Nintendo NX runs in 720p

At the end of the last console generation, publishers were funding games with development budgets in excess of $100 million. Few of those ever made that back. So with the news that Nintendo and keeping the technical potency of the NX at a sane minimum, it means that developers and gamers can focus on actual gameplay again. However, this will likely annoy publishers.

This is because large games publishers like to have a one size fits all solution to game production, as in one game that can be released across multiple platforms. In general, this means that you need each platform to have an equivalent degree of technical potency and also a shared input method.

This limited a lot of the third party publisher support on the original Wii and actively undermined the Wii U, though more to do with the input rather than just the technical power. After all, why spend money developing a game when you can only release it on just one console.

Now, with massive budgets that is indeed a very valid argument. However, these massive budgets are now a ticking time bomb for console gaming.

When people like Epic’s Tim Sweeney openly come out and say that spending $100 million on a console game is no longer viable, it’s time the industry as a whole woke up to that.

While much of the actual operating costs for games are hidden from public view, it’s now an open secret that ballooning console budgets can no longer be sustained in the long term.

This is why the NX is actually a smart move, not only are the leaked technical specifications of the console kept at a rational minimum but the overall input setup is not completely left field either.

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Considering that Nintendo’s handheld consoles have been so successful, it makes a lot of sense to embrace that with the upcoming NX.

The only obstacle Nintendo needs to overcome is that they need third party publisher support for the NX. If publishers can get it into their heads that the blockbuster game budget approach is a route to long term ruin, then the NX may stand a chance after all.

Nvidia is providing the core technology that powers Nintendo’s next
generation NX console. Multiple sources have confirmed that the new
machine is based around Nvidia’s mobile-orientated Tegra processor, with
development kits currently using the Tegra X1 chip found in the Shield Android TV console and the Google Pixel C tablet.

The news is bound to come as some surprise to those – including ourselves
– who suspected that AMD would provide the technology guts to the new
Nintendo machine, but what’s clear is that the firm is planning to go
into a completely new, potentially revolutionary direction. Right now,
it is simply not interested in providing hardware that directly competes
with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It has its own ideas on where to take
next-gen gaming.

NX is a mobile games machine, albeit one with a
twist – principally that the unit can plug into a base station that
transforms it into something more akin to a conventional console.
However, the handheld’s side-mounted control areas are apparently
detachable, becoming individual pads for two-player gameplay – as
revealed in today’s big Nintendo NX news story
on this site. At a really basic level, NX is effectively a reversal of
the Wii U GamePad concept. It’s a fully integrated mobile games machine
you can plug into an HDTV, as opposed to a console with a semi-portable
gaming component, bolstered with a unique ‘go anywhere’ take on local
multiplayer.

And the compromise there is clear – a relatively
lower level of performance compared to the existing current-gen
machines. Nvidia’s Tegra technology is built with a specific profile in
mind: a delicate balance between performance and power efficiency in
order to maintain battery life, the life force of mobile gaming. What
this means is that prior, plausible rumours of an AMD-powered console
with PS4-beating performance and utilising x86 architecture are
erroneous. NX is smaller, leaner, portable – and yes, less powerful.

Top 250 beers

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WR Reviews | Hads
1 Good Morning
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.40% ABV
4.72 200 | 977
2 Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.7 85 | 513
3 Mornin’ Delight
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.67 159 | 920
4 Pliny The Younger
Russian River Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.25% ABV
4.66 927 | 2,960
5 Heady Topper
The Alchemist
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.66 2,229 | 12,543
6 ManBearPig
Voodoo Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.10% ABV
4.64 49 | 125
7 King Julius
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.30% ABV
4.64 91 | 527
8 Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Double Barrel Aged
Cigar City Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.64 113 | 1,256
9 Dinner
Maine Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV
4.64 212 | 1,739
10 Marshmallow Handjee (Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 15.00% ABV
4.63 284 | 1,403
11 Founders CBS Imperial Stout
Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.60% ABV
4.62 979 | 4,207
12 King JJJuliusss
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.40% ABV
4.61 56 | 241
13 Julius
Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV
4.61 439 | 2,919
14 Very Hazy
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.60% ABV
4.61 66 | 374
15 Juice Machine
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV
4.61 71 | 331
16 Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.20% ABV
4.61 1,806 | 6,042
17 Pliny The Elder
Russian River Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.6 3,602 | 13,868
18 Barrel-Aged Abraxas
Perennial Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.59 107 | 1,196
19 King Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.59 164 | 1,454
20 Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
Goose Island Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.50% ABV
4.58 122 | 786
21 Focal Banger
The Alchemist
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
4.58 199 | 2,009
22 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.40% ABV
4.57 1,149 | 6,792
23 Fundamental Observation
Bottle Logic Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.30% ABV
4.57 94 | 489
24 Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.40% ABV
4.56 3,040 | 11,857
25 Abner
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV
4.56 360 | 2,442
26 Green
Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.60% ABV
4.56 244 | 1,750
27 Sip Of Sunshine
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.55 476 | 4,054
28 Citra Double IPA
Kern River Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.55 382 | 1,640
29 Morning Wood
Funky Buddha Brewery
American Porter / 12.00% ABV
4.55 73 | 458
30 JJJuliusss
Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV
4.55 50 | 269
31 Double Sunshine IPA
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.55 333 | 2,074
32 Ann
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV
4.54 75 | 313
33 Double Dry Hopped Congress Street
Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV
4.54 98 | 821
34 Zombie Dust
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.20% ABV
4.53 1,487 | 9,593
35 Parabola
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 14.00% ABV
4.53 1,159 | 6,110
36 Triple Sunshine IPA
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.50% ABV
4.53 54 | 565
37 Alter Ego
Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV
4.53 202 | 1,349
38 Double Galaxy
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.53 201 | 1,239
39 Society & Solitude #4
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.52 131 | 985
40 AleSmith Speedway Stout – Vietnamese Coffee (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
AleSmith Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.52 51 | 522
41 Cantillon Fou’ Foune
Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
4.51 513 | 2,710
42 Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
Cigar City Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.51 756 | 3,887
43 Very Green
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.60% ABV
4.5 39 | 282
44 Duck Duck Gooze
The Lost Abbey
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
4.5 268 | 1,629
45 Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale
Trillium Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.60% ABV
4.5 130 | 1,205
46 Doppelganger
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV
4.5 76 | 520
47 Swish
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.5 125 | 872
48 Bourbon County Brand Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.80% ABV
4.5 2,852 | 11,745
49 PseudoSue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.80% ABV
4.5 529 | 3,829
50 Supplication
Russian River Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
4.49 1,431 | 6,099
51 Double Citra
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.49 200 | 1,657
52 Master Of Karate
Aslin Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.40% ABV
4.49 48 | 134
53 Haze
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV
4.49 192 | 1,464
54 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 15.00% ABV
4.49 187 | 770
55 Cantillon Blåbær Lambik
Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
4.49 238 | 728
56 Resolute – Coconut
Brothers Craft Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.50% ABV
4.49 44 | 172
57 Bell’s Black Note Stout
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.40% ABV
4.49 578 | 3,893
58 Double Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale
Trillium Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.60% ABV
4.49 81 | 849
59 Fuzzy
Side Project Brewing
American Wild Ale / 8.00% ABV
4.49 61 | 579
60 Double Shot
Tree House Brewing Company
American Stout / 7.60% ABV
4.49 72 | 725
61 Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Old Ale / 13.50% ABV
4.48 407 | 1,856
62 Atrial Rubicite
Jester King Brewery
American Wild Ale / 5.80% ABV
4.48 144 | 1,591
63 Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable: Coffee And Cinnamon
Fremont Brewing Company
American Strong Ale / 14.00% ABV
4.48 89 | 681
64 The Abyss
Deschutes Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.20% ABV
4.48 1,888 | 6,728
65 Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.
English Barleywine / 12.10% ABV
4.48 531 | 4,880
66 Sunday Brunch
Kane Brewing Company
American Porter / 9.20% ABV
4.47 40 | 356
67 Cutting Tiles
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV
4.47 129 | 856
68 BOMB!
Prairie Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV
4.47 806 | 5,419
69 Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Dubbel / 8.00% ABV
4.47 797 | 2,050
70 Black Tuesday
The Bruery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 19.20% ABV
4.47 660 | 3,694
71 Founders Breakfast Stout
Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.30% ABV
4.47 3,677 | 15,905
72 Ephraim
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV
4.47 228 | 1,001
73 Trappistes Rochefort 10
Brasserie de Rochefort
Quadrupel (Quad) / 11.30% ABV
4.47 2,790 | 8,918
74 Todd The Axe Man
Surly Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV
4.47 322 | 1,926
75 Scaled Way Up
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.47 48 | 300
76 Assassin Imperial Stout
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.47 88 | 1,034
77 Snowed In – Bourbon Barrel Aged
Funky Buddha Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.47 36 | 240
78 Black Gold (2015)
Central Waters Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.47 64 | 462
79 Notorious Triple IPA
Boneyard Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 12.00% ABV
4.46 86 | 644
80 Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.46 419 | 2,993
81 Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
4.46 927 | 4,370
82 Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA
New England Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.20% ABV
4.46 81 | 686
83 Cantillon Lou Pepe – Kriek
Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
4.46 345 | 1,654
84 Cable Car
The Lost Abbey
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
4.46 222 | 912
85 The Crusher
The Alchemist
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.60% ABV
4.46 59 | 790
86 Beatification
Russian River Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 5.50% ABV
4.46 547 | 2,535
87 Fort Point Pale Ale
Trillium Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.60% ABV
4.45 160 | 1,568
88 BDCS
Ozark Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.20% ABV
4.45 46 | 262
89 Society & Solitude #5
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.10% ABV
4.45 151 | 1,292
90 §ucaba
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
English Barleywine / 12.50% ABV
4.45 858 | 4,849
91 Bourbon Barrel Champion Ground
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.45 56 | 274
92 Prairie Pirate Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.00% ABV
4.45 185 | 1,784
93 Everett Porter
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Porter / 7.50% ABV
4.45 372 | 2,507
94 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Gueuze / 7.50% ABV
4.45 176 | 956
95 Congress Street IPA
Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV
4.45 176 | 1,585
96 AleSmith Speedway Stout – Bourbon Barrel Aged
AleSmith Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.45 335 | 1,983
97 Susan
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American IPA / 6.20% ABV
4.45 173 | 1,640
98 Mosaic Dry Hopped Fort Point
Trillium Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.60% ABV
4.45 88 | 793
99 No Rules
Perrin Brewery
American Porter / 15.00% ABV
4.45 165 | 802
100 Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus
Evil Twin Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.44 67 | 554
101 Double Dry Hopped PseudoSue (Citra)
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.80% ABV
4.44 40 | 177
102 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Gueuze / 6.00% ABV
4.44 121 | 655
103 Grande Negro Voodoo Papi – Bourbon Barrel Aged
Voodoo Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.50% ABV
4.44 37 | 182
104 Columbus Bodhi DIPA
Columbus Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV
4.44 170 | 1,315
105 Parabajava
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 14.00% ABV
4.44 63 | 482
106 Hopslam Ale
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV
4.44 3,440 | 12,578
107 Framboise Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.00% ABV
4.44 28 | 170
108 Caffè Americano
Cigar City Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.44 97 | 818
109 Permanent Funeral
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.50% ABV
4.44 309 | 2,701
110 Keene Idea
Alpine Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.88% ABV
4.44 62 | 439
111 Wide Awake It’s Morning
Funky Buddha Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV
4.43 93 | 505
112 Sosus
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.43 125 | 1,171
113 Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Funky Buddha Brewery
American Porter / 6.40% ABV
4.43 221 | 1,633
114 Miami Madness
J. Wakefield Brewing
Berliner Weissbier / 3.50% ABV
4.43 30 | 193
115 Imperial Russian Stout – Bourbon Barrel Aged
Stone Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout / 13.50% ABV
4.43 165 | 1,109
116 Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged
Evil Twin Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV
4.43 133 | 1,486
117 Adam From The Wood
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Old Ale / 12.00% ABV
4.43 164 | 912
118 Upper Case
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
4.42 80 | 666
119 A Deal With The Devil
Anchorage Brewing Company
American Barleywine / 17.30% ABV
4.42 122 | 919
120 Drie Fonteinen Zenne Y Frontera
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Lambic – Unblended / 7.00% ABV
4.42 24 | 77
121 Stickee Monkee
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Quadrupel (Quad) / 12.00% ABV
4.42 235 | 2,178
122 Barrel Aged Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.20% ABV
4.42 137 | 833
123 St. Bernardus Abt 12
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.00% ABV
4.42 2,726 | 9,194
124 Double Shot – Sumatra Mandheling
Tree House Brewing Company
American Stout / 7.80% ABV
4.42 42 | 374
125 Last Snow
Funky Buddha Brewery
American Porter / 6.40% ABV
4.42 207 | 1,558
126 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus
Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
4.42 472 | 1,964
127 Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street IPA
Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV
4.41 59 | 496
128 Drie Fonteinen Framboos
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
4.41 103 | 591
129 Temptation
Russian River Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 7.50% ABV
4.41 1,011 | 3,541
130 Darkness
Surly Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.30% ABV
4.41 842 | 3,586
131 Heavy Mettle
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.30% ABV
4.41 69 | 683
132 Epiphany
Foundation Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.41 116 | 761
133 Hop JuJu Imperial IPA
Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
4.41 235 | 1,941
134 Orange Starfish
Aslin Beer Company
American IPA / 5.70% ABV
4.41 27 | 93
135 Chocolate Rain
The Bruery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 18.50% ABV
4.41 325 | 2,533
136 Afterimage
Grimm Artisanal Ales
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.41 61 | 348
137 Oro Negro
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV
4.41 95 | 553
138 Juicy
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.40% ABV
4.41 74 | 421
139 Brew 1000 – Bourbon Barrel Aged
Fremont Brewing Company
English Barleywine / 13.10% ABV
4.41 28 | 144
140 Bad Boy
Alpine Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
4.41 128 | 545
141 Imperial Eclipse Stout – Elijah Craig (12 Year)
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.90% ABV
4.41 286 | 1,807
142 Peg’s G.O.O.D. RareR D.O.S.
Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV
4.41 105 | 703
143 Cantillon Lou Pepe – Framboise
Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
4.41 278 | 1,191
144 Mother Of All Storms
Pelican Pub & Brewery
English Barleywine / 14.00% ABV
4.41 449 | 1,869
145 Rodenbach Caractère Rouge
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Flanders Red Ale / 7.00% ABV
4.4 188 | 1,295
146 Consecration
Russian River Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 10.00% ABV
4.4 1,128 | 5,099
147 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition
Fremont Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout / 14.50% ABV
4.4 49 | 477
148 Second Fiddle
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV
4.4 179 | 1,633
149 Vicinity
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.4 130 | 1,074
150 Samuel Adams Utopias
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American Strong Ale / 29.00% ABV
4.4 527 | 2,402
151 Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Hefeweizen / 5.40% ABV
4.4 2,469 | 8,003
152 Ground State – 2nd Anniversary Beer
Bottle Logic Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.50% ABV
4.4 50 | 295
153 Society & Solitude #6
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.10% ABV
4.4 71 | 654
154 Dreadnaught IPA
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV
4.4 1,701 | 5,883
155 Abraxas
Perennial Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV
4.4 272 | 2,231
156 Headroom Double IPA
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.4 34 | 180
157 Flora Plum
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
4.39 32 | 213
158 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
Fremont Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout / 14.50% ABV
4.39 48 | 323
159 Matt
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
American Strong Ale / 11.50% ABV
4.39 237 | 814
160 Born Yesterday Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.50% ABV
4.39 312 | 1,779
161 Great
Alpine Beer Company
American Barleywine / 14.00% ABV
4.39 157 | 636
162 XHOPS (Gold Label)
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.30% ABV
4.39 71 | 371
163 Citra Showers
Noble Ale Works
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV
4.39 64 | 445
164 Triple Shot
Tree House Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV
4.39 27 | 237
165 All Green Everything
Other Half Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.50% ABV
4.39 104 | 880
166 Cascade Sang Noir
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
American Wild Ale / 9.50% ABV
4.39 197 | 1,548
167 Coriolis
New England Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.20% ABV
4.39 49 | 453
168 Darkness – High West Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged (2015)
Surly Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.39 40 | 304
169 Péché Mortel
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV
4.39 1,792 | 4,915
170 Prairie Apple Brandy Noir
Prairie Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.39 149 | 1,187
171 AleSmith Speedway Stout – Vietnamese Coffee
AleSmith Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.39 121 | 1,448
172 Stone Enjoy By IPA
Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.40% ABV
4.39 1,425 | 10,425
173 Double Dry Hopped Scaled
Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
4.39 57 | 402
174 Leche Borracho
Bottle Logic Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.38 29 | 147
175 Spotted Puffer
Pipeworks Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV
4.38 42 | 279
176 Nut Smasher
Willoughby Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.38 52 | 262
177 West Ashley
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
American Wild Ale / 7.30% ABV
4.38 76 | 860
178 Ghost In The Machine
Parish Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.38 75 | 462
179 Drie Fonteinen Hommage
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Lambic – Fruit / 6.00% ABV
4.38 173 | 789
180 Softly Spoken Magic Spells
SingleCut Beersmiths
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.60% ABV
4.38 83 | 335
181 Edward
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.20% ABV
4.38 336 | 2,468
182 Saison Bernice
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV
4.38 65 | 769
183 Scaled Up
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.38 59 | 400
184 Saison Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.00% ABV
4.38 43 | 594
185 Sculpin IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
4.38 2,416 | 13,323
186 Yellow Rose
The Lone Pint Brewery
American IPA / 6.80% ABV
4.38 196 | 1,494
187 Montmorency Vs Balaton
Jester King Brewery
American Wild Ale / 6.70% ABV
4.38 45 | 604
188 Madagascar
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Milk / Sweet Stout / 9.30% ABV
4.38 62 | 580
189 Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Eisbock / 15.50% ABV
4.38 449 | 1,207
190 Tweak
Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 17.81% ABV
4.37 250 | 1,957
191 Exponential Hoppiness
Alpine Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.00% ABV
4.37 397 | 1,285
192 Stone Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA
Stone Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.40% ABV
4.37 173 | 885
193 Westly
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
American Wild Ale / 8.50% ABV
4.37 27 | 202
194 Dragon Fruit Passion Fruit Berliner
J. Wakefield Brewing
Berliner Weissbier / 3.50% ABV
4.37 36 | 246
195 Nelson
Alpine Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
4.37 818 | 3,978
196 Sure Bet
Pipeworks Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV
4.37 54 | 468
197 Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon
Gueuze / 5.00% ABV
4.37 619 | 3,023
198 Peche ‘n Brett
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 10.00% ABV
4.37 158 | 1,205
199 Tesseract
Grimm Artisanal Ales
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.37 63 | 397
200 Firestone 19 – Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Strong Ale / 13.80% ABV
4.37 87 | 475
201 AleSmith Speedway Stout
AleSmith Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.37 1,626 | 6,449
202 Buxton / Omnipollo Yellow Belly
Buxton Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.37 41 | 182
203 Péché Mortel En Fût De Bourbon Américain
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV
4.37 85 | 418
204 Dialed In (w/ Sauvignon Blanc Juice)
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV
4.36 50 | 359
205 Grey Monday
The Bruery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 19.50% ABV
4.36 134 | 1,616
206 Aaron
Hill Farmstead Brewery
English Barleywine
4.36 29 | 312
207 Barrel-Aged Silhouette
Lift Bridge Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV
4.36 37 | 315
208 The Pupil
Societe Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.80% ABV
4.36 89 | 854
209 Dusk Trill Dawn
Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV
4.36 26 | 147
210 Monsters Park – Bourbon Barrel Aged With Coconut And Cacao Nibs
Modern Times Beer
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV
4.36 27 | 216
211 Zhukov’s Final Push
Cigar City Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV
4.36 27 | 140
212 Cantillon Lou Pepe – Gueuze
Brasserie Cantillon
Gueuze / 5.00% ABV
4.36 196 | 1,053
213 Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street
Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.30% ABV
4.36 68 | 610
214 Breakfast Exorcism
Clown Shoes
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
4.36 51 | 300
215 Hop Venom Double IPA
Boneyard Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.90% ABV
4.36 116 | 876
216 Box Set Track #10 – Bat Out Of Hell
The Lost Abbey
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.50% ABV
4.36 114 | 876
217 ScareCity #3: High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.10% ABV
4.36 179 | 1,283
218 Wisconsin Belgian Red
New Glarus Brewing Company
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.00% ABV
4.35 988 | 3,422
219 See The Stars
Creature Comforts
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.90% ABV
4.35 45 | 193
220 Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale
Fremont Brewing Company
American Strong Ale / 14.00% ABV
4.35 162 | 981
221 Callipygian
Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 17.10% ABV
4.35 39 | 178
222 Nooner Batch 10
Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
4.35 27 | 200
223 Mexican Cake
Westbrook Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV
4.35 300 | 2,532
224 Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV
4.35 86 | 630
225 Locust Reign
New England Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV
4.35 32 | 261
226 The Abyss (Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged)
Deschutes Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.20% ABV
4.35 50 | 260
227 Bourbon Barrel Black Maple
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
American Porter / 11.00% ABV
4.35 83 | 828
228 Live Oak HefeWeizen
Live Oak Brewing Company
Hefeweizen / 5.20% ABV
4.35 430 | 1,486
229 Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Porter / 10.00% ABV
4.35 1,347 | 6,549
230 Project Dank
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
American IPA / 7.50% ABV
4.34 93 | 764
231 Birth Of Tragedy
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Porter / 9.00% ABV
4.34 170 | 1,110
232 Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 17.10% ABV
4.34 364 | 2,438
233 &+
Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV
4.34 31 | 205
234 What Is Enlightenment?
Hill Farmstead Brewery
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.40% ABV
4.34 104 | 865
235 Masala Mama India Pale Ale
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
American IPA / 6.00% ABV
4.34 675 | 1,348
236 Lambo Door
Grimm Artisanal Ales
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
4.34 76 | 379
237 The Event Horizon
Olde Hickory Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.50% ABV
4.34 282 | 1,676
238 Bretta Rosé
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Berliner Weissbier / 5.30% ABV
4.34 66 | 634
239 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.60% ABV
4.34 2,714 | 8,223
240 Serendipity
New Glarus Brewing Company
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.00% ABV
4.34 271 | 2,701
241 Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite
Jester King Brewery
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
4.33 21 | 112
242 Arctic Devil Barley Wine
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
English Barleywine / 13.20% ABV
4.33 365 | 1,299
243 Raspberry Tart
New Glarus Brewing Company
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.00% ABV
4.33 923 | 3,718
244 Lumen
Grimm Artisanal Ales
American IPA / 6.40% ABV
4.33 34 | 191
245 Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
North Coast Brewing Co.
Old Ale / 13.16% ABV
4.33 351 | 1,037
246 Mocha Wednesday
The Bruery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 19.20% ABV
4.33 105 | 1,180
247 Pipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald Grouper
Pipeworks Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV
4.33 68 | 705
248 Lunch
Maine Beer Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
4.33 719 | 4,895
249 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Gueuze / 6.00% ABV
4.33 712 | 2,627
250 Compunction
Russian River Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 5.40% ABV
4.33 87 | 284

Facebook views decreasing

Forecast of social network’s impending doom comes from comparing its growth curve to that of an infectious disease

Bubonic plague bacteria. Scientists argue that, like bubonic plague, Facebook will eventually die out. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).
The forecast of Facebook’s impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to those of online social networks. Scientists argue that, like bubonic plague, Facebook will eventually die out.
The social network, which celebrates its 10th birthday on 4 February, has survived longer than rivals such as Myspace and Bebo, but the Princeton forecast says it will lose 80% of its peak user base within the next three years.
John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler, from the US university’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department, have based their prediction on the number of times Facebook is typed into Google as a search term. The charts produced by the Google Trends service show Facebook searches peaked in December 2012 and have since begun to trail off.
“Ideas, like diseases, have been shown to spread infectiously between people before eventually dying out, and have been successfully described with epidemiological models,” the authors claim in a paper entitled Epidemiological modelling of online social network dynamics.
“Ideas are spread through communicative contact between different people who share ideas with each other. Idea manifesters ultimately lose interest with the idea and no longer manifest the idea, which can be thought of as the gain of ‘immunity’ to the idea.”
Facebook reported nearly 1.2 billion monthly active users in October, and is due to update investors on its traffic numbers at the end of the month. While desktop traffic to its websites has indeed been falling, this is at least in part due to the fact that many people now only access the network via their mobile phones.
For their study, Cannarella and Spechler used what is known as the SIR (susceptible, infected, recovered) model of disease, which creates equations to map the spread and recovery of epidemics.
They tested various equations against the lifespan of Myspace, before applying them to Facebook. Myspace was founded in 2003 and reached its peak in 2007 with 300 million registered users, before falling out of use by 2011. Purchased by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for $580m, Myspace signed a $900m deal with Google in 2006 to sell its advertising space and was at one point valued at $12bn. It was eventually sold by News Corp for just $35m.

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The 870 million people using Facebook via their smartphones each month could explain the drop in Google searches – those looking to log on are no longer doing so by typing the word Facebook into Google.
But Facebook’s chief financial officer David Ebersman admitted on an earnings call with analysts that during the previous three months: “We did see a decrease in daily users, specifically among younger teens.”
Investors do not appear to be heading for the exit just yet. Facebook’s share price reached record highs this month, valuing founder Mark Zuckerberg’s company at $142bn.

Instagram is decreasing in viewership

All the numbers have been pointing upwards for Instagram. In fact, a recent analysis shows that Instagram will be used by 1 in 3 person, in the US, by 2020. With 400 million active users today, it is the only platform where people exclusively take and share visual content and nothing else.

It is an extremely well-guarded walled garden (even more so than Facebook) which jealously keeps its traffic internal by making posting ad sharing from third-party location either impossible or very cumbersome. However, in the last year, signs of cracks have started to appear.

The key to most advertising revenue-based platform, engagement rates, which have been historically around 4% for top brands, are seemingly slowing down. By the end of 2015, engagements were closer to 1.76% across all posts (not just top brands) and as low as .84% according to another study.

And here is an explanation of why:

It has been a very busy year for the company who has been, in the past, shy and careful to innovate.

February 2015: Launch of infinitely looping video.

March 2015: Launch of Carousel ads.

March 2015: Launch of Layout

March/April 2015: New filters, new editing tools, and emojis inside comments

June 2015: Search and discovery feature (USA only)

August 2015: Lifted restriction on the square format. All aspect ratios now accepted.

September 2015: Instagram ads are pushed universally. Started serving ads in the stream once every five or six photos. 60 seconds video ads.

September 2015: The ability to switch between multiple accounts (testing begins).

March 2016: Launch of the algorithmic feed.

All but of a few of these enhancements were aimed at advertisers. Looking at their growth numbers, Instagram probably figured out that their core users were already happy with the available sets of features and needed little to no additional candies, which makes sense. Offer too much, and your user base either ignores it or rapidly become confused. After all, simplicity has always been at the core of the platform’s success.

However, Instagram series of effort have been almost entirely aimed at pleasing advertisers, with the troubling effect of alienating its photographers and user base. A recent study shows that follower growth slowing down (from 21% to 16 % and slowing down to a predicted full stop in 24 months). What’s more, interaction to posts is down 40% from the same time last year, especially in high follower accounts (over 1,000 followers). What this means is that, on the surface, Instagram users are less engaged than before.

One reason could be the maturation of the platform. As active users grow, follow more accounts, they just don’t have the time to see and thus interact with all the content posted.

The other, more worrisome, could be advertising fatigue. Bombarded by branded content, up to one every 6 posts, users might be becoming more detached from their feeds and thus skipping the “like” or comment feature. According to another study, 6 out of 10 daily Instagram users are unhappy with the ad frequency in their feeds.

The good news for Instagram is that there is nowhere to go. No other platform today offers the simplicity of just sharing visual content with others. Twitter and Facebook are mostly links and text, and Snapchat is too busy with filters, stories, paid add-ons while catering to a much younger audience. It is also more of a one-on-one chat than a universal sharing platform.

The second good news is that for the time being, advertising is curated for the platform. Unable, by decision, to connect via API, advertisers are forced to use the app and thus create platform specific content (instead of mass produced programmatic advertising). By adjusting their aim, they can retain, or regain some of the engagement.

Finally, Instagram has not played its algorithmic feed card yet. It has just launched the project for a very small set of users. With time, it should be able to balance the right amount of authentic content versus advertising so that users do not feel overwhelmed. While it might curtail its earnings by limiting how many views organic posts receive, it will also allow them, a la Facebook, to charge more to reach a larger audience.

The challenge hasn’t changed: cram as much high paying ads as possible without alienating the user base. While every step the platform has made has been a tightly calculated risk, it is never far away from breaking its own house of cards. It certainly can, and does, follow the lead of its bigger, stronger big Facebook brother, but it should continue to do so carefully. It is much easier to lose 400 million users than 1 billion, especially if the only thing that keeps them coming back is the authenticity of the content.

Instagram declines to disclose its revenue, but research firm eMarketer predicts it will generate nearly $1.5 billion in revenue this year.

Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine is the former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and exiting Governor of Virginia.

Tim Kaine , entered the US Senate with the 2012 elections, as a (Virginia Democrat).

Background

Born in Minnesota and raised near Kansas City, Tim Kaine grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s in economics, Kaine later attended Harvard Law School where he earned his law degree. He took a year off during his law school education to work as a Jesuit missionary in Honduras, where he put his ironworking experience to use as the principal of a technical school.

Kaine practiced law for 17 years representing people who had been denied housing opportunities based on race or disability and has been recognized as a fair housing advocate by organizations around the country. Kaine also began teaching legal ethics at the University of Richmond Law School, which he has continued to do throughout his career.

Kaine’s participation in politics began in 1994 when he was elected to the Richmond City Council. He went on to become mayor of Richmond four years later. During his two terms as mayor, Richmond saw a significant drop in the city’s crime rate and began building the first new schools in a generation.

Following his tenure as mayor, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and, in 2005, Kaine was elected Governor. During his term, the state was given a variety of honors including: Best Managed State in America, Best State for Business and a AAA bond rating for fiscal management. He left office with one of the highest popularity ratings of a large state governor in the country.[1]

Arab American Institute’s Virginia Candidates’ Night

The Arab American Institute hosted its 15th candidates’ night in northern Virginia on Sept. 30, 2001. The more-than-capacity audience crowded into the room, first to stand in allegiance with their country as Amir Shallal of Langley High School led them in reciting the pledge to the flag, then to hear what their Virginia candidates had to offer them. ity.

After a brief address by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), calling on Americans to be a model and to empower people, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner discussed issues of the budget, education, transportation, and public safety—the latter of particular importance to Arab Americans in an atmosphere of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim backlash following the Sept. 11 attacks. In response to a question, Warner informed the audience that his press secretary was an Arab American, and promised that Arab Americans would be represented in his cabinet if he was elected. Running for lieutenant governor on the same ticket is Richmond Mayor and civil rights attorney Tim Kaine, who made the point that he had already been instrumental in changing the name of the “Mosque Theater” in Richmond to the “Landmark Theater,” and that he would continue to work for civil rights for all.[2]

Arab American Institute, 2011

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) reported that former Virginia governor and Senate candidate Tim Kaine spoke at an event at which U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Barzinji was given a Lifetime Achievement award. According to the report:

Northern Virginia’s Arab community gathered at its 23rd annual event in Tysons Corner on September 25th, 2011, with more than 300 leaders, activists and donors attending, and 46 democratic and republican politicians making their pitch for election or re-election to local and State offices. Also speaking at the event was former Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia who is running for the U.S. Senate. This ‘Candidates Night’ dinner, which had been a keynote event of the Arab American Institute for a number of years, is now organized by the political action committee New Dominion PAC. A highlight of the event was the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Dr. Jamal Barzinji, vice president of International Institute of Islamic Thought. Dr. Jamal Barzinji was recognized for his leadership and accomplishments over a wide spectrum of activities in the American Muslim and Arab community as well as in educational initiatives and endeavors locally and internationally. Basim Mansour, president of Michael & Son Services Company of Alexandria, received the Outstanding Community Service Award at the dinner event. “[3]

Omeish/Muslim American Society controversy

In 2007 Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine was accused of being far too close to a Muslim group that allegedly has ties to Islamic terrorism and espouses radical views, according to two local delegates.

Kaine should move to put some distance between his administration and the Falls Church-based Muslim American Society, said Dels. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, Jr., R-Front Royal.

The controversy started when Kaine appointed Dr. Esam Omeish, the president of the society, to the Virginia Commission on Immigration. Gilbert wrote to Kaine, asking him to reconsider the appointment after seeing online videos of Omeish accusing Israel of genocide against Palestinians and exhorting Muslims to “the jihad way.”

Omeish resigned less than a day later under pressure from Kaine.

But after some investigation, the delegates say the connections between Kaine and Muslim American Society appear to be deeper than just one appointment.

Kaine was the keynote speaker at the society’s Freedom Foundation “Standing for Justice Dinner.” He was photographed with leaders of the group, including Imam Mahdi Bray, the executive director of the foundation.

In an online video of a 2000 rally in Washington, Abdurahman al-Amoudi — who would later plead guilty to charges of funneling money from Libya to Saudi militants — took to the podium and declared his support for Hamas and Hezbollah.

“I have been labeled by the media in New York to be a supporter of Hamas. Anybody support this Hamas here?” al-Amoudi says in the video, drawing cheers from the crowd and fist pumps from Mahdi Bray.

“I wish the added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah. Anybody supports Hezbollah here?” he asks, drawing more cheers and fist pumps.

“The governor shouldn’t have been involved with this organization and its leadership,” Gilbert said.

“If [Kaine] didn’t know this stuff, now that he does know it, he should say he rejects what the leadership of this organization stands for and he’s going to distance himself from it, and encourage other leading Dem-ocrats to do the same.” Athey was less generous.

“It is clear that Governor Kaine and the Democratic Party sought the support of radical individuals who could turn out votes in his election. According to Mahdi Bray, the governor received that support,” said Athey, referring to a story earlier this month in The Washington Times, in which Bray credited the Democrats’ success in 2005 and 2006 to his organization.

“Ask Jim Webb what kind of impact we have,” Bray said. “Ask the governor of Virginia what kind of impact we have. The Democrats’ win hinged on the Muslim vote.”

“I am not going to dignify the latest allegations by Dels. Gilbert and Athey with a comment,” said Kaine spokesman Kevin Hall via e-mail. He also declined to comment on Bray’s election-related statements.

Bray said Monday that he and others at the video weren’t cheering for the terrorist organizations.

“The majority of the people they were kind of raising their hands, and kind of cheering, and so on because this was so uncharacteristic of al-Amoudi,” Bray said. “We didn’t know he had a problem with law enforcement. He was considered the pillar of the American Muslim community.”

Bray said his gestures weren’t in support of Hamas and Hezbollah.

“You saw me pumping my fists. You didn’t see me raising my hands. If they had shown the audience, you would have seen people in the audience raising their hands and falling out laughing,” he said. “For him to come and make these kinds of radical rants, no one took him seriously.”

Bray said he does not support violence, and would have been more judicious in his reaction had the event happened after Sept. 11, 2001.

“There are some throwbacks. And I think that Gilbert and others are throwbacks to the old days” who want to “maintain the status quo. Maybe their district is not as diverse as Northern Virginia.”[4]

“Standing for Justice Dinner”

Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia gave the keynote address for the 5th Annual Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation ‘Standing for Justice Dinner’.

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The governor, joined by members of his cabinet, spoke individually with Muslim community leaders during a special leadership reception. The reception was followed by the Freedom Foundation Award Dinner.

In an occasion marking the first public speech to a Muslim gathering by a Virginia governor, he acknowledged the civic work and civil rights accomplishments of the Freedom Foundation, and stressed the need for people of all faith traditions to work together to overcome intolerance and bigotry.

Imam Sheikh Rashid Lamptey of the Muslim Association of Virginia (MAV) gave a powerful inspirational address that stressed civic participation as an essential dimension of the Muslim faith and our contribution to the larger society.

Mahdi Bray left, Tim Kaine center left

During the event Tim Kaine appeared alongside Hamas supporter Mahdi Bray.

The 2007 MAS Freedom Foundation awards and their recipients included:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sister Sharifa Al Khatib Award

Humanitarian Award

Human & Civil Rights Award

Media Excellence Award

Labor & Justice Award

Peace & Justice Award

The evening ended with the presentation of a free Hajj package and entertainment by Preacher Moss of the Allah Made Me Funny comedy tour.

The Freedom Foundation is the public affairs arm of the Muslim American Society (MAS), a national grassroots religious, social, and educational organization. MAS is America’s largest grassroots Muslim organization with over 50 chapters nationwide.MAS Governor of Virginia Gives Keynote Speech at MAS Freedom Foundation Standing for Justice Award Dinner Date Posted: Monday, May 21, 2007]</ref>

2012 CLW Senate victories

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2012 Council for a Livable World Senate Victories were;

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[5]

The Council said of Kaine;

Tim Kaine, who has never turned away from taking practical and progressive positions on tough issues, supports approval of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and new nuclear reductions negotiations with Russia building on the success of the New START Treaty. Kaine supports the goal of securing and retrieving vulnerable nuclear-weapons usable materials worldwide within four years.
As DNC Chairman, Kaine went on the record in support of the ratification of the New START, the nuclear arms reduction treaty.
“This treaty fulfills one of President Obama’s fundamental promises by moving the United States an important step closer to a safer, more peaceful, world that is working toward the elimination of nuclear weapons… I hope that we will see a strong and prompt bipartisan effort in the United States Senate to embrace this step forward and ratify the new START treaty.”[6]

Confidential memo

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A memo detailing the creation and agenda of the National Muslim Democratic Council that is marked “CONFIDENTIAL; NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION” was leaked. In the section marked “2012 election strategy” the group specifically spelled out detailed plans to support the Democrats and target Republicans in “key races where American Muslims can make a difference.”

According to the document, these races included:

  • Defeating Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., in his race against Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.;
  • Supporting former Gov. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in his race against former Sen. George Allen, R-Va., in the race for Virginia’s vacant Senate seat;
  • Supporting Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in her bid for re-election against former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.;
  • And, supporting Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, in her bid to capture the state’s 3rd congressional district.

The confidential NMDC document was signed by several known Islamists such Jamiah Adams, Jihad Williams, Zeba Iqbal, Assad Akhter, Mazen Asbahi, CAIR’s Basim Elkarra; and Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York.

Filibuster reform

The Communications Workers of America is to make filibuster reform a top cause and they’re trying to bring the rest of the union movement along. The union reiterated that goal in post-election comments.

“The 2012 election makes the reform even more paramount,” it said. “Seven Democratic senators-elect – Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.), Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) – have all already pledged to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., to support rules reform. And Maine’s Independent candidate, former Gov. Angus King won on a platform included filibuster reform as a major campaign issue.

“The American people want their elected officials to debate and address the major issues of our time and to move past obstruction for obstruction’s sake,” added CWA Legislative Director Shane Larson.[7]

Asian American Action Fund supported candidate

In the 2012 election, Tim Kaine was supported by the Asian American Action Fund.[8]

JStreet endorsement, 2012

In 2012, the JStreet PAC endorsed seven Senatorial candidates, all of whom emerged victorious. The Senate slate, which has more than doubled in size since 2010, included pro-Israel leaders Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI). The PAC also backed winning candidates in some of the most competitive Senate races in the country, raising more than $100,000 each for Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Governor Tim Kaine (VA) and Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM).[9]

2014

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel “two state solution” JStreet PAC endorsed several “off cycle” Senators in 2014, including Tim Kaine. [10]

2016

JStreet endorsed Kaine in 2016.

Kaine speaks of himself as a Truman Democrat, committed to making Israel a lasting home for the Jewish people that is safe, secure and at peace with its Palestinian neighbors. Kaine is also supportive of an active role for the United States in achieving a two-state solution.[11]

Honduras letter

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) circulated a Senate sign-on “Dear Colleague” letter to Secretary of State John Kerry addressing deepening concerns about Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras.

The letter states that violence and impunity for state security forces in Honduras has reached intolerable levels and cites concerns related to extrajudicial killings, linkages to death squads, and increasing militarization of civilian law enforcement. The letter also raises the concern that State Department certifications intended to ensure that U.S. foreign aid supports the rule of law in Honduras may contradict the reality on the ground.

The letter asks State Department to:

  • provide Congress with a detailed assessment of the efficacy of current Honduran government efforts to address this issue as mandated by FY12 Appropriations language;
  • conduct a detailed review of specific State Department actions to help ensure that no U.S. funds are being used to support police implicated in human rights violations; and
  • make every reasonable effort to help ensure that Honduras’ upcoming November 2013 elections are free, fair and peaceful.[12]

In addition to Cardin, the letter was cosigned by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).[13]

Carlos Mejia Orellana death

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana in Honduras:

“I was shocked to learn of the murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana, journalist and marketing director of Jesuit founded Radio Progreso in Honduras. My prayers go out to Carlos’s friends and family in the El Progreso community that welcomed me as a young student in the 1980’s.

“Too often, Honduran officials have dismissed threats and attacks against journalists, and questioned whether the violence was connected to the victims’ profession. In Carlos’s particular case, police have announced possible conclusions without even the start of an investigation. Premature and speculative judgments cannot be allowed to stand in the way of a thorough investigation. This must not be yet another homicide in Honduras that goes unpunished.

“Honduran police failed to protect Carlos, despite repeated requests to do so from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The police need to take immediate steps to protect Carlos’s surviving colleagues at Radio Progreso and its research arm, ERIC, who also live under constant threat.”[14]

Working America

Working America, the AFL-CIO’s more than 3 million-member community affiliate for people without unions, celebrated its 10th anniversary 2013. To mark the occasion, Working America unveiled its “50 in 5” initiative to expand into all 50 states in five years, as well as new efforts to organize workers at their workplaces. Said Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum:

Every day, we talk to people struggling to support their families or piece together a living with their current jobs. These are people who want to see changes in their communities or on the job. This expansion allows working people to make a difference in new states and communities.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “Working America is an example of the way the AFL-CIO’s door has to be—and will be—open to any worker or group of workers who want to organize and build power.” The expansion to 50 states, he said, means that every week, at front doors, workplaces and community gatherings all over America, thousands of people can build power locally.

Along with its expansion efforts, Working America will continue its year-round community organizing and electoral and legislative work, as well as pilot different methods of organizing workers on the job. Those models and tactics include a workplace organizing site set to launch in May called FixMyJob.com.

In 2013 , Working America was in a dozen states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan and Oregon. It recently opened offices in Texas and North Carolina.

Working America hosted a “50 in 5” launch at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., that included Trumka, AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney, American Bridge 21st Century President Rodell Mollineau, U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other guests.[15]

Middle Eastern trip

In January 2014 fresh off their visit to Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Angus King (I-ME) brought their experiences back to Capitol Hill.

Kaine, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, led a subcommittee hearing on “Lebanon at a Crossroads.”

The hearing included testimonies from Lawrence Silverman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Major General Michael T. Plehn, Principal Director for Middle East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Dr. Paul Salem, Vice President of the Middle East Institute; and Mr. Aram Nerguizian, Senior Fellow and Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The visit to Lebanon was a first for both senators, who called the country an “overlooked neighbor” when it came to the impact from the Syrian crisis, a point also made by AAI President, Dr. James Zogby, last October. In Lebanon, the senators met with government officials and discussed the recent formation of a new government, upcoming presidential elections and U.S. humanitarian assistance to deal with the influx of refugees from Syria, which now make up a quarter of Lebanon’s population. The delegation also focused on growing security concerns related to Hezbollah and other extremist groups and discussed the security relationship with the Lebanese Armed Forces.

In addition to traveling to Lebanon, the visit to the region included meetings in Palestine with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. The senators also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, members of the Knesset and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to discuss regional security and the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

In Egypt, ongoing crackdowns on journalists, academics and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood continue, and the recent resignation of the government has prompted speculation that Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will run for president. Kaine met with interim President Adly Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy and al-Sisi to discuss Egypt’s democratic transition, economic policies and concerns over the jailing of journalists.

Senator Kaine and other members of Congress are also drawing attention to the recent U.N. resolution on aid to Syria. On the Senate floor on Thursday, Kaine showed pictures of barrel bombs in Aleppo and residents awaiting relief in Yarmouk and said that that denying humanitarian aid to the Syrian people is “a war crime, pure and simple.” He has pressed for Russia and Syria to ensure aid access and said on Monday that “it is now incumbent on the Syrian regime to allow unhindered access of humanitarian goods to all Syrians.” [16]

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, principal sponsors are Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.[17]

By May 20, it had accumulated 33 co-sponsors, including 26 Democrats – Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Udall, Dick Durbin, Thomas Carper, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Benjamin Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin, Ed Markey, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Ron Wyden, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Martin Heinrich . [18]

Honduras visit

February 2015, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, and John Cornyn concluded a three-day visit to Honduras focused on economic and security challenges facing the country, as well as President Obama’s proposed $1 billion aid package for Central America. In addition to meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, the Senators spoke with business leaders, members of Honduran civil society, and U.S. officials working to combat gang violence and impunity and promote human rights in a country that significantly contributed to the unaccompanied minors crisis in 2014.

On Tuesday, Senators Kaine and Cornyn visited two USAID-supported youth outreach centers in Chamelecon, one of San Pedro Sula’s most violent neighborhoods, with a goal of creating opportunities for Honduran youth by giving them alternatives to violence and crime thereby stemming illegal and dangerous migration north.

On Wednesday morning, Kaine had a special opportunity to return to El Progreso, a small city outside San Pedro Sula where he worked with Jesuit missionaries at a technical school in 1980. After attending Ash Wednesday services at Parquia de la Mercedes, a church he regularly attended, Kaine was “welcomed home” to the Instituto Tecnico Loyola by former Jesuit colleagues and more than 300 current students and teachers. Thirty-five years after he taught carpentry and welding there, Kaine toured the expanded campus and spoke to a school-wide assembly, reflecting on his time in Honduras.

“The school has grown rapidly, but the spirit of the people here is exactly the same,” said Kaine. “El Progreso is extremely special to me. Thirty-five years ago, I took a year off from law school to work with a group of Jesuits here affiliated with my high school in Kansas City. My experience working at Loyola taught me the importance of access to skills-based training – both in Honduras and the U.S. – and inspired me to pursue the issue of expanding career and technical education in the U.S. Senate.”

While at Loyola, Kaine also visited Radio Progreso & ERIC (the Team for Reflection, Research and Communication), a Jesuit-run community radio station and human rights advocacy organization housed on the school campus.

On Wednesday afternoon, the senators traveled to Soto Cano Air Force Base to visit Joint Task Force-Bravo and meet with Virginia and Texas servicemembers stationed there. JTF-Bravo is under U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and supports counternarcotics, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Honduras and throughout Central America to promote regional security, stability, and cooperation. The senators also had an opportunity to meet with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña, also visiting Honduras this week.

In a meeting with President Hernandez today, the senators shared observations from throughout their visit and sought clarity on how funding proposed in President Obama’s FY2016 budget request would complement Honduran efforts to improve security and economic opportunity.

“This is an important moment in the U.S.-Honduras relationship,” said Kaine. “As clearly demonstrated during last year’s unaccompanied minors crisis, what happens in Honduras has a direct impact on the U.S. We need to scrutinize the President’s request for Central America and ensure amounts we approve are spent wisely. But an investment in Honduras is an investment in our shared prosperity.”[19]

The “Jihad” Caucus

In May 2015, a group of 14 U.S. senators, led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to allow 65,000 Syrians into the United States as refugees. This would require a dramatic expansion of the refugee program, and virtually guarantee that a sizable number of ISIS fighters would slip in among them. Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy called these Senators the “Jihad Caucus” because practically speaking, Jihad is what this request will bring.

The 14 senators demanding this massive influx of Syrians were: Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Robert Menendez, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Coons, Tim Kaine, Ed Markey, Sherrod Brown, and Mazie Hirono.

These same 14 had sent another letter in April Demanding action on the Syrians.[20]

Arab American

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Arab American Association of Central Virginia activists with Senator Tim Kaine at Standing Together event, hosted by Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, January 10, 2016.

ARA connections

Tim Kaine is very close to Virginia Alliance for Retired Americans.

Inaugural meeting

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Tim Kaine addressed the inaugural meeting of Virginia Alliance for Retired Americans, January 31, 2012.

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Tim Kaine in 2012.[21]

2012 meeting

Alliance for Retired Americans President Easterling and Senator Kaine, November 28, 2012

July 25 VARA meeting

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July 2015.

External links

References

 

 

  1. PAF

Democrats tried to repeal First Amendment

A Democratic election year push to amend the Constitution and roll back campaign-spending free speech rights ran out of steam Thursday and fell victim to a Senate filibuster.
Holding the vote, even in defeat, was a major political goal for Democrats during the two-week session of Congress. They hope the fight will help them rally their base ahead of November’s elections, arguing that changing the Constitution is needed to prevent wealthy conservatives from improperly influencing elections.
The amendment Democratic leaders proposed would have given Congress and state legislatures the ability to set “reasonable” limits on how much candidates could raise and spend during their campaigns and to enact outright bans on interest groups that wish to use their money to influence elections.
The amendment would overturn the First Amendment’s protection of free speech as interpreted by the Supreme Court.
“This, make no mistake, is an attack on the First Amendment’s most important protection,” said Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican.

mini NES in November

Today the company announced what it’s calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable, and it also includes a controller designed to work just like the iconic rectangular NES gamepad. (The new controller will also connect to a Wii Remote, so that you can use it to play Virtual Console games on a Wii or Wii U.)

In addition to HDMI support and a lack of cartridges, the new mini-console also features one useful modern convenience: multiple suspend points, so that you won’t have to fumble around with passwords when you start playing a game again. The NES Classic Edition will be available on November 11th for $59.99.
Here’s the complete list of games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link