Archive for April, 2011


Blogging

A blog is often a mixture of what is happening in a person’s life and what is happening on the Web, a kind of hybrid diary/guide site, although there are as many unique types of blogs as there are people.People maintained blogs long before the term was coined, but the trend gained momentum with the introduction of automated published systems, most notably Blogger at blogger.com. Thousands of people use services such as Blogger to simplify and accelerate the publishing process.

This blogging assignment has really shown me what blogging really is. Before this assignment I was unclear what it was and how it was done. Blogging is a great way to communicate with the rest of the blogging world. You inform millions of people of any topic of your choice. The things that flellow bloggers blog about can be very entertaining and intresting. There is definatley multiple blogs that satisfy any user. For this assignment I did enjoy the weekly blogs just to get a feel for the blogging world, although it is probably not something that I would do on my own time.

Whether you are blogging about a topic of intrest, you daily life, or just a specific event that one has taken part of, blogging lets the user express their opinions about a certain topic. I feel that blogging is a great way to communicate to other people of common intrest. Blogging is a very useful form of communication. Although it is different then email, text, facebook, etc. it is a great way to interact with people that you do not know often times and share your feelings and opinions. It is always a way for one to say or tell what they really feel without people knowing who you are specifically. With this being said blogging can also seem like a credible source but in reality you are not capable of telling whether it is or isn’t. Blogging is good for recreational use but as far as gathering information and facts for something it is not that best thing to use.

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Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Every bottle of Bushmills begins life with malted barley grains, using an un-peated malted barley which means its dried with hot air rather than over a peat fire. This is why the whiskey is free of a smokey flavor you sometimes find in other whiskeys. The grains are grinded to a course flour or “grist”. That is then mixed with hot water in a large mixing vessel, or a mash tun, to produce a sweet liquid to produce a sweet liquid called “wort”. The sugars in the wort are essential in obtaining alcohol in the next stage.

Yeast is added to the sweet, malty liquid, which triggers alcohoicl fermentation. Thats when the worts sugars turn into alcohol. Fermentaion takes place in washbacks, the large fementation vessels, and produces an alcoholic liquid simila to the malty ale called “wash”, with a strength of around 8% alcohol by volume.  The next stage is where the whiskey obtains its first spirit. It is one of the most delicate operations in the process, bringing the wash to the boil to seperate alcohol and othe flavors from the water. Traditionally this happens in copper pot stills whose size and shape influence the character of the whiskey. Bushmills is triple distilled, which is typical of Irish whiskey. The new made spirit needs to mature in oak casks for at least 3 years.

Maturation in oak casks in critical to the Bushmills taste. A poor cask will turn a good spirit into a below average whiskey. Bushmills uses Spanish Sherry casks. After waiting 5, 10, 0r even 15 years the whiskey is still not ready. Perfect blending is need to create the perfect recipe for each whiskey. The blending stage involves combining different casks of whiskey to find consistent flavor. Different casks of malt whiskey are blended to find the right flavor, while malt and grain spirits are mixed for a blended whiskey. Bushmills makes both blends and malts which is unusual for a single distillery.

 All stages of the whiskey making process are carried out at the Old Bushmills Distillery. This includes the final stage of bottling. Bushmills is the only “grain to glass” distillery in Ireland and one of a handful in the world. This ensures unique quaility control and attention to the finest detail in every drop.

Government Closure

Over the past week the US government has been trying to come to a conclusion about how much budget cost they are going to make for the 2011- 2012 fiscal year. Republican leaders in the House and Democratic leaders in the Senate have been working toward a budget cut of $33 billion, but House Speaker John Boehner is seeking to cut as much as $40 billion. Without an agreement our government is at risk of closure. Many of the most immediate effects of a shutdown would be felt in Washington, where the Smithsonian museums and other tourist sites would close, keeping as many as 500,000 visitors locked out of the city’s main attractions. If the impasse continues until Monday, a slew of other services would be halted, including the processing of tax refunds.

In the event of a shutdown, the federal government does not actually stop functioning entirely: activities and employees deemed “essential” to keeping the nation safe and operational continue to perform. Congress, along with President Obama, presidential appointees and specific judicial employees, are deemed “essential” and not subject to furlough. Even those excepted federal employees, however, do not get paid until after the government resumes operations. According to a senior administration official who spoke to reporters in a Wednesday conference call, about 800,000 employees were affected by the shutdown in the government shutdown of 1995 – and a similar number of workers would likely be impacted were the government to close this week.

Government services

 Social Security: Social Security recipients would be largely unaffected by a shutdown, according to the administration official. Checks for seniors, those with disabilities, and survivors would go out as usual. But Social Security Administration employees could face furloughs, but the agency is still finalizing its plan.

  •  Homeland Security: Critical functions, like border control, would continue.
  • Mail delivery: The U.S. Postal Service is owned by the government but self-funded – so operations would continue uninterrupted.
  • Air traffic control: As a function of maintaining public safety, Air traffic control would be exempt from a shutdown.
  • Food inspection: Meat and poultry testing would likely continue, in accordance with federal mandates that those activities deemed “essential to ensure continued public health or safety” continue.
  • National parks and monuments: As the New York Times puts it, “The National Zoo would close, but the lions and tigers would get fed.” National parks and museums, including those on the National Mall, like the Smithsonian, would shut down – just in time for spring break.
  • Passport operations: All operations would be likely suspended, except for in cases of emergency.
  • International Revenue Services (IRS): The IRs would close, but the April tax deadline would stay in place – so Americans would still have to pay their taxes on time. But according to the senior administration official, the processing of paper tax returns (which accounts for about 30 percent of all returns) would be suspended – as would refunds associated with those returns.
  •  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA, which is dedicated to supporting small businesses, would suspend approval of applications for business loan guarantees, as well as direct loans to small businesses.
  • The Federal Housing Association (FHA): The FHA would be forced to suspend approvals for new loan guarantees during peak home-buying season, according to the administration official.
  • Medicare: According to the administration official, Medicare is funded for the short-term – and would likely remain unaffected unless the government were to remain closed for a period of months or more. NIH, however, will not be able to accept new patients or begin new clinical trial.

Whether or or not this actually occurs this is a serious problem. Not only for all the people who could possibly be without pay but its a sign that our government is not where it needs to be. When a government is not on the same page over such a serious topic as this then we have no place to be helping other countries stablize their government when ours isnt stable itself.

An Irish Twist

      Jameson is a Single distillery Irish whiskey produced by a division of the French distiller Pernod Ricard. Jameson is similar in its adherence to the single distillery principle to the single malt tradition, but Jameson combines malted barley with unmalted or “green” barley. The most famous component within Jameson is the “Pure Pot Still” distilling tradition. When John Jameson, a Scottish businessman, acquired the Bow Street Distillery in 1780, it was producing about 30,000 gallons annually. By the turn of the 19th century, it was the second largest producer in Ireland and one of the largest in the world, producing 1,000,000 gallons annually. Dublin at the time was the epicentre of world whiskey production. It was the second most popular spirit in the world after rum, and internationally Jameson had, by 1805, become the world’s number one whiskey. Today, Jameson is the third largest Single Distillery Whiskey in the world.

 

Jameson Irish whiskey is produced from a mixture of malted and unmalted or “green” Irish barley, all sourced from within a fifty mile radius around the distillery in Cork. The barley is dried in a closed kiln fired by clean-burning anthracite coal to preserve its flavor. Like most Irish whiskey, Jameson is triple distilled for optimum smoothness. The philosophy is balance, ensuring that no one flavor element overpowers another. The end result is a sweet tasting whiskey. By the early 19th century, the distillery was producing one million gallons of whiskey per year and had grown to be the largest in the world. The production has now moved to the Midleton distillery and the Bow Street site is currently a museum and visitors center. Jameson is made following the original 1780 recipe that uses malted barley combined with unmalted barley and other grains. It is distilled three times in copper pot stills to create its famous smoothness and flavour. Jameson sells 30 million bottles a year around the world, making it by far the best selling Irish whiskey.

 

Jameson Comes in a variety of brands:

  • Jameson Original
  • Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve
  • Jameson Gold Reserve
  • Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve
  • Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
  • Jameson Signature Reserve
  • Jameson Crested 10 Year Old