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such as it was, didn’t actually support that claim,” says Snowden. What are we to believe? Still, it appears the media, academia and the medical establishment have globed onto most any anti-alcohol study and become an ambassador of the new “anti” cause. The antialcohol movement is now between doctor and patient. Every time I go to the doctor I am asked if I drink wine, beer or spirits and how often. Why and when did this start? Relative to the article noted above, author Dr. Alex Berezow writing for “American by steven lay by Cassandra Harrington Council on Science and Health” in 2018, seems to highlight many flaws in the same study. Before an oenophile succumbs to total confusion, simply stated, don’t rely on everything you read on negative facts about wine and health. The wine industry will also need to anticipate changes in trends concerning how wine is perceived by various demographics. The elephant in the room today, that no one in media wants to talk about, are the effects of cannabis – smoking or ingesting. Many of those shouting about negative effects of wine seem to be oblivious to cannabis. So why aren’t media and researchers in a full-blown frontal assault A title of an article appearing in the March 28, 2019 issue of The Spectator by on the health effects of cannabis? The Christopher Snowden, “The Campaign to Make Alcohol ‘The New Tobacco,’” seems general impression many accept is that to be more than a shot across the bow of all thing’s alcohol. Over the last decade cannabis is harmless physiologically, to there has been an increase in dueling research findings purporting the benefits or the point that research to the contrary dangers of alcohol consumption. Now is discounted by people in media and the anti-alcohol contingent seems government. Even some wine and to be increasing their proclamations beer now come infused with chemical through studies, which may be compounds originating from cannabis. more defective than claims Sam Blanchard, writing for Mail in the pro-alcohol research. Online on April 4, 2019, comments Bottom-line, any research can be about a study on alcohol written manipulated; the devil is in the by Professor Kent Hutchison, at the details. There certainly seems University of Colorado Boulder who to be flaws in all research; said, “While marijuana may also what are we to believed? have some negative consequences, The wine industry should it definitely is nowhere near the take the attack on alcohol negative consequences of alcohol.” What are we to believe? seriously; it is gaining “Problem is, the study also raises many acceptance and credibility, no matter how contrived the research and resultant messages. Remember when more questions than portrayed by research once indicted coffee selective facts. One question would was a real health issue? Today be: Why was alcohol studied in research says coffee is an anti-oxidant and is healthful; drink all you want. Just reflect for individuals that experienced very Research changed a moment about all the things once believed to be beneficial and now are considered heavy drinking while participant over time harmful and vice versa. At one time butter was bad and margarine was better, now we marijuana users were mostly are told chemicals in margarine are far worse than natural fats in butter. casual users?” ask Blanchard. In the final analysis: is cannabis Having followed wine studies, since the French Paradox (1980’s), and the protestations on the various effects of wine on health, it now appears there are orchestrated campaigns that is entering the wine industry setting a trap for wine? The to call out all alcohol consumption as being detrimental. “Two widely reported studies in answer probably lies in how the The Lancet claimed that there is no safe level of drinking. The evidence in these studies, industry responds. Snowden makes a further point worth considering. When comparing research concerning alcohol related cancers with those type of cancers indigenous to smokers, there does not seem to be statistical or epidemiological relevance. “Epidemiological studies have shown a strong and consistent association between moderate alcohol consumption and lower mortality, mostly thanks to lower rates of cardiovascular disease. So, on the one hand, we have decades of epidemiological evidence backed up by biological experiments which show that moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of death from heart disease by 15-30 percent, and, on the other hand, we have a slimmer body of epidemiological evidence which suggests that moderate alcohol consumption might have a small effect on breast 7402 Owasco Rd See our cancer risk,” Snowden elaborated. Auburn, NY Facebook Page Whatever the reason, portraying any alcohol product as evil has been part of the 315-253-9641 for SPECIALS American landscape since the late 1800’s. Prohibition came about in 1919 and lasted until

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Pros and Cons continued from pg 2 1933. It does seem every industry has an “anti” influence driving the impetus of the cause. We find these type forces in politics, religion, and medicine. Now wine is under a renewed attack; positive research is discounted and “anti” is the cause-celeb. (Anti is defined as: people opposed to a party, policy, attitude, etc.) Here is a dated but still welcomed bit of news. “Red wine and the antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol may be heart healthy,” says Mayo Clinic Staff. “Various studies have shown that moderate amounts of all types of alcohol benefit your heart, not just alcohol found in red wine.” Whatever is driving the current research and conversation about wine and alcohol, it is a fact that the conversation has moved from one promoting moderation in alcohol consumption, to one proclaiming alcohol at any level is destructive to the body. But, why would anyone now discount and even disregard positive research on benefits of wine? There are articles on the web that tout wine benefits, such as “80 Amazing Benefits of Wine”, by Tehrene Firman from October 2017. Some of the more prominent benefits of wine relate to heart health and cognitive function. Nonetheless, contradictions in

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can be difficult at times. To even attempt to summarize it all would take up most of the space I have allocated to me here, and to be honest, whatever I came up with would be far from riveting. Essentially, it is the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet). He is the son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica Atreides (Rebecca Ferguson). Intelligent, strong, and intuitive, he is extremely cunning, but troubled by mysterious visions and dreams. When his family is sent to the planet Arrakis to oversee the production and harvesting of Spice, the most valuable substance in the universe, it sets off a chain of events that will impact every living creature in existence. Though much of DUNE takes place on the stark and sand-covered surface of Arrakis it is a beautiful, hypnotic feast for the eyes. Despite its presentation in stunning 4K clarity, the effects are seamless and realistic. Villeneuve is known for his impeccable ability to dazzle audiences with his wonderous vision (ARRIVAL, BLADE RUNNER 2049) but DUNE goes so far beyond its lofty expectations, that it becomes essential viewing for any serious film fan. From costumes, to makeup (the grotesque Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, played by Steelan Skarsgard is an obvious standout) to the set-pieces, to the sound, there is no technical aspect that fails to excel. DUNE boasts far more dialogue than it does action, but when the action sequences come, they do not disappoint. I think those familiar with the tale will be ecstatic to see the sandworm, which was every bit as gigantic and monstrous as anyone could hope for. This moment is just one of many that amazes. Without divulging too much of the action that


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and growing, all across the state. I asked Executive Director of the Association, Paul Leone, if ample sources of clean water was one reason New York State had such a robust industry. “That,” he said, “and the fact that the state has been very supportive of craft breweries; the state has very friendly craft beer laws.” Beer was a popular beverage from the early days of New York State, and between the gift of great water, and the hops-growing industry, pre-prohibition, New York was a beer-lover’s heaven. Shortly before and during prohibition Early on, beers brewed in the state, and across the country, tended to be the heavier type brews popular in England and some places in Europe. With the 1919 passing of the Volstead Act, the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages became prohibited – oddly, drinking alcohol was never forbidden under federal law. Most of the small breweries languished and went out of business, though some converted to making and selling sodas or went into other businesses. In 1933, with the repeal of the Volstead Act, breweries resumed operation, but by 1980, only 5 breweries were in operation in the state. And then – magic. More and more craft breweries began to experiment with the art and science of making beer, and the more such small, artisan shops were set up, the more beer became a beverage of choice, and, in fact, small craft breweries became destinations for an afternoon’s outing. “Brewers are like chefs,” Leone said. “There are only four basic ingredients in beer: water, grain, hops, and yeast. That’s when the brewer becomes a chef – they want to experiment with flavors, maybe something seasonal like pumpkin in the fall, that will make a particular brew special; something to make the flavor more fruity or sour or tangy.” And people love it. From that low of 5 breweries in the state, the number has roared back to 485, from Long Island to Buffalo, each with an approach to crafting beer that differs by region and by brewer. 55 of them will be represented at the November 20th event, and with a “dry” year last year due to Covid, craft beer lovers are not going to want to miss this event – a chance to sample craft beers from across the state, meet and chat with the brew masters, and gather with and make new friends. The NYS Brewers Association was originally founded in 1830, with an obvious hiatus

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Golf the Fore Letter Word Golf, it’s just a four letter word right? There are other four letter words that would also fit in the category with golf, but we prefer not to use them in public. Golf brings us a sense of reality that we’ve never felt before. You would understand what I meant if you were to play a round of golf yourself, or just watch one for that matter. Actually I renig that statement and tell you not to watch golf, unless you’re preparing for a long hibernation. It’s always entertaining what happens to people while they’re playing. That’s why I intend to show you the side of golf that few people understand, a side of golf I call ‘In the zone.’ It’s a portion of the golf game that takes time (10+ years) and effort to achieve. From a pro’s point of view, ‘In the zone’ is having ‘The perfect game.’ You can putt, chip, drive, and keep a great

attitude even while facing disappointment – which, let’s face it, happens often. Here’s the scene: It’s another beautiful day at The Club. Jen and Kim both step up to the third tee box and hit their drives. Kim drives it an amazing 250 yards, while Jen falls short of Kim by a good 30 yards. Even though Kim is 30 yards ahead, she has also found her way into the rough while Jen is sitting perfectly in the middle of the fairway. What can we learn from this scenario? Accuracy is everything. I repeat, EVERYTHING. You may be able to hit your drive 300 yards, but that doesn’t mean diddlysquat if you’re 50 yards in the woods, inside a beaver den. Kim and Jen both step up to hit their next shots. Jen takes out her six iron while Kim proceeds to take out her pitching wedge. Jen lands her shot pin high while Kim ends

up short and slightly right of the green. Now what exactly was Kim thinking? Here’s Kim’s reaction. “Dangit! I swear this is the right club, I just hit it bad.” Now, hitting it ‘bad’ seems to occur very often with Kim. This is because of improper club selection. Would you try to swing harder with the wrong club just to impress people with your distance and end up way off-line? Or would you take a slow swing with the proper club and hit it perfectly straight? Interestingly enough, most people would not choose the latter. Why? It’s all because of pride – you know who you are. You have the joy of saying “I hit my nine iron 150 yards,” and people will be impressed until they see you hit it straight into the sand trap 20 yards left of the green. Here’s Kim once again. She has a 20 yard chip. Most people would hear that and say, “Twenty yards? That’s easy.” Yes, it is easy to hit twenty yards, but stopping dead at the hole is a completely different story. Kim’s chip lands and rolls up to three feet from the hole. Trust me, that is in NOWAY an easy shot. Chipping is a saving method, and Kim just happens to be one of the best chippers in the conference. The only stubborn point is that she refuses to use anything other than a wedge. While wedges can be your best friend in certain situations (lob shots, sand traps), they can also get you into a lot of trouble if you skid one across the green while attempting a fancy (and unncessary ) flop shot. Using low running clubs like nine irons or seven irons can be more


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detail. Though I was familiar with many of the stories, it is to Hartzman’s credit that not only are they told with energy and style, but there were details I have never uncovered, so I found myself eagerly turning pages, and rewarded with nuggets or whole new troves.

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Dining Out by Kerilyn E. Micale

Euclid Restaurant The Euclid restaurant is a place you can turn to when you want a home cooked meal but you don’t feel like cooking or doing the dishes. Walking in to the Euclid feels sort of like a warm hug, and let’s face it we could all use a hug these days. From their kiddie corner menu for kids 10 and under, to their senior menu, their low carb menu and their fantastic daily specials the Euclid has something for everyone. For those that don’t know, the Euclid has the best slow roasted prime rib in town and they serve it every day! This tender cut of beef is roasted to perfection every day at the Euclid and you can pick from the 9 oz. house cut, the 12 oz. queen cut, or the 16 oz. king cut. They also have a fantastic selection of fresh fish that you just can’t find anywhere else. The Euclid is located at the corner of Morgan Road and Route 31 at


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If you enjoyed reading October’s article on the history and production of craft hard cider, you’ll hopefully be even more pumped to read this month’s article on actually creating a batch of hard cider; which is exactly what I did a few weeks ago with my home-brewer friend Steve Bishop. We spent an entire Sunday from start to finish creating the perfect homemade beverage for autumn consumption. Steve had picked several 5 gallon buckets of apples from his family property for us to use, and truly just about any variety of apple will do. The first step in creating hard cider is obtaining juice from the apple. We began by rinsing

cider: pasteurization. This involves bringing the cider to a specific heat level in order to kill bacteria and other microscopic organisms in the juice itself. To do this, we used a gas kitchen stovetop and placed a large pot over a burner with a candy thermometer perched on the lip of the pot so that the tip would be directly immersed in the apple juice. When the juice is in the plastic containers, as it sits, sediment from the juice settles to the bottom, and you want to filter out as much sediment as possible when brewing. Therefore, in order to get the apple juice from the plastic containers and into the pot, and avoid the sediment, we had to siphon the juice using a plastic tube (also sanitized). Once the juice is in the pot and on the stove, the heat is turned on – but the goal is not to get to a rolling boil, so the heat has to be controlled. 160-185 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature range for it to reach. Any foam on the top that accumulates is skimmed off during the heating process, and once the juice has reached its optimal temp, the heat is turned off, the juice is left to cool slightly, and it is siphoned once more from the pot back into a cleaned and sanitized container (we reused the 5-gallon plastic containers, but glass can also be used) again, with the goal of leaving out any sediment at the bottom of the pot that may have settled during the pasteurization process and is allowed to cool. At this stage, you officially have cider! You can pour some straight from the pot and into a mug and sip on hot apple cider, which is what we did for a taste and to get warm on that cool, rainy, Sunday afternoon. The flavor was quite lovely! You can also keep the pasteurized cider in the fridge and just continue to drink it cold. Or, you can begin the fermenting process and create hard cider – which is what we did. Our third step is fermentation – the pasteurized cider is then placed into a sanitized fermentation bucket, or a

the apples, and then put them through a stainless-steel grinder that Steve had rigged up to power with a handheld drill in order to crush them up enough for us to press. The crushed apples – flesh, skin, seeds, cores and all – were then placed into a cheesecloth that sat in a small barrel-shaped wooden apple press. The press itself sat on a slightly tilted round metal plate with grooved edges meant to collect the juice from the apples where it gently meanders to the spout located on one side of the plate, where we had a container ready to gather the apple juice. In order to obtain the juice, after the apple bits are placed in the cheesecloth, a wooden top is placed over along with a metal component with a handle and by hand-cranking, the wood presses down evenly over the apples and the juice is expressed as pressure is applied through the force of handcranking and the apples being compressed together. After no further pressure can be applied, the hand-crank is turned in the opposite direction, loosening everything up. What’s left of the compressed apples are removed from the cheesecloth and thrown away (or if you have a farm and can feed them to pigs or the like, they would go to good use!) and we’d start the whole process over again until all the apples were pressed. Also, during this whole process, we wore nitrile gloves because it gets quite sticky! All the juice expressed from the apples, a light mahogany brown color, was collected into 5-gallon plastic containers that had been sanitized (Star San is popular in the brewing industry) prior to starting our pressing, bringing us to the next step involved in making hard

glass carboy (a 5-gallon glass jug) with a fitted airlock. (An airlock is a one way valve, letting gas escape but not letting any outside air in.) If the cider is not cool at this point, it should be allowed to cool to below 90 degrees. Anything above this temp and any yeast added will be killed, so it’s a good rule of thumb to let the cider cool to room temperature for safety’s sake. There are many different varieties of yeast to utilize in order to make hard cider, but many cider-brewers use champagne yeasts. Some brewers opt to add more sugar to the apple cider for the yeast to eat before sealing the bucket with a lid and airlock. Once the concoction is sealed, the bucket should be placed in a temperature-controlled room between 65-75 degrees where it will ferment for the next two weeks or so. In this case, it was Steve’s basement. Over the next few days, the airlock will start to bubble, this is a visual representation of the carbon dioxide produced by the yeast as it eats the sugars in the cider – a byproduct – while the cider is turned into an alcoholic beverage. The fermented cider is then left to sit a bit longer so that the yeast settles

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to the bottom. At the end of the fermentation process, many folks will siphon the fermented cider out of the bucket (or original carboy) and into a (new) glass carboy to further separate any sediment and remaining yeast that may contribute to any “cloudiness,” and allow this to sit for another week or so. At this stage, the fermented cider is more like an apple wine – no bubbles, minimal sweetness – I tasted it, so I know! The fourth and final step in the process is to bottle your fermented cider – because it takes weeks to ferment, Steve had a glass carboy that he had previously fermented and ready to go. To increase the sweetness of the hard cider, Steve added erythritol sweetener, a sugar alternative, to the bottom of a sanitized bucket. You don’t want to add sugar to the cider to specifically increase sweetness, because any yeast left will eat it, therefore you want a sweetener that the yeast will leave be. However, you DO still want some sugar (called priming sugar) added to the cider before bottling, so that carbon dioxide gas can be created and therefore give the hard cider it’s carbonation. How much sugar to use is a very delicate process. Too little and the cider will be mostly flat, too much and the bottles will explode. There are many calculators online to give an exact calculation, but essentially for every gallon of cider, you add 1 ounce of sugar to a half-to-full cup of water, bring it to a boil, stir it to completely disintegrate the sugar and let it cool before adding it to the bucket. We added the erythritol and the sugar mixture to the bucket, stirred it into a slurry, and then we siphoned (yes, there is A LOT of siphoning when you make hard cider!) the liquid

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inches from the top of the bottle. Continuing on until all the bottles were filled (5 gallons = 54 bottles!), the last step was capping each of the bottles to be air-tight. While there are several models, Steve’s choice is a bench bottle capping machine that only uses one hand to operate and cuts down on the amount of effort needed to complete. Easy as (apple) pie! I took 6 bottles home with me that evening and allowed them to sit for at least 2 weeks at room temperature while the remaining yeast ate the controlled amount of sugar we added in order to create carbonation. 2 weeks and 3 days later, I cracked open my first homemade cider – Bubbly, fresh, crisp and just slightly sweet! So good! One final thing to note is, how do we test for the ABV? Or how do I know how much alcohol content is in my hard cider? We do this using a hydrometer. The hydrometer measures the specific gravity, or sugar content, of cider. We complete this measurement before fermentation and then also measure after fermentation, using both sets of data to calculate the estimated ABV or alcohol by volume of the cider that is consumed once you pop open the cap to drink. Again, utilizing an online calculator comes in clutch. It helps to log all these readings and take notes on all your batches to keep track using a small notebook. Steve does this and it comes in very handy, especially when I come along asking lots of questions! All in all, my Sunday spent making hard cider was fun, informative and insightful. I’m always up for a new learning experience and Steve was a great teacher – so a special shout out to him! Thank you! Hopefully this inspires all of you to try something new too!

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out of the glass carboy and into the bucket, stirring the concoction together until fully dissolved. Once dissolved, we hoisted the bucket onto a table and readied our bottles. Bottles do need to be sanitized prior to use. There are many contraptions to make this process easier, all one needs to do is visit a home-brewing store or check out Amazon or other websites online to purchase. We lined up all of our bottles, and using more siphon tubing attached to a spring-tip bottle filler/wand, I inserted the wand into the bottle, gently pressed the tip on the bottom of the bottle and it automatically started filling the bottle, stopping approximately two


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Computers & the Web by Nancy Roberts

Of UAPs, OOParts and The Unknown When we were young, my sister became very fascinated by space travel and astronauts. She collected a scrapbook of stories about the men and the missions. Had she been a child today she’d probably have had a wonderful time with Captain Kirk actually getting to go to space (well, technically I was the Captain Kirk fan!) on a Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos) rocket. We both devoured the later discredited Erich Von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods, which speculated on the many clues and objects that suggest Earth was visited many times by extraterrestrials, spawning stories of gods and giants and angels, flying ships and sudden advances in human culture. Though, as noted, he was discredited (partly for misbehavior of a very human kind), his book remains an interesting theoretical dive into how ancient people accomplished certain feats (like building pyramids and hybridizing plants) and described or drew/painted/ sculpted images that certainly appear like technologies we now can identify. Ufology (a study which may have to alter it’s name since the proper term, we are told, is UAP; a UFO is an “unidentified flying object,” whereas a UAP is an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon) is the study of unidentified “things” that people spot in the sky, and includes such sightings, but also includes “close encounters,” such as those Von Däniken suggest may have altered the course of human history over many millenia. These close encounters are reckoned based on terminology and a system of classification proposed by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek. You may have seen the TV series Project Blue Book, which is quite good, if you like that sort of thing, and features Hynek as a character. He listed six levels of encounters, three sightings, and three actual encounters. They include: –n octurnal lights (lights in the night sky – this writer and friends spent one summer stretched out on a nearby golf course every night watching for a bright object that sped into an overhead position, halted suddenly, threw out lights of various colors for a few minutes, then sped away, zero to something amazing in seconds); – daylight discs (UFOs seen in the daytime with generally discoidal or oval shapes); – radar-visual (UFO reports with radar confirmation);

– close encounters of the first kind (visual sightings of a UFO, approximately 500 feet away and observed in great detail); – close encounters of the second kind (a UFO in which the physical effect is noted, such as a scorched earth, chemical traces, physiological effect); – and close encounters of the third kind (UFO encounters that include some “animated entity,” such as a humanoid, robot, or other apparently living occupant). With the recent release of radar and other footage from military and other pilots, reports: “(T)here has been a spike in UFO sightings across the nation. With the recent release of a US intelligence UFO

“His book remains an interesting theoretical dive into how ancient people accomplished certain feats.”

report, are there just more people looking up in the sky or is it something else? 2020 produced 7,200 UFOs, an increase of over 1,000 from 2019. The US government and military confirmed investigations and sightings of UFOs bringing this phenomenon back into mainstream media.” The “close encounters” have two unofficial additional categories, offered by un-official researchers: the fourth kind (a human is abducted by a UFO or its occupants – which some investigators should include a possible “transformed sense of reality,” which is to say it’s all in the witnesses’ heads); and the fifth kind (a direct communication between aliens and humans). It’s this fifth kind that has garnered a great deal of speculation lately, given the

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admission by the military that yes, indeed, they have been tracking unidentified flying encounters, and archaeological and anthropological speculation that perhaps there have been times in the history of earth when neighbors from another planet dropped in to visit. One piece of evidence for this is something called “OOParts” or “out of place artifacts.” This is an object of “historical, archaeological or paleontological interest found in an unusual context, which challenges conventional historical chronology by its presence in that context. Such artifacts may appear too advanced for the technology

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known to have existed at the time, or may suggest human presence at a time before humans were known to exist.” (Wikipedia) Or they may also indicate a “close encounter.” One of the more famous OOPart is the Antikythera mechanism, a mechanical computer from the 2nd century BCE showing a previously unknown level of complexity. As might be expected, some of these objects are simply mis-interpreted, have been buried in strata supposedly too deep for them to have existed by natural phenomenon, or are the object of wishful thinking, such as the “rust-proof” Iron Pillar of Delhi, which actually does have rust near its base, and thus can’t be shown to have properties far beyond its era’s capabilities to create. Still, while researchers genuinely trying to investigate such phenomenon, and maintain their “mainstream” credibility in their science, have assured us that things like the Nasca Lines are simply cultural designs cut into the ground for ceremonial purposes, I can’t help but wonder why, when the pre-Columbian civilization supposedly responsible for them would have no concept of visualization from the air, yet the only way to really see what the designs are is from the air. In general, however, OOParts are dismissed as one of the following: Unusual artifacts (things that even skeptical researchers can’t entirely dismiss, such as the mentioned Antikythera mechanism, or the Maine penny, an 11th c. Norwegian coin found in a Native American midden); Questionable interpretations (like the Baghdad Battery – a ceramic vase, copper tube and iron rod thought to be a galvanic cell but perhaps just a storage vessel for scrolls – or the Dorchest Pot – a metal pot claimed to have been blasted out of solid rock but perhaps nothing more than a candlestick or pipe holder);

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of guy. Straight-shooter. And all this works for him and his family. 2) He’s the bass player in Sydney Irving’s Mojo – in my opinion, the Syracuse band that has the biggest bullet at this point and time. He also has a thriving business with his guitar shop R/T Customs, which is fast becoming recognized as a quality shop that cares deeply about your ax. While enjoying an ambitious summer schedule which included some big stage shows, he still keeps it together in practical ways. He still plays music as part of the worship team at Lyncourt Wesleyan Church

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The Knack for Persistence In the world as we know it, I see people rushing to the goal of validation all day long. Adults, by and large, have mastered the idea of immediate gratification, and I must admit, that oftentimes, I am one of them. Early bird gets the worm and all that... Balancing that which is efficient with that which brings most meaning and joy is a popular trick shared by adults all across the globe. And when you apply all this to a musician it becomes even more so. Then there is Randy Tennant. He’s the opposite of all this. He doesn’t need validation. His life is in order in a way where he’s solid, set and groovin.’ And when I mean groovin’, I mean it two ways: 1) I consider him to be extremely successful in life as he has exactly the things and people he wants and needs. He’s a shirt off his back kind









every Sunday. He’s a great example of what a husband and a Dad should be. If he gives you his word, you know he’s gotcha. And as his modesty remains as one of Randy Tennant’s

“I consider him to be extremely successful in life as he has exactly the things and people he wants and needs.” through junior high, high school and into college. When I was a little bit older, I remember seeing a guy playing a maple-glo Rickenbacker bass. I didn’t even know it was a bass at the time, I just thought it was really cool. That night I told my parents I wanted a guitar. Soon after they took me to the Bebop Shop in Liverpool and I got my first guitar, a Univox. And yes, I still have it!

more admirable hallmarks – that modesty turns a bit fierce when he swings his ax. Chuck Schiele: How’d you get into music? Randy Tennant: One day, about fourth grade, I remember Mr. DeAngelis, the band teacher at Lyncourt School, putting his hand on my shoulder and saying to me, “Why don’t you join the band?” So I did! I ended up playing the saxophone all

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CS: You also played semi-pro I am a chaperone for an all star band, but it’s true. All three of them are incredible football – which means you performers, and fun to play with. LOVE football. What do you like CS: You also have your own custom guitar shop. better, football or rock and roll? RT: Yes, I am R/T Customs. I do maintenance, repair, and upgrades for guitar and And yeah, I understand that bass, and I do custom builds. this is a totally unfair question. CS: What are some of the highlights of your days as a musician? Uh, one, two, three, hike! RT: Sharing the stage with my son. Playing Chevy Park stage at the NYS Fair. RT: I would have to say rock Opening for Martina McBride at n roll. Music seems to fit into SpiedieFest in Binghamton and so many more areas of life than having her compliment us. Having sports does. It’s more universal. three of my custom builds being And besides, I’m a lot less played on stage at the same time. sore after a gig, as opposed to Having other musicians respect and playing a football game! Even if compliment what I’m doing, both on I was good enough to make it stage and in my shop. Being able to to the pros, it would only have see a crowd enjoy the music as much been for a few short years. I as I enjoy playing it. plan on doing music the rest of CS: What’s your take on the my life. I do miss playing ball, Central New York Music Scene? though. RT: There is a ton of talent out CS: You’ve played in bands there. I feel privileged to play with before and you’re part of your some of them and work on their

“I still get nervous on stage or being in front of people, but music has helped me conquer that. I’m an introvert, but music has helped me to meet so many people I never would have met without it.”

instruments as well. CS: What’s coming soon for you and your music – and how do we find you? RT: The band and I look forward to writing and recording our next album. We will probably do some more videos too. Lots of shows booked for the end of the year and into next year. You can find me on social media @syrguitar and you can reach me at or stop into my studio.

church worship team. You play guitar and bass. Tell us how that all relates in your development as a musician and your mission as a man. RT: As I look back on how I’ve grown as a person and as a musician, it’s cool to see how the two are related. I still get nervous on stage or being in front of people, but

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of development for Joe Girard, the addition of Cole Swider and even Jimmy Boeheim, Syracuse should be able to space the floor with multiple shooters. The greatest weakness appears to be on the defensive end of the floor. Syracuse was not a great defensive team last year, and looks to have some vulnerabilities this year in similar areas. If Jesse Edwards can emerge as a consistent rim protector, that would be a big boost on that end. ML: Boeheim, Boeheim, Boeheim. Where does this special time land for you covering the team? MM: I still think it’s pretty cool having the legendary head coach with his two sons on the team. Especially because both are Division One players and are worthy of roster inclusion. It’s just not something you see very often

“Syracuse can really put pressure on opposing teams with the ability to shoot the ball from multiple spots.”

and I’m kind of a sucker for stuff like that. ML: Jim Boeheim recently commented on how good this team can be from a shooting perspective. Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard and transfer Cole Swider. Your reaction? MM: I think he is right. Syracuse can really put pressure on opposing teams with the ability to shoot the ball from multiple spots. It should allow the lane to have a lot of open space for players to attack the basket. Jimmy Boeheim, Benny Williams and Symir Torrence should benefit from that shooting and floor spacing. ML: I love this out-of-conference schedule. You? MM: I do as well. Completely agree with you. Villanova, Georgetown, Indiana, the


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“I still think it’s pretty cool having the legendary head coach with his two sons on the team.”

Battle 4 Atlantis, some quality mid-majors. This is a very well-rounded non-conference schedule. Syracuse will certainly be tested. ML: Benny Williams. How special is he? MM: He has the potential to be very, very special. He is extremely athletically gifted, can jump out of the gym, is a natural scorer and has tremendous length. If he

can develop a consistent jumper, he will be very difficult to defend. ML: Most underrated player on this roster? MM: I think it’s Symir Torrence. He is being dismissed as an afterthought in terms of the backcourt rotation. But I think he could be an integral part and is probably the best at getting into the lane to make a play. He will have a very nice season. ML: Fans back at the Dome. How much of the real, old atmosphere will return? MM: If football is any indication, the atmosphere will be great. The students have been fantastic for the football games so far, and we know the fans are usually more abundant for basketball. They will be there and they will be loud. It should be fun.


ML: Is this an NCAA Tournament team? MM: Yes. I think this team will be an NCAA Tournament team. How close to the bubble will be dictated by how good the defense is. ML: Thanks Mike, keep doing your thing. You do great work. MM: I appreciate that!

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Exercise & Fitness by Jennifer Nastasi Guzelak

NOvember Is Your Month to Start Fresh In today’s fast-paced and caffeine-driven world, it seems like the need to say no is absent in most people’s lives. It’s okay to say no! You don’t owe anybody anything. Make choices that are going to be best for you and your well-being. If that means saying no, then say it with conviction. Saying no does not mean you’re being selfish or rude. It means you know your value, and you respect yourself enough to stand up for your beliefs.

“Make choices that are going to be best for you and your well-being.” I think November is a great time to introduce a little “No” into your life. It’s your month to start fresh! You are the person who is going to be most affected by the decisions you make in life. If you’re not sure about something, say no to it. Your happiness depends on it. If you decide to do something and fail to follow through, you’re the one who’s going to be most affected by it. If you don’t say no to extra sugar in your coffee, you’re the one who’s going to be disappointed in yourself for not following through with your diet. If you choose to skip your scheduled workout session, you’re the one who is going to have to commit to extra

NO time at the gym. You have to learn to say no without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy. You need to respect and take care of yourself. Let’s try something. Let’s try saying “No” to one thing every day for the entire month of NOvember. It doesn’t matter how big or small. After a while, you’ll start getting used to saying yes to the right things. Here are a few things to help November be your month for a fresh start:

Say NO to Skipped Workouts

After a long day at work, who doesn’t want to skip a trip to the gym. Let’s be honest though. This time of year, can be tough for us all. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get your workouts in. Having a schedule and making it to the gym regularly will help you stay motivated, focused and on track.

Don’t Be Lame

Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread! Make your next workout something fun and be creative. Invite a friend to join you! If your friends are a bunch of couch potatoes, try something new. A group fitness class is a great way to get a workout in without having to think or plan. There’s also nothing more inspiring than being around like-minded gym patrons with similar fitness goals.

Say NO to Cheat Meals

The holiday madness has begun. Just when you think you’ve made it to the bottom of your Halloween candy stash, Thanksgiving hits you in the face. Food-related gatherings makes it easy to declare cheat days. Before you know it, your cheat days have turned into cheat weeks and you’re well on your way to falling off the weight loss wagon. Just as we must avoid skipping our workouts, we must also avoid slipping into poor eating habits. Holiday leftovers and fast-food order-to-go meals become an easy, convenient solution when we’re too tired or just not in the mood to cook.

Say NO to OverCommitment

You don’t need to bake cookies for your entire office to show your level of commitment. Show your gratitude and love throughout the holidays to those you love in other ways. Overextending yourself will only burn you out and set you up for


Overextending leads to burnout

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In Conclusion:


It’s time to make yourself a priority! It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. You’re one person and you can’t do it all. November is a great time to introduce a little “No” into your life. Learn to just say “No.” No explanation. No excuse. No apology. No regrets. It’s your call. Live the life you want! Make your own destiny! A season of good health is what you really deserve. This November, focus on developing and maintaining healthy habits. There’s no better time to get started than today! Good luck to you. “Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to things and people that stress you out.” - Thema Davis I have been a personal trainer for over eighteen years and I absolutely love what I do. I honestly feel that I have one of the best jobs out there! The most rewarding part of my profession is helping one of my clients succeed at reaching their personal fitness goals. Making a difference in someone’s life makes it all worthwhile. I am currently certified by the National Sports Conditioning Association, Apex Fitness Group, and the International Sports Science Association.

failure. Avoid last-minute commitments. Volunteer your time and your energy in accordance with your priorities. Keep commitments reasonable so you can focus on what’s most important. You matter and your health should too! Set aside some time each day to relax, reflect and refocus. Self-care should be a priority.


Say NO to Excess

I understand that eating well and staying healthy can be difficult around the holidays. Don’t make the holiday foods you’ve waited for all year off limits – because the allure of that forbidden fruit will only get stronger. Just

“Having extra food in the house will only tempt you to overeat.”

NO pay attention to how much you’re eating and know when it’s time to push yourself away from the table.

Leave the Doggie Bag Behind

Learn to say No to the doggie bag! Most people I know want to be hospitable and send you home with leftovers. It’s the right thing to do, isn’t it? Having extra food in the house will only tempt you to overeat. Saying no is okay. Just be honest and explain that you are trying to be better at practicing healthy eating habits.

Let It Go

If you don’t say “No,” it’s okay. We all slip up from time to time. Skipped workouts, too many cheat meals and moments of disregard to our health happen to us all. They are not at all indicative of how the future will play out.








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Right now, most people find their cancers either by routine screening, i.e. mammograms and colonoscopies or by scans that show tumor growth when the tumor is big enough to be seen. By the time you can see a tumor on a scan we are talking about billions and billions of tumor cells. Until now this was the best you could expect. Now, however, there are new kids in town. There are two companies that now offer a chance to have your blood taken and look for cancer cells before it shows up on scans. Although I think it’s very much cancer specific, most experts would say that early detection saves lives. If that’s the case then finding the cancer before it shows up on scans or before it becomes clinically apparent should make a difference. The

Once again I learn more from my patients than I have from the medical literature. Most of the medical stuff I read in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Green Journal, The Lancet, and the Journal of the American Medical Association involves obscure medicines

two companies use different technologies but both say they can detect a variety of cancers from just a sample of your blood. One company is based in America and is called GRAIL and their product is called Phase angle machine Galleri. Up to 70% percent of cancer deaths are caused by cancers we don’t have screens for, i.e. pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, etc. It’s Alpha stim device too new to be covered by insurance and, of for end stage diseases or political editorials. There is very little in the mainstream course, it isn’t perfect medical literature about diet, exercise, sleep and stress. It’s all about chronic disease but if you test negative management, not improving health. The phase angle machine that can measure it’s very reassuring and your fat, muscle, bone etc. as well as provide a measurement of your basic cellular if you test positive you health didn’t come from these journals. The alpha stim device which can help anxiety, can pursue the possible depression and insomnia didn’t come from these journals. Ditto for the vitamin diagnosis. There are scanner and the vascular reactivity test. One of my patients brought me a test that can 50 different types of cancer this test can detect. There is no perfect test and false tell you which metals you are allergic to before you have a joint replacement. Another of positives and negatives occur just as in mammograms and colonoscopies. Of course, my patients keeps challenging me with the energy medicine machines which I thought these tests do not replace were a little too new for me until I discovered that NASA uses these machines in all space the traditional screens at flights. So too, I discovered the services from RGCC from one of my patients. least for now. Right now, most people go to the cancer doctor and get standard therapies which The other company are based on large clinical trials. We usually treat this cancer with 4 cycles of one interests me even more. combination or other of It’s called RGCC and they chemo drugs etc. There are out of Greece. They is a company called too, offer a blood draw test Foundation ONe that will for cancer but they are not use cell free DNA samples just looking for genetic or tissue taken from material that suggests your cancer to guide the cancer – they are actively Oncologist in choosing looking for cancer cells. which chemo or therapy Cutting edge tech that to use depending on the has evolved dramatically bloodwork. in recent years is used to Until now this was the There are 50 types of cancer this test can detect isolate any cancer cells best you could expect.

“There is very little in the mainstream medical literature about diet, exercise, sleep and stress. It’s all about chronic disease management, not improving health.”

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and study them. This has benefit not only to patients that want to be screened for cancer but for patients who have had cancer in the past, and it’s an independent way to study your cancer cells. Let’s say it’s been 5 years since your breast cancer diagnosis and the doctor says you are disease free – maybe they say you are cured. This blood test will check for the presence of any circulating cancer cells...not just your prior breast cancer but any new or different cancers that may have developed. Then, they give you actionable information about your specific cancer cells, how they react to different chemotherapies as well as how they react to a host of natural substances you might use to augment your treatment like green tea extract or turmeric. This is precision medicine at its best! The RGCC group also offers cutting edge, personalized, RNA based therapy, not only therapy for cancer but for chronic viral illness and even lyme disease but that’s going to have to wait for another column. The


RNA message in the Covid vaccines turn on protein production and create an immune response. The RNA message in the RGCC injection turns off protein production in the cancer cells, and only the cancer cells, and causes those cancer cells to die. So, the downside is the cost. Neither test is covered by insurance yet but they are both under a thousand dollars and can buy you a lot of peace of mind. Say your mom and grandmom and sister all had breast cancer...besides just mammos and ultrasounds, would you get this test? Your best friend dies of prostate are not curious about you? For you, if it would help you, the future is now… Until next month...get well and stay well.

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My Mind To Yours

by debra Merryweather

Kitchen Conversations and Personal Power Microorganisms in the gut Organized institutions and systems, and the individual people functioning within those systems have moving parts and institutional memories. It’s easy to see that information printed on a paper is a thing; it’s less obvious that our thoughts are things. Thoughts and feelings exist within our consciousness, sometimes subconsciously. Some thoughts are intrusive, unwanted, and interfere with the thoughts we want to be thinking. Physical dysfunctions can make it hard to think straight or think at all. On some level, all dysfunction is physical. An article, in the October/November 2021 edition of the American Academy of Neurology’s Brain & Life, “Trust Your Gut,” discusses the connections between gut and brain health. “Trust Your Gut” states that while researchers don’t fully understand how microorganisms in the gut affect neurotransmission and the brain, it is clear microorganisms do affect neurological function. Scientists are studying how “leaky gut” and the inflammation caused by an over-permeable gastrointestinal lining, connects to disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. In recent years, researchers, health care professionals,

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and us the people are communicating more about cognitive impairment and brain fog. Brain fog can accompany and follow conditions such as Lyme Disease, COVID 19, concussion, chemotherapy, and sometimes, overconsumption of sugar and grains. Brain fog impairs people’s ability to deal with the needs of a given moment. Seeking new and different information requires curiosity, energy, and time: brain fog robs people of energy and time. Our most primal and primary necessary functions are to breath air and digest food. Our primary and primal power lay in communicating that need to caretakers. Sigmund Freud identified and labeled the first stages of psychosexual development in terms of eating and toilet training. Overly harsh treatment during this time can result in problems later. Infants and children in unrelieved distress learn they are helpless. Learned helplessness, passivity, and depression often lead people to stay in physically and emotionally unhealthy situations. People speak more about depression than about the physical and social conditions that lead to depression. Neurons that fire together wire together; programmed behavior follows. Communicating about gut pain (or other internal problems) might sound more plaintive than talking about knee pain. Offering one’s experience with a broken leg seems less personal than telling another how a dietary change altered your thinking. Moral judgements flow into discussions about eating, drinking, and thinking. We still like to think people control how and what they think; they can and often do; but not always. Peoples’ reactions to our talking often changes how we communicate and how we come to think about what and how we communicate. Completing organizational communications about COVID 19 have created a systemic “tone” of danger in public

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discourse. Our fight, flight, and freeze tendencies reflect visible manifestations of neurological vagal tone. The vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve, regulates our core functions of digestion, circulation, and respiration. The vagus nerve sends and receives information through myelinated and unmyelinated branches, perhaps, to preserve life, and in extremes, perhaps to shut down sensation when severe injury or death are imminent. In writing the previous sentence, I used the term “perhaps” because I don’t know everything about how the vagus nerve functions, I’ve read enough books to believe that doctors, psychologists, and scientists don’t fully understand the vagus nerve either. My experience and reading suggests that fight, flight, and freeze responses develop in context. Neurons that fire together wire together and personal fight, flight, and freeze responses affect and reflect habituated vagal tone. Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 NY Times bestselling book “The Body Keeps Score” builds on theories about how the unconscious and subconscious mind stores memories, sensations, and information that the conscious mind can’t handle or identify and label. Freud believed that infants and young children don’t remember things. It seems more likely that infants and preverbal children register imagery and feelings about situations for which they don’t yet have words. Later in life, that subconsciously stored information may Regulates our core functions emerge as identifiable or recovered memory. Of course, many people don’t believe in recovered memory. I didn’t believe in recovered memory until I started remembering events, pleasant and not, of which I’d been previously unaware. My ongoing conscious recovered memory occurs in bits and pieces, but for sure, commenced with changes in my diet, physical activity, and later, post-concussion physical therapy. It’s important to know how our own physiology works. Personal empowerment and selfregulation involve our ability to trust our own guts. We need to know specifically how our guts work. While we might not want to talk about our gut feelings, (or guts) at the kitchen table, our gut feelings connect to what we absorb there. Sigmund Freud

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One more thing. The Party knows how voters think. They know John Katko represents a more Liberal area. His vote for Trump’s impeachment and Bannon’s Trumpian contempt indictment (deceit without consequence) were to dupe you for your future support. It is political tactic to allow votes against your party that change nothing, to protect representatives where party loyalties are close. This is a vital seat and could easily be the single vote that ends our survival, voting rights and Democracy and other issues that support autocratic pursuit. Don’t be fooled.

Word on the Street by Bill McClellan


It is unbelievable that we have come to this kind of systemic fault in America. This column is about bottom lines. Root causes that if fixed could begin a correction. We are pretty far gone. The danger of complete collapse in many areas is real. The truth really does hurt, a lot. As the root cause is deeply embedded it is not likely we will prevent massive disasters. All too soon. First, I will show you what is wrong, then I will present the eminent dangers of social collapse or massive or complete destruction if we continue proceeding in this environment. PREFACE: Remember when you vote: The Republican party is dead. Those posing as Herewith: The first and foremost bottom line is Republicans have become the main reason why what follows may well end life as we know our leadership system. Foremost because it is not it. Be prepared for real terror as you read. Those posing as Republican leaders are interested designed to protect or regulate for the people or only in perpetuating their own power. They are willing to sacrifice not just Democracy but for the planet. It is a system of cruel selfish bribery. the safety of mankind to keep it. They live in fear of Trump taking their individual power. With money ruling everything from donations Yellow dogs. Kids die for our country. This vermin spits on the reasons for those deaths to algorithms, the people and the good of the for a job. A lot of Central NY likes John Katko. Republican or Democrat, please realize that planet are not even in play. And the cumulative he will perpetuate our demise along with his party. Please do not vote for him. A vote for effect has begun. Earth and humanity are now at John Katko is a vote for the end of Democracy. Even if you are related. Harsh, weird to say, great risk. We are governed by the worst among and disgustingly true. And John, you know better. I implore you. Please follow the truth of us. Our leader’s collective acquiesce has caused a our land and stand up like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger against the desecration of our system that allows dramatic real danger to prevail hallowed dead. Your party is perpetuating the demise of our founding pursuit and you know on many fronts. The answer is simple: Remove it. You have not stood up. Please Central New York see this. No matter what you thought money from politics. Develop carefully designed before all of this. This is the truth today. The John Katko who failed his country must go. rules to attract our best. Completely overhaul the lobby system. Establish a board of inquiry as an intermediary between lobbyists and leaders removing personal contact between a lobbyist and the leadership. Let the 1% know the free ride is over. Only the best that we can be want to lead in this environment. With the best that we can be in place, decisions will be made to try to turn all this around. Going forward it is good to understand fools will deny reality. Yet only the wise, those able to acknowledge reality can determine its’ future course. Life as we know it is on the line. The extent and details will depend on the disaster or disasters that take place. Yes, more than one may well be in play simultaneously. NUCLEAR DEVASTATION: DOOMSDAY – 100 SECONDS TILL MIDNIGHT - This is the most likely event to take place. We have not evolved well enough to properly control this power that can end us. We have shown in America that we are led by those incapable of participating in time, with any reasonable efforts to alter any earth endangering matter. If you research you will find that China has been earnestly researching ways to win, yes win a nuclear war. They are researching “Shock an awe” techniques against American satellites, submarines, aircraft carriers and nuclear facilities. Russia is constantly increasing their nuclear arsenal. And I am sure no one has informed you, they do military exercises together these days. Both are preparing for what they rightfully perceive to be a highly probable nuclear exchange. International systems are a Hitlorite leader away from the destruction of mankind. From China to Russia to North Korea

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to Iran etc. to a nut in the desert, or the White House, the reality of a nuclear exchange is almost a certainty. There are 10’s of thousands of Nukes. There is enough destructive force to blow the earth to smithereens. Because we are a stupid squabbling species. CLIMATE CHANGE: Climate change is real. In a few short decades the entire social structure of our planet will change. If we are lucky there will be just enough time to adjust our systems so that the logistics of matters critical to life are sustained. So long as we can do this, some reasonable social structure may be maintained. In any event, in this era, entire coastlines including cities such as New Orleans, Miami, Houston, Charleston, Atlantic City, Virginia Beach, New York City and many more around the world will be inundated with flooding in current lifetimes. This is not

“We have lost control of providing information with integrity to the people of earth.”

preventable. Migrations will be massive. We will become a planet that no longer uses its energy to recklessly consume for money but a planet trying to figure out how to keep most of it alive. Because we are a stupid squabbling species. OVER POPULATION: The planet is gaining 140,000 people a day. At 7.9 billion we are already far over what the planet can sustain long term. “Earth Overshoot Day was July


29th this year. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. For the rest of the year, we are maintaining our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We are operating in overshoot. Typically, in nature when an invasive species such as us moves into an area and is freed from predation, it expands beyond the carrying capacity of their environment. This diminishes the food and resources needed to sustain itself. Resources become so skewed that a period of fierce competition for limited resources breaks out and only the fittest survive. The Planet is already on this path. Because we are a stupid squabbling species. Mass Communication: We have lost control of providing information with integrity to the people of earth. We have allowed a system that fosters lies, and distortion to be prioritized for money. This inflates unrest and has sown division that stymies progress vital to our existence. Artificial intelligence i.e., algorithms are designed to incite. Social media is a massive contributor to our endangered survival. This nonsense, inexcusably accepted by regulators has allowed the lies and conspiracy theories of the worst of us to change the belief systems of too much of our population. Fox News and Facebook are the major contributors to ensuring the world will end due to faulted information diminishing truth and incentive. The rest of the media is guilty yet Facebook and Fox take the lead due to their massive international exposure. A perfect analogy is Hitler. He improved highways, and animal protection, and began the Volkswagon and more. Nice? Like Facebook and Fox, the good had an underbelly in pursuit wrongs so evil that holocaust and destruction will be their final legacy. Any good was disgraced by the evil. So too will history, if it is written after the results are in, will be the legacy of Fox and Facebook. And the all Mass-Communication that allowed greed and algorithms to excuse lies and evil being sourced to masses creating an integrity confusion that rendered truth useless. Thus destroying the unity necessary to save humanity and earth. Because we are a stupid squabbling species. I know, the truth hurts and hope springs eternal. Yet for some reason humans do not get it, even when they are on not one, but several different earth ending deadly freight trains speeding toward a chasm without a bridge. We realize things when we are in the air. A bit late. The price for being a stupid squabbling species.


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Beauty & Fashion by Benish rehman

How Does Fashion Influence the Lives of Students? This is an era of fashion and fashion is very influential to our lives. In fact, it adds diversity to our lives by offering an aspect of enthusiasm to strive for something new and different, otherwise it would be a monotonous life if we were supposed to dress and act in the same manner. Fashion is an expression of a distinctive style particularly in clothing, footwear, accessories or makeup. It belongs to the style of doing something, looking different and dealing with others. It encircles a wide range of categorization like behavior, speech, actions, manners and lifestyle. There is much intellectual discussion over fashion and clothing and their importance within present day society. Fashion and clothing can be defined as many things that hold our society together. Fashion can be defined as an existing norm or style of dress, manners and way of socializing, whereas clothing is defined as garments collectively. If fashion and clothing were eliminated from our lives there would be no room for individuality and the world’s population would be the same. There also would be a loss of the distinctions between social classes, which was much defined in the 18th century but is still present today. The eradication of fashion and clothing would also change the dynamics of the social world and social relationships. Mod, short form of ‘modern,’ refers to a youth lifestyle that came out from London during 1960s and quickly spread to other parts of the world. Being fashionable is not only desirable but also satisfying. It is very usual that young students get attracted to fashion the most and start following the trends instantly. Fashion continually has an impact on the society. It affects our views and attitude towards social culture. We introduce new ways of lifestyle through fashion and create awareness within ourselves to reinstate a new line of customs. It is a leading social statement for students to make an outside appearance to their social circle. Malcolm Barnard says in his book Fashion as Communication,


“Fashion and clothing have always been explained as forms of communication.” Students use fashion to exchange their feelings and beliefs. They use fashion as a way of social contact with reference to scrutiny for all sorts of people. Fashion is a way of communication to convey to the world what their personality really says. The decade of 1920 is called the Age of Flaming Youth because of its wild and jazzy expression. In this period the energy of youth was set free in a new way and no style seemed too ridiculous to become a high fashion. Our world has globalized. Celebrities play a very important role in the lives of youth. Students look up to their favorite icons to keep themselves up to date. While watching television or using the internet, they can easily be attracted by a variety of fashionable concepts. Moreover, the students idealize their favorite celebrities and they always have a desire to look like them so they do their best to imitate the appearance and lifestyle of their idols. They are trying to grasp all the existing fashion from their society to enhance their personality. Whenever they socialize, they talk about new things which could be adapted. They use non-natural way of expression, speech and mannerism in their routine lives which is relatively artificial. In my point of view, there are two categories, positive and negative impact of fashion on students. The fashion in our society has a lot of negative impact on students. They only think about new fashion and this results in spending a large amount of money. Therefore, they are not able to become aware of other important needs of life. It always distracts them from studies. Once a style or fashion gets in a trend, it is instantly chased by the student community regardless of the fact of how much hassle it leads to. On the other hand they are caught in the confusion of fashion due to the impact of society. To follow a certain fashion, one has to adopt some actions and to do so some students go beyond their limits just to attract their surroundings. Eventually they become hopeless instead of being ingenious and suffer from depression for being within fashion. On the other hand, it is also a thought that the money spent on fashion could be spent for various other purposes like charity and helping the poor. Fashion creates an inaccessible standard for students. They all want to be attractive and glamorous like the celebrities on television or in magazines hence they spend a lot of time and money just to build up a good impression on

“We introduce new ways of lifestyle through fashion and create awareness within ourselves to reinstate a new line of customs.”

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people around them. However, they fail to make a statement most of the time, that leads to a low self esteem. It also creates a clash of thoughts between them and their friends that may lead to a jealousy factor and as a result ruin their relationship with friends. Students start judging people by their outlook appearance and those who cannot spend a sufficient amount on their outward look, eventually become persecuted which decreases their confidence level to a certain extent. Students who give more concentration to fashion are generally least conscious about their studies. They think that by adopting certain fashion trends, they will achieve certain distinction among the peers therefore they start giving less importance to their academic careers. There are some positive points of being fashionable as well. For instance, when teenagers feel good because of the way they look, it gives a high sense of worth and confidence in their personalities. Moreover they feel more independent and acceptable in a social context. If students follow a certain trend, it facilitates them to recognize their own personalities by meeting different people from the society with the same interests and sense of style. Wearing trendy clothes shows a person’s status. People assume a person more progressive if he is wearing fashionable clothes. Students eventually come to know that it’s not good for them to follow or imitate others all the time. Instead, they should learn how to be innovative and make their own sense of style. That helps them to be more strong, independent and imaginative. Fashion is the name of expressing oneself. It proves that the people have liberty to feel comfortable about themselves and that results in a more successful and prosperous society. Fashion is a form of art and because art is

“Students always have a desire to look like them so they do their best to imitate the appearance and lifestyle of their idols.”

beneficial to a society, the same goes for fashion as well. Fashion is a big reason for companies to invest more into the expansion of latest clothing, trends, and better living. We cannot disagree with the fact that fashion has a significant place on the life of every student. At times, it can be the source of things that make the life more pleasant. On the other hand, it can be destructive for the lives of certain people. So it’s better to keep yourself modernized with fashion but if it is damaging your academic performance by any means, you should keep yourself away from that. Generally, fashion can be entertaining, exciting and harmless. Fashion is a money making method that can provide employment to thousands of people. There should be stability in the lives of students while pursuing fashion. They should be aware of the fact that fashion within limits is admirable but when the limits are crossed, they have to face many problems. Their prime responsibility is to fill up themselves with the asset of knowledge instead of running after the wildness of a deceptive fashion world. There should be a right balance between being fashionable and getting away from our roots. Students should know the fact that they have maximum time to indulge themselves to the world of lavishness after they have completed their studies. They should give their utmost devotion to education presently for time and tide waits for none.



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Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Ingredients 1 gallon water 4 quarts chicken broth 1 ½ cups kosher salt 2 tbsp. minced garlic 2 tbsp. dried rosemary 2 tbsp. dried minced onion 2 tbsp. dried basil 2 tbsp. dried savory 2 tbsp. dried marjoram

1 tbsp. ground black pepper 2 tbsp. dried thyme 2 tbsp. dried tarragon 1 tbsp. dried oregano 1 tbsp. coriander seeds 2 gallons ice, divided 1 (20 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

Directions Step 1 • Mix water, chicken broth, and salt together in a 5-gallon bucket with lid until salt dissolves. Add garlic, rosemary, onion, basil, savory, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, oregano, pepper, and coriander and mix well. Stir 2 cups ice into brine. Step 2 • Place turkey into brine, filling cavity with brine. Add enough ice to bucket to cover turkey. Secure lid on bucket. Swish bucket from side-to-side to chill water. Refrigerate turkey and bucket, refilling with ice every 2 hours as needed, 12 to 24 hours. Step 3 • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Step 4 • Remove turkey from brine and pat dry. Discard brine. Place turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan. Step 5 • Bake turkey in the preheated oven, basting every 30 to 40 minutes, until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 5 to 6 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 165 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 17 hours

Servings: 20


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