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Gregor Samsa Mendel
Member since Jul-25-04 · Last seen Oct-18-17


High school science teacher, and proud union representative. Just doing what I can to build a better America.

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   Gregor Samsa Mendel has kibitzed 3229 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-17-17 Loyd vs Steinitz, 1867 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Magnus Kasparov: ... What chance does a problemist stand against the world champion?> W Grimshaw vs Steinitz, 1875
   Oct-15-17 Eingorn vs Balashov, 1989 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: 22..Nc4 23 Qxb5 Rb8 24 b3 Nxe3 25 Qxd3.
   Oct-10-17 Janowski vs J Mason, 1902
Gregor Samsa Mendel: The game would probably have been drawn after 47 Rxc8, but Janowski apparently wasn't content with a draw.
   Oct-03-17 James Tarjan (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Sally Simpson: ... 30 years alone with Fred Reinfeld books. I think we have discovered the secret of chess.> If that was really true, then <Ulhumbrus> would be world champion.
   Oct-02-17 M W Brown vs Z Almasi, 2017
Gregor Samsa Mendel: A fascinating ending. Stockfish says that 59..c2 loses and that Qd2+ or Qc2+ would have drawn. Black never does get to queen the c-pawn; 62..c1Q loses to 63 hg+ Kh6 64 Qh8+ Kxg6 65 Bh5#.
   Sep-24-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <saffuna>--The scary thing is that you and Mrs B (or her handler) are probably thinking about the same person. btw--strange that Mrs B refers to you as "jimmy boy"--just like a certain Mr B. Probably just a coincidence.
   Sep-24-17 chessforum (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Dear <cg>--I can't see the pieces on the board (just a blank board) when the viewer is set to Olga for this game: K van der Weide vs X Wemmers, 2003 Everything works just fine when I switch the viewer to pgn4web.
   Sep-24-17 K van der Weide vs X Wemmers, 2003 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: All I can see is a blank board when Olga is the viewer, but can see the pieces just fine when I set the viewer to pgn4web. Anyone else have this problem?
   Sep-22-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Wow. The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks. I myself actually do feel guilty about promoting people to injure themselves and have stopped watching football. I was wondering if anyone here felt the same way. I guess they do, and don't want anyone here bothering ...
   Sep-13-17 Li Chao vs R Rapport, 2017
Gregor Samsa Mendel: According to The Computer, Rapport had a winning advantage in the final position. He needed only a draw to advance to the next round.
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  thegoodanarchist: Speaking of bees...

When I was a child, many years ago, I lived in a cul de sac. There were a few other children about.

There were <many> bees about. We would catch them in Mason jars.

Nowadays I walk down cul de sacs, and if I see a bee more than one day a year it is a rare delight.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "Geological Explorers Discover a Passage to Earth's Dark Age"

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "...the task that reason evolved to to prevent us from getting screwed by the other members of our group. Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers, our ancestors were primarily concerned with their social standing, and with making sure that they weren’t the ones risking their lives on the hunt while others loafed around in the cave. There was little advantage in reasoning clearly, while much was to be gained from winning arguments."

Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: LOL!

Cute fairy tale.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I believe it explains a lot on why you post here, <BP>.
Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: "Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers..."


People get so carried away with these imaginative settings and stories.

It cute.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <BP>--I guess you never took a college anthropology class.
Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: Oh, the college professor is what makes it true?

Thanks for clearing that up.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: No, the college professor summarizes the evidence gathered by scientists. You could read a textbook on the subject as well, and judge the evidence for yourself. You say you value critical thinking skills, but you seem to use them only in an extremely narrow sense. If you use them at all.
Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: The evidence?


A few pieces of this and that, plus a <LOT> of wild imagination is the *evidence*.

Let's not conflate the *wild imagination* with the evidence.

"Where's the evidence?"

"There's tons of evidence!"

"Where is it?"

"Everyone knows about the evidence!"

"So where is it?"

"Ask John, he has the evidence and wrote a book on it"

"Hey John, where's the evidence?"

"There are mountains of evidence!"

"John, okay, where is the evidence?"

"Go to college dumbazz!"

"I went to college, John, where's the evidence?"

"Mountains and mountains of evidence!"

"John, you said that already. Where did you get the evidence for your book?"

"I got the evidence for another guy named John. Here is his book. Ask him."

"Hi John2, where is the evidence?"

"It's science, go away."

"But John2, where can I see the science?"

"You can't because you're an idiot."

"Look, John2, I want to see the evidence. "

"The evidence is well documented!"

"I know, John2, but where exactly is it?"


"John2, what exact does that mean?"

"It means there are mountains of evidence!"

"Where did you get your evidence from, John2, to write your book?"

"I got it from another guy named John that is from the generation before me. Here is his book."

"Hey John3, where is the evidence?"

"It's science. It's well documented. Mountains and mountains of evidence."

"John3, how do you know that these little bands of "hunter-gatherers" were living in caves and there was little reason for reasoning early on?"

"Why? Because of science! There is lots of evidence. Well documented."

"Like what?"

"Like lots of it! Why don't you read a book, if you know how to read!"

"But John3, just because you found an arrow head in a cave doesn't mean that people didn't reason. How do you get that?"

"I got it from another guy named John! And he's a scientist! So you lose"

The emperor has no clothes.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: How do people study prehistory?
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  thegoodanarchist: <But to explain the concept aforehand would be putting Descartes before the horse. >

I groan every time I read that.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Big Pawn--The emperor has no clothes.>

I don't know about that, I think his getup is kind of snazzy.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs"

<So if climate modeling remains imperfect, what’s the point of doing it?

...a lot of the concerns about implementing policy are related to concerns about the reliability of the numbers being used. It’s a little like the doctor coming in and saying you’re sick and he has some medicine which might work. You’ll feel much more comfortable about the medicine if you know there’s been clinical research and systematic control trials demonstrating it works.>

Time will tell. However, I suspect a lot of self-professed "Christians" aren't worried, because they think the Second Coming will occur in their lifetime or not much later.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "In Landmark Move, GOP Congress Calls Climate Change ‘Direct Threat’ to Security"

As they say in Kentucky, even a blind pig will find an acorn every now and then.

Aug-12-17  pinoy king: Gregory Salsa Mandela, or whatever your name is, you suck. You suck at chess, and you suck at everything.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <pinoy king>--I have been fatally wounded by your dexterity with wordplay, forsooth! That'll teach me to mess with a crab.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist

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  diceman: <Gregor Samsa Mendel:

I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist>

Much better to be a, Government Funded by Exxon, Government Climate Scientist!

(Obama tried to pass the, "No Taxes for Big Oil Act" but Republicans wouldn't let him)

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  thegoodanarchist: Ever notice how both of diceman's dice are rigged?

It's all 6s. Nothing else! You can only roll boxcars.

He will likely blame me, for I took the fair die for my own :)

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  diceman: <thegoodanarchist:

Ever notice how both of diceman's dice are rigged?>

They were a gift from "crooked Hillary."

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <diceman>--And Hillary Clinton gave you a pair of loaded dice because...?
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  diceman: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: <diceman>--And Hillary Clinton gave you a pair of loaded dice because...?>

She wanted me to go to Trump casinos
and bet "Any Craps" all day long!

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: ...but you misheard her, so here you are, posting any crap all day long.
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  diceman: <Gregor Samsa Mendel:

...but you misheard her>

"Any Crap" was Hillary's campaign!

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