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Former Coffee house player... drink coffee better than I play chess.

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"We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky, we find a purpose beyond starvation, misery, and early death which, lest we forget, is the common lot."

--Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

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"The uninformed --I can try to educate; the belligerent--I can try to soothe; the insanely angry--I can hopefully avoid; the confused--I can aide. But willful fools--I despise."

--Me, Nigel Short Chess Forum.

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I live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, TEXAS! and have the bumper sticker that says "I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could." Since N. Texas is the starting gates for Tornado Alley, I occasionally have to put up with this sort of thing:

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Obama has garnered a full 50% of the electorate vote to win another term. This is the death knell for many American small businesses. Democrat voters, it is now your responsibility to ensure your vote for Obama does not kill Put up, by paying up: I challenge all U.S. Democrats that frequent this site to purchase a four-year membership.

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PinnedPiece: <PinnedPiece: Stumper Stew Some dillies, some oldies, some sillies, some boldies> EXPECTED ANSWERS: 1. "I'm stumped." How did this expression ever get started? In parts of the push out west in the 1800s, the government whacked off trees for settlers or train ...
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PinnedPiece: Pretty marvelous game by Bacrot, whose work in the 2014 Olympiad has certainly been a factor in their close contest for first place. Starting with Laznicka's weak 31.Rd8, Bacrot played some solid moves with 32.Re3 (Black to play) [DIAGRAM] 32...Qc1 followed by Stockfish ...
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PinnedPiece: <....Caruana is already accomplished enough in his own right to have an unrelated, fully dedicated moniker.> Maybe some day: "Fab Uno" Caruana .
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PinnedPiece: Can I spot a stupid claim for ameliorating global warming caused by CO2? You bet. Ants are not our hope for salvation... heh. .
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  PinnedPiece: <shams: I'm curious what your method is to protect yourself from bad moves. I assume it goes beyond just having a rigid thinking technique. >

I break my internet connection before I fail.


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  heuristic: <cmuroya17>
naïve observation/question:
he has done 465K attempts, but there only 30K puzzles. so he's done each puzzle multiple times over an extended time period.

I'm not a chesstempo member; so how long is this time period?


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  Shams: <heuristic> His profile doesn't say how long he has been a member, but assuming he's been there from the start of the website (about six years or so I think) he's probably cycled through the puzzles several times.

But where did you get the 30k figure? The puzzle I solved moments ago was numbered 104xxx.


<PinnedPiece> I can't tell if you are joking or not. If not, I don't get it.

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  heuristic: thanks.

doing half million problems is a serious investment of time! (even at >15 seconds per)

chesstempo: home page
"Access to over 30,000 tactical positions" : home page
"we provide 36,869 tactical chess problems"

30K-40K problems for tactics training appears to be the norm!

the numbering schema could be for ease of sorting and other software aspects.

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  Shams: <heuristic> Yes, good point. I put in a few random numbers in the 80k-90k range; some came up empty and one was an endgame puzzle.
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  Shams: <PinnedPiece> I'm at 2083, and that's probably unsustainable too. On the other hand, I'm definitely getting better. Forcing myself to simply list all candidate first moves before I analyze any of them has been a big help.
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  PinnedPiece: <Shams: <PinnedPiece> I'm at 2083, >

I find that progress is made two steps forward, one and a half steps back....

Nice work. You should be at 2200 by 2016!

Impossible for me.


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  OhioChessFan: Norway Moves Prediction contest hosted by <chessmoron> coming soon. Click on Elvis for details.
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  PinnedPiece: Anthropogenic Global warming believers, the federal government in league with the press and the left, as well as government-funded science researchers, are protecting their turf as never before.

Are the polar bears vanishing? "The numbers were made up" says the scientist who came up with them.

This is an example of the settled science that Obama claims, while ignoring data that may show we have entered a cooling period.

<AUSTRALIAN SCIENTIST PREDICTS GLOBAL COOLING: “SUN IS THE MAJOR CONTROL OF CLIMATE; LOOK FOR COOLING’ — ‘Prof. Cliff Ollier of the School of Earth & Env. Studies, U, of Western Australia, recently presented a paper in Poznan, Poland, in which he described the sun as the major control of climate, but not through greenhouse gases.”There is a very good correlation of sunspots and climate. Solar cycles provide a basis for prediction. Solar Cycle 24 has started and we can expect serious cooling. Many think that political decisions about climate are based on scientific predictions but what politicians get are projections based on computer models. The UN’s main adviser, the IPCC, uses adjusted data for the input, their models and codes remain secret, and they do not accept responsibility for their projections.”>

So much for settled science.


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  PinnedPiece: President Obama's chilling explanation of the certainty of man-made climate change, and his reason to go into EPA Dictator Mode, is debunked here:

IPCC climate model certainty is debunked here:

The record of the gloves-off fight to control the scientific debate by global warming alarmists is dismal, filled with backstabbing, lies, deceit, political maneuvering, political payoff, socialist ideology, and worse. Thinking individuals coming to doubt the entire effort:


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  PinnedPiece: What are Obama's international politics, really?

Someone needs to ask him what he believes is the United States responsibility to developing countries regarding damage from "climate change."

Here would be his answer:
<Global climate change will have a strong impact on development in coming decades. The absence of strong global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will hinder future development; conversely, smart climate policies can drive cleaner growth, resulting in a range of economic and social benefits. Through the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI) and other climate-related USG programs, the United States will integrate climate change considerations into relevant foreign assistance through the full range of bilateral, multilateral, and private mechanisms to foster low-carbon growth, promote sustainable and resilient societies, and reduce emissions from deforestation and land degradation. The Administration is working to make our climate financing efficient, effective, and innovative, based on country-owned plans, and focused on achieving measurable results. As part of President Obama’s commitments in Copenhagen, we are working together with our partners to provide “fast start” climate finance approaching $30 billion during the period 2010-2012 to help meet the adaptation and mitigation needs of developing countries, including deploying clean energy technologies. To this end we will use the full range of mechanisms – bilateral, multilateral and private – to invest strategically in building lasting resilience to unavoidable climate impacts; reduce emissions from deforestation and land degradation; and, support low-carbon development strategies and the transition to a sustainable, clean energy economy.>

Massive transfers of money and technology to developing countries. How to pay for this?

Obama and the Democrats, when they controlled everything at the beginning of Obama's reign, figured that they would eventually pass "Cap and Trade": <Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) called cap-and-trade "the most significant revenue-generating proposal of our time," and said it would be difficult to pass without reconciliation because Democrats would be forced to accommodate a handful of Republicans as they did in the debate over the president's stimulus package. Although winning use of the maneuver is unlikely, Cardin said, "a lot of us don't want to give up without a fight." >

England, Canada, Australia and other developed countries have actually been browbeaten by United Nations resolutions and the climate change committee (UNFCCC) into passing carbon taxes on their citizens to make this "wealth and technology transfer" to the developing nations.

1) Just who are these developing nations? and who runs them?

2) Why would our government (run for the people, by the people) not turn this enterprise over to private companies, allowing them to establish and train the workforce in these countries?

3) How will the average citizen in these developing countries actually benefit from this wealth transfer?

Answers: The big and powerful fatcats in the third world (G77 plus hangers-on) are no fools and see a tremendous opportunity to get more power and wealth for themselves.

It is a dictator-led power grab with socialist/world control overtones. The ordinary folks will have little if any chance to share in this "transfer."

Here is a statement of the G77 plus China, which met in Bolivia a few weeks ago:

You should note on careful reading that there isn't much in that long document that President Obama would disagree with, including the paragraphs on climate change, technology transfer, control of world monetary supply (and access to it by these country heads of state).


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  PinnedPiece: Concerning the "Declaration of Santa Cruz" published by the oppressive governments of the world, you may wish to read a summary rather than that long list of demands and socialist goals they have agreed to, which I just linked to.

How ironic that these for the most part are countries whose governments so far have not unleashed their citizenry or free market capitalism to shower growth and equality on their societies. Many of the G77 are countries that have GONE BACKWARD in the last 50 years in terms of repression of dissent, confiscation of property of its citizens, economic imbalance, close government control of all activities, muzzled press, etc.

<Communist, socialist, and Islamist tyrants, as well as some elected governments from around the world, came together in Bolivia mid June to sign a massive declaration outlining their autocratic demands. Among them: Global government, planetary wealth redistribution from Western taxpayers to their governments, the United Nations “sustainable development” scheme known as Agenda 21, an “international climate regime,” and economy-crippling energy-rationing policies in the West, as well as much more power for their oftentimes brutal regimes in “global governance” institutions such as the UN and the IMF.>


Specifics in summary form:

<Currently, the global monetary system is dominated by the U.S. Federal Reserve and its U.S. dollar, which serves as the global reserve currency. If the G77 and their allies in the West get their way, however, that will soon change. “We affirm that the current world financial and economic crisis and its consequences for development have exposed the gaps and failures in global economic governance, including within the international financial institutions, and the urgent need for a global, universal and integrated response by the international community,” the declaration continued.

Demands for global currency printing followed. “Also the reform should encompass liquidity creation, including improvement in the special drawing rights for developing countries,” the declaration said. By “liquidity creation,” they mean printing fiat currency out of thin air like central banks. ... The implications are historic and monumental, as self-styled global authorities would be able to fund their machinations without the need for taxpayer funding now provided by national governments.

Dictators and Third World governments, though will not be enough, so Western nations with a semblance of freedom and self-government remaining must also get on board. “We urge developed countries to show real political will, so that in the process of reform of the United Nations, including the strengthening and revitalization of the General Assembly as an emblem of global sovereignty, it can improve its capabilities and capacities to fully implement its mandates and ensure the effective delivery of its programme in the social, environmental and economic development fields,” the declaration continued, claiming the UN has “unquestioned legitimacy.” It was not clear where populations were demanding a UN better able to enforce its “mandates,” but dictators and the Obama administration are fully on board.

Like the European and American establishment, the tyrants focused a great deal of attention on inequality — much of it caused by their own plundering and enslavement of their subjects. “We call for global actions to reduce inequalities at all levels,” the regimes said in their declaration, acknowledging the poverty under their rule but attributing it to everything and anything other than their tyranny. “We therefore urge countries, including through the support of international cooperation, to scale up efforts to provide equal access to opportunities and outcomes to all levels of society in accordance with national policies…. We affirm that any benefit from economic growth has to be equitably shared.”

The regimes also touted “universal health coverage,” demanding that “developed countries and relevant international organizations” provide the “financial resources and technology” to make it happen. In other words, Western taxpayers must finance a sort of global ObamaCare for the world. >


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  PinnedPiece: How would Obama and his hand-picked socialist cabinet, department heads, and dozens of "czars" ( in charge of everything now including energy development, health care and CO2 emission ) well as the hard-left Democrats in our elected government, view that "Declaration of Santa Cruz"?

You can bet that Obama--embarassed as he is by the way American companies (under the guise of free enterprise) have plundered the world's resources and, as he believes, in their greed have left the developing world nearly destitute--is completely on board with this declaration.

With the help of Centralized Federal Government, Americans have had such an incredible opportunity, and have become so incredibly rich--yet at the expense of polluting the planet....

This gnaws at Obama, who finds himself IN CHARGE of that Centralized Federal Government, and has this likewise incredible opportunity NOW to do something about it. He can help provide equality and reparations to the world. That's doing something about it, for sure.

American prosperity needs to be redistributed. Joe the plumber should understand that "when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." That includes a wider range of humanity than you or I thought, as far as Obama is concerned. He has 1.5 more years to do something about it.

Time to take the kid gloves off.


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  PinnedPiece: Just unbelievably stupid of the Academic Fool Barack Obama that he believes government bureaucrats working with more government bureaucrats are better at providing a better life for the world's population, than free market businesses sharing consumers, investments, knowledge and technology, and providing new and better, cheaper and more widely distributed goods and services ON THEIR OWN, and competing for knowledgable members of a well-trained workforce...

THAT is why Barack Obama is a World Order Socialist, and I am not.


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  PinnedPiece: ===PRICE CHECK===

Food prices supposedly going up--especially meat. Here in N. Texas its not too bad yet.

Today I bought 5 lbs 93% lean premium hamburger at "card price" of $3.99 lb.

Going to make lots of tacos and enchiladas to watch Mexico and Costa Rica play this weekend.


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  WannaBe: The closest I can find at my store's web site (Safeway/Vons) is 80% lean, at $3.49 (Card price)

Northern California, San Mateo.

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  PinnedPiece: <The closest I can find at my store's web site (Safeway/Vons)>

Hah! I shop at Tom Thumb here in N. Texas, which is part of the Safeway family. They have Safeway brand items on the shelves next to the big boys' stuff.

You are just a hop step and jump across the ridge from Stanford? Did you graduate from there?


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  PinnedPiece: Nothing proves the case of global warming like this summer.

Record low temperatures at the upper toe of the great hockey stick (sudden leap upward in temperatures "proven" by NASA's self-promoting James Hansen):

<The high temperature Thursday in Wichita, Kansas, was only 67 degrees, which is 26 degrees below average for the middle of July. To add more perspective, 67 is their average high temperature for the latter part of October.

Earlier in the week, temperatures failed to climb past the 60s F from the eastern part of the Dakotas, through Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Monday.

Minneapolis, home of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, set a record low maximum temperature of 65 on Monday, breaking the old record of 68 set in 1884.>

Global warming has caused a polar vortex which has caused record lows throughout the Midwest. It really does make sense, if you know your science.

<Early Friday morning, the chilliest temperatures were found across parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York state, where temperatures dipped into the 40s in some locations.

The temperature at Charlotte, North Carolina, came within 1 degree of tying the record of 62 degrees set in 1896 on Friday.>

Even the American South is affected by the polar vortex.

Also this year: Record lows in Bolivia, Australia, Finland (lowest in 50 years June 20) etc etc, just proves that upward spike in temperatures is true.

At least the Anthro-glo-warm gang (AGWG) would have us all believe.


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  playground player: Global Warming makes it cold,

Global Warming makes it hot.

Global Warming makes what is,

And also causes what is not.

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  PinnedPiece: <pp> Nice!

I can hear a musical theme for this...all in minor chords but with plenty of syncopation!


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  PinnedPiece: A great video explaining the problems with Climate Change science from the University of Calgary, and including British, Australian, Canadian researchers, and their analysis of the data being used to convince the technological world that humans are the cause of global warming since...1950?

It also dispels the predictions that a climate catastrophe is's all in the well-established natural cycles. And it mentions that the IPCC has actually given up the "hockey stick" model promoted by Mann, after it was shown to be artificially produced by selective data and by a very incomplete computer model:

That should put an end to the utter amazement of all those who CANNOT BELIEVE anyone would doubt the IPCC/UN position (aggressively promoted by the current president of the United States, and the bureaucracies that are grabbing vast new regulatory territories based on that science).

It is a silly position to take: that the science is settled, and all counter-evidence is funded by the oil and gas industry. See the proof of the sun's involvement in that video, and in this detailed essay:

by John L. Daly (from 2003 when the hockey stick model still had credence):


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  PinnedPiece: Climate skeptic site:

Collects links....

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  PinnedPiece: Can I spot a stupid claim for ameliorating global warming caused by CO2? You bet.

Ants are not our hope for salvation...



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