Proper Preparation of Asinthe

The Wormwood Society has a ton of info on Absinthe including the question as to whether it is illegal in the US:

Is Absinthe legal in the United States?


While there is no law which prohibits absinthe by name, any drink which contains in excess of 10ppm of thujone is prohibited from being imported into, or produced for sale and consumption in, the United States.

NOTE: No regulations have changed. Prior to May 2007 it was not widely known that the acceptable margin of error for official thujone analysis—10ppm—is such that it effectively legalizes many European absinthes. This is a major breakthrough.

Most of the laws which impact absinthe in the US are out-dated, unfair, convoluted, illogical, self-contradictory, un-evenly enforced and misunderstood even by those in charge of enforcing them.

Due to recent changes in the understanding of these regulatory issues, absinthe is once again reappearing legally in the US market. Some of these products are very good representations of what absinthe was a century ago.

Making your own:

Distilling any alcohol in the US without proper authorization is a federal offense (tax evasion) which is enforced by the the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), not the ATF, and is prosecuted by the IRS. They are quite serious about this. Heavy fines, seizure of property and/or imprisonment may result. We do not encourage this.

Possession of imported absinthe:

Absinthe is not a scheduled controlled substance and is not a drug or narcotic. There are no laws specifically prohibiting possession or consumption of absinthe in particular. Since importation of non-FDA compliant absinthes is prohibited and there are no proper means for ensuring duties or taxes, any non-FDA compliant absinthe in the United States is untaxed liquor, which is illegal. As such, technically, it can be seized during transit or from your home, with a warrant. Seizure in transit is fairly uncommon, but not rare. Seizure from home by warrant is unheard of.

I still don’t quite understand if it is illegal or not.

Question of the Day

Have you ever been laid off?

When I was working as a software developer during the bubble burst around 2002 I was laid off. I was lucky enough to still be living at home so didn’t have to worry about paying rent and was naive to think that it would be a few weeks before I managed to find new employment. It actually took me nine months of constant job searching before I managed to join the workforce.

The worst part about it is health insurance. Sure, if your company hasn’t gone bankrupt you can always opt for COBRA, but paying $300+ a month for health insurance when you’re only receiving about 60% of your old salary is a bitter pill to swallow.

Iran missile Photoshop job lampooned worldwide


You probably saw this propaganda photo from Iran last week, showing a quartet of dangerous-looking missiles simultaneously launching in a test exercise. It became immediately obvious to anyone with half a brain that the shot was Photoshopped, with an additional missile added for extra punch. Now Photoshop artists from around the Internet respond with some artwork of their own.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll


The Emperor Constantine, who lifted Christianity into power, murdered his wife Fausta, and his eldest son Crispus, the same year that he convened the Council of Nice to decide whether Jesus Christ was a man or the Son of God. The council decided that Christ was consubstantial with the father. This was in the year 325. We are thus indebted to a wife-murderer for settling the vexed question of the divinity of the Savior. Theodosius called a council at Constantinople in 381, and this council decided that the Holy Ghost proceeded from the Father. Theodosius, the younger, assembled another council at Ephesus to ascertain who the Virgin Mary really was, and it was solemnly decided in the year 431 that she was the Mother of God. In 451 it was decided by a council held at Chalcedon, called together by the Emperor Marcian, that Christ had two natures — the human and divine. In 680, in another general council, held at Constantinople, convened by order of Pognatius, it was also decided that Christ had two wills, and in the year 1274 it was decided at the Council of Lyons, that the Holy Ghost proceeded not only from the Father, but from the Son as well. Had it not been for these councils, we might have been without a Trinity even unto this day. When we take into consideration the fact that a belief in the Trinity is absolutely essential to salvation, how unfortunate it was for the world that this doctrine was not established until the year 1274. Think of the millions that dropped into hell while these questions were being discussed.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “The Great Infidels” (1881)