07 August 22, 2010: Genova – Columbus and Paganini

2016/12/19
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Genova - Very Expressive Composition

And just when you think there is nothing can beat the excitement of the highest mountains in Europe, you proceed to the road ahead. Next day, Sunday, August 22, we decided to bypass Turin and go directly to Genova.  We typed in an address of Red House Hostel (Via B.Buozzi, 26/9) in Genova and jumped on a highway. We easily found parking right on Via Bruno Buozzi, but we were a little confused what to do next.  There were no official sign or reception of any kind.  Instead, we found a small paper note for “Bed and Breakfast Maura“. It was just a 3-room apartment on the third floor, and you need to…

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Democratic Machiavellian disciple opens his cards (unwillingly)

2016/12/17
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Machiavelli

Let’s learn something new today. Let’s learn how modern power brokers deepened and expanded Machiavellian teachings of today. First, let’s set the stage.  It is March of 2016 both Democrats and Republicans are bracing for the fact that Trump is leading and might easily get enough votes to get automatically nominated in July as a candidate from Republican party.  Power brokers in both parties begin to evaluate their next moves to stop the inevitable. On March 03, 2016,  Mitt Romney unleashes his famous unsolicited defacing speech against member of his own party. But that completely misfires.  Now it is Democratic functionaries turn to come with a plan to deface a new star. Here…

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06 August 21,2010: It’s a Mountain Time – Rifugio Monzino

2016/12/15
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It will Definitely Fall Down in the Next 50000 Years or So

Finally, on Saturday, August 21, 2010 it was time to take our first hike into the mountains. Back in Boston I picked a path going up towards Monte Bianco (Italian) from Italian side. It was a day trip starting from 1,500m parking lot and going as high as 2,590m at Rifugio Monzino. Just for a comparison Mont Blanc (French) is 4,800m (15,700’) high. On the way there we stopped at a local supermarket – Supermercato Mont Blanc (Courmayeur) to replenish, and we also took a couple of pictures.  If you scroll the image down, you’ll see the vintage point. Smart people from the supermarket intentionally installed the inspiring view to entice…

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05 August 20, 2010 – Wake in Switzerland, Eat in France, Sleep in Italy

2016/12/11
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Who is it? - It is a little particle. - Please come in...

On the morning of August 20, Friday we woke up in Geneva.  You have to show your hotel receipts at the kitchen counter to get your breakfast.  Lots of people of all ages.  Some tourists, but some looked like ready to take off for work. As usual, the roads were either under construction or blocked off.  It means GPS could not help us.   It was raining that morning.  It means pedestrians couldn’t help us.  So, we improvised our detour driving towards CERN in Meyrin (right on the French border).  We planned to be here on Wednesday morning, but Fribourg and Montreux held us in their “chArms“. Public is no longer allowed under…

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Contradiction in US Economic Policy that Trump would need to address

2016/12/09
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Conflict I - Economic Policy

Summary: Two liberal ideas of “protecting domestic workers” and “removing trade barriers” are clashing.  Progress that we made in creating auspicious North America trade environment does not help Americans who are losing their permanent jobs and confidence. What Trump can do to help with jobs and yet preserve the international trade cooperation? * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  …

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04 August 18-19, 2010: Fribourg – Montreux (Nabokov) – Geneva

2016/12/07
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I lived in that XX century and You didn't give me this GD Nobel Prize

Morning and early afternoon on Wednesday, August 18 we spent in Fribourg (Freiburg in German). This town is a perfect model for Disney World for adults. It simply has everything. It is the capital of a canton (like a state in US). It has upper town and a lower town. It ever has a river called La Sarine with steep carved banks on one side. It has a serene covered bridge and other bridges flying high into the skies. It has funiculars and endless stairs. It has an quaint old town and an easy access to a highway. It has multi-hour hiking routes right in the middle of it all. Cozy,…

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Trump – Why no one knew?

2016/12/05
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Electoral Votes Estimates

This electoral map reflects a general expectation before the  election.  Clinton appeared to have 268 votes for sure and needed to win only 4 votes from NH r any other “gray” state. One day before the election New York Times estimated the probability on Clinton winning at 81%.   CNN estimates that she has 268 electoral votes in the bag, and she only needs to win any of the swing states to make it over 270 electoral votes. First shock waves came around 8:30 – 9 PM on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Unexpectedly Trump was leading in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio.  Stock Market futures started to tumble down sensing a contentions transition of…

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03 August 16-17, 2010: Luzern – Bern – Fribourg

2016/12/03
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IMG_7218

Next morning Monday, August 16 rain continued, but for us it was time to move on. First we visited a local Migros Genossenschaft in Adliswil – their supermarket, where we had breakfast + lunch and loaded on food and water supplies for the road ahead.  We felt like we were disturbing a well-oil machine with all our foreign questions about parking and hot water and socks and American Express (which they do accept).  But we manage, and by 14:04 we paid, and were on our way. Without a definite decision we just jumped on the highway and started driving south. Very quickly we reached Luzern. We’ve been here once in 2004, and…

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Clinton vs. Trump – Dream of businessman in White House trumps the dream of a woman in there

2016/12/01
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Clinton vs Trump

  Summary: This article explains one overriding reason people voted for Trump.  He is not a politician.  He is a businessman.  Trump supporters choose to vote for a businessman outside of Washington over a familiar woman-politician.  Trump supports hope that this choice will allow to curb irresponsible Government spendings.   Did you notice that when you argue with a person of other denomination you often think that they speak of strange, irrelevant, even wrong things? You hear arguments, and ideas, and event terminology that is irrelevant or inacceptable to you. At least that was my experience. During pre-election coverage and discussions, I noticed the same tendency – supporters of opposing candidates were bringing up…

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02 August 14-15, 2010: Zurich

2016/11/29
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The Fuhrer of Russian Revolution

Like everything else except eternity, this story has a beginning. On a hot summer morning on August 31, 2010 at 7:45 EST in a comfort of fresh air-conditioned air, I am beginning this story, this vacation journal that shows how far Europe and America have moved apart during last 200-300 years. Have they ever been similar? This was our sixth trip to Europe in 11 years. On August 14, 2010 we landed in Zurich. Zurich is located in German-speaking zone of Switzerland.  Switzerland did not join the Euro zone and the currency here is Swiss Franks (CHF).  Our plan was to spend a couple of days here and then venture into a circular…

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Why so many people annoyed with Trump?

2016/11/27
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Trump Qualifications for President

  I really would like to hear a reasonable answer.  People appear so annoyed that it is necessary to write serious articles, explaining that reasonable people can support Trump.  For example, article in Chicago Tribune: “Yes, decent people can support Donald Trump“.  Sadly, this is not a joke.  And I do not remember from previous elections, that one side ever had to explain why they voted the way they did, and the other side is so incredulous in accepting the argumentation. Unfortunately, in post-election verbal clashes people losing the key points of Trump candidacy: (1) He is not a politician. This is his strongest quality – he is not one of…

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