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  1. As for the flu/vaccine discussion, never underestimate the value of "herd immunity". Just check the following out: New Englang Journal of Medicine Article Abstract re: Flu The upshot is that vaccinating children may be more valuable than focusing on the elderly or otherwise healthy adults. I'm all for vaccination (if safety is sufficiently higher than not vaccinating). Wish I'd had access to a chickenpox vaccine when I was a kid. I wouldn't have to deal with getting shingles when the damn virus comes out of hiding in my nervous system (kinda like herpes simplex - "cold sores"). At least one of my kids is young enough to have been vaccinated. The older two both got chicken pox... Think too of the recently developed human papillomavirus vaccine (causes genital warts). This revolutionary vaccine is going to prevent almost all cases of cervical cancer (turns out most are a result of this viral infection). The vaccine has a terrific safety record in adults and testing in adolescents/children is underway. Sadly, administering it to kids is going to be necessary given the increasingly early ages that kids have their first sexual experiences.
  2. Sounds like a variation on Tom Wait's classic "Step Right Up" from his "Small Change" album. Seems I recall he won a lawsuit against Frito Lay for ripping off the song in one of their commercials...
  3. Welcome indeed, to the Menckenphile.
  4. Is there a particular reason for the "flowering" note. If PC did flower, why would that make it suitable? Intensification/concentration of the flavour? I thought young leaves/tips would be all that was necessary. I've got A. absinthium and PC growing in my garden this year and must say the PC is more fragrant. Seems like it ought to work great. On a side note, should I expect either or both to come back next year? That is, will they survive the relatively mild Atlanta winter? I don't expect to have difficulty obtaining new plants next year, but if they perform better in subsequent years, I won't dig them up before re-planting the beds next Spring. What about the extras I have in large pots? Protect them in the garage or leave 'em out in the yard?
  5. I guess I could argue both sides, but I really would hate to see the mystique (exclusivity) of absinthe's "contraband" status disappear. More worrisome would be the consequence of a "flood" of cheap, if drinkable, absinthe hitting the market. Where would that leave the small distilleries and the artisanal producers? Would enough folks buy such absinthe at 2, 3, 4 times the price of the commercial stuff? I suspect the answer is "yes", but is that enough to keep 'em in business?
  6. Ghod, but it's been a long time. Is that the one with the wheelchair-bound hubby and the scissors and the body-stocking and...
  7. Bill Gates, eh? Bill has, of late, invested big $$$ in malaria control projects. Given absinthe's history as a treatment (sic) for malaria and the now well established value of artemisinin (from "sweet wormwood" [Artemisia annua]) as an anti-malarial... Perhaps a custom distillery making an anti-malarial absinthe with "sweet wormwood"... Two birds, one stone, and Bill enters both the booze and pharmaceutical industries in one swell foop.
  8. Happy Birthday! Hope it went better than for this fella (the other, other white meat):
  9. Not to dis' the craftmanship, but compared to the delicate glass fountains, these look like burial urns...
  10. I see the pitchers, the fountains, but tell me more about the tall, slender objects with the green "hats"... Are they just decorative or in some way functional?
  11. Yikes! I guess I haven't been foraging 'round the rest of the WS site enough... Hiram, are you always ahead of the game?
  12. The August/September issue of the online version of Reason magazine has an article remarking on the current state of affairs re: absinthe. More a concise review of Jad Adams "Hideous Absinthe" than anything else, it does comment on the recent legalization of absinthe production/sale in Switzerland. And points out the obvious flaws in the marketing (and quality) of most Czech absinth. Nicely done. Reason Magazine "The Search for Real Absinthe"
  13. Welcome! Just remember, we're into "kissing and telling" around here. So let us know which "true" absinthe is your first...
  14. Not having had the luxury of trying Hills , I'll defer to the more experienced WS members to comment. I must say, however, that the civilized man's "ivory finger" reference is magnificent. The only thing missing from the image is fire. Then again, the rising gorge burn is fire enough...
  15. Any reason to think the difference is in the processing/distillation/etc... rather than the ingredients? I know there are other threads that discuss the vagaries of distillation, but is there something specific you are thinking of, Artemis?
  16. Welcome Robert/scanman0 (which do you prefer?) from another Atlantan (well, suburban Atlantan, anyway)! I was likewise inspired by Carnivale. A terrific series. Too bad HBO decided against a third season... At this rate, we'll have an Atlanta "scene" in no time.
  17. How were the jurors selected? Is it possible to make suggestions for the next round/competition? Would it receive serious consideration or is this too much of an insiders game? If two panels/juries, why not break them down according to "distilled" versus macerated or other more meaningful distinctions?
  18. Geez, there are nearly 200 members (give or take a few purges) and you are only making 10? I smell internecine warfare in the making. Gauntlets are already being dropped... Any estimate on the price? Timeframe?
  19. Too funny! I don't follow the French, but I would have set it up with a "Buy it Now" at some outrageous price, but let folks bid on it anyway. Or maybe have the "Reserve" at the outrageous price so noone would ever get there. That way, a bunch of us could bid, but never get to the Reserve. Make it look like you've got a compelling find... Just to see it is a treat. And it's not even Halloween yet.
  20. Add another welcome, Graham! My first order was from Alandia. I've since followed with additional orders and the service has been spot on. I've also ordered from Liqueurs de France and they were great, too. I've had the Un Emile and the Kübler and think both are good. 'Probably prefer the Kübler. Either would be fine for a first effort.
  21. Thanks for the warm invite, Oscar. I look forward to an "Eastern" Green Hour. When you are a newcomer like me, it seems a long way from apprentice to journeyman, let alone master. I'm still sorting out the various characteristics of the absinthe I've acquired, but having the guidance of one of the absinthe cognoscenti (just down the road as it turns out) ought to keep me from straying down too many dead ends. (Hiram: striking pose I must say. I hope you've never had to use the "cane" at a WS event!)
  22. Caning leads to flayed skin. I hate flayed skin...
  23. I'll be damned! The cereal is probably not as noxious as Cap'n Crunch, but that marketing is a killer! Clowns! Next to puppets, nothing gives me a worse case of the willies...
  24. Extracted from the Alandia site: Jury 1 : 1st Kübler 45%, 2nd Partisane 65%, 3rd Versinthe La Blanche and Un Emile 45% Jury 2 : 1st Clandestine FrancoSuisse 55%, 2nd Blanche de l´Heure Verte 60%, 3rd Libertine Amer 68% My questions are: Why two juries? Why no overlap in the winners? What do the WS members think of these rankings?