Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Miserere des Jesuites Performed by Vox Luminis

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French Physiognomy of True Heroism

Pictured above, Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame — France salutes heroic cop shot by jihadist after swapping places with hostage. Taking the place of a hostage and taking a bullet (or many): that’s heroism. He had already been knighted with the Legion of Honor in 2012.

In today’s America, the mere act of doing a uniform make one a hero, a cult promoted by chickenhawk neocons who, while squawking about “cheesing-eating surrender monkeys,” melted at the sight of a man in uniform (and now a woman or genderqueer in uniform).

Worse, police are no longer expected to put their lives at stake for civilians; their lives are deemed more valuable. Instead we have peace officers who rather than risk their lives to take on active shooters will wait for backup for fear of getting hurt.

Back to France, a million Arnaud Beltrames need to rise up to rescue a nation held hostage.

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Antonio Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni, La Primavera, Performed by Freddy Varela Montero and the Orquesta la Bella Música, Directed by Patricia Pouchulu

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That Mustachioed Neocon

Like my RT masters, I, too, reacted with disgust when I heard the news this morning — Remember when Trump was anti-Iraq War? Bolton hire just tip of iceberg in policy U-turn.‘s Michael S. Rozeff, professor emeritus at my alma mater, takes a more cautious approach — Bolton Is Trump’s Bad Cop:

Trump does not want war with Iran, North Korea, Russia or China. He wants deals. Trump is not your usual war/peace politician or president. He thinks in terms of deals that bring advantage to his side.

Why then appoint Bolton to replace McMaster, when Bolton is reliably pro-war? Why appoint Bolton when he is so often wrong in his analyses and recommendations? Trump makes appointments on the basis of whether or not he expects them to help him to make deals. He fires people when he thinks they no longer are helping him make deals or when they’ve become an obstacle to his deal-making plans.

Trump thinks that Bolton’s view of countries like North Korea, Iran, Russia and China as antagonists combined with Bolton’s readiness to make war will enhance his own bargaining power with those countries as he attempts to make better deals than at present. Bolton threatens. He makes extreme threats consistently. That’s why Trump wants him at this juncture. Bolton’s threats scare everyone. It even helps that he gets things wrong and still stubbornly doesn’t back down from his recommendations and threats. Bolton is the bad cop to Trump’s good cop. Bolton gives Trump enhanced credibility that he’s not bluffing as he bargains to achieve a different world order.

Trump is not building a war administration. He’s not preparing for new wars. He’s trying to reposition the U.S. role in the world. He still wants to talk with the leaders of all these countries, his goal being better peacetime deals, as he sees them.

Won’t these countries see through this appointment as a ruse? They cannot. I cannot be sure that my interpretation is correct, and neither can they be sure of the meaning of this appointment. The uncertainty in making the deals has risen, and apparently Trump views that as to his advantage. He can bargain to restrain the war-mongers here in America in exchange for what he wants.

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The Wines of Upstate

The above-pictured “NOAA satellite tells a tale of lake effect snow and why the Finger Lakes are such a good spot for vineyards” — Finger Lakes satellite photo tells story of snow, ice and wine.

The photo is dominated by an ice-free Lake Ontario at the top and a snow-dusted Upstate New York. But just below Lake Ontario there’s something remarkable: Two dark, sinuous bodies of water — Seneca and Cayuga lakes — largely surrounded by snowless brown earth.


The ability of the deep Finger Lakes to store and release heat is why the region has so many vineyards. The lakes modify the climate, Laird said, keeping the areas around them several degrees warmer in the winter than they would be otherwise.

In the summer, the lakes are much slower to heat up than the land, so the water helps cool the surrounding air.

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The Stouts of Upstate

Pictured above is the locally-brewed Breakfast With Churchill Nitro, one of the stouts reviewed here — The Anti-IPA: Stouts you can find today (Beer review).

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The Guns of Upstate

“A gun in the hand is always gonna be better than a police department on the phone,” says the owner of the shop profiled here — At this shop in Dryden: Guns, and the people who love them .

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