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  1. Subscribershavixmir
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    21 Oct '21 03:23
    @very-busty said
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/10/20/parkland-shooter-nikolas-cruz-pleads-guilty-2018-school-massacre/8535354002/

    The Parkland shooter is facing the death penalty. Is there any reason why premeditated murder of children should not get the death penalty?
    Morally. It is unacceptable to sit by and watch someone be killed. Or to actively kill someone. You can’t claim it is wrong to be a killer and then kill someone.

    Christianity. “You’ve heard an eye for an eye, but I tell you to turn the other cheek.”
    - Jesus -

    Fundamental. You should never give the State the power to kill its citizens. The State serves its citizens and has the obligation to protect them. Never extend that power beyond imprisonment.

    Philisophical. You never have 100% proof that someone actually did the deed. Killing them makes it rather difficult to reverse the decision when new information comes to light. You only have to look, historically, at the numbers to see this is an actual problem.

    Karma. Killing someone actually dents one’s core. Take an extreme example: walk out the house with a brick and murder the neighbour’s cat. Smash its skull in and watch it twitch, then throw the body in a lake.
    That act dents you in a way that killing for food doesn’t.
    The death penalty is a set situation and thw fibres of the human body experience it more like the cat situation than a hunting expedition.
    The difference being: you stumble upon someone trying to rape a kid and in your anger you accidentally kill the bastard… generally fine.
    But, if you capture the bastard and can send him to prison, to sit and watch him be murdered… it is different.

    Compassion. Everyone does something for a reason. Empathy is what makes us likable. That we cannot accept certain behaviour within a society is a given. It is a good thing to seek security, but revenge isn’t a desirable trait. It makes one raw and nasty. Try to feel and understand the other. Imprisonment is harsh. Why go further?

    Statistical. Countries which carry the death penalty (and physical punishment like cutting off the hands of thieves) generally have more violent crime and abuse in the home.

    Science and research. Why did he do it? What motivated him. What could have stopped him at what time? What went wrong. What can we learn from him to avert such things from happening in the future?

    So, to sum it up, even though every fibre in your body feels that this individual deserves death for his heinous crimes, it is better for you and society to not go down that road.
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    24 Oct '21 06:411 edit
    @contenchess said
    @The-Gravedigger

    Did he quit chess or really die?
    Neither

    @FMF last move: 16 hours ago (at the time of posting this)
  3. Subscriberkevcvs57
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    21 Oct '21 11:22
    @eintaluj said
    A professor of climate science who opposed diversity initiatives cries foul over a cancelled lecture.

    Dorian S. Abbot, an associate professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago, is speaking out against the cancellation of a lecture he was recently scheduled to give at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He says he’s being punished for his views on higher ed ...[text shortened]... of Abbot’s views on equal treatment, his lecture on the other area — on geophysics — was cancelled.
    Science has always been politicised it’s what politicians do, they politicise everything.
    Racism, homophobia and transphobia etc are real and they impact people’s lives.
    However universities should never be places where you must not hear things that you do not like or agree with, they are meant to be physically safe but intellectually scary if they are fulfilling their remit.
  4. Subscribershavixmir
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    22 Oct '21 02:351 edit
    @contenchess said
    Was it a haiku? 🤔
    No.

    Contenchess is back,
    Dreary like an Autumn rain,
    A new name is all.
  5. Subscribershavixmir
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    22 Oct '21 02:40
    @contenchess said
    Ah yes...

    5
    7
    5

    Right?
    Yes. And with a reference to weather or seasons; preferably more subtle than what I just wrote.
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    25 Oct '21 21:45
    ...... We could all collectively ignore metalbrain.
    Maybe he will go away.
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    20 Oct '21 02:03
    @mott-the-hoople said
    " Every you come up with material, we have plenty of rebuttal material. "

    But you appear very stupid doing so. Only in a libs mind is creating a vaccine in record time a bad thing.
    The vaccine was developed in Germany.
  8. SubscriberSuzianne
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    20 Oct '21 12:131 edit
    @metal-brain said
    Iowa autopsy report: DNC meddling led to caucus debacle

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/12/iowa-caucus-dnc-report-444649

    Votes were flipped from Bernie Sanders to Pete Buttigieg.

    https://rumble.com/vny34a-facebook-censors-jimmys-video-while-confirming-it.html

    Votes changed. Chris Krebs lied.
    And yet you disbelieved Russian meddling in 2016 for Trump?

    You disbelieved that Russia could try to get Trump, who would directly benefit Russia by being ineffective and bombastic, elected and yet you believe that there are shenanigans going on among Americans.

    The fact is that both the DNC and the IDP made mistakes in reporting. You've been told time and time again that reporting errors are not "vote flipping" but you insist on calling it that so that it satisfies your desire for chaos. NO VOTES CHANGED. Votes were initially counted wrong, due mainly to the ineptitude of the IDP, and that is the purpose of audits. This can be changed moving forward. There was no devious intent to change the actual votes from one candidate to another. You are simply lying in order to inflame people and get them to believe your lie that there was an agenda.

    If you want to be taken seriously, or at least not being called out for being a liar, you should drop all of your lies about "vote flipping". Votes do not get "changed". They are reported in error. You need to learn the difference, but that doesn't satisfy your agenda.
  9. Subscribershavixmir
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    21 Oct '21 03:43
    @contenchess said
    @EintaluJ

    Welcome to the website.

    Pick a side. Right or Left. 🤔
    I disagree that it’s a left or right issue.

    There are issues with diversity and inclusion. Not everyone has equal chances and certainly not everyone is accepted. This is plain for all to see.

    However, the drive for diversity and inclusion does seem to go rather far. For example: banning someone for criticising the drive for diversity and inclusion does no justice to diversity and certainly isn’t inclusive.

    The “woke” community have a very high regard of their own morals on these subjects and do not tolerate any deviation from those morals. This makes them very tedious to deal with.
    The sentiments like: “All white men are abusers”, “if you’re not black you can’t have an opinion on what it’s like being black” and “all white men are guilty for slavery and the consequences of it” are not justifiable or even remotely accurate.

    Whether one is on the right or left of the political system doesn’t change that.

    What changes is how to deal with the underlying problem.
    The right will generally scream: “CANCEL CULTURE!” And argue that it is all rubbish.

    The left will see underlying problems and attempt to rectify them.

    The far left will see the poverty behind what’s going on and argue to something about poverty.

    Educational it is madness to ban people from speaking, because one doesn’t agree with someone’s political views.
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    21 Oct '21 06:08
    @contenchess said
    I have a one piece dragon costume with a tail but my face is exposed so I can scare all of the kids with my drunken raving and profanity.

    It is so comfortable it is like a full body robe that you can sleep in and I'm sure I will pass out with it on.

    I have decided I will not give out candy but I will give them handfuls of rice and explain to them that they are luck ...[text shortened]... a handful rice and that is considered a good meal under socialist regimes.

    Are you dressing up?
    Take it to the American politics forum spanky.
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    21 Oct '21 07:53
    @dj2becker said
    The donkey told the tiger:
    ′′The grass is blue".
    The tiger replied:
    ′′No, the grass is green".

    The discussion became heated up, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, and to do so they approached the lion, King of the Jungle.

    Before reaching the clearing in the forest where the lion was sitting on his throne, the donkey started screaming:
    ′′Yo ...[text shortened]... ey aren’t. When ignorance screams, intelligence shuts up. Your peace and tranquility are worth more.
    The story is quite nicely thougt out and marks a problem.

    However since nobody would dream of identifying with the donkey and very few with the Tiger, the educational value will reamin low...
    All people think that they got it. It is part of mental health to have a coherent and consistent personality. That should not refrain us from learning a few things about us. And sometimes we can smile about the naivite of our younger self hopefully.
  12. Subscriberkevcvs57
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    21 Oct '21 11:171 edit
    @metal-brain said
    You are so ignorant!
    The gov is taking coins out of circulation that have a higher melt value relative to other coins. They are using covid as a lame explanation that makes no sense.

    https://www.happypreppers.com/coin.html

    They are anticipating the inflation and taking quarters out of circulation before people hoard them like they did when quarters were made of 90% silver and they stopped making them from silver.

    Here is some good advice. Save your coins!
    Yeah like I’m going to follow the link to a site called “happypreppers” 🙄
    Your such a nut job. Why don’t you synopsise this conspiracy for us rather than trying to drum up hits for whacko conspiracy sites.
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    21 Oct '21 17:14
    In the game Euwe-Smyslov (Zurich Candidates, 1953), the following position was reached after 30...Qc5-e7.



    The game continued 31. Qe2 Rxd7 32. Bxd7 Qxd7 33. Qxe5+, and Black eventually won.

    In David Bronstein's book on the tournament, he rejects 31. Rd1 based on the continuation 31...Rc7 32. Qe1 Nc6 33. b4 Qxb4 34. Nxe5 Qxe1+ 35. Rxe1 Nxe5 36. Rxe5 Rd2 "and Black must win." (See next diagram for this sequence.)



    In the kibitzing section for this game at chessgames dot com, poster Hesam7 proposes 33. Qc3 (instead of 33. b4) 33...Rdxd7 34. Rxd7 Rxd7 35. Qxc6. (See next diagram for this sequence, starting with 31. Rd1.)



    In the position reached in the above diagram, Black is up the exchange for a pawn, but converting this to a win will require finding and exploiting targets in White's position. The two obvious ones are White's b-pawn and f-pawn, each of which lies on a half-open file.

    While exploiting these targets, Black mustn't overlook the main weaknesses in his own position: the isolated a- and e-pawns and his open second rank.

    Let's consider where Black's pieces might ideally belong so that they could pressure White's targets while protecting Black's. Interestingly, White's f-pawn is on the same line as Black's a-pawn, and the same is true of White's b-pawn and Black's e-pawn. These facts suggest that the Black queen occupy the d4-square, from which she would control the squares occupied by all four of those pawns.

    To guard Black's weak second rank, the rook would need to occupy it, but the good news is that it would have access to both b7 and f7, from which to pressure the White pawns on those files. Last but not least, Black's king would seem fairly well-sheltered at g7. (See next diagram for this setup in the absence of White's pieces.)



    Now let's consider where White's pieces might belong. The b-pawn might ultimately need the bishop's protection, which suggests putting the pawn at b3 and the bishop at c4. A side benefit of having the bishop at c4 would be that it would control f7, thereby preventing Black's rook from occupying that square.

    If White's queen were to also find her way to the a2/g8 diagonal (say, at d5), she might have access to g8 and then to other squares along that rank, which could harass Black's king.

    It's not clear that White's king has a better spot than g1, so we'll leave it there for now. We'll imagine White's queen at e6, where she has ready access not only to g8 but to both wings. (See next diagram for this setup in the absence of Black's pieces.)



    Back to the actual position...



    We'll try moving the rook to b7 to threaten one of the identified targets (the b-pawn) and thereby constrain White's viable replies.

    After 35...Rb7, 36. Qc8+ Kg7 37. Be6 gets White nothing after 37...Rxb2 38. Qg8+ Kh6. If instead of 37. Be6, White's queen retreats along the c-file, then White will have wasted a tempo while Black played the constructive 36...Kg7. Therefore, White's queen should retreat immediately.

    We'll examine 36. Qc2 first. For the play and notes, see the diagram below.



    In the ending reached above, Black's king will head for White's b-pawn, after which Black will return the exchange in order to capture both of White's queenside pawns. Then, while White's king is preoccupied by Black's passed a-pawn, Black's king will head for White's abandoned kingside pawn(s).

    Now we'll examine 36. Qc1. For the play and notes, see the diagram below.



    Finally, we'll analyze 36. Qc3.



    This discussion seems to demonstrate that White would have been lost in the following position (where Black is to move).
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    21 Oct '21 19:011 edit
    Thursday is always a stressful night for me, and one where a Rum and diet coke always feels deserved. This will be the fourth week in my sobriety (started Sunday 26th September). I've went months without a drink before, but when I go back off the proverbial wagon I can easily get into a habit of drinking two to three times a week. Not sure I'm ready to stay dry, but having had many litres of spirits, wine, and beer in the house I know I have the will power when necessary.

    Now "Processed Sugar free November"...that will be a challenge.
  15. Subscribershavixmir
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    22 Oct '21 02:47
    @contenchess said
    Shavixmir is lame.
    His family is to blame.
    He never had game.
    Nope.
    Technically you have the 5-7-5, but no reference to weather or seasons.

    I know, it’s hard. Keep on trying. At least poetry suits you better than right-wing nuttery.
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