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trumpprotesterstrumpprotesters022017trumpprotesters022017bTrump might be sick, but many who resist him (including John McCain) are sicker, with misguided notions of how to be, and driven by a murderous spirit.

 

2ntOn this President’s Day, a lobby wall at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, that normally has portraits of the U.S. president, vice president, secretary of state, and ambassador to the United Nations, sits empty.

Hopefully Mr. Trump will keep the U.S. engaged with the world community, not as a dick nation (fomenter of revolutions and arms trafficker) but rather as a force for solidarity and peace.

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eatsa1Cleaning the robots, 43rd & 3rd – February 16, 2017

The future of humanity will require undoing some of the so-called progress of the present.

unclesamWhat’s worse — president Obama starting a war with Russia, through an act of vengeance, on his way out of office, or incoming president Trump reaching out to said country in the hope of averting a war and advancing peace and stability?

Flynn was done in by an American political establishment that (in recent history) destroyed Iraq, Libya and Syria — and absurdly sees Russia under Putin as a mortal enemy. Trump was viewed as a glimmer of hope against the establishment. Flynn’s departure shows that glimmer of hope being swallowed by the swamp.

psychology-of-insanity“It is possible that insanity, or a part of insanity, will prove to be less dependent upon intrinsic defects of the individual than on the conditions in which he has to live, and the future may determine that it is not the individual who must be eliminated, but the conditions which must be modified.” Bernard Hart

In recent days James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks basketball team, and Al Franken, U.S. senator, have accused Charles Oakley and Donald Trump of mental illness. And yet one wonders if any mental health professional would stand up and state publicly that Dolan and Franken are themselves “mentally healthy.” And furthermore it’s worth considering how the actions of Messrs. Dolan and Frankin have over the years contributed to conditions in society that need modifying.

fashionweek17bWe asked one fashionista what he thought of the eagerly anticipated Calvin Klein show today. He said: “It was ookaaay.”

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vinitaly2017vinitaly2017cvinitaly2017dvino17At this year’s NYC stop on the annual Italian Wines Americas Tour, one of the talks was on rare varietals, including the recently rediscovered Recontina grape in Veneto. Recontina wine, made by Montelo Colliasolani, was sampled with other rare varietals — and was especially noteworthy.

We learned that the rare Italian varietal, Grignolino (a personal favorite), will become more rare as producers in Piedmont dig up Grignolino vines and replace them with Nebbiolo. Sorry to hear that.

Some of the best wines presented at Vino 2017 are not available in NYC (although producers are seeking representation), including from Apulia: Caiaffa Vini and Agrinardella.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

superbowl51bPerhaps Mr. Trump should be more focused on the insurgency in his own country than the one in Yemen.

On Sunday, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James addressed a gathering at Columbia University declaring president Trump to be “illegitimate,” and urging people to “organize” against him.

Even more pernicious are the insurgents among Republicans, as well as members of his own administration — as evidenced by intelligence agency leaks to the press regarding a conversation between Michael Flynn and a Russian official over Obama sanctions during the interregnum period.

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