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Another stab in the pants to the American male. Budweiser beer is not quite all-american as it’s been.  The brewer of Budweiser, Anhauser-Busch, accepted a $49.9 billion bid from InBev, a Belgian company.

Kinda outsourcing the brewski management, eh?

InBev is reportedly very tough when it comes to cutting costs, so look out American workers.

Forbes reports

“Anheuser controls nearly half the U.S. market with brands like Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob. InBev, which was formed by the 2004 merger of Belgium's Interbrew with Brazil's AmBev, has strong positions in Western Europe and Latin America and is growing in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Together, they will easily pass SAB Miller to become the world's largest brewer by volume, as well as sales. Their combined revenues for 2007 come to $36.4 billion: Anheuser controls nearly half the U.S. market with brands like Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob. InBev, which was formed by the 2004 merger of Belgium's Interbrew with Brazil's AmBev, has strong positions in Western Europe and Latin America and is growing in Eastern Europe and Asia.

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Together, they will easily pass SAB Miller to become the world's largest brewer by volume, as well as sales. Their combined revenues for 2007 come to $36.4 billion.”

In one fell swoop over 50% of the American beer market becomes a foreign asset. Earlier this week it was the Chrysler building.

It’s hard to imagine something like Bud Beer being a non-American product. It’s almost up there with Mom and apple pie.  Makes you think they might be next.  

Naomi Klein talks about disaster capitalism at work. We’re seeing it here in the USA. Start an insane war, destroy the economy by failing to deal with mortally devastating addiction to oil, let finance institutions run wild, without applying regulations and you have a recipe for takeovers of industry after industry.

Blame the Bush administration for starting the war, for appointing cronies who look the other way at deals and regulation violations. But also blame the Democrats in congress for failing to take on Bush and for taking lobbyist money that has persuaded them to let to many deals pass and to pass legislation good for corporations and bad the USA.

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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First it was Yellowstone Park, then the county jai... by john riggs on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 6:37:07 AM
The power that be- encouraged a huge private and p... by francine on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 6:57:25 AM
Yes, Germany after WWI and look what happened.&nbs... by macdon1 on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 5:10:48 PM
Warren Buffet stated (paraphase) that we are selli... by Mike Folkerth on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 10:33:06 AM
Being from Colorado, I would say switch to Coors, ... by Mike Folkerth on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 10:35:48 AM
I myself like some Spanish and French varieties, b... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 12:34:33 PM
I like beer. I dislike large breweries. Some of th... by Tony Forest on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 11:26:18 AM
Ever wanted to see a US firm gain ground in China ... by Tony Forest on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 11:43:49 AM
keyboard is a bit worn out....... by Tony Forest on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 11:45:33 AM
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now that's a new one..."anti-business gov... by Tony Forest on Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 at 3:15:03 AM
the weak dollar is a plus when it comes to exports... by francine on Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 at 3:42:06 AM
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Miller purchased Molson Coors and the new offices ... by Mike Folkerth on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2008 at 7:55:05 AM