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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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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: https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2...

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   Jan-22-18 twinlark chessforum (replies)
 
twinlark: Incidentally, the signing into law of expanded warrantless surveillance with the assistance of dozens of democrats shows the #Resistance emperor wears no clothes. As Gleen Greenwald put it: <The Same Democrats Who Denounce Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted
 
   Nov-24-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
twinlark: <HeHateMe> It was a four hour chapter and verse denunciation that left the congress completely lost and speechless. Seems like a major political risk to destroy the country's idol in such a fashion, one that you probably won't see parallels for elsewhere. Krushchev lost ...
 
   Oct-28-17 Kirill Shevchenko
 
twinlark: Congratulations to GM Shevchenko, who gained his title nearly two months before his 15th birthday.
 
   Oct-17-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
twinlark: <offramp> <For <quite literally> I think you mean <not literally>.> It wasn't overly popular back in the day because there was a cognitive dissidence between what the movie projected and urban Australia's idealistic view of outback Australia. It did ...
 
   Oct-03-17 Anton Smirnov
 
twinlark: Well done, Grandmaster Anton Smirnov.
 
   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.
 
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Dec-16-17
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

Thanks for that explanation of Spanish policy of integrating the various cultures. Needless to say, the opposite was the case in Australia, creating a lasting and negative legacy that affects everyone in this country, even if unwittingly.

The dispossession and genocide of Aborigines was ferocious and unremitting especially in Queensland, underpinned in the earlier decades by convict labour (ie state funded slaves working for the private sector), and the sugar slaves of Queensland from the islands (the forced servitude of Kanakas): http://www.qhatlas.com.au/content/s..., all of whom were used by white pastoralists and farmers.

The dark skinned/light skinned dichotomy is not such as issue as I think was painted by <optimal play>, for the simple reason that aboriginality is generally determined by community acceptance rather than by biology.

There are many light skinned aborigines that are fiercely proud of and defend their aboriginality and their mob (indigenous term for clan) even though they could easily integrate into the white community, while there are some darker skinned aborigines that determinedly attempt to fully integrate with the mainstream community, although I would say with less success than they strive for as dark skin is dark skin in this country, and always marks a person for discrimination.

To say Australia harbours far too much racism is still unfortunately true, and has become more so in recent years in the wake of dogwhistle politics of the One Nation party and and to some extent the conservative Liberal-National coalition government. Racism extends well beyond targeting just the indigenous communities as the following article reveals: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-...

That's not to say aborigines are free from corruption, intra-racial politics and all the other ills that bedevil the rest of society. In some ways, these problems are accentuated by their Fourth World status with all its attendant ills.

Dec-16-17
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  twinlark: <OhioChessFan>

I agree.

I had the thought that perhaps these evangelicals think of these events as signposts to the ever-approaching Rapture/Apocalypse. But the extent to which they try and bring about these events fully underscores the point you are making.

On top of which I honestly cannot get into the heads of people who devoutly pray for the end of days, regardless of whether they think they will necessarily go to heaven when the Rapture engulfs all. The monstrous hubris and chauvinism that attends this attitude seems more like a serious collective mental illness than anything explicable by faith or reason.

<As for the nation of Israel, I am puzzled why people think an entire nation that essentially rejected the Messiah would still be the recipient of God's blessings.>

There are just so many things wrong with that whole situation. Perhaps the notion that they are God's Chosen People (what does that say about the rest of us?) explains something, but not why people who are not in this select group buy into this scheme which relegates them to inferior status.

Dec-16-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

Thanks for that explanation of Spanish policy of integrating the various cultures.>

Actually, it's the first time I read that article several hours ago. It seems to explain why Fils have such an attitude. I found this to be quite a shocker:

<The Spanish implemented incentives to deliberately entangle the various races together in order to stop rebellion: - It is needful to encourage public instruction in all ways possible, permit newspapers subject to a liberal censure, to establish in Manila a college of medicine, surgery, and pharmacy: in order to break down the barriers that divide the races, and amalgamate them all into one. For that purpose, the Spaniards of the country, the Chinese mestizos, and the Filipinos shall be admitted with perfect equality as cadets of the military corps; the personal-service tax shall be abolished, or an equal and general tax shall be imposed, to which all the Spaniards shall be subject. This last plan appears to me more advisable, as the poll-tax is already established, and it is not opportune to make a trial of new taxes when it is a question of allowing the country to be governed by itself. Since the annual tribute is unequal, the average shall be taken and shall be fixed, consequently, at fifteen or sixteen reals per whole tribute, or perhaps one peso fuerte annually from each adult tributary person. This regulation will produce an increase in the revenue of 200,000 or 300,000 pesos fuertes, and this sum shall be set aside to give the impulse for the amalgamation of the races, favoring crossed marriages by means of dowries granted to the single women in the following manner. To a Chinese mestizo woman who marries a Filipino shall be given 100 pesos; to a Filipino woman who marries a Chinese mestizo, Ioo pesos; to a Chinese mestizo woman who marries a Spaniard, 1,000 pesos; to a Spanish woman who marries a Chinese mestizo, 2,000 pesos; to a Filipino woman who marries a Spaniard, 2,000 pesos; to a Spanish woman who marries a Filipino chief, 3,000 or 4,000 pesos. Some mestizo and Filipino alcaldes-mayor of the provinces shall be appointed. It shall be ordered that when a Filipino chief goes to the house of a Spaniard, he shall seat himself as the latter's equal. In a word, by these and other means, the idea that they and the Castilians are two kinds of distinct races shall be erased from the minds of the natives, and the families shall become related by marriage in such manner that when free of the Castilian dominion should any exalted Filipinos try to expel or enslave our race, they would find it so interlaced with their own that their plan would be practically impossible.>

What the? You got paid for marrying outside your race? Specifically: <To a Chinese mestizo woman who marries a Filipino shall be given 100 pesos; to a Filipino woman who marries a Chinese mestizo, 1oo pesos; to a Chinese mestizo woman who marries a Spaniard, 1,000 pesos; to a Spanish woman who marries a Chinese mestizo, 2,000 pesos; to a Filipino woman who marries a Spaniard, 2,000 pesos; to a Spanish woman who marries a Filipino chief, 3,000 or 4,000 pesos.>

No wonder there was little phenotypical discrimination. Everyone would have been craving to marry a foreigner (if you're native) or a native (if you're foreigner). Even 1000 pesos at that era was probably worth a lot of money. Probably enough to build a small house for spouse and children.

It worked of course. As I noted in one of my posts above, some of the children of mixed marriages, by the genetic law of independent assortment, would have distinct but varying features. A sister might pass of as a Mediterranean Europoid type of person, her brother an Oceanian, a second sister an Indian, a second brother a Northeast Asian, and the remaining 4 siblings Southeast Asian. Naturally the phenotypically Southeast Asian ones could hardly discriminate against their own siblings for being 'foreign looking.' Phenotypical racial discrimination would quickly tend to a minimum in such a society.

I wonder what would have happened if the British implemented such a policy in Australia?

Dec-16-17
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

<I wonder what would have happened if the British implemented such a policy in Australia?>

Government control over the conditions of marriage was always a major policy weapon in the service of social engineering in Australia, but it moved in a direction diametrically opposite to that in the Philippines.

Aboriginal Protectors (sic) had direct control over whom Aborigines could marry, decisions being made on the basis of whatever the imperatives were of the various colonial governments. This legacy was so enduring it has persisted into my lifetime:

<In my family, it's only one generation ago that we were prevented from choosing our chosen partner to marry – not because of sexual orientation, but simply because of our race, our Aboriginality.>

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-...

Similar restrictions on gay and lesbians were only lifted this month.

But to answer your question, it would have depended upon the nature of settlement in Australia. The doctrine of "terra nullius" had virtually denied Aborigines their recognition as human beings let alone as a group of cultures to be treated with (there is still no treaty anywhere in Australia).

Had the colonies followed the instructions of the British Government, the trajectory probably would have followed something more like in the US, Canada and New Zealand - not nice, lots of conflict and some genocide but some improvement on what happened here where entire nations were wiped from the face of the Earth in massacre after massacre, with the remnant populations heavily regulated in Aboriginal ghettos ("missions"). You all ready know the fate of the hundreds of unique languages that developed in Australia.

So I tried to work backwards to try and work out what needed to have happened for the Spanish-Filipino scenario, and it inevitably comes back to the nature of early colonial Australia being a penal settlement. It all stems from this inauspicious start to this country.

Moreover, Australia was not a place that experienced significant immigration from Asia during its early decades, something that only changed with the gold rush and the influx of Chinese workers. Their experiences with discrimination are well documented. In fact it was not until <this year> that the Victorian Government apologised to the Chinese community for the treatment of Chinese immigrant workers in the 19th century: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-...

The influx of Chinese workers sparked the "Yellow Peril" campaign of fear and the racist politicians of the time, regrettably in the Labor Party, introduced the White Australia policy which was not rolled back until after I reached the age to vote in 1973: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White...

After WWII, Australian soldiers were prohibited from marrying Japanese women, or if they did, they were prevented from returning to Australia.

And on and on until the 1960s when these regressive policies began to be wound up, culminating in the popular vote and legalisation of same sex marriage a few weeks ago.

So at every step of the way, the direction in which the Philippines was made to face was never a remote option in this country. Also a large part of the problem, even notwithstanding everything I've said above is that the lifestyles and cultures of incoming whites and indigenous people were so far apart and so unrelated that regular or institutionalised marriage was inconceivable.

Had the Spanish solution occurred, I would like to think that there would have been closer liaison between the black and white communities and that the vast knowledge of the locals could have been used to mutual benefit. Many times in our colonial history, Aborigines and settlers worked productively, including on remote stations, but the xenophobia and greed that came with British settlement trumped it all.

Dec-22-17
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  twinlark: Boris Johnson seems to be competing for the title of Diplomatic Clown of the Year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Y...

Dec-22-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark> I did a little reading on Spanish setters in the Philippines.

The study above indicates that family migration occurred only once, in a 16th century migratory wave (as can be gleaned by the presence of Spanish women and professionals). There seemed to have been only one migratory expedition that was officially supported and financed by the Spanish Crown; and hence was a serious effort to found purely Spanish settlements. It was led by Governor General Ronquillo of Arevalo Spain around the decade 1571 -1581.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct...

Local historians in Iloilo say that the same Governor General (Ronquillo) established a Spanish colony in 1581 that he named Villa Arevalo, after his home town (Arevalo, Spain). The above documents correlate with this. The area now exists as Arevalo district Iloilo City.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areva...

Ilonggo Visayans should have a cultural memory of such a colony. Yet my family (which weirdly enough happens to coincidentally originate from around this area) has none at all, nor do any province-mate. To me, this indicates that extensive intermarriages occurred early on, probably influenced by the Spanish and local Church policy mentioned above. (Or maybe it was just too long ago, during an era which even predates extensive British colonization of the USA <English colonial grants in North America (1621–1639)> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engli...)

If the British employed a similar policy as the Spanish, I speculate that Australia probably would have no 'racial' problem today (as you said above). Ditto for the USA.

However, I do not think that any modern government would be willing to award state funds to people marrying outside their phenotypic race nowadays (which the Spanish government did in the Philippines as described above). Any such government IMO would probably be accused of reversed racism.

Dec-23-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: The recent study (December 2017) below entitled

<WEAPONS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE>

is IMO a MUST-READ for all Americans and Europeans

http://www.conflictarm.com/publicat...

www.conflictarm.com/download-file/?report_id=256- 8&file_id=2574

This study is:

<A three-year investigation in Iraq and Syria.

This report is the result of more than three years of field investigation into Islamic State supply chains. It presents an analysis of more than 40,000 items recovered from the group between 2014 and 2017. These items encompass weapons, ammunition, and the traceable components and chemical precursors used by the group to manufacture improvised explosive devices.>

Basically the investigation found out that a significant (if not the most significant) source of ISIS weapons, after their initial captures of those from Syrian and Iraqi military personnel and depots after 2014, is the European Union and were channeled by the USA and allied governments into Syria and Iraq.

Stories about this already abound in the internet. But this one is amazingly different. It is an extensive and detailed document that gives abundant evidences and proofs.

Conflict Armament Research, the investigative organization, is actually funded by the European Union itself. And here it is saying that EU countries have been supplying (inadvertently it implies) a group classified as a terror group by the EU itself. Moreover the report outrightly says that the US government and Saudi Arabia have been guilty of breach of contract as to who the identity of the end user of weapons they have bought from EU countries.

Dec-23-17
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

<the report outrightly says that the US government and Saudi Arabia have been guilty of breach of contract as to who the identity of the end user of weapons they have bought from EU countries.>

To the surprise of absolutely no-one, apart from the people supplying the weapons. They probably thought they had the information about this under wraps.

Dec-23-17
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  twinlark: PS: I'm reading that report. Interesting report thus far.
Dec-23-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

<the report outrightly says that the US government and Saudi Arabia have been guilty of breach of contract as to who the identity of the end user of weapons they have bought from EU countries.>>

Here is one of the report's damning conclusions:

<MANY WEAPONS TRANSFERS HAVE VIOLATED THE TERMS OF SALE AND EXPORT AGREED BETWEEN WEAPON EXPORTERS—PRIMARILY EU MEMBER STATES—AND RECIPIENTS IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THE UNITED STATES.>

This is an euphemistic way of saying that the US (and Saudi Arabia) are guilty of a criminal breach of contract with EU member nations. If the US were not a superpower, the US leaders responsible for using American taxpayers' money to procure arms for ISIS should now be under trial or in jail, under both international and US domestic laws.

We won't be seeing this of course, as it means both Obama and HRC should now be in jail, along with a bunch of high ranking US generals and spooks as these criminal arms channeling occurred in Obama's term of office. Secular Syrians in the internet directly blame Obama and HRC for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Syrians with this illegal activity.

<To the surprise of absolutely no-one, apart from the people supplying the weapons. They probably thought they had the information about this under wraps>

I think they probably thought that the Warsaw Pact character of the arms and ammo (more than 95%) would absolve them. These include clones and derivatives of the Soviet AK assault rifle, PK machine gun, their respective ammo (AK 7.62×39mm; PK 7.62×54mmR), 40 mm RPG7, and 73 mm SPG-9. But that's just plain stupid. Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, etc. would have no difficulty in identifying arms and ammo that their companies manufactured.

Notice that before 1914 in Syria, ISIS arms and ammo mainly originated from Russia, but this is entirely expected because Russia was and is the main weapons supplier of the Syrian Arab Army, and these represent war materiel captured by ISIS. After 1914, there were less instances of ISIS capturing government materiel, and so began relying on other sources.

The same more or less applies in Iraq. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that China was a major supplier of Iraqi government weapons. Thus it's expected that much if the weapons captured by ISIS from the Iraqi army would be Chinese-made.

What is clear is that there should be no EU-made weapons in ISIS hands. Yet

<In the Syria sample, Bulgarian 40 mm rockets are the most common, followed by ones from Russia, China, and Romania. EU manufacturers produced almost one-third of the 40 mm rockets recovered from IS forces in the region.

• CAR documented the majority of 73mm rockets recovered from IS forces in Iraq. Almost 70 per cent of them were manufactured in former Warsaw Pact EU Member States, with Bulgaria and Romania accounting for 41 per cent and 28 per cent, respectively.>

The APC and tank killer RPG7 is particularly important (being easy to operate and quite effective https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RPG-7). It gives a non-conventional army such as ISIS the power to neutralize the armored vehicles of the Syrian and Iraqi armies. It kind of evens up the fight. (I first saw RPG7 in a video bringing down US helicopters in Black Hawk Down, and apparently it has been the bane of American soldiers riding in APCs, IFVs and tanks from the Vietnam war until the present.)

And surprise. Conflict Armament Research found out that the RPG7 clones being used by ISIS come from Bulgaria and Romania.

In many cases, the party that originally bought the weapons is the US Army. Note that Conflict Armament Research has written the US army numerous times (see each case in the report), and has received no reply.

This report is too damning. I do not think the MSM will disseminate it.

Jan-17-18
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark> Mabinungahon kag mauswagong bag-ong tuig. May your new year be fruitful and prosperous.

<Koreas to march under single 'united' flag in Olympic Games>

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-...

If this pushes through, that's great news for East Asia. At the very least, it shows that the two Koreas are negotiating, as they have always done so whenever a serious issue has popped up in the past.

In contrast to the above Trump says <“I’d sit down, but I‘m not sure that sitting down will solve the problem,” he said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.>

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...

Jan-18-18
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

Seasons greetings to you also.

<In contrast to the above Trump says <“I’d sit down, but I‘m not sure that sitting down will solve the problem,” he said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.>>

So much to unpack. How many people know that the failure of previous negotiations dating from the early 90s has been almost entirely due to the US. Clinton had stitched up a durable deal with Kim Jong Il, only for Bush to simply overturn and restart the bellicose rhetoric. DPRK has desperately wanted to be part of the international community for decades only to be blocked at every turn by the US and its need to have a destabilising "middle east" influence in the far east, right on the borders of Russia and China.

Very much the US style since then. Surrender or die. An interesting article by the Saker today responding to questions about why Russia doesn't punish Israel for its bombing incursions into Syria provides a plausible distinction between the US regime on the one hand, and the political grown-ups in Russia, China and Syria, ie nuanced self interest and respect for sovereignty, lots of jaw-jaw rather than war-war, and not simply treating the entire planet as their personal domain to be plundered.

Russia doesn't "punish" Israel because Israel is careful not to antagonise Russia by directly hitting its interests. Syria's interests and Russia's are not as completely congruent as say charter 5 of the NATO treaty demands. In any case, attacking Israeli jets would unleash the hounds of a war that Russia cannot win, probably not even against just Israel which seriously outmatches the comparatively small Russian forces in Latakia and Khmeimim.

Russia plays the long game and is clearly maneuvering quietly, arming the Syrians to gradually be able to defend themselves against Israeli raids and thereby firming its own hold on its bases in Syria, and cementing trade and political ties in the region, while waiting for the US to expend its last political credits in the region and allow imperial overstretch to take its toll on the US economy.

From having shot down a Russian fighter and scuttling off to NATO for protection, Turkey has done a volte face to align itself with Russia, more or less, in the peace process, one that excludes the US and Israel. Turkey's fury at the US for bolstering the Kurds in the NE is real. I can't see how that division can work as the Kurdish area is completely landlocked and surrounded by enemies that outnumber and outgun it.

Not that you would guess that in the western MSM which seems to have given Trump credit for the win in Syria - ironic given the Russia investigation - when clearly he did nothing useful whatsoever. I guess part of demonising Russia includes airbrushing its role out of conflicts which it won, such as Syria and WWII.

http://thesaker.is/why-is-putin-all...

Jan-19-18  Colonel Mortimer: Russia knows her limitations, both financially and politically.

She has to be clever, not clever devious, but clever to win friends and influence people.

Washington knows no other gear than to keep printing the money and oiling the cogs of the military industrial complex. When all she has is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Yet she can continue in this vein as long as the US Dollar is in the driving seat.

Once the non-US super powers nurture an alternative financial system, that has both political and financial buy in, the US will tumble like a house of cards.

So Washington continues to play a hard boxing game for the time being, but Russia's jiu-jitsu and China's Capablanca investment end game will bring the US down eventually. Not because they want to, but because Washington borrowings and abuse of her currency has become unsustainable.

At that point it will get ugly, and Washington will likely take the gloves off. If Washington can't have dominion of the world, she will probably destroy it, along with her partners in crime Israel and Saudi Arabia.

All three of those countries have enough lunatics in them for that to be a real possibility.

Jan-21-18
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  Travis Bickle: <Colonel Mortimer: Colonel Mortimer: Russia knows her limitations, both financially and politically. She has to be clever, not clever devious, but clever to win friends and influence people.

Washington knows no other gear than to keep printing the money and oiling the cogs of the military industrial complex. When all she has is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Yet she can continue in this vein as long as the US Dollar is in the driving seat.

Once the non-US super powers nurture an alternative financial system, that has both political and financial buy in, the US will tumble like a house of cards.

So Washington continues to play a hard boxing game for the time being, but Russia's jiu-jitsu and China's Capablanca investment end game will bring the US down eventually. Not because they want to, but because Washington borrowings and abuse of her currency has become unsustainable.

At that point it will get ugly, and Washington will likely take the gloves off. If Washington can't have dominion of the world, she will probably destroy it, along with her partners in crime Israel and Saudi Arabia.

All three of those countries have enough lunatics in them for that to be a real possibility. She has to be clever, not clever devious, but clever to win friends and influence people.> Mort you are full of s#*%! I actually believe you are paid by The Russian propagandists to promote fake news & B.S. lies!

Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev.. Kept telling America you'll never catch us in the arms race.. Because he was spending every dime on nuclear bombs & everything military to try to catch to the U.S. He neglected housing, infrastructure & business to try to be #1 in Nuclear missiles... Well Mort he failed miserably! Reagan just happened to be in The White House when Russia was dead in the water! I could have been President & told whatever monkey Soviet leader that was in power at the time.. & said "Tear down this wall"!! That's when Russia tried to go the Democractic way.. LOL! Then when they were worse off from decades of neglect, That KGB RAT Putin took over! Putin is The Devil & the real Lunatic here... You lying snake, if you feel safe with him with the launch codes, then you're crazier than I thought... ; P

Jan-21-18
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  twinlark: <Travis Bickle>

Welcome back my fine feathered friend. As usual could you park the insults at the door. Your cant can be Trumpeted without ad hominem attacks.

Next such post gets deleted.

Jan-21-18
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  twinlark: Or not, if there's some decent entertainment value in your rants, given the complete lack of any other kind of constructive value.

I think I counted more mistakes in your post than words. How do you do that??

Jan-22-18  Colonel Mortimer: <Travis> <Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev.. Kept telling America you'll never catch us in the arms race..>

Well that was a lie, a lie only surpassed by the many lies told by successive US regimes who kept telling the American people that they had to play catch up with the Soviets.

The US was always ahead in the arms race, as she made clear right from the start, by annihilating 2 cities and hundreds of thousands of civilians with nuclear bombs, and destroying several pacific island communities by testing several more.

But somehow Russia to this day is the bad guy. That's some strong Koolaid you're drinking.

Jan-22-18
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  diceman: <Colonel Mortimer:

The US was always ahead in the arms race>

Aren't you lucky!
Yes, and if we were what you think,
would have ruled planet earth.

<by annihilating 2 cities and hundreds of thousands of civilians with nuclear bombs>

Next time we'll hand the land invasion over to New Zealand.

Good Luck!
You have a motivated opponent.
They didn't blink after the first bomb.

(you may want to bring a guitar and try some of that "The war is over" "Give peace a chance"
Look at how well it worked for Lennon)

<But somehow Russia to this day is the bad guy.>

It gets confusing when you void the countries they invade. When you void tyranny and oppression.

About the only good thing they did was threatening WW3 and the nuclear annihilation of the USA/USSR.

Thank you USSR for showing us how
kind, caring, loving, non-military industrial complex wars are fought!

<That's some strong Koolaid you're drinking.>

After some of CM's vodka, one realizes
because the USSR didn't have a military industrial complex. They must have ordered the missiles planted in Cuba from the Sears catalog!

Jan-22-18  Colonel Mortimer: So Russia invaded Afghanistan? A country the US has been occupying for 17 years!

It's bad when Russia does it, it's good when America does it.

That's some strong Koolaid right there.

Jan-22-18
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  twinlark:

<diceman> and <Travis Bickle>. You two seem to be engaging in the newly manufactured-from-the-top (by liberals!!) national trope that anyone who isn't pro-American or anti-Russia has to be a Russian stooge or Putin's useful idiot.

Reminds me of the Cold war, only worse as no one was ever called Brezhnev's/Kruschev's (etc) useful idiot.

Jan-22-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Incidentally, the signing into law of expanded warrantless surveillance with the assistance of dozens of democrats shows the #Resistance emperor wears no clothes.

As Gleen Greenwald put it:

<The Same Democrats Who Denounce Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers>

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/12...

You couldn't make it up.

Jan-23-18  Colonel Mortimer: The United Stazi of America is not just a joke, it's become reality.
Jan-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <twinlark:

<diceman> and <Travis Bickle>. You two seem to be engaging in the newly manufactured-from-the-top (by liberals!!) national trope that anyone who isn't pro-American or anti-Russia has to be a Russian stooge or Putin's useful idiot.>

It's about definitions, definitions, and intellectual consistency.

1) Folks who yap about the A-bomb on Japan seem to forget a World War was going on.

(also how well their foolish "if you stay out of war the enemy loves you" worked at Pearl Harbor)

"The War is over if you want it"

"Give Peace a chance"

2) In liberal circles I'm an enemy of America for not kneeling before the church of big government socialism.

3)Adjustments for A-bombs, vs H-bombs.

I don't have the numbers handy, but
I'm certain more have died recently in Syria vs Japan. This is simply the selective outrage of the left.

You'd also need to include things like dropping warning pamphlets, and the fact that if we were playing for keeps, Tokyo would have been ground zero.

4)The folks who allegedly "hate" America, sure do love our dollars! Be it foreign aid, or being parasitically leeched in a "China Accord."

Amazing how that "dirty capitalism"
gets good!

<no one was ever called Brezhnev's/Kruschev's (etc) useful idiot.>

That's because <useful idiot> typically refers to one having freedom/liberty and embracing ideas that give it up.
Once the boot is on your throat, what you think doesn't matter.

Jan-23-18
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  diceman: <twinlark:

As Gleen Greenwald put it:

<The Same Democrats Who Denounce Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers>>

That's because they are the lawbreakers who plan on using it.

Obama's lawless Fisa warrants used to
surveil Trump's team, or the "fixed"
Hillary FBI investigation show that.

Jan-24-18  Colonel Mortimer: <4)The folks who allegedly "hate" America, sure do love our dollars!

Amazing how that "dirty capitalism"
gets good!>

21 Trillion in debt feels good? Wait till the financial Tsunami envelops New York, once folks ditch the petrodollar.

Come back and boast then. If you still have an internet connection.

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