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time for fan service and pay offs, this is it. It seems as if Abrams embraced this philosophy, and certainly delivered the goods. There are countless references, set pieces, and characters that will delight the most savvy of STAR WARS fanatics. A huge part of the fun of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER are found in these moments, as it rewards those who have been along for the ride since the very beginning. As expected, Episode IX is chock full of bombastic, beautiful action sequences that fill the screen and dazzle at every turn. From Poe and Finn fleeing a fleet of TIE fighters, to a light-saber clash aboard a familiar fallen vessel, to a climactic battle between the rebels and the newly-formed Final Order, Abrams certainly has a gift for blockbuster filmmaking. Every frame in these sequences is stuffed with impeccable detail and eye-popping effects, so much so that it proves impossible to take it all in with one viewing. These moments are literally jaw-dropping, as proven by the faces by my two ecstatic children as they soaked in every second of the show-stopping spectacle. Cheesy moments aside, the trademark humor of the franchise is found throughout, and the story will prove to be engaging for those who have remained locked in to the saga from its inception. Nine films in, there was no reason for Abrams to attempt to win over a new audience or draw in the casual fans. I would imagine that most will be enthralled with what unfolds, and though sad to see many of these characters go, will be satisfied with the journey that we all took together. STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER- AA special thanks goes to Regal Cinemas for allowing me to attend this month’s film. 2018 2019 2012 2013

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An Encyclopedia of World War II Films When renting movies from the video store became popular, I did what I always do: I got a book that helped me choose. It was simply a list of every film ever made to date —or, at least as good a job as the editors could do­— with the Director, Producer, Distributor, Cast, Date, and a quick synopsis. This contribution by Douglas Brode to the world of film is that, plus a few important extras. Of course, first and foremost, he’s chosen a particular subject. I can’t say genre, because the films included are everything from heartbreak to hilarity. And I can’t say encyclopedia (though that’s how he’s titled it) as it also adds a rating and the author’s sometimes enthusiastic, sometimes less-than-enthusiastic descriptions of the film listed. And he’s arranged the films according to a general timeline of the events of the war, from the lead-up to the aftermath, rather than chronologically as they were made. The choice is a good one, as there is a bewildering number of films, made from every conceivable viewpoint, historically as well as 22 State St.,Tully 315-696-5219 ideologically. By moving us through Clothing the story of the Toys war —with added Jewelry selected topics like Housewares The Homefront, Gift Certificates and Arms and the Women— we get a sense of the time, place, people, and

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New York Yankees Sign Gerrit Cole The Yankees haven’t had an ace since CC Sabathia in his prime. The Yankees haven’t had REAL starting pitching depth since 2003. The Yankees haven’t gone out and gotten enough starting pitching to contend for a title since 2009, their last ring. (Reminder: That season they didn’t have REAL depth and CC Sabathia-A.J. Burnett-Andy Pettitte carried the load in October with extra days off in-between games due to scheduling.) They had to do this. They had to sign Gerrit Cole. No matter the years or the money. The Yankees needed the biggest fish in the biggest pitching ocean. Nine years. $324 million. A player option for a fifth-year opt-out. Gerrit Cole won’t have problems paying his light bills in the Big Apple. This does so much for the Yankees and hurts so much for everyone else. Sure, there are heightened expectations for New York, in a World Series or bust type of mode times 10, and Cole must stay healthy. But think about these five things: 1. The Yanks finally have an ace. 2. The Yanks finally have starting pitching depth and can move the likes of James Paxton and Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka DOWN in the rotation with less pressure. 3. The Yanks finally can use the bullpen the right way, without openers and taxing the

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Delicious cuisine served in a cozy and inviting atmosphere is just one way to describe A Mano Kitchen & Bar. Whether you stop in for a fantastic lunch during your busy day for hand crafted cocktails and a wood fired pizza with friends, or a romantic date night sharing new culinary experiences you are bound to have a great time at A Mano. They are located in the Icon Tower at 344 S. Warren St. in the heart of Downtown Syracuse. They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, on Friday from 11 am to 10 pm, and on Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm and they are closed Sunday and Monday. A mano means “by hand.” This phrase is simple and yet so elegant. This name is the embodiment of everything you will find at A Mano Kitchen & Bar because as you might have guessed everything is made by hand. From the freshly made pasta to the hand tossed pizzas, right down to the citrus and fennel butter. At A Mano Kitchen & Bar they pride themselves on utilizing the finest, freshest, and often locally sourced ingredients which helps them provide an unforgettable culinary experience. They have also adopted a fitting description for their style of cuisine- Modern American with an Italian Soul. At A Mano Kitchen & Bar you can experience this fusion of modern and traditional through the culinary journey of the Fiacchi family’s story: a combination of decades in the culinary industry, world class culinary education, and travels across Europe learning about

Breads, cheeses, meatballs, all before dinner! food, culture, and farming. If you are looking for a place for lunch in Downtown Syracuse then A Mano is an ideal lunch destination. The fast and friendly staff will indulge you with whatever style lunch hour you have in mind, whether it’s a pizza before your next meeting or a longer lunch that fades into the evening where you enjoy several dishes with your companions and split a bottle or two of wine. Be sure to check out the fantastically unique cocktail menu They also have a dinner menu that is certain to please. Their amazing pastas are handmade, their wood fired and hand tossed pizzas are divine, and their main courses are mouthwatering. And whatever you do no don forget to save room for one of A Mano’s

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New York Yankees Sign Gerrit Cole continued from pg 6 went full court press on CC Sabathia in the off-season and blew away the Angels and anyone else with huge money. Seven years. $161 million. Remember Sabathia having ties to the West Coast also, just like Cole? It doesn’t matter now, and it didn’t matter then. This isn’t 1985. Guys don’t play near their home in MLB, just like high school basketball players don’t always stick to home to play college ball. Everyone is on TV and plays in Madison Square Garden and competes for facilities and has cool uniforms. It’s simply not 1985 anymore in all sports. Baseball included. West Coast ties? Doesn’t matter. Money matters. Record deals matter. Nothing is guaranteed in sports and even the Yankees, with all the money and great players and resources “shouldn’t” win the World Series every year. No one can do that no matter the circumstances. But one ring since 2009 is borderline unacceptable for this franchise. If you build the team the right way and lose? No problem. There was a fair fight in October and the other team simply beat you. But that has not been the case for the pinstripes. You see, they have had the lineup and a dominant bullpen and a solid manager the last decade. Their resources haven’t changed. The front office has supposedly gotten stronger with more nerds and a somehow smarter Brian Cashman, according to baseball pundits, who has been in the Bronx forever as the acting general manager.

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Nine years. $324 million. A player option for a fifth-year opt-out. Gerrit Cole won’t have problems paying his light bills in the Big Apple. But the New York Yankees haven’t had an ace, a real ace in years, let’s say since CC Sabathia from 2009-2012 or 2013, pick your year. They haven’t had starting pitching depth built for October. Many others have had both, and they have won it all and made repeated runs in October. The Giants and Astros and Cardinals and Red Sox and Royals and Nationals have all won since the Yankees have. Even the Cubs broke a

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Amano’s continued from pg 7 signature desserts. Even the ice cream is handmade, so come in let them add a little sweetness to your day! Kyle and I went to A Mano on one of those perfectly snowy winter nights. The large snowflakes gently danced down from the heavens and the city lights reflected off of every crystal in a truly beautiful way. We were happy to find a great parking spot and scurry into the warmth that is A Mano. We were seated at a cozy table near the windows to be able to continue to enjoy our snowflake symphony throughout out incredible dining experience. We began our meal with an order of the Calamari, a dish of hand breaded and gently fried calamari served with long hot agrodolce and lemon aioli. We both really enjoyed the sweet and spicy flavor that the agrodolce added to the dish especially when paired with the zesty lemon aioli. We also just had to try the Meatballs, hand rolled and smothered in tomato sauce and topped with a sprinkle of parmesan. These meatballs absolutely tasted just like grandma’s! Even the bread baskets are a thing of beauty at A Mano. They were served with different types of freshly baked bread, two selections of handcrafted butter and even adult cheese-that are to die for! For our meals Kyle decided on one of his favorites, Chicken Parm, a huge chicken thigh cutlet, drenched in plum tomato with torn basil and topped with mozzarella served with a generous portion of spaghetti. Every bite was so good that he cleaned his plate! I was feeling a little more adventurous and tried the Cecamarti, a dish of sourdough pasta, broccoli rabe, their homemade pork sausage in a white wine sauce all topped with bread crumbs. This adventure surely paid off and made for a truly new culinary experience! We couldn’t help but end our meal with something sweet so we split an order of the homemade cannoli! This meal was flavorful and absolutely perfect! At A Mano Kitchen & Bar they are focused on providing you with a unique dining experience that you can’t find anywhere else in town. The menu is always evolving to make sure the best of the season is served to every guest so be sure to look out for new things! Check them out on Facebook to keep up with their yummy daily specials and special events and visit their website at www. amanosyr.com. Better yet, head over to A Mano today and experience the “handmade” difference!

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of the murders he committed as well. This proclamation sent shock waves throughout the court room, and triggered a series of events that would establish Lucas as the most prolific serial killer in history. What started as an admission of a few killings, soon evolved into 100. This number then jumped up to 150, then 300, and eventually ballooned up to 600. Utilizing every possible method “except for poison,” his lurid spree contained the most heinous acts imaginable; rape, torture, decapitation, and even necrophilia. A task force, established by the Texas Rangers, was established to investigate the validity of his claims. Led by Sheriff Jim Boutwell, law agencies from across the country were invited to interview Lucas in hopes of closing open murder investigations. Displaying an unnatural gift for recollection and details, Lucas claimed credit for slayings from one end of the country to the other. His boasts not only aided authorities in closing cases, but bringing peace of mind to grieving families. Throughout the duration of Lucas’s confessions, journalist Hugh Aynesworth was along to document the proceedings. Very early on, he began to have doubts as to the validity of the salacious claims. His suspicions were confirmed by Henry himself, who admitted that he was simply telling the authorities what they wanted to hear. When Aynesworth brought up his concerns to Boutwell however, his words went unheeded. Lucas was their man. Cases were being closed, and folks were resting easier knowing that a psychopath was off of the streets. The saga of Henry Lee Lucas is both fascinating and frustrating. Watching the


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Viola! Getting Down with Ally Brown Here’s a case where my good friend Allison introduced me to another Allison while at some bourbon fest a few years ago. It was a lot of money for the small samples of mediocre-at-best bourbon. (I felt like, “OK, I guess you got the best of me.”) So, we split, got some steaks went to my house and enjoyed a late dinner with much better bourbon. We all had a great time. It’s always a good thing when one good pal introduces you to a new good pal. I learned that my new friend Allison —AKA Ally Brown— was a smokin’ hot violinist who spent some time on the Southern California scene. Allison #1 knew that Ally #2 and I might have great affinity for one another since I made much of my musical living in SoCal groups that included shredding violinists. We’ve been threatening to play together ever since, and I can’t wait. In the meantime, we’re settling into a friendship of which I am grateful. And, it’s been a lot of fun seeing her working with Mark Doyle, Opus Black, Jimmy James Gang, Whisky Crush and even sit-ins with groups like Scars and Stripes and more.

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Since transplanting into the Syracuse music scene Ally has worked with Mark Doyle, Opus Black, Jimmy James Gang, Whisky Crush and even sit-ins with groups like Scars and Stripes and more. If you understand the wide variety of genres spanning these groups, you will begin to understand the depth in Ally Brown’s musicality. In this interview that follows, you will also get a glimpse of the depth of her person. Chuck Schiele: Hi Ally. Thanks for doing this interview. Ally Brown: Thanks for the opportunity Chuck. CS: When did you get into music? What inspired you to start? AB: Music has been a part of my life since childhood. My mother had me sing in the church choir when I was young, Dad always listened to rock music in the 80s and 90s when he was working on cars in the garage. At nine years old, I started playing in the school orchestra. Very typical early childhood musical developmental “One of Syracuse’s Best Kept Secrets Since 1954” introductions. I remember going to the county fair as a young kid Italian Specialties and seeing the fiddle Fresh Fish Everyday! players perform and/or Prime Rib Saturday compete. I remember just and Hand Cut walking by the tent and Ribeye Steaks kind of being Let us cater your mesmerized by them. So, next party! when it came time for me Takeout and Catering to join the school music Offers program, I remember being Leave us your very adamant that I was office fax number We’ll send you a weekly going to play the violin or lunch menu every monday nothing at all. Nothing else Gift Certificates available! seemed all that exciting. CS: What instruments do OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK • LUNCH SPECIALS M-F 11-2 you play? Mon.-Wed. 11:30am - 9pm • Thur. 11am - 9:30pm Fri. 11am - 10:30pm • Sat. 12noon - 10pm • Sun. 12noon - 9pm AB: I play the violin and the viola. I’m also an electric 1524 Valley Drive, Syracuse 13207 violinist and play a seven (315) 492-9997 • www.luigisofsyracuse.com

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string Viper, whenever I have the chance to pull it out. And I sing. CS: So … as a lifelong musician, what’s your story? AB: I really wanted to be a symphony violinist, and I could really tear up some repertoire back in the day. I went to SUNY Potsdam for their Performance and Education double major with great impression out of high school, but life got in the way and I didn’t complete the program. I landed in Syracuse to make those corrections at OCC’s music program and eventually return. But, I got to a point in my early twenties where I just knew that wasn’t the world for me. So after I completed two years, I decided not to return to university for music. A few years later, “Just Joe” Altier was the first one to get me playing violin in the scene here. I’ve played on two of his albums – Got Joe and So The Story Goes. He did a live version of Jolene and had me come out on stage to fill it out. Since then, I’ve played around town in groups including Opus Black Strings, (Check them out!) The Jimmy James Gang, Whiskey Crush/The Whiskey Trio, and guest appearing with modern rock band Scars & Stripes. I also scribe string arrangements and parts for projects, and perform weddings or cocktail hours for hire. I’m also the Bar Manager for the 443 Social Club and Lounge, a wildly up and coming original music venue in town. I just can’t stay away from music. CS: What and who do you listen to? AB: Right now, I’m listening to a lot of acoustic music. On heavy rotation, I’m listening to The Trouble Notes, which are a high energy violin–guitar–cajon trio that create these crazy dance beats as buskers. I’m in awe. I also have Mandolin Orange, Mipso, and Griffin House in the mix. I wouldn’t say that these artists share a genre, other than they all do it acoustically, so it allows me to keep my playlist eclectic.   CS: Career highlights? AB: I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mark Doyle a few times with his Guitar Noir projects, and those have been really special to me. I enjoy working with him; and his music is really nuanced and well thought out. I was in the studio this summer to record string parts to his Guitar Noir III: Watching the Detectives, and also on Mary Fahl’s (from the October Project) Holiday Album Winter Songs and Carols. Both albums came out great.   CS: Any funny stories from the bigtime? AB: So, circling back to the story when I was a little girl being in awe of the fiddle

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players … I was the subject of one little girl’s awe-struck wonder. I was playing with the Jimmy James Gang on a particular St. Patrick’s Day event. And, it was becoming clear that we were playing the room where the kids could hang out while the parents drank against the wall. However – we’re a southern rock band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd didn’t exactly write kid-friendly lyrics. So, Jimmy and I are cringing while singing about drinking, smoking, snorting – we had to cut Needle and the Spoon. So, we get to the fiddle stuff — Charlie Daniels, Call me the Breeze, some Roadhouse Blues, Shanty— and this little girl comes up to me Ally and her seven string viper and gives me a hug right around my waist after a song. Aweeee, right? I was super appreciative, and she was super adorable. She does it again after the next song. Twice after the next. And then DURING the next song. She did this like fifteen times between and during songs. I was at one point trying to fiddle solo with this kid trying continued on pg 14

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Viola! Getting Down with Ally Brown continued from pg 13 to attach herself to my hip and was like “At what point in my life did I sign up for this? This is MY St. Patricks Day too.” I had to shoot some death glares out into the audience to find an inebriated father to come collect her from the stage. CS: I love asking that question. Cool. What do you think of the CNY Music scene and community? AB: I dig it, man. It was the musicians in this scene that took me by the hand and led me into it. For awhile, I didn’t know where I was going as a musician until I started reaching out and letting the musicians here help me. They’re still helping me figure it out today. CS: What would you say to someone interested in jumping into this biz? AB: If you’re young enough where you’re pursuing a degree, a music degree will teach you about music, but a marketing degree will teach you how to make money in this industry. You can develop as an artist/instrumentalist in alternative ways, but over the years as an ancillary player, I’ve seen some really great musicians draw flies at shows. The draw, the media, the charisma – something is always missing and it isn’t usually the musicianship. If I could go back in time and change one thing, I might have changed my education path.   CS: GREAT FREAKING answer. Almost every musician I’ve met in this town is unbalanced this way. Gobs of musical talent —I’m a total fan— but, most are completely naive in the idea that somebody else is going to pop out of the ground, discover them, love their stuff so much that they’ll tell the whole world out of pure awe. These people have never been to Los Angeles. The people overlook that their music heroes PAY somebody to promote. If one doesn’t promote themselves, they can only be an artist. If one is going to market, they become also a product and thus it needs to be advertised. Just like the guy who first invented a coat hanger. Nobody knew what it was until somebody promoted it. Don’t get me going … Anyway … What is in your near future for your music endeavors? AB: I’ve been struggling with a pretty severe pain issue called Occipital Neuralgia, and it has come on because of playing violin. It’s really put the brakes on a lot of things for me lately. So, I’m currently documenting my story and events to develop either a blog or outreach geared towards musicians who suffer from music (or repetitive motion related) injuries. As I’m still finding ways to maneuver around my injury, I have a new country cover band coming up and development for an acoustic duo. And I’m always extending my hand to sit in on projects. I didn’t play a lot in 2019, so I have to make up for some lost time in 2020. CS: How do we stay in touch with you and your music? AB: You can follow me as Ally Brown on Facebook and any expansions in 2020 will be announced from there. CS: Thank you Ally Brown! It sure has been good talking with you. AB: Thank you, Chuck. Nice chatting with you, too!

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Computers & the Web by NANCY ROBERTS

Honestly, The Internet What do you get, asked Pavlov, when you ring a bell and then feed a dog? A dog that salivates whenever it hears a bell. And how long does it take to get rid of that response? A heck of a lot longer than it took to elicit it. Day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute, we and the Internet are training one another to be worse than we could be. The Internet launched in (roughly) 1969. Universities and select communities had access to more widespread use by the 80s, and HTML (hypertext mark-up language) made general use of the “world wide web” possible. By the 90s, use was extensive and growing. And about a quarter century ago (that’s deliberately dramatic), Snopes was launched. Why? Because hoaxes, scams, and outright falsehoods were propagating as fast as the Internet itself. Some of the growth of the hoax industry is simple: click-bait. If an advertiser pays for clicks to a page so their ad can get in front of you, the more clicks a content generator can attract, the more they get paid. “Remember Honey Boo-Boo? She’s so skinny now your jaw will drop!” Every once in a while you can’t help yourself – you want to find out what became of the Mouseketeers, or why the Royal Family is mourning. So, you click. The page fills up with ads. The actual copy is a badly written paragraph with a huge “Next” button beneath it (and a bunch of false flag arrows which, if clicked, lead to an advertisers site). You click three, four, five times – and still no real story or photo. Oops, I did it again. Some of what we’re seeking is confirmation bias. “How dumb is continued on pg 16

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Honestly, the Internet continued from pg 15 (fill in the blank)? See his I.Q. for yourself!” So you click. “I knew it! Dumb as a stump!” But did you check the source? How many sources did you check? You post the story on social media, and it gets “liked” again and again by others who also want (fill in the blank) to be dumb. See? You were right! And the more we do this – the more “viral” a story goes, true or false, the more the content providers will create another story like it that confirms our bias and gets us to click. In other words, the Internet has trained us to accept as truth what we want, and we have trained the Internet to give us more of the same. Snopes itself, and other fact-checking sites, have come under fire for fact-checking parody sites, unwittingly falling for the joke of over-stated silliness or outright propaganda with “double-triple Pinocchio’s!” as a rating. The need for attention has spread to our oldest and most formerly trusted sources of day-to-day information – television news and documentaries, and even print journalism. Our daily papers, as long as I could remember, had an editorial stance politically, and when I began in television, we had to keep a log of minutes candidates for office were given on our station, and give equal time to other candidates. Now, to attract viewers to your station or show, news networks have become blatantly political and “what the hell” and even the f-bomb are routine. On a news show. When Walter Cronkite shed a discrete tear while reporting the assassination of Kennedy, it was a touching moment of the man coming out from behind the anchor. Now, “anchors” tear up with actorly regularity. But while television news is obvious, and even, in its own way, somewhat amusing in its glaring bias, the Internet has become such a go-to for our day to day information (Who was the actor who played Harley on “Lost?” How do I get to Mercersville, PA? How do I convert gallons to litres?) that we don’t approach it for things historical, political, and social with the skepticism we probably should. The more we simply trust a story and pass it along as fact —even photos and videos can be edited to appear “real” when they aren’t— the more the Internet content providers will serve us exactly what we want, and the less trustworthy it will become. For my part, I simply examine the source, and consult multiple sources. If stories are wildly differing from one source to another, and if I can attach a point of view to a particular source, I can judge accordingly. With things less obvious, I try to take care not to hand it off to others as truth. You are free to fact-check this article.

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Brew Time by KRISTIN MERRITT

Oh Là Là! Bière! When we think of Paris, France, we think of the Eiffel Tower, baguettes, berets, art, and of course, wine! But did you know that Paris has an up-and-coming, and some might even say, “trendy,” craft beer scene? Yes, it’s true! Europe is known for beer; especially the countries of Germany and Belgium in particular. The American beerindustry was built out of old traditions when Europeans settled the New World and have continued to grow and expand into the craft beer industry as we know it today. While traditional beer thrives in European nations, there has also been an interest in expansion and innovation, much like it has in the US. The reason why we haven’t heard much about it, is that, for one, we don’t live in Europe, and for two, much of what we import from Europe happens to be the traditional and large conglomerate brews. As far as France goes, brewing, while not the “star” that wine is there, is not a foreign concept

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either. In fact, the French word ‘brasserie’ literally means brewery, and we see that word not only all over Europe, but here in the states as well. A traditional Brasserie in France would serve beer, food, and was a casual place for folks to socialize and carouse. Today, small breweries, brew pubs and even craft beer shops are have started to become more main-scene in France – Paris in particular. My first taste of Parisian craft beer or ‘bière artisanale,’ began last year, in 2018 when I visited a taproom in Paris by the name of Hoppy Corner. Located in the 2nd Arrondissement, this friendly and hip little establishment is one block from the Sentier metro (subway) stop on Line 3, and near several great restaurants including Frenchie Rue du Nil a Michelin star-rated restaurant opened by Chef Gregory Marchand – (I’ve also eaten here and the food is phenomenal!) Hoppy Corner has a Facebook page which serves as their main webpage and you’re able to view their current and up-to-date beer list on the app Untappd. Usually there are about 15 different drafts and 30 different bottles and cans to choose from. You can find everything from US craft beers like Prairie Artisan Ales, to microbreweries in France such as L’Instant and Brasserie du Grand Paris to other craft brews from the UK and Eastern European countries including North Brewing Co., from Leeds, West Yorkshire England, and The Garden Brewery from Zagreb, Croatia. During my visit, my beer of choice was a freshly-hopped juice-bomb DIPA by the name of Triple Hazy Jet by O’Clock Brewing, a microbrewery out of Bois d’Arcy, Yvelines, France; and by any account, it’s not just New England that can brew a fantastical IPA! Hoppy Corner is a fantastic place to grab a pint and relax after a day of sightseeing in Paris. They also have a kitchen for eats, have wine available for those who might not enjoy beer and they’re open late until 2am. I had the opportunity this past November to travel back to Paris for a few days and decided to expand upon my first Parisian beer experience. Thanks to the power of Google, I was able to find a craft brewery that wasn’t terribly far from my Air BnB in Montmartre that had great ratings and was close to a metro stop – Riquet, on Line 7.


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Established in 2015 and open 7 days a week, Paname Brewing Company, (or PBC for short), was everything that I could have wanted (and more!) in a craft brewery as an American who is quite familiar with the craft beer scene back home. This industrialbut-still-cozy brewery with its metal and warm wood motif constructed inside of an old granary, lends plenty of space both inside and out, being situated directly on the waterway of the Bassin de la Villette canal that runs through the 19th Arrondissement. No doubt a popular and beautiful way to spend a sunny afternoon during the warmer months! When I arrived, it was mid-afternoon on a Friday with a few patrons scattered about the interior. I went to the bar and chatted with the bartender (in English, no worries if you don’t know French here!) about the 10 different brews on tap. I tasted a couple and settled on trying the rest via a flight of 5: Baron Rouge, a red ale (4.7% ABV), Casque d’Or, a saison (5.2% ABV), Le Surin, a blonde ale (4.9% ABV), Oktoberfest, a märzen (5.5% ABV), and the Cappuccino Stout, a coffee stout (5% ABV). All were very good, well made, and peculiarly (but delightfully!) light – especially the märzen and stout, as these styles tend to be on the heavier-side most of the time. My favorite out of the bunch was the Cappuccino Stout which boasted lovely & rich flavors of roasted coffee beans, only slightly sweet, being both dry and quite light, as aforementioned. After my flight, I decided to try the food from the kitchen – ordering at the bar and having it brought to my seat. Here, I should mention, (as this is a bit different from most places in the US), that there isn’t such a thing as a “tab” in most pubs or bars. You pay as you go. The continued on pg 20

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Oh Là Là! Bière! continued from pg 19 menu items were very familiar and similar to almost any brewpub with a food menu as in the States – burgers, sandwiches, salads, charcuterie, & other small plates. I settled on a burger and I have to say, it was one of the best burgers I have had ANYWHERE! (Although I find the food in Europe to have a fresher quality than of that in the US, overall.) It was thick and juicy and came with a side of steak-cut French fries, perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, served with sides of both ketchup and mayo! With my meal, I decided upon a pint of the Brexiteer, Paname’s version of the New England IPA (6.6% ABV). It was EXCELLENT; fresh & hazy with tropical fruited notes and well-balanced hops from beginning to end. Definitely one of the best NEIPAs I have had on either side of the Atlantic! (And funny enough, even better than some New England IPAs that have been, ironically, brewed in New England!) Paname actually enjoys brewing with American hops in some of their brews, and I heard that straight from Frederick Rivera, the brewery’s Manager. Extremely friendly and informative, Fred gave me a private tour of the brew pub while we discussed everything from the brewery’s state-of-the-art technology and brewing processes to brewery-produced events, our lives and travel and the state of craft brewing both in France and back in the US. I wound up spending a few hours at Paname and I literally could not have had a better experience at a craft brewery anywhere in Paris – perhaps even anywhere in France! I so enjoyed the atmosphere, the brews, the food, and the company of the bartenders and Fred, who were so very welcoming to this solo-traveling American who loves her beer. I will most definitely be back to visit on my next trip to Paris and would highly recommend a stop at Paname Brewing Company on your next visit too! You can also find more information about the brewery on their Facebook page, on Untappd and at their website, www.panamebrewingcompany.com. To be fair, I also drank a healthy amount of wine during my few days in Paris too. I mean, if you’re going to enjoy France, you ought to indulge yourself in some of the best wine in the world, in addition to seeking out some of that craft and artisanal beer goodness! À votre santé! Cheers!

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Lakeshore Yacht & Country Club 6777 Lakeshore Road Cicero, NY 13039 315.699.2797 lakeshoreycc.com (Check for Winter Seasonal hours) Are you planning your dream wedding, hosting a special corporate event, do you want a gourmet dinner, or a summer filled with fun-in-the-sun? You’ve found the perfect location. Welcome to the Lakeshore Yacht and Country Club, a feature of the beautiful south shore of Oneida Lake since 1860. Initially a riding club, the 150-acre location was ideal for the development of a golf course. The sport had gained huge popularity in the United States in the 1920s, and the club opened its beautiful course in the 30s, along with yachting facilities. Lakeshore has been a private country club for decades, hosting generations of local families, and has many life-long members. Historically, as people moved into the Central New York area from other countries, ethnic groups gathered around churches, schools,

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and clubs – and for many years Lakeshore was “the Italian club,” where friends met, children swam, and everyone enjoyed good food and the unmatched views of the lake. A trolley would convey members from the city to the club for a round of golf, drinks, or a leisurely meal by the water. Today, visitors to the club will still find a core of the original elegant 1860 structure, as well as a warm and welcoming club atmosphere. But, along with the addition of Lola Restaurant and Lounge —a public dining facility— new owners have big plans for adding features and facilities that will make Lakeshore a destination location for visitors far and wide. At Lola, you’ll find a fine dining experience without having to go to New York, or travel to Italy. Lola’s Five Star Chef, Robert Matrone, did his culinary study abroad program in Rome, Italy in 1999. He continued his studies at “Mama Melrose” in Walt Disney World


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Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, in 2003. In 2004, Matrone opened Frankie’s Bistro in Syracuse, a popular upscale Italian restaurant. After a stint in Las Vegas, Matrone returned home and now creates your favorite Italian steak house dishes, with international flair, right here in Central New York. You can savor Chef Robert Anthony’s (Utica) Greens, or Limoncello Scallops, Shrimp Puttanesca, or Veal Milanese, as well as many other popular and delectable dishes.     For banqueting —with weddings a specialty— Lakeshore is also available to the public. Lakeshore will help you plan your event or wedding, and can create that special moment for weddings of all sizes and types. Take your vows lakeside under a beautiful tent with floral arrangements and sparkling blue water as a backdrop, then retire to the clubhouse for drinks, dancing, and delicious food selections. Before the wedding, there are facilities like the Topgolf Swing Suite – an interactive game simulator, where the wedding parties can enjoy a night-before gathering, along with “virtual golf on steroids!” If a themed wedding is in your future, or you have a special wedding planned, Lakeshore can accommodate, and will make sure every detail is just the way you dreamed.  At Lakeshore, you are family. Welcome home!

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Why is this the first tip? Isn't the quality of the pictures more important? How about their reputation? Of course, these are all legit questions, and you are right to ask them. But great photographers that take pictures at weddings are now virtually everywhere and differentiating one from another may be quite a daunting task. Sooner than later, you will find yourself hesitating between various offers, without knowing which one to choose. Leave the guesswork aside; sit down with the photographer you want to work with and see how you are getting along. Even the most talented photographer will not be able to capture that little something that makes your wedding special and unique, if you cannot communicate with them and reach the same page. Think of this phase as of something akin to an interview. In this case, you are the interviewer and you are seeing the potential candidates to fill out one of the most important positions at your wedding.

Photographers will strive to impress you by showing you their best works, and this is how things are supposed to be. However, looking at separate pictures from various weddings may not give you a clear idea about the photographer's vision. Ask them to show you a few complete wedding albums created by them. This way, you will be able to learn more about their particular style, about their care for detail and how they see a couple throughout the couple's wedding day.

Tip#4: Learn more about your photographer's personality

Good wedding photographers are great at what they do: taking pictures. But great wedding photographers have more than that; they know how to keep a delicate balance between being everywhere and maintain an unobtrusive presence throughout the event. To see if you are dealing with a good or a great wedding photographer, you need to learn more about their personality. Are they pleasant and easy to talk to? Are they dynamic and energetic? (After all, they will have to run back and forth throughout your wedding day, and capture all the continued on pg 26

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Still Looking for the Perfect Photographer continued from pg 25 unique moments, and that without too much time to rest.) Do you feel they understand what you are asking? You must ask yourself all these questions if you want to have a great wedding album to look at years from now.

Tip#5: Work with photographers that know everything about weddings

A wedding photographer is more than just someone taking pictures at weddings. The best photographers in this branch are those that know everything that is to know about weddings, especially about the most appropriate settings for taking great pictures. Think of approaching a photographer in the same way you would a friend that can give you a lot of great advice on where to hold your wedding, what wedding venues are trendy at the moment, and many other details about such

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Tip#6: Check to see if the photographer has already taken wedding pictures in similar settings

Everyone has a special preference when it comes to the setting of their wedding day. Whether you want to have a beach wedding, or you prefer an urban environment, you need to know that your photographer will be able to show you pictures taken at weddings held in similar settings. This will give you quite a clear idea on how your pictures will look like, and will convince you that you are going to work with the right person.


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Tip#7: Pay attention to their attention to detail

There are many things that can make or break the beauty of a wedding picture. Your wedding photographer should be a stickler for perfection, and tell you what has to be changed in order to have the most amazing wedding pictures taken

Tip#8: Talk everything through Remember to have all the details about your wedding album talked through. Leave nothing to chance, and choose a photographer capable to come up with the best advice on taking your wedding pictures. A photographer that is open about how they intend to work with you is your best choice, by far. Susan is a full-time freelance writer. She is an avid traveler and reader and enjoys writing on health & fitness, travel, parenting, relationships and personal development. Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Susan_B_Ward/1197210

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Vet your vendors

Couples have to rely on many different vendors - from caterers and transportation companies to florists and venues. Depending on so many different people can leave room for error - just ask the couple whose DJ couldn't make the reception because he was in jail. To protect your investment, make sure trust is established between you and your vendors. Start by thoroughly researching potential vendors, including talking to past customers, to ensure they are reputable. Then follow up with them throughout the planning process to make sure you are still on the same page.

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According to the Brides American Wedding Study, the average cost of a wedding in 2018 was more than $44,000. Clearly, a wedding is a significant financial investment. To protect against potential losses, couples should use a credit card instead of a check or debit card whenever possible for deposits. In the event something happens, a credit card payment is easier to recoup than cash.

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Planning a wedding is no easy feat - it is quite literally a full-time job. Couples can make the process a lot easier by hiring a wedding planner to make sure everything is covered. These experts will use their experience and many talents - like communication and planning skills, negotiation and problem-solving - to help your wedding dreams become a reality.

Dealing with destinations

Destination weddings are definitely on trend as couples seek Instagrammable, unique locations around the world for their special day. If you're taking this route, factor additional money into the budget to cover unforeseen expenses. Consider hiring a local wedding planner who will be familiar with reliable venues and vendors in the area. Additionally, many destination weddings take place outdoors, and unpredictable weather could roll in at any time. It is important to have a back-up plan when it comes to venues, photographers or any vendor that could face a problem and be unable to provide their contracted services.


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Exercise & Fitness by JENNIFER NASTASI GUZELAK

A Great New Year Starts Now If you’re reading this, it means you survived the holidays. After another holiday season of sedentary behavior, and the consumption of calorie-rich foods I think we’re all ready to get back on track. Year after year, getting in shape is one of the most popular resolutions you can make. This year, choose a fitness-focused New Year’s resolution that’s worth making. Instead of focusing on how many calories you burn in a single gym session, or how much you can lift, try focusing on a very specific goal, like running a 5k or surviving an hour of spin. If you feel like starting and

staying committed to an exercise program is an uphill battle you’re not alone. Lots of people struggle this time of year. A great New Year starts now! Below are a few tips to help you get started and help you build a healthy new you in the New Year.

Set a Goal

Don’t set a weight-loss goal without a plan as to how you will get there. A detailed plan will prevent you from falling back into old habits. Set a goal that is specific, measurable, realistic and trackable. Focus on making changes that you will be able to sustain for the long-haul.

Find a Gym

Finding a gym you really like is a great start, but simply signing up won’t help you lose weight. You have to get there and do the work. Stay on a schedule like you would with a job and make sure you don’t get distracted along the way. Designate an hour, three to four days a week for your workout. If you miss a day make sure you get to the gym on another day that week.

Take it One Pound at a Time

Dropping twenty pounds is a great long-term goal, but don’t bite off more than you can chew. Dieters tend to fall off the wagon when they have such a lofty resolution. Instead, focus on losing one to two pounds a week by setting small diet and exercise goals. Reward yourself in a non-food way for every small goal you reach. at Lakeshore country club

Aim for “A Little Better” Instead of “Perfect”

It’s not about being perfect. It’s about gradual and continuous improvement. If you have a day that you ate unhealthy foods or you have a week where you missed a few workouts don’t get discouraged. Look ahead and focus on doing better tomorrow and even next week. Make some basic alterations to your lifestyle. Changes in what you eat, when you eat, and even where you eat it are a good place to start. Remember, small changes will result in BIG results over time.

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eat better, lose weight, and start exercising. If you aren’t a self-motivated individual, team up with a weight-loss companion (a friend, relative, or personal trainer) who will make sure you stick it out. It is much easier to show up at the gym at 6 am if someone is waiting for you.

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It’s Okay to Cheat

Banning your favorite cheat foods, whether it’s ice cream, chocolate, soda, or french fries, is bound to backfire at some point. You will eventually buckle, binge, feel bad about it and evert back to your old eating patterns. You don’t need to have temptations lying around your kitchen, but allowing yourself to indulge once or twice a week won’t kill you.

Eat at the Table

Don’t eat your dinner in a rush. Make a conscious effort to sit down and enjoy your meals. Wouldn’t it be nice to actually remember tasting it?

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Take Time to Reflect

Research shows that foregoing a morning meal will put you on the fast track to weight gain, not loss. People who skip breakfast are generally hungrier and more likely to overindulge later in the day. Instead, eat a protein-packed breakfast every morning. Pair lean proteins with high fiber, complex carbs such as a veggie omelet with a slice of Ezekiel bread or a serving of Greek yogurt, with a piece of fruit and a handful of almonds.

Even if there’s a lot you still want to change, take the time to acknowledge all the little things you did well this year. Give yourself a pat on the back for any and all signs of progress, no matter how small. Celebrate the lifelong health benefits you have created.

In Conclusion

The Clock Doesn’t Tell Time

What does a renewed commitment to health and fitness look for YOU – in the context of YOUR own unique, interesting and challenging life? Stay committed to doing the best you can, find things that keep you inspired, and don’t forget about your “reason why.” There definitely isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet and exercise plan. Just remember: you matter and your health should too. Good luck to you.

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the Soviet bloc ‘s KAOS. I remembered Get Smart while reading Tom O’Neill’s and Dan Piepenbring’s Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. O’Neill reveals Chaos was a CIA operation designed to infiltrate 1960’s radical groups. O’Neill seeks to replace the Helter Skelter explanation of Manson’s crimes with a scarier, plausible confluence of sex, drugs, drug informants and LSD mind control research. In his film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino presents a comic book ending to Manson’s crimes, leaving viewers with a fairy tale ending to Sharon Tate’s horrifying demise. Most audiences don’t want to watch suffering. Concluding tragedies with explosive comic book victories probably satisfies better than sad expositions of victim helplessness. So, why not just create fake characters in fake stories? I liked Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I like real historical analysis more. My history includes hearing a labor policy professor state that International Brotherhood The Two Popes of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa was a great man who would deal with the devil if it benefited his union, and, that if Hoffa had lived, Congress would never have passed the 1980 “Motor Carrier Act” deregulating interstate trucking. Hoffa disappeared. The based-on-real-events narrative provided in Martin Scorcese’s 2019 The Irishman, based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, rings true to me. Scorcese’s film slowly and painstakingly builds a contextual narrative which could very well describe how Jimmy Hoffa’s life ended and how “the Irishman” Frank Sheeran found himself enlisted in the end, to achieve that end. Robert De Niro thoughtfully portrays Frank Sheeran as a man caught up in working for two masters. Toward the film’s conclusion, Joe Pesci’s portrayal of Russell Bufalino on his way to a prison chapel is perfect. Roman Catholicism looms large in the Jimmy Hoffa background of many of Scorcese’s movies and, The Irishman is not the only OUTSIDE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Part-Time or Full-Time. 2019 Netflix film that suggests, based-on-real-events, that some important figure has Looking for reliable, motivated, enthusiastic individual to join made some confession or admission. the Table Hopping Sales Team. College Degree and Outside sales The Two Popes depicts a multi-day excruciating get-to-know-you visit/probative interexperience a plus! rogation directed by Pope Benedict XVI toward his perceived ideological enemy Cardinal Includes Base + Commission + Bonuses. First Year Earning Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the current Pope Francis. Once Benedict concludes that he’s gotPotential $50K. Email Resume to: art@table-hopping.com ten what he seeks, Benedict asks Bergoglio to hear his confession. The Two Popes and The Irishman’s confessional endings ring true. GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Looking for reliable, motivated, Are they true? enthusiastic individual to join the Table Hopping team. Part Somebody somewhere knows, or did know. time, flexible hours. Happy 2020.

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Preventive Medicine by DR. BARRY

Detoxify Yourself I am not going to start the year with an exhortation for exercise and changing your diet. Been there … done that. Rather, we start the new year together with an education regarding how to detoxify yourself from all of the foul chemicals you insist on slathering on yourself and ingesting. There is actually a national data bank that maintains fat tissue samples from patient’s all across the United States and based on an analysis of these fat tissue samples (because that is where a lot of the poisons are stored … in your fat) shows that 100% of Americans —that is every single sample that they tested, from all across America— tested positive for multiple contaminants/poisons. That is correct, 100% of the samples tested positive for stylene (a breakdown product of Styrofoam) 100% tested positive for xylene, 100% tested positive for ethyl phenol. Chloroform was found in 76% and benzene was found in 96% of samples. That is not sick people, that is the average Joe and Jane, that is you and me. If the fish that lived for 4 or 5 years in the fairly clean waters here in upstate New York have so many chemicals in them that the DEC warns you not to eat more than one a month, how likely is it that you, having lived much longer, would be free of contaminants? The answer is, based on the science available to us today, zero. We all have multiple toxins in us no matter what you want to think about how to clean your air and water are. The air in your house —yes, your house— is

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significantly more toxic than the air outside your house and most of you leave your house as little as possible. So it is fairly straightforward that we all have contaminants/ pollutants in our fat stores. Thousands of chemicals are used in and found in all the processed foods we ingest daily as well as exposure to chemicals in your house, water, etc. Don’t think because you are a vegetarian or eat organic that you are safe … most assuredly you are not. Having all these strange chemicals in your body simply cannot be a good thing for you no matter how much you store them in your fat or otherwise. These chemicals; the heavy metals, the plastic derivatives, etc. affect the cell membranes. They affect energy transport. They increase cancer risk, etc. All these risks are well documented in the scientific literature. Now what can we do about them? Well, there are natural detoxification pathways in the body and detoxification is broken up into three phases. Phase one is where the chemicals are converted from fat soluble to water soluble thereby allowing them to be processed and transported easier for removal from the body. This involves oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis and epoxidation. This usually involves the cytochrome P450 system in your liver. This can be dangerous because you’re taking these compounds out of the fat and actually making them more available to the body and to possibly have more of a toxic effect so you have to move on to phase two. Phase two is where the compounds and molecules are made even more hydrophilic —that is water-loving— to again facilitate transport out of the body. This is done by glysine, glutamine and glutathione, acetylation sulfation and


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thiosulfation. Lastly, phase three is the process of transporting these chemicals to the sites of excretion primarily the bile tract and urine. Another way to look at it is to say that phase one is transformation phase two is conjugation and phase three is transportation. This isn’t the time or place for a deep dive into the chemical details but it’s simple chemistry. And like all chemical reactions detoxification is very dependent on having the right chemicals and enzymes, vitamins and minerals like zinc, selenium, copper, etc. If you have a deficiency in these chemicals you are not going to be able to clean these poisons out of your body. How are you going to maintain the proper nutrient balance and minerals and vitamins with your McDonalds and Pizza Hut addiction, your donut and pancake habit, your soda and juice dependence? If you want the best chemical reactions to occur in that vast electrochemical bath that is your body you must provide the best chemicals and reagents. These pathways are very well known and so are the chemicals that compose them including glycine, certain B vitamins, glutathione, vitamin C, methionine, and cysteine to name just a few. You can get them from food and/or supplements. It’s still a wild wild world in the supplement market. Since everyone has toxins in them why shouldn’t we all be working on some detoxification on a regular basis. Now, I am not talking about coffee enemas or the more aggressive detoxification using chemicals like EDTA and captomere … that’s way above your pay grade but I am talking about eating health foods like garlic, artichoke, black and green tea, coffee, milk thistle,

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and the whole broccoli family. If you want to maintain the most important pathways of detoxification I have been recommending a daily dose of Vitamin C, R Lipoic acid and Glutathione but many people also recommend N Acetyl Cysteine and Acetyl L Carnitine as well. Of course I am not going to give you doses, etc. -You have to do your own research or ask your own health care provider what they know about the toxics ever present in your body and how to detoxify yourself. Of course an excellent primer on this subject is Dr. Sherry Rogers book Detoxify or DIe! Maybe it’s too late for Christmas but it still makes a great birthday present. Of course I didn’t invent the term but “the solution to pollution is dilution” so keep the water intake up. Another great detox program is any multi-day fast. I know multi-day fasting and cold water immersion are supposed to be very very healthy and I have seen study after study that supports both practices but I find the sauna and skipping breakfast so much more palatable. I will be talking about other unfamiliar topics in the columns to come. My research into the very basic molecular nature of cellular function has me investigating the effects of light, electricity and vibration and will be bringing you some interesting insights that modern medicine is ignoring because there is no big pharma behind it. Until then, eat your broccoli. … Get well … Stay well. (ed. Readers can listen to Dr. Joe Barry’s radio show “Your Health Matters” airing Sunday afternoons at 12:00pm on WSYR 570)


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Word on the Street by BILL MCCLELLAN

Our Fatal Defect: GREED Republican or Democrat, the reality is that Donald Trump is a tragic distraction in an era that demands a mature Leader. So too was every President since the advent of conditions that threaten human existence. Until then we could get away with human failings. Not anymore. The irony is that the ability and care required to alter course “does” exist within humanity. The problem is, that part of humanity is not in charge. It is tragically apparent that power is selfish, that we do not get along, and as such we lack the maturity to utilize our intellects to correct the monied forces that are taking us to our doom. For over 30 years I have been alerting you to the single problem that is ruining the quality and stability of the entire human condition. This matter alone prevents the best that we can be from seeking power and draws those willing to sacrifice the many for power and money. When one enters this arena with good intentions the system itself requires them to protect one person —themselves— and play along, or choose patriotism (and protect 320 million Americans) and likely lose their job. To a person they have chosen to protect themselves and play along. The root of our downward spiraling course is financing politics in a way that allows greed and purchase of power. This system draws the worst and destroys the best among us. Favor for favor. Money has become the Political mainstay of most nations. Money (the very beating heart of bribery) is guiding the future to a certain doom. Wealth

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literally buys and often writes legislation. -And be sure only greed, not the common good, is respected. Money has gained so much power that to question the system spells nearly certain political downfall. A monied system is designed for more money – people and earth be damned. In recent decades our Founders guidance was redesigned to favor wealth and eliminate opposition. What breaks me is that nearly all of our alleged political leaders have visited Arlington and not one of them would risk their job, let alone their life for their countrymen. McCain/Feingold was as close as we got and that died on the vine as a useless endeavor. I have no use for egos that sacrifice us. I would replace them all in the morning for patriots. To get patriots, get money out of politics. Politicians are all in position to spearhead a movement towards public financing of campaigns and removing all forms of quid pro quo (favor for favor) from Government. To date, in this arena that rewards the greedy, not one has come forward. No decisions will benefit mankind until the power of wealth is removed.

Until the system itself is fixed and allows the best that we can be —that does exist— to participate, the status quo (greed) will continue to lead us to doom. We have already gone too far. However, with leadership that puts humanity first we still may be able to sustain many societies free of the horrors of complete breakdown. Millions will simply suffer and die. That has already begun. But we are not amply moved by the deaths of the voiceless and poor. Climate change is on our radar, however opposition controlled by wealth has stymied meaningful endeavor. Oil makes cigarettes look angelic. Obsequious, uncaring, greedy, political bribed leadership, and a President that makes “finger in the air” decisions is our reality at this most crucial time in history. Thus, the three main dangers to humanity, nuclear holocaust, climate change and overpopulation go unattended. Our leaders are our Pied Piper and are leading us to certain doom. We follow like trusting children as our fate lies at the precipice. We blindly ignore truth and fight each other as the plight of our children is full of unspeakable horror. If money is not removed from politics, it is certain, we are going over the brink. The point of no return has been breached. Now we must minimize future harm. Power needs to wake up now. Unfortunately, evolutionary adolescence does not work that way.


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We do not have time to learn how to get along. We may have time to fix our system and cause truth to be our guide. To give you an idea of how far along we are, consider that if everyone on earth lived like a middle-class American, then the planet might have a carrying capacity of around 2 billion. The current population is 7.7 billion. The maximum capacity the earth can sustain is between 9 to 10 billion and this requires 7 to 8 billion living in low consumption societies. Usually the masses are living in much squalor. The population is projected to reach 8 billion by 2023. There is a doubling time of 49 years, which is far in excess of what we can sustain. These are no longer problems for posterity. If you are approaching middle age or younger you are quite likely to see devastation that far exceeds any pandemic, past war or historical calamity. In terms of human population, it is theorized by some that there is a natural point of stabilization. Others believe that until a population cannot be sustained, that is impossible. In either event, most experts agree that this theorized projection is at a far higher level than the earth can accommodate, if it exists at all. Climate change is underway. To slow climate change we must stop using fossil fuels as our energy mainstay. We must address other causes of greenhouse gasses. We must seek land use changes that protect forests, farmland, water quality, and wildlife habitat. We must gravely reduce aerosol and soot release into the environment. We must end uncontrolled development that will destroy the natural environment and backfire on the rich by decimating long term economic growth. We must do these things and more in China, Russia, India, Pakistan and every other country in the world now. You cannot do these things in a world where the rich bribe and destroy.

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Ingredients

4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch wide sticks 3 tablespoons olive oil salt freshly ground black pepper 1 package Cacique Fully Cooked Chorizo 1 cup Cacique Cotija, crumbled 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

In the current political environment we are in no way prepared to handle these massive dilemmas. And there is more. -Which brings us to nuclear devastation. Of our three major dilemmas this is the most likely to occur first. China is researching ways to win, yes, win a nuclear war. A massive first strike with strategically targeted nukes and strategically targeted non-nuclear FOAB’s and MOAB’s may in their thinking. You have to ask yourself: Have they come up with a “why” or reason to do this? Russia is run by a KGB thug and would be happy to end us if he could find a way. The Middle East is full of enemies seeking nuclear capability. China and/or Russia may decide we are the world’s problem. In any event with wealth in charge “midnight” (on the doomsday clock) is far more likely. We were the world’s last hope. We are now in a country that no longer gets along with itself. Right now, our beacon is out. We have lost the great respect we once had. I believe there is enough American left in us for a good leader to bring us back. The light at the end of tunnel is flickering. There is no country for others to look to. We need a leader. We need patriotism. We need to fight these problems as if our kids lives depend on it. Because they do. Minds are set. Those that don’t agree with what I say here will not repent until they bring us all over the precipice. That is why our one last hope is that the good and/or smart and wise will out maneuver the bad and foolish and/or misguided and assume power and end this fanatical pursuit of doom. I believe there is enough American left in us for a good leader to bring us back. We must come to terms with our actual realities. We must pull our heads from the sand. Our days are numbered if we don’t. Without the influence of wealth, integrity will return, greed, lies and propaganda will lose their power. We will see we are in grave danger before the brink. There is no politics in a foxhole. Only common purpose. Americans are at their best when they have an enemy. I have given you three to replace this hideously un-American disagreement with each other.

Directions

Heat oven to 400 F and lightly grease large, rimmed baking sheet. In large bowl, toss sweet potato sticks with olive oil. Lay fries in single layer on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake 15-18 minutes, shaking pan several times, until tender and lightly browned. When fries are almost done baking, microwave chorizo 3-4 minutes. To serve, place golden brown fries on serving platter and spoon chorizo over top. Sprinkle with cotija and fresh cilantro.

Southwestern Mac & Queso

Ingredients

1 package Cacique Queso Dip 1 box macaroni, cooked according to package instructions 1/4 cup Cacique Queso Fresco, crumbled 1/2 cup tortilla chips, crushed

Microwave queso dip 2-3 minutes; stir. Pour over cooked macaroni and toss until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle crumbled queso fresco and crushed tortilla chips over macaroni before serving.


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