip vodka as Russia's favourite tipple, sparking an identity crisis for a nation torn between the heavy-spirited alcoholism of the past and the new wealthy generation's penchant for tanning salons, oxygen bars and gyms ------------------------------------------------------ Beer is set to outstrip vodka as Russia's favourite tipple, sparking an identity crisis for a nation torn between the heavy-spirited alcoholism of the past and the new wealthy generation's penchant for tanning salons, oxygen bars and gyms. The sea change in Russian drinking habits has led many to believe Russia is slowly losing its penchant for excess as softer alcohol...
  • Sleep-deprivation affect doctors as well as alcohol, study says

    09/07/2005 4:31:12 AM PDT · by America First Libertarian · 13 replies · 360+ views
    The large quantity of junior doctors' working hours, equating the effect of long shifts to drinking a few cocktails, study says. US researchers found 90-hour weeks impaired performance in the same way as alcohol. UK doctors now work 56-hour weeks but, in the past, working weeks of up to 90 hours were common. The Journal of the American Medical Association study said it was important to ensure doctors had adequate rest. It is known that both sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption can impair a person's reaction time, attention, judgment, control and driving ability, reports BBC. According to Reuters, a survey...
  • Vodka and the Demographic Crisis (IN RUSSIA)

    07/15/2005 6:22:35 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 16 replies · 977+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | 15 July 2005 | By Daria Khalturina and Andrei Korotayev
    The collapse of the Soviet Union was accompanied by a demographic crisis in Russia when birth rates plummeted and death rates skyrocketed. Fertility fell from 2.0 to 1.3 children per woman while the death rate grew from 10.4 deaths per 1,000 people in 1986 to 15.7 in 1994, a catastrophic and abnormal level. By June 2005, there were 16.9 deaths per 1,000 people, a mortality rate found only in African countries suffering from the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Several hypothetical causes of these abnormally high death rates in Russia have been suggested recently by academics and discussed widely in the media. One...
  • Putin plans Russia vodka monopoly

    07/02/2005 10:40:37 PM PDT · by Wiz · 13 replies · 532+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2005 Jul 3
    Since the Soviet Union's collapse, hundreds of little-known brands of vodka - Russia's favourite tipple - appeared to meet a $9bn a year market. But analysts believe a quarter of that total is illegal low-quality vodka. Mr Putin said poor quality alcohol was contributing to the deaths of some 40,000 Russians each year. Crime gang-controlled More than 13,000 people died of "accidental alcohol poisoning" in the first four months of this year alone, the AFP news agency reported. Organised crime groups are suspected of being behind a lot of bootlegged poor quality vodka, which is often made from industrial alcohol....
  • Man woke to find knife in his face

    04/26/2005 3:45:50 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 40 replies · 985+ views
    annanova.com ^ | 4-26-05 | annanova
    A Russian man who woke up with a splitting headache after a heavy drinking session found a kitchen knife stuck in his face. Artur Dzhavanyan had invited a pal round for a drink but went to bed early after telling his friend he was fed up with hearing him moan. He woke up in the night with a splitting headache and went to the bathroom to get a glass of water, when he noticed the knife sticking out of his face, just below his eye.
  • Ted Kennedy Fights Removal of Feeding Tube

    03/29/2005 5:03:49 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 28 replies · 971+ views
    Jerhad!com ^ | March 23, 2005 | Jeremy Robb
      March 23, 2005Ted Kennedy Fights Removal of Feeding Tube WASHINGTON, DC --- Ted Kennedy, who was recently declared brain-dead by his physician, is fighting for his life.  The Senator's family is trying to have his feeding tube removed to allow him to die a sober death.  The tube, attached to a bottle of vodka and a bottle of gin, has been utilized by the senator for his entire adult life.  Medical experts believe removal will almost certainly result in death. "This is a very complex situation," said one medical expert.  "Senator Kennedy appears to be functioning normally to many...
  • Career bootlegger calls it quits (Norway)

    02/28/2005 2:41:19 AM PST · by franksolich · 22 replies · 457+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | February 28, 2005 | Per Annar Holm
    Career bootlegger calls it quitsA Norwegian man who has spent the past 30 years producing and importing illegal liquor says his career is over. Erik Fallo also admitted partial guilt in a recent smuggling case, but denies responsibility for some bad brew that killed several of its consumers.Prosecutors claim at least seven people died painful deaths after drinking liquor that Fallo smuggled to Norway from Portugal. The liquor contained methanol, which allowed for cheaper production but had fatal consequences.Fallo is on trial along with 76-year-old Per Erik Fossum, who's also charged in the fatal smuggling case. The court has set...
  • A shot of Kalashnikov

    02/09/2005 9:48:55 PM PST · by teldon30 · 21 replies · 712+ views
    A British vodka named after the inventor of the AK47 assault rifle has come under fire. Drinks rivals reckon the name suggests violence. Kalashnikov Vodka was launched in September with the backing of 84-year-old Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the rifle that bears his name. It is distilled in St. Petersburg, Russia, and imported to England by a British company, The Kalashnikov Joint Stock Vodka Co. (1947) PLC. Bottles of the product bear the Russian general's photo, and no image of the AK47. The Portman Group, a body representing major drinks companies including Allied Domecq, Diageo and Interbrew, said the...
  • How Bush's vodka thwarted Putin's thugs

    01/31/2005 6:40:53 PM PST · by ChristianDefender · 26 replies · 1,432+ views
    WND ^ | 02-01-05 | Jack Wheeler
    Dr. Jack Wheeler, creator of a unique intelligence website dubbed "the oasis for rational conservatives," shares how a gift of vodka and a little ingenuity helped Ukraine's Orange Revolution succeed, bringing the former Russian satellite onto President Bush's list of new democracies. On his website, To the Point, Wheeler begins his column with a defense of the president's inaugural address and his call for peace through freedom, explaining the principle of "democratic pacifism." "If two countries are real democracies, the odds of them going to war against each other are small, very small," Wheeler explains. "History gives no guarantees for...