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What Will A November Masters Look Like? The Masters should have been and gone but there’s only a couple of weeks to wait until the famed Augusta fairways appear on our TV screens once again. The Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked chaos on everyday life, and the golf schedule too, with this year’s Masters set to be the final Major of three in 2020, as opposed to the first of four. The par 3, 12th hole at Augusta National

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So what will a November Masters look like? Firstly, it will be around 5-10 degrees celsius cooler, looking at average temperatures, but it could be even colder, especially if winds get up. Most of the rainfall in the Augusta, Georgia area comes between June and September, meaning the course will almost certainly be softer than how it plays in April. Fred Couples can vouch for that, saying that it will play “extremely long.” “I hit a driver and a 2-iron, and then the second day it was like 40 degrees (4.5 degrees celsius) and windy and I hit a rescue into the first green,” the 1992 Masters champion recalled of a November round he played at Augusta. “I don’t think it’ll touch 70 degrees (21 degrees celsius) in November, so the course will play extremely long.” Brandel Chamblee says the same. “My friends who have played there in November tell me the golf course plays quite long,” he said. So we’re fairly certain that Augusta will be playing longer, with the cooler air temperatures and softer surfaces. That means that we’ll likely see a Masters like never before, benefitting the longer hitters even more than the 7,768 yarder already does. However, saying that, the last time we truly saw a cold Masters tournament was in 2007…when Zach Johnson won. The American didn’t go for a single par-5 in two that week so precision will still be the name of the game despite the course playing longer. The greens will still be their usual glass-like selves due to the sub-air system the club has. “I will say this: the greens were unreal,” Fred Couples said of Augusta in November. “We’re talking Augusta, so usually it’s 11 out of a 10 every year you play. I’m sure with the right weather and extra overseed and all that it’ll be outstanding.” The winds will also be different, as the usual prevailing wind from the south switches from the north when the winter comes. That will produce a new dynamic with holes that usually play downwind play into the wind during the tournament, meaning we may see some interesting clubs hit into holes and new strategies put into place of how to best play them. The sun will be setting around two hours earlier too, meaning play will have to start earlier, a good thing for us in the UK. Will that mean two-tee starts? Tiger Wood’s winning shot Quite possibly. Sunset will be


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around 5:30pm local time, meaning the action will be concluding on Sunday well before 10:30pm GMT. Who knows how much time there would be left for a playoff if extra holes are needed. I wonder if that would go into Monday. The usual pink flowering azaleas may not be out and the course will be looking very different to what we’re used to. “I’m sure Augusta National will find a way to get some plants to flower in November,” Sir Nick Faldo told us, and he’s most likely correct. Whilst there may be some new flowers ready-planted for the tournament, the trees will also be looking different and we’ll get an incredible view of the autumnal Augusta colours. Either way, The Masters will still be The Masters despite things playing differently and looking a little different. It won’t be spelling the beginning of the golfing season in the UK but instead be drawing a close to it, if we end up having one at all. With it being the final Major of the year, the world’s best players will turn up to the event fresh off of competing at the PGA Championship, FedEx Cup Playoffs and US Open. Rory McIlroy thinks that will benefit him, especially as there won’t be a long eight-month lead-up building the pressure and hype around him attempting to complete the career grand slam. “It will be a different feel,” McIlroy told Michelle Wie on a Nike Instagram Live chat. “Two of the majors will have already been played. “People will be in their routine and in the flow a little bit more. “I always feel there’s this bit of anticipation going into Augusta, the first big event of the year. “There’s all this hype. I don’t think it will feel like that this year, it will feel different but it’s something I’m looking forward to. “It’s going to be a different Masters this year but personally, maybe selfishly, that’s what I need to get the jacket.” Rory has never won a tournament in April but has won three times in November in his career, he might be just right. By the time this year’s tournament is over, there will only be another five months to wait until Augusta appears on our screens again. The Masters is always one of the best events in golf and come November it will be like no other we’ve ever seen in so many different ways. I for one can’t wait. For all the latest golf news, check the Golf Monthly website and follow our social media channels @ golfmonthlymagazine on Facebook and @golfmonthly on Twitter and Instagram.

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Brew Time by Kristin Merritt

Your Vote is Your Voice: Drink Up! Well folks, it’s officially November and this tumultuous year is beginning to come to a close, but not before the big (YUGE?) cataclysmic event of Election Day, held on Tuesday, November 3rd. Democrat, Republican, Green, Independent, Libertarian, Liberal, Conservative, Moderate, Right, Left, Middle – whatever your political preference, the one thing that I believe most of us can agree on is the need to imbibe during and definitely after this election season is complete. However, the question remains: Can we agree on WHAT to drink according to our political preferences? Surprisingly, there have actually been studies done over the last few election

cycles to figure out what people prefer to drink based on one’s political orientation. Scarborough Research gathered consumer information in 2012 and gave it to National Media Research Planning and Placement, an Alexandria, VA based Republican consulting firm where all the data was analyzed. They created a graph that depicts voter turnout from low to high on the vertical Y-axis and political party skew from Democrat to Republican on the horizontal X-axis. Major-label beer companies, along with a few specific styles of wine and liquor, are the bubbles graphed along the axes, with small bubbles indicating

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a smaller percentage of the data population and large bubbles indicating a larger percentage. After analyzing all the data, with regard to beer, it’s interesting to note that Democrats tend to enjoy non-domestic brews like Guinness, Stella Artois, Heineken and Dos Equis, while Republicans tend to enjoy their American-made brews such as Miller, Coors, Michelob and Samuel Adams. Bud Light is the one beer equally favored amongst both parties per the graph, and it’s also notable to find that Democrats make up the majority of “any microbrew” drinkers, and they also tend to be people who show up and vote at the polls! Then, in 2013, GFK MRI – a consumer data group – collected further specific research and sent it to the same consulting firm, where they analyzed all the gathered data to form the same graph that depicts voter turnout from low to high on the vertical Y-axis and political party skew from Democrat to Republican on the horizontal X-axis. This time, only wine and liquor brands (no beer) were the bubbles graphed along the axes, with small bubbles indicating a smaller percentage of the weighted population and large bubbles indicating a larger percentage. The results indicated that Democrats tend to choose clear liquors – Absolut, Grey Goose and Three Olives, while Republicans went all in on the brown liquor choosing to drink the likes of Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s and Wild Turkey. Wine went both ways, but it’s clear that specific brands/producers in the wine industry have different consumers based on political preferences: Francis Coppola and Sutter Home for Democrats while Republicans drank Kendall-Jackson and Robert Mondavi. It’s also interesting to note that when it comes to both political parties, if you drink wine, you’re the MOST likely to show up and vote in an election versus those drinking flavored vodka beverages and whiskey, as they tended to not vote at all. As an aside, this was also the case with the prior 2012 analyzed data – wine drinkers were much more likely to vote versus beer drinkers. There are also some gems in there too, such as Democrats favor Peach Schnapps while Republicans favor Peppermint Schnapps, Democrats drink champagne while Republicans drink Franzia, and apparently EVERYONE across both party lines loves Rum with both Captain Morgan Spiced & Bacardi being literally smack dab in the middle of the graph with sizeable bubbles! In 2018, the National Media group updated their graph with newer data and to be perfectly honest, not much as changed. Wine drinkers tend to be more reliable voters, Republicans enjoy their Coors and brown liquors, while Democrats continue to like Stella and vodka, and rum and Bud Light continue to reign supreme as the bipartisan drink of choice. There were a couple of interesting things to note though – Blue Moon, in 2012, was very much in Republican territory, whereas in 2018, that switched and Blue Moon resolutely stands on the Democrat side of the graph. Perhaps that was a marketing strategy? Or was it maybe something else? The second note of interest being


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Dining Out by Kerilyn E. Micale

Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante One lesson this year has taught me is that life is too short to eat anything other than delicious food! A perfect way to be sure you are going to eat a scrumptious meal is to head over to Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante. Nick & Angelo’s is conveniently located at 7376 Oswego Road in Liverpool. They are now open for full dine in service as well as take out! At this time the dining room is open from 4 pm to 8 pm and the bar is open from 4 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to check out their website at https:// www.nickandangelosristorante.com/ or the Facebook page to keep up with changes in hours and, of course, excellent specials and promotions! You can call them to place your take out order or to make reservations at 315-451-2702. Reservations are highly recommended because seating is limited, but don’t worry, the service is not!

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dishes and their absolutely outstanding hospitality! They are also part of the grand traditions of the Carnegie Catering Company founded in 1993. They have some amazing and innovative dishes that you won’t find anywhere else like Clam Chowder Gnocchi (homemade gnocchi topped with a creamy clam sauce, crunch bacon bits, crispy shallots and a light celery salad garnish), Angels on Horseback (four sautéed colossal shrimp stuffed with horseradish and wrapped in bacon), and Scallop Risotto (creamy homemade risotto topped with three jumbo scallops, diced fried prosciutto crunches and finished with a fresh herb oil). They also have some classic favorites like lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and chicken riggies (which are my sister’s favorite dish)! In addition to the amazing cuisine, you can’t help but notice the warm and inviting atmosphere and the friendly staff that treat Authentic Italian you more like family than a customer! Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante is happy to be celebrating their 5th year serving amazing Kyle and I arrived at Nick meals to hungry Central New Yorkers. I bet they will be celebrating many more & Angelo’s Ristorante on a anniversaries because Nick & Angelo’s is one of those gems where you could be cool fall evening. We were blindfolded and point to anything on the menu and be totally satisfied with the dish that happy to be welcomed you got! This is not surprising because they pride themselves on their authentic Italian by the friendly hostess. We notice the safety precautions that have been taken to ensure not only a delicious but also safe dining experience. We were immediately seated in a cozy booth. We loved looking at the menu and had a really difficult time making a selection because everything just looked so amazing! We decided on the East Utica Greens, a generous portion of sautéed escarole, diced prosciutto, spicy cherry peppers, with pecorino finish. The textures, the spice, and the cheese topping made this a great way to start a meal. We also took the suggestion of our awesome server and tried the Hot Crab Dip. This dish is loaded with real East Utica Greens Eggplant Parmigiana & Angelo’s Meatballs lump crab, and mixed with


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cream cheese, lemon, herbs, seasoning and then baked until it was bubbling. This dish is hot and served with homemade crispy and delicious crostini. This dish was amazing and I would recommended it 100%. Let me say it again – don’t pass up the crab dip! For an entrée I decided on the mouthwatering eggplant parmigiana, layers of eggplants slices, lightly breaded, fried, topped with a ricotta mixture and homemade marinara with melted mozzarella and served with tagliatelle. I also couldn’t help but order a side of meatballs, and I was certainly not disappointed! Angelo’s Meatballs are topped with homemade red sauce and garnished with grated parmesan, chopped pistachios, lime zest and olive oil drizzle. These meatballs are unique

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The Write Stuff by Nancy Roberts

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By Jim Goad I don’t often go back and take another look at a book I’ve already reviewed for this paper. But the boiling over of politics, and in particular, social relations in the United States today got me thinking about this book, and deciding to re-read it. I had found it enlightening and interesting the first time (2017) and just as valuable a read this time around. It had been written in 1997.  Goad isn’t a redneck, exactly, by birth. In fact, if anything, his bio reads more like a semi-privileged middle class kid: “Goad grew up in Philadelphia, describing himself as a loner, misanthrope and weirdo. He attended a Catholic school run by nuns. ”So far, nothing unusual for a kid born in 1960.“ He experienced violent treatment from his parents and bullies at the school, eventually learning to fight back. Goad moved to New York city to study acting and was accepted to study at New York University under Stella Adler.”  At this point, any actor would say: “Stella Adler? That doesn’t sound very redneck to me.” “Goad graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University while living in New Jersey. In the early 1980s, Goad met Debbie Rosalie, who was eight years older, in New York. They relocated to Los Angeles and were married in 1987. Goad worked at the Los Angeles Reader, covering local news, but wished to cover more fringe subjects, so the couple began publishing their own magazine, Answer Me.” (Wikipedia) At this point, Goad goes off the proverbial rails somewhat, entering into an affair with a stripper, reportedly beating her, goes to prison, and starts working in publishing for the sex trade, and becomes what I can only deem a professional provocateur and angry guy. In fact, his life story reads like an old country western song with the bad woman,

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Author of The Redneck Manifesto, Jim Goad jail, bar fights and 3 chords (oh, he also DJ’d at a country music station). Ok, so perhaps now we can say, “redneck by choice?” In 1997, Goad published The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks and Poor White Trash Became America’s Scapegoat.” And that’s where I found him – and while his writing style is certainly angry, sometimes boorish, though never illiterate, he has a case to make that struck me three years ago, and I had to go back and examine again, given the growing cultural tension in the United States. Goad’s thesis is relatively simple, though it was the first time I’d really heard it as I read the book in 2017: color isn’t what divides the United States, it’s class. And this class-based division goes all the way back to pre-colonial days, and even further when he makes his case for the invention of “poor white trash.” He quotes Roman writer Ammianus Marcellinus describing the Huns (northern European tribes at the height of the Roman Empire) thus: “They are savage beyond all parallel...They are certainly in the shape of men, however uncouth...(They) utter all kinds of terrific yells...Like brute beasts, they are utterly ignorant of the distinction between right and wrong.” He describes the common practice of enslaving the poor and the conquered, noting that an Irish slave woman was worth three milk cows, and that the word “slave” derived from “Slav,” whom Venetian traders sold to harems and plantations in Syria and Egypt until well into the 1400s. In the era of “White Fragility,” Goad makes the case that the voyages of the slave ships in the 1600s and 1700s containing European slaves (many were children lured from their homes or captured – literally “spirited” away by “crimps”) were as horrible and fatal as the “Middle Passage” of the African slave trade, noting how many passengers died en route, often of starvation, and when they arrived in North America, they were also sold. “’Just arrived at Leedstown,’”ran the Virginia Gazette ad, ‘the ship Justitia, with about one hundred Healthy Servants, Men Women & Boys...The Sale will commence on Tuesday the 2nd of April.’” By now, this information isn’t news, but it’s hotly disputed. White slavery, goes the argument, wasn’t chattel slavery. Goad doesn’t attempt to argue that, instead emphasizing that whatever you called it, if you could beat the “servant” to death for an infraction without punishment, if you could use him (or her) as a stake in a poker game or sell him (or her) at will to another owner – parting them from any family they might have – then perhaps we’re arguing semantics, not truth.  But the majority of Goad’s book isn’t spent on the question of slavery as such, but on the idea that it’s more acceptable in the world today to look down upon, and hurl

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epithets at, the “redneck” than to demean other races or ethnic groups. The hillbilly, he suggests, is the bottom rung of the social ladder with nobody to take up his cause. He notes that while terms like “spic, spook, kike and spearchucker” would certainly be deemed “hate speech” by most – and get you fired or “cancelled” in a hurry, “redneck, hayseed, bumpkin, cracker, peckerwoods, Bubbas, yokels, and poor white trash” can still be tossed off with perhaps a “tsk, tsk,” but you’d not lose your job – though your mom might be highly incensed. “People seem to need an ‘other,’” he writes. “It appears impossible for societies to conceive of an ‘us’ without an antagonistic and constantly threatened ‘them.’”  The “them” is quickly recognized in his description: “biologically (inbred, degenerated, momma-impregnating, vermin and scum); geographically (xenophobic, backwoods, rustic, heath-dwelling, trailersheathed yahoos); economically (poor, barefoot, toothless, no-account, earth-scratching trash); culturally (gullible, superstitious, bumpkinesque rubes and throwbacks); and morally (cross-burning, baby-molesting swamp creatures and their slatternly wives).” 

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And the “humor” of depicting these “others” dates back to about the same time as the caricature of “Step’n Fetchit,” to the early minstrel shows, and when the Carolina “Lubbers” were clearly divided in the early 1700s from their elite Virginia cousins by William Byrd II, who wanted to make it clear there was little relationship between his people and theirs. You have only to think of Jed Clampett, Abner Yokum, or Ma and Pa Kettle to get a quick mental picture of the modern idea of “them.” So what’s Goad’s point? Simply this: “othering” those who, like most of us, have limited power and resources is a distraction, a card trick, a technique. Black and white aren’t natural enemies. Asian and Hispanic aren’t destined to hate one another. By focusing our rage and frustration on our superficial differences we’re missing the one that more definitively sets us apart: power. In our world today, power is usually derived from wealth, but power is the coveted goal.  Watching this election season heat up as it barrels towards us, I wonder if a book by a no-holds-barred angry writer could be a good read for all of us. Yes, Goad will... goad you. He’ll make you angry, send you to the encyclopedia convinced he’s wrong, and have you gritting your teeth – no matter where you’re from or what your belief system. But perhaps he’ll also convince you that your neighbor down the street who is as unlike you as possible on the surface is more like you than you thought: he or she just wants what you want.  He writes: “Hate Speech is the most Orwellian concept to emerge from the twentiethcentury twilight....Most people want to be on the side of love, right? Like all dangerous ideas, the notion of hate speech sounds good until dismantled piece by piece. The first problem is with the term’s vagueness. Hate speech, apparently, has become anything they hate... otherwise intelligent people have been brainwashed to believe that ‘hate’ is a satisfactory explanation for any human action.” He continues, one by one dismissing the usual suspects: the Klan, the Mau-Mau, conspiracy theorists, race-baiters and racists, urban gangs and the militia. And he concludes: “I’m yammering about the historically demonstrable habit of those in power to spend more time trying to STAY in power than in actually helping anyone... That’s not militia, it’s Machiavelli.” This might be a good time to pull out The Prince and give it another read. I think Goad may be onto something.

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After a young boy’s (Jahzir Bruno) parents are killed in a car accident, he goes to live with his beloved grandmother (Octavia Spencer.) Our unnamed hero is forlorn and despondent, despite the best efforts of his granny. Overcome by grief and loss, he refuses to eat or to engage with others. Gradually, Grandma eases him out of his shell. She buys the boy a mouse who he immediately adores, and by MILLER byBRIAN debra Merryweather eventually, he is dancing and laughing alongside the woman that is now raising him. One day, while at the grocery store with his Grandma, the boy is approached by an odd woman who attempts to transfix him with a snake that slithers its way The stories of Roald Dahl have delighted and terrified readers for generations. The prolific author penned a slew of indelible classics such as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE down her arm and towards his face. He escapes unscathed, but FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BFG, MATILDA, and THE WITCHES, all of is understandably rattled. Later which inspired entertaining and quirky cinematic adaptations. In 1990, THE WITCHES, that evening, he tells Granny starring the fantastic Anjelica Houston, utilized the creative ingenuity of Jim Henson what happened. To her horror, Studios to deliver a grotesque take on one of Dahl’s most twisted tales. This past Grandma realizes with absolute October, HBO Max debuted Robert Zemeckis’s vision of the same story. Jahzir Bruno in The Witches certainty that the boy had encountered a witch. A similar scenario happened to her when she was a child, when her best friend was lured by the promise of candy only to be transformed into a chicken. Desperate to get the boy as far away as possible from the evil hag, she brings him to a beautiful hotel for an extended stay. As good as Granny’s intentions were, what she didn’t realize, is that there was a convention scheduled at the hotel. And, as great as The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children sounds, it’s actually Octavia Spencer plays the grandmother a front for a coven of witches, lead by the supremely evil Grand High Witch (Anne Hathaway.) They are determined to eradicate all of the children in the world by transforming them into mice, and have a spectacular plan to make their wicked wishes a reality. For those familiar with Dahl’s work, you already know that much of the material is pretty darn dark. The twisted tales contain limitless heartache and melancholy, usually in the form of a child being irreparably damaged in some horrible way. At the same time, there is charm, wit, hope, and tenderness that Hours: Wed & Thurs 4:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 4:30-10pm, Sun 10am-2pm often triumphs, usually in the form of a loving surrogate and the tortured child’s endearing heart and mind. There is plenty of that found in THE WITCHES, Anne Hathaway is the Grand High Witch

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Pascale’s Liquors Driving along 690 toward Liverpool, I caught sight of a billboard featuring a smiling young man with the message “Nick’s Picks,” advertising select choices for holiday drinks – from cocktails to perfectly paired wines. Entering the sparkling shop, I could see that the billboard wasn’t just advertising – it was a promise. Pascale’s Liquors, a family business opened over 40 years ago by brothers Chuck and Neal Pascale and their mother, has been a go-to location for wine, spirits, and specialty liquors since the late 70’s. Nick Pascale is now the third generation in the business. Liquor is a fascinating product, having a story to tell that is certainly older than written history, that crosses cultures, has been made from just about any food substance you can imagine, and has even been intimately tied to historic events and certainly to fashions and trends, from ancient Gods to alchemical experiments to rebellions, to the famous cocktails that originated (at least in written lore) as far back as the 1700s, and that enjoy “in fashion” periods at least once in each generation. According to Nick Pascale, a “cocktails at home” style is trending right now. Possibly it was just due – young people seem to relish the fun of rediscovering old mixology and inventing new ways to combine spirits and other flavors – and possibly it was the flu-

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related preference for entertaining smaller groups at home – but either way, Pascale’s was ready to meet the challenge. Having embraced the digital age already, the business was invested in not just an informative, commerce enabled website, but an easy-to-use app (available from Google Play and Apple’s App Store) that make shopping easy, online, and available for delivery, curbside pickup, or shipping. Possibly just as importantly, Pascale’s knows its products, and is eager to help customers find their “sweet spot” in wines and spirits. Wine aficionados understand how critical the right pairing can be for a meal – each type of food will be enhanced when enjoyed with a wine that brings out the subtle flavors of the food (and vice versa). If you’re not certain, ask one of the experts at the store or search online (by country, food type, wine types and more) to find a selection that will complement your meal. Less well understood by the uninitiated are the layers of flavors that can be obtained from a “sipping whiskey,” or from the many ways spirits can be combined with other flavors (and even textures) that can surprise, delight, relax and enhance a cocktail hour with friends and family. As I talked with Nick, customers stopped by the information counter, asking about bourbons (Nick has started a group just for bourbon lovers) and new selections in whiskey. The staff is trained, and regular customers will enjoy being served as friends whose tastes are recognized. With the holiday season almost here, Pascale’s wants to make sure both your needs are met, and your shopping experience is as stress-free as possible. While I admit I enjoy browsing the aisles of the

“Pascale’s knows its products, and is eager to help customers find their “sweet spot” in wines and spirits.” stores, as wine and liquor brands are nothing if not creative with their packaging, from colorful, beautiful or amusing labeling, to a grinning crystal skull or elegantly shaped wine bottle, Nick wants to assure you that though COVID regulations limit in-store capacity, there will be no need to wait in line to have your order ready quickly and as you like it. Use the app, or visit the website, and place your order for delivery, or convenient curbside pickup. And take advantage of $10 off your first order on the app - use code 10OFF50 – and enjoy a discount, on the house! Pascale’s Liquors 7401 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090 https://pascalesliquor.com/ https://www.facebook.com pascalesliquors Nick Pascale

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Larry Luttinger is one of the few pillars holding-up the Central New York jazz scene. As the head honcho of Jazz Central, he’s pretty much a household name in the music community – offering events such as the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, special concerts at the Jazz Central facility and he’s maintained a steady beat as one of the busiest drummers in Syracuse music for many years. Larry, like the rest of musicians and music lovers, is pretty tired of sitting on the music bench. While many bitch and moan – with good reason – Larry, has joined the ranks of torch-wielding advocates for Syracuse music. Subcat Studios is making strides in similar fashion with an online series. Julie B. Leone enthusiastically leads the way in getting government to grant reasonable measures based on Syracuse’s reasonable-successfulstrides to play it safe. By now, it is Larry Luttinger putting on the pads to take on the Goliath-sized, sucky, covid-era music situation, here in CNY. He and his organization are introducing a new angle regarding live-streaming music performances by producing the shows at Jazz Central. The plan involves restaurants and venues that are compliant with the mandates and able to broadcast recorded events in the venue. The performances themselves are not attendable, of course – GOURMET PIZZAS • FREE DELIVERY which is why we need ideas and otherwise means to enjoy music – but, rather, they are recorded to be broadcast in restaurants and venues that might not be able to support live music under the covid restrictions. The restrictions have already decimated a significant chunk of our robust music scene... NOW OPEN FOR a music scene that is all amped-up and, seemingly, nowhere to blow. Shows and promotions of all kinds may be livestreamed or pre-recorded for later BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER release at their newly renovated education facility in downtown Syracuse. Luttnger states, “The upcoming months will be NFL & COLLEGE FOOTBALL a survival challenge for musicians and performers www . kostasbarandgrill . com of all kinds, and we are 105 Grant Ave, Auburn, NY • 315-253-7711 serious about doing all we can to help professional MON - THUR 10 AM - 8 PM • FRI - SUN 8 AM - 8 PM artists survive through

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(laughs). We’ve been scrambling since March 11th, with emergency grant applications, delayed and canceled events, platooning the staff in and out of our theater, and dealing with a major renovation. We’re just finishing COVIDproofing the theater, which has been converted into a small TV studio, basically, the platform for our entire season. We’re going 100% virtual, like most performing arts organizations. CS: What do you miss most about music in Syracuse since Covid came along? LL: Audiences, of course. Music is a social experience, and mixing with audiences tells us how we’re doing, minute by minute. They’re the most important member of any band. Personally, as a musician,

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I can’t shake the feeling that I’m forgetting how to play. It’s scary at times, but it’s like riding a bike. CS: You’re initiating an eclectic series of live music – recorded for broadcast – involving the community. Please tell us about that. LL: This is our strategy to survive through the winter months, and to help others do the same. We’re producing “Live from Jazz Central”, a season of full length concerts by the best musicians in the region. We’re beaming them right to every student email at Syracuse University, Le Moyne, and Caz College so far, and more to come we hope. This is an in-place alternative to leaving campus or congregating in large numbers by students, and a way to combat their stress and isolation. CS: Who is scheduled for the show so far? LL: We’re still putting together the spring schedule, but for the fall we have Sophistafunk, then Mark Nanni and the Intention, Adam Fisher’s Count Blastula, and Akuma Roots. As you can see, we’re going for maximum diversity, spoken word funk and fusion, blues, roots music, reggae, and we’re looking for some classic R and B, modern country, everything. CS: You are incorporating restaurants and venues into the concept by way of a new idea. LL: Restaurants will be able to access the entire series for only $50 a week, they will get a new link every Friday, they can schedule the shows any night they want, and we will market it for them because they can’t. We’ll tell our CNY Jazz Discount Card holders to go there for deals. There are lots of places that are struggling with how to capitalize their usual music schedule at 50% capacity, and with at least twelve feet between performers and audiences. We can keep their patrons occupied with this virtual option until the spring, when hopefully restrictions will be lifted, and the cost is painless. CS: Is there anything you would like to say as it relates to music in these times... to our fellow music loving friends of Central New York? LL: Yes. My message is “We’ll get through this.” Whether you’re a fan or an artist, keep your eyes on the prize and we’ll be at the end of the tunnel soon. Fans, just remember that you’re all we have these days; don’t forget us. Government and corporations can’t help, they are in terrible shape also. Keep attending safely, keep spending, donating and continued on pg 16

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Danielle from Brownskin came out and helped us with a high harmony part. Came out pretty nice, for a two hour quickie session. We’re trying to tweet it into going viral, and need your help, people! It’s a Woodie Guthrie inspired country tune called “Blue Wave”, by Dem Dang Donkeys. Just search for that on Youtube and spread the link around. CS: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when we all get the green light to get back out there? Like..... anything special in particular... revisions to your plan as a result of this experience.... or simply getting back to the normal stride. LL: Personally, I think this is going to happen more gradually than you think. People will come out when they think it’s safe and not before. Believe me, the first time I get on stage in front of a house full of people will be an emotional moment I hope I get through. CS: How can folks check out the shows from Jazz Central? LL: Glad you asked that! Live from Jazz Central is a private channel, available only to schools and establishments. You’ll have to go to our calendar to find out where it’s being shown. We’re starting another series, though, “CNY Jazz Streams”, for our subscribers, donors, and jazz lovers worldwide, the same acts that we put into our CNY Jazz Club locations now. Stay tuned to the cnyjazz.org for all this. You can go to our site and ask to get on our weekly e-news list too. CS: Thank you, again for all you do for your city, man. If everybody did just half of what they expect others to do, what a city this would be, right? Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Virtual Concert Series continued from pg 15 Larry. It’s always good to visit with you. subscribing, buy local, and we’ll make it. LL: The pleasure is all CS: Is there anything you’d like to see from the political standpoint regarding NYS mine, Chuck. Thank you for the chat. covid mandates and guidelines? LL: Well, I totally understand that we Akuma Roots can’t present a risk of community spread to the public in clubs and theaters. But what I don’t see this time around is any organized effort to provide some relief to music venues hit hardest by this. Let’s hope Senator Schumer gets the Save Our Stages bill to pass. CS: If you had 5 minutes with Governor Cuomo, what would ask or tell him / talk to him about? LL: I’d let him know that he owes CNY Jazz 15% of our annual budget, and to please pay the $75,000 that he owes us, or we’re not going to make it. I’d also remind him that during the depression, FDR saved the arts in many ways, and that in 2009, Obama saved us with the ARRA. If New York cuts the arts next year, we’re going to be on life support and blink out one by one. CS: You recently recorded and shared a song that speaks to our times. Congratulations. Please tell us about it. LL: Oh, that little thing? (laughs). I wrote it all at once, out of general frustration as a voter. I ran it by Todd Hobin, my old road buddy from the 70’s, and we laid it down out at his studio with him on lead vocal, his son Brett on bass and on the board. Adam Fisher’s Count Blastula


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My Mind To Yours

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Auras of Authority By the time anyone reads this, the Senate will have voted for or against confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The presidential election will be concluding. And, in federal court, Keith Raniere, revered by followers as “Vanguard,” will have been sentenced for racketeering, having sex with a minor, and other charges related to his Albany based multi-level marketing self-improvement program, NXIVM. NXIVM “Prefect,” Nancy Salzman, a former psychiatric nurse, hypnotherapist/hypnotist and, according to NXIVM, premier expert in Neurolinguistic Programming, awaits sentencing at home in Waterford. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (or re-programming) can change the way we respond to situations by helping us become aware of how our brains and neurophysiology have been conditioned to respond to language, including body language. Raniere’s NXIVM was first named Executive Success Programs. The marketing pyramid later evolved (or devolved) to include a men’s group, the Society of Protectors, and a couple women’s groups, JNESS, and DOS. DOS is an acronym which I’ve long understood to mean disk operating system. To the women of NXIVM, DOS stands for “Dominus Obsequious Sororium” which translates from Latin to “Lord/Master Nancy Salzman of the Obedient Female Companions,” a term which could, in English, refer to some sort of “handmaid” status. My 2004 paper hard copy text Merriam-Webster Dictionary does not include the word “handmaid.” One online definition for handmaid reads: “a handmaiden, handmaid or maidservant is a personal maid or female servant. Depending on culture or historical period, a handmaiden may be of slave status or may be simply an employee. However, the term handmaiden generally implies lowly status.” NEW HOURS HBO’s “The Vow,” tells NXIVM’s story from the Mon-Thurs 4-9 pm perspective of those opposed to the group. It seems Fri & Sat 11am-10pm NXIVM probably did help some members free themselves Sun 11am-9pm from self-destructive thinking while also being clear that Raniere and Salzman manipulated and gaslighted members whenever members challenged Raniere and Salzman themselves. Nancy Salzman admitted as much when she tearfully pled guilty to racketeering.

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in night classes at OCC. During the timeframe in which I studied German at night, I found myself thinking in Spanish at work during the day. Research suggests we have language processing areas in our brains. Similarly, spiritual leaders suggest we “god” spots in our brains. Scientifically oriented thinkers speak of a “god of the gaps.” We attribute to God that which we do not understand. We can’t know what we don’t know, and injured brains, brainwashed brains and indoctrinated brains keep people from looking into things. My first therapist, a religiously affiliated counselor, gave me an audio-teaching-tape entitled “Shame and the Twelve Steps.” The teacher said we develop our first god-consciousness looking up helplessly from our cribs. If we encounter consistent nurturing, we perceive “god” as a loving presence; if not, we feel and perceive some other sort of authority. All of us are born into families and communities which are themselves surrounded by authority, some of which seeks to perpetuate itself at others’ expense. For this reason, cults and religion, freedom of religion, and religion’s good and bad aspects were much in the news during the Senate Judiciary SCOTUS nominee hearings. SCOTUS nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an “advisor” in the ecumenical, Charismatic, Pentecostal group known as People of Praise. People of Praise is said to live by male-headed, biblical text- based covenant guidance and accountability. Female advisors used to be referred to as “handmaids.” Amy Coney Barrett’s affiliation is protected by the Constitution. Amendment IX of the Judge Amy Coney Barrett Constitution states, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” If I were applying for membership in “People of Praise” I would ask the advisors, why do you think any woman, married or not, who does not want to gestate a child, would risk engaging in biological activity designed to propagate the species? Learning starts early and is always in session. Can anyone tell us about Hypatia of Alexandria?

“All of us are born into families and communities which are themselves surrounded by authority, some of which seeks to perpetuate itself at others’ expense.”

Auras of Authority continued from pg 17 Herd mentality often leads devotees of any idea or person to attack perceived enemies. Protecting group authority often supersedes any good the group first sought to accomplish. Working through his followers, Raniere not only convinced adults to confess wrongs to be used as collateral against them if needed but also to perform penance if they failed to follow group guidelines. NXIVM claims no religious status. Amendment I of the US Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” I have tried my best to type these words exactly as they appear in print in my pocket size “The Constitution of the United States.” I recently purchased a new computer. The keyboard is touchier than my old keyboard and, while the version of MS Word is supposedly the same as on my old computer, I find myself forced to maneuver through no longer familiar toolbars and terminology. Different systems. Different lingo. I have and still do consider myself to be a free thinker. Still, I know now that my consciousness is rooted in a physical brain where neurons that fired and wired together. I grew up speaking English, studied Spanish at Bishop Grimes and later, studied German

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To Supplement or Not to Supplement That is the Question Let’s talk collagen. It’s the major structural protein in numerous tissues of the body including your tendons or ligaments, the blood vessels, the muscles, the gut tissues and your skin and cartilage. They are the most abundant proteins in the body compromising about 30% of the total protein mass. Unfortunately aging reduces protein synthesis and one protein synthesis that’s reduced in aging is collagen, so as you get older you don’t make collagen as frequently or as copiously as when you’re younger. Now you’re familiar with the double helix that’s DNA, but collagen has a triple helix that is composed of about 1400 amino acids. There have been 28 distinct collagen proteins identified and they differ in their interactions with other proteins and location within the body. For instance, collagen type 1 and type 3 are found in the connective tissues, the tendons, the corneas, the bones, the skin and blood vessels. Collagen type 2 is found primarily in cartilage cells. Collagen types 1, 2, and 3 are the most abundant collagen types in the body and are made up primarily of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline; these are individual amino acids that are linked together to form these collagen complexes. The sequence of the amino acids and the relative amounts determine whether it’s type 1, 2 or 3 etc. Why am I taking you down this little science highway? Because collagen is important and there’s something you can do about the fact that it slows down as you age. Collagen types 1, 2 and 3 are typically hydrolyzed and used as oral supplements which have shown promise in improving skin health, decreasing joint pain and improving hypertension no less. When you take natural collagen and heat it up you denature it,

you get shorter peptide chains and it forms gelatin. Again, it’s the same amino acids; glycine proline and hydroxyproline. The one amino acid that seems to be absent is the essential amino acid tryptophan so you can’t use collagen as a general protein supplement even though it contains amino acids. You can get this hydrolyzed collagen from chickens, marine animals, pigs and cows. The one concern regarding sourcing your collagen is that if you get it from non bovine sources you do not have to worry about the possibility of mad cow disease. People think that bone broth is a good source of collagen but the key components of amino acids, that are, glycine, proline and hydroxyproline were found in lower concentrations in bone broth compared to typical collagen supplements. So, I don’t think bone broth is necessarily a great collagen source but I do think it’s nutritious. Now, once you are taking your collagen how is it absorbed? Well, hydrolyzed collagen, the kind you get when you buy it in the store probably is even better absorbed because it’s shorter chains than undenatured collagen straight from the source, be it marine or mammal. continued on pg 20

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To Supplement or Not to Supplement continued from pg 19 I had read previously that the collagen that you ingest doesn’t necessarily go into the joints but the ingestion of the collagen prompts the body to produce its own cartilage which is deposited in the joints. However, according to Rhonda Patrick (foundmyfitness. com) at least in rats the oral consumption of hydrolyzed collagen is deposited directly into the skin and joints. Rhonda Patrick points out that by the time a person reaches 80 years old collagen production in the skin has decreased by 70% compared to young adults. Of the skin’s total collagen, type 1 collagen comprises about 80% with type 2 comprising 15%. Topical

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The Aftermath 2020 Elections Just before eminent danger actually appears there is feeling in the air. It is real. It is the human sense that danger is near and our minds and bodies change and prepare. This column comes out just about election day. That feeling is in the air, as America, the greatest hope for mankind, lives its’ worst nightmare. The appearing destruction of the integrity of the American Presidential elections. Democracy itself, assaulted by a less than worthless heartless con man. The final attempt at obliteration of a democracy already under assault on many fronts. It won’t work. First where we went wrong: (brace yourself) America is a complacent country. We are far too easily assuaged. Especially when qualities and policies degrade over time. It happened on many fronts, a little at a time. We absorbed each decline until today we find ourselves at the edge of a cliff. We look around and too much seems wrong. There is too much wrong. We have watched our work go overseas, yes, simply watched. There was virtually “0” leadership. We have watched the bribery of those that lead 320 million people escalate into a system that rendered them spineless tools for rich people and corporations. We watched the integrity and patriotism of our leaders die. We watched the very highly talented few

purchase deregulation allowing them to absorb the vast majority of our countries bounty. We have watched our Nation’s infrastructure fall apart. We have watched our values, the soul of our nation, that maintain social justice and social quality degrade. We have watched our founding gem “Equality” degrade into grave inequality. We have watched simple fairness and justice disappear. We have watched the despicable unfair mass incarceration of our people. We have watched our love for one another degrade and we have watched inclusiveness degrade. We have watched our institutions crumble into dishonor. We have watched as one man divided us and set course gravely disgracing our ways and our Constitution, our Flag, and Our Hallowed Dead. We failed to see that a land without morals, and a land without quality, and a land without

“The large majority of America is good.”

fairness, and a land that is not inclusive and a land without harmony is a land doomed. Yet, incredibly and thankfully in all of this, the vast majority of us feel the America we should be. That is what will carry us through. That is what will cause the deed to restore our course. Yes, we are complacent. But we are not done. The line has been crossed. There will be an attempt at the coup-degras of our Presidential election, the very heartbeat of what once made us the beacon for justice for mankind. It won’t work. A firm stand will be taken, continued on pg 22

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The Aftermath continued from pg 21 and when the smoke clears, and Trump is gone, we will look around at what is left. Much will be done to protect our systems. Rules to protect course and the integrity of our institutions will be put in place. Foremost, course will be developed to cause honor and integrity throughout our electoral system. Coming this close to losing America will wake us up. This jack ass monkey wrench will have served his purpose. Tragically we needed it. Ironically this fool that tried to destroy the American way will be the evil wake up call in the heart of Americans. A call that will end complacency. A call to protect what we cherish and love. A call to protect in “Granite” the removal of the Constitutional and regulatory oversights and loopholes that have been exposed. A call to plug the reckless holes that allowed Trump, and allowed evil thinking the pathway to destroy us. Trump stirred and enjoyed our corrupted soul. If we wake up, he did us a favor. The large majority of America is good. The line has been crossed. The complacency I have mentioned is recognized. The good are ready. There are 10’s of millions of Americans that you have never heard from, outside a voting booth, that will not let the trampling of this election stand. Trump’s fringe has never been exposed to real Americans. Trump’s fringe have no idea what real men and women will do when the line is crossed, that causes them to believe that freedom is really in jeopardy. What do you think will happen when the descendants and families of our sacred and hallowed dead clearly see that our country has been invaded from within? When it is glaring and no

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excuses can be made. Trust that they will rise. And Trumps cowboy fringe will be put down. And the majority of his support will side with an America that works. There will be some civil disturbance. It will not be civil war. Much of Trump’s support does not recognize that our land is in severe danger. 10’s of millions of them have been ruined by government negligence. The second paragraph of this column shows the course that created enormous suffering. Many know that Trump is not the answer. But they fear the past, before Trump. The past screamed a fast track to the third world. In deed the past showed only a departure from the American way. They see clearly the bizarre desertion of the people by our leaders. Our leaders allowed and supported inequality, oligarchy and a fast


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track to poverty. I don’t blame their anger. They threw some gasoline on the fire. They must see the job is done. There must be no more. Any more gasoline (Trump) and there is no America. There will be some violent and rebellious behavior among Trump’s nutty buddies. But this part of his support is fringe. They will be firmly put down. It may take until January 20th, but it will happen. Most Trumper’s do not like Democratic ways but most love this country and realize that without fair workable elections our soul is set on fire. And we are done. Good is done. Peace is done. Justice is done. The Constitution is done. That sounds scary. It should. It is true. But it will not be allowed. This is very much a recognition moment. It is also the story of good and evil as it applies to countries. Trump is evil. Our country was on a doomsday path long before Trump. Our bounty was and is at the top. Our leaders have succumbed to money. The people, their very charge, did not matter. The fairness our founders had hoped for was lost. Health care and wages were decimated. The system is a disgrace on far too many fronts. Trump attracts the vile, the dispassionate, the stupid, the uneducated and the cruel. Tragically they are about 15% of his support. They are the epitome of evil in every country. They will have to be contained. Trump opened their cage and now they carry the flag convinced a savior of their evil thinking is here. This jerk has them on standby. We are in an era where the Supreme Court is a tragic partisan joke. William Barr has thoroughly corrupted the office of the Attorney General. It is now a complete sycophantic tragic joke. Mitch McConnell has thoroughly corrupted the U. S. Senate. Each Republican Senator is an absolute disgrace. Each is a power-hungry selfish sycophant. Every cabinet member, every department head, even the CDC and Trump’s doctors have been carefully chosen for their sycophantic willingness. Our entire government is riddled with disgraceful North Korean like human beings paralleling the nature of leaders that represent the evils of humanity. Trump has created an evil autocracy/oligarchy fueled by wealth. Even with the transfer of trillions to the supreme wealthy of this land, his followers fail to see he has not only deserted them, he has never been with them. There is an art to accusing your enemy of precisely what you do. Republicans have instilled the fear of redistribution into millions of Americans as they are ignored, and our bounty was and is carefully redistributed to wealth. They don’t even pay taxes as they are given trillions. Less than 100 people own half of America’s wealth. And the completely uninformed do not see the socialism they fear is alive and well with America’s Congress, millionaires, billionaires, and a few close to trillionaires. These are the folks that live and enjoy the bounty of our closed factories as they reap the profits of cheap foreign payrolls and operations.

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Fixing the Yankees Welcome to the annual article on how to fix the New York Yankees. New York fell in five games to Tampa Bay in the ALDS and actually regressed after signing arguably the world’s best pitcher in Gerrit Cole. A quick reminder. The author doesn’t expect to win a title every season, but the Yankees are poorly constructed across the board as far as what it takes to be a World Series contender or winner or even a team that can make it there, the latter two of which haven’t happened since 2009. Here are the Top 10 things, in no particular order, to fix the Yankees for 2021 and beyond (unless MLB strikes which would surprise no one). 1. Sign Trevor Bauer. Bauer hinted on Twitter that the Yanks lacked pitching. Well, here you go. A maniac on the mound who is a throwback combined with his own mechanics and numbers, Bauer would really boost the Yanks. The rumor is that he doesn’t get along with Cole. I am sure they can figure it out. 2. Finalize the pitching staff. Let James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka walk. Paxton is always hurt and can’t handle the stage with Happ and Tanaka looking worn down. 1-5 should be Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Luis Severino (back from Tommy John), Jordan Montgomery and Deivi Garcia. 3. Good-bye El Gary! Time is up for Gary Sanchez. The Yankees have babied him ever since Joe Girardi rode him for being lazy. Girardi was right. Sanchez gets hurt often, is too inconsistent at the plate, calls a horrendous game and still can’t block pitches in the dirt

consistently. Plus, he looks like he doesn’t care. Insert J.T. Realmuto, the best catcher in baseball, who brings everything Sanchez doesn’t. And of course trusty Kyle Higashioka as the backup. 4. Trade Aroldis Chapman. Two straight postseason disasters with a walk-off home run and a game-winning home run given-up. The neck tattoos, sweating, stupid smiles and stares and choking on the big stage are embarrassing (Rajai Davis also tied the World Series off him in 2016 when Chapman was a Cub so this has been going on for some time). He also has the domestic abuse situation on his resume. Chapman’s 100 MPH overrated fastball can go somewhere else. 5. Re-sign DJ LeMahieu. He’s your best and most versatile player. Get it done. 6. Play Clint Frazier. Enough is enough with Brett Gardner. 2009 World Series winner, nice career in pinstripes, clubhouse leader, at times comes up with huge hits. But enough is enough. Frazier needs to play now. He is too good at hitting. He just needs to work

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on his outfield play to be more of a complete player. It’s mind-boggling that he didn’t get an at-bat against Tampa Bay in Game 5. 7. Balance the lineup. The Yankees have way too many righthanded bats who hit for power. Go find some contact/power lefty bats who could start regularly or platoon positions. Do you bring back Didi Gregorius and put him back at shortstop and move Gleyber Torres back to second base? What about 2016 World Series champion and Chicago Cub Anthony Rizzo if available (depends on his $16.5 Gary Sanchez million team option or the team could buy him out at $2 million and let him walk)? How about Joc Pederson to platoon left and center with Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks? THANK YOU FOR 8. Trade Tyler Wade/Miguel Andujar. Wade doesn’t belong on the field and Andujar has been replaced officially by Gio Urshela at third. Go get more bullpen arms or starting pitching by trading these two. 9. Fix the rest of the bullpen. If you can trade Chapman, who closes? Zack Britton and Chad Green are too inconsistent for the job. How about Alex Colome? He’s young enough at 32, had a 0.81 ERA in 2020 and owns a solid track record. Can he handle New York? There’s only one way to find out. Adam Ottavino has turned into another bust and has one more year left on the 3-year/$27 million contract. If he can’t perform, perhaps you can use Clarke Schmidt and Nick Nelson a little more and sign someone else for depth. Blake Treinen perhaps? The Yankee bullpen isn’t vaunted and is nowhere near the best in baseball. Much of that has to do with not getting enough length from the starting pitching. They go together at this point. 10. Fire Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone. Saved the best for last. Credit Cashman for all of his special finds like LeMahieu and Voit and trading for Torres. Credit him for keeping the train going after Gene Michael and Bob Watson starting in 1998. Credit him for trades like Jake Westbrook for David Justice, Eric Milton for Chuck Knoblauch and Homer Bush and David Wells for Roger Clemens. But time is up. He has failed the last 16 years at building a pitching staff and developing farm arms and constructed a lineup that is too one dimensional. With that, he has created an analytical nightmare of Ivy League dorks (see ALDS Game 2, pulling Garcia after one inning

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for Happ) who control the franchise and the manager, Boone, who is a puppet, cool Dad and bobblehead to front office calls. Even when Boone is allowed to manage, he brings Chapman in far too early in Game 5 against the Rays for seven outs, can’t manage the bullpen overall, didn’t play Clint Frazier enough the last two years, somehow thought it was fine to play Gary Sanchez late in Game 5 thanks to a pinch-hitting Mike Ford, rolls out inconsistent lineups year in and year out, gives hot players the day off and to repeat, accepts his role of puppet instead of being a man and challenging Cash and crew. Maybe from here, the Yanks can have more balance, less analytics, a roster built more for a title run and better coaches and medical people which will also help the overall health and productivity of the team. The winningest team in professional sports history needs a jolt from owner Hal Steinbrenner, that is if you can find him and get him to care. How’s this for a thought? Pluck smarty pants Dayton Moore from Kansas City as your general manager and shock baseball by signing former Boston manager Alex Cora. Both have rings. Both understand baseball. Both blend analytics with an open mind, going with your gut and old school strategy. Could be a match made in baseball heaven.

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possessed and fueled by different beliefs, they were all united in their passion for the power of protest. As each group was denied a permit that would allow them to protest in a park nearby the Convention, anger and frustrations grew. The authorities and local government did little to appease the peaceful protestors, and as Ron Burgundy would say, things escalated quickly. By the time all was said and done, a full-scale riot had broken out. Dozens were injured, and 8 men were put on trial for inciting a riot, among other charges. One of these, Bobby Searle (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), leader of the Black Panther Party, had nothing to do with the events that unfolded, but was charged just the same.

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7 THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 runs well over two hours, yet it remains electric throughout. Sorkin, best known for his searing screenplays, relied heavily on actual testimony and events, yet found a way to incorporate his unique brand of storytelling in order to keep the viewer engaged. The structure of the film, travelling from the courtroom, to the events as they unfolded, and then back to the courtroom again, expertly heightened the drama and enhanced the humor. Furthermore, the cast was absolutely magnificent. Baron Cohen, Redmayne, Strong, John Carroll Lynch (as David Dillinger) and Mark Rylance (as defense counsel William Kunstler) captured the essence of their characters so completely that I fully believed that every word of dialogue spoken was coming from a place of true authenticity. Though they didn’t all see eye-to-eye, they were a unique unit that was unified in

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The days are starting to get shorter and it’s getting cold out there! Now more than ever, you may struggle to manage your workout. After a long day of work, who doesn’t want to skip a trip to the gym in favor of some wine and a Netflix binge. Be honest though. You’re always busy. Why question your date with exercise now? Busy people make the time and get the job done! Yes, you can be busy and fit. Make your next workout something fun and be creative.

Invite a friend to join you for a Halloween-candybusting sweat session! Try a new group fitness class at the gym! Schedule your workouts into your calendar like you would an important meeting or appointment. Bosses don’t cancel.

Say NO to Cheat Meals

The holiday madness has begun. The season’s standard hectic pace combined with an abundance of treats and food-related gatherings makes it easy to declare cheat meals. Before you know it, your cheat days have turned into cheat weeks and you are on your way to falling off the weight loss wagon. As a result, your health, your waistline and your self-esteem will suffer.


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Just as we must avoid skipping our workouts, we also must 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. Listen Karen, you can do so much better! You may think you deserve to pile your plate high, grab a burger and fries on the go, or sample the entire dessert table. However, a season of good health is what you really deserve.

Say NO to Over-Commitment

You don’t need to gift your time to everyone in a show of gratitude and love throughout the holidays. Overextending yourself will only burn you out and set you up for failure. Avoid last-minute commitments. Volunteer your time and your energy in accordance with your priorities. You don’t need to bake cookies for your entire office to show your level of commitment. Place more emphasis on the little things. Phone a lonely friend, help at a school party or prepare a meal for a neighbor in need. Keep commitments reasonable so you can focus on essentials, like your workout, good health and those fitness goals you still hope to accomplish before the end of the year. Be sure to set aside time in your schedule for rest and relaxation. Days reserved “just for you” or “just for family” are just as important.

Say NO to Excess

With holidays fast approaching the internet is overloaded with ideas for the best gifts, meals and decorations. This kicks off subsequent shopping, stressing, prepping There’s no better time to get started than now. Good luck to you! and cooking. “Saying Yes to happiness, means learning to say no to things and people that stress You can prepare wholesome, clean foods that are full of flavor without a lot of fuss. you out.” Thema Davis Rather than extravagant (often fattening) recipes, serve fresh fruit and cheeses with your I have been a personal trainer for over seventeen years and I honestly feel that I have specialty entrees. 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.

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Learn to Let Go

When you fail to say “No,” let it go. It’s okay if you’re not perfect. It’s okay to make mistakes. We all slip up from time to time. Skipped workouts, cheat meals and moments of disregard to our health happen to the best of us. They are not at all indicative of how the future will play out. Make yourself a priority once in a while. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. You’re one person and you can’t do it all. Comfort and self-care can help avoid burnout and help you recover from the hustle and bustle of life’s obligations.

In Conclusion

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. This November, focus on developing and maintaining healthy habits. A future of good health is what you really deserve!

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Computers & the Web by Nancy Roberts

What’s in a “G”? Let’s take a little walk in radio history, shall we? How long ago did we start taking advantage of radio waves? According to the always-useful Wikipedia: “Radio waves were first predicted by mathematical work done in 1867 by Scottish mathematical physicist, James Clerk Maxwell. His... Maxwell’s equations predicted that a coupled electric and magnetic field could travel through space as an ‘electromagnetic wave.’ Maxwell proposed that light consisted of electromagnetic waves of very short wavelength. In 1887, German physicist Heinrich Hertz demonstrated the reality of Maxwell’s electromagnetic waves by experimentally generating radio waves in his laboratory, showing they exhibited the same wave properties as light: standing waves, refraction, diffraction, and polarization.

Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi developed the first practical radio transmitters and receivers around 1894-1895. Radio communication began to be used commercially by around 1900. The modern term ‘radio wave’ replaced the original name ‘Hertzian wave’ around 1912.” For a radio “signal” to be useful to us humans, a radio wave must be produced (by accelerating charged particles using an electronic device called a radio transmitter), which applies oscillating electric currect to an antenna, generating radio waves. These waves are picked up by another antenna attached to a radio receiver as the radio waves push the electrons in the metal of the antenna back and forth, creating tiny oscillating currents which are detected by the receiver. On Christmas Eve, 1906, a man named Reginald Fessenden, in the first-ever noted radio broadcast, sent his program from Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock, MA out, where it was picked up by ships at sea. His program consisted of himself playing “Oh Holy Night” on violin, and reading from the Bible. AM radio at it’s finest. Then in 1920, Detroit, Michigan was home to the first radio news program on station 8MK – still in operation today as all-news station WWJ. AM radio was used by aircraft for navigation during the early part of the 1900s until it was replaced with VOR (Very high frequency omni-directional radio) in the 60’s. And AM (amplitude modulation) was the way radio was received until March 1, 1941, when W47NV went “on the air” in Nashville Tennesee, with the United States’ first FM (frequency modulation) radio station. Just in time for Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Though video signal – television – was possible as early as the 1920s, commercial television didn’t begin transmission until the 1940s in Europe and North America. Each of these developments was very significant in it’s time, but

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the biggest “thing” to come along in the latter part of the 20th century was certainly the cell phone. Believe it or not, it was in 1947 that AT&T offered “Mobile Telephone Service,” beginning in St. Louis and spreading slowly to select towns and along highways. Given that only 3 customers in one location could be making a call at any given time, mobile telephone didn’t really take off until cell phones were introduced in the late 70s – remaining the primary mobile phone experience through the early 2000s.   And in 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone – and just as Nikola Tesla had predicted in late 1926: “When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do this will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.” Tesla was accurately describing not just the smartphone, but the Internet of Things (IoT), which is the connection that is now possible from one thing to another without any human intervention at the time of contact. A device can “know” when it needs service or it’s time to perform a chore and signal another device that it needs power, or a door to open. And all of this can happen wirelessly – which brings us around to “What’s a G,” or more appropriately these days, what’s 5G? We have to back up to what’s a “cell? ”A cell is simply a communication network area, served by at least one fixed location transceiver. This station allows coverage for voice, data, and other content that can be delivered by radio waves. Joined together, cells can enable communication for mobile phones, tablets and laptops equipment with mobile broadband modems.  Knowing that, you can understand that 5G is simply the fifth generation in technology standards for broadband cellular networks – connections between cells – that cell phone companies began using in 2019. It’s ultimately planned to be the replacement for 4G (which most cell phones use today).  1G, or the first generation in broadband cellular networks, was Nikola Tesla analog technology, and was voice

PAGE 33 • November 2020 • TABLE HOPPING only. The maximum speed – 2.4 Kbps (or Kilobytes per second); also known as very slow. 2G added both call and text encryption, along with SMS, picture messages, and MMS. Maximum speed was now a lightning fast 384 Kbps.  3G meant faster data-transmission speeds, and cell phones could now be used for video calls and mobile internet access. Maximum speed 2 Mbps (Megabytes per second) when stationary, and 384 Kbps in a moving vehicle. And that brings us to today, with 4G, the fourth generation, introduced in 2008. Keep in mind that between 1 and 2 G there were stops along the techway such as 1.25 and 1.5 as technology kept improving. It was with the full number stops that a generation of change was noted. At 4G, mobile web access, gaming, HD mobile TV, video conferencing, 3D TV, and a host of other high speed options are available. The maximum speed in motion is 100 Mbps, and stationary or at slow speeds in motion, 1 Gbps (Gigabytes per second). The advantage to 5G? Greater bandwidth, enabling faster download speeds up to as much as 10 gigabits per second. This higher bandwidth will enable communications not just among cell phones, but serving as competition for cable, as well as improving the IoT.  The disadvantage? Be prepared: your 4G cellphone won’t work with the newer, faster networks. Maybe Tesla knew that, too. 


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Tales from the Vine

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Wine Gift Baskets:

Great Wine Gift Ideas for Any Occasion When it comes to giving gifts, you can never go wrong with wine gift baskets. Why? Well for starters, wine gift baskets are elegant and they are full of goodies that the recipient of the gift will surely love. Almost everyone loves wine and by giving them a Wine Gift Basket, you can be sure that your gift will truly be appreciated and it will also be a gift that they won’t soon forget. There are so many wine gift basket ideas that you can apply. For starters, you can try making one from scratch and give it a personal touch or you can purchase a ready-made one that is perfect for the occasion. You need to remember that choosing the wine basket is one thing. However, choosing the wine that you will include in the basket is another. Depending on the wine you choose, the entire wine basket may turn out to be quite expensive especially if you don’t know anything about wines. Today, there are places where you will be able to go to get the full package. This particular option is perfect for people who don’t know anything about wines and wine

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gift baskets and for people who don’t want to put their own wine gift basket together from scratch. There are wineries today that offer wine gift baskets that are ready to go. And, you will find that you will have a wide selection to choose from. There are wine gift baskets for all sorts of special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, and even for simple occasions, such as by conveying special messages, and get well wishes, as well as congratulating someone for a job well done. There are some specialty Wine Gift Basket shops that offer more expensive options. These are perfect for people who are planning to give a wine gift basket to someone who is a wine connoisseur and this is also perfect as a gift for your boss on his or her special day. When choosing a wine gift basket, make sure that the wine included is a mid range wine. Never go for cheap bottles of wine, especially if you are going to give it to a wine connoisseur or expert. This will only lead to


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embarrassment in your part as well as on the part of the person receiving the gift basket. You may need to spend some money on the bottle of wine itself but it will surely be worth it. To make it even more special, include two wine glasses in the basket alone with a wine bottle opener as well as other goodies that goes great with wine, such as cheese and chocolates. These are the things that you need to think about if you are going to give a wine gift basket to someone. By choosing the right wine and the right basket along with the right goodies to be included in the basket , you can be sure that you will be able to give that special person a gift that they won’t soon forget.

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1 ½ cups mushrooms, sliced 1 cup onion, chopped 1 (16 oz) box herb stuffing 1 (14 oz) can chicken broth ½ cup almonds, sliced

Step 1 • Bring rice and 1 ½ cups water to boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Step 2 • Place broccoli in a pot with enough water to cover, and boil until slightly tender. Remove from heat and drain. Step 3 • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish. Step 4 • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and sauté the mushrooms and onion until tender. Mix in cooked rice, cooked broccoli, stuffing mix, broth and almonds. Transfer to the prepared baking dish (or use to stuff turkey just before roasting). Step 5 • Bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Prep Time: 15 mins

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