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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Nov-28-14
NJ--no rating. Favorites, Morphy, Marshall, Anderssen. Played a lot as a teen, then let it go for 40 years. Trying to reconstitute myself as a chess player.

Meanwhile, let this forum serve as a refuge from wild-eyed loony leftism. Here there will be no admiration for Hugo Chavez, Castro, or any of the other tin-pot dictators admired by chess players from the safety of freedom-loving Western democracies. Here will be found a premise that most of the nations of the world today are governed by Godless fools. Ours, too, unfortunately.

I was also going to say some uncomplimentary things about Queen Pawn games, the Sicilian and the French Defenses, Semi-Slav games, and a few other chess matters. But as those are purely questions of personal taste, I have chosen to leave them alone.

Since setting up this forum, I have also had several novels published: "Bell Mountain," "The Cellar Beneath the Cellar," and "The Thunder King." For more information about them (and me), visit my website, http://leeduigon.com/

Update, much delayed: my fourth book, "The Last Banquet," came out last year, and my fifth, "The Fugitive Prince," I expect to be published sometime this Spring. For book covers and free sample chapters, visit my blog.

Update again: "The Fugitive Prince" is out now and the next project is "The Palace." Editing is well advanced, but we're still waiting for a cover.

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   Nov-28-14 playground player chessforum
 
playground player: <Alien Math> Thanks for the tip. I'll pass it on to my publisher. OK, who's out there doing the Black Friday thing today? Who got up at 3 a.m. to go stand in a line somewhere? *sigh*
 
   Nov-27-14 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: Secularism should never be let out of the faculty lounge.
 
   Nov-15-14 optimal play chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <optimal play> This is not going to be easy for me to say. I've been very hard on you for being condescending and superior. Imagine my chagrin at finding the same fault in myself. Yesterday I was conversing with a friend about the efforts of certain Christian women ...
 
   Nov-15-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <hms123> In your connoisseurship (?) of young people's literature, I hope you haven't overlooked the <Freddy the Pig> series by Walter R. Brooks. For a brief review of one of them, http://leeduigon.com/2014/11/15/fre... Brooks wrote dozens of these, over almost
 
   Nov-14-14 Morphy vs A Bottin, 1858 (replies)
 
playground player: Funny how Morphy's reputation seems to suffer because he beat everybody else who was around at the time. What more could he have done? And maybe some of these guys looked bad because they were playing against Morphy. Certainly Bird didn't look so bad against Steinitz. I ...
 
   Nov-07-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> I didn't get where I am today by mystifying my readers. In light of my latest quarterly sales figures, though, I might as well try it.
 
   Nov-01-14 M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014 (replies)
 
playground player: <Phony Benoni> Then there are the times when you experience all of those emotions--right up to the point where you triumphally make the move and your opponent looks at it quizzically, like Godzilla preparing to crush a pagoda... and then makes his own move that you ...
 
   Oct-26-14 Shabalov vs Aronian, 2004 (replies)
 
playground player: When you see the enemy King cowering behind a screen of Pawns, tear it away.
 
   Oct-19-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: I think I'd take the $10,000. My idol is Davy Crockett, and it'd be kind of unnerving to meet him.
 
   Oct-14-14 J Saradjen vs M Perunovic, 2004 (replies)
 
playground player: When I come to grief in the Polish Opening, it's very often because I've allowed Black to establish a Knight on the fourth rank. I have had to learn not to allow that.
 
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Apr-11-12  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Apr-11-12
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  playground player: I have learned a useful lesson from this year's Republican primary elections.

From now on I'm not going to resign any chess game in which defeat is inevitable. Instead, I'll simply announce that I am suspending my campaign!

Apr-11-12
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  YouRang: <...a useful lesson from this year's Republican primary elections.

From now on I'm not going to resign any chess game in which defeat is inevitable. Instead, I'll simply announce that I am suspending my campaign!>

lol - Yeah, what's with that?

I suppose it means "I'm going to wait and see if my opponent makes a scandalous blunder, and if so I'll jump back in".

But then it doesn't work as well in chess since your opponent can't move (or blunder) when it's your turn to move. :-)

Apr-11-12
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  OhioChessFan: <NASA Global Warming Stance Blasted By 49 Astronauts, Scientists Who Once Worked At Agency>

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...

Apr-12-12  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Apr-12-12
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> This week's column, "Political Debate in a Caliban Culture," is about civility (a subject about which some believe I know very little):

http://www.newswithviews.com/Duigon...

I expect the Shakespeare reference will prove irresistibly attractive to <hms123>

<YouRang> Whoever loses the general election can now say, "I'm suspending my presidential campaign for four years."

Apr-12-12
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  playground player: <OhioChessFan> It seems NASA has lost interest in actually going into outer space. Maybe they've lost the knack for it, too.
Apr-12-12  Jim Bartle: I believe it costs money to go to space.

As the astronaut said in "The Right Stuff" (movie, not book): "No bucks, no Buck Rogers."

Apr-12-12
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  YouRang: Just for balance: <Attacks on climate science by former NASA staff shouldn't be taken seriously>

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environme...

Apr-12-12
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Pgp> what happens in Vancouver stays in Vancouver. I might have misremembered the exact name on the signs- I saw them in the neighborhood north of Burrard street downtown, across the street from the Hospital there.
Apr-13-12  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Apr-13-12  cormier: http://www.digitaljournal.com/artic...
Apr-13-12
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  playground player: <frogbert> In my home town, two miles across at its widest point, we will hold an election next Wednesday for school board members and approval of the annual school budget. School board elections are always held on unusual days (all the other elections are on Tuesdays in November), so as to depress the voter turnout. The members of any local school board in New Jersey have no autonomy and no authority--I don't know why they bother.

Our proposed budget--for a small town with only four public schools in it--is $30 million and change! Seven and a quarter million bucks per school!

The purpose of these extravagant costs is to enrich teachers' union members and school administrators.

This is why my home state is lurching toward bankruptcy.

<YouRang> "Science denialism?" I'm supposed to take that seriously?

<Esteemed Colleagues> Anyone interested in playing the Albin Countergambit in the Thematic Challenge?

Apr-13-12
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  YouRang: <playground player><"Science denialism?" I'm supposed to take that seriously?>

Well, why not?

The referenced article opens with an example:

<A vivid example is the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, who argued against the scientific consensus that HIV caused AIDS. This led to policies preventing thousands of HIV positive mothers in South Africa from receiving anti-retrovirals. It's estimated these policies led to the loss of more than 330,000 lives (Chigwedere 2008). Clearly the consequences of denying science can be dire, even fatal. >

http://www.skepticalscience.com/5-c...

What parts of this article (if any) would you disagree with?

Apr-13-12
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  playground player: News flash from New Jersey (this'll cheer you up): Newark Mayor Corey Booker was released from the hospital today after being treated for minor injuries suffered when he was wakened early this morning by the house next door to his being on fire. The mayor rushed into the burning building and carried out a woman who would have died if he'd waited for the firemen.

"I'm no hero," Booker said. (We beg to differ!) The primary emotion he felt during the action, he said, was intense fear.

Hats off to Mayor Corey Booker!

<YouRang> I'm feeling mellow for a change, so I don't want to revisit Global Warming at this time.

Apr-13-12
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  hms123: <pgp>

I know all about the <Caliban>. They created a tempest in an Afghanistan teapot, right?

I didn't get where I am today by not looking things up on youtube. Here's what I found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWN9...

Apr-13-12
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  YouRang: <I'm feeling mellow for a change...>

Enjoy it while it lasts! :-)

Apr-14-12  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Apr-14-12
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  playground player: <YouRang> Let me be candid. I'm really not qualified to read this scientist's report and say, "It's a load of hooey," or that scientist's report and say, "This one's right!" We are talking about specialized knowledge which I do not possess. So I think I need to re-state my opposition to the Man-Made Global Warming camp on general principles.

1. No one must <ever> be allowed to wield the kind of raw coercive power that the Warmists are demanding.

2. Anyone who desires that kind of power must <never> be allowed to get it.

3. Because political power is so corrupting, it must always be diffused as much as possible. The worst possible arrangement would be the kind of "global governance" that these people advocate--to be wielded by themselves! The bigger and more powerful the government, the more intensely corrupt it will be. Surely you, as a Pre-Millenial, can't contemplate with pleasure any proposed global governance. Your eschatology ought to tell you who'll be running that show!

4. Anyone who has been caught lying and cheating as often as some of the Warmists have been caught cannot be trusted. (And don't say the same applies to Anti-Warmists, because the Anti-Warmists are not the ones seeking vast new powers over their fellow citizens.)

5. Anyone who demands the power to jail his critics, as James Hansen does, must not be given power.

6. Anyone who proposes to suspend the democratic process, and to proceed with no regard to due process of law--as Prof. Norgaard does in her letter to that person in the White House--is not to be trusted with any kind of political power. If the history of the 20th century teaches us anything at all, it should teach us that.

7. Let me illustrate my last point with a real-life parable.

A certain individual became prominent for broadcasting dire warnings of the ravages of Y2K, the end of civilization as we know it. Acting on his advice, many people sold all their property and headed for the hills.

And when nothing happened, some of these people said, "Well, see--Mr. X, with all his good advice, stopped Y2K!"

The Warmists are telling us, "Give us leviathan-like powers over all the people, and we will save you from destruction!" And there is absolutely no way to refute them; because if they become dictators, and the disasters they predict don't happen, they'll simply say, "Our methods worked! We saved the planet!"

Meanwhile, the imagined state of emergency will never be called off, and the tyrants will never give up their powers. Regrettably, the "War on Terror" shows signs of following this pattern. (But WOT is different from the MMGW "crisis" in that it originated from a real event: Sept. 11, 2001.)

These general principles of mine are the result of a lifetime of studying history and observing current events. The scientific questions are beside the point.

Apr-14-12
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  YouRang: <playground player: <YouRang> Let me be candid. I'm really not qualified to read this scientist's report and say, "It's a load of hooey," or that scientist's report and say, "This one's right!" We are talking about specialized knowledge which I do not possess.>

I appreciate this admission (although I never doubted it). I am not qualified either.

But lacking the qualifications to judge the science, how is it that you (and MMGW skeptics at large) are so confident that MMGW is a hoax and a fraud -- as you have stated many times?

<1. No one must <ever> be allowed to wield the kind of raw coercive power that the Warmists are demanding.

2. Anyone who desires that kind of power must <never> be allowed to get it.>

Okay, first of all these concerns about abuse of power, while valid, have nothing to do with the legitimacy of the science itself.

Secondly, this is a unprecedented condition: There is an honest belief among the majority of climate scientists that the earth's climate is being adversely affected by human activity during the past century. They also believe that we are at a critical stage such that if we fail to act soon, the effects will be irreversible.

So, assuming for a moment that their beliefs are justifiable, what *should* they do? It seems that calling for governments and corporations to adopt policies to change course is a rather obvious step, and this is what they are doing. If you forbid that, what other options would you recommend?

<3. Because political power is so corrupting, it must always be diffused as much as possible. The worst possible arrangement would be the kind of "global governance" that these people advocate--to be wielded by themselves! The bigger and more powerful the government, the more intensely corrupt it will be. Surely you, as a Pre-Millenial, can't contemplate with pleasure any proposed global governance. Your eschatology ought to tell you who'll be running that show!>

My eschatology tells me that there will be that there will be a form of global governance in the end times -- and this will be the case no matter what we do. If the predicted catastrophic consequences of global warming are realized, then governments will step in anyway to deal with food rationing, disease control, and conflict. Perhaps this explains the war, famine and pestilence that we see prophesied in Revelation 6:3-8.

And if MMGW-denial is connected with Christianity, it might explain some of the hatred of Christians foretold in the end times.

(continued next post)

Apr-14-12
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  YouRang: Continued from above:

<4. Anyone who has been caught lying and cheating as often as some of the Warmists have been caught cannot be trusted. (And don't say the same applies to Anti-Warmists, because the Anti-Warmists are not the ones seeking vast new powers over their fellow citizens.)>

I don't see your logic here. If someone on either side of the debate is caught lying and cheating, then they are not trustworthy -- regardless of whether you are seeking power or not. So yes, I will point out that there has been lying and cheating on the anti-warmest side also.

<5. Anyone who demands the power to jail his critics, as James Hansen does, must not be given power.>

I think you're overstating. He didn't "demand power to jail his critics". His proposed that CEOs of companies that contribute to global warming despite knowing the consequences. His quote: <"CEOs of fossil energy companies know what they are doing and are aware of long-term consequences of continued business as usual. In my opinion, these CEOs should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature."<>>

<6. Anyone who proposes to suspend the democratic process, and to proceed with no regard to due process of law--as Prof. Norgaard does in her letter to that person in the White House--is not to be trusted with any kind of political power. If the history of the 20th century teaches us anything at all, it should teach us that.>

Again, she is calling for urgent worldwide action based on her belief that MMGW and its consequences are real. Even if she is wrong about MMGW, her intentions can be good. That's much more than I can say about those on the skeptic side who told blatant and hateful lies about her views.

<7. Let me illustrate my last point with a real-life parable. A certain individual became prominent for broadcasting dire warnings of the ravages of Y2K>

As a software developer myself, I know that (1) Programmers around the world DID make huge efforts to avoid most of dire consequences of Y2K. (2) There was also huge amount of hype and misinformation associated with Y2K -- largely by opportunists.

<The Warmists are telling us, "Give us leviathan-like powers over all the people, and we will save you from destruction!" And there is absolutely no way to refute them; because if they become dictators, and the disasters they predict don't happen, they'll simply say, "Our methods worked! We saved the planet!">

Again, that's one (exaggerated IMO) scenario that assumes evil intentions by climate scientists. Another scenario is that the terrible consequences do occur, and all those who promoted skepticism will look like some of the most colossal and irresponsible fools in the history of the world.

<Meanwhile, the imagined state of emergency will never be called off>

You seem confident that the state of emergency is "imagined", even though you admit that you aren't qualified to judge the science.

<These general principles of mine are the result of a lifetime of studying history and observing current events. The scientific questions are beside the point.>

Possibly you've never observed an event like this before, and I think the scientific questions are paramount, and climate scientists are the best experts we have.

Apr-14-12
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  OhioChessFan: <YouRang: Secondly, this is a unprecedented condition: There is an honest belief among the majority of climate scientists that the earth's climate is being adversely affected by human activity during the past century. They also believe that we are at a critical stage such that if we fail to act soon, the effects will be irreversible.

So, assuming for a moment that their beliefs are justifiable, what *should* they do? It seems that calling for governments and corporations to adopt policies to change course is a rather obvious step, and this is what they are doing. If you forbid that, what other options would you recommend?>

Let's change a few words and see if you agree with yourself:

Secondly, this is a unprecedented condition: There is an honest belief among the majority of <practicing Christians> that the earth's <human condition> is being adversely affected by <immoral> human activity during the past century. They also believe that we are at a critical stage such that if we fail to act soon, the effects will be irreversible.

So, assuming for a moment that their beliefs are justifiable, what *should* they do? It seems that calling for governments and corporations to adopt policies to change course is a rather obvious step, and this is what they are doing. If you forbid that, what other options would you recommend?

Apr-14-12  cormier: <<<<we know theat in many areas abuses are made by polutors and> ... will we get better leaders & better ministers and such having the common good at heart> .... lets pray for that guys> ..... tks G>
Apr-14-12  frogbert: <Our proposed budget--for a small town with only four public schools in it--is $30 million and change! Seven and a quarter million bucks per school!

The purpose of these extravagant costs is to enrich teachers' union members and school administrators.>

pgp, have you seen the budgets? are they available anywhere? do you mind referring me to them or forwarding the figures?

can i rightly assume that teachers in public schools belong to the upper class of the us society, based on their "extravagant" pay checks? does the state provide partial funding for private schools too?

Apr-14-12
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  YouRang: <OhioChessFan><Let's change a few words and see if you agree with yourself...>

lol - By what stretch of the imagination do validate the idea that YOU can change words in something I had said, and think it somehow serves as a test of ME agreeing with myself?

Why don't you just state your point?

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