We went to the Herkamer... Herkimer... Herbergers... I don't know. It's on Lyndale and we were there last night. Anyway, they are a microbrew. I tried their czech pilsner and their EPA. Good flavour, but their beer just doesn't have any balls. I want my czech beer to be sharp, and I want my EPA so hoppy I can barely stand it, and I want both to be at least 5% alcohol. They are awfully trendy. They have all these early Americana posters remixed to have their beer names on them.
Earlier in the night I saw President Clinton talk at Northrop. His guests included Walter Mondale and the CEO of Carlson Companies. They did a great job on the pacing, and Clinton's speech was wonderful. They had a video of Hubert Humphrey, a man who I hadn't been very familiar with, but who had all sorts of terribly poignant things to say. It's a shame he's been dead for going on 30 years.
Clinton had some excellent points:
Tax breaks for the richest americans are immoral when we have to borrow money from foreign bodies to fund our military. That's what we're doing right now.
When India and China have economies just as big as ours, which is not that far off and inevitable, it won't be up to us anymore whether or not we're going to be the only superpower in the world. It will be their decision whether or not to spend the same amount of money on their military as we do. We ought to be working to create a world that we would want to exist in once we aren't the only superpower anymore.
We don't have anywhere near the number of student studying the sciences in this nation to stay competitive in the world market into the future. Other nations are way, way ahead of us. We used to import scientists from other countries to kind of cheat these numbers, but with our recently developed paranoia for foreign students we're losing those individuals, too. We should have more women in the sciences. If our women, and our hispanics, and our african americans were in the sciences in the same numbers as our white males, we wouldn't need to worry about our numbers of foreign students, and we wouldn't need to be worried about our standing on the world stage. We'd be set. I highly condone more women in the sciences.
These are just some of the ideas he presented. He's such a good speaker. Very passionate at times.
After Clinton, I grabbed some food with the sith at Blarney's in Dinkytown. They have some super cute waitresses. Blarney's fish and chips kind of suck.
Women scientists are my weakness. Actually, you can cross "scientists" out of that sentence and it will still be correct, but, uh, I have no idea where this is going.
GM (or was it GE?) is moving 25,000 jobs to Canada. Why? Because they don't have to pay for workers' health care. We need a national health care plan.