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Paid with rats? How does that turn into a living wage?

Vice is enjoying some of New Zealand quirkiness

For centuries New Zealand flightless birds and slow-moving reptiles lived without fear of native predators. This golden era ended when the British showed up on rat-infested ships. Since then, rats have become the key player in the destruction of native forestry and the extinction of nine native species of birds. Clearly the rats need to go, but how do you motivate New Zealanders into becoming active rat hunters?

Beer Trap is a program that lets time-rich and beer-poor university students swap dead rats for free brews. Genius, right? We spoke to Jonathan Musther, one of the masterminds of the campaign, about the intricacies of fixing the environment with young Kiwis and alcohol.

VICE: So first of all, how do I get a free beer?
Jonathan Musther: It’s pretty simple, you bring a dead rat to Victoria University of Wellington’s Science Society, we supply the traps, and we exchange it for a voucher which you can use to claim a drink at The Hunter Lounge (the uni bar).

Other than beers, why are we killing rats?
It’s a twofold problem. For one they kill a lot of our natives. They eat skinks and lizards and they also eat insects like the Weta. Plus birds’ eggs—even tree-nesting birds like the Tui’s because rats can climb trees quite happily.

Interesting to know that the money we use to fund our universities are going to provide beer for pied piper type students. Read more »

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US Beer of Choice

 

Beer of choice by state. Atleast there is Yuengling and Boston Brewing in the sea of Bud.

Great news, beer-soaked meat is good for you

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What wonderful news, beer-soaked meat actually turns out to be good for you.

GRILLING meat gives it great flavour. This taste, though, comes at a price, since the process creates molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which damage DNA and thus increase the eater’s chances of developing colon cancer. For those who think barbecues one of summer’s great delights, that is a shame. But a group of researchers led by Isabel Ferreira of the University of Porto, in Portugal, think they have found a way around the problem. When barbecuing meat, they suggest, you should add beer.  Read more »

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Cunliffe promoting binge drinking now?

Poor sad little David Cunliffe is upset John Key said he could beat him in a game of beer pong.

He is so upset he is now talking about his own piss drinking abilities and his willingness to drink John Key under the table.

Forget political debates – the main party leaders are boasting over who would win a beer pong battle.

It follows John Key taking part in a game of the table ‘sport’ of sorts at Auckland’s Big Gay Out over the weekend and being criticised for the number of beers he was forced to down.

Mr Key says he would definitely beat David Cunliffe at a game of beer pong.

The Labour leader seems up for it.

“I could, I’m sure – if the moment arose – drink him under the table. I have body mass on my side.”

Perhaps we could settle the election this way?

Gay beer pong with gay beer

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

This shows the true calibre of our media.  Let’s make a big story about the PM having a few beers at a party.

Really NZ Herald?  Really?

Prime Minister John Key has defended downing several cups of beer during a drinking game yesterday, saying it was not “too crazy” and in the spirit of fun.   Read more »

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How beers can the min wage buy in Europe.

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Bugger, was looking forward to drinking some of that

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An Icelandic brewery that was planning a beer that contained whale meat has been told that they aren’t allowed to make it because of some lack of a piece of paperwork.

What a bugger I’d ordered a case of it for the lair…I wonder if I can get my money back.

A controversial beer made with whale meat by-products and oil has been banned after it was discovered that its creators didn’t have a license to sell the whale meal for consumption.   Read more »

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Proof: Champagne is a socialist’s drink (so long as someone else is paying)

I hope no one tells Cactus Kate about this startling new discovery…tough to be fair she buys her own champagne…because no one else can afford her preferred tipple.

It’s official: champagne is a socialist’s drink. That’s according to a consumer study from the US that has correlated what people imbibe with their voting habits. Apparently, wine-drinkers are most likely to turn out at elections (the hangovers are lighter than for spirits) and rum is the most bipartisan tipple of all. Right-wingers prefer whiskeys such as Jim Beam and Wild Turkey. Left-wingers like prosecco, vodka, gin and champagne.

The survey has plenty of gaps. What if, like me, you spent New Year’s Eve mixing your drinks? Does that shot of vodka washed down with a glass of whisky make me an undecided voter, or just a diabetic waiting to happen? And what’s the significance of people’s taste in nibbles? Red meat for the conservatives; canapes for the socialists. Meanwhile, those of us who prefer a fun party to a political party just abstain from eating altogether.

The survey is American, so how would it translate into British politics? Well, in my experience, fiscally unsound Labourites will drink anything that’s put in front of them. So long as someone else is paying.

Or how would it translate into NZ politics.

I somewhat suspect that Labour politicians no longer drink beer, with the exception of Shane Jones and Damian O’Connor…they alone would drink beer and from the bottle.

If they were drinking beer it would probably be Stella Artois or that Mexican rubbish.

The Greens though they’d want something recycled…probably their own urine.

The Maori party would drink only Lion Brown…seems suitable if you get the pun.

Act? The younger hipster types would be Absinthe drinkers for sure. Top shelf for the older ones.

National…fine wines with quality beers for BBQs. The Young Nats would certainly hook into Farrar’s free liquid panty remove…if only they were into chicks.