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Member since Nov-17-05

My wrap of our Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006 against ICCF Grandmaster Arno Nickel is at User: World Team Tribute.


<The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.>

― Geoffrey Chaucer, The Parliament of Birds


"What we’re seeing are the puppets’... shadows jumping all over the screen. ...sometimes the puppets move in a seemingly incoherent fashion. But the puppet master is always in control, moving them, giving them voice, in a rational fashion vis-a-vis his plot for the play. The wise old Prussian, Clausewitz, wrote that war is conducted for a reason ie it has certain aims and objectives. The conduct of war may appear chaotic but war, any war, is conducted for a rational end.

So to come back to the shadow play, what’s the best way to stop a bad — and potentially deadly one for all of us — shadow play? Why, talk to the puppet master of course and tell him in no uncertain terms that he’s in the play too." - Basil @


Edward Snowden on Privacy:

"Privacy’s not about having something to hide, privacy’s about something to protect.

Privacy is the fountainhead of all other rights. Privacy is where rights are derived from, because privacy is the right to the self. Privacy is the right to a free mind. Privacy is the ability to have something, anything, for yourself, for you. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean very much if you can’t have your own ideas and to have your own ideas, you have to have a safe space to develop these ideas, to figure out what it is that you actually believe in. Then to test these ideas selectively with people you trust, to determine whether this is actually a good idea or whether it’s stupid.

If every idea that you had ever uttered was instantly captured and recorded and followed you around for the rest of your life, you would never outlive even the slightest mistakes that you’d made. Freedom of religion, of belief, is not meaningful, it doesn’t really exist, if you only inherit the beliefs that came from your family or the people before you or from the state. You have to actually have a chance to read, to look, to try, to experiment with new ideas, to figure out what this life of ours is really about for you."

Edward Snowden on Rights:

"Rights aren’t for the majority, rights aren’t for the privileged, rights aren’t for the powerful, because they don’t need them. Their access to influence allows them to shape what rights are. They allow them to shape what our laws are. They allow them to determine and influence the way society works. Rather, rights are for the least powerful. Rights are for the powerless. They’re for the minority. They’re for the different. They’re for the weak." - Edward Snowden to Jimmy Wales 5 Jan 2018 or thereabouts:


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   twinlark has kibitzed 18208 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-13-18 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
twinlark: I didn't realise there were edit wars on the Petrov page. I was however very happy to see Vladimir Petrov, his life and games, brought back into the light. Well done.
   Jul-13-18 Biographer Bistro (replies)
twinlark: <Tabanus> You'd have to wonder if she didn't apply, why all these IM norms were lodged with FIDE. Presumably they were accompanied by the necessary fee. Come to think of it, not lodging a fee might have been the issue.
   May-28-18 D Gukesh (replies)
twinlark: Happy birthday to the world's youngest IM.
   May-27-18 Altibox Norway (2018) (replies)
twinlark: <Any others?> Various youth (age) champions from U8 to U18 for each sex: Even the recently introduced U8s have thrown up players that are starting to become significant, most notably Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa , 13 year old GM Nodirbek ...
   May-16-18 Hikaru Nakamura (replies)
twinlark: <The bio above must be fixed> Done.
   Apr-17-18 twinlark chessforum (replies)
twinlark: A lengthy article by Robert Fisk about what he found in Douma:
   Apr-07-18 Karpov vs Velimirovic, 1976 (replies)
twinlark: What a pointlessly disrespectful comment.
   Mar-18-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
twinlark: <frogbert> Your live rating archive is gone. You may wish to update your bio.
   Mar-12-18 Nigel Short (replies)
twinlark: <OhioChessFan> <I'll discuss with Nigel whether the belief in the Christian God is sensible and worthy of respect. Or he could just continue to cast asperions from the rhetorical world of afar.> I've not noticed he's good at respectful debate. I was asked for my opinion
   Feb-02-18 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
twinlark: <He deletes my posts because he has no answers and doesn't want egg on his face.> For someone who likes to finagle fine points of argument, you can be awfully opportunistic in your interpretation of events. I deleted your posts and banned you from my forum because you're an ...
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