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    As a candidate, Trump positioned himself as a different kind of Republican. With all the integrity of a late-night infomercial host, Trump rinsed away the taint of decades of GOP economic mismanagement. In a spin cycle, he promised his plans would bring prosperity to a long-overlooked working class. But what Trump ultimately delivered is what all Republican presidents have delivered since Ronald Reagan: bubbly new wealth for the already rich, while putting the middle-class through the wringer.

    This cycle has played out twice in plain view: First with Trump’s 2017 tax cut, which showered wealth on the richest, offering the middle class a drop in the bucket, and now with a pandemic response that has inflated the wealth of billionaires, even as main-street America reels under a Depression-level crisis.

    Contrary to all of Trump’s assurances, his tax bill generated a windfall to the 1 percent. It’s the continuance of 40 years of upward siphoning of the nation’s wealth to a tiny elite. Income-tax cuts generated an extra $50,0000 a year for America’s highest earners. But the real benefit, $1.35 trillion, went to corporations — and by extension only to their top executives and shareholders.

    Yet, Trump supporters still worship him as a GOD
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    @ponderable said
    So I start a thread, which should make us feel happy, because we recollect happy moments.

    Everybody can be a valuable contributor.

    I plea to everybody that you don't comment on others' lists. And please no negative or just meaningless posts.

    Thank you very much!
    Quiet classical music

    Making croissants

    Winning a hard fought battle over the chessboard

    Watching Notre Dame beating the cr*p out of USC in football

    The feeling I get after a long walk
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    @duchess64 said
    Given that Chinese culture traditionally places great value on education, it's common
    even for top Chinese players to take breaks during their prime years to attend university.
    This interruption sets back their improvement in chess.

    Wang Hao was China's highest rated player before he took such a break.
    Afterward, he struggled for several years to return to his earlier ...[text shortened]... 's world championship title and retired from chess in
    order to study as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
    Given that Chinese culture traditionally places great value on education


    It would sure be nice if America ran that way. So many people here would like to go to college, but costs are prohibitive.
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    Like most of you, I've seen my share of TV shows and movies with chess players and/or tournaments. The majority of these showcase chess players as eccentric, socially isolated, oddballs, with psychological "issues" My first experience of this as a kid was an watching an early James Bond film - From Russia with Love, the tournament winner was an unsmiling guy with overly large eyes who was secretly a member of the criminal organization "Spectre" Many more examples followed through the years, right up to last month when Beth Harmon of The Queen's Gambit burst on the Netflix scene, complete with her own psychological "baggage" While it's true that Fischer, Morphy and a few others had some real mental health problems, the vast majority of chess players are not this way. So - why the stigma? Does Hollywood and the publishing world think portraying chess players this way adds to their mystique? Does it make things more entertaining? Do these folks know they are perpetuating a falsehood?
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    His lawsuits have failed. The state election recounts have changed nothing. More and more states are certifying their election results. The transition of power has begun.

    -Donald Trump has lost to Joe Biden-

    What will the GOP look and sound like after 2020? Will Trump remain a powerful voice within the GOP? Will his legal and financial woes catch up with him? Will this 70+ year old, obese man be with us much longer? Donald Trump has pulled the GOP in a far different direction than that of Ronald Reagan. What is the future of the GOP?

    Thoughts?
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    @dood111 said
    It was different when I was growing up then, so sad we have de-evolved as a society:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3604399262951230&set=p.3604399262951230&type=3
    "Something's lost, and something's gained in living everyday"

    Judy Collins - Both sides now.
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    22 Nov '20 17:03
    "Sir - The Empire is in peril!"

    "You're probably too young to realize, there's rarely a time in our history when we're NOT in some sort of peril"

    This paraphrased quote from the Sean Connery film League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as the elder Allan Quatermain attempts to counsel an overly nervous young British official is too often forgotten these days, and highlights societies short attention span. Viewed through the lens of decades, rather than day to day, we often forget the many positive steps our world has made in the areas of medicine, technology, life expectancy, business opportunities, civil rights, and law. Yes - We have many problems, and yes, this is no time to become complacent, but let us not lose sight of the quality of life on our planet 100 - 200 years ago, and where we are now. 🙂
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    @duchess64 said
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/21/joe-biden-likely-pentagon-pick-michele-flournoy

    "Biden's likely pick to lead the Pentagon isn't a win for feminism.
    Michèle Flournoy might become the first woman in charge of the Pentagon, but it
    seems unlikely she’ll do anything to actually change US foreign policy for the better."
    --Arwa Mahdawi

    "It is widel ...[text shortened]... siness as usual and forget
    that it’s business as usual that got Trump elected in the first place."
    Is the solution better or worse than the problem?

    Solving one problem without creating another is a rather difficult task, is it not?

    Therein lies the rub - -
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    @rank-outsider said
    What will the impact of Thanksgiving this year be given that COVID seems already to be nearly out of control in the US?

    With cases at 200,000 a day, and rising about 20-25% a week, is there any chance that those who claimed that Fauci was scaremongering when he said they could reach 100,000 cases a day, who claimed COVID would be gone by May, that a 250,000 death t ...[text shortened]... e one big party. Is the US destined to make the same mistake but on an altogether different scale?
    With cases at 200,000 a day, and rising about 20-25% a week, is there any chance that those who claimed that Fauci was scaremongering when he said they could reach 100,000 cases a day, who claimed COVID would be gone by May, that a 250,000 death toll was a fantasy etc finally wake up?

    The short answer is "No" they won't wake up. Those mentally challenged folks on the right wing here in America who believed our President's lies about this virus make up a large minority of our population, and will blissfully go on spreading it to others.
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    @cheesemaster said
    So all of us that want to improve know we have to study.

    My chosen method is "play through master games and figure out the next move"
    (Unless it is a Pachman book, the dude is a beast at teaching, try him)

    So...if I can't figure out the next move which the author clearly says is tactical should I look at the answer or focus on my board for days or even weeks until ...[text shortened]... long it takes and you will always know it or look at the answer and learn it and maybe remember it?
    I think Monty Moose is correct. Give yourself a set amount of time to solve, then look. The only thing I would add is if you had to look up the answer, set the position up on your board and play through the correct sequence of moves to the end several times, using your own board and pieces. Doing this will enable you to remember the solution much longer. This method works with tactics and endgame exercises as well.
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    @duchess64 said
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/nov/15/china-and-14-asia-pacific-countries-agree-historic-free-trade-deal

    "China and 14 Asia-Pacific countries agree historic free trade deal
    Signing of RCEP unites nations totalling 2.2 billion people and covers 28% of global trade"

    "The leaders of China and another 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region
    have signed one o ...[text shortened]... cided to link their economic futures
    with Asia rather than with the 'Anglosphere' of the USA or UK.
    The USA's long campaign to isolate China economically has failed.
    The USA initially supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it excluded China.


    The USA is now economically isolated, not China. Relations with our European allies that took 75 years to build since WW2 have been trashed under Donald Trump. His tariffs have hurt both the American and Chinese economies, his bullying tactics with countries in Latin America have made these countries less willing to trade with America. All of this has benefitted a few Fortune 500 companies on wall street (hence the rise of our stock markets) but have done little or nothing to benefit the folks on main street.
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    @metal-brain said
    Pardon me for asking, but - If Donald J Trump is the successful multi billionaire businessman he claims to be, then why does he need contributions to a legal fund? I don't see Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett shaking their tin cups, soliciting dollars to pay their lawyers. A few million bucks to finance a state recount or pay his own legal bills would be petty cash for most rich people.
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    @duchess64 said
    In this forum, RHP initially censored my quoting (with no comment of my own at that time)
    from a 'Guardian' article by a Kenyan about the USA.
    (I had inadvertently posted it earlier in the Only Chess forum and then immediately removed it from that forum.)

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/15/patrick-gathara-donald-trump-us-election-joe-biden-twitter-t ...[text shortened]... 7-2021)
    and thus swallow the US propaganda holding that the US 'democratic' system is the greatest.
    Contrary to what Americans supporting Joe Biden may hope, the rest of the world will not quickly forget the fact that Donald Trump was the US President for four years (2017-2021) and thus swallow the US propaganda holding that the US 'democratic' system is the greatest.

    Yes, I agree. So - What's to be done about all this? I can't claim to have the perfect solution, but this is what I do:

    Vote, contribute to candidates that share my views, make phone calls to those in my community urging them to so likewise, contribute to their political campaigns, and try to set an positive example to others. Before I go back to my chessboard I sometimes recite this little prayer I heard from a friend in grade school all those years ago.

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can,
    -and wisdom to know the difference- 🙂
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    @divegeester said
    To me American electoral politics is akin to the Bamboozled game from Friends...

    ”You spin the Wheel of Mayhem to go up the Ladder of Chance. You go past the Mud Hut through the Rainbow Ring to get to the Golden Monkey; you yank his tail and boom! You’re in Paradise Pond!”

    In the unlikely event someone has never seen it, here’s the scene: [youtube] b6LgacKFGaE[/youtube]
    To me American electoral politics is akin to the Bamboozled game from Friends...

    That is unfortunately correct. Lots of anger over here. That said, Brexit is making a mess of things over in the land of The Lady of The Lake, is it not?
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