8.19.2018

Birthday Blitz


  • 2nd or 3rd win today while waiting for birthday party guests to arrive
  • The 69 year old brain still works (but you never see my losses!)

8.17.2018

Checkmate


  • Lazy day 
  • Had breakfast with a pastor (not my church) and his singular deacon at Panera Bread in Maple Grove. A consultation.
  • My left ankle is sore and weak today
  • Mowed before lunch
  • Cat not feeling well but finally got comfortable and soundly asleep on my lap
  • Quick chess game. I controlled the middle and opened the left flank and advanced Pawn in A column. Got up by one Rook and promoted the Pawn to Queen
  • The rest was history
  • I only post Chess wins and only the unique ones.
  • I lose most games

Draw - I hate it when this happens!


  • Equal material
  • Equal advantage
  • Were I Black, I would have have tried to advance the Pawn in the H column. Perhaps moved Rook F8 to F7 to force exchange of Rooks ... then advanced Black King from G8 to G6 (2 moves) to protect the H column

8.09.2018

My 70th Year



Lord willing, I will turn 69 on August 19th. This year I intend to periodically blog about being in my 70th year and what the Lord is doing in our lives! Note the tag "70". Click that tag and follow along. I have some exciting news ... I cannot make it public today, but will by the end of the month. Let's just say ... big changes ahead. It's great to be alive! My life is not boring.



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1st news:

  • I had a through physical this week and ...
    • Heart & lungs & circulation good!
    • I've lost 21 lbs since October 2017
  • I start my 4th year at the seminary on August 21st. It's mostly social with some mundane work, but it gets me out of the house 3 days a week

8.04.2018

65 House Races



65 races will decide the House. Here's how Democrats could take control.

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8.03.2018

A worldview poster



Interesting Soviet era poster: Yuri Gagarin in space and smilingly observing "There is no god"

8.02.2018

Hyperbolic Rhetoric over the 3D Gun



Federal judge blocks US release of 3D-printed gun blueprints

Excerpt:

Bob Ferguson, Washington state’s attorney general, released a statement announcing the lawsuit and warning of the potential threat to public safety brought by printable guns. “These downloadable guns are unregistered and very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health, or criminal history,” he said. “If the Trump administration won’t keep us safe, we will.” Washington state is joined by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York, and the District of Columbia.
NRA position: NRA Statement on 3-D Printers and Plastic Firearms

Excerpt:

“Many anti-gun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3-D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms. Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years. Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA’s support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.”
CATO Institute position: Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Blueprints for Homemade Muskets

Excerpt:

This is a deeply silly order. People have been making guns out of various objects for centuries. Watch this video of someone making a shotgun out of two pieces of commonly available tubing. [video in article] ... 3D-printed guns are little better than those zip guns. The Libertor is a one-shot pistol that, if it works, fires a low-powered bullet with an effective range of maybe 20 feet. More often, it might just explode in your hand.
ATF Position: Does an individual need a license to make a firearm for personal use?
No, a license is not required to make a firearm solely for personal use. However, a license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution. The law prohibits a person from assembling a non–sporting semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as well as firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x–ray machines. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF. [18 U.S.C. 922(o), (p) and (r); 26 U.S.C. 5822; 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]
My own take: 3D-printed guns might be inevitable. But are they a practical weapon of choice for criminals?
Some 3D print experts said that even if Wilson wins his battle, the plastic gun is, at least at this point, not a practical weapon. “It’s not feasible to print a 100% 3D-printed gun, because the plastic that is being printed that is used here is not strong enough to withstand a barrel or the explosion from a bullet,” said Michael Flynn, who runs a year-old 3D printing business in Fort Worth, Texas. As the latest chapter in America’s battle over gun control unfolds, the use of 3D printing technology for manufacturing reliable firearms is still very much a work-in-progress and a pricey endeavor. Industrial 3D printers cost $20,000 to $100,000, and many companies that rent use of their printers explicitly prohibit users from manufacturing weapons.
See for example (this is legal):

Crushing Dominance


The key of this game was the Knight protected by two Pawns. I slowly picked off Pawn by Pawn and traded one Rook for Rook. The Queen on the board was a promoted Pawn as I previously had traded Queen for Queen. Several moves before there was a Pawn at E2 that protected the King's left flank - that Pawn also was protected by the Knight. As you consider this board see now the Knight is protecting the Pawn at D3, the Rook at G6 and the Queen as she moved in for the kill!

The Next Recession - What could Trigger it?



What Will Cause the Next Recession? A Look at the 3 Most Likely Possibilities

Excerpt:

The economic expansion in the United States celebrated its ninth birthday last month. If it survives another year, it will be the longest on record. But eventually something will kill it. The question is what, and when. While it’s impossible to predict the details or timing of the next recession with any confidence, we can identify some emerging threats to the expansion — and with a bit of imagination, picture how the recession of 2020 (or 2022, or whatever year it ends up being) may unfold.
  1. The Fed: "The risk that the Fed will miscalibrate interest rate policy and cause a slowdown or a recession is rising, in part because of the timing of the tax cuts and spending increases enacted this year"
  2. Debt: "Corporations have loaded up on debt over the last decade, spurred by low interest rates and the opportunity to increase returns for shareholders. The value of corporate bonds outstanding rose by $2.6 trillion in the United States between 2007 and 2017, according to data from the McKinsey Global Institute — rising to about 25 percent of G.D.P. from about 16 percent."
  3. Trade War: "For the trade war to trigger a recession, then, it would need to escalate to a much larger scale than the limited tariffs on steel, aluminum, solar cells, washing machines and $34 billion in Chinese products currently covered. Even if it were to expand to encompass hundreds of billions of dollars worth of imports, as President Trump has threatened, in order to cause a recession it would need to prompt a broader crisis of confidence."
Comment: What else?

  • Real war: China ... Iran ... North Korea ... Russia ... Middle East
  • Political turmoil at home
  • The national debt


Related: My money is on this one (below):