RAW17The American way of activism — featuring individuals in despair, driven by a peculiar admixture of aims, seeking justice (vengeance) and identity in their struggle for rights, while at the same time rebelling against truth and life itself — was on full display in the fulminations of opposing yet similar rebel groups in Charlottesville.

BikersAugust 12, 2017 – A day that saw protesters become beasts in Charlottesville, also saw dozens of youth go into beastmode in Midtown Manhattan, taking over Sixth Avenue.

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Fire&FuryPresident Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and immature policies toward Korea (North and South) seem also intended to shore up his precarious position at home, by assuaging and gaining sympathy from his many opponents on the left and right. A similar miscalculation was made in 1914 by the weak and despised Tzar Nicholas II of Russia — leading him to go to war with Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the hope of uniting his country — which didn’t end well for Russia, the Tzar, or the world.

A better approach would be for the U.S. to help North and South Korea reunite.

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AustrianWine1AustrianWines-Schandl.JPGTo make Summer dining really sing, Austrian wines are just the thing. Not all, but the good ones are really good, distinctive and great with food, especially pork.

We like the wines of Peter Schandl, located in Burgenland–formerly part of Hungary. Their Furmint and Blaufrankisch (Gamay) will add pleasure to the most challenging barbecue menus.

Also, Hutter, from Wachau, producer of terrific Gruner Veltliner and Riesling (but hard to find in the US). Historically, the best wines produced in Austria are consumed on the spot and not for export, but fortunately for us some are now getting through.

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