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Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

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Hundreds of genetically modified potato plants are to be introduced to a field in Norfolk today.

Science reporter Tom Feilden talks to Professor Jonathan Jones of Sainsbury Laboratory about the importance of the new type of potatoes. Kirtana Chandrasekaran, from Friends of the Earth, outlines what she sees as the dangers of GM food trials.

The Friends of the Earth spokesperson was incredibly bad, she contradicted herself, and then made up stuff to try and salvage her position. When she didn't know what to say she just repeated her standard talking points. If she's the best they can do they're in serious trouble.

On this expedition out in Death Valley—where driest, hottest and lowest places on the continent are found — the scientists are investigating how geologists view landscapes, but such research could very well delve into how detectives analyze crime scenes or soldiers look for camouflaged targets or distinguish between friend and foe when storming rooms. Researchers then perhaps could train neophytes with virtual reality displays that simulate environments of interest.

"We know a lot about how to educate people on facts, but we know almost nothing about how to educate people on acquiring perceptual skills other than lots of repetition, which can be very time-consuming and expensive," says cognitive scientist Robert Jacobs at the University of Rochester. "It would be great to develop more effective training procedures."

Professor Moloney argues that GM is all about feeding a hungry world and says serious scientific bodies have looked at GM technology again in recent years and concluded it would be a mistake to exclude the technology from the arsenal of tools needed to deal with both global food security and environmental protection challenges.

Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

  • Terminator 2: My Mission is to Protect You (I'd love to hear your thoughts on the many issues raised by this article)
    In discussions about GE crops, one of the contentious topics that often comes up is the use of what has been effectively dubbed “Terminator” technology. These are crops that are engineered to produce sterile seeds that cannot be regrown. The use of this technology to force farmers to repurchase their seeds every year is often what causes the greatest objection from opponents of genetic engineering. But what is interesting is that like the films where this technology gets its nickname, it can also be used to protect seed-saving farmers.
  • Vishy wins, retains World Championship title
    Viswanathan Anand, playing black in the final game, avoided a decision by rapid and blitz tiebreak. In a balanced Queen's Gambit Declined, the World Champion took a shot at weakening his Bulgarian challenger's king. Veselin Topalov panicked, as in a flash his chances were dashed and the Bulgarian could wrap up his defence. A fantastic final game by Anand who retains his crown.
  • The More You Know
  • Dan Barker Pwns Fox News
  • Is Greenpeace Secretly Working for Monsanto

    The information in the beginning of the post is a bit dated, but there is anti-trust news about Monsanto currently in progress, but it was the last paragraph of the post that caught my attention. Your thoughts?

Beware of Chess-Playing Energy Drinks

Beware of Chess-Playing Energy Drinks

Links With Your Coffee


Sorry about the paucity of links. It's JoAnn's fault she keeping me busy playing chess. If you'd like to play just click on the link on the sidebar and I'll have more excuses for not posting.

How to Play Chess

How to play chess from the first season of "The Wire"

Paul Merton - Chess

An amusing bit of silliness from Paul Merton an English comedian, writer and actor.

A Book For You

And the winner is Chris Stillman

I've read it, and enjoyed it. Would you like it? The book is Zugzwang by Ronan Bennett. I purchased this book because I collect fiction that has a significant element of chess in the story. The story is a thriller, a page turner, that takes place in St. Petersbug a few years before the Revolution. I probably wouldn't have purchased it without the chess connection, but it holds up well in the thriller genre. In short a good read. I'm giving this paperback copy away because I found a nice hardbound copy.

I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high.

Note: The offer is open only to currently registered commenters others are welcome to register for future giveaways but will not be eligible for this one. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting.

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday

  • BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Hints of 'time before Big Bang' (tip to Bruce)
    A team of physicists has claimed that our view of the early Universe may contain the signature of a time before the Big Bang.
  • Bryan Young: A Good Case for Universal Healthcare - Politics on The Huffington Post
    I draw a modest income with my media production business, but being self-employed makes health insurance damn near impossible to afford. Hell, with the way self-employment taxes are set up, we're lucky to be able to pay those.

    Because of this catch-22 (running your own business at the expense of normal company perks like medical care), I find myself thinking things that no one in an emergency should have to deal with. You see, at a Mother's Day barbecue last month, my son accidentally lit himself on fire. The barbecue was luau themed and he was wearing a grass skirt. Getting too close to an open flame with all of that dead grass and he was quickly running in circles in the backyard trying to put himself out before family members came to his aid.

    My first thought (other than, "Jesus, he's on fire!") was, "Is this bad enough to need an emergency room visit?"

  • Where Hip-Hop, Martial Arts and Chess Meet - New York Times (tip to Mary)
    Hip-hop, martial arts, chess. An odd trio? Not at all, according to RZA, a founder of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

    “Hip-hop is a battle game,” he said. “Chess is a battle. Martial arts is a battle.”

    The three disciplines came together on Oct. 13 in the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, where the Hip-Hop Chess Federation held the Kings Invitational tournament. The federation, founded by the writer and lecturer Adisa Banjoko and Leo Libiran, a visual artist, seeks to use “music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence,” according to its Web site.

  • » Has philosophy responded adequately to big events?
    For our tenth anniversary issue of tpm we put ten 10 questions to ten leading thinkers. Here is how they answered just one of them: Has philosophy responded adequately to the big events and debates of the last decade, such as climate change and the post-9/11 world?

  • Apple - Trailers - Religulous - HD

    The trailer for Bill Maher's new movie. It looks like fun.

  • The Associated Press: Calif. clerk stopping marriages to resist ruling(tip to Steve) Are we surprised?

  • Community life | Review | Books a bit about Lorrie Moore a truly wonderful short story writer.

  • Books - What You Read Is What He (Sort Of) Is

    David Sedaris in His New Collection, ‘When You Are Engulfed in Flames’

    Mr. Sedaris’s wickedly deadpan prose might suggest a man who is wry but secretly misanthropic, maybe a little weird and prickly, one of those funny-but-difficult characters who do better in writing than in real life. But at 51 he is as gentle and unassuming as his appearance would suggest. He is slight and on the short side, with a mild-mannered face and surprised eyes framed by short, graying hair. His are the unthreatening kind of looks, he said in his quiet, nasal voice, that cause people to come up to him on the street and talk to him.

Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday


  • EVANSVILLE, IN— It was a tough night for Barack Obama. His staff was worried this morning when he failed to make a scheduled campaign appearance. The very junior Senator is fine; he was found hiding under Hillary's umbrella of deterrence.

  • Newsweek's Howard Fineman said
    on MSNBC last night Elizabeth Edwards is likely to show up at a Clinton rally or two, but can she convince the ex-candidate to come over? It's a tough decision for John Edwards since Obama is such a heavy favorite in his home state

  • Is religion a threat to rationality and science? (tip to John)
    If religion isn't the greatest threat to rationality and scientific progress, what is? Perhaps alcohol, or television, or addictive video games. But although each of these scourges - mixed blessings, in fact - has the power to overwhelm our best judgment and cloud our critical faculties, religion has a feature of that none of them can boast: it doesn't just disable, it honours the disability. People are revered for their capacity to live in a dream world, to shield their minds from factual knowledge and make the major decisions of their lives by consulting voices in their heads that they call forth by rituals designed to intoxicate them.

    It used to be the case that we tended to excuse drunk drivers when they crashed because they weren't entirely in control of their faculties at the time, but now we have wisely inverted that judgment, holding drunk drivers doubly culpable for putting themselves in that irresponsible position in the first place. It is high time we inverted the public attitude about religion as well, finding all socially destructive acts of religious passion shameful, not honourable, and holding those who abet them - the preachers and other apologists for religious zeal - as culpable as the bartenders and negligent hosts who usher dangerous drivers on to the highways. Our motto should be: Friends don't let friends steer their lives by religion.

  • The Satirical Political Report - Hillary’s PA Win May Lead to Historic Compromise on ‘Co-Presidency’

  • Obama's Gloves Are Off -- And May Need to Stay Off -
    But the candidate who rocketed to stardom as the embodiment of a new kind of politics -- hopeful, positive and inspiring -- saw his image tarnished in the bruising fight for Pennsylvania. Provoked by Clinton's repeated references to his remarks about the state's voters and her charges that he is an "elitist," Obama struck back in the closing days of the campaign.

    "It's a real danger for Obama, and if you look at these recent ads, the messages they're delivering in all these conference calls, it's a far cry from last fall," when the theme of hope emerged amid calls for a more negative tone, said Democratic consultant Steve Elmendorf, a Clinton supporter.

    Republican strategist John Feehery put it less charitably: "That's the danger of running as holier-than-thou. You have a lot farther to fall."

  • Edward Norton takes readers' questions about climate change, ocean pollution, and alternative energy. - - Slate Magazine

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday


  • Obama Sings: ‘Jeremiah’s Bull is My Bog’

  • Leonardo da Vinci — chess master? (tip to Paul)
    Leonardo da Vinci drew everything from war machines to anatomy sketches. Now it seems he may have also been an early illustrator of the chess puzzle.


  • Plaster Saints? - Paper Cuts

    What books would you nominate for most overrated?

    My friend Deanna and I were driving back from Asbury Park after seeing the New York Dolls at the Stone Pony - she’s a young rock ‘n’ roll photographer and was working that night; I, somewhat older, was having an acid flashback to 1973 - and we started coming up with nominations for the most overrated band. She chose the Ramones, and I went with the Doors (certainly not the Dolls). The conversation turned to the most overrated book, and after first saying, “Everything I read in high school,” she settled, decisively, on “The Catcher in the Rye.” I wavered between “Women in Love” (unevenly written, philosophically confused) and the Bible (unevenly written, philosophically confused).

    Of course, some famous writers have offered their own unofficial nominations. Vladimir Nabokov declared that “Don Quixote” was “cruel and crude” and that “Death in Venice” was “asinine” (compared with Kafka, he said, Mann was a “dwarf” or “plaster saint”). His onetime friend Edmund Wilson, on the basis of “The Trial” and “The Castle,” said he found it “impossible” to take Kafka seriously as a “major writer.” And then there’s Norman Mailer, who, after reading “Waiting for Godot” and seeing the 1956 Broadway production, proclaimed Beckett a “minor artist.” But Nabokov was Nabokov, Wilson was entitled to one blunder, and Mailer was always happy to make a fool of himself.

  • Welcome to the Future - Climate Change vs the Rich(tip to Tony)
    It took awhile, but now awareness has reached critical mass. Ancient social commentator, Richard Neville, sums up the last 40 years in a flash and looks ahead at the likely impact of climate shock on the high priests of the shopping religion. Should the Forbes billionaires be quaking in their Lear Jets?

  • Dispatches from the Culture Wars: A Brilliant Reply to Sally Kern(tip to VValdo)

  • The Ostroy Report: What Else Didn't Obama Realize?

  • Sad Anniversary
    Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She died close to the border with Egypt while trying to obstruct a Caterpillar D9 armoured bulldozer, operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The circumstances and the question of responsibility for her death remain controversial.

  • Rachel Corrie - Five Years Later
    Five years have passed and and still no justice, peace, or understanding has emerged in Israel regarding the brutal death of Rachel Corrie at the hands of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday


Bobby Fischer

Dick Cavett - Was It Only A Game

“Among this year’s worst news, for me, was the death of Bobby Fischer.

Telling a friend this, I got, “Are you out of your bloody mind? He was a Nazi-praising raving lunatic and anti-Semite. Death is too good for him.”

He did, indeed, become all that. But none of it describes the man I knew.

Towering genius, riches, international fame and a far from normal childhood might be too heady a mix for anyone to handle. For him they proved fatal.

I’m still sad about his death. In our three encounters on my late-night show, I became quite fond of him.”

(tip to Joseph)

Chess or Alzheimers

Interview of David Shenk author of The Immortal Game: A History of Chess I'm not sure if there is more than anecdotal evidence that playing chess will stop or slow the onset of Alzheimers, but it's a great game and one I enjoy. If any of you play on ICC say hi if you see me playing. My handle there, if you believe this is onegoodmove.

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Garry Kasparov - Chris Matthews

Kasparov makes a compelling case for the Bush Administration's hypocrisy in the world, and that Putin has the puppet Bush dancing to his tune. A dance meant to keep the world in turmoil so that KGB Inc. the company of which Putin is the CEO can benefit from high oil prices.

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Harball w/Chris Matthews

Charles Simic

United States Poet Laureate Charles Simic recites a poem titled "Prodigy" about life and chess.

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This Week w/George Stephanopoulos

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Links With Your Coffee - Sunday


A Game

Okay, for those few who are interested here is a position from one of my games at the International Chess Festival in Las Vegas. There is a simple win in the position. See how quickly you can work it out. White to move. The solution is below the fold.

White to move

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A short break

I'm heading for Las Vegas today to play some chess at the National Open. I'll be returning on the Monday. I do have a few posts scheduled, but posting will be light.


This is an extremely rare event, wow! I would venture to guess that it's a first for Kramnik in tournament play.


Man vs machine shocker:

Kramnik allows mate in one 2006 Vladimir Kramnik played another wonderfully profound game, piling the pressure on Deep Fritz on the black side of a Queen's Gambit Accepted, and taking the computer to the edge of defeat. As usual the computer defended tenaciously and by move 34 Fritz had equalised and the game was clearly drawn. And then Kramnik overlooked a mate in one!