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Don Groves (2007-10-21)
One the video guests on Friday night's US television program, Real Time with Bill Maher, was Garry Kasparov who had been in New York (his family is still there for a while longer). Maher is a political comedian and most of his show revolves around anti-Bush humor. Everyone (including myself) was amazed at the knowledge (particularly of Middle East politics) and political maturity shown by Kasparov! In addition, he easily outdid Bill when it came to comedy, saying at one point that he was aiming quite a bit higher than simply being better than Bush. I wish we had him running for our president!
Dinesh De Silva (2007-10-21 15:40:41)
Don, I think Kasparov didn't have much of a humour a few months back. But I guess he might have recently looked at the jokes we crack here regularly at FICGS & decided to join in the (humour) act at talk shows, joke shows, this show, that show etc. Hehe!
Don Groves (2007-10-22 07:14:48)
Re: Kasparov and humour
Hi, Dinesh -- Kasparov seemed so relaxed and spontaneous with his humour on the show, it seemed like he had been that way all his life. Maybe he has been lurking on FICGS for quite a while ;-)
Dinesh De Silva (2007-10-22 09:27:29)
Haha!!! You might be correct after all. Lets keep a look out for a humorous guy who likes to dabble in a lot of political talk & who has immense playing skill.
Thibault de Vassal (2007-10-24 14:05:27)
Wolf Blitzer on CNN's Late Edition
Kasparov : "In Russia we are not fighting win elections, we are fighting to have elections."
Fighting from the opposite side of the earth, quite good strategy :)
Don Groves (2007-10-26 01:29:15)
And here in the US, we are fighting to have fair elections instead of stolen ones, so we have a lot in common with Kasparov. One difference between the two battles: in response to a question from Bill Maher, Garry said he had hired bodyguards for himself and his family. So his fight is more dangerous than ours -- so far...
Thibault de Vassal (2007-10-26 01:40:58)
Elections in US
Stolen ones, what do you mean ? .. From here it looks like probable candidates from both sides are not so encouraging, and Hilary Clinton may have best chances. Is it a good summary ?
Don Groves (2007-10-26 07:45:43)
There is much evidence that the vote count was manipulated in favor of Bush both in 2000 and 2004. The states of Florida and Ohio were suspected both times. In Ohio, the president of the company that makes most of the US voting machines said in 2000 that he would do everything he could to insure that Bush was elected. His voting machines leave no paper trail, so recounting votes manually is impossible -- we are left to trust the machines! Such is the state of political affairs in our so-called democracy. One of Hitler's minions, I forget which one, said "it doesn't matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes."
Thibault de Vassal (2007-10-26 13:55:08)
Quite true (I suppose it is quite risky to cheat this way though).. frightening anyway !
James Stripes (2007-10-26 17:29:58)
RE Stolen elections
I can report that since 1972, in August of the election year I have offered my prediction for every Presidential race in the US. I have been wrong only in 2000, and that one went to the US Supreme Court over the counting of Florida's votes.
Thibault de Vassal (2007-10-26 19:22:37)
RE Stolen elections
James, rendez-vous in august 2008 :)
Ulrich Imbeck (2007-10-26 23:28:42)
The famous hacker organisation "Chaos Computer Club" is against voting machines. On their website is a analyse about a voting machine from the netherlands on pdf. http://www.ccc.de/updates/2007/wahlcomputer-ausgemustert?language=en The same pdf is http://wijvertrouwenstemcomputersniet.nl/other/es3b-en.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_Computer_Club The voting machine will not be used in the Netherlands.
Don Groves (2007-10-27 02:49:01)
The US now has some states banning voting machines also. But the states that favor the neo-conservative (more correctly, neo-fascist) status quo in our country will keep using them. Another vote-stealing effort that has been used in Florida and probably others as well, is challenging poor and minority citizens over their right to vote. Often these people cannot prove their resident status and so they are deprived of their rights. A tactic used in Ohio in 2004 was to put very few voting booths in minority neighborhoods, forcing voters to stand in long lines. When the polls closed, those still in line were told to go home. Politics is a very ugly business...
Thibault de Vassal (2007-11-20 19:56:40)
Le Grand Journal de Canal+
Frenchies Michel Denisot and Ariane Massenet interviewed (during 5 minutes at most) former world champion Garry Kasparov.
He explained in a few words how life imitates chess and how the rest of the world help Putin to make russia a dictatorship.
During the rest of the show as usual full of nothing, Kasparov was obviously quite impatient to leave and I understand him :)
Don Groves (2007-11-20 23:21:28)
Life imitates chess
It's interesting how we humans invent things and then begin to to behave like our own inventions, or let them run our lives. Money, time, ..., chess. Is the Matrix coming or is it already here in a more subtle form?
Thibault de Vassal (2007-11-24 18:53:44)
Kasparov arrested in Moscow
A few days after his visit in France and once more, Garry Kasparov has been arrested, like other critics of President Putin, at a rally in Moscow organised by Kasparov's Other Russia coalition.
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