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|Dec-03-08|| ||Riverbeast: The other serious problem with corporate/employer drug testing, in my opinion, is that it is more likely to bust the relatively harmless marijuana smokers, since marijuana stays in the system for up to 2 months. |
Meanwhile, users of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin can more easily escape detection, since these drugs are flushed out of the system within a week to 10 days.
And what if an employee drinks to oblivion every night, and comes in to work hung over every day? They don't seem to test for that....But alcohol is one of the hardest drugs of all, legal or not....
That person would be a lot more of a danger to himself and others, than the one who smokes a spliff on weekends....
|Dec-03-08|| ||ghall3: Good observation Mr. Day. I hadn't thought of persons subjected to testing in terms of their political power (or lack thereof), but the correlation does seem strong. When you consider that people tend to cling most fervently to ideas they wish were true, but are afraid are wrong, the pressing need most people have to feel significant/powerful, and the inability of most to recognize cognitive dissonance in their own thoughts and perceptions, it doesn't augur well for considered decisions that respect the rights of others. With the passage of time and more experience in observing human behavior, I find myself increasingly awed by Lord Acton's observation to the effect that "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." Power too often means that cognitive dissonance is unfettered in its operation on the mind. |
I also want to say that I greatly admire your playing style--you are genuinely original. You are one of only a handful of players whose games I play through just to see how they handle situations. I am always rewarded with new insights--if I think long and hard enough. I am working on the 2. a3 response to the Sicilian currently. When I say working, I am mostly talking about playing over your old games. (I just discovered that there is a fairly recent book, which I have ordered too.)
IMlday: The ratio of drug testing is in inverse proportion to the actual political power of those being tested. Thus for example school children, amateur athletes, convicts etc, those with no political power are rigorously tested, while politicians, judges, lawyers, accountants, policemen etc, all those with actual power, are automatically above suspicion.
|Dec-03-08|| ||ghall3: That school children aren't pervasively drug tested is a legitimate point. I believe your characterization of the situation, however, is overstated. For instance, I am fairly certain that the local school district does drug testing for high school football players.|
In my experience, the question of lack of power in relation to drug testing is a legitimate point. I formerly was in-house counsel for a very large corporation. I spent a lot of time in plants investigating problems and what caused them. I had to take a pre-employment drug test. For cause, I could have been asked to take another (I never was). Managers did not get tested for their decisions to buy or not buy equipment, to implement or not implement particular policies, etc., although those decisions frequently affected (or adversely affected) safety. The guys who worked out in the plants, however, were subject to frequent random drug testing, as well as being drug tested if there was any type of incident that might affect safety. It is fair to say that there were some legitimate reasons for the differences in policy. It is also fair to say that those with more power in the company were tested far less than those with less power. It is also fair to say that many of the problems that drug testing was purportedly designed to prevent (e.g., safety, human health), were much more widely and profoundly affected by the actions (or lack thereof) of managers rather than workers.
SetNoEscapeOn: I'm not sure if this was intended as a joke of some sort or not, but it's not true, at least not in the US. School children are never tested for drugs, at least not in public schools (unless as part of some sort of anonymous survey). Amateur athletes not good enough to participate in world class competitions (well over 99% of them) are never tested for drugs in connection with their competitive activities.
Meanwhile accountants (or any other professional, no matter how well educated or "privileged") who works for a large corporation is going to have to take (and pass) a drug test before they are hired (not to mention the random drug testing commonly seen in several of the biggest companies). Drug testing for police officers is also the norm throughout the US. For instance
True, Obama is not going to be forced to take a piss test before he's sworn in, but the idealistic ratio that you mentioned does not represent the true situation (again in the US; maybe it's different where you are).
|Dec-03-08|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: Kramnik
and Deep Fritz
Up a Tree
|Dec-04-08|| ||ArmeniaNL: every player in the armenian olympic team gets around 20.000 eruo award for their excellent performance in the olympiad. I think they deserve to that award!|
|Dec-04-08|| ||Riverbeast: It's cool to see chessplayers traveling with the President of the country, and mobbed at the airport like heroes. |
To many of them, that was probably as good a reward (or better) than the money !
|Dec-04-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Wonder if that will ever occur with Obama (assuming an American victory of some sort). In "Dreams from my Father" he write casually several times about playing chess.|
|Dec-04-08|| ||Riverbeast: <Jim Bartle> Yes, I heard he invented the Obama countergambit|
Black to play and win! :-)
|Dec-04-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Zing!
That reminds me of a great sketch from the 80s HBO show "Not Necessarily the News," which I think I commented on somewhere else. (Remember this is from the apartheid period.)
A white man and a black man are sitting down to play a game. The white guy (playing white) makes a move, thinks hard, then makes another move, then another and another until mating the black guy, who hasn't moved at all.
The camera moves behind the black man, showing his hands tied behind his back, and the announcer says: "South African Rules Chess."
While searching fruitlessly for that sketch, I did find another great one from NNTN, called "Kissinger Tries to Make a Movie." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Vg...
|Dec-05-08|| ||hovik2003: Iranians like this newelected president and put lots of hope on him to improve relations between two countries, because Obama(ou-ba-ma) in Persian means (he is with us)!!|
|Dec-05-08|| ||timhortons: <Jim Bartle: Wonder if that will ever occur with Obama (assuming an American victory of some sort). In "Dreams from my Father" he write casually several times about playing chess>|
yes he mentioned in the book that his indonesian stepfather(lolo) played countless of hours playing chess with (gramps) his grandfather while they were still in hawaii.
after years of spending time in indonesia(going with his mom and stepdad) he go back to hawaii to study highschool and he complained nobody among the kids play ches, badminton or football, hawaiian kids is in baseball.
<im actually in the first hundred page of the book and i enjoy reading it the way i enjoy reading the autobiography od collin powell and dennis rodman.>
these guy is not naive of asian culture and he know politics in asia.
|Dec-06-08|| ||Vakus: Levon Aronian: FIDE must reverse its decision!
Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov and the FIDE Presidential Board,
In the wake of recent events surrounding the FIDE Grand Prix and the General Assembly's decision to alter the current World Championship cycle, I feel obliged, as a participant and a leading chess player, to express my disappointment. I must request you to critically view and question the GA's latest decisions and the processes to which they came. I must stress that I am not one for scandals and do not wish to cause unnecessary fights – however I believe it is my duty to act as the voice of the players.
Firstly, the decision to alter the World Championship cycle at this time is not in the spirit of fair competition. We can draw a parallel to the following example: the rules set before a race state that the marathon is 42km, and while the runners are still running, having already completed 20km, the rules are suddenly changed to make the marathon an 80km run. The runners thus lose motivation to run and consequently distrust the rule makers. This is comparable to the situation the participants of the FIDE Grand Prix will be in if the GA's decisions are made final.
After severe criticism for many years over the World Championship cycle, FIDE finally created a promising new system, only now to self-impose new waves of criticism. When the initial World Championship cycle was set in place and the Grand Prix system was created for players to qualify legitimately for a chance to challenge the world champion, we had the belief that there was finally a fair and reliable system (which my federation also supported).
|Dec-06-08|| ||Vakus: With the GA's recent actions, it seems that there is a democratic deficit within FIDE. The GA did not consult the players currently taking part in the Grand Prix in their decision processes. Please keep in mind a very important point – these players, including myself, have a legally binding agreement with FIDE regarding the World Championship cycle and the Grand Prix. Therefore it is FIDE's duty to consult the other party of the contract – the participants.|
Does this mean that the chess players have lesser rights than others? The GA appears to act with no concern for the players. The decision to suddenly change the World Championship cycle has damaging effects on the career plans of leading chess players. It is also reasonable to ask: why should we go through several tournaments over several years and fight for a place in a tournament that another player gets by losing a match? The GA's decisions remove the motivation for players like myself to take part in the World Championship cycle.
It should be noted that Mr. Mastrokoukos' reason to change the cycle because of the unforeseen events of two legs of the Grand Prix withdrawing is not convincing and does not reflect reality – because a Grand Prix event in Yerevan has already been announced by FIDE as a replacement. It is clear that the withdrawal of Doha and Montreux are not endangering the system, as he would have us believe in his letter to Mr. Carlsen.
It seems that FIDE was on the right path towards a reliable World Championship cycle, which had the support of leading players and chess federations worldwide. However, with the GA's recent actions, FIDE has left the right path and will lose its credibility in the eyes of chess players world wide – not to mention, ruin its efforts to be recognized as a sport by the IOC. I hope that the above arguments will be heard before finalizing the decisions of the GA.
Frankfurt am Main
December 6, 2008
|Dec-08-08|| ||dshxouhi: News coverage and awarding of state medals by the president to the Armenian champions. In Armenian with Russian subtitles (Parts 1-3).|
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4xu... (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpV8... (part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iaia... (part 3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBbt... (part 4)
Part 1 – news, airport, state honors ceremony
Part 2 – awarding of medals and news
Part 3 – news and fireworks
Part 4 – airport coverage from the presidential plane greeting both Armenian teams and state honors ceremony
|Dec-09-08|| ||DUS: <dshxouhi> thanks for interesting links.|
|Dec-12-08|| ||extremepleasure2: Vakus: Many thanks to the administration of this site for deleting the comments of <extremearmenophobe>, violating the laws of US and of many European states. I was right to blow the whistle.>|
May I learn if there are any laws which prohibit freedom of speech and freedom of expression in free world. I didn't violate any laws neither in US nor in Europe. This is a bogus claim in the first place. I was the one who was reminding the international treaties that commit various European countries including Britain, France, Greece, Italy.
I was away and I didn't know that my previous posts are deleted by the administration. I am angry now and I want a valid explanation on this matter right now.
|Dec-14-08|| ||ARMENIA: hayastan jan hayastan !|
|Dec-21-08|| ||ARMENIA: Hayastan jan Hayastan!|
|Dec-23-08|| ||ArmeniaNL: http://elista2008.fide.com/41.html
|Dec-31-08|| ||WhiteRook48: uh why on earth is Anand not here?|
|Jan-01-09|| ||Phoenix: Because he did not play?|
|Jan-17-09|| ||WTHarvey: Here's a collection of critical positions from Olympiad games: http://www.wtharvey.com/ol08.html|
|Feb-23-09|| ||WhiteRook48: what moves are the "Obama countergambit?"|
|Mar-01-09|| ||WhiteRook48: why can't they list all the names?|
|Apr-13-09|| ||notyetagm: <hovik2003: Iranians like this newelected president and put lots of hope on him to improve relations between two countries, because Obama(ou-ba-ma) in Persian means (he is with us)!!>|
Well Obama sure was *not* with those pirates, was he?
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