Monday, June 25, 2018

I am NOT a Libertarian

Though I agree with them on many things, and vote for them often.

More to follow...

An Exercise in Not Being Hopelessly Partisan

List ten positive things about your favorite and least favorite politician.  List ten bad things about the same two people.  Get mad about all 20 bad things, give credit for all 20 good things.  If you can't do this, you are hopelessly partisan and are part of the problem.  You do not have to do this publicly.  If you can't think of them off the top of your head, spend some time researching.
It is simply impossible that your political opponents are wrong about everything.  It is absolutely possible that you think they are wrong about some things simply because they are your political opponent and that's what our government wants.
Who wins when a country is divided?
It's the people who want more power and control and less accountability.  I'll give you a hint: when you see their name in print they have a D or an R after their name.
Break the cycle of assuming a PARTY wants anything from you other than your vote, and will offer you anything more than a reason to hate the other party enough to keep you voting for them and not noticing that they never actually FIX anything they proclaim to be so badly broken that it is literally a TRAGEDY if it isn't fixed immediately.
Another exercise to help you to stop vilifying the PEOPLE (actual human beings) who don't vote the same way you do.  List ten GOOD reasons that someone might vote for the politician you hate.
Let's try to remember that PEOPLE are generally good, and want others live's to be better. 
Let's also remember that it is a pretty good time to be alive. 
Let's personally help others better their lives. 
Leave jealousy and anger behind. 
Make ONE person's day better today, and make NO person's day worse.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Double IPA Blind Taste Testing - Update

For the last couple of years, we have been doing blind taste tests of Double IPAs.  The original post is HERE (with the full rankings).

This summer we will be doing a bunch, always trying to include previously tested beers so we can roughly rank them.

Here's what we are doing this summer (at a minimum):

Wicked Weed Freak of Nature
Edmunds Oast Viridi Rex
Burlington Wizard (it's complicated)
Clown Shoes Galactica
Boulevard The Calling
Coast Boy King
Crooked Run Orbz
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
Westbrook Two Claw
Fiddlehead Second Fiddle
Maui Double Overhead