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hell, we might as well drink

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    I went to the local Fry's store today (I'm now down to one trip a week) to pick up a variety of food items, and a bottle of Chardonnay. Since I was also out of scotch, I wandered to that aisle, and noticed that a number of scotch and whiskey brands were out of stock.

    Since 700,000 people in America filed for unemployment compensation last week, that means that there are suddenly a lot of people with a lot of time on their hands.

    All the libraries are closed, social distancing means that we can't play cards or board games, and television is still a vast wasteland. (Before you rent that movie at Red Box, by the way, spray it down with a sanitizing spray).

    So ..

    Since you can't do much of anything else, you might as well drink some alcohol.

    This is not a new phenomenon.

    Disenchantment with Prohibition had been building almost from the moment it first took effect in 1920. Politicians continued drinking as everyday people were slapped with charges. Bootleggers were becoming rich on the profits of illegal alcohol sales and violence was on the rise. But it wasn’t until the Great Depression that the repeal movement truly gained steam.

    “We got Prohibition because of an emergency, the emergency being World War I, and we lost Prohibition because of another emergency, the Depression.”

    By arguing that the country needed the jobs and tax revenue that legalized alcohol would provide, anti-Prohibition activists succeeded in recruiting even noted teetotalers to their cause. As the economy crumbled and the Democratic Party gained power, the demise of Prohibition eventually became a fait accompli.

    By 1930, though, the Great Depression was in full swing, and the nation’s mood had changed. The 18th Amendment, which ushered in Prohibition, had forced an estimated 250,000 alcohol industry employees out of work. Now, with a quarter of the U.S. labor force jobless and people growing increasingly desperate, this seemed absurd.

    What’s more, income tax collections had dropped precipitously (along with personal incomes), and the federal government was desperate for revenue, having forfeited an estimated $11 billion in alcohol-related taxes over the course of Prohibition.

    The repeal of Prohibition didn’t reverse the Depression, as some of the most optimistic wets predicted, but it did fund much of the New Deal, with alcohol and other excise taxes bringing in $1.35 billion, nearly half the federal government’s total revenue, in 1934. t (Individual income taxes, by contrast, brought in only $420 million that year.)

    So, here's looking at you, kid.

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    Robert Mitchum, running moonshine, one of my favorite noir flicks, which I'm always looking for a reasonably priced copy of...

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    Thanks, Dock. These are great videos.
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    Here's another oldie.

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    I think too many republicans have been hitting the koolaid hard and heavy lately, they all seem punch drunk by not following the stay at home or social distancing orders of the White House & CDC.

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    I recall this comical scene from the movie North By Northwest, a movie that I own which was in VHS format and I transferred it onto dvd format with some software. It's a great vintage flick if you're into Alfred Hitchcock flicks.

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    American adults have sharply increased their consumption of alcohol during the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with women increasing their heavy drinking episodes (four or more drinks within a couple of hours) by 41%, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

    A national survey found that the overall frequency of alcohol consumption increased by 14% among adults over age 30, compared to the same time last year. The increase was 19% among all adults aged 30 to 59, 17% among women, and 10% among for non-Hispanic white adults.

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    This again shows that something is drastically wrong with this country; it used to be the case during an depression like in the 1930's. Does this show that we are moving in the same direction? Someone on the "news" who predicted all the other disasters here, predicted that an "crash" like what happened in the "30's" is imminent. Since the "virus is not under any control and only increases, then I'm getting the feeling that in this "ungovernable" country indeed at one day, may end up like that.

    I'll stick to my "Chardonnay" for now, but due to all the fires in CA, I may have to resort to the real French Chardonnay eventually if Trump allows its import without "tariffs".Crying

    They say "proost" in Dutch; I'll drink to that.

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    We should all remember that drinking and driving is a no no.