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Laker was an angel who looked like a hound from Hell!

If a loving God was to send down an ambassador would not the form of the dog be useful? A dog is literally an “angel” incarnate. Dogs are so immediately trusted by humans, they are brought into the home without a second thought. There at our feet, the dog can teach us so much about compassion, understanding, love and loyalty.

Perhaps it is why dog is god spelled backward. Somehow we suspect this connection…at least we English-speakers. We all understand if we were as good a person as our dogs think we are, the world would be a much better place. None can deny this truth. …


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The position upon Black’s acceptance of the proffered pawn

With the popularity of the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit many friends reached out to me and encouraged me to watch it. The reasons I avoided it are much more complicated than simply being some kind of purist. Only other players, REAL players, know the bittersweet love affair we all have with the game of chess. We are never quite smart enough for the game. We hate ourselves for the imperfections in our logic the game ALWAYS exposes to the WHOLE world.

It is bittersweet indeed. We love it! We hate it! We are deeply frustrated by our inadequate intellect. To be good at chess, we must pull away from the real world, but to be happy we must exist in the real world. These are probably some of the reasons behind my reluctance to even watch the series, The Queens’s Gambit. …


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Elon’s Christmas Day tweet

Elon Musk is now the richest person on the planet. Elon is planning to expand his footprint in the Solar System. He may also be the richest person in the Solar System. As far as I know, he is. I encourage everyone to post their candidates for richest biological entity in the Solar System below.

Elon has been talking up an aggressive timeline for putting a human on Mars. Once he gets there, Elon promises to break ground on a Mars colony almost immediately. …


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AliExpress is an online retail service based in China owned by the Alibaba Group.

A few months ago it seemed Apple was beginning to sketch out the boundaries of a virtual corporate state. I used the movie Rollerball as an example of a world where corporate states are the big dogs. Apple’s moves in the Ripple universe seemed to generate the SEC lawsuit, which was at least partially motivated by a desire to slow the creation of a true corporate state.

Apple is not the only large corporate entity in this world. There are many and China hosts a lot of them. Alibaba Group, owned by Jack Ma, is the Amazon of Asia. This makes Jack Ma the Chinese Jeff Bezos. Alibaba created a service called Alipay, a system for making payments by phone, using QR codes. …


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Somebody always wants your waterhole

Most Americans accept without question the founding principles of the United States are ones of rugged individualism. Possibly this is the reason taking care of each other has not been as ardently embraced by a similar number of Americans. There is a common, but erroneous suspicion it is socialist to care about each other through collective action in government. That somehow caring for each other violates the principles of rugged individualism.

In truth, America took off as a global superpower once we really started taking care of the less fortunate in our society. The United States has a complex relationship with socialism because how ever counter-intuitive, it vaulted us to the head of the world order. The nation retains Social Security and other social services for this reason. …


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Much has been made about the authenticity the actors brought to the moving of the pieces in the Netflix series the Queen’s Gambit. I admit the way the actors acted and moved the pieces over the board was very convincing. If it were not for the speed of play, one could be excused from thinking they were real players.

As a long time player, I have seen a lot of opponents across the board. Watching how your opponent moves the pieces is a real part of the landscape. Also, since we are always playing touch move, we watch the opponent’s hands a bit. …


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Ripple in US government’s cross hairs

As I wrote a few months ago, it seemed as if Apple was beginning to sketch out the boundaries of a virtual corporate state. I used the movie Rollerball as an example of a world where corporate states are the big dogs. Apple’s moves in the Ripple universe were hard to ignore in this context.

Such things do not go unnoticed by the United States government. American power is now almost solely based upon the fact the dollar is the world’s reserve currency. Over 50% of transactions in the world are denominated in the dollar. …


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Photo by Adam Thomas on Unsplash

Much has been made of the Elon Musk’s departure from California for Texas. Since Elon does not smoke a lot of marijuana, it probably does serve his needs…unlike Joe Rogan. Elon will be able to do as he pleases in Texas. He can push his employees to the limits of their endurance. He can make pollution heavy batteries for his cars all day and not worry about any pesky environmental regulations.

What does this all mean? Is California regulating itself out of existence? Perhaps it is, but it is not like these regulations were put in place for NO REASON. California’s varied topography encapsulates many diverse microclimates. …


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Photo by Jukka Aalho on Unsplash

I was not a fan of Fear Factor. It seemed wrong to make people do such unpleasant things for money. Not only that it does not really put Americans in a good light to see us chasing money in that way. Joe Rogan even admits he got the gig because he did not even take it seriously.

In the years since, Rogan has risen to fame as a podcaster. My sons had turned me on to him a few years ago. I have found him interesting and EARNEST. The importance of being earnest and honest cannot be underestimated…IMO. …

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