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Started with tournaments right after the first Fischer-Spassky set-to, but have long since given up active play in favour of poker.

In my chess playing days, one of the most memorable moments was playing fourth board on the team that won the National High School championship at Cleveland, 1977. Another which stands out was having the pleasure of playing a series of rapid games with Mikhail Tal on his first visit to the USA in 1988. Even after facing a number of titled players, including Teimour Radjabov when he first became a GM (he still gave me a beating), these are things which I'll not forget.

Fischer at his zenith was the greatest of all champions for me, but has never been one of my favourite players. In that number may be included Emanuel Lasker, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Larsen, Romanishin, Nakamura and Carlsen, all of whom have displayed outstanding fighting qualities.

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   Nov-29-22 perfidious chessforum
perfidious: The close: <....In Luzerne County, two Republican members of the elections board voted against certifying the midterm results, two Democrats voted to certify and one Democratic member abstained. Luzerne County faced a paper ballot shortage on Election Day, but voting hours ...
   Nov-29-22 S P Sethuraman vs J Vakhidov, 2022
perfidious: Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and napalm.
   Nov-29-22 Jeremy Lim
perfidious: We have already been favoured with one of those--walking it back cost Brady his marriage.
   Nov-29-22 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <chancho: <perf> the problem is that people nowadays don't try to reason. Differing opinions are frowned upon....> The widespread availability of social media, instantly to hand, probably does not help; a quick Google search and one can turn up this or that bit of ...
   Nov-28-22 Tal vs Bronstein, 1974
perfidious: <nummerzwei: 6...Qe7+ looks just wrong....> It is odd-looking, but generally considered strongest, along with the followup 7.Qe2 Be6. That single error of omission by Bronstein in the game cost him dear, as the baleful bishop dominated proceedings from its post on a5.
   Nov-28-22 Paulsen vs Mayet, 1864 (replies)
perfidious: <zed>, hard to believe a line can be played that often and score so poorly (7.2%) unless it is proven to lose by force--even the Compromised Defence to the Evans, regarded as very hazardous, has managed a score in the 35 per cent range for Black. Re that 6....Qg6 line, ...
   Nov-28-22 Biographer Bistro (replies)
perfidious: One post here was indeed deleted, and much was made of the excision in a fancied grievance elsewhere.
   Nov-28-22 Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948) (replies)
perfidious: When did it become clear that the first eight players would play in Budapest for the right to challenge Botvinnik, rather than the five prize winners?
   Nov-28-22 Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1948
perfidious: 'Tame draw', though not at all surprising, as the opponents were close friends and this was played early on in this event.
   Nov-27-22 Doll
perfidious: Well worth a look for sartorial splendour, as well as the normal attributes: Natacha Benmesbah
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  perfidious: From a time ago, by way of rejoinder to a post of <kingmaggot, fra diavolo>:

<Tomlinsky: <Defund the police! Great work, libs.>

A chess player once moved his castle,
Then produced a brown-paper parcel,
In it was $%^& and on it was writ,
"A 'fact' fresh from Dunning-Kruger's arsehole".>

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  perfidious: That great expert on selective morality and pro-lifer Herschel Walker facing a challenge from woman who claims she was paid by him to have an abortion:

<A woman who alleges that U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker pressured her into having an abortion in 1993 on Tuesday challenged the Republican, who has said he opposes abortion with no exceptions, to meet her publicly before next month's Georgia run-off election.

The woman, who appeared at a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred but withheld her name, issued the challenge two weeks ahead of the Dec. 6 run-off contest in which Walker hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock.

Walker has called the woman's allegations, first made publicly on Oct. 26, untrue. He has also denied the allegation of another woman who claims he paid for her to have an abortion in 2009 and that she later gave birth to one of his children.

Neither woman has revealed her identity publicly. Reuters has not been able to independently confirm either woman's claim.

"Do you have the guts to meet with me in person, in public, look me in the eye and tell me to my face that you don't know me and that none of what I just said is true? I'm looking forward to your response," the woman said on Tuesday.

The Walker campaign was not immediately available for comment.

The woman and her attorney presented voice recordings they claimed to be Walker's. The attorney has said the woman has years of material, including receipts and greeting cards, documenting her romantic relationship with Walker from the late 1980s through the 1990s.

The Warnock-Walker race is going to a runoff because neither candidate secured the necessary 50% of the vote in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

A Warnock victory would expand Democrats' razor-thin margin in the Senate by one, giving President Joe Biden's party more room to maneuver.>

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  perfidious: Lake refuses to concede in Arizona:

<Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is refusing to concede her loss to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who defeated Lake in the November 8th election by 17,116 votes.

Lake, who had the backing of former President Donald Trump and claimed throughout the campaign that fraud would taint the results of the race, has teased filing lawsuits to challenge the outcome. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, no formal legal action has yet been taken.

Two counties – Cochise and Mojave – have delayed certification of Hobbs' victory, based on unfounded conspiracy theories about ballot-counting machines and unsubstantiated claims of disenfranchisement. Lake's focus, however, has been on Maricopa County, the most populous in the Grand Canyon State where there were glitches and errors with electronic equipment.

"The county’s top elections officials have acknowledged that 70 of the county’s 223 voting centers experienced the printing issue but deny that any citizen was denied an opportunity to vote," The Hill pointed out on Tuesday. But, the publication noted, "election officials say voters could wait in line until the issue was fixed, cast a ballot at another vote center or deposit their original ballot in a separate, secure box that was sent to the county’s central facility for tabulation."

On Wednesday, Lake appeared on Real America's Voice and issued vague threats against Hobbs and outgoing GOP Governor Doug Ducey, whom Lake alleges are colluding to cover up supposed malfeasance. Her statements were similar to those made by MyPillow Chief Executive Officer Mike Lindell, one of the discredited ringleaders of Trump's debunked denials about the 2020 election.

"They're dragging their feet. They don't want to give us this information so we're asking the courts to force them to give us information," Lake said. "This is not our main case. When our main case drops, they will hear it. Trust me. They will hear it. And they better think really hard before Ducey and Hobbs sign their John Hancock to that certification. They better think long and hard about what they know about what happened in this election. Because when we drop our lawsuit, they will hear it. We have whistleblowers coming forward and at least one smoking gun in it. And we will not stand here and make a mockery of our sacred vote.">

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  perfidious: A faux pas <fra diavolo, kingmaggot> would appreciate, straight from the tormented psyche of Herschel Walker:

<Herschel Walker experienced a slip of the tongue when he accidentally said "erection" instead of "election" on live television. The embarrassing blunder happened on Tuesday night while he was discussing the still-undecided Georgia senate race with fellow right-winged politicians Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, andcoincidentally just hours after the second woman spoke out, detailing how Walker allegedly paid for her abortion when she fell pregnant with his child, has learned.

While speaking with Senators Cruz and Graham on Fox News, Walker addressed the significance of the race; however, his words were quickly overshadowed by his sexual gaffe.

"This election is about more than Herschel Walker,” the former NFL star-turned-senate candidate said. “This erection is about the people.”

Neither Cruz nor Graham seemed to catch the error, but the Internet did. #Erection began trending on Twitter soon after Walker's faux pas.

"Who else thinks it’s hilarious that both Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham nod their heads in agreement when Herschel Walker says 'this erection is about the people,'" one person tweeted.

"The moment Ted and Lindsey realize Herschel is talking about erections and suddenly become interested and slightly aroused," someone replied. "Of course Lyndsey [sic] was nodding, he cannot wait to be around for Hershel’s erection!" joked another.

Walker's erection slip-up came at a time when all eyes are on him.

As reported, Walker's second accuser — identified only as Jane Doe — released new audio evidence that she said shoots down his claim that he did not know her.

According to her attorney, Gloria Allred, the politician had a romantic relationship with Jane Doe "for 6 years, caused her to become pregnant, and then pressured her to have an abortion, even though she wanted to have their baby."

The relationship reportedly began in the late '80s when Walker was still married to his first wife.

Allred then played a voicemail clip Walker allegedly left Jane Doe, saying, "Ah you, this is your stud farm calling, you big sex puppy, you. Can't believe you're not in. I will talk to you later, you be sweet. Bye bye."

She came forward with allegations against Walker last month, making her the second female to claim the GOP Senate candidate paid for their abortions.

Walker, who projected a strong pro-life stance during his campaign, denied both women's allegations.>

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  perfidious: Paragon of tolerance, sweetness and light Jenna Ellis on the shootings in Colorado Springs:

<Jenna Ellis, former senior legal adviser to Donald Trump, has attracted furious backlash after her hateful commentary about the mass shooting Saturday at the Club Q gay nightclub in Colorado.

Five people died and at least 18 others were injured in the attack in Colorado Springs, which came amid a campaign by conservative media and politicians to demonize trans people and drag queens and pass hostile legislation targeting the LGBTQ community as a whole. The fear campaign has coincided with a spike in anti-LGBTQ harassment, threats and violence. The suspect in the killings faces murder and hate crime charges.

In an episode of her podcast this week, Ellis suggested that the victims of the shooting deserved to die because they weren’t, in her eyes, Christian.

“Even more tragic than untimely death, is that the five people who were killed in the nightclub that night, there is no evidence at all that they were Christians,” the far-right attorney said. “And so assuming that they had not accepted the truth of the Gospel of Christ and affirmed Jesus Christ as the lord of their life, they are now reaping the consequences of having eternal damnation.”

Ellis, also a right-wing media pundit, played a top role in Trump’s failed legal push to overturn the 2020 presidential election and most recently worked as a legal adviser to extremist Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania, who lost. Her history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric dates back years.

In one 2017 Facebook post recorded by Media Matters, for example, she wrote: “Whether or not homosexuals are nice, wise people, or misunderstood, or mean is not the issue. … Sin is always sin, even if nice people commit it.”

And after the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were killed and 53 wounded, she voiced her disappointment that “conservatives are acquiescing to the LGBT agenda.”

“The Orlando shooting was absolutely terrible and tragic. But the response to this tragedy should not be embracing and advocating for gay rights,” she said after the deadly attack on the gay nightclub.

Earlier this week, she criticized the Colorado Springs Police Department because it included each of the Club Q victims’ pronouns when sharing their identities.

In the wake of the attack, right-wing figures have rebuffed accusations that their rhetoric helped create the environment for anti-LGBTQ violence, instead accusing critics of “politicizing” the tragedy and doubling down on their false narratives vilifying the community and its allies.

Ellis met fierce condemnation online Wednesday after clips of her Club Q commentary circulated.

In response to the outcry, Ellis insisted she doesn’t have anything against gay and trans people, just anyone she deems not to be Christian enough.

“I am concerned for ANYONE and EVERYONE who is not saved,” she tweeted. “The point isn’t that these people were gay/trans, but that there is no evidence they were saved. Y’all need church.”>

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  perfidious: Orange Criminal makes another wild claim, this on behalf of loser Kari Lake:

<Former President Donald Trump is backing Kari Lake’s unsupported conspiracy theories that her voters were disenfranchised by suggesting that the candidate herself was unable to cast a ballot.

In a post to Truth Social on Wednesday, the former president ranted about the voting process in Arizona, and called for a re-do of the election or for Lake, Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters, and Republican Attorney General candidate Abe Hamedeh to automatically be made the victors.

“What are they doing in Arizona about the large number of voting machines in Republican areas that just happened to be “BROKEN” on Election Day, with tens of thousands of voters, standing in line for hours, unable to vote,” Trump wrote. “They left the voting lines in complete exasperation, unable to return. When “mechanics” went in to fix the machines, they got worse. Kari Lake couldn’t even vote in her own district. Voter fraud – DO THE ELECTION OVER, or declare Kari, Blake, Abe the winners. Act Fast!!!”....>

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  perfidious: The Biggest Whiner at it again on this day of thanks:

<The former leader of the free world lashed out on Thursday at one of the prosecutors investigating alleged misconduct.

"The Manhattan D.A. Case should never have been brought," Trump posted to his Truth Social website.

He also attacked the Mazars Group, which used to handle the accounting for the Trump Organization.

"This case should be dismissed immediately, and the large, highly paid and 'prestigious' accounting firm that we relied on to do their job, but didn’t, should pay us a fortune in damages," Trump said.

As he often does, he labeled the investigation "a total witch hunt!"

Two minutes later, he returned to Truth Social to post the quote, "Give me freedom or give me death."

The quote is similar to the famous "give me liberty or give me death" quote founding father Patrick Henry said when speaking at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775.

Less than one hour later, Trump complained about judges and justices, claiming "it is almost impossible to get a fair decision on a case if you are a Republican. Sorry, but that's just the way it is!">

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  perfidious: Did Lake et al sabotage their own cause in Arizona by playing Far Right deniers to the hilt? Could well be:

<A new report from the Arizona Republic sheds more light on the coalition of voters who sunk [sic] Trump-backed Kari Lake's hope of becoming Arizona's next governor.

Essentially, the newspaper found that a significant number of Republican voters in the state crossed over to back Democrat Katie Hobbs in this year's elections, and they also helped put nails in the coffins of fellow MAGA candidates Blake Masters and Mark Finchem.

Chuck Coughlin, president and CEO of political consulting firm HighGround, explained to the Arizona Republic that many Republican voters in the state wanted more moderate conservatives such as the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) instead of bomb-throwing right-wingers like Lake.

"There are practical Republicans," he said. "They want government to work... They’re not part of this conspiratorial environment and partisan behavior."

Fred Solop, a politics professor at Northern Arizona University, said that the results reflected the fact that Republicans nominated a slate of candidates who denied the results of an election in a state that President Joe Biden carried two years ago.

“When democracy was on the ballot, a significant number of Republicans were rejecting Republican candidates," he said.

Lake herself didn't help her cause when she trashed McCain publicly and told Republicans who had once voted for him that she no longer wanted their support.

"Everybody was down on the Hobbs campaign, how bad it was," said Coughlin. "The reality is the Lake campaign was worse. It actually told people not to vote for them.">

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  perfidious: The Tinpot Despot enjoys a dinner date with <bigotsrus>:

<As special master Jack Smith investigates Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago documents scandal, he is now in another scandal after dining with white nationalist leader Nick Fuentes and Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

"A Holocaust denier and unabashed racist, Mr. Fuentes openly uses hateful language on his podcast, in recent weeks calling for the military to be sent into Black neighborhoods and demanding that Jews leave the country," The New York Times reported. "During the dinner, according to a person briefed on what took place, Mr. Fuentes described himself as part of Mr. Trump’s base of supporters. Mr. Trump remarked that his advisers urge him to read speeches using a teleprompter and don’t like when he ad-libs remarks."

Trump was condemned by his own ambassador to Israel for dining with "human scum."

"Mr. Fuentes, who attended the bloody far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, is best known for running a white nationalist youth organization known as America First, whose adherents call themselves groypers or the Groyper Army. In the wake of Mr. Trump’s defeat in 2020, Mr. Fuentes and the groypers were involved in a series of public events supporting the former president," The Times reported. "At a so-called 'Stop the Steal' rally in Washington in November 2020, Mr. Fuentes urged his followers to “storm every state capitol until Jan. 20, 2021, until President Trump is inaugurated for four more years.” The following month, at a similar event, Mr. Fuentes led a crowd in chanting 'Destroy the G.O.P.,' and urged people not to vote in the January 2021 Georgia Senate runoff elections."

The newspaper noted at least seven people with ties to his organization have been indicted for Jan. 6.

On Twitter, Times correspondent Maggie Haberman followed up with more.

"Trump lamenting to the Holocaust denier -- who got into Trump's club with the antisemitism-spouting celebrity with whom Trump welcomed a meeting, for which it's not clear any Trump staff was present -- that his staff wants him to stick to teleprompter speeches is a capsule," she wrote.

"Yes except at a certain point, it’s the same story over and over - no staff around, someone else’s fault - and the consistent data point is the man himself," Haberman added.>

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  perfidious: 'Serious voter suppression' in Arizona:

<By Monday, Arizona counties are required by law to certify the results of the election, but protesters Friday morning demanded a halt of the certification process and rallied for a revote to occur in December.

Gathered across the street from the state Capitol, a peaceful group of around 200 people waved American flags and held signs regarding claims of a stolen election that disenfranchised voters.

"Where is our recourse with the Legislature?" outgoing Mesa Republican state Sen. Kelly Townsend asked a growing audience Friday morning. "We're talking about serious voter suppression."

On Wednesday, Townsend issued a subpoena to Maricopa County demanding information and answers about Election Day problems which she claims left voters disenfranchised.

A prominent Election Day problem promoted by GOP candidates and legislatures revolves around tabulation machine errors. It was claimed these machines produced ballots that were too light to be read by vote-counting machines, giving voters the option on Election Day to wait, place their ballot in a secure box that would be tabulated later, or go to another polling station.

It was reported that 70 of Maricopa County's 223 voting centers experienced issues, but Maricopa County election officials have discredited the issue and believe no voters were disenfranchised. The county and state officials have said they will carry out certification of the election on Dec. 5 even if some counties don't.

Townsend was not alone in her demands this week as Kari Lake and Abe Hamadeh who lost the races for governor and attorney general, respectively, filed lawsuits challenging the election results.

These officials believe Republicans voters were disenfranchised by these printer issues as Republicans are most likely to vote in person on Election Day and these machine errors occurred "in primarily Republican areas of town," Lake said on Election Day.

However, a Republic analysis found the problems were roughly evenly split between precincts going for Lake and those going for Hobbs with a slightly higher percentage in Lake's precincts.

On Friday morning, protesters overwhelmingly agreed with the sentiment that voters were disenfranchised, and many took the stage to share their own accounts of Election Day problems. Organizers asked attendees to fill out affidavits that can be used in court to support their cause.

"We are taking people's affidavits, their sworn testimony of their voting experience," said Deborah Boehm, an organizer with Affidavit Mommas on Friday. "A lot of people have had multiple problems with their voting experience."

These affidavits filled out at the event were being notarized and will be sent to Attorney General Mark Brnovich and far-right radio show host Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, who Boehm said they expect will work to help their efforts....>

Right back with the rest....

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  perfidious: Finis:

<....A mix of beliefs about disenfranchisement were heard at the event.

Although this protest was focused on the 2022 election results, a fair number of attendees wore Trump merchandise and waved Trump flags, supporting long-standing election-denying beliefs from the 2020 election. This crowd continued with the sentiment that the 2022 election was rigged and incited fears that tabulation errors were purposeful.

Other concerns were that tabulation errors caused frustrated people to abandon their ballots on Election Day or that certain ballots were not counted due to the chaos that occurred.

To rectify any concerns about Election Day problems, protesters demanded a do-over election that would occur with only in-person voting on Dec. 6 that would overturn the results of the Nov. 8 election.

"We want another election with only paper ballots all in one day and counted that day," Boehm said. "We don't want any machines involved in it at all."

Some of their other demands were that a special master would be assigned to oversee the new election, removing Katie Hobbs, Bill Gates, and Steven Richer from election oversight. Protesters wanted to halt certifications from the Nov. 8 election. All 15 counties are required to certify the canvass by the end of the day Monday. The statewide canvass is due on Dec. 5, requiring Gov. Doug Ducey, Brnovich and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to sign off on the results.

With a plentitude of speakers, including Colorado right-wing podcaster Joe Oltmann and supporters from other states such as California and Wisconsin, the protest was a peaceful and nonviolent demonstration with no law enforcement present.

There was one impassioned incident shortly after 9 a.m. regarding a man who showed up with a Confederate flag.

When the man entered into the main congregated area, protesters asked him to leave, called him a white supremacist, and screamed out that he did not "support the movement" they were fighting for.

After racist comments from the flag-wielder and screams from protesters that the media would only portray the image of the Confederate flag, protesters allowed the man to stay in his own corner and told the crowd not to give him "any more attention."

The protest, which continued into Friday afternoon and supposedly will occur again on Saturday, gave people an opportunity to connect with one another and share their thoughts and concerns about the election in a public space.

Many speakers focused on the next steps of fixing a "corrupted" local government, besides calling for a new election.

"We've got to get organized and united," said Dan Schultz, a Republican Party precinct committeeman. "Uniting here publicly is one thing to do, but let's use it to unite locally."

Schultz called on attendees to become precinct committeemen in their districts and other speakers asked those gathered to run for their local school boards and attend school board meetings to support conservative members.>

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  perfidious: Is Kevin McCarthy cold for Speaker? Perhaps, perhaps not:

<On Friday, legal expert Chris Geidner took to Twitter to tear apart House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for one of the first plans he has announced once the Republican majority is officially sworn into the chamber.

"On the very first day of the new Republican-led Congress, we will read every single word of the Constitution aloud from the floor of the House — something that hasn't been done in years," McCarthy had pledged. However, Geidner took issue with several aspects of this idea.

"1. It’s the House you’re leading, not Congress. 2. A public reading like this is performative," wrote Geidner. Furthermore, he continued, "3. Who will read the Three-Fifths Clause? 4. Who will read the 14th Amendment?"

Republicans gained fewer than ten seats in the House, after many experts had predicted a blowout wave election with potentially dozens of pickups for the GOP. Democrats maintained control of the Senate, carrying 50 seats with a 51st on the line in Georgia next month in a runoff election between Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock and Trump-backed former football star Herschel Walker.

McCarthy has been the presumptive choice for House Speaker. However, his easy ascendancy to the gavel is by no means assured, with several hardline Republicans in the Freedom Caucus coming out in refusal to back him, throwing his path to 218 votes into confusion.

Among the things McCarthy has promised his caucus, in addition to the Constitution reading, is restoring censured lawmakers like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to her committee assignments, and to authorize partisan investigations supported by the far right, like whether January 6 rioters were treated correctly in D.C. jail.>

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  perfidious: As <fredthebore> ramps us his 'victim' role, all while playing that of stalker:

<Yes, it is all about me BECAUSE all YOUR posts are coming after I've posted. You're not posting elsewhere, just following me around and making your standard useless snotty comments like always. You're not trying to make a contribution (you lack the real chess knowledge to do so), you're just wanting to harass.>

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  perfidious: Just trimmed the list of those in iggydumb a mite.

One who did not escape perdition was a certain <miniscula ursa>, iffen he gits mah drift.

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  perfidious: Are Western economic measures beginning to take their toll on Putin's regime, despite his outward bravado? Could very well be:

<When Russian President Vladimir Putin launched last month a new council for coordinating supplies for the Russian army, he seemed to recognize the scale of the economic problems facing the country, and his sense of urgency was palpable.

Western sanctions catch up with Russia’s wartime economy

“We have to be faster in deciding questions connected to supplying the special military operation and countering restrictions on the economy which, without any exaggeration, are truly unprecedented,” he said.

For months, Putin claimed that the “economic blitzkrieg” against Russia had failed, but Western sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine are digging ever deeper into Russia’s economy, exacerbating equipment shortages for its army and hampering its ability to launch any new ground offensive or build new missiles, economists and Russian business executives said.

Recent figures show the situation has worsened considerably since the summer when, buoyed by a steady stream of oil and gas revenue, the Russian economy seemed to stabilize. Figures released by the Finance Ministry last week show a key economic indicator — tax revenue from the non-oil and gas sector — fell 20 percent in October compared with a year earlier, while the Russian state statistics agency Rosstat reported that retail sales fell 10 percent year on year in September, and cargo turnover fell 7 percent.

“All objective indicators show there is a very strong drop in economic activity,” said Vladimir Milov, a former Russian deputy energy minister who is now a leading opposition politician in exile. “The spiral is escalating, and there is no way out of this now.”

The Western ban on technology imports is affecting most sectors of the economy, while the Kremlin’s forced mobilization of more than 300,000 Russian conscripts to serve in Ukraine, combined with the departure of at least as many abroad fleeing the draft, has dealt a further blow, economists said. In addition, Putin’s own restrictions on gas supplies to Europe, followed by the unexplained explosion of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, has led to a sharp drop in gas production — down 20 percent in October compared with the previous year. Meanwhile, oil sales to Europe are plummeting ahead of the European Union embargo expected to be imposed Dec. 5.

The Kremlin has trumpeted a lower-than-expected decline in GDP, forecast by the International Monetary Fund at only 3.5 percent this year, as demonstrating that the Russian economy can weather the raft of draconian sanctions.

But economists and business executives said the headline GDP figures did not reflect the real state of the Russian economy because the Russian government effectively ended the ruble’s convertibility since the sanctions were imposed. “GDP stopped having any meaning because firstly we don’t know what the real ruble rate is, and secondly if you produce a tank and send it to the front where it is immediately blown up, then it is still considered as value added,” said Milov, who wrote a report explaining the situation for the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies published this month.

Deeper problems were also lurking in the Russian banking sector, where most accounting has been classified. The Russian Central Bank reported this week that a record $14.7 billion in hard currency was withdrawn from the Russian banking system in October, amid increasing anxiety over mobilization and the state of the economy.

Even so, a November report by the Central Bank warned that Russia’s GDP would face a sharper contraction of 7.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022, after falling 4.1 percent and 4 percent compared with last year in the previous two quarters. Last week, as the Russian economy officially entered into recession, Central Bank Chairwoman Elvira Nabiullina told lawmakers that next year the situation could get darker still. “We really need to look at the situation very soberly and with our eyes open. Things may get worse, we understand that,” she said.

Angry families say Russian conscripts thrown to front line unprepared Putin’s announcement in September of a partial troop mobilization dealt an enormous blow to business sentiment. “For many Russian companies the reality of the war sank in,” said Janis Kluge, senior associate at the German Institute for Security and International Affairs. “It became clear that this is going to continue for a long time. Now expectations are much worse than they were over the summer.”....>

Rest on da way....

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  perfidious: More bad tidings--pity the Russian people must suffer for their leader's transgressions:

<....Putin’s creation of the coordination council, headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, was a sign the Russian president is rattled by the increasing impact of sanctions, economists and analysts said. Putin “is concerned he needs to interfere to make sure supplies will be available,” said Sergei Guriev, provost at France’s Sciences Po. “He is concerned that sanctions have really hit the ability to produce goods.”

It also signals the Russian government is preparing a broader mobilization of the Russian economy to supply the army amid chronic shortages of basic goods such as food and uniforms. New laws will impose hefty fines on business executives who refuse to carry out orders for the Russian military, as well as potential prison sentences, clearing the way for entrepreneurs to be pressured into providing goods at knockdown prices. The creation of the council is “connected to big pressure on business and the need to enforce a tough diktat to make business do what it doesn’t want to do,” said Nikolai Petrov, senior research fellow for Russia and Eurasia at Chatham House in London.

One Moscow businessman with connections to the defense sector said a quiet mobilization of the Russian economy had already been long underway, with many entrepreneurs forced into producing supplies for the Russian army but fearing to speak out against orders at cut-price rates.

“This became necessary right from the very beginning when the war began,” the businessman said, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. “The main mass of business is silent. If you say you are making supplies or weapons for the Russian state then you could have problems abroad.”

As Putin escalates war, some in Russia’s business elite despair

Anecdotal evidence reported in the Russian press has pointed to enormous problems supplying Russia’s newly drafted conscripts with equipment. An in-depth October report in Russian daily Kommersant described huge shortages in ammunition and uniform supplies for conscripts, with manufacturers citing difficulties securing the necessary materials due to sanctions.

Other Russian business executives said Russia’s military debacle in Ukraine had exposed the huge inefficiencies and corruption in Russia’s military industrial complex. “There are huge questions over where all the trillions of rubles of the past decade have been spent,” said one former senior Russian banker with connections to the Russian state.

If the new economic council fails to better coordinate the production of supplies and weaponry, it could impinge on Russia’s ability to launch new offensives in Ukraine, Petrov said. “The main problem ahead of the Kremlin is the question of when the army will be ready to begin new military action in Ukraine, and the preparation of arms and ammunition and so on will determine these plans.”

The outlook appears likely to worsen when the E.U. embargo on Russian oil sales comes into force Dec. 5, economists said. Combined with a price cap expected to be imposed on all sales of Russian oil outside the E.U., the measure could cost the Russian budget at least $120 million in lost revenue per day, Milov said, and already the Russian budget is expected to rack up a deficit by the end of this year.>

Still cheerleading for your hero, <putin's biyatch>? Yer a brave one, letting <fredthebore> take on all your duties--he is such a coward, he will not even venture into the Rogovian miasma, save for the odd fly-by to deposit detritus, as is his wont, come to every page he infests.

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  perfidious: Are GOP standard bearers turning away from the fundamentalist sect of their ilk? Remains to be seen:

<On Oct. 30, 1975, after then-President Gerald Ford declared that he would veto any bill calling for “a federal bailout of New York City,” the New York Daily News ran a story with the now-famous headline: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

For years now, many conservatives and people of faith have felt that the entrenched Republican establishment and GOP “leadership” continually conveys the same message when it comes to the party following up on campaign promises made to those voting blocs.

Once reelected, and often because of conservative and faith-based voters, those establishment Republicans and their leadership would stab those constituencies in the back as they cozied up to corporate America, lobbying firms, Big Tech, the mainstream media, and any special interests who might fund their campaigns or hire them once they left Congress.

As the movie tagline tells us, “It’s a tale as old as time.” At least, political time.

After the predicted “red wave” failed to materialize on Nov. 8, it’s safe to believe that not only are a large number of these conservative and faith-based voters depressed, they’re also shocked that the Republican leadership — which failed so miserably — will remain in power once again.

There is no doubt that many of these voters hold Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel largely responsible for an inexplicable and humiliating loss.

With literally hundreds of millions of dollars spent, much of it donations from these constituencies, combined with an election perfectly teed up for the Republican establishment and leadership to win after two years of one White House/Democratic failure after the other, the GOP still managed to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Given every advantage because of rising violent crime, supply chain shortages, escalating gasoline and food prices, record inflation, a looming recession, an open border allowing millions of illegal migrants to cross into the United States, a faltering and sometimes confused president, and the potential for a nuclear weapons exchange with Russia, the Republicans still blew the Senate — and barely won the House.

As the post-mortem goes on, or pretends to go on, many conservative and faith-based voters can easily shout out the main reason for the GOP’s shameful loss: “You actually have to believe in something. You have to walk the walk, on the rule of law, sovereign and protected borders, smaller government, lower taxes, the need for fossil fuels and lower energy prices, anti-woke education, a strong and non-woke military, accountability, and faith.”

The wish list for conservative and faith-based voters has never been long, nor complicated; for decades, it has been consistently the same. And for decades, the Republican establishment and leadership has let these voters down. Worse than that, they have purposely gaslighted them and then cast them aside once they attained victory.

For years, these voters have believed it essential for the welfare of the nation that their core values be passed along to up-and-coming generations — in this case, Gen Z.

And yet, even in that relatively simple assignment, the Republican establishment and leadership has failed them. As the Democrats blanketed American college campuses, knocked on dormitory doors, sent Democratic candidates and organizations to meet with students, saturated TikTok and other social media platforms with their campaign mantras, taught “Mail-in Voting for Dummies” classes, and actually gave these college-age voters the respect they deserve, where were those leading the GOP? McConnell, McCarthy, McDaniel and others seemed to be missing in action.

As the Republican establishment and leadership tries to get to the bottom of their abysmal failure, they should take notice of the bright red warning light that’s blinking on the dashboard of their damaged “Victory Express.” The light signifies the percentage of conservative and faith-based voters who are sick and tired of being told to “Drop Dead” and simply sat out these midterm elections.

So, here’s a question for the Republican establishment and leadership to ponder: Because of your incompetent, duplicitous actions, how many conservatives and faith-based voters do you think will sit out the 2024 election? >

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  perfidious: New definition of LPDO in the lexicon:

<loathsome poster drops off>

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  perfidious: One from <HMM>, many moons ago, with my response:

<<A guy got six months jail for making the signs of oral sex, with his tongue at a woman, when both cars were idling at a Stop sign. I guess she filmed the guy with a cell phone.>

Good thing the Thought Police have not arrived in their full splendour yet; else I should have long since been put away.>>

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  perfidious: Will the protector of the Orange Poltroon face a rebuke over her rulings?

<During an appearance on Saturday with MSNBC's Ali Velshi, former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne claimed she expected the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to come down hard on U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon over rulings that have protected Donald Trump from a Department of Justice investigation.

Cannon, who was appointed to the bench by the former president just before he lost the 2020 election, has been under scrutiny for a series of rulings that have baffled legal experts and stymied DOJ investigators looking into Trump whisking away stolen government documents to his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Before Thanksgiving, Trump's attorneys were put on the spot by the 11th Circuit judges who appeared more than skeptical of Cannon's pro-Trump rulings, and legal experts expect things to end badly for the former president's lawyers when their ruling comes down -- possibly next week.

Speaking with the MSNBC host, Alksne said she expected Cannon to be on the receiving end of a devastating rebuke.

"I think that it sounds like after reading the transcript of the appellate hearing in the 11th Circuit that they are going to get rid of the special master and they are going to slam this federal judge [Cannon] who put a wrinkle in the process that was totally unnecessary," she began.

"And that will speed up the process and allow the government to really dive into those documents because, remember, it is not only -- when you look at this case to a prosecutor -- it is not just does he have the documents, where they willfully maintained and did he not return them when he was asked to. You also have to have sort of a global outlook on it like, why did he do it?" she elaborated.

"In order to do the prosecution, you kind of want to know that," she added. "Is it an ego thing, as somebody leaked from the Justice Department or in anway [sic] did those documents make it into the stream of his financial considerations? Is that why he ended up with these deals in the middle east? Has Jared Kushner seen the documents? Who has touched them, who has seen them, who knows about them, who has used them?"

"The sooner we get rid of the special master process, or we complete it, the sooner we can get to that point and we can move forward with the prosecution," she added.>

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  perfidious: More lies a-flowin' from that creative genius, <fredthebore>:

<.... perfidious has been stalking, insulting ol' FTB for decades including numerous pages that I have nothing to do with such as this one. perfidious is infatuated with FTB and enjoys making besmirching remarks.>

'Decades'? Really? You have been a member since 2009 and only began posting on anything like a regular basis in spring 2015.

We all you are economical with the truth, but this is risible.

<....What description do you suppose perfidious is calling me today? A hoodlum, a pervert, a panty sniffer, orange hair criminal bear?....>

Another set of lies from a pathological liar.

<....perfidious routinely assassinates my image and character by his distorted fabrications of me. He's a vicious stalker, and he enjoys it. The website just turns a blind eye to it all, allowing perfidious to accost any soul he so desires....>

As you posted, make an error and expect to be corrected.

You have called me a socialist, stated that I have 'desires' for you and other vile, vicious content--but that is okay by your lights.

<Your infatuation is maniacal. Flirt with somebody else at your retirement home.>

Perfectly innocent, amirite?

Another 'topical' post from a game page follows:

<"deceitful and untrustworthy" doing the devil's work as usual.

Believe it or not, ol' FTB hasn't broke [sic] all Ten Commandments yet but I'm still a work in progress. But of course, if FTB were "deceitful and untrustworthy" you wouldn't be able to take my word for it....>

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  moronovich: Morning <perfidiuos>

It is really embearassing, litterally, to witness a grown up (?) like <ftb>, always playing the role of the victim and the innocent. Just like the former president.

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  perfidious: <moronovich>, unfortunate indeed.
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  perfidious: Your horse fails to win through? Refuse to certify the result! That'll show the buggers! This is Murka, a free country!

<Republican officials in two counties in Arizona and Pennsylvania declined on Monday to certify their midterm election results, with some citing concerns about the integrity of the voting system that have become commonplace among conservatives.

Republicans on the election boards of Cochise County in Arizona and Luzerne County in Pennsylvania voted against motions to certify the election results there.

Though Cochise County residents voted for GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake and GOP Senate nominee Blake Masters, both candidates ultimately lost their statewide races.

Luzerne County residents voted for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro and GOP Senate nominee Mehmet Oz, with Shapiro ultimately winning his bid and Oz falling short statewide.

Monday's vote in Cochise could risk the certification of more than 47,000 votes and exposes the county to lawsuits.

At Monday's meeting, Supervisor Tom Crosby proposed leaving the certification tabled until Friday, a motion that fellow Supervisor Peggy Judd seconded.

"This meeting agenda should have provided for interaction between subject matter experts on voter machines and representatives of the secretary of state's office," he said.

Ann English, the board's chair and a Democrat, disagreed, insisting there was "no reason for us to delay" and that "we have heard from every person more than once how they feel about the certification of machines."

"I feel that you both have the information necessary in order to make this decision that's nondiscretionary on our part to certify the election for Cochise County, no matter how you feel about what happened in Maricopa or Pima or Mohave or Apache. We're here to talk about Cochise County and our election," she said.

In a follow-up statement to ABC News, English said that she believes "it was unlawful for the Board to not certify the election as stated in the statutes."

"It is especially troubling to me when the other board members accept unsubstantiated ideas and unverified claims as facts instead of relying on the Arizona State Elections Office who told us the machines had been certified," she said. "Cochise County had an election without problems and our machine count and hand count matched 100%. We had no problems and all these claims are just grandstanding."

Arizona emerged as an epicenter of election misconduct claims in the midterm cycle, with Republican candidates seizing on printer issues in Maricopa County, which is home to Phoenix and about 60% of Arizona's population. Local officials have insisted that the issues did not prevent any voters' ballot from being counted, though Lake has continued to claim the issues cost her support.

Maricopa County officials unanimously voted on Monday to certify their county's results.

Neither Crosby nor Judd immediately responded to requests for comment regarding their votes....>

Back atcha with the rest....

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  perfidious: The close:

<....In Luzerne County, two Republican members of the elections board voted against certifying the midterm results, two Democrats voted to certify and one Democratic member abstained.

Luzerne County faced a paper ballot shortage on Election Day, but voting hours were extended to ensure that all ballots could be cast.

The Luzerne County manager announced plans to resign the day after the election.

"There have been enough irregularities and enough discrepancies and enough disenfranchisement of disenfranchised voters in this county that I don't understand how we could possibly proceed without seriously considering a re-vote," Board of Elections Vice Chair James Magna, a Republican, said, according to ABC affiliate WNEP.

"We went over everything meticulously as far as the reconciliations, that's any anomalies were pretty much explained. And it was due to the confusion at the polls because of the paper shortage," added Democratic member Audrey Serniak.

Daniel Schramm, the Democrat who abstained, said, "My feeling is I needed a little more information."

It is unclear how the county will proceed, though the state could get involved. The Pennsylvania Department of State told ABC News in a statement that it has contacted Luzerne County officials "to inquire about the board's decision and their intended next steps."

Schramm said later Monday that he will next vote to certify the results after he got answers to his specific questions, according to WNEP.

It is traditionally rare for a county to decline to certify elections, though speculation had bubbled prior to the midterms that local Republican officials could push to do so as the belief of widespread voter fraud and election malpractice grows within the GOP, spurred on by former President Donald Trump's baseless attacks on the 2020 election he lost to Joe Biden.

The issues are not anticipated to stop any election victors from being seated, though the moves do open the counties up to litigation, with prominent attorney Marc Elias warning of upcoming lawsuits.

On Monday, his firm said in a statement that they had filed suit against the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.

Officials with the Arizona secretary of state's office did not respond to a request for comment.>

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