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It seems that Donald J. Trump, ignoring the cardinal rule of presidential politics ("Don't mix Bob Woodward and audio tapes."), has been outed as having downplayed the danger of the COVID pandemic while being fully informed of its seriousness.? While this came as a shock to precisely nobody,…

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We join chief of staff Mark Meadows in the Situation Room at the White House, recently converted into the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign headquarters.? The secure chamber is a hive of activity, with staffers and interns scurrying in and out.? One wall of the room is an enormous interactive electo…

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News item: Impatient to find relief for the city's 7,500 renters during a period of social isolation and sudden economic downturn, Ithaca’s Common Council voted 6-4 early last month to ask permission from the New York State to cancel three months of rent for all residential and small-busines…

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For 75-year-old Eleanor Cornstarch, June 17 began like any other socially-distanced Wednesday. A day of gardening and reading, feeding the cats, and basking in what promised to be glorious summery Ithaca weather. Staying on top of pruning her rose bushes and putting out the recycling counted…

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It was a late-May afternoon in Ithaca, a city with a reputation for well-heeled undergrads and Tibetan COVID masks. Down on the Commons, a tumbleweed of police tape bounced past the shuttered paraphernalia stores while tucked high above street level, in a forgotten fourth-floor corner of the…

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Last week, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the guidelines for a phased plan to re-open New York on a regional basis. He also announced the creation of the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board to help guide the state's re-opening strategy. It might sta…

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News Item: (United States, April, 2020) Despite the continued concerns of medical experts over the country's COVID-19 testing capacity, some states are “reopening” public spaces and relaxing stay-at-home measures. "The rate of new cases has slowed for the last 45 minutes," said Florida Gov. …

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Hard to believe that it's been less than a month since we were directed, on nine minutes' notice, to stay home and practice social distancing. Granted, we're not hiding in the annex from the Nazis, and we're not staying inside because radioactive ash from Chernobyl is gently falling from the…

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No matter what, there is no denying that this is a historic time. How will future Americans look back on these days? I downloaded a scene from the Cornstarch household from Ithaca 2040 via TimeTunnel, my time-travel app, and got a glimpse. (It's sort of like a flat-screen crystal ball, but i…

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News outlets have always loved bad news. It sold papers in the old days, and keeps us glued to our phones now. That being said, doesn't it seem like we're being carpet-bombed with the stuff these days? And we're not doing well with it. I tried to buy some hand sanitizer at Wegmans and the ca…

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This really happened this morning in the Oval Office of the White House. I have a source. Having just finished the presidential breakfast of Froot Loops served in a Christofle china bowl emblazoned with the presidential seal, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, had we…

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Scene: The offices of Ithaca Real Estate Associates. An attractive but nervous couple, HARRY and MEGHAN, mid-30s, is meeting with realtor PHYLLIS DUNPHY. They’ve decided to relocate to Ithaca, New York....?

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New York State legislators assume office the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January.? There’s a steep learning curve for the newcomers…

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New York State legislators assume office the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January.? There’s a steep learning curve for the newcomers…

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Switch to a Plant-based Diet For breakfast on New Year’s Day, I had plain oatmeal, sweet potato toast (it’s a thing), locally-sourced pine nuts and an apple. I was feeling pretty good about the resolution and myself until I realized that either Cap’n Crunch was crowded into my breakfast nook…

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Here in Ithaca, we’re about to enter what is widely considered to be the low point of the year. If there were a category in the readers’ poll called Best Time of Year to Hole Up in the Chanticleer for Two Weeks (and there should be), a strong case can be made for early January. It’s dark 23 …

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It all happened last night in the president’s bedroom, on the second floor of the Executive Residence part of the White House. It was a busy evening for the Commander-in-Chief. First, there was the appearance of a horrific, gruesome, decaying apparition, the ghost of the president’s former p…

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Your Highness, the only way you’re going to get out in front of this Epstein thing is to meet it head-on. Publicly. I’ll set the whole thing up. A nationwide television interview on BBC Newsnight, and, Bob’s your Uncle, the whole thing’s over and done with. Explain that the photo’s a fake, a…

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The Never-Trumpers vs. the He’s-a-Stable-Geniuses. Climate-Change-Deniers vs. Those-Who-Believe-in-Science. Vapers vs. Smokers. Cat People vs. Dog People. And now, the generational battle lines are being drawn. A coalition of millennials, Gen-X and Gen-Zers have adopted “OK, Boomer” as their…

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We all know that History is written by the victors, and history books tend to contain what the political and economic elites want you to know. But being neither a political nor an economic elite, I’m happy to flesh out a few of the details about Ithaca’s backstory that might have been missin…

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This is part of an actual U.S. military IQ test that was scientifically developed to determine suitability for service. I’m not making this up. See how you do:

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For those who are enjoying the suspense of recent events—spoiler alert. It’s pretty complicated, involving subpoenas and some time travel, but I got my hands on some of the transcript of President Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate from January, 2020. Due to various loyalty issues,…