Thursday, June 27, 2013

$102,000 Worth Of Vintage Whiskey

I love whiskey, to a fault. 
It is rare that I ever touch the stuff anymore, but who knows. Looking at some vintage Rye could lead to an expensive hangover.

Police: Man Drank $102,000 Worth Of Vintage Whiskey
GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – The live-in caretaker of a Greensburg mansion faces criminal charges for allegedly drinking more than $100,000 worth of the owner’s whiskey.
The butler did not do it! Nope! In this case, police have put the finger on a caretaker
with a powerful thirst for hundred year old whiskey.
John Saunders, 62, of Irwin, is charged with drinking 52 bottles of very valuable vintage whiskey.
In 1986, Pat Hill purchased a turn-of-the-20th-century mansion on South Broadway in Scottdale.
Hill, a New York fashion model who was born in the Pittsburgh area, poured more than three quarters of a million dollars into it, transforming the estate into a luxurious bed and breakfast in the ‘90’s.
Innkeeper Rick Bruckner says that during the renovations a painter made a wild discovery.
“Hidden back in the walls were nine cases of Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey,” said Bruckner. “The whiskey itself was distilled in spring of 1913 and it was bottled in the fall of 1917.”
Coal baron, J.P. Brennan – the builder of the house – apparently stockpiled the celebrated Old Farm Pure Rye produced at the West Overton Distillery, which was then owned by Henry Clay Frick.
“But they buried it back in the walls and forgot about it,” said Bruckner.
The nine cases, a dozen sealed bottles in each, were stored in John Saunders’ basement apartment. Last year, Hill found that half of the whiskey bottles were empty.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Supreme Court - Its Analog Ways

Isn't often I can say something good of any government branch dept, agency, etc.

Been disappointed many times, but it seems the United States Supreme Court can do at least on thing right, and that is maintaining a decorum and keep a secret.

While many are focus on a Historic Week Opens as High Court Saves Biggest Cases for Last  this week, I found this aspect process interesting.

As Social Media Swirls Around It, Supreme Court Sticks to Its Analog Ways

WASHINGTON — Chad Griffin, a gay rights advocate, has arrived twice this month at the Supreme Court with his bags packed, ready to fly off to a rally if the court rules on same-sex marriage. Ted Olson, a veteran lawyer who argued the case, will be sitting in court on Monday, just in case. And Lisa Blatt, a Supreme Court litigator, is one of many Washington court watchers who will be eagerly refreshing her Web browser.

They will be joined, if Twitter is any guide, by thousands of anxious, curious people across the country eagerly waiting for the court to rule on a remarkable number of major cases with huge implications. With just days remaining in its 2013 schedule, the court has left dangling its considered opinions on same-sex marriage, affirmative action and the nation’s voting rights laws.

“We all crave information instantaneously,” said Ms. Blatt, a lawyer at Arnold & Porter who has argued 33 cases before the court, including one that is still pending this year. Last Monday, and again last Thursday, she found herself scouring legal blogs, looking for whatever clues might exist.

“I always thought those people were strange, and there I was, doing it,” she said. “People are dying to know something that they can’t.”

Lower Hurricane Frequency

The global warming extremists seem to be loosing steam. After hurricane Katrina we were warned of more and stronger hurricanes due to human activity. Seems, according to this latest study, it is our production which has moderated the threat of hurricanes.

When will people learn there is no sense to attempt to control something we don't fully understand, like weather?

Man-made particles lowered hurricane frequency: study

AFP - Higher levels of air pollution reduced the frequency of North Atlantic hurricanes and other tropical storms for most of the 20th century, a study said Sunday.
Adding to evidence for mankind's impact on the weather system, the probe found a link between these powerful storms and aerosols, the scientific term for specks of matter suspended in a gas.
Aerosols can occur in natural form -- as dusty volcanic plumes, clouds or fog -- but are also man-made, such as sooty particles from burning coal or oil.
The study focused on particles from North America and Europe that were generated mainly from burning fossil fuels.
Researchers from the UK Met Office created weather simulations covering the period 1860 to 2050.
They found that tropical storms were much less frequent during periods when emissions
of man-made aerosols increased over the North Atlantic.
"Increases  in anthropogenic emissions (particularly of aerosols) through most of the last century is found to have reduced hurricane activity," co-author Ben Booth told AFP.
"The cooling impact of man-emitted aerosols may have had a more important regional impact on climate than we previous appreciated."
Aerosols reflect solar rays and change the brightness of clouds, which affects how much of the Sun's heat is projected onto the surface of the sea, the authors suggest.