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I planned to joke that to Fight Racism, chess should have black move first instead of white. But … from the Associated Press in 2019:

In anti-racist statement, chess champs let Black move first
David R. Sands The Washington Times
April 6, 2019

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen and Dutch rival Anish Giri are marking a U.N. international campaign against racism by playing a game in which contrary to the longstanding rules of the game the player with the black pieces made the first move.

A video of the encounter was released this week on Mr. Carlsen’s Facebook page. The players said the game was being played as a “symbolic gesture” to mark the U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Racism March 21.

 
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  1. If this, at last, doesn’t finally conquer Systemic Racism, I don’t know what will.

    • Agree: Charon
    • Replies: @Aardvark
    @Polistra

    It will also get rid of White privilege, at least in chess, but are they really done yet?
    It will need further improvements:
    Racial Equality: Meld the two colors together and make both sides gray.
    Sexual Equality: Make the King and Queen gender neutral, both are equally powerful.
    Equity: One of the sides has to give up one of their back row pieces to the other side.
    Chess Justice: One side can sweep the opposing pieces off the board and set that side of the board on fire but it is not considered poor behavior.
    I'm not sure what the new abomination formerly known as chess would be called in that case.

  2. Great post title for the times. It used to be that a well thought out pun would release some steam, but no more. All this has gone beyond humor. I can only hope that, when it moves first, black will not keep losing a majority of the games.

  3. I looked up the UN’s webpage on this momentous day. What a surprise to find that it was all about black people.

  4. From your good friends, the FWP at Disney

    • Replies: @Rouetheday
    @Polistra

    I'm still waiting for Hank Williams Jr. (or somebody, anybody) to release a response to Beyonce's dreck- ideally it would be a concept album entitled "White is God".

  5. “Equity” will only be achieved when black is guaranteed to win at least 50% of the time.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Hypnotoad666

    Equity means black wins 100% of the time.

    Replies: @Anon7

  6. @Hypnotoad666
    "Equity" will only be achieved when black is guaranteed to win at least 50% of the time.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    Equity means black wins 100% of the time.

    • Replies: @Anon7
    @The Alarmist

    No, equity means Black wins at least 100% of the time. This allows for non-Western (i.e., non-white) kinds of mathematics in which blacks could take more than all of something. I'm sure this is being studied. Perhaps the black side could have additional moves.

    Also, it's disturbing to me that both "teams" in chess are monocolored, unlike our glorious tapestry of diversity. Maybe the two teams could be mixed, each team having an equal number of black and white pieces.

    What am I saying? Shouldn't both sides of a chess match be black? Maybe just the queens should be white; that way, black could take the white queen over and over.

    Well, I've been trying for over-the-top satire, but nothing is as crazy as the original story. Didn't JBS Haldane say that the wokeness is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose? Something like that, anyway.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

  7. “Equality” will be achieved when Black wins 50% of the time. “Equity” will be achieved when Black wins 100% of the time.

    PS When I was young, I was an avid chess player. But I have no interest in the modern game. Developments in computing have devalued the achievements of the old Grandmasters and the modern players are without exception Globalist puppets ( Think Gary Kasparov ). There’s no chance of a Bobby Fischer emerging now.

  8. Dutch rival Anish Giri”, eh? And all the pieces should of course be Pieces of Color.

  9. Why can’t people just admit that the old WASP semi ethno-aristocracy ran the country better than the resentful smart people who felt that they also deserved to have their place in the sun who replaced the WASP have run the place since. Anyway what is required to run institutions or countries well is a decent (though not an outstanding) amount of intelligence, common sense, a knowledge of your own limitations, and a steady hand at the till.

  10. Basically all the resentful smart people felt like they should have their place in the sun, and are being kept out of it because they do not have the correct lineage, but once they ran it they proved to be no better at running it than the old guard, and arguably they are doing it worse.

    • Agree: WhiteWinger
    • Replies: @WhiteWinger
    @Znzn

    Yeah....the Nerds / Geeks got their Revenge of the Nerds,got many hot looking women that they never would've gotten in HS or college, and didn't care what the long term consequences would be.

  11. In other news, snow is racist, because it’s white. It should be coloured brown and black. Or yellow, but… Well, there is already yellow snow… It’s just not safe to eat…

    U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Racism

    The only way to eliminate “racism” is by eliminating races. In particular the evil white race.
    Like in Haiti. Haiti is a place full of equity.

    Anyway, Africans must be the most megalomaniac people on Earth. Not all that is black is about Africans, you know… Sometimes it’s just a colour…

    • Agree: Charon
    • Replies: @bomag
    @Dumbo


    ...the most megalomaniac people on Earth.
     
    Indeed, but a chunk of this is White people loving to do token gestures™.
    , @Lovernios X
    @Dumbo

    In the Sixties there were a group of black poets called The Last Poets. They produced a few albums. I remember one playing at one of my black friend's house (from memory)

    Woke up this morning
    Got out of my black bed
    Put on my black pants
    and my black shoes
    Put on my black jacket
    and my black hat
    Opened my door and what did I see?
    White snow.

  12. 18-yr old turns father in to FBI for attending capitol protest.

    “I’d do it again”

    https://nypost.com/2021/01/24/teen-tipped-fbi-off-about-dads-involvement-in-capitol-riot/

    “Investigators found out that the father had previously posted a comment on a militia website.”

    • Thanks: Charon
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @HammerJack

    This story, like an increasing number of similar ones, is a chilling reminder that the USA is becoming more and more like the USSR. The 18-year-old Texas man, Jackson Reffitt, who tipped off the FBI about his father’s role in the US Capitol riot is a regular Pavlik Morozov, hero of the Stalinist era who denounced his father to the authorities.

    Pavlik died a martyr to the state ideology, hacked to death by his grandfather and cousin, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad. So far, none of our volunteer thought police have suffered the same salutary fate.

    There is a good article about Pavlik in a 1982 issue of the New York Times, which I have pasted below. It was always a slanted newspaper, but never as bad as it has become in recent years. Would it print such an article today, when it considers such behavior virtuous here?

    SOVIET 'HERO' INFORMER, 13, LEAVES A BITTER LEGACY

    By Serge Schmemann, Special To the New York Times
    Sept. 16, 1982

    Fifty years ago a 13-year-old boy named Pavlik Morozov denounced his father to local authorities and was hacked to death by vengeful relatives in his muddy Urals village, leaving behind a legend and a troubled legacy.

    ''His name must not die,'' declared the writer Maxim Gorky, and Pavlik became a Communist folk hero, one of the first models of Soviet behavior held up to schoolchildren for emulation. He is portrayed as the martyr who put the state above old-fashioned loyalties, a Pioneer hero whose statue and school in the village of Gerasimovka, in the northern Urals' Tavda district, draw legions of youthful pilgrims, and whose story is recounted in books and newspapers. A Moscow street is named for him, and his name is borne by countless chapters of the Young Pioneers, the Communist children's organization

    Stalin's Informers Recalled
    But as an informer, Pavlik was also a pioneer of a practice that became the mainstay of Stalin's terror, sending millions to forcedlabor camps or to their death for real or imagined crimes against the state. One memoir of the time describes a woman who had denounced so many neighbors that she suffered a paralyzing stroke when she learned that labor camp inmates were being rehabilitated after Stalin's death in 1953 and would be coming home.

    Denunciations may no longer pack the wallop they did in Stalin's day. But habits and memories die hard, and the legacy of Pavlik Morozov survives in the distrust Soviet citizens often still demonstrate for strangers, in the whispered hints that an acquaintance may be a ''stukach,'' an informer.

    The 50th anniversary of the 1932 killing of Pavlik demonstrated no diminution of his legend, including a tribute by one reporter who wrote that his heart contracted with painful emotion as he entered Gerasimovka and read the sign, ''Home of Pavlik Morozov.''

    Line Is Difficult to Draw
    It is difficult to draw the line between official surveillance and unsolicited informing in a society as controlled and secretive as that of the Soviet Union. Each research institute, factory or government office is presumed to have its resident watchdogs.

    There are also innumerable free-lancers - the pensioners who report what they view as suspicious doings in their housing projects, the would-be emigre who is promised an early visa if he cooperates with the authorities, the jealous worker who denounces a better-paid colleague in an anonymous letter.

    The endemic distrust often serves in itself as a curb on activities that may be deemed suspicious by the authorities. A prominent Soviet poet, recounting one of his many trips abroad, fell silent or changed the subject each time his maid walked through the room. At a small gathering of intellectuals, all friends, a foreign reporter is quietly steered aside by a man with information to impart.

    A dissident writer who works at home said he had been summoned several times to the local police station to explain how he made a living. It turned out that someone had denounced him as a ''parasite,'' meaning a person seemingly living without earned income.

    Some Official Irritation Shown
    The scope of such practices may be gauged by the fact that the authorities have been showing sporadic irritation in the press, at least over anonymous denunciations, popularly known as ''anonimki,'' that are deemed unfounded.

    At the last party congress, in February 1981, Leonid I. Brezhnev said the party's view of such denunciations was well known. ''They have no place in our life!'' he said.

    These words, the official record states, ''drew prolonged applause.'' They also prompted yet another spate of criticism in the press against officials who pay heed to anonymous informants and against the leniency shown slanderers when they are brought to light.

    In one such report, the daily newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya told the story of a graduate student whose doctoral dissertation - on the critical subject of ''intensifying livestock production in semi-arid areas'' - had been pigeonholed for years by false denunciations that generated successive inquiries.

    ''Whatever the anonimshchik churned out was taken on faith, while his victim was told: Prove this is not so if you can,'' the newspaper said.

    'Honorable' Informing Approved
    But even while assailing the authorities for acting on anonymous information, the reporter reminded his readers that ''constructive criticism'' - even from an ''honorable anomimshchik'' - had a vital role in Soviet society.

    The weekly newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta recently described an informer who was said to have falsely besmirched an investigative reporter in more than 50 letters. When finally imprisoned, the weekly said, the man could not understand why it was wrong to pass on rumors and insinuations.
    ''He still believed, he was absolutely certain, that he had done nothing illegal, improper or punishable,'' the newspaper wrote. In jail, he told the paper's reporter, ''I simply wanted to bring these things to the attention of the agencies of control.''

    In fact, people brought up on the Pavlik Morozov legend may be justified in questioning the prosecution of a man for sending what is euphemistically called a ''signal'' to the authorities.

    Time of Kulaks' Persecution
    The deed for which Pavlik was murdered - and immortalized - was to turn in his father for aiding fugitive kulaks, the landowning peasants who were being expropriated and persecuted by Stalin during the farm collectivization drive of the late 1920's and early 1930's. Generations of young people have since then been raised on the image of the tall Urals village youth standing under a portrait of Lenin in the courthouse and proclaiming, ''I accuse my father not as his son, but as a Pioneer.''

    Soon after, Pavlik's grandfather and cousin killed the boy and his 9-year-old brother with knives fashioned from scythes, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad.

    According to another recent report in Sovetskaya Rossiya, children still do write in about their parents. But the paper's attitude toward the letters suggested a waning, or at least a new interpretation, of the Pavlik legend.

    Informers' scribblings on sheets of school notebooks, the paper said, leave one feeling somewhat uneasy.

    Behavior Now Called Unnatural
    ''There is something fundamentally unnatural,'' the paper said, ''in having a child, an adolescent, a youth assailing the holy of holies - respect and love for father and mother.'' And yet, the paper continued, such letters may simply be an expression of a mature love, the discovery of parental qualities ''that cannot possibly be left unquestioned.''

    The paper quoted a schoolgirl called Sveta Morozova, who reported that her mother had been stealing from the food store where she works. The paper advised the girl to confront her mother herself. Predictably, the wayward mother was fully rehabilitated.

    The latter-day Morozov morality tale seemed a far cry from the original, although the legend about Pavlik curiously omit any word on what befell his father, just as official history remains vague about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of kulaks who were uprooted and hounded by Stalin as ''sworn enemies of the collective farm movement.''

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome, @Jiminy

    , @El Dato
    @HammerJack


    "had previously posted a comment on a militia website.”
     
    A most heinous crime!

    Also,

    what kind of country allows this?

    WATCH: Trump trolled by ‘worst president ever’ and ‘pathetic loser’ sky banners at Mar-a-Lago resort
    , @Adam Smith
    @HammerJack

    Ratting out your parent makes one a sort of hero in clown world.

    It's also quite profitable...

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @HammerJack

    It's startling how many people have turned in their relatives.

    Americans should be ashamed that this is the type of society that we live in. No family solidarity anymore.

  13. “You have the right to remain humorless. Any satire you write can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion. You have the right to an att… better call Jack D.”

    • LOL: Gary in Gramercy
  14. … Dutch rival Anish Giri …

    From Wikipedia:

    Anish Kumar Giri (Nepali: अनीश कुमार गिरी; Russian: Аниш Кумар Гири; born June 28, 1994) is a Russian-born Dutch chess player.

    Giri was born in St. Petersburg on 28 June 1994 to a Russian mother, Olga Giri,[6] and Nepali father, Sanjay Giri.[3][7] His grandmother is from Varanasi, India.

    He married IM Sopiko Guramishvili …

    An article linked to in a footnote mentions that he is now considered a “son of Georgia.”

  15. News reporting is out of date, too. If you search for “Ethiopia church massacre” you’ll find numerous reports of up to 750 Christian worshippers being killed at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, reputed home of the Ark Of The Covenant, in December. But there’s nothing in any mainstream outlet.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Our_Lady_Mary_of_Zion

    There seems to be a lot of ongoing unpleasantness in Tigray, at the top end of Ethiopia. But like the Yemen War, no one wants to hear or write anything about it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai_Kadra_massacre

  16. @HammerJack
    18-yr old turns father in to FBI for attending capitol protest.

    "I'd do it again"

    https://nypost.com/2021/01/24/teen-tipped-fbi-off-about-dads-involvement-in-capitol-riot/

    "Investigators found out that the father had previously posted a comment on a militia website."

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @Adam Smith, @JohnnyWalker123

    This story, like an increasing number of similar ones, is a chilling reminder that the USA is becoming more and more like the USSR. The 18-year-old Texas man, Jackson Reffitt, who tipped off the FBI about his father’s role in the US Capitol riot is a regular Pavlik Morozov, hero of the Stalinist era who denounced his father to the authorities.

    Pavlik died a martyr to the state ideology, hacked to death by his grandfather and cousin, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad. So far, none of our volunteer thought police have suffered the same salutary fate.

    There is a good article about Pavlik in a 1982 issue of the New York Times, which I have pasted below. It was always a slanted newspaper, but never as bad as it has become in recent years. Would it print such an article today, when it considers such behavior virtuous here?

    SOVIET ‘HERO’ INFORMER, 13, LEAVES A BITTER LEGACY

    By Serge Schmemann, Special To the New York Times
    Sept. 16, 1982

    Fifty years ago a 13-year-old boy named Pavlik Morozov denounced his father to local authorities and was hacked to death by vengeful relatives in his muddy Urals village, leaving behind a legend and a troubled legacy.

    ”His name must not die,” declared the writer Maxim Gorky, and Pavlik became a Communist folk hero, one of the first models of Soviet behavior held up to schoolchildren for emulation. He is portrayed as the martyr who put the state above old-fashioned loyalties, a Pioneer hero whose statue and school in the village of Gerasimovka, in the northern Urals’ Tavda district, draw legions of youthful pilgrims, and whose story is recounted in books and newspapers. A Moscow street is named for him, and his name is borne by countless chapters of the Young Pioneers, the Communist children’s organization

    [MORE]

    Stalin’s Informers Recalled
    But as an informer, Pavlik was also a pioneer of a practice that became the mainstay of Stalin’s terror, sending millions to forcedlabor camps or to their death for real or imagined crimes against the state. One memoir of the time describes a woman who had denounced so many neighbors that she suffered a paralyzing stroke when she learned that labor camp inmates were being rehabilitated after Stalin’s death in 1953 and would be coming home.

    Denunciations may no longer pack the wallop they did in Stalin’s day. But habits and memories die hard, and the legacy of Pavlik Morozov survives in the distrust Soviet citizens often still demonstrate for strangers, in the whispered hints that an acquaintance may be a ”stukach,” an informer.

    The 50th anniversary of the 1932 killing of Pavlik demonstrated no diminution of his legend, including a tribute by one reporter who wrote that his heart contracted with painful emotion as he entered Gerasimovka and read the sign, ”Home of Pavlik Morozov.”

    Line Is Difficult to Draw
    It is difficult to draw the line between official surveillance and unsolicited informing in a society as controlled and secretive as that of the Soviet Union. Each research institute, factory or government office is presumed to have its resident watchdogs.

    There are also innumerable free-lancers – the pensioners who report what they view as suspicious doings in their housing projects, the would-be emigre who is promised an early visa if he cooperates with the authorities, the jealous worker who denounces a better-paid colleague in an anonymous letter.

    The endemic distrust often serves in itself as a curb on activities that may be deemed suspicious by the authorities. A prominent Soviet poet, recounting one of his many trips abroad, fell silent or changed the subject each time his maid walked through the room. At a small gathering of intellectuals, all friends, a foreign reporter is quietly steered aside by a man with information to impart.

    A dissident writer who works at home said he had been summoned several times to the local police station to explain how he made a living. It turned out that someone had denounced him as a ”parasite,” meaning a person seemingly living without earned income.

    Some Official Irritation Shown
    The scope of such practices may be gauged by the fact that the authorities have been showing sporadic irritation in the press, at least over anonymous denunciations, popularly known as ”anonimki,” that are deemed unfounded.

    At the last party congress, in February 1981, Leonid I. Brezhnev said the party’s view of such denunciations was well known. ”They have no place in our life!” he said.

    These words, the official record states, ”drew prolonged applause.” They also prompted yet another spate of criticism in the press against officials who pay heed to anonymous informants and against the leniency shown slanderers when they are brought to light.

    In one such report, the daily newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya told the story of a graduate student whose doctoral dissertation – on the critical subject of ”intensifying livestock production in semi-arid areas” – had been pigeonholed for years by false denunciations that generated successive inquiries.

    ”Whatever the anonimshchik churned out was taken on faith, while his victim was told: Prove this is not so if you can,” the newspaper said.

    ‘Honorable’ Informing Approved
    But even while assailing the authorities for acting on anonymous information, the reporter reminded his readers that ”constructive criticism” – even from an ”honorable anomimshchik” – had a vital role in Soviet society.

    The weekly newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta recently described an informer who was said to have falsely besmirched an investigative reporter in more than 50 letters. When finally imprisoned, the weekly said, the man could not understand why it was wrong to pass on rumors and insinuations.
    ”He still believed, he was absolutely certain, that he had done nothing illegal, improper or punishable,” the newspaper wrote. In jail, he told the paper’s reporter, ”I simply wanted to bring these things to the attention of the agencies of control.”

    In fact, people brought up on the Pavlik Morozov legend may be justified in questioning the prosecution of a man for sending what is euphemistically called a ”signal” to the authorities.

    Time of Kulaks’ Persecution
    The deed for which Pavlik was murdered – and immortalized – was to turn in his father for aiding fugitive kulaks, the landowning peasants who were being expropriated and persecuted by Stalin during the farm collectivization drive of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Generations of young people have since then been raised on the image of the tall Urals village youth standing under a portrait of Lenin in the courthouse and proclaiming, ”I accuse my father not as his son, but as a Pioneer.”

    Soon after, Pavlik’s grandfather and cousin killed the boy and his 9-year-old brother with knives fashioned from scythes, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad.

    According to another recent report in Sovetskaya Rossiya, children still do write in about their parents. But the paper’s attitude toward the letters suggested a waning, or at least a new interpretation, of the Pavlik legend.

    Informers’ scribblings on sheets of school notebooks, the paper said, leave one feeling somewhat uneasy.

    Behavior Now Called Unnatural
    ”There is something fundamentally unnatural,” the paper said, ”in having a child, an adolescent, a youth assailing the holy of holies – respect and love for father and mother.” And yet, the paper continued, such letters may simply be an expression of a mature love, the discovery of parental qualities ”that cannot possibly be left unquestioned.”

    The paper quoted a schoolgirl called Sveta Morozova, who reported that her mother had been stealing from the food store where she works. The paper advised the girl to confront her mother herself. Predictably, the wayward mother was fully rehabilitated.

    The latter-day Morozov morality tale seemed a far cry from the original, although the legend about Pavlik curiously omit any word on what befell his father, just as official history remains vague about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of kulaks who were uprooted and hounded by Stalin as ”sworn enemies of the collective farm movement.”

    • Thanks: El Dato, bomag, JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome, @Jiminy
    @Harry Baldwin

    With respect to that newspaper article, change the dates for more recent ones, anglicize a name or two, throw in a few local areas and a lot of that story could probably be recycled and used tomorrow. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  17. Was it a pawn that made the first move?

  18. @Polistra
    If this, at last, doesn't finally conquer Systemic Racism, I don't know what will.

    Replies: @Aardvark

    It will also get rid of White privilege, at least in chess, but are they really done yet?
    It will need further improvements:
    Racial Equality: Meld the two colors together and make both sides gray.
    Sexual Equality: Make the King and Queen gender neutral, both are equally powerful.
    Equity: One of the sides has to give up one of their back row pieces to the other side.
    Chess Justice: One side can sweep the opposing pieces off the board and set that side of the board on fire but it is not considered poor behavior.
    I’m not sure what the new abomination formerly known as chess would be called in that case.

  19. For black equity in chess it gets to move 10 pieces before white starts. Checkmate, honkey!

  20. “World chess champion Magnus Carlsen and Dutch rival Anish Giri”

    When I first read this in a bleary-eyed state without enough coffee, I thought it read “Amish Girl”.

    What a disappointment.

  21. Symbolic gesture indeed

    Symbolizing what exactly?

  22. I thought chess players were smart.

    • Replies: @anonymous as usual
    @peterike

    You thought wrong.

    For a smart person to excel at chess, by definition, the following is true:
    The waste of time and skill is a colossal blunder.

  23. Chess is already pretty woke — the queen is the most powerful piece on the board, while the king is a useless figurehead.

    Anyway I always liked playing black, it can be an advantage much like batting at the bottom of the inning or “deferring” so you receive the second-half kickoff instead of the first.

  24. Wait until they hear of

    Red-Black Trees

    It has nothing to do with lynching!

    In computer science, a red–black tree is a kind of self-balancing binary search tree. Each node stores an extra bit representing “color” (“red” or “black”), used to ensure that the tree remains approximately balanced during insertions and deletions.

    But will the black or the red nodes by on top?

    What if the tree self-identifies as non-binary?

    So many QUESTIONS!

    • Replies: @anon
    @El Dato

    I guess one could go and look through the open source world or maybe the academic world to see if SJW's have started getting as Woked up about red-black trees as they already are about master-slave processes. But, I dunno, is it worth the effort? Because if they aren't yet, then they will be. Sooner or later, the fury of the Woke must break upon yet another abstract concept, requiting yet another meaningless gesture that gets yet a few more clueless nerds in trouble.

    Because terminology such as "master-slave" or "red-black" is all that keeps the army of highly intelligent Coders of Color out of that field. For sure it isn't intelligence, ability at abstract thinking, self control, time horizon or any other concepts that are part of the horror of white privilege.

  25. Ours is an age when Monty Python and The Three Stooges are regarded with the seriousness once reserved for Hamlet or Macbeth.

  26. @HammerJack
    18-yr old turns father in to FBI for attending capitol protest.

    "I'd do it again"

    https://nypost.com/2021/01/24/teen-tipped-fbi-off-about-dads-involvement-in-capitol-riot/

    "Investigators found out that the father had previously posted a comment on a militia website."

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @Adam Smith, @JohnnyWalker123

    “had previously posted a comment on a militia website.”

    A most heinous crime!

    Also,

    what kind of country allows this?

    WATCH: Trump trolled by ‘worst president ever’ and ‘pathetic loser’ sky banners at Mar-a-Lago resort

  27. @Harry Baldwin
    @HammerJack

    This story, like an increasing number of similar ones, is a chilling reminder that the USA is becoming more and more like the USSR. The 18-year-old Texas man, Jackson Reffitt, who tipped off the FBI about his father’s role in the US Capitol riot is a regular Pavlik Morozov, hero of the Stalinist era who denounced his father to the authorities.

    Pavlik died a martyr to the state ideology, hacked to death by his grandfather and cousin, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad. So far, none of our volunteer thought police have suffered the same salutary fate.

    There is a good article about Pavlik in a 1982 issue of the New York Times, which I have pasted below. It was always a slanted newspaper, but never as bad as it has become in recent years. Would it print such an article today, when it considers such behavior virtuous here?

    SOVIET 'HERO' INFORMER, 13, LEAVES A BITTER LEGACY

    By Serge Schmemann, Special To the New York Times
    Sept. 16, 1982

    Fifty years ago a 13-year-old boy named Pavlik Morozov denounced his father to local authorities and was hacked to death by vengeful relatives in his muddy Urals village, leaving behind a legend and a troubled legacy.

    ''His name must not die,'' declared the writer Maxim Gorky, and Pavlik became a Communist folk hero, one of the first models of Soviet behavior held up to schoolchildren for emulation. He is portrayed as the martyr who put the state above old-fashioned loyalties, a Pioneer hero whose statue and school in the village of Gerasimovka, in the northern Urals' Tavda district, draw legions of youthful pilgrims, and whose story is recounted in books and newspapers. A Moscow street is named for him, and his name is borne by countless chapters of the Young Pioneers, the Communist children's organization

    Stalin's Informers Recalled
    But as an informer, Pavlik was also a pioneer of a practice that became the mainstay of Stalin's terror, sending millions to forcedlabor camps or to their death for real or imagined crimes against the state. One memoir of the time describes a woman who had denounced so many neighbors that she suffered a paralyzing stroke when she learned that labor camp inmates were being rehabilitated after Stalin's death in 1953 and would be coming home.

    Denunciations may no longer pack the wallop they did in Stalin's day. But habits and memories die hard, and the legacy of Pavlik Morozov survives in the distrust Soviet citizens often still demonstrate for strangers, in the whispered hints that an acquaintance may be a ''stukach,'' an informer.

    The 50th anniversary of the 1932 killing of Pavlik demonstrated no diminution of his legend, including a tribute by one reporter who wrote that his heart contracted with painful emotion as he entered Gerasimovka and read the sign, ''Home of Pavlik Morozov.''

    Line Is Difficult to Draw
    It is difficult to draw the line between official surveillance and unsolicited informing in a society as controlled and secretive as that of the Soviet Union. Each research institute, factory or government office is presumed to have its resident watchdogs.

    There are also innumerable free-lancers - the pensioners who report what they view as suspicious doings in their housing projects, the would-be emigre who is promised an early visa if he cooperates with the authorities, the jealous worker who denounces a better-paid colleague in an anonymous letter.

    The endemic distrust often serves in itself as a curb on activities that may be deemed suspicious by the authorities. A prominent Soviet poet, recounting one of his many trips abroad, fell silent or changed the subject each time his maid walked through the room. At a small gathering of intellectuals, all friends, a foreign reporter is quietly steered aside by a man with information to impart.

    A dissident writer who works at home said he had been summoned several times to the local police station to explain how he made a living. It turned out that someone had denounced him as a ''parasite,'' meaning a person seemingly living without earned income.

    Some Official Irritation Shown
    The scope of such practices may be gauged by the fact that the authorities have been showing sporadic irritation in the press, at least over anonymous denunciations, popularly known as ''anonimki,'' that are deemed unfounded.

    At the last party congress, in February 1981, Leonid I. Brezhnev said the party's view of such denunciations was well known. ''They have no place in our life!'' he said.

    These words, the official record states, ''drew prolonged applause.'' They also prompted yet another spate of criticism in the press against officials who pay heed to anonymous informants and against the leniency shown slanderers when they are brought to light.

    In one such report, the daily newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya told the story of a graduate student whose doctoral dissertation - on the critical subject of ''intensifying livestock production in semi-arid areas'' - had been pigeonholed for years by false denunciations that generated successive inquiries.

    ''Whatever the anonimshchik churned out was taken on faith, while his victim was told: Prove this is not so if you can,'' the newspaper said.

    'Honorable' Informing Approved
    But even while assailing the authorities for acting on anonymous information, the reporter reminded his readers that ''constructive criticism'' - even from an ''honorable anomimshchik'' - had a vital role in Soviet society.

    The weekly newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta recently described an informer who was said to have falsely besmirched an investigative reporter in more than 50 letters. When finally imprisoned, the weekly said, the man could not understand why it was wrong to pass on rumors and insinuations.
    ''He still believed, he was absolutely certain, that he had done nothing illegal, improper or punishable,'' the newspaper wrote. In jail, he told the paper's reporter, ''I simply wanted to bring these things to the attention of the agencies of control.''

    In fact, people brought up on the Pavlik Morozov legend may be justified in questioning the prosecution of a man for sending what is euphemistically called a ''signal'' to the authorities.

    Time of Kulaks' Persecution
    The deed for which Pavlik was murdered - and immortalized - was to turn in his father for aiding fugitive kulaks, the landowning peasants who were being expropriated and persecuted by Stalin during the farm collectivization drive of the late 1920's and early 1930's. Generations of young people have since then been raised on the image of the tall Urals village youth standing under a portrait of Lenin in the courthouse and proclaiming, ''I accuse my father not as his son, but as a Pioneer.''

    Soon after, Pavlik's grandfather and cousin killed the boy and his 9-year-old brother with knives fashioned from scythes, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad.

    According to another recent report in Sovetskaya Rossiya, children still do write in about their parents. But the paper's attitude toward the letters suggested a waning, or at least a new interpretation, of the Pavlik legend.

    Informers' scribblings on sheets of school notebooks, the paper said, leave one feeling somewhat uneasy.

    Behavior Now Called Unnatural
    ''There is something fundamentally unnatural,'' the paper said, ''in having a child, an adolescent, a youth assailing the holy of holies - respect and love for father and mother.'' And yet, the paper continued, such letters may simply be an expression of a mature love, the discovery of parental qualities ''that cannot possibly be left unquestioned.''

    The paper quoted a schoolgirl called Sveta Morozova, who reported that her mother had been stealing from the food store where she works. The paper advised the girl to confront her mother herself. Predictably, the wayward mother was fully rehabilitated.

    The latter-day Morozov morality tale seemed a far cry from the original, although the legend about Pavlik curiously omit any word on what befell his father, just as official history remains vague about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of kulaks who were uprooted and hounded by Stalin as ''sworn enemies of the collective farm movement.''

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome, @Jiminy

  28. Next up: Swap the colors of the keys on the piano.

    • LOL: Rob McX
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    In fact in Mozart's time, the natural keys on the piano were black :

    https://escmusicanavas.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/image1.jpg?w=1024

    It was only later when evil racists took over that they reversed the natural order of things. OK, I made that part up. At some point in the 19th century the color scheme reversed but no one really knows why.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  29. ‘The players said the game was being played as a “symbolic gesture” to mark the U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Racism March 21.’

    What better way to celebrate Elimination of Racism Day than by picking the start move based on race?

    I think a better way would be to insist on requiring all first round matches have at least one black player. Equality: half win their matches. Equity: all win their matches.

    Which has me wondering, who were the great black chess players? Is there a whiter game than chess? Who exactly were the black people complaining about white going first? This is surely just another case of WHITE liberals showing their butts. Not cultural appropriation, but cultural projection. When blacks have actually played chess, did THEY insist black go first? Betcha they didn’t. Why would they care? Black lives defined by white liberals.

  30. Would Alice in Wonderland (or I should say Through the Looking Glass, the sequel that involved the game of chess) be banned if Lewis Carroll had made the opposing pieces black instead of red?

  31. @The Alarmist
    @Hypnotoad666

    Equity means black wins 100% of the time.

    Replies: @Anon7

    No, equity means Black wins at least 100% of the time. This allows for non-Western (i.e., non-white) kinds of mathematics in which blacks could take more than all of something. I’m sure this is being studied. Perhaps the black side could have additional moves.

    Also, it’s disturbing to me that both “teams” in chess are monocolored, unlike our glorious tapestry of diversity. Maybe the two teams could be mixed, each team having an equal number of black and white pieces.

    What am I saying? Shouldn’t both sides of a chess match be black? Maybe just the queens should be white; that way, black could take the white queen over and over.

    Well, I’ve been trying for over-the-top satire, but nothing is as crazy as the original story. Didn’t JBS Haldane say that the wokeness is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose? Something like that, anyway.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Anon7

    Well, you certainly went down a rabbit black hole.

    Speaking of theoretical physics, the six flavours of quarks are up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom. Queer would be an apt name for the antiquark of which of those?

    Replies: @Anon7

  32. Somebody should go back to November 2008 and dig up some of those big think pieces about Obama’s election meaning we could finally bury all this. Almost everybody I knew thought it was over. Nobody was complaining! The guy in the office next to me who was my boss actually played the inauguration speech on his laptop while he did some mindless task which only required 20% of his attention. (And we had just gone through the trillion dollar giveaway to Morgan & Goldman et al.)

    I won’t mention who I think is responsible for this bulls—.

  33. @Dumbo
    In other news, snow is racist, because it's white. It should be coloured brown and black. Or yellow, but... Well, there is already yellow snow... It's just not safe to eat...

    U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Racism
     
    The only way to eliminate "racism" is by eliminating races. In particular the evil white race.
    Like in Haiti. Haiti is a place full of equity.

    Anyway, Africans must be the most megalomaniac people on Earth. Not all that is black is about Africans, you know... Sometimes it's just a colour...

    Replies: @bomag, @Lovernios X

    …the most megalomaniac people on Earth.

    Indeed, but a chunk of this is White people loving to do token gestures™.

  34. I have seen many beautifully carved ivory chess sets where the black pieces where just slightly darker than the white pieces. Krylon spray paint next I guess.

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Buffalo Joe

    Soon the required colors will be some version of "black" and "not black enough".

    , @Sparkon
    @Buffalo Joe

    In the 1970s, I had a cheap, plastic, semi-transparent set of chess pieces that were lime green and magenta. They were quite loud, but the bright colors made it easy to distinguish one side from the other, which is always good because you can't have false flags in chess, other than say Woody Allen in What's New Pussycat?, but the oddball colors made it more difficult to determine who moved first.

    In the movie Charade, Peter (Cary Grant) tells Regina (Audrey Hepburn) about the lying Blackfoot and truthful Whitefoot tribes. "Why couldn't you just look at his feet?" she wants to know.

    Some may remember the song "Black and White," which was popularized by Three Dog Night after being written earlier by Earl Robinson in the wake of Brown v. Topeka, which proclaimed U.S. schools must be de-segregated.

    But y'know, it's almost always "Black & White," and not "White & Black," so what about that?

    Replies: @Macumazahn

  35. When a white person plays a black person, the white person should start with fewer pieces, maybe one or two fewer pawns. This would partially compensate for slavery and segregation, and don’t forget Emmett Till!

    I am concerned that Asians and Hispanics have been forgotten. Surely chess sets in which one color is yellow or brown can be manufactured. Of course rules about who plays first and who starts with fewer pieces would be a bit complicated.

  36. @Buffalo Joe
    I have seen many beautifully carved ivory chess sets where the black pieces where just slightly darker than the white pieces. Krylon spray paint next I guess.

    Replies: @bomag, @Sparkon

    Soon the required colors will be some version of “black” and “not black enough”.

  37. I’m sure, that when chess was created, the maker(s) didn’t have in mind the colors to symbolize races.

    Just make chess pieces silver & gold, red and blue, any colors but black and white. SIMPLE.

  38. This is great outreach to the black community who are notoriously interested in chess.

  39. You ever wonder why these UberBest and SupernovaBrightest among us never stop to publicly discuss why it is that black people are either pariahs, or objects of fear to be avoided at all costs, by hundreds of millions of people?

    MG Miles has dwelt at length upon these subjects:

    The common argument that ‘your oppression of us makes us act out in this way’ is not tenable. As slavery and Jim Crow recede further into the past, Afro criminality is going up, not down.

    It is also belied by the fact that to wherever Afros migrate in the word, including countries that never enslaved and/or colonized them, their crime rate is markedly higher than the host population.

    (In London) while a great many of these criminals are Jamaican, and may thus argue ‘slavery made us do it,’ it is to be noted that a large number are also Nigerian, and thus more likely descended from those who sold others into slavery.

    When looking for information about crime in Afro-run countries, then, it is wise to ask the question to those who cannot afford to lie: The U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The price to pay for blithely sending an ambassador off to a violent death in the streets of a foreign capital is high; we can thus count on this agency to tell us the truth. What do they say?

    Haiti:
    USG rates Haiti as CRITICAL in the threat categories of crime and political violence. The U.S. Embassy recommends against walking or jogging on any street in Port-au-Prince.

    Kenya:
    Kenya remains critically rated for both Crime and Transnational Terrorism. Violent and sometimes fatal criminal attacks can occur at any time and in any location…Walking alone is not advisable

    South Africa:
    Regional giant South Africa: Low-crime and orderly under apartheid, it has now thrown off white rule and basked in Afro governance for almost twenty years. The US State Dept rates Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town as “Critical” crime threat posts. … Violent, confrontational crime is a major concern.

    On Planet Earth, Afro crime is high. Period. It is high in their homeland, Africa. It is high in countries to which they migrate that were colonizers. It is high in countries to which they migrate that were not colonizers. It is high in countries to which they migrate that were slavers. It is high in countries to which they migrate that were not slavers. It is high nearly everywhere they are found on this third rock from the sun. Idang Alibi, a Nigerian journalist, states it plainly:

    Anywhere in the world today where you have a concentration of black people among other races, the poorest, the least educated, the least achieving, and the most violent group among those races will be the blacks. When indices of underdevelopment are given, black people and countries are sure to occupy the bottom of the ladder.

    God himself must be frustrated with his black children. They must be an embarrassment to him. He has given us everything he has given to other of his children; why are his black children not manifesting their own gift?

    Afro crime is very high relative to other groups. This is why we profile.

    https://thosewhocansee.blogspot.com/2013/08/why-we-profile.html

  40. @Buffalo Joe
    I have seen many beautifully carved ivory chess sets where the black pieces where just slightly darker than the white pieces. Krylon spray paint next I guess.

    Replies: @bomag, @Sparkon

    In the 1970s, I had a cheap, plastic, semi-transparent set of chess pieces that were lime green and magenta. They were quite loud, but the bright colors made it easy to distinguish one side from the other, which is always good because you can’t have false flags in chess, other than say Woody Allen in What’s New Pussycat?, but the oddball colors made it more difficult to determine who moved first.

    In the movie Charade, Peter (Cary Grant) tells Regina (Audrey Hepburn) about the lying Blackfoot and truthful Whitefoot tribes. “Why couldn’t you just look at his feet?” she wants to know.

    Some may remember the song “Black and White,” which was popularized by Three Dog Night after being written earlier by Earl Robinson in the wake of Brown v. Topeka, which proclaimed U.S. schools must be de-segregated.

    But y’know, it’s almost always “Black & White,” and not “White & Black,” so what about that?

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Macumazahn
    @Sparkon

    When I was little, I'd sometimes say, "pass the pepper and salt please" but my parents would always correct me. Surely saying, "salt and pepper" is racist!
    Honestly, negroes must have it far too soft if they think microaggressions are meaningful. It's a clear indication that they don't have enough actual racism to worry about. I'm doing my best to remedy that.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  41. @HammerJack
    18-yr old turns father in to FBI for attending capitol protest.

    "I'd do it again"

    https://nypost.com/2021/01/24/teen-tipped-fbi-off-about-dads-involvement-in-capitol-riot/

    "Investigators found out that the father had previously posted a comment on a militia website."

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @Adam Smith, @JohnnyWalker123

    Ratting out your parent makes one a sort of hero in clown world.

    It’s also quite profitable…

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @Adam Smith


    Ratting out your parent makes one a sort of hero in clown world.
     
    That would depend on whether you were punching ratting up or punching ratting down. Who, Whom.
  42. Satire requires exaggeration It is increasingly difficult to exaggerate the looniness of these folks.

  43. Letting Black! move first is clearly not equitable enough. white should start the game with one knight, one rook and one bishop. And definitely no queen. Anyone who disagrees is a filthy racist.

    But… I’m not sure that would be equitable enough to ameliorate Black! fragility.
    white should start the game without a king.

  44. OT (or is it?)

    Cow Rona meets Harry Potter as the UK “Health Secretary” (better than “Sickness Secretary”) becomes the epitome of the neurotic lady of a certain age:

    Dumping people in quarantine hotels to stop the spread of potential mutant Covid strains shows that paranoia now rules UK policy

    Described on a Harry Potter fan site as “an amortal shape-shifting non-being that takes on the form of its observer’s worst fear,” a Boggart is clearly what haunts Hancock judging from his weekend admission that “The new variant I really worry about is the one that is out there that hasn’t been spotted.”

    Soooo, his worst fear is something that exists only in his own imagination. Time for a lie down, Mr. Health Secretary.

    Fear is a powerful weapon in politics, often wielded to coerce a resistant population into line and we have certainly seen it used often over the last year as the government has sought to impose and extend punitive lockdown restrictions on us all.

    Now, however, it’s not hugging granny, failing to wash our hands or deaths in care homes and NHS wards that we must fear, it’s apparently an unknown variant of coronavirus that has yet to even materialise anywhere.

    It is, in other words, a Boggart and we’re about to quarantine hundreds of thousands of visitors because of it. I’m tempted to say, ‘You couldn’t make it up,’ but JK Rowling already has.

  45. I’m waiting for the first cancellation due to

    disrespect of a chess piece of color.

  46. @HammerJack
    18-yr old turns father in to FBI for attending capitol protest.

    "I'd do it again"

    https://nypost.com/2021/01/24/teen-tipped-fbi-off-about-dads-involvement-in-capitol-riot/

    "Investigators found out that the father had previously posted a comment on a militia website."

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @Adam Smith, @JohnnyWalker123

    It’s startling how many people have turned in their relatives.

    Americans should be ashamed that this is the type of society that we live in. No family solidarity anymore.

  47. Next, The New York Times will drop the “American”-style crosswords for cryptics, in which nearly half the squares are black.

    However, an alternate cryptic format uses no black squares at all:

    Kevin Der, an Asian-American, held the record for the fewest black squares in the NYT for a time, but it was broken by a fellow named Joe Krozel. Der may be back, though– he is based in San Francisco, a city with much experience in removing blacks.

    This is right out of Derb:

    Black Square Frequency: Historically, crossword creators were encouraged to limit black squares to no more than one sixth of the grid, or about 17%. While limiting black squares is encouraged, there is no longer a formal limit on how many your grid can have. However, large clumps of black squares are strongly discouraged.

    https://crosswordhobbyist.com/how-to-make-a-crossword-puzzle

  48. @Adam Smith
    @HammerJack

    Ratting out your parent makes one a sort of hero in clown world.

    It's also quite profitable...

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    Ratting out your parent makes one a sort of hero in clown world.

    That would depend on whether you were punching ratting up or punching ratting down. Who, Whom.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  49. • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @MEH 0910

    Who can be opposed to "Negro removal"? She left Maryland better off than Andy Jackson did Mississippi.



    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/01/11/249A067900000578-2905611-image-a-93_1421004764519.jpg

    , @Joe Stalin
    @MEH 0910

    Anyone who thinks Harriet Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on US currency seriously needs to study who was most important to us.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhSBYtEVS2c

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cih7v

    Replies: @anon

  50. @Anon7
    @The Alarmist

    No, equity means Black wins at least 100% of the time. This allows for non-Western (i.e., non-white) kinds of mathematics in which blacks could take more than all of something. I'm sure this is being studied. Perhaps the black side could have additional moves.

    Also, it's disturbing to me that both "teams" in chess are monocolored, unlike our glorious tapestry of diversity. Maybe the two teams could be mixed, each team having an equal number of black and white pieces.

    What am I saying? Shouldn't both sides of a chess match be black? Maybe just the queens should be white; that way, black could take the white queen over and over.

    Well, I've been trying for over-the-top satire, but nothing is as crazy as the original story. Didn't JBS Haldane say that the wokeness is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose? Something like that, anyway.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    Well, you certainly went down a rabbit black hole.

    Speaking of theoretical physics, the six flavours of quarks are up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom. Queer would be an apt name for the antiquark of which of those?

    • Replies: @Anon7
    @The Alarmist

    With Biden as President, we’re going to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, starting with Trump’s trial in the Senate.

    Replies: @anon

  51. @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1353797304881455104

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Joe Stalin

    Who can be opposed to “Negro removal”? She left Maryland better off than Andy Jackson did Mississippi.

  52. @Dumbo
    In other news, snow is racist, because it's white. It should be coloured brown and black. Or yellow, but... Well, there is already yellow snow... It's just not safe to eat...

    U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Racism
     
    The only way to eliminate "racism" is by eliminating races. In particular the evil white race.
    Like in Haiti. Haiti is a place full of equity.

    Anyway, Africans must be the most megalomaniac people on Earth. Not all that is black is about Africans, you know... Sometimes it's just a colour...

    Replies: @bomag, @Lovernios X

    In the Sixties there were a group of black poets called The Last Poets. They produced a few albums. I remember one playing at one of my black friend’s house (from memory)

    Woke up this morning
    Got out of my black bed
    Put on my black pants
    and my black shoes
    Put on my black jacket
    and my black hat
    Opened my door and what did I see?
    White snow.

  53. anon[199] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato
    Wait until they hear of

    Red-Black Trees

    https://i.postimg.cc/hGNgznhR/Red-black-tree-example.png

    It has nothing to do with lynching!


    In computer science, a red–black tree is a kind of self-balancing binary search tree. Each node stores an extra bit representing "color" ("red" or "black"), used to ensure that the tree remains approximately balanced during insertions and deletions.
     
    But will the black or the red nodes by on top?

    What if the tree self-identifies as non-binary?

    So many QUESTIONS!

    Replies: @anon

    I guess one could go and look through the open source world or maybe the academic world to see if SJW’s have started getting as Woked up about red-black trees as they already are about master-slave processes. But, I dunno, is it worth the effort? Because if they aren’t yet, then they will be. Sooner or later, the fury of the Woke must break upon yet another abstract concept, requiting yet another meaningless gesture that gets yet a few more clueless nerds in trouble.

    Because terminology such as “master-slave” or “red-black” is all that keeps the army of highly intelligent Coders of Color out of that field. For sure it isn’t intelligence, ability at abstract thinking, self control, time horizon or any other concepts that are part of the horror of white privilege.

  54. Bobby Fischer, despite being Jewish, was notoriously anti-Semitic. I guess this means we have to burn all of his books on chess to show the Nazis who’s boss.

  55. The next development will be Transgender Chess, where you can avoid checkmate by declaring that your King is a Queen.

  56. What about Go? It uses black and white pebbles doesn’t it?

  57. Magnus and Anish. Doing their bit to bring the world together. Heartwarming to read this.

  58. @Hippopotamusdrome
    Next up: Swap the colors of the keys on the piano.

    Replies: @Jack D

    In fact in Mozart’s time, the natural keys on the piano were black :

    It was only later when evil racists took over that they reversed the natural order of things. OK, I made that part up. At some point in the 19th century the color scheme reversed but no one really knows why.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Jack D

    The world was originally what we now call negative.

    https://www.scancafe.com/media/index/services/black-white-scanning/img/157bwnegative.jpg

    Evil, racist white people reversed it to "black and white."

    Color wasn't added until the twentieth century.

  59. @Sparkon
    @Buffalo Joe

    In the 1970s, I had a cheap, plastic, semi-transparent set of chess pieces that were lime green and magenta. They were quite loud, but the bright colors made it easy to distinguish one side from the other, which is always good because you can't have false flags in chess, other than say Woody Allen in What's New Pussycat?, but the oddball colors made it more difficult to determine who moved first.

    In the movie Charade, Peter (Cary Grant) tells Regina (Audrey Hepburn) about the lying Blackfoot and truthful Whitefoot tribes. "Why couldn't you just look at his feet?" she wants to know.

    Some may remember the song "Black and White," which was popularized by Three Dog Night after being written earlier by Earl Robinson in the wake of Brown v. Topeka, which proclaimed U.S. schools must be de-segregated.

    But y'know, it's almost always "Black & White," and not "White & Black," so what about that?

    Replies: @Macumazahn

    When I was little, I’d sometimes say, “pass the pepper and salt please” but my parents would always correct me. Surely saying, “salt and pepper” is racist!
    Honestly, negroes must have it far too soft if they think microaggressions are meaningful. It’s a clear indication that they don’t have enough actual racism to worry about. I’m doing my best to remedy that.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Macumazahn

    Mac, your biggest problem is you learned to say "please." Better to just demand things.

  60. I am surprised no one mentioned what happened to the agadmator youtube channel maybe 6 months back. I occasionally spend time on that channel. He expressed a negative opinion about Black’s play in a particular game, and just like that, he was suspended for a week. he has close to 1M subscribers. Surely he calls players by their names now.

  61. @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1353797304881455104

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Joe Stalin

    Anyone who thinks Harriet Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on US currency seriously needs to study who was most important to us.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Joe Stalin

    Anyone who thinks Harriet Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on US currency seriously needs to study who was most important to us.

    Define "us". There's the problem.

  62. @Polistra
    From your good friends, the FWP at Disney


    https://i.ibb.co/9ZKf7qh/disney-black-is-king-beyonce.jpg

    Replies: @Rouetheday

    I’m still waiting for Hank Williams Jr. (or somebody, anybody) to release a response to Beyonce’s dreck- ideally it would be a concept album entitled “White is God”.

  63. @Joe Stalin
    @MEH 0910

    Anyone who thinks Harriet Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on US currency seriously needs to study who was most important to us.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhSBYtEVS2c

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cih7v

    Replies: @anon

    Anyone who thinks Harriet Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on US currency seriously needs to study who was most important to us.

    Define “us”. There’s the problem.

  64. @The Alarmist
    @Anon7

    Well, you certainly went down a rabbit black hole.

    Speaking of theoretical physics, the six flavours of quarks are up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom. Queer would be an apt name for the antiquark of which of those?

    Replies: @Anon7

    With Biden as President, we’re going to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, starting with Trump’s trial in the Senate.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Anon7

    I wonder how many times Trump should be impeached? Two? Three? Maybe we could have an impeachment every year! That would surely keep cuckservatives on the edge of their seat in excitement.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @The Alarmist

  65. Anonymous[710] • Disclaimer says:

    Black is bad, white is good. Always was, always will be. Because man is active during the day and sleeps during the night. It may be opposite for nocturnal creatures like owls and bats, but unless man becomes owl or bat, it will always be like that. It has nothing to do with skin color.

    No chess champions, no number of United Nations resolutions and no Bidens will ever change that.

  66. @Znzn
    Basically all the resentful smart people felt like they should have their place in the sun, and are being kept out of it because they do not have the correct lineage, but once they ran it they proved to be no better at running it than the old guard, and arguably they are doing it worse.

    Replies: @WhiteWinger

    Yeah….the Nerds / Geeks got their Revenge of the Nerds,got many hot looking women that they never would’ve gotten in HS or college, and didn’t care what the long term consequences would be.

  67. @Anon7
    @The Alarmist

    With Biden as President, we’re going to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, starting with Trump’s trial in the Senate.

    Replies: @anon

    I wonder how many times Trump should be impeached? Two? Three? Maybe we could have an impeachment every year! That would surely keep cuckservatives on the edge of their seat in excitement.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @anon

    Maybe we could have an impeachment every year!

    That's not enough! We need a daily, public Two-Minutes during which members of the Outer Party must watch a film depicting the enemies of the state, specifically Donald Trumpenstein and his followers, to openly and loudly express hatred for them.

    , @The Alarmist
    @anon

    How about a Donald J. Trump Infamy day, each year on 6 January? They can hang him in chains for a day each year, even after he is dead and gone. This will be a useful replacement for MLK day when it gets cancelled, and will line up with holidays in other countries.

  68. @peterike
    I thought chess players were smart.

    Replies: @anonymous as usual

    You thought wrong.

    For a smart person to excel at chess, by definition, the following is true:
    The waste of time and skill is a colossal blunder.

  69. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that “white moves first” was standardized. Chess players enjoy switching colors like this, it causes no difficulty and sometimes sparks insight. This is a harmless stunt.

  70. @anon
    @Anon7

    I wonder how many times Trump should be impeached? Two? Three? Maybe we could have an impeachment every year! That would surely keep cuckservatives on the edge of their seat in excitement.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @The Alarmist

    Maybe we could have an impeachment every year!

    That’s not enough! We need a daily, public Two-Minutes during which members of the Outer Party must watch a film depicting the enemies of the state, specifically Donald Trumpenstein and his followers, to openly and loudly express hatred for them.

  71. @Jack D
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    In fact in Mozart's time, the natural keys on the piano were black :

    https://escmusicanavas.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/image1.jpg?w=1024

    It was only later when evil racists took over that they reversed the natural order of things. OK, I made that part up. At some point in the 19th century the color scheme reversed but no one really knows why.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    The world was originally what we now call negative.

    Evil, racist white people reversed it to “black and white.”

    Color wasn’t added until the twentieth century.

  72. @anon
    @Anon7

    I wonder how many times Trump should be impeached? Two? Three? Maybe we could have an impeachment every year! That would surely keep cuckservatives on the edge of their seat in excitement.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @The Alarmist

    How about a Donald J. Trump Infamy day, each year on 6 January? They can hang him in chains for a day each year, even after he is dead and gone. This will be a useful replacement for MLK day when it gets cancelled, and will line up with holidays in other countries.

  73. @Harry Baldwin
    @HammerJack

    This story, like an increasing number of similar ones, is a chilling reminder that the USA is becoming more and more like the USSR. The 18-year-old Texas man, Jackson Reffitt, who tipped off the FBI about his father’s role in the US Capitol riot is a regular Pavlik Morozov, hero of the Stalinist era who denounced his father to the authorities.

    Pavlik died a martyr to the state ideology, hacked to death by his grandfather and cousin, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad. So far, none of our volunteer thought police have suffered the same salutary fate.

    There is a good article about Pavlik in a 1982 issue of the New York Times, which I have pasted below. It was always a slanted newspaper, but never as bad as it has become in recent years. Would it print such an article today, when it considers such behavior virtuous here?

    SOVIET 'HERO' INFORMER, 13, LEAVES A BITTER LEGACY

    By Serge Schmemann, Special To the New York Times
    Sept. 16, 1982

    Fifty years ago a 13-year-old boy named Pavlik Morozov denounced his father to local authorities and was hacked to death by vengeful relatives in his muddy Urals village, leaving behind a legend and a troubled legacy.

    ''His name must not die,'' declared the writer Maxim Gorky, and Pavlik became a Communist folk hero, one of the first models of Soviet behavior held up to schoolchildren for emulation. He is portrayed as the martyr who put the state above old-fashioned loyalties, a Pioneer hero whose statue and school in the village of Gerasimovka, in the northern Urals' Tavda district, draw legions of youthful pilgrims, and whose story is recounted in books and newspapers. A Moscow street is named for him, and his name is borne by countless chapters of the Young Pioneers, the Communist children's organization

    Stalin's Informers Recalled
    But as an informer, Pavlik was also a pioneer of a practice that became the mainstay of Stalin's terror, sending millions to forcedlabor camps or to their death for real or imagined crimes against the state. One memoir of the time describes a woman who had denounced so many neighbors that she suffered a paralyzing stroke when she learned that labor camp inmates were being rehabilitated after Stalin's death in 1953 and would be coming home.

    Denunciations may no longer pack the wallop they did in Stalin's day. But habits and memories die hard, and the legacy of Pavlik Morozov survives in the distrust Soviet citizens often still demonstrate for strangers, in the whispered hints that an acquaintance may be a ''stukach,'' an informer.

    The 50th anniversary of the 1932 killing of Pavlik demonstrated no diminution of his legend, including a tribute by one reporter who wrote that his heart contracted with painful emotion as he entered Gerasimovka and read the sign, ''Home of Pavlik Morozov.''

    Line Is Difficult to Draw
    It is difficult to draw the line between official surveillance and unsolicited informing in a society as controlled and secretive as that of the Soviet Union. Each research institute, factory or government office is presumed to have its resident watchdogs.

    There are also innumerable free-lancers - the pensioners who report what they view as suspicious doings in their housing projects, the would-be emigre who is promised an early visa if he cooperates with the authorities, the jealous worker who denounces a better-paid colleague in an anonymous letter.

    The endemic distrust often serves in itself as a curb on activities that may be deemed suspicious by the authorities. A prominent Soviet poet, recounting one of his many trips abroad, fell silent or changed the subject each time his maid walked through the room. At a small gathering of intellectuals, all friends, a foreign reporter is quietly steered aside by a man with information to impart.

    A dissident writer who works at home said he had been summoned several times to the local police station to explain how he made a living. It turned out that someone had denounced him as a ''parasite,'' meaning a person seemingly living without earned income.

    Some Official Irritation Shown
    The scope of such practices may be gauged by the fact that the authorities have been showing sporadic irritation in the press, at least over anonymous denunciations, popularly known as ''anonimki,'' that are deemed unfounded.

    At the last party congress, in February 1981, Leonid I. Brezhnev said the party's view of such denunciations was well known. ''They have no place in our life!'' he said.

    These words, the official record states, ''drew prolonged applause.'' They also prompted yet another spate of criticism in the press against officials who pay heed to anonymous informants and against the leniency shown slanderers when they are brought to light.

    In one such report, the daily newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya told the story of a graduate student whose doctoral dissertation - on the critical subject of ''intensifying livestock production in semi-arid areas'' - had been pigeonholed for years by false denunciations that generated successive inquiries.

    ''Whatever the anonimshchik churned out was taken on faith, while his victim was told: Prove this is not so if you can,'' the newspaper said.

    'Honorable' Informing Approved
    But even while assailing the authorities for acting on anonymous information, the reporter reminded his readers that ''constructive criticism'' - even from an ''honorable anomimshchik'' - had a vital role in Soviet society.

    The weekly newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta recently described an informer who was said to have falsely besmirched an investigative reporter in more than 50 letters. When finally imprisoned, the weekly said, the man could not understand why it was wrong to pass on rumors and insinuations.
    ''He still believed, he was absolutely certain, that he had done nothing illegal, improper or punishable,'' the newspaper wrote. In jail, he told the paper's reporter, ''I simply wanted to bring these things to the attention of the agencies of control.''

    In fact, people brought up on the Pavlik Morozov legend may be justified in questioning the prosecution of a man for sending what is euphemistically called a ''signal'' to the authorities.

    Time of Kulaks' Persecution
    The deed for which Pavlik was murdered - and immortalized - was to turn in his father for aiding fugitive kulaks, the landowning peasants who were being expropriated and persecuted by Stalin during the farm collectivization drive of the late 1920's and early 1930's. Generations of young people have since then been raised on the image of the tall Urals village youth standing under a portrait of Lenin in the courthouse and proclaiming, ''I accuse my father not as his son, but as a Pioneer.''

    Soon after, Pavlik's grandfather and cousin killed the boy and his 9-year-old brother with knives fashioned from scythes, a deed for which they were executed by a firing squad.

    According to another recent report in Sovetskaya Rossiya, children still do write in about their parents. But the paper's attitude toward the letters suggested a waning, or at least a new interpretation, of the Pavlik legend.

    Informers' scribblings on sheets of school notebooks, the paper said, leave one feeling somewhat uneasy.

    Behavior Now Called Unnatural
    ''There is something fundamentally unnatural,'' the paper said, ''in having a child, an adolescent, a youth assailing the holy of holies - respect and love for father and mother.'' And yet, the paper continued, such letters may simply be an expression of a mature love, the discovery of parental qualities ''that cannot possibly be left unquestioned.''

    The paper quoted a schoolgirl called Sveta Morozova, who reported that her mother had been stealing from the food store where she works. The paper advised the girl to confront her mother herself. Predictably, the wayward mother was fully rehabilitated.

    The latter-day Morozov morality tale seemed a far cry from the original, although the legend about Pavlik curiously omit any word on what befell his father, just as official history remains vague about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of kulaks who were uprooted and hounded by Stalin as ''sworn enemies of the collective farm movement.''

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome, @Jiminy

    With respect to that newspaper article, change the dates for more recent ones, anglicize a name or two, throw in a few local areas and a lot of that story could probably be recycled and used tomorrow. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  74. @Macumazahn
    @Sparkon

    When I was little, I'd sometimes say, "pass the pepper and salt please" but my parents would always correct me. Surely saying, "salt and pepper" is racist!
    Honestly, negroes must have it far too soft if they think microaggressions are meaningful. It's a clear indication that they don't have enough actual racism to worry about. I'm doing my best to remedy that.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Mac, your biggest problem is you learned to say “please.” Better to just demand things.

  75. As a long time chess player with some modicum of success in beating expert players, all I can say about this stuff is that it gives me more of a headache than I’ve gotten playing games that lasted 5 hours without a break.

  76. Maybe they should have a coin toss like at the start of a football game; in football, the winner of the coin toss gets to select from either choosing to kick off or receive the kickoff, or choosing which end of the field they will start from. Usually the winner selects choosing to kick off or receive, and chooses to receive. Then the other team chooses which end of the field they will start from.

    In chess, the winner of the flip would get to select from either choosing who moves first, or choosing the color they will be. The loser of the flip gets to make the choice that the the winner doesn’t select. However, in this case the winner would always select choosing who moves first, and would choose to move first. The loser would get the all-[un]important choice of which color they’d play.

    In other words, the player who goes first is inherently the White player, regardless of the color of his pieces.

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