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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-11-06 10:45
  Subject:   Wine snobs are poser idiots? REALLY?
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In 2001, Frederic Brochet, of the University of Bordeaux, conducted two separate and very mischievous experiments. In the first test, Brochet invited 57 wine experts and asked them to give their impressions of what looked like two glasses of red and white wine. The wines were actually the same white wine, one of which had been tinted red with food coloring. But that didn't stop the experts from describing the "red" wine in language typically used to describe red wines. One expert praised its "jamminess," while another enjoyed its "crushed red fruit." Not a single one noticed it was actually a white wine.

The second test Brochet conducted was even more damning. He took a middling Bordeaux and served it in two different bottles. One bottle was a fancy grand-cru. The other bottle was an ordinary vin du table. Despite the fact that they were actually being served the exact same wine, the experts gave the differently labeled bottles nearly opposite ratings. The grand cru was "agreeable, woody, complex, balanced and rounded," while the vin du table was "weak, short, light, flat and faulty". Forty experts said the wine with the fancy label was worth drinking, while only 12 said the cheap wine was.


http://scienceblogs.com/cortex/2007/11/the_subjectivity_of_wine.php


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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-11-06 10:55
  Subject:   Thank you for trying, Rep Kucinich.
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  Tags:  politics, reddit, usa not worth saving

Congressional Democratic leaders are not thrilled with Kucinich's crusade, and as explained in The Hill report, they could chose to kill it by sending it to committee to head off an immediate floor vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear back in April when Kucinich first formally began the impeachment moves that impeachment against President George W. Bush or his vice was "off the table." And according to the The Hill Pelosi and other congressional Democratic leaders are still against it because of a possible backlash.

If he pulls it off, it could make for an uncomfortable situation for Democratic leaders and centrist Democrats. Liberal activists are pushing for impeachment, while leaders worry such a move could turn off independent voters. They have made it clear that impeachment of Cheney or President Bush is off the table.

But despite the strong resistance of the Democratic congressional leadership to the impeachment effort, Kucinich has pressed forward with it. In this he apparently has strong public support because an American Research Group poll indicates that “54% of American adults want the US House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney, including 76% of Democrats, 17% of Republicans, and 51% of Independents. The same poll found 46% of voters in favor of the same thing for President George W. Bush, including 69% of Democrats, 13% of Republicans, and 50% of independents.”


http://www.newsandpolicy.com/blog/2007/11/the-die-is-cast-kucinich-moves-to-false-the-hand-o.html


I realize that with the spineless, lapdog enabler Democrats against this measure (of course the corrupt, evil Republicans are against it), there's basically no chance this will succeed. I just think it's nice to see someone in DC at least trying to do what everyone and their mom knows is the right thing to do.


Edit: Sent into committee to die. With all but 5 of the 233 Dems in the House voting to send it off. Of course. Did anybody actually think that the Dems were going to grow a spine at this point? Really now...

Have I also mentioned that Fein-swine and Scum-er broke ranks with the Dems and voted with the Republicans to approve Mukasey, Bush's "I don't think waterboarding is torture!" attorney general?
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