Angels, Devils, and Bourbon
In the Making of a bourbon barrel, even after burning/charring, the barrels aren’t waterproof, but they are water resistant. In addition to adding smoky bourbon flavors, the charring helps the wood absorb some of the liquid being stored in it, causing the wood to swell, which does make the barrel waterproof. However, they are not airtight. A whisky or bourbon barrel can lose 8-10% of total volume in the first year, and up to 60% in an 18 year bourbon. This is from a combination of evaporative loss and loss to the barrel. Evaporative loss is often referred to as “The Angel’s Share” and affects the alcohol content of the liquid in the barrel, because water evaporates out leaving alcohol behind, while the distillate lost to the barrel is often called “The Devil’s Cut”, and generally does not affect the alcohol content of the distillate, as both alcohol and water soak into the wood.
By law, a barrel can be used just one time to distill bourbon in the US, despite the fact that these barrels have a “lifespan” of up to 60 years. This regulation, combined with a renaissance in bourbon popularity, means distilleries and their cooperage partners have a supply of bourbon barrels that are looking for their next calling.
Used bourbon barrels make hearty vessels for distilling other beverages and are used throughout the world to add unique flavor to Scotch, aged rum, and even tequila. And what could be a better vehicle for adding flavor and a good story to craft beer than a charred, bourbon-tinged barrel?
Critical Race Theory is anti-white, but it’s also anti-black. There is a built-in assumption that black people are inferior: black people can’t read, they can’t do math, they don’t have the mental capacity to obtain ID, and can’t show up to work on time. The theory holds that they’re incapable of functioning in any modern society.
Orwell vs Huxley
Orwell feared that there were those who would ban books. Huxley feared that there would be no reason to ban a book because there wouldn’t be anyone who would want to read one.
Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared that the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
In 1984, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire would ruin. us.
The American Brain Trust
(NY Post) The housing market is hot and it’s looking like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her banker husband, Richard Blum, are taking advantage of it — listing their Lake Tahoe, California, estate for a whopping $41 million.
In October 2020, the waterfront compound briefly graced the market with a $46 million asking price.
The property is listed under the LLC, Lucky Bluff, which is tied to Blum’s investment management firm, Blum Capital, according to Realtor.
Comprising three separate properties — the main house and two guest houses – the compound spans nearly 5 acres. Eleven bedrooms and nine bathrooms – for guests, when you’re entertaining. It comes with 172-foot pier with a boat lift, for when you want to cruise the lake.
Will the Federal government cut funding to US States over their refusal to toe the line? If that happens, the states can back down or cite the 10th Amendment.
The states can refuse to send tax receipts to DC.
How will the feds respond? F-15’s and tactical nuclear weapons, as threatened?