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  1. Standard membermchill
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    13 Jan '21 03:401 edit
    @metal-brain said
    An anti-trust lawsuit must be filed first.
    Why isn't the DOJ doing that?
    Why isn't the DOJ doing that?

    Why don't you ask The DOJ? I doubt anyone here works for them.
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    13 Jan '21 00:34
    @metal-brain said
    Apple, Google, and Amazon banned the social media network Parler from their services.

    Does that violate the Sherman Act?
    Why don't you let the courts decide that one.
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    12 Jan '21 21:471 edit
    @duchess64 said
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/12/donald-trump-us-joe-biden

    "Is Donald Trump an aberration or a symptom of a deeper US malady?
    The underlying causes of Trump’s rise to power must be addressed,
    from taming social media to tackling inequality"
    --Joseph Stiglietz

    "The assault on the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters, incited
    by the president h ...[text shortened]... to the system', thus setting the stage again for
    another politician like Trump, only less stupid.
    Trump is a symptom of something deeper. He would have never been elected in a well educated, well functioning nation. Trump supporters aren't big on research and deep thought. If one scratches the surface, they would find a failed businessman, who demonstrated his cowardice when called to serve his country in active duty military, squandered hundreds of millions in failed business ventures, and been found guilty of fraud on more than one occasion. Trump supporters fell for a racist, sexist snake oil salesman in an expensive suit, and can't bring themselves to admit they were wrong.
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    12 Jan '21 12:24
    @yo-its-me said
    Do you feel its been a big learning experience for America, having trumpy-baby in charge?
    Possibly, but like most of us, we'd rather have this learning experience by reading about it, than living through it. 😕
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    12 Jan '21 10:373 edits
    After years of bad leadership from Trump, we're learning what it's like to have no leadership at all -- and during a deadly pandemic killing thousands every day, a botched vaccine rollout, sniveling about the 2020 election, and an attempt to overthrow the government, by inciting goon squads to attack our capital building, kill our citizens, and destroy government property; all while little Donnie sits back and watches, detached, and bored with the duties of being President.

    Fortunately, In addition to our legal system, Wall Street is moving to curb Trump's means to communicate his baseless lies, and bring in cash. He's lost a major golf tournament, banks will no longer lend him money, and his recent actions have only added to his multitude of legal woes.

    This is Donald Trump's political legacy, and a reminder of what happens when we elect a spoiled child in an old mans body, who thinks only of himself

    Then I'll get on my knees and pray; we don't get fooled again
    - The Who
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    12 Jan '21 04:113 edits
    @fmf said
    Nine times out of ten ~ not 50% of the time ~ when I try to plug in a USB cable or flash disk, I have it upside down. It's uncanny.

    More examples of little things?
    -My toasted muffin will fall, jam side down 90% of the time if dropped.

    -If a word or name is spelled with ie or ei in it, I'll guess the wrong spelling 90% of the time.

    - When I first turn on the TV, it will be at the beginning of a commercial - ad cycle, guaranteeing maximum time wastage 90% of the time

    - When I turn on the radio, the last 6 notes of my favorite song will be played, then fade away, not to be played again on that station until the next decade 90% of the time.

    - When a news anchor asks a politician the simplest "yes" or 'no" question, they'll talk for a minimum of 3 min. NEVER pronouncing the words "yes" or "no" 90% of the time.

    - Whenever I listen to ANY politician talk, I get a strong with the urge to drop them from the sky into a large Hyenas' 90% of the time.
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    11 Jan '21 13:54
    @trev33 said
    Throw it away? Paint over the rust? Sand it down and then paint over it? Put some glue and feathers on it? Ideas please.
    If you need a bucket, restore it. If not, dispose of it.
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    10 Jan '21 21:381 edit
    @huckleberryhound said
    With Google banning Parler from the play store, Apple banning it from the app store , and Amazon banning it from their platform. Is this the final nail in the coffin for free speech? Also What argument can Google, Twitter, Facebook et al have for being neutral platforms.
    Is this the final nail in the coffin for free speech?

    -No it's not, you can stand on a street corner and talk all you want, send emails, snail mails, telephone, text's fax's etc. How much more "free speech" do you need?



    Also What argument can Google, Twitter, Facebook et al have for being neutral platforms.

    -Why don't you ask them? I doubt the people here on Red Hot Pawn are majority shareholders in any of these companies.
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    10 Jan '21 12:31
    @johnnybike said
    I have been trying to search for the notes written by Steve Lopez but I cannot see them. I assume he has stopped writing them. I am not even sure he is still with us.
    I am thinking of buying chessbase and methodically going through my old RHP games and extracting them via the email option and importing into a database for analysis.
    Sounds like quite a job though with onl ...[text shortened]... itz for analysis of some games, probably the loosing ones first. Unfortunately that is the majority.
    Please let know how this goes for you. I've been considering how to do this myself. Organization and record keeping can be important.

    All I can add is a suggestion that I read from several I.M. 's: Do your post game analysis yourself, writing down your thoughts at key points in your games BEFORE using an engine. It's not always wise to let the machine do your thinking for you.
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    10 Jan '21 12:18
    @tefeather said
    What do people think about John Donaldson's new book "Bobby Fischer and His World: The Man, the Player, the Riddle, and the Colorful Characters Who Surrounded Him"? I just ordered it from Amazon.
    I've not ordered or read it yet, but the feedback so far is pretty good. I know the author (I.M. John Donaldson) from his tournament days in Seattle. John does his homework well. His books favor accuracy over literary drama, and I expect this one will be no different.
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    10 Jan '21 04:522 edits
    The Donald may desperately need his own media platform now that he’s been booted off Twitter for inciting a riot on our nations capital, but it’s going to cost him a lot more more $$ than he’s got. Even if he wants to use a partners money, this will be next to impossible now. His relentless attacks on the media for 5 years has left him very few friends in the media world.

    This week, the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal editorial page, a consistent pro-Trump venue, urged Trump to resign the morning after the battle for the Capitol. Fleeing to a host job at Sinclair, again, would make him a slow-moving target of his natural allies at Fox, NewsMax and OAN. Does he really want that? He has too many media enemies right now to manufacture new ones.

    To make matters worse for Trump, a multitude of legal and financial chickens will come home to roost once he leaves office.

    The Donald's pipe dream of having his own media brand is just that.

    https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/01/09/trump-building-media-empire-456888
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    @averagejoe1 said
    The plot thickens.......
    I'm giddy with anticipation - 😴
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    @averagejoe1 said
    Thankyou for making it cool to be an American again.

    Thankyou for showing that we need not be under China's thumb

    Thankyou for one of the strongest economic that we've ever experienced. Thankyou for what you have done for minority communities, and for the un believeable increase in Unemployment....

    Thankyou for supporting our American Flag, the military which st ...[text shortened]... . I pray you run again in 2024, in what is left of our country. It will be even harder next time.
    Thank You for lying about Mexico paying for that border wall.

    Thank You for jumping into bed with playmates and pornstars, paying them hush money, then trying to pass yourself as an Evangelical Christian.

    Thank You for locking all those little children up in animal cages on our southern border, they were a clear and present danger to America.

    Thank You for encouraging your goon squads to storm our Capital, destroy government property, and kill people.

    Thank You for playing golf, while thousands of your fellow Americans perish everyday in this deadly pandemic, it's such a bother, is it not? Hope you shot a good score!

    Thank You for trashing our alliances, and making America no more trusted than Al-Qaida. Now we have far less support in furthering America's agenda abroad.

    Are we great yet?? 😕
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    08 Jan '21 12:03
    The last fig leaf is gone. The GOP, defeated and fragmented is now going to have to weave it's broken parts together and limp along, after spending 5 years backing a tin - pot dictator who would rather incite goon squads to riot and kill their own citizens, rather than accept the outcome of an election. When Al Gore and Hillary Clinton lost their elections, they were angry...but never resorted to violence, choosing instead to make their grievances known in the courts. Republicans can try to spin this horrific event, but it won't work.

    So - Where does the GOP go from here? Do they return to their Conservative roots which have been the traditional place for the "angry white man" who's political power is slowly eroding due to changing demographics, or do they continue to back an obese ex President, who faces a mountain of legal and financial problems once he leaves office? Either way; the future of the GOP is not a pretty one. 😳
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    @duchess64 said
    Kim Jong-un, that's who!

    In contrast to Trump, who likes to boast that he has handled Covid-19
    perfectly and urges Americans to 'blame China' for everything,
    Kim Jong-un has admitted in public that he's wrong.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/06/north-korea-congress-kim-jong-un-economic-plan-failure-mistake-biden

    "North Korea: Kim Jong-un says economic ...[text shortened]... r socially distancing."

    Being willing to concede error is the first step toward learning from it.
    "North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong-un, has admitted that his economic policies have largely failed, and vowed to avoid a repeat of the “painful lessons” of the past at a rare meeting of the country’s ruling party.

    Being willing to concede error is the first step toward learning from it.



    This would seem to be a step in the right direction. Let us hope Kim Jong-un follows it up with a few more.

    Regarding Donald Trump, a small army of Federal and State law enforcement folks want to have with him once he leaves office regarding fraud, income tax evasion, election violations and other misdeeds. I'll be thankful when he's tucked away in prison where he richly deserves to be.
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