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  Jim Bartle: Found these rules for spectators at the US Open golf tournament this week. Sounds like heaven, even without golf.

* No Cell Phones (including any cell phones with photographic capabilities) * No PDAs and/or other Portable E-mail Devices
* No Noise Producing Electronic Devices (including MP3 Players) * No Cameras and/or Camcorders (other than Monday through Wednesday for personal non-commercial photographic use only and without their cases) * No Bags larger than 8"W x 8"H x 8"D in their natural state * No Cases and/or Covers (such as chair or umbrella covers) * No Signs, Posters and/or Banners
* No Televisions and/or Radios unless provided by the USGA

* No Containers and/or Coolers
* No Pets (other than service animals)
* No Lawn and/or Folding Armchairs
* No Bicycles
* No Ladders and/or Step Stools or other similar items * No Metal-Spiked Golf Shoes
* No Weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to firearms or knives) * No other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA and/or Championship Security Personnel, in their sole discretion.

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  cormier: # Casualties in Afghanistan:
Afghan troops killed [1] 8,587
Afghan troops seriously injured [2] 25,761
Afghan civilians killed [3] 8,813
Afghan civilians seriously injured [4] 15,863
U.S. troops killed [5] 1,140
U.S. troops seriously injured [6] 3,420
Other coalition troops killed [7] 772
Other coalition troops seriously injured [8] 2,316 Contractors killed [9] 298 Contractors seriously injured [10] 2,428
Journalists killed [11] 19
Journalists seriously injured [12] unknown
<<Total killed in Afghanistan 19,629> Total injured in Afghanistan 48,644>

# Casualties in Iraq:
Iraqi troops killed [13] 30,000
Iraqi troops seriously injured [14] 90,000
Iraqi civilians killed [15] 864,531
Iraqi civilians seriously injured [16] 1,556,156 U.S. troops killed [17] 4,414 U.S. troops seriously injured [18] 31,882
Other coalition troops killed [19] 318
Other coalition troops seriously injured [20] 2,296 Contractors killed [21] 933 Contractors seriously injured [22] 10,569
Journalists killed [23] 142
Journalists seriously injured [24] unknown
<<Total killed in Iraq 900,338> Total injured in Iraq 1,690,903>

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  HeMateMe: Didn't Sofia Coppaloa (yes, THAT Coppola) direct Godfather III? Geez, somehow they almost managed to wipe out the great aura of the first two movies by that train wreck GF III.

I guess GF III wasn't too popular. in twenty years, I've only seen it showing once, as a rerun. Maybe the movie studio is afraid of what the Vatican thinks of the movie?

I don't know if DeNiro was offered any sort of role in that movie, but he wisely does not appear. It had all the seriousness of a shampoo commerical. Al Pacino playing a caricature of Michael Corleone. Well, they got my $8, or whatever it cost to see a movie back then. I guess I helped pay for someone's yacht.

Jun-14-12  Shams: <HMM> Sofia Coppola got the love-interest role but Francis directed. Her performance predated the Razzies, but it was famously awful and she would have won in a walk due to her casting being such a high-profile act of nepotism.

In defense of the movie, Andy Garcia was incredible.

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  PhilFeeley: From a review of Chris Hayes' new book "Twilight of the Elites" in

<Hayes aptly and insightfully describes that at Davos, the “social hierarchy that extends ever upward instills a potent combination of egomania and insecurity.” This is a perfect crystallization not just of Davos, but of Wall Street, Big Law, and many other areas of the elite. The combination of egomania and insecurity leads to a bottomless pit of desire for MORE—more money, more status, more power—that rivals any good addiction. As Hayes puts it, “To be successful, one must never be satisfied, and so no one ever is.”>

Start reading, folks..

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  HeMateMe: New actress, I think the girlfriend of Ellen Degeneres, to play Lily Munster in the coming remake. This is a TV show that shouldn't be remade. You simply can't reenact Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis, the guy who played grandpa, the vampire. Those two, with Evonne de Carlo (Lily) had such great chemistry.


The eternally beautiful Evonne de Carlo:


Years later, in the 80s, both Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis lived in the west Village, in NYC. I saw him a couple of times, sitting out in front of a litte bistro he owned. Everyone knew he was "Grandpa Munster", and would stop and talk to him. Probably a fun show to film, too, for the actors.

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  chancho: Redbone
The Witch Queen Of New Orleans
Jun-14-12  Wayne Proudlove: How do you guys feel about the Marxist societal principle, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"?
Jun-14-12  waustad: Here is a big piece of news:
Jun-14-12  waustad: Do organizers reimburse for players expenses (airline tickets, etc)?
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  HeMateMe: <Wayne P> It didn't work out too well in England. People weren't producing according to their abilities. That changed under Thacherism.
Jun-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Hi guys! Can anyone help me with who are the chess players featured on books 3 and 8 here:

I will give you books 2 and 7 in exchange.


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  chancho: Timex Social Club
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  dzechiel: LTJ: #3 might be Miguel Najdorf.
Jun-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <dzechiel> I don't know, man: He seems too thin in a way; and his facial features (i.e., nose and lips) don't look at all like Najdorf's.

I considered it before, but I don't think it's him!


Jun-14-12  SimonWebbsTiger: #3 is definitely not Najdorf.
Jun-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <SWT> Help me out, man! My offer to trade is still on the cards.


Jun-14-12  The Big Lebowski: A mantra for chessplayers!

Santana - I'm Winning

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  moronovich: <LTJ> No.3 Could be Erik Lundin,Sweden,at least he looks like him.No 8 Could be Ftchanik,Tchekoslovakia.

Good luck !

(3 is NOT Najdorf)

Jun-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <moronovich> Thanks, man! Yet it doesn't seem to be them either!


Jun-14-12  master of defence: How I submit a game which doesn´t have in the database of
Jun-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <master of defence> Here you go: PGN Upload Utility


Jun-14-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<LTJ>

can't help you, really.

1 -- No idea
2 -- Bologan
3 -- No idea, but the chap is not Najdorf
4 -- No idea, I guess you must know the position and then you'll get the player; but it doesn't ring any bells here 5 -- Dreev
6 -- Not 100% sure but the drawing looks like Taimanov 7 -- A young chap playing Capablanca....Gosh darn it, I ought to know but sadly don't! 8 -- Ftacnik

I think 1, 3 and 7 are the trickiest ones in the competition.

Jun-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <SWT> Are you sure that 8 is Ftacnik?

Earlier, <moronovich> said that it was Ftacnik, but I just don't see it, man!


Jun-14-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<LTJ>

100% on 8 -- Ftacnik

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