Bourbon and Sense

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December 2022 Bourbon and this week's Talking Sense.


Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Aroma: First whiff is of very light alcohol, not overwhelming at all.

Taste: definite caramel candy flavor at a 100 proof.

Appearance: light yellow red in the bottle.

Finish: the alcohol comes back, no real taste to distinguish it.

Story of: Bonded, straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Supposedly the first bourbon distilled in Kentucky. This bottle was one of the cheapest in the store. I cannot taste the difference

Latest News


Covid Redux

Governor DeSantis is questioning the efficacy of covid and flu vaccines once again. There is some recent data that seems to show young men who are vaccinated with the latest vaccines are dying at a higher rate from covid than the unvaccinated (CNN news story). The problem is that DeSantis and his medical staff are looking at the total numbers and not the per capita numbers. So, it is true that more men have died from covid after being vaccinated than the population of unvaccinated men dying of covid. But if you examine the deaths of each group per capita, in this case per million people, the unvaccinated had 95 deaths per million people unvaccinated and the vaccinated had 38 deaths per million vaccinated. 38 is less that 95 so get vaccinated.


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International Competition


World Cup 2022 Update

So France beat Morocco and Argentina beat Croatia. The final two are France versus Argentina. Not quite a European cup; I’m glad to see a South American country be in the finals. I think it has been a long time since Argentina won it all (since Maradona?). It would be good if the “old man” Messi could end his career with a win over France. I think all of South America would celebrate. The game is Sunday; let’s see what happens.


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Latest News


Reparations

The discussion about paying reparations to the descendants of African-American slaves is renewed. The latest appears to be a study by the State of California with a report due out early next year with suggestions on how to recompense about 6% of the population as defined by the committee. The amount suggested is somewhere over $200,000 per person – over half a trillion dollars total. The aim is not only to make amends for slavery but to help the descendants “catch-up” to the average white household’s net worth. Slavery hurt not only those enslaved but those who followed and never seemed able to achieve equity. The chains were more horrible and more encompassing than imagined.


As you might guess, the majority of black citizens support the idea whereas the majority of whites do not. I think there is the belief that slavery was in the distant past, that recent generations are not responsible, that if we pay blacks for wrongs done then we should pay Native Americans and any other race that we’ve hurt over the years. I hope others will comment and help us understand this issue.


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International Competition


World Cup 2022

Did anyone watch the knockout stage match between Japan and Croatia? I was rooting for Japan assuming they were the underdog. Wouldn't it be great to have an Asian or African country make it to the final 2 and win it all. Why does it always have to be some European team or Brazil. I may have all my facts wrong but it just seems that way. However, the World Cup is truly a world event that shows we can all get along to achieve one goal (no pun intended) if we collectively put our minds to it.


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News from China


Protests Against Lockdowns

Lately, the most consequential news are the reports of nationwide protest over the Covid lockdown. All around China, both young and old, are protesting the draconian quarantines and requirements from the Chinese government. The Western world is hopeful that there will be an overthrow of the Xi regime: no more fear about war over Taiwan, more equity in world trade, less human-right abuses. But really, the protests are primarily about the covid restrictions and the impact on people’s ability to work, shop, and live in China. The Chinese love their country and culture; they are not trying to change that. They just want to be let out of their apartments and be free; everything else will stay the same.


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True Science


December's Bourbon

This month, I deliberately chose the cheapest bourbon I could find in the store. I have a theory that I can’t taste the difference between a $60 bottle and a $15 brand. I believe most people are like me and can’t really distinguish among brands. I know I am swayed by the bottle design, the name, the provenance (Kentucky vs Tennessee), and yes, the price. More expensive is better, I am a sucker for marketing. Terms like “bonded”, “small batch”, “straight whiskey”, “mash bill”, “years in barrel” connote a better bourbon. Let’s see what this one brings.


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Opinion


What are the Issues?

The mid-terms have finished and though some races remain undetermined, the general result is that the House flipped to a slim Republican majority, the Democrats retained the Senate, and local governments became that much redder. Where does that leave the citizens? A friend of mine wrote the issues that face our leaders, and it captures a lot of them:


[Our] “leaders have no policies, no strategy and no governing skills so they need people to hate each other. We can look forward to more pro-gun laws, bullying trans kids and parents, more homophobia, more restrictive abortion laws, more CRT anguish, less teacher pay, less people with health care, more border wall photo ops. What about inflation? What about our high [energy] costs? What about school funding? What about [climate change] strategy?


My friend finishes with, "This has become my main concern - what is the end game? RE Continuing to throw shit on US elections. Do they hope we all just say, "ok let's not do elections?” or we just refuse to vote? What is the alternative if those are results? with no voting, what is a government by the people, for the people? Maybe we let the wealthy donors and large corporations make choices for us?


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Politics


Trump announcement

Do we really care? In his speech, he did not seem too excited by his own candidacy. The media blamed it on the teleprompter; Mr. Trump is not at his best when prompted. But here's the thing, no one thought he could win the first time. We can't ignore his appeal in the next election.


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