Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Ultimate Placebo Effect: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

NPR: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Wow, this is not surprising; Americans duped by language.  Thank god for Post-Structuralism, and Modern Literary Theory and Criticism, without these concepts I would be worse for the wear.  See those fancy words on that fancy bottle in your fancy hand?  They mean shit.  Essentially, if you see words described as:

“”Ury says that one of the tell-tale signs on the bottle is the wording. “Does it say it is ‘distilled’ by that company, or does it say it’s ‘bottled by’ or ‘produced by’ that company? That sounds like a small difference, but it has a big legal meaning.””

As readers and consumers, we love our words, like “natural”, “antioxidants”, and “organic”.  They make us feel better… But what do they mean?  Words like these have ambivalent, and sometimes misleading, meanings.

It’s about time the liquor industry caught on and started taking advantage of booze hounds.  It takes about three seconds to make up a slogan for a brand that is marketable to the demographic they are trying to sell to; here: Rare Single-Batch Kentucky Whisky, made right here in America.  Slap that slogan under the name, and give it a hefty price- because it’s worth that, and let it sell.  No one will be the wiser, and you will profit!

Anyway, remember the next time you are sippin’ that exclusive (and expensive) whisky, just keep telling yourself it’s the real thing, and worth every penny…  Because the Placebo Effect is powerful.  And that’s no lie.

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Thinking about Rethinking the use of Solitary Confinement

MPR News: Rethinking the use of solitary confinement

For social purposes I agree with rethinking solitary confinement.  One of the reasons I believe this is a move for progress- I mean actually, people are talking about it, and these inmates lack a voice; they sit behind walls, waiting for change- is because one cannot be subjected to long-term isolation without suffering grave mental affects.

Human beings are social creatures, not allowing a natural behavior such as communication to transpire only makes the subject worse off.  Locking someone in a room for a long period of time makes it incredibly hard for that subject to be assimilated back into society, safely, sans adverse reaction.

I am for progressive corrections, bettering the lifestyles of those behind bars in hopes that they are rehabilitated, and can, one day, be a contributing member of the community.  It seems a waste of time, money, and resources to just allow those in correctional facilities to rot.

We pay for these institutions, and the services they provide, it comes from American tax dollars.  This is money that could be spent on health care and education, respectively.

Nude Models on Strike, How Revealing…

Oh La La! The Nude Models of Paris Go on Strike

Sometimes I wish I was a nude model, but then again posing naked all day is something I do for fun.  I wouldn’t want to ruin that kind of activity by making it a career.

Also, I agree, they do deserve Vacation and Holiday pay, moreover tips.  Support these models, they have mouths to feed, designer threads to rock, and good times to have.  ART!  Cheers!

Inspiration for a Smile-Nikki Giovanni Honors Her Late Friend Maya Angelou

Nikki Giovanni Honors Her Late Friend Maya Angelou

Lobbyists and the MMBA control Sunday Liquor Sales in MN

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This association, the MMBA, controls liquor sales in Minnesota, which creates a business monopoly for certain liquor stores, and allows, legally, through oppressive law, the squandering of our local economy, which also inhibits the ability for millions of Minnesotans to vote with their dollar.

We pay taxes seven days a week, why can’t we vote with our dollar seven days a week?

What the MMBA does is pay legislators to take competition out of liquor sales in Minnesota, enabling them to control the market- essentially creating a business monopoly for specific corporations, while restricting others.  This monopoly makes it easy for those few to make a profit, while limiting and sanctioning newcomers, and those willing to work throughout the week (specifically on Sunday).

“Each year, Minnesota’s municipal beverage facilities generate approximately $300 million in sales and contribute approximately $20 million in net-profits to various city funds.” -MMBA

What does “various city funds” mean?  Is that a euphemism for Legislators?  Or payment for the creation, and survival of laws which benefit the companies donating the funds?

Minnesota legislators are controlled by money not voter interest.  Put Sunday Sales on the ballot and see where Minnesotans really stand on their issues.

Make sure to have a look at all of the corporate sponsors which control the local government, at:

MMBA Official Site

Be sure to thank them for limiting your freedoms, and promoting, ironically, big government control over the citizens of Minnesota.

Avoid the National Honor Society

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Dear Terry:

Congratulations on your recent achievements at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Because of your excellent academic record you have been nominated to be a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society. You should be very proud of your outstanding performance that has placed you at the front of your class and is undoubtedly an indication of good things to come. Phi Sigma Theta would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your accomplishments and encourage you to continue to strive for excellence in all your future endeavors.

In recognition of your achievements, Phi Sigma Theta would like to extend an invitation to join our prestigious national honor society. Phi Sigma Theta is a national honor society comprised of undergraduate students who display excellence in academics. All members must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The administration, faculty members, or fellow students nominate potential members. Phi Sigma Theta also encourages its members to participate in community service, develop their leadership skills and to continue their scholastic excellence by offering various awards and scholarships to members who excel in these areas. Membership in Phi Sigma Theta is an excellent addition to any college or career resume.

To become a member of Phi Sigma Theta individuals who have been nominated, such as yourself, must fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order for $59.00 made out to Phi Sigma Theta N.H.S. The onetime initiation fee covers all costs including lifetime dues, a professional quality certificate, and a handsome 14K gp, four-color traditional key or lapel pin. You will also have access to all of our programs, scholarship opportunities, and gain the right to say that you are a member of Phi Sigma Theta.

If you have any questions concerning Phi Sigma Theta or you would like to nominate someone who you feel is qualified and has been overlooked by our initial screening process; you may contact us at Membership@PhiSigmaTheta.org or you can visit us at http://www.PhiSigmaTheta.org.

On behalf of Phi Sigma Theta, I would like to personally congratulate and welcome you.

D@vid &. $m*th

Executive Blah Blah Blah…

(342) 313-****

My Response:

Hey Phi Sigma Theta,

I worked hard enough to get on the Dean’s list with a 3.667 GPA… One would think that would be sufficient evidence for me to join your exclusive club for free.

The honor is all mine.

Also, stop emailing me.  Do some research, college students are in debt.  I don’t have money or time for a “professional quality certificate” or a “lapel pin”.  I don’t even have a lapel.  I go to Occupy Wall Street Protests…

Thank you,

Terry__

How I feel about Coffee: Dave Grohl- Fresh Pots!