The Orwellian Presidency

The news on NPR piqued my curiosity this past week.

A large number of journalists have unleashed a scathing attack on the White House’s practice of censoring news-stories and  media coverage, limiting access to only his top officials and overall. Thirty-eight prominent journalists charge that the Obama presidency routinely suppresses the freedom of speech that defines one of the most important American values enshrined in the United States’ Constitution.

We would expect Richard Nixon ...

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Chess Gem

Amazing, this game was a total crush! Bear in mind the program is about 2650.

[Date “28/2/2010”] [White “MS”] [Black “LCHESS”] [Result “1-0”] [Opening “A13 English Opening”]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. e4 Nc6 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 Ne5 6. d3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 O-O 8. Ne2 d6 9. h3

c5 10. f4 Ng6 11. O-O Ne7 12. Kh2 Nd7 13. Be3 e5 14. f5 Nf6 15. g4 Nc6 16. Qe1 Bd7 17. Qh4

h6 18. Bf3 Rc8 19. Rg1 Re8 20. Rg2 Ra8 ...

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Rabbi Triumphs over 2600 Rated Chess Program

I seldom defeat the stronger chess programs; I am usually lucky when I can draw against one of them. Rarely do I win, but in this game, I thought LChess 5.3 would at least draw me, but surprisingly, it misplayed the position–or perhaps my stonewalling technique really worked–chess programs prefer open positions because tactics are its strength–much despite my penchant for losing to these machines. Just in case you are wondering, I am a Chess Master rated around 2200.

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