Exclusive: Anita Alvarez on Que4 Radio

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will hold a very exclusive press conference on Que4 Radio’s Revolution and Beer program Saturday at 11am. Alvarez, embattled over her handling of the Laquan McDonald case, which took more than a year before charges were filed in that case, reports that her office will file charges in a case her office reports will be groundbreaking, shocking and historic. We don’t know many details and have been asked not to report or speculate ahead of the announcement Saturday at 11am. What we do know is that the murder investigation spanned several continents and involved tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of investigators. Reports are that the victim was killed by a knife or knives, but details remain very sketchy right now. One unconfirmed report from Que4 Radio indicates a possible connection that includes the Cooking Channel. That is all we know. Ms. Alvarez and her office is keeping a very tight lid on this, and is deflecting inquiries with “No comment at this time,” or complete denial.

A photo from the crime scene leaked to Que4:
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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray with Jack Hammond and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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21 Days in May; an Occupy novella, part twenty-one

This piece was originally posted May 19th, 2012

The NATO summits had only revealed fully what many feared was emerging in America. No longer was this the stuff of fiction, or the Hollywood fantasy of Gestapo agents and Nazi stormtroopers exacting justice on a whim, as if judges and courts and laws were their individual domain, and a sacred language only they understood.

Was it really possible to destroy a man through the art of propaganda. Was the media, acting in conspiracy with the police state complicit in fabricating pure fiction from the fertile ground of lazy and unquestioning minds, until belief superseded truth and reason and skepticism? The headline that day in the Chicago Tribune screamed that difference:

Bridgeport arrests: Molotov cocktails or brewing equipment?
By Rosemary R. Sobol, Jeremy Gorner and Todd Lighty Tribune reporters

5:33 p.m. CDT, May 18, 2012

As the NATO summit nears, Chicago police detained at least nine people in an investigation into the alleged making of Molotov cocktails, but four were released today without charges…The nine ranged in age from their 20s to a 66-year-old grandfather with a heart condition. Several were with the Occupy movement…Building residents described black-clad police officers with battering rams and guns drawn coming into the building, searching their apartments and refusing to tell them what was going on. One resident told the Tribune police taunted him and his roommate, repeatedly calling them communists and using anti-gay slurs…Darrin Annussek, 36, one of the Bridgeport nine who was released today, described being handcuffed and shackled for 18 hours in an “interrogation room.” He said police refused his request to use a restroom and did not read him his constitutional rights.

“None of us were told why this was happening,” Annussek told reporters Friday outside the Harrison District station this afternoon.

Annussek, who had the numbers “1968” scrawled in magic marker on his right wrist from when police processed him, said police told him he was being held on a “conspiracy” charge. A social worker who got laid off, Annussek arrived in Chicago in time for the May Day march. He said he began marching in November from Philadelphia and Atlanta, “to try and spread the positive message of Occupy Wall Street.”

“To be charged with felony conspiracy to endanger anybody’s life is not only a slap in the face, it’s against everything I stand for,” he said.

William Vassilakis, who said he was hosting those who were arrested, said there were no materials to create a explosive device. Instead, Vassilakis said police confiscated supplies he uses to make beer.

Police would not answer their questions or show them a search warrant. “The only thing we were told was that we were in the middle of an investigation,” he said.

Police looked through books in the apartment, finding feminist writings and a book about the selected writings of Karl Marx, best known for his Communist Manifesto. The resident said police repeatedly called him and his roommate communists, used anti-gay slurs and teased them about going to jail.the officer took a more confrontational tone and started quizzing him about the photo on his phone’s home screen, which he described as a “fantasy painting.”

“He asked me, ‘What’s the deal with the photo?’ and that’s when he called for backup,” the man said.

Two more officers came upstairs and “that’s when he pulled me out and they searched my place,” he said. The man added that the officer took his phone away from him for 15 to 20 minutes while the search was going on.

Before the search of his own apartment ended, the man said, the police officer said he would only return his phone if he agreed to show police the photos stored on his phone “to show that I had no association” with the people downstairs.

The man said he did not know the group in the apartment below and that he has not participated in any political demonstrations.

The officers never physically mishandled him, he said. “They were very nice about stomping on my civil rights…”

But the message was unequivocal and had been rendered loudly and clearly. Somewhere within that rendering was the line between fiction and reality, between fact and untruths masquerading as truth. All were woven so artfully that one was completely indistinguishable from the other. The corporate media sold consumption and gluttony, but couldn’t sell it to a wise and informed populace. Politician’s could hardly dupe and educated people, so truth and reality and fact had to be undone. They could not simply be destroyed, they had to be undermined and confused in the minds of the public, so that each person called reality into question on their own accord.

And so a bunch of “commie faggot hippies” were roughed up, jailed, their civil liberties violated. It was the same for the guy walking along Michigan Avenue who was stopped searched and questioned by three plain clothed officers. So the population had been so animated by fear of the protesters, that the public could rightly claim they had no clue what the protests were about. Individually these things would be forgotten. Together they sent a clear and undeniable message.

Freedom and democracy in America was being eradicated.

Dissent, while not explicitly a crime was now essentially a crime. It affirmed an ideal surrendered and squandered by older generations, and shouted to their legacies that freedom isn’t a right or even a privilege any more in America, but an allowance, barely tolerated by men with power and guns. While not explicitly a crime, freedom and dissent were essentially crimes…

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Stop & Frisk Introduced by Ald. Moreno to Chicago

We Charge Genocide | wechargegenocide.org/stop.act
#ChiStops | @ChiCopWatch | @ChiStopsWGC

MEDIA ALERT / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Eric Tenza, 734-355-6331, ejtenza@gmail.com
Rachael Perrotta, 773-653-5073, plusssone@gmail.com

PRESS CONFERENCE
Wednesday, July 29th, 9:30AM
Chicago City Hall, 2nd Floor

Wed 7/29: Press Conference for Introduction of
STOP Act before City Council
#ChiStops: Empowering young people through popular education and leadership training to resist racial profiling and other biased policing.

CHICAGO 7/28 – On July 29th, Aldermen Moreno will introduce the Stop, Transparency, Oversight and Protection (STOP) Act before City Council. The ordinance would increase data transparency for policing in Chicago, making it possible to better assess the effectiveness and fairness of Chicago policing generally, and stop and frisk tactics specifically. A press conference will be held before the City Council meeting on July 29th, at 9:30am, on the second floor of City Hall.

The ordinance would require the Chicago Police Department to collect and share data for all stops that it performs, including demographic information of those stopped, the badge numbers of officers involved, as well as the location, reason, and result of the stop. The Chicago Police Department would also be required to give receipts to those stopped, as well as to collect and share the data on a quarterly basis, so that various programs can be evaluated for effectiveness and fairness.

The STOP Act would help Chicago to catch up with New York City, in terms of data transparency and police accountability. New York City collects and analyzes its stop data, and shares it in an accessible format. Using this data, the police have reduced the number of unnecessary stops and frisks performed, and continue to reform their policies as new data comes out.

Speaking to the number and effect of stop-and-frisks, Gillian Giles, a youth organizer with #ChiStops, said that “overpolicing is a problem. Being stopped by the police is terrifying. Being stopped and frisked by the police is at best degrading. Being stopped and frisk by police when you’ve done nothing wrong is unnecessary, and last year 250,000 Chicagoans were stopped without committing a crime.”

A recent report put out by the ACLU of Illinois stresses how the CPD’s insufficient and incomplete data collection methods make real accountability and oversight all but impossible. In addition to addressing this, the STOP Act would also require the police to give those stopped a receipt detailing the transaction, which supporters say would further help strengthen trust in law enforcement.

In addition to ChiStops, over 30 other community groups have signed on in support of the STOP Act, including the ACLU of Illinois, Black Youth Project 100, Chicago Votes, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, and Black Lives Matter – Chicago.

Speakers at the press conference will include: Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st Ward; Page May from We Charge Genocide; Gillian Giles from ChiStops; and Caleb Porter from Chicago Votes.

For more information about the STOP Act, see: wechargegenocide.org/stop.act

We Charge Genocide is volunteer-run by Chicago residents concerned that the epidemic of police violence continues uninterrupted in Chicago and who seek to equip individuals across the city with tools to more proactively hold police accountable. The name We Charge Genocide comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police.
– END –

Stop and Frisk in the News:

Chicago Police Use Stop-And-Frisk Excessively: ACLU Report
5/23/2015, New York Times

Chicago sued over Police Department’s alleged stop-and-frisk practices
4/21/2015, Chicago Tribune

New York has essentially eliminated stop-and-frisk – and crime is still down
12/3/2014, Washington Post

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URGENT SOLIDARITY NEEDED – FELLOW IWW WORKERS INCARCERATED: LEMAR & SABRINA

URGENT SOLIDARITY NEEDED – FELLOW WORKERS LEMAR & SABRINA,  IWW INCARCERATED WORKERS’ ORGANIZERS, ARRESTED IN ALLENTOWN, PA

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Hybachi and Sabina were arrested in Allentown, PA in July 2015

Please show some solidarity and donate to their legal fund <https://fundly.com/free-sabrina-and-lemar>, attend their court date, or participate in the phone Zap supporting them – updated details on the situation provided by Lehigh Valley IWWs bellow:

“Hybachi Lemar, who has recently done a lot of work in Chicago but has roots in the LV, was arrested while back in Allentown. He did work with IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW) toward organizing prisoners and fought the evictions of working class people in Chicago and elsewhere.

Hybachi was arrested and charged with weapons possession — as an ex-felon he is facing steep charges. He and his partner Sabrina (who was arrested with him) are undoubtedly victims of systemic oppression. There are many private details of Lemar’s initial felony charge in the 90’s and the most recent charges against both him and Sabrina that illustrate the inequality within our system. Lemar is being subjected to “Strip Cell” segregation conditions which amount to torture, and he was frequently subjected to segregation when attempting to organize prisoners when previously incarcerated.

What can we do now to help Sabrina and Lemar? We’re working on getting people to turn out for support for his hearing on Tuesday, 7/21 at 2PM. There’s also a Fundly fundraising campaign and call for a phone zap to the warden of Lehigh County Prison.

1) The Hearing:
The hearing will be held at Lehigh County Courthouse (455 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA) on Tuesday, 7/21 at 2PM in the courtroom of Judge Michael Faulkner. You do have to go through a metal detector to get into the building and the line can get long, so it’s recommended to arrive by 1:30PM and to not bring a lot of things into the courthouse. It’s apparently being held in courtroom 1C, but it would be a good idea to meet in the foyer just beyond the metal detector (in front of the elevator) and enter as a group. It would also be pretty great to wear wobbly attire and/or the color black in solidarity.

2) The Fundly Account:
We’re trying to raise a retainer so that Lemar and Sabrina have access to competent legal counsel — please donate if possible or share widely – https://fundly.com/free-sabrina-and-lemar/

3) Phone Zap:
Call Lehigh County Jail Warden Janine Donate in Allentown, PA, at (610)782-3175. Tell her or whomever you speak to that Bondi DeBooth (Lemar’s “legal” name), prisoner #54971, is a respected community activist, is not suicidal, should be immediately be removed from “suicide watch” and placed in the jail’s general population.”

PERMANENT LINK TO STORY:
http://tinyurl.com/HELPLEMAR

-​- For the One Big Union –

       Alison Olhava
x373679
(847) 707-5181
alisonmarie2214@gmail.com

 

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CAKE and Revolution and Beer

On this show we’re joined by Max Morris of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), as well as by our good friend Michael Henderson who is now the record-holder for the longest foreclosure in U.S. history. Catch CAKE this weekend. IT’S FREE AND IT’S AWESOME.

Our featured beer was Metropolitan Brewing’s Arc Welder Dunkel Rye Lager.

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Rascal Martinez on Revolution and Beer Artist Spotlight

rascal1On this very special show we explore the songwriting of Rascal Martinez, a fresh new singer/songwriter from Nebraska. You may have heard him on the show before, but his new album, The Original Acoustic Sessions, is powerfully inspired. If you like music from the heart, you’ll find this exclusive interview soul-southing. For those who grew up listening to Buddy Holly or Johnny Cash, and you wonder what happened to music…

We highly recommend you getting a copy of  Rascal Martinez’s new album: The Original Acoustic Sessions.

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Old Single Mom Pays Us a Visit

The_Original_Acoustic_SessionsWell, WC found a hell of a stand-in for this show. While I was out being an old single dad, he replaced me with the amazing Old Single Mom (btw, she’s not that old). The balance is great and she definitely provides a much needed perspective on the issues that were discussed. We also played some amazing new tracks from Rascal Martinez’s new album: The Original Acoustic Sessions.

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Off Color’s Tooth and Claw Lager: 180 Million Years to a Tap

At the age of seven it seemed like the longest word I had yet heard of: Paleontologist. No doubt my parents would recall that practically nothing but dinosaur this or dinosaur that left my mouth for much of the next few years. There was relatively little literature in the early 1970s for the novice about Dinosaurs; I devoured everything I could find. And though it was a fair distance from our rural Illinois home, my parents regularly indulged and encouraged my passion with regular trips to Chicago’s Field Museum.

I dreamed one day of being a Paleontologist. I wrote a letter to the head of the department at the museum and got a reply encouraging me to pursue my studies, and that one day I might be a famous scientist. I still have the letter somewhere. I pursued a career in art instead, and ended up in broadcasting, an author and in logistics.

In a few years I’ll approach five decades since I first walked through the doors and beheld the mind awakening majesty of the great hall. The Field Museum has changed much in that time. Still, in all that time it has never lost its breathless wonder for me. From the halls that map the evolution of the planet and its myriad and wondrous life forms, to the eternal assertions of the ancient Egyptians and the legacy of the vibrant indigenous cultures who effused the Americas for more than 13 millennia before Columbus and the Europeans arrived. In my dreams I retrace those uncountable steps which have come to help guide and define my understanding of the world and my place in it.IMG_3933

And so, in a word, the Field Museum is about evolution, and evolve it has. On Saturday’s radio show, (11am on AM1680, que4.org) a friend of the station shared samples of a local Craft beer available only at the Museum’s new, The Field Bistro, a comfortable and elegant adult respite, features several local brews. Ah, my father would have been in heaven compared with the old days with a somewhat austere basement cafeteria of greasy fast food and fountain sodas. We sampled Tooth and Claw, Dry Hop Lager, brewed exclusively by Chicago’s own Off Color Brewing for the Bistro.

The beer poured, into a pint glass bearing its name, to a slight burnt gold, clear with a one inch fluffy white head. Breathing in a beer is essential to truly valuing the taste. This was light and bready, balanced slightly by that citrusy hint of hops. The first taste was straight forward, reminding me slightly of a freshly brewed European lager on tap at a Prague brewery in the early 1990s. Tooth and Claw, I found, had that great sense of balance between sweet malts and bitter German noble hops. I found that malty fullness first, with a citrusy bitterness that lingered for just a moment. This one I would have bared with a hearty stew hinting of fresh rosemary, grilled meat or a smoky cheese, or porcini or portabella mushrooms for our vegan friends.

I have to confess, at first I failed to recognize Off Color. The label of Tooth and Claw is dutifully understated for the museum. Beer enthusiasts, particularly in Chicago, will recognize their hand drawn cartoonish labels. Last year Revolution and Beer featured their full and rich Scurry Dark Honey Ale. Their Troublesome Gose Style Beer remains one of our favorites. Tooth and Claw proves that Off Color is moved from a competent brewer to one of the important brewing houses in the city. If you ever need an excuse to go to the museum!

It’s funny, about the time I was discovering dinosaurs as a young boy my father let me taste beer for the first time. It too was a local beer, with a ubiquitous name, and one tethered deeply to Chicago history. My palette for beer has greatly evolved since then, just as all those years visiting the Field Museum has helped evolve my intellect and sensibilities. I still find wonder in the world, and new discoveries. Hardly a year passes that I do not find myself exploring those great and seemingly endless halls. It is the sense of adventure and exploration that holds the key, whether at the museum, somewhere in the world and in a new beer. That’s the stuff.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy

Yesterday, May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy –The unions of Illinois and the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by political and media forces allied with the Empire of Governor Bruce Rauner.
The Unions were at peace with that Emperor and, at the solicitation of Rauner, was still in conversation with its government and its Governor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the workplace.
Indeed, less than three months after Rauner had commenced attacks in the American city of Chicago, Rauner addressed the City Council and delivered to the people of Chicago a reply to a recent Union message.
And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of all out attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Chicago from Springfield, or Lake Forest makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many months or even years ago. During the intervening time, the Rauner government has deliberately sought to deceive working families by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on all unions has caused severe damage to American workers and their families. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American and Illinois jobs have been reported torpedoed by this unwarranted attack.
Yesterday, the Rauner government also launched an attack against teachers.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked schools.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Poor.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Environment.
Last night, Rauner attacked healthcare.
And this morning, Rauner attacked middle class homeowners.
Rauner has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Chicago area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our working class, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.
I ask that the Allied Unions and working people declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Rauner on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Rauner empire.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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IWW Toronto Members: How Students & Faculty get it Done

Sandwiched between Mayday and The Anniversary of Kent State, and nestled on a bed of Chicago Spring, we packed the Que4 Radio studio with industrial unionists and old friends to discuss labor, higher education, and environmental justice. We were joined by Brianne Bolin of Precaricorps, Max Baru and Katie Leonard of the IWW. We also are joined by Bret Hamilton of Save Columbia here in Chicago. Our friend and past co-broadcaster, Mike Nowak, sat in to provide his extremely knowledgeable perspective, as well as our fav fem-fatale Catherine “Povs” Povineli. There was also a pleasant surprise visit from Chicago 1st Ward aldermanic challenger and civil rights lawyer Anne Shaw. We even had live breaking updates from the UK concerning the arrival of the recent royal seed. All this on the defiantly unique and original programming provided by AM1680, Que4 Radio, in Chicago. Stream this original programming at www.que4.org. Follow our blog here at www.revolutionandbeer.com.

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