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ISSUE # 13 | 03.30.17

HOT MODELS CALENDAR EDGY STYLE! TOP TRAX: JAMES BLUNT

RETURNS

DESTINATIONS: MONTPELLIER

GAY AND GORGEOUS

NUTRITION:

RETHINK YOUR DRINKS

POSTMODERN POLITICS:

REVOLUTION WEAR


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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 7It's. DESTINATIONS: MONTPELLIER surprisingly the second-gayest city in France and expectedly costly, making Montpellier an attractive destination after a little planning and this primer from Dane Steele Green.

11After . TOP TRAX: FEELING BLUNT-Y flying under the radar following his smash hit "Beautiful," James Blunt is returning with a mature new album that announces he is ready for his comeback.

12Whether . NUTRITION: TIME TO RETHINK YOUR DRINK! it's the overconsumption of sugary beverages such as soda or our favorite mixed libation, it can be very easy to pack on unwanted calories and sugar in our daily intake.

14Wire. COVER STORY: HOT MODELS CALENDAR Magazine brings you another installment of

our quarterly Hot Models Calendar showcasing gorgeous model Andrew Corvin in a special photo shoot by Photo Studio Miami, styled by Joey Rolon.

22 . POSTMODERN POLITICS: REVOLUTION-WEAR? As a polarized, slightly unhinged American public

goes toe to toe across an ideological chasm, Wire Magazine Editor Michael W. Sasser asks the important question, "What does one wear to a revolution?"

26 . GOING OUT: PLAN YOUR OUTINGS The week's rundown of nightlife, dining and cultural events.


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PUBLISHER'S CORNER GET READY FOR PRIDE For this week's edition of Wire Magazine, we bring you another installment of our quarterly Hot Models Calendar. However, I decided to do something a little bit different from our usual quarterly calendar issues by showcasing some edgy photos of gorgeous model Andrew Corvin taken by Photo Studio Miami and styled by Joey Rolon. Since publishing is our passion, we constantly strive to bring new and interesting content to our readers. This photo shoot is an example of creative new things to come from Wire Magazine's ongoing partnership with Photo Studio Miami. Enjoy! I also want to give you a heads up about next week's annual Miami Beach Gay Pride special edition of Wire Magazine. This annual issue is a great platform to advertise and reach thousands of potential new customers. Upon publication, you will see that several very well-known national companies are advertising in this issue because they support Pride and want to be part of our special Pride issue. Feel free to contact me directly or visit www.wiremag.com/ads if your company would like to acquire new customers by partnering with Wire Magazine. We will be glad to help you grow your business. Perusing beautiful hot model photos serves as an effective distraction from the decidedly less good looking state of American civic life these days. Repeated lies, broken promises and ongoing controversies surround President Donald Trump. Add to that Trump's attacks on the media calling him out using facts and videos of his previous statements. All this has talking heads screaming at one another and neighbors at odds with each other. Not even all the sexy photos of Andrew Corvin in this week's issue have been able to distract Wire Magazine Editor Michael W. Sasser from worrying that he might not know the dress code for a full-fledged revolution. He explains his quandary in his Postmodern Politics column. If things domestically are just a little too contentious for you, maybe a getaway across the pond is on your agenda. In Destinations, travel writer Dane Steele Green shares the story of Montpellier, deep in the south of France. It's hardly a cheap destination, but it is distinctly gay-friendly with a vibrant nightlife and plenty of other attractions to boot. The south of France is beautiful and very popular, so you may want to plan a vacation to Montpellier for 2017. Also in this week's issue of Wire Magazine, music columnist DJ FR8-O has heard the most recent album release from James Blunt and declares the "Beautiful" singer is ready to assume a role at the forefront of contemporary male vocalists. Finally, in Nutrition we get some help from Anthony Reyes discovering the true amounts of liquid calories in some of our favorite beverages. You may initially be shocked, but you will be able to ascertain their impact on your battle against the bulge, and do something about it to improve your nutrition habits. I, for one, recognize that I need some help addressing my struggle to stay on point with my nutrition and health given my super busy lifestyle. Cheers,

Rafa Carvajal Publisher & Editor in Chief rafa@wiremag.com

"WHAT IS PRIDE? A ROCKET THAT EMULATES THE STARS." - WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

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DESTINATIONS By Dane Steele Green

MONTPELLIER

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Vive la South of France

t's the second-gayest city in France and it's of bars where you are most likely to knock one in the "old stuff." Not far away is Pic Saint-loup not Marseille. It's Montpellier. back; La Villa Rogue is the dance hall you are with a slew of associated wineries, and did you Where?

most likely to bust a move; and Sauna Le 36,

know Montpellier is one of the best places to

Koncept, and Sauna de la Gare are the saunas

buy a violin? Just putting it out there.

you are most likely to cruise. France has some

Time to pull out the atlas. Outdone only by pretty liberal views when it comes to bars and If there is a downside, it is prices. It goes without Paris (and let's face it, the City of Lights is saunas. Don't be too surprised to see a lot of saying that the South of France is a playground a hard act to follow), Montpellier, deep in naked people; the wise move for newbies is to for the rich and famous, and sticker-shock is an the South of France, is actually a fairly new check out what the natives are doing, and then inevitable consequence. Also, take a look at the city, coming onto the scene around 985 AD follow accordingly. – and, believe it or not, that counts as "new"

map: Montpellier is about five miles inland, so

in Europe. Anyhoo, as a big university town, That, however, is the nightlife. The daylife of the city has an open-minded, relaxed vibe Montpellier is as lively, if not as nude. It may

d'Azur will involve some public transportation

any trip to the legendary beaches of the Cote

(it's all of a 10-minute ride, but it still means compared to other cities, which in turn has not be as old as Marseille or Paris, but the cob- learning the bus schedules, etc.). However, with long made it a destination for gays across blestoned streets lead to all sorts of treasures: services like Airbnb and Hostelworld, you can France looking for a more open, less con- the Fabre museum, the opera or theatre, the still rub shoulders with the beautiful people and fined way of life.

Place de la Comédie (AKA the town square) not break the bank. Just be sure to go back to

or the gardens of the Place Royale du Peyrou. their places, not yours. And speaking of "scene," Heaven Bar, Le The suburb of Lattes goes right back to the EtrusCoxxx, and Le Cafe de la Mer form the triad cans, and is a goldmine for anybody interested For more info, go to montpellier-france.com.

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What is TRUVADA for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)?

u You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver

TRUVADA is a prescription medicine that can be used for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection when used together with safer sex practices. This use is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This includes HIV-negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex, and male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV-1. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP? Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: u You must be HIV-negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-negative. u Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: u You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. u You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. u To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1: • Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. u If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects: u Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. uSerious liver problems. Your liver may become large and tender, and you may develop fat in your liver. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain.

problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions. u Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking TRUVADA, they will need to watch you closely for several months to monitor your health. TRUVADA is not approved for the treatment of HBV. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you also take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).

What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP?

Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include: u Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA for PrEP. u Bone problems, including bone pain or bones getting soft or thin, may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. u Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking TRUVADA or medicines like TRUVADA. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomacharea (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP?

u All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you

have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection. u If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Pregnancy Registry: A pregnancy registry collects information about your health and the health of your baby. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take medicines to prevent HIV-1 during pregnancy. For more information about the registry and how it works, talk to your healthcare provider. u If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. The medicines in TRUVADA can pass to your baby in breast milk. If you become HIV-1 positive, HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk. u All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. u If you take certain other medicines with TRUVADA for PrEP, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include ledipasvir with sofosbuvir (HARVONI). You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following page.


Have you heard about

TRUVADA for PrEP™? The once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when used with safer sex practices. • TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. • You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.

visit start.truvada.com


IMPORTANT FACTS (tru-VAH-dah)

This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.

MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP

Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-1 negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • Tell your healthcare provider if you have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. • Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time.

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including: • Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP" section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Bone problems. • Changes in body fat. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomacharea (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.

• Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • You must practice safer sex by using condoms and you must stay HIV-1 negative.

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP (PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS)

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK

TRUVADA is a prescription medicine used with safer sex practices for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection in adults at high risk: • HIV-1 negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex. • Male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. To help determine your risk, talk openly with your doctor about your sexual health. Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).

• Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.

TRUVADA, the TRUVADA Logo, TRUVADA FOR PREP, GILEAD, the GILEAD Logo, and HEPSERA are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Version date: April 2016 © 2017 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. TVDC0083 03/17

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you become HIV-1 positive because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP

GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV-1 infection. • Go to start.truvada.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit start.truvada.com for program information.


TOP TRAX By DJ FR8-O

g n i l e Fe t-y n u l B

JAMES BLUNT'S

BEAUTIFUL COMEBACK

It's only his fifth time out of the gate since his 2004 debut Back To Bedlam, but like any good artist, the 43-year-old has been progressively stepping up his game from one album to the next. With The Afterlove, not only has his writing reached a whole new level, his sound has evolved to satisfy the appetite of even the most insatiable pop junkie; all thanks to genius producers like Ryan Tedder, Zazh Skelton and Ed Sheeran. The lead single and album opener "Love Me Better" instantly sets the tone with cheeky references to Blunt's iconic debut with the line "Would've said 'You're beautiful,' but I've used that line before." Its mid-tempo bassline could easily be mistaken for a slightly stripped down version of a Chainsmokers track In an era when pop music is being ruled by (only better). stiletto-clad divas in flashy couture, it's not easy for a guy to compete for attention visually, much The equally mesmerizing "Bartender" is sure to less musically. It used to be that unless you were be this summer's new drinking anthem boasting singing club bangers about how many girls the infectious chorus "Bartender can you pour want to ride your junk or you're hangin' with some lo-o-o-o-o-o-ve?" I can already hear the your boys in your music vids, you might as well whisky-induced, slurred sing-a-longs. If you've be singing in the shower. That's all about to ever been on the receiving end of a shady change though. With more solo artists of the ghosting, Blunt's got your new theme song with male persuasion – like Sean Mendes and Ed "Lose My Number" as he tries to decipher the Sheeran – taking front-and-center with their gui- mystery behind his lover's sudden disappeartars (or pianos) and spilling their guts onstage ing act. And make sure to have the Kleenex through songs about heartbreak and loss, it close by before listening to the heart wrenching seems like the boys are ready to make a hostile "Don't Give Me Those Eyes" or the haunting takeover. Blunt is the latest soldier to join this "Heartbeat." The rest of the set flows seamlessnew musical coup. Although he's been M.I.A. ly between, folky serenades and understated in the States for some time now, he's no strang- proclamations of devotion that would bring er to competing with (and beating) the ladies Cupid himself to his knees. Ironically, Blunt for the top spot on the charts – and this might wraps up this lovefest on a bitter note with the funk-driven, middle-finger-in-the-air, break-up be the album that gets him there. closer "Over."

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ust when we thought the male romantic was virtually extinct, one of the most under-rated balladeers of our generation returns with another volume of tales that tug at the heartstrings, jerk at the tears and get those butterflies all riled up again. James Blunt first crooned his way into our hearts as the shaggy-haired hipster on the 2007 Grammy-nominated hit "You're Beautiful." Fast-forward a decade later and the British singer-songwriter has matured in ways that would put even the most expensive bottle of wine to shame. Still focused around themes of the heart, his latest love story, The Afterlove, exposes Blunt's most vulnerable side yet.

The Afterlove could be the project that finally pulls James Blunt out of obscurity and back into the spotlight where incredibly talented artists like him deserve to be.

If you're a recording artist, producer or musician and would like your work featured in TOP TRAX, hit me up at abarrios@wiremag.com. #13 2017 WIREMAG.COM 11


NUTRITION By Anthony Reyes

TIME TO RETHINK YOUR

DRINK!

Let's start with my personal favorite beverage of each day – coffee. I could write a sonnet on how much I love coffee, but I'll spare you from that (this time). Eight ounces of black coffee is practically zero calories; 1-2 calories if you want to get technical. The calories come from what you add to your coffee. We get to the Starbucks line and love those fancy lattes, but there is a lot of not-so-healthy additives in that fancy. If you cannot drink your coffee black, try scaling back on everything else you put into it. If you like lattes (approx. 200 calories), use 1% or fat-free milk to reduce the fat and caloric amounts. If you need sweetener, I'd recommend Stevia. I used to add creamer and sugar to my coffee daily and then began slowly cutting back with each cup. Now, my coffee is completely black – and once you go black… you get the idea.

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iquid calories – it's a real thing. Whether it's the overconsumption of sugary beverages such as soda or our favorite mixed libation, it can be very easy to pack on unwanted calories and sugar in our daily intake. We aren't completely at fault for this. At every convenience store and corner shop, there are icy cold sugary drinks cat-calling you like a construction worker on his lunch break does to a girl in a skirt – or a boy in shortshorts (this is Miami after all). As always, with a little education and some alternative options to choose from, you too can flip those sugary drinks the bird as you walk on by and head to a healthier you.

related comorbidities in America. If you need the caffeine, brew some coffee (see above). If coffee isn't your taste and you need something sweet and carbonated, go for flavored sparkling waters such as La Croix, which offer zero calories and zero sugar. If you need caffeine and absolutely must have soda, go for your diet or zero-calorie versions – but keep in mind that the caloric trade-off is artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

You know we have to talk alcohol, right? Portions come first: 12 fluid ounces of beer (153 calories), 5 fluid ounces of wine (125 You've heard all of the health nuts tell you how calories – on average), or 1.5 fluid ounces of bad soda is for you, and I'm sorry to tell you: the hard stuff (95 calories). I'll wait for you to soda is bad. Yes, everything in moderation, stop laughing before I continue. In all seriousI agree. However, with almost 40 grams of ness, it can be a daunting task to navigate the sugar and 140 calories in one can of Coke, it world of lovely libations and being diligent simply isn't worth it; not to mention one of the with your caloric intake. When it comes to top ingredients is high-fructose corn syrup, a beer, try to switch to light versions of your manufactured sugar whose increase in produc- favorite brand; this drops the caloric count by tion correlates with the increase of obesity and 50 calories which adds up if you're chugging

a six-pack. With wine, dryer wines are usually lower in calories, but a healthy serving is 1-2 glasses in one evening for health benefits; anything after that is for fun. For liquor, a lot of the calories come from the extra liqueurs and juices you mix in. Similar to coffee, try cutting back on how much of that you add in; it's amazing how your taste buds adapt. Personally, if I'm drinking vodka, I'm having it on the rocks with lemon or lime to soften the bite. It forces me to sip slowly and pace myself in order to stave off making out with that random guy in the corner and regretting it six hours later. See? Rethinking your drink doesn't just help you improve your health – it helps you make better life decisions! #winning Always consult a registered dietitian to help determine your individual health and nutrition needs. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at EatRight.org for more information.

Anthony Reyes. www.libralifestyle.co. "Tipping the scales of life in our favor - one word at a time." 12 WIREMAG.COM #13 2017


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POSTMODERN POLITICS By Michael W. Sasser

R A E T O W A E N R O E S V E O O D L T UTION? A H W

f the electricity went out and you only had olution 2017" t-shirt and post selfies in it on Stalemate! That's where we will be when the so much power for your iPad, your laptop Instagram than we are to get dirty and revolt.

economy collapses, the country defaults on its

and your phone – and the electricity is going

debt and the rest of the world turns to smarter

to be out for a long time, possibly forever – Still, that's how ugly it is out there in the political nations for leadership. While there might be a what songs or media on your device would you

landscape. A polarizing president is going toe great deal of violence with this new revolution,

listen to in those hours? Did you come up with to toe with the media, half of the country and

there will be casualties. We're unlikely to see

at least one movie, song, NSFW folder? Per-

the military industrial complex (war with the lat-

a second season of Stranger Things. Amazon

sonally, I have a list.

ter did not end well for Jack Kennedy). It's so will be a thing of the past. And when the cyugly between politicians that, seriously, the next ber sparring ends over it, we can probably say

This thought has occurred to me from time to

step is going to be Thunderdome, where desig- farewell to electricity.

time lately. Time Magazine recently made the nated champions will hurl poo at one another case for "Trump's War on Washington" and to submission. Or something equally elegant.

According to reports, dystopian fiction is all the

while one can argue fine points of details in

rage right now. Fiction? With all the lunacy out

content terms, one can't argue the irony in- But it's not just the politicians – it's their min- there these days, it is looking all too much like herent to the headline. The author and editors

ions and the fan base that are just as polar-

nonfiction. Most people can't imagine life much

make a fair assertion that the president is try- ized. They're the ones pushing for revolution. different than it has been in our experiences so head of the federal government beast. What I seem the dominant likely route. All the protestwonder is if Time recognizes that many people ers out these days employing violence really

So are you thinking about your post-blackout

will see that headline and think "good!" And it don't want to push too hard or else Texas will playlist yet? We can be hopeful, sure. But it's isn't just a war on Washington they want. On stir and kick all of our asses. Instead, this revsocial media, particularly on sites tailoring to

ugly out there, so there's no reason not to be

olution might be relatively dull. The two sides prepared...

the alt-Right and the alt-Left, they're calling for will simply quit talking to one another. Middle civil war... they say they want a revolution!

America will simply close itself off from the blue Author and journalist Michael W. Sasser is coastal urban centers. Hey, they will say: we editor of Wire Magazine. His opinions do not

Now, Americans talk about nonsense like that have the food and the energy resources. The necessarily reflect those of Wire Magazine, periodically. Generally, though, we are fat and blue zone will pony up the bar with: yeah, we its publisher or owner. Commentary is encourlazy and way more likely to buy a $100 "Rev22 WIREMAG.COM #13 2017

have the media and control the electric grid.

aged at msasser@wiremag.com.

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