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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Three things you can talk about this week:
1. Order of Angell
2. Global warming, nuclear war and the
3. Microsoft Vista
(I'm) not that good
- New York Times reporter JUDITH
MILLER on a television interview from
a few years ago. Defense lawyers
played the tape of the interview at
Scooter Libby's trial to try to under-
mine her testimony
"It's really easy to forget the
details of a story."
- PRESIDENT BUSH responding to the criticism
he received after caling the Democratic majority
in Congress as the "Democrat majority" during his
State of the Union address, Reuters reported.
"I think it's going just fine."
- WANG YU, a 20-year-old investor commenting
on the Shanghai stock exchange composite index,
which skyrocketed to 2,945.26, as reported by The
New York Times
And three things you can't:
3. Scooter Libby
Kegs and bottles of beer stacked in the back room of Leopold Brothers pub on Main Street. Leopold Bros. is the world's first environmentally sustainable brewery - and they turn a profit, too.
Forget that nursing degree.
Ta ke .up&DbreinginsteadL
State's dismal economy got you down?
Have a drink.
Why NBA ratings
to honor of the selection of the
line-ups for the 2007 NBA All-Star
Game in a little over two weeks,
this video features the record-
breaking, longest slam dunk. Now
if you thought Michael Jordan
was impressive leaping from the
foul line, this is sure to knock your
socks off. Sort off.
on a show called "World Record
Factory" - where they produce
world records - a moderately ath-
letic man bounces on a trampoline
approximately 20 to 30 feet into the
air, basketball in hand facing a bas-
ket inordinately far away.
He lunges forward to dunk the
ball. He manages to do so, but then
falls 10 feet and landing flat on
his face. Had he failed to time the
jump perfectly, he would have col-
lided with the backboard, but then
it wouldn't be a world record. The
only thing that could make this
video better would be cougars or
deadly spikes or rings of fire.
See this and other YouTube videos
ofthe week at
BY THE NUMBERS
U niversity graduates are
fleeing the state en masse.
The job opportunities here
are dwindling, and the ones that
still exist look less appealing with
every auto industry layoff.
Michigan's economy has been
languishing for decades, but last
week, one of the few remaining
beacons representing a high-tech
economy left the state for good.
When Pfizer pulled out, it seemed
like that light at the end of the tun-
nel for Michigan's economy would
turn out to be an oncoming train.
But don't go running the other
way just yet. There's still at least
one optimistic industry besides
nursing. It's beer.
Not just any beer, though.
Michigan - Ann Arbor in partic-
ular - is a hub for craft brewing.
Innovators here have propelled
Michigan's brewing economy into
the economic stratosphere. Even
as other industries are sputtering
and leaving the state, craft brew-
ing is doing better than surviving.
"We're in aMichiganBeer Renais-
sance," said Rick Lack, a manager at
Rave Associates, a major distributor
of craft beers in Michigan, "and it
will only get better."
The Brewer's Association has
reported a 9.5 percent produc-
tion increase for the craft brewing
industry in 2005, and an 11-per-
cent growth in the first half of
2006. That makes craft brewing
the fastest growing segment of
the alcoholic beverages industry,
outpacing other beer, wine, spirits
According to the Brewer's Alma-
nac, beer production in Michigan
rose 135 percent between 1999 and
2005. This was outpaced solely by
Iowa, whose production rose 233
percent in the same period. Mich-
igan's total production volume,
however, is almost 15 times higher
Proportion of beer consumed by
The 'U must
from ground up.
Michigan residents that was pro-
duced in the state doubledbetween
2005 and 2006, from .83 percent to
more than 1.6 percent, according
to Rick Lack at Rave Associates,
a major distributor of craft beers
in Michigan. He predicts that this
number will rise to 3 to 5 percent
in the next year or two.
According to Lack, his company
has seen a 17-percent increase in
the sales of craft beer in the nine-
county Southeast Michigan market
from 2005 to 2006. More dramati-
cally, there has been a 37-percent
increase in sales of Michigan craft
brews to the same market during
the same period.
Still not convinced you want to
abandon biochemistry for brew-
ing? For some, just the prospects
ofmakingmoneymaking beer isn't
enough. If your goal is to cure can-
cer one day, it's true, you won't be
able to save as many people from
the within confines of the micro-
brewery. But you'll be able help out
a few - and not just by facilitating
Scott Leopold, one of the propri-
etors of Leopold Brothers on Main
Street, spoke at the DANA Natural
Sciences building last week about
environmental sustainability. The
Leopolds are modest, perhaps too
modest, about the fact that theirs
is the world's first environmental-
ly sustainable brewery. For a pur-
veyor of sin, he seems remarkably
"We adopted the UN definition
of sustainability," Leopold said.
"Essentially - do no harm. Meet
the needs of today's customers
without hurting future genera-
tions' ability to do the same."
And it seems to be working. Not
only is Leopold Brothers eco-safe,
it's a formidable business. Leopold
stressed his point that through
environmentally friendly prac-
tices, his brewery was able to cut
costs and increase production,
recouping the investment for spe-
cialized green equipment in two to
See BEER, page 7B
The number of opponents defeated in the 2006 Kentucky Derby by
once famous racing horse Barbaro
Number of months Barbaro's owners waited for the horse to recover
from multiple broken bones before he was euthanized
Difference in miles per hour between Barbaro and an average con-
testant in NASCAR
Source: The New York Times and the offical NASCAR website
THEMED PARTY SUGGESTION
Dress up as your favorite scandalized TV news
anchor - We call Maria Bartiromo. If you can't think
of anyone, just make up a scandal about Anderson
Cooper - there's bound to be one brewing.
Throwing this party? Let us know TheStatement@umich.edu
RANDOM WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE
OF THE WEEK
Brinkmanship is the policy or practice of pushing a dangerous
situation to the brink of disaster in order to achieve the most advan-
tageous outcome. It occurs in international politics, foreign policy
and (in contemporary settings) in military strategy involving the
threatened use of nuclear weapons.
This maneuver of pushing a situation to the brink succeeds by
forcing the opposition to back down and make concessions. This
might be achieved through diplomatic maneuvers by creating the
impression that one is willing to use extreme methods rather than
concede. During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear force was often
used as such an escalating measure.
The term brinkmanship was introduced during the Cold War by
United States Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, who advocated
such a policy against the Soviet Union. Inan article published in Life
Magazine, Dulles defined the policy of brinkmanship as "the ability
to get to the verge without getting into the war." His critics blamed
him for damaging relations with communist states and contributing
to the Cold War.