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|Oct-16-14|| ||WannaBe: http://news.yahoo.com/exodus-campai...|
|Oct-16-14|| ||falso contacto: I played 1.e4. I'm feeling really bad.|
|Oct-18-14|| ||Fusilli: Catching up with some forums around here. I see your wife has had some health trouble and everything turned up good, so I'm glad!|
On the subject of violence around the world, even with the multiple hot spots the U.S. is involved in, the global news on violence is good: violence around the world has never been lower than it is now. Three books on the subject were published recently:
I am not surprised, because poverty has never been lower. By 2010, one in five people worldwide was poor, the lowest proportion ever. Just 30 years earlier, half of the world was poor:
|Oct-18-14|| ||technical draw: <Fusilll> Thanks for your input. I hope the analysis is correct. WW111 sometimes looms his ugly head.|
|Oct-18-14|| ||Fusilli: <TD> I am optimistic. A major devastating war would involve a nuclear power at least (and as soon as a nuclear power is involved, we'll get involved, so that makes two of us at least). Nuclear powers are governments. Terrorists are crazy, but even if they get a hold on something, they don't have the logistics or manpower to sustain war at that level. So, which government would do it? |
The craziest one is North Korea, but they don't have expansive ambitions. My sense is that Kim Jong-un is happy to be a god within borders and likes bluffing... which probably helps him in-house, but we cannot know. Then, Iran knows that Israel would strike back, and Iran is more rational than it seems at first sight. Its fertility rate is at replacement level, its education levels have steadily risen, women have made progress (there's still much to be done, of course)... the protests a few years ago showed that Iranian youth are thinking of a democratic, modern type of country. The clerics are in power, but the country is socially moving forward.
To me, the most worrisome hot spot is Pakistan (or Pakistan v India). Pakistani's fertility is quite high, social progress is quite slow, and Pakistan offers more fertile ground for extremist politics to gather popular support. A more volatile country than Iran. But for the time being, things seem quiet, perhaps because Pakistan and India have reached a MAD situation, no?
Mind my words: in 10 years, the focus will have shifted away from Iran and to Pakistan. And now I hope what I just said is not a major rook blunder.
|Oct-20-14|| ||technical draw: Thanks for the input <Fuslll> I am a pessimist, Who had ever heard of Isis or IS just a few years ago? Or Rusia's renewed bravado ? Or the massive beheadings? I don't think the world has 10 years.|
|Oct-20-14|| ||Shams: <technical draw> <I don't think the world has 10 years.>|
You've already speculated it has fewer than two, so this will not take your readership by surprise.
|Oct-20-14|| ||dakgootje: <Mind my words: in 10 years, the focus will have shifted away from Iran and to Pakistan. And now I hope what I just said is not a major rook blunder>|
I'll grant you the first part.
Iran has been stable and reliable for a number of years - even though somewhat of a nuclear power. Not in a very substantial way though.
Years back I remember reading a very interesting article on the situation. If memory serves, it basically said this: the reason Iran wanted nuclear weapons was not so much for attack. Instead, it's one of the few Shia-muslim countries - moreorless surrounded by Sunni neighbors. With relatively frequently occuring conflicts between the two branches, the threat of nuclear weapons is an extremely effective repellent.
I'll plea a neutral standpoint on the Pakistan-part of the proposition. Don't know much of the current political situation there.
But yeah, a young population can be volatile - especially if food prices would sharply increase at some point.
|Oct-20-14|| ||technical draw: <Shams> Fewer than 2 referred to something else.|
|Oct-20-14|| ||technical draw: For the sake of clarity here is TD's apocalyptic time table:|
2015-Rapture of the Church
2015-2018-Peace and security
2018-2021 Abomination and great tribulation
2024-Return of Christ
That's it. Since half years are involved these are just approximations (nobody know the days or the hour)
|Oct-20-14|| ||WannaBe: What does the crystal ball say about me winning the SuperLotto?|
|Oct-20-14|| ||mistermac: Is this the Epoch, O Lips?|
|Oct-20-14|| ||Shams: <td> Sorry for the confusion. I confess I'm not very eschatologically sophisticated.|
<2018-2021 Abomination and great tribulation>
Will the abominable snowman make an appearance? I'm really curious about that guy.
|Oct-20-14|| ||mistermac: And I am not eschatalotogically sophisticated, ether. Footprints in the snow of time, obviously.|
|Oct-20-14|| ||optimal play: When discussing the Apocalypse a few days ago on another forum, I made the comment <Fortunately we here at chessgames.com have <YouRang> <playground player> and of course <OhioChessFan> to give us a "heads up" just beforehand!>|
Well we can forget about those guys, all we need is <technical draw>
I'll keep renewing my chessgames.com membership if for no other reason than to keep informed from <TD> as to the apocalyptic timetable!
|Oct-20-14|| ||WannaBe: So... Between them fortune cookie lucky numbers and <TD>, I am guaranteed to win!!!|
|Oct-20-14|| ||mistermac: Knock, knock, Enoch is Enoch.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||technical draw: < What does the crystal ball say about me winning the SuperLotto?> You've always had two chances, slim and none. (bet on none).|
<Shams>: <Daniel 9:27: "And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate."
|Oct-21-14|| ||mistermac: That, TD, my excellent friend, is known, not surprisingly, as the Abomination of Desolation.|
I have not been privy to the exchanges which seem to have been happening on this site, as i normally only concern myself with Chess.
No doubt that the conversation was brought about by the recent Synod in Rome. That gigantic bunfight has resulted in what seems to me a Mexican Standoff, and the synod will apparently reconvene next year.
had the Synod changed the practice immemorial about the question of Commumnion for those who remarried, the furor would have been massive, in fact would have probably been one of the great crises in the Catholic Church.
Seeing that you seem to be interested in Prophecy, and perhaps you have been influenced by Nostradamus, I would also tell you about an eveny of the 19th Century referred to as La Salette, The seer said that she was told that, in what seem to be out times, "Rome would lose the Faith and become the seat of Anti-Christ".
We are living in tumultuous times, and I would not be surprised if the Synod next year did not eventuate, as the whole of the world will be in a crisis, possibly of War, Revolution, and that the Middle East will be right in it, and so will Europe, especially France and Italy, where Rome is, of course, and widespread famine and natural disaster.
Russia and the USA, and possibly China will have their turmoil. Who knows, but in my opinion, the USA will soon, as is already become evident, become far less important in the scheme of things in much the same way as happened to Britain.
So much of what I say is surmise, I would admit, but make no mistake, the fate of the Catholic Church will be crucial in the way things turn out.
Its Founder is the Master of History, and the very way we number our Calendar is testimony of that.
|Oct-21-14|| ||technical draw: Thanks for that excellent information <mistermac>. It makes no difference what we mortals here on this planet think, surmise or otherwise guess. What is prophesied will most assuredly occur. With that I leave the the league of prophets and do what I do best which is mainly nothing. Thanks for your interest.|
|Oct-22-14|| ||technical draw: This morning I go to the bank. Take out $300 for my wife. $300 for my mother. I'm left with $30. If it wasn't for the $285,000 I get from <WannaBe> for my perpetual motion machine I'd be dead broke.|
|Oct-22-14|| ||Mr. President: Dear <technical draw>:|
I have been requested by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company to contact you for assistance in resolving a matter. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company has recently concluded a large number of contracts for oil exploration in the sub-Sahara region. The contracts have immediately produced moneys equaling <US$40,000,000.> The Nigerian National Petroleum Company is desirous of oil exploration in other parts of the world, however, because of certain regulations of the Nigerian Government, it is unable to move these funds to another region.
You assistance is requested as a non-Nigerian citizen to assist the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, and also the Central Bank of Nigeria, in moving these funds out of Nigeria. If the funds can be transferred to your name, in your United States account, then you can forward the funds as directed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. In exchange for your accommodating services, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company would agree to allow you to retain 10%, or <US$4 million> of this amount.
However, to be a legitimate transferee of these moneys according to Nigerian law, you must presently be a depositor of at least <US$285,000> in a Nigerian bank which is regulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
If it will be possible for you to assist us, we would be most grateful. We suggest that you meet with us in person in Lagos, and that during your visit I introduce you to the representatives of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, as well as with certain officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Please call me at your earliest convenience at 18-467-4975. Time is of the essence in this matter; very quickly the Nigerian Government will realize that the Central Bank is maintaining this amount on deposit, and attempt to levy certain depository taxes on it.
Prince Oladapo Oluto Adu aka <Mr. President>
|Oct-22-14|| ||technical draw: Dear Mr. President: I would love to help you! You need not beg nor or self mutilate. All I ask of you in return is that you send about a million count of your finest mosquitos to the current resident of the White House. He loves to play with them at night and is also thrilled if he catches a slight fever. |
We need not meet in person as I will personally send you a check for $285,000 as soon as I have confirmation from Walter Reed Hospital.
A bowl of fruit will be sent to you as a kind gesture.
|Oct-23-14|| ||mistermac: The best mosquitos are to be found in Australia. Perhaps I could help you out here, and perhaps you might also consider perchasing some fruit from Australia/s last remaining orchard, as the others have been uprooted in the interests of creating a level playing field (used the land thus made available) for the Global Economy.|
I also invite you to observe the soon to happen G20 meeting, where our beloved Prime Minister will go all the way with LBJ, or the present incumbent.
|Oct-23-14|| ||chancho: Hola <TD>!
Espero que te encuentres bien.
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