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twinlark
Member since Nov-17-05
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My wrap of our Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006 against ICCF Grandmaster Arno Nickel is at User: World Team Tribute.

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

― Geoffrey Chaucer, The Parliament of Birds

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"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 @ http://thesaker.is/rex-tillerson-me...

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   twinlark has kibitzed 18037 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-18-17 Oluwafemi Balogun
 
twinlark: Balogun would probably need to compete on the European circuit to significantly improve his chess, as Africa's top players Bassem Amin and Ahmed Adly have been doing with great success.
 
   Sep-10-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
twinlark: Cillian certainly gets around. He's one of those actors that lifts a movie just by being in it.
 
   Sep-05-17 Phiona Mutesi
 
twinlark: <alexrawlings> Well said. I loved the movie as well, but had to smile at the scene where she shows her mother the house they moved into out of the Katwe slums. It's a recursive subplot, because she was able to buy the house from the proceeds of the money she received from ...
 
   Sep-03-17 twinlark chessforum
 
twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor> It's a powder keg, especially when a major pretext for a quarrel is right on China's border. Putin's address to BRICS was widely reported to the extent that it made the front page of Australia's Sydney Morning Herald. Moreover it was reported as straight ...
 
   Aug-13-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
twinlark: <saffuna> Taibbi's book about the GFC and what lead to it is second to none. The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap: https://www.amazon.com/Divide-Ameri...
 
   Jul-24-17 Vugar Gashimov (replies)
 
twinlark: Let's raise our glasses to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the birth of the late great Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov: To Gashimov and to his legacy: his great games. He was also a really nice guy.
 
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Aug-22-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: I perused through some recent Russia Insider articles, to see how they see things from their perspective. There were some interesting articles.

<Moscow made the final payment on the remaining foreign debt inherited from the Soviet Union. Russia took on the debt after the other former Soviet republics refused to pay.

“The debt to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the amount of $125.2 million has been settled in accordance with the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina,”the Russian Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.>

http://russia-insider.com/en/politi...

Wow! I expect some countries would simply have defaulted.

<State Department's Petty Revenge: No More US Tourist Visas in the Russian Provinces >

http://russia-insider.com/en/politi...

<Washington Warmongers Popping Champagne After Bannon's Ouster>

http://russia-insider.com/en/politi...

<Russia Warns the US Over Afghanistan

Moscow says under US stewardship the drug trade and ISIS are flourishing and now Afghanistan's Shia community is being attacked with the help of unidentified helicopters.

Russia has hinted in the past that the United States is covertly sponsoring the Islamic State in Afghanistan. On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson raised the bar by alleging that “foreign fighters” who were transferred by “unknown helicopters” have perpetrated a massacre of Hazara Shias in the Sar-e-Pol province in northern Afghanistan. The spokesperson said:

We can see attempts to stir up ethnic conflict in the country… Cases of unidentified helicopter flights to territory controlled by extremists in other northern provinces of Afghanistan are also recorded.

For example, there is evidence that on August 8, four helicopters made flights from the airbase of the Afghan National Army’s 209th corps in Mazar-i-Sharif to the area captured by the militants in the Aqcha district of the Jowzjan province.

It is noteworthy that witnesses of these flights began to fall off the radar of law enforcement agencies. It seems that the command of the NATO forces controlling the Afghan sky stubbornly refuses to notice these incidents.

From the above, it appears that sections of the Afghan armed forces and the NATO command (which controls Afghan air space) are hand in glove in these covert operations...

Possibly, the Trump administration, which has vowed to overthrow the Iranian regime, is opening a ‘second front’ by the IS against Iran from the east.

Interestingly, Russian Foreign Ministry also issued a statement on Friday on the alarming drug situation in Afghanistan. It pointed out that:

A sharp increase in drug production is expected in Afghanistan this year and one-third of the country’s population is now involved in cultivation of opium poppy.

The geography of the Afghan drug trafficking has expanded and now reaches African continent.

Tonnes of chemicals for processing narcotics are illegally imported into Afghanistan – with Italy, France and Netherlands “among main suppliers”.

The US and NATO are either unwilling or incapable of curbing the illegal activity.

Russia and Iran cannot turn a blind eye to the hostile activities by the US (and NATO) in their backyard, transforming the anti-Taliban war into a proxy war. They cannot but view the Afghan conflict through the prism of their deepening tensions with the US..

Kabulov disclosed that Russia has raised in the UN Security Council the air dropping of supplies for the IS fighters in at least three provinces in northern Afghanistan by unidentified aircraft.

Of course, it is inconceivable that Russia will put “boots on the ground” in Afghanistan. But if the IS breaches the borders of the Central Asian states, it becomes the “red line”, Russia will hit back..

With the exit of White House strategist Steve Bannon, an inveterate anti-war ideologue in the Trump administration who wanted the Afghan war to be brought to an end, the generals now have the upper hand in controlling the US policy..

The more one looks at it, President Donald Trump’s real challenge is not about winning the war against the Taliban, but the high risk he’ll be incurring, by taking his generals’ advice, to put his imprimatur on a full-fledged proxy war in Afghanistan against Russia, Iran and China.>

http://russia-insider.com/en/politi...

Aug-24-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Who Creates Iranian Foreign Policy?>

https://southfront.org/creates-iran...

The article summarizes the political structure of the Iranian high leadership. It concludes with

<Ayatollah Khamenei and his Principalist allies remain dedicated to the Axis of Resistance against Western presence in the Middle East and as long as Khamenei sits as the Guardian Jurist such will be the foreign policy of Iran, regardless of how many reformist members are elected to the Majles. The particular policies of support for Hezbollah, for the Syrian Government of Mr. al-Assad and for the Iraqi Government of Mr. al-Abadi are incarnations of this anti-Western foreign policy, and the nuclear agreement has merely given Iran more time to strengthen its hand in these three theatres.

It is clear how and by whom Iranian foreign policy is made, and an appreciation for the working of Iranian policy making will only aid the West in its interactions with the Islamic Republic, particular in determining realistic approaches.>

I'm not sure how <an appreciation for the working of Iranian policy making will only aid the West in its interactions with the Islamic Republic>. I imagine any US leader would simply conclude that Iran is fundamentally a theocratic dictatorship by Khamenei and the Guardian Council, whose Parliament is rubber stamped to give a facade of democracy.

Having said the above, let me add that quite a few US allies, especially in the Middle East, are precisely that as well, without even the semblance of any popular electoral process, and are financially supporting terrorist ideologues all over the world (which Iran does not do). But that would be OK for the US leadership since these allies support the institution of the petrodollar. (If they stop, then they themselves better watch out for a US invasion.)

Back to Iran, there is no doubt that the US intelligence community is quite aware how Iranian foreign policy is formed and who are the men involved. So they must also know that Iran is ideological committed to halt any kind of US neo-colonial expansion in the Middle East, and that it would be impossible to change such a foreign policy by changing the make-up of the Iranian parliament in another 'color revolution'. They may well conclude that the only way to do so is by invading Iran.

That's probably why the US seems to be baiting Iran all the time. If Iran cracks and bites at the bait, then it would give US the excuse to do Iraq/Libya part 3.

My opinion? One, I don't think the Iranian leadership is stupid enough to crack (in spite of the article's warning <As Foreign Minister Zarif has said on many occasions, “Iran does not respond well to threats.>). Two, if the US decides to invade Iran anyway, it's going to be a whole lot different than Iraq given Iran's military might, more independent economy, and larger population. Three, the Russian leadership would see a pro-US Iran as another pawn in a hostile encirclement of their homeland. Iran resembles Ukraine in that it is a direct neighbor of Russia, albeit the boundary is on a small inland sea. We know how the Russians reacted to the color revolution in Ukraine. IMO Russia would react by directly supplying logistics and covert troops across the Caspian sea, which the Russians control.

Aug-29-17
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

The parents of 17 year old Kian del Santos visited the president and do not seem to be blaming him for their son's death.

It also seems to have undermined the opposition #JusticeforKian movement that looked set to try and take the president down.

It's not at all clear what is going on. Do you have any additional info about that situation?

Aug-29-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

The parents of 17 year old Kian del Santos visited the president and do not seem to be blaming him for their son's death.

It also seems to have undermined the opposition #JusticeforKian movement that looked set to try and take the president down.

It's not at all clear what is going on. Do you have any additional info about that situation?>

I really don't know what happened, except what I hear from the grapevine. What I hear is that Senators Drilon and Hontiveros, and President Duterte's enemies (sometimes called derogatorily yellowtards) are using the issue to try to bring him down. They're focusing on this issue because the victim is a youngster (albeit already a drug pusher).

Regarding the parents, you will be surprised to know that quite a few relatives of drug pushers and addicts actually want their own children and siblings forcibly placed in rehab programs (here it means virtual imprisonment while they get 'detoxified').

A few years ago one of my cousins got killed when he figured in a motorcycle accident. He was an addict that could not be reformed. (I suspect he was high on drugs when it happened.) I was surprised at that time but his close relatives, and even my own mother kind of signed it off fatalistically as 'maybe it was his time.'

Back to the case, again I do not know if Kian was murdered. If he was, I am against the arbitrary execution of drug pushers. Surprisingly, I seem to be in the minority; most people I have talked to say it's better off for everyone if they are just shot. (Come to think of it, I believe some of my patients who got shot were into drugs. So in a way, I occasionally receive the results of the war against drugs.) I do know how dangerous this development can turn into, especially if non-drug pushers end up getting killed for political reasons (which happened a lot in the Marcos era).

Having said that, I am very much for Duterte's advocacy for Federalism for the Philippines. Without Federalism all non-Tagalog ethnic groups will eventually die out. My people will die out. And we in the provinces will remain forever part of the impoverished 4th world, our resources sucked into the center for the greater good of Metro Manila. Duterte is actually the first President who never benefited from Metro Manila political activities, and for all of his life was a local city politician; and therefore was always at the receiving end of the oppressive power of Manila over the provinces. He had always been a local politician all his life, before suddenly becoming President.

I do wonder sometimes what you think of the Philippines. It must occur to you that at times, we resemble the American 19th century wild west. Politics is a hundred shades of gray hereabouts.

Aug-29-17
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  twinlark: Songs by Julia Boutros, a Christian and Lebanon's premier singer, in honour of Hezbollah:

https://youtu.be/pdZgkGI5h0A

Aug-29-17
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  twinlark: <I do wonder sometimes what you think of the Philippines. It must occur to you that at times, we resemble the American 19th century wild west. Politics is a hundred shades of gray hereabouts.>

The country has certainly had a roller coaster ride over the centuries. Spanish domination followed by US domination followed by Japanese domination, followed by US liberation and then internal colonialism doesn't create the ideal predisposition for the creation of a harmonious civil societies <unless its history and multiculturalism is fully understood, embraced and learned from>. The US itself seems to be suffering an identity crisis about its own somewhat bloody history and legacy, while the first stirrings of that are starting to appear in Australia.

I guess that superimposing capitalism over this mix generates several different shades and directions of exploitation which sadly the bulk of the population has to wear.

I think I'd have to agree with your surmise that NPA-type communism probably won't work as this would replace one centralist force with another, which is the last thing the country needs at this stage, no matter how egalitarian the rhetoric.

I guess I don't really have any firm notions about the Philippines that aren't fairly generic. The quiltwork of cultures, languages, geography and politics is impossible for me to fully grasp from this distance. At this stage, I guess I'm hoping more active and powerful support for Duterte from within would be a good start, as the Arroyos and other previous administrations seem to have done a job of stuffing up the 1986 revolution.

I just hope Duterte doesn't become another Marcos as that would be really bad for everyone, especially provincial cultures. He needs a friendly Parliament, but I guess that will be difficult with the quality of MSM in the Philippines and the full throated opposition of US-funded groups.

Here in Australia, the Philippines does not usually make the news except lately for expressions of outrage against Duterte. Not that the local MSM is a great source of real information...

Aug-29-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark: Songs by Julia Boutros, a Christian and Lebanon's premier singer, in honour of Hezbollah>

I've seen this before, and it did not surprise me. In Lebanon Shiites and Christians have become natural allies, against the hostility of both Israel and Sunnis.

Most people can't imagine such a thing, why Shiite Muslims would ally with Christians. This in fact has already happened in Syria.

In Syria, I think the basis is quite clear. The Koran has a passage that orders the killing of 'those who abandon God's cause'. It seems to be taken literally by fundamentalist Sunnis as applying to 'apostate' Shiites. Thus Shiites are to be killed. Peculiarly, while the Koran also has passages that order the death of idolaters, it also has passages that advocate the taxation of 'People of the Book', which it explicitly defines to be Christians, Jews, Sabaeans (I think that those were Gnostics that were still around in the Middle East during the 7th century). Until they convert to Islam. Apostates on the other hand do not have any such passage that theologically protects them. In the eyes of a fundamentalist Sunni the 'apostasy' of Shiites must be answered by death. Peculiarly in ISIS and Nusra parts of Syria, Shiites are in more danger of being executed than are Christians.

In any case, such a mentality in Syria forces Christians and Shiites (and Alawites an offshoot of the Shiites) to band together.

I am not so familiar with the situation in Lebanon though.

Aug-29-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <I think I'd have to agree with your surmise that NPA-type communism probably won't work as this would replace one centralist force with another> I already talked about this in a sensitive post which I requested for you to delete.

<The quiltwork of cultures, languages, geography and politics is impossible for me to fully grasp from this distance.>

Most native Tagalogs don't either. They are taught to assume everyone must adapt to them, as though they are the elite chosen people. They can't be blamed individually because they are institutionally taught to be culturally chauvinistic by the nationalistic ideology that prevails in our schools and Manila based media. (You can actually read several nationalistic posters here who seem to assume that Americans are like non-Tagalog provincianos. They're used to flaunt their ability to speak Tagalog as a sign of virtuous nationalism within the Philippines, and take this attitude to foreign sites that are not in the Philippines at all, and end up getting seen and treated as rude and arrogant jerks.) It's because of an educational system that is part and parcel of Manila's internal colonialism. Which in fact psychologically greases Manila's internal colonialism so that people will accept its shackling oppression without question.

Sigh. A little tweaking of the Dep Ed curriculum that will allow the teaching of the local people's history and language, and respect for other languages and cultures will change all that within a single generation, and then my people will never want to go back into bondage.

Fortunately we don't have much racial issues (not to the extent in the US, which as you say has an identity crisis, which from my perspective seems to be racially based.) Most of the Philippines seems to be diversely homogenous racially. You can see all sorts of people from South East Asian to North East Asian to vaguely Indian or with a small degree of Europoid features; sometimes all within one family (like mine). No one much cares.

Aug-29-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <At this stage, I guess I'm hoping more active and powerful support for Duterte from within would be a good start, as the Arroyos and other previous administrations seem to have done a job of stuffing up the 1986 revolution.>

I think I've commented on this before. For me, it's been stuffed into the Philippine trench.

Aug-29-17
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

I mentioned there was some debate starting in Australia in the wake of the burgeoning identity crisis in the US. Here is a sample of what is starting to construct what is hopefully a new narrative about Australian history:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-polit...

<the US, which as you say has an identity crisis, which from my perspective seems to be racially based.>

I think it is. Between the genocide of indigenous people and slavery, not to mention indentured labor of Asians, Hispanics and poor whites the whole mix was and is a racial fustercluck. Similarly with Australia and its history of genocide and government funded slave (ie convict and Pacific islander) labour.

I tend to think most countries have some sort of racial issue bubbling away, for reasons of colonialism and its legacies, or simply indigenous survivors of conquests. Britain has issues through people from its former colonies coming back to roost while the rest of Western Europe has to also deal with its colonial legacies, especially as weaponised by the EU in allowing an unlimited influx of Muslim refugees from the areas being torn apart by US and European aggression.

I can't think of too many countries like the Philippines were race per se (as opposed to culture) is not much of an issue, although this is certainly possible in Cuba, Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius and other such countries living on the edges of empire. I don't know enough of these places to be entirely certain, but I think they're reasonably comfortable in that respect.

Indonesia could figure in this as discrimination has tended to be towards political classes (ie the extermination of a million or more suspected communists 50 years ago), although its annexation of West Papua is a huge blot on its copybook, as its is policy of transmigration of non-Papuans to the province.

New Zealand certainly has its racial issues, but there is a much more equal compact between pākehā (Euro-NZers) and maoris. Come to think of it, Russia evolved as a multicultural entity, although the transmigrations of Russians into its central Asian republics have probably not done their compatriots too many favours in the wake of the Iron Curtain being torn down and these republics declaring their independence, especially if the Baltic States attitudes toward native Russian speakers is any guide.

Aug-29-17
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  diceman: <twinlark:

in the wake of the burgeoning identity crisis in the US.>

Weird?
Right after our first black President.

Aug-29-17
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  twinlark: <diceman>

Can you expand on that? It looks to be an interesting thread to pursue.

Aug-29-17
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  OhioChessFan: Maybe this is a tangent, but to me, a historical occasion per the first black President would necessarily entail the primary sense of something like "descendant of a Southern slave". Obama wasn't close to fitting that narrative. Not sure if it's important, but there you go.
Aug-29-17
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  diceman: <OhioChessFan:

Maybe this is a tangent, but to me, a historical occasion per the first black President would necessarily entail the primary sense of something like "descendant of a Southern slave". Obama wasn't close to fitting that narrative. Not sure if it's important, but there you go.>

Are you kidding?
Because they didn't see him coming.
(Obama kinda came out of nowhere)

Bill Clinton was called the first black President!

Obviously, the bar was quite low.

Aug-30-17
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  twinlark: <Ohio>

<Obama wasn't close to fitting that narrative. Not sure if it's important, but there you go.>

I think it is important. Colin Powell is in the same boat. Condaleeza Rice did however have slaves as ancestors. What the relative importance of these facts are I'm not entirely sure, although I'm sure all three would have experienced the systemic discrimination that is the lot of POC. However, not having the slave experience in one's ancestry hag riding one's daily existence probably makes an existential difference.

I won't die in a ditch with this notion, as it would need someone from the African American community to comment meaningfully on this dichotomy.

Aug-30-17
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  twinlark: <diceman>

<Bill Clinton was called the first black President!>

Considering the activities attributed to the Clinton Foundation, this could be the bitterest irony of all.

<Because they didn't see him coming. (Obama kinda came out of nowhere) >

Building up his left wing credentials so he could trade them in for right wing support and funding from the predators on Wall Street. What a douche bag.

Aug-30-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: Obama was one of the most dangerous POTUSes in history, for humanity.

<In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the “reluctant liberal warrior,” dropped 26,171 bombs – three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Having pledged to help “rid the world” of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.

Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama – with his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at his side – who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the “deporter-in-chief.”

One of Obama’s last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618 billion to the Pentagon>

http://russia-insider.com/en/politi...

The whole article is an interesting read.

Aug-31-17
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  twinlark: Written by Australia's John Pilger, an independent journalist of long standing.

He's been doing it his way for 50 years: http://johnpilger.com/

Sep-01-17
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  diceman: <twinlark: <diceman>

Can you expand on that? It looks to be an interesting thread to pursue.>

As I've said here before, if there was any truth to Obama, his term would have been "Black Day" in America.

He would have been doing, and acting, like Trump with his voters. It would have been about education, success, family, jobs, home ownership.

Unfortunately, Barack can't kill the goose that laid the golden voting egg. The Democrat party requires victims, the party requires hate. (with all the lies, all the hate, all the people, and lives, they destroyed, they still lost)

With individual success government cant be empowered, no need to take peoples money. People wont need government for healthcare. Republicans cant starve children you feed. With success, and freedom, the wheels come off the Democrat cart.

This is why Barack's resume was watching blacks die in the inner-city as a community organizer, and watching them die as President.

So eight years after the healer, eight years after the messiah, golly gee whiz, we got all this racial tension. (at least according to the liars)

The US can have more black billionaires
like Oprah. More black millionaires, and 10 to 20 more black Presidents.

It wont matter, we'll still have the
NAACP, we'll still have affirmative action. Democrats need victims.

Several months after the first black President, and it's like he never existed.

Of course, while they own their pets
they'll replace MLK's
"I Have A Dream" with "The Dreamers."

The only thing better than domestic victims, is imported victims. (it also fills the void left by inner-city death/incarceration rates)

At least my country still has diversity.
Obama and Maxine Waters, get their mansions. The folks they "help" get the ghetto and slum. You cant get more diverse than that!

<Obama and Maxine Waters, get their mansions.>

The land of Democrat Jim Crow sure does pay certain blacks well.

Sep-01-17
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  diceman: By the way.
Saw a TV show on a Titan missile explosion.

<The Damascus Titan missile explosion refers to an incident where the fuel in a nuclear armed missile exploded at missile launch facility Launch Complex 374-7 in Damascus, Arkansas, on September 18–19, 1980>

Guess who was Governor?
Good ole Bill Clinton!
Amazing the way trouble follows these people.
(Hillary lost none of the missile launch commands, as far as I know, and never sold any to the highest bidder)

Makes you wonder what politics
would have been like, had Bill/Hillary
been incinerated in 1980?

Sep-01-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <diceman: This is why Barack's resume was watching blacks die in the inner-city as a community organizer, and watching them die as President.

So eight years after the healer, eight years after the messiah, golly gee whiz, we got all this racial tension. (at least according to the liars)

The US can have more black billionaires
like Oprah. More black millionaires, and 10 to 20 more black Presidents.

It wont matter, we'll still have the
NAACP, we'll still have affirmative action. Democrats need victims.

Several months after the first black President, and it's like he never existed.>

These statements seem to affirm that <the US, which as you say has an identity crisis, which from my perspective seems to be racially based.>

My opinion is that

One, the obvious difference between the physical features of European and African descendants in the USA makes this phenomenon more marked in the US.

Two, this racial divide would decrease over the next few centuries, assuming humanity won't nuke itself to extinction. It's the time factor I think.

<twinlark: I can't think of too many countries like the Philippines were race per se (as opposed to culture) is not much of an issue>

Again it's the time factor. Example 1. The indigenous Philippine aborigines who resemble Australian aborigines and Melanesians in appearance have practically been all absorbed into the local populations. It's just nearly impossible to see someone that looks like a Melanesian hereabouts nowadays. 2. Northeast Asians (with their 'chinky' eyes and fair skin) look different from Southeast Asians (larger eyes and browner skin), but since there has been a steady stream of NE Asian immigration over the centuries, society hereabouts have simply gotten used to people that look NE Asian. In nearly every extended family, the genetic law of independent assortment rules that the occasional family member will be born that looks like Chinese. So everyone is used to them. 3. Historical records indicate that the most significant state-supported (by the Spanish King) Spanish immigration occurred way back in the 16th and early 17th century. It is known by local historians that the first such relatively large permanent settlement of Spanish families in the Philippines was Villa Arevalo in present-day Iloilo City way back in 1581. So now and then someone with mestizo features will pop up in virtually any family, even if there is no documented European ancestor. People have grown used to them. 4. In my locality, there are local people that have South Asian features (from India). Again no one knows exactly why, but there has to have been some immigrants of Indian origin. It all must have occurred at least 200 years ago since no one has any clear memory of their recent great grandparents being Indian. 5. The Spanish Governor-Generals and the powerful Spanish Catholic clergy in las islas de Filipinas prohibited the importation of African slaves and the practice of any official slavery, which means that there was no immigration of Africans hereabouts, contrary to what has occurred in the Americas. There are many local people hereabouts who have never seen a live African in their entire lives. So the issue of Whites vs POC is non-existent hereabouts.

When the US of the future begins to have people with different racial features occurring all within the same family (thanks to the genetic law of independent assortment), then the issue of racial difference will probably also begin to subside.

Sep-01-17
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  twinlark: <diceman>

<Damascus Titan missile explosion>

Didn't have that much to do with the State governance, as it was a federal facility.

Sep-01-17
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  twinlark: <diceman>

<As I've said here before, if there was any truth to Obama, his term would have been "Black Day" in America.>

Even before he was president, Obama participated in opposing and preventing class actions against the very corporations that were some of the most vicious predators in the country, ie: the victims were the most vulnerable, including a disproportionate number of African Americans.

As president he always was a corporate and military shill.

Sep-02-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <The world’s top oil importer, China, is preparing to launch a crude oil futures contract denominated in Chinese yuan and convertible into gold>

http://russia-insider.com/en/politi...

Since China (and Russia) have begun amassing a large collection of gold, this has always been an option. If this pushes through, it would spell the end of the institution of the petrodollar.

What's worrying is how US would react to this. There will be lobby groups and individuals in the US high leadership that will see this as an existential threat to the US.

I believe it will eventually come to that. The fiat petrodollar will die as an institution and the gold standard will return. On the way, hopefully we don't see the US leadership lashing out in nuclear anger. China has to take it slow and prudent.

Sep-03-17
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

It's a powder keg, especially when a major pretext for a quarrel is right on China's border. Putin's address to BRICS was widely reported to the extent that it made the front page of Australia's Sydney Morning Herald. Moreover it was reported as straight news without the bias or editorialising that is characteristic of Aussie MSM reporting on Putin, which is why I've included the link here to demonstrate the seriousness of the situation.

Putin's warning is unusually blunt and notably not addressed directly to the West presumably to avoid provoking reactions that would otherwise follow like day follows night.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/north-k...

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