Posts tagged "ows"

Obama goes on record as the first US president in the country’s history to support gay marriage. I think we have a winner, you guys.

Zugzwang

"Zugzwang is a term used in chess to refer to a position where every move you have is a bad one. Once you’re in zugzwang, things like having more pieces than your opponent don’t matter anymore. If you can’t use them to attack, you may as well not have them at all. Often players who find themselves in Zugzwang simply resign.

A growing number of people in America know what it feels like to be in Zugzwang. For some of them, their whole life has been one long zugzwang. They can’t remember ever having any good options. Without catching a lucky break, a lifetime of hard work, for most people, results in just that: a lifetime of hard work.

For others, they maybe once have thought they had it all - good job with a pension, a nice house with a payment they could afford - set for life! Then, in an instant, it all disappeared. House is underwater, ARM is popping on the loan, pension fund bought a bunch of mortgage-backed securities, and all that’s left is utter, hopeless zugzwang.

In chess, you don’t have to resign when you’re in zugzwang. You can always make a sacrifice. A sacrifice, in chess, is when you intentionally give up some material to your opponent, and there are two kinds of sacrifice: a straight sacrifice and a sham sacrifice.

A sham sacrifice is basically a kind of hustle: your opponent gives up material for you, but it’s a trap. If you get greedy and take the piece, you’ll lose… once you take the bait, all the uncertainty [of zugzwang] disappears.

The other type of sacrifice, a straight sacrifice, is when you accept a disadvantage to break the current position. The only way out of zugzwang is to create a new position where you and your opponent have a different set of options, even if it means you play from less strength… It is a risk, but whenever your other option is resignation it hardly seems like one.

So really, the question you have to ask yourself is this: do we fight to keep what little we have, even though what little we have isn’t really working? Or do we offer up a straight sacrifice? Should we throw a major piece out into the line of fire knowing that - while it puts us at a temporary disadvantage - it can also fundamentally shift the game?”

The Punk Patriot

Social structure of capitalist societies.

Social structure of capitalist societies.

Voting Republican.

Voting Republican.

Politicians before and after the elections.

Politicians before and after the elections.

owsposters:

Which of These About Global Warming Makes More Sense?

owsposters:

Which of These About Global Warming Makes More Sense?

(via ilovecharts)

It sucks to be a millennial.

The inaction of China and Russia to block UN intervention in Syria is an outright injustice to humanity. Syria enters a critical moment of violence as the Assad regimes further intensifies the violence.

_____________________

The number of martyrs in Syria today [Feb 9] has reached 105 so far including 10 children. Ninety-three martyrs in the affected city of Homs, four in Maarat Al-Noman in Idlib, five in two Damascus suburbs (Madaya and Zabadany), two from Ain Al-Arab (Kobany) in Aleppo and one in Lattakia. These numbers were reported by activists and doctors in the fields in the different areas. We are not able to document the names of martyrs due to the intense shelling.

"It started with a massacre. Trucks of soldiers pulled up. They executed the women and men inside the house and stabbed the children with knives. They killed four members of the Bahader family, 11 from the A’kra family and six from the al-Muhammad family on 26 January," [an eyewitness] says.

One activist, Raji, speaking from a basement inside Baba Amr, said Syrian forces had begun using heavier artillery rounds with devastating effect. In addition to the 27 killed, he said many people were lying dead under the rubble of their houses. There were also reports that 18 premature babies had died in hospital after power cuts caused their incubators to fail, according to the BBC. State TV denied the reports.

For all of the Orwellian/draconian talk I have as of late, if a police state were real, this is how I’d imagine it.

About my differences with Ron Paul: I am not a social and economic Darwinist. I believe government has an important role in providing education, regulating polluting industries, and prohibiting racial discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. I also believe the U.S. needs to provide international leadership in preventing the most catastrophic impacts of climate change — and do it urgently. I am a firm supporter of international efforts, with U.S. support, to stop genocides, as we committed to do after confirmation of the Genocide Convention. Ron Paul is on completely the other side on these issues. Do his supporters really believe that the prohibition of racial discrimination is a violation of individual liberties? Should we have just sat on our hands while 800,000 Rwandans were butchered in 100 days — or supported U.N. action to stop the slaughter? Do our fundamental moral commitments end at political boundaries? And does anyone really think we shouldn’t be working cooperatively with the international community to stem climate disruption, achieve energy independence, and to be far better stewards for our children and later generations?

Support Rocky Anderson and the Justice Party this election season.
Refuse to support the Republican and Democrat regimes.

http://youtu.be/eUOoYzNh1yQ

Even the author of SOPA steals copyrighted material.

Even the author of SOPA steals copyrighted material.

Zuccotti is no longer surrounded by barricades and last night Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to Zuccotti Park. The OWS protesters were kicked out of the park back in mid November due to health concerns, but now after the courts ruled in the protesters favor they have slowly being making their way back to the epicenter of the protest. Goldie, an OWS activist, joins us and gives us the latest from the reoccupation.

The Illusion of Choice - Media Consolidation

The Illusion of Choice - Media Consolidation

With the passage of the NDAA which allows for unconstitutional, unlawful and indefinite detention of US citizens à propos of nothing, I figure this graphic is fitting.

With the passage of the NDAA which allows for unconstitutional, unlawful and indefinite detention of US citizens à propos of nothing, I figure this graphic is fitting.

Chris Fox's books on Goodreads

The name's Chris.

I'm a novelist from Fort Worth, Texas. I'm the author of Star Sailor, a serialized adventure story. It's kind of completely amazing. You should check out the first few episodes, because they're free. I'm INFP if that means something to you.

I prefer the nonsensical and abstract. The less sense it makes, the better. Normal is boring. Confused? Find out more here.

#lifescouts

HERO OF SPACE



Youtube
Twitter
Writers' Bloc
Relationship Advice Column
Writers' Bloc
Sea Shepherd Tumblr

twitter.com/heychrisfox

view archive



About

Ask me anything