GM Paul Motwani (above left) shared the lead throughout the tournament and finished with shared top place with FM Chris Duncan (middle) and Phil Crocker (right), all on 5.5 points.
Heading into the last round of the Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+ five players were tied for first place with each having scored 4 1/2 points in the first six rounds. Board one featured FM Chris Duncan (2178) vs Paul Townsend (2177).
FM Chris Duncan vs M Paul Townsend Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+ Final Round Seven D37 Queen’s Gambit Declined, classical variation (5.Bf4)
After noticing the Stockfish program at Lichess.com has proclaimed 1 Nf3 the best opening move I have taken notice of the percentage of games in which the knight move has been chosen recently., and was therefore not surprised by the move in this game. 16 Ra1 is a TN. Stockfish shows 16 Qc2 as best and other players have agreed as 365Chess.com shows it having been previously played in eleven games. Ju Wenjun played 16 Nd2 against former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov at the Cap d’Agde in France in 2012, but lost the game (https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=3833042&m=32). That is fifteen moves of theory produced by Seniors in what 365Chess.com calls the “D37 Queen’s Gambit Declined, classical variation (5.Bf4).” The rest of the game lasted less than a dozen moves…
CM Paul AG Dargan vs Philip J Crocker Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+ Final Round Seven B07 Pirc, Byrne variation
The following game varied at move twenty, but Stockfish prefers 20 Qf2. Paul Dargan was doing fine after Philip Crocker played the weak 24…Bd6, and then let go of the rope with one hand when playing 25…Qg6. Mr. Dargan then had a ‘won’ game. Unfortunately his 26th move moved the game back into anyone’s game until Dargan again let go of the rope with one hand with 28 Qh4, which is given not one, but two question marks by the Stockfish program. After that move, Mr. Dargan was obviously rattled
before letting go of the rope completely by playing 29 g5…and began…
Board three featured the top rated player, GM Paul Motwani, who began the tournament rated two hundred points higher than his closest opponent, CM Mark Josse, rated 2220. On paper is should have been a cakewalk for Motwani, but this is Senior Chess, at it’s best, and numbers have less relation to strength in Senior Chess. A perfect example would be the player GM Motwani faced in the last round, class A player Nigel J Moyse, rated all of 1976, a number with special meaning to this writer, as that is the year I won the Atlanta Chess Championship for the second time, while scoring a perfect 5-0. Just sayin’…
GM Paul Motwani (2420) vs Nigel J Moyse (1976) Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+ Final round seven B09 Pirc, Austrian attack
The game was even, Steven, before Nigel Moyse blundered horribly by playing 8…Qb6, when he should have simply castled. After moving the Queen the Stockfish program shows Moyse down by -4.0. Nevertheless, the game lasted forty more moves due to weak play from GM Motwani. That’s Senior Chess!
After 5 Nf3 the opening is a B09 Pirc, Austrian attack. 5…c5 turns it into a B09 Pirc, Austrian attack, dragon formation
Back in the day it was often heard, especially after having taken the Queen’s knight pawn in the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Sicilian Najdorf, “He who snatches the queen knight pawn sleeps in the gutter.” The exact quote is: “He who snatches the queen knight pawn sleeps in the streets.” (https://www.nytimes.com/1970/02/26/archives/chess-black-grabs-the-qn-pawn-and-lands-in-big-trouble.html) Dr. Reddmann must surely have been tossin’ and turnin’ all night long after attempting to sleep in the street after the last round game…
According to some estimates, the oceans, which contain 97% of the world’s water, keep Earth alive. Over a billion people rely on it as their primary source of protein, and we depend on it to control our climate and absorb CO2. It is believed that a large portion of plastic garbage that does not go to a landfill or other means of waste disposal ends up in the ocean. A major issue harming the maritime ecosystem is plastic pollution. It endangers the health of the ocean, marine wildlife, human health, food safety and quality, and coastal tourism, and it causes climate change.
Although it can be difficult to estimate the exact amount of plastic in the ocean, the largest study to date estimates that there are 5 trillion particles of plastic floating in the water. Massive amounts of plastic have collected across the ocean, even in deep-sea regions that were once believed to be undisturbed by people.
The amount of plastic pollution in our oceans weighs as much as 268,000 tons, or 38,000 African elephants. The plastic was divided into three sizes by ocean researcher Marcus Eriksen and his team: microplastics (4.75 millimeters and less), meso plastics (4.75 to 200mm), and macro plastics (over 200mm). By 2040, 29 million metric tons of plastic rubbish are anticipated to enter the oceans each year, nearly tripling today’s level.
How Does Plastic End Up In The Ocean?
The plastic you discard can end up in the ocean, even if you live hundreds of miles from the shore. Once in the ocean, plastic breaks down very slowly, forming microscopic fragments known as microplastics that can enter the marine food chain and do a great deal of harm to marine species. Around 80% of the plastic pollution in the world is estimated to come from land use, and 20% from marine-going vessels. The plastic is largely scarcely discernible. The minuscule beads used in cosmetic products like toothpaste and face washes are among the most popular ones. Additionally, the plastic you throw away ends up in a landfill. Plastic is frequently blown away when the trash is being delivered to landfills because it is so light. From there, it may eventually clog drains and infiltrate rivers and the sea this way.
How Does It Affect The Wildlife?
At least 800 species are reportedly impacted by marine waste worldwide, and up to 80% of that trash is plastic, according to the United Nations. In addition to piling up in the oceans, plastic is the material that does the most harm to marine life. Fish, seabirds, and marine animals are injured or killed by plastic trash in the ocean. Globally, marine plastic pollution has had an impact on at least 267 species, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all mammalian species.
Due to the pervasive plastic pollution on many beaches, there is a decrease in turtle reproduction rates due to the altered sand temperature where incubation occurs. Additionally, plastic garbage kills up to a million seabirds yearly. Like sea turtles, seabirds consume plastic, it occupies space in their stomachs and can occasionally result in malnutrition. Numerous seabirds are discovered deceased with this material still in their stomachs. Scientists predict that by 2050, 99% of all seabird species will have consumed plastic, up from the current estimate of 60%.
In the end, it’s about us. Whether we intend to litter or not, there is always a danger that the plastic we discard will end up in the sea. By 2050, scientists project that the weight of ocean plastics will be more than the total weight of all fish in the seas unless immediate action is made to address this important issue. Small steps lead to big changes, and each of us can change the world.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $1 BILLION art collection including iconic works by Monet, Cezanne and Botticelli is set to go under the hammer – the most expensive to ever be handled by the auction industry
In November, the art collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will be auctioned off at Christie’s Allen died in 2018 at the age of 65 following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma The sale is expected to become the most expensive art auction in history The artists featured Allen’s collection include Paul Cezanne, Jasper Johns and Claude Monet. In 2016, Allen bought a Monet piece for $81 million The proceeds of the auction will be distributed to various charitable causes that Allen was passionate about during his lifetime The art world continues to make record profits in a post pandemic world. In 2021, the art market generated over $65 billion Allen once said of his collection: ‘You have to be doing it because you just love the works… and you know that all these works are going to outlast you. You’re only a temporary custodian of them’
The AW burned the midnight oil in an attempt at obtaining elucidation concerning the proposed merger of the two companies CC and PMG. What follows emanates from the comments to the article, Play Magnus Group receives Chess.com offer at Chess 24 (https://chess24.com/en/read/news/play-magnus-group-receives-chess-com-offer). These comments were the most pertinent to the issue.
The first comes from, jawbreaker, Aug 24, 2022:
Shocking and logical at the same time. Putting my financial hat on. Why it’s good for Play Magnus and it’s investors? Growth being in single digits is clearly too low for money burning growth company. PM needs scale to be profitable and it’s difficult to get it with chess.com having such a big market share. CCT numbers are a fraction of what they were before for various reasons. This means sponsors won’t stick around and CCT might be dead as early as next season. With chess.com’s huge user base they can turn the viewership numbers around and keep the sponsors. Chess24 new playzone has failed to attract new users. A failed growth engine. Everything else on chess24 needs revamping which means big investments with unclear returns. Possibly another bet on a dead horse (like playzone). In other words, Play Magnus still has to burn a lot of money to compete with chess.com. Most likely for years. They are already way behind and investment funds are not too willing to burn more money. Why it’s good for chess.com? They get Chessable content. This looks like the most valuable intellectual property which PM has. Chess.com has nothing to match it. Chess.com gets Magnus with his huge commercial value on their side. They become a de facto monopoly or at least very close to it.
A quarter of an hour later Jbreak posted this as a follow up:
I guess we will know more in the future, but looks like chess24’s life expectancy ain’t that great. Looking at Play Magnus product portfolio it seems obvious that our beloved chess24 will be redudnant for chess.com. Most of the things chess24 does well chess.com does at least as well or better. Being frank here. Video library can transfered and the rest is fairly irrelevant.
Here’s one from the Doctor of Sausage:
doctorsausage and so the doomsday clock moves closer to midnight, the dread word “fintech” looms large, threatening to dump another pretty corner of the ol’ interweb into the invisible inferno of impotent rage that is claimed to be of some non-negative value. le sigh; sweet ennui as ever, all I ask for, is one more Banterthon; one for the ages
Is this the strategy and plan of the founders of Chess24? What a disappointment and bankruptcy. The end of competition and the multiplicity of colors, corners and visions is in fact the end of beauty and the beginning of setback. Looks like bad news to me.
I like the next one because I am a HUGE fan of Lichess.com:
I mainly watch chess so for me the main thing has been c24’s tournament view with interactive board and so on. That would be something chess,com has better make use of. Many things to improve in it of course but chess,com’s own tournament viewer is crappy so hope they see this feature as an opportunity. If they blow the transition I guess I will just go to lichess as a protest. It is not a bad place to be anyway :).
This one is from a legal beagle:
ThanosWasRight Is anti-competitive agency of any country not watching this? It would be a monopoly which can only lead to disasters for consumers and users.
According to Sir George this is the difference between the two companies:
I’m pretty disappointed with the news. Anything that involves chess.com’s chief bozo Danny Rencsch
I try to avoid, but they also have a stable of equally stupid people such as Mike Klein, etc.
I equate chess.com to chess populism, at the cost of chess integrity, while chess24 is much more for discerning chess aficionados.
Patzero Magnus? I guess I was disappointed in Magnus after this bad news. Of course, as a businessman, he and his partners achieved a lot with this deal, and became much richer. But in the balance of principle, far-sightedness, and civilized and personal achievement of your being, belonging, your own vision, and your difference? Is this really an achievement and success? Or a setback, disappointment, and an announcement about Magnus’s tint, and his essence is that he is nothing more than a businessman who can be bought and sold, and he does not have a principled philosophy and a deep, long-term vision. Unfortunately, I thought Magnus was deeper and better than this superficiality, and whom are behind him. The language of money? Is this what businesses are doing now, projects and sites? Are there no peculiarities and dimensions greater than the collection of fleeting money? Money exists to achieve our visions, goals, projects and principles, not the other way around.
If you look at the financials of PMG everything becomes clear. The group had expenses of revenues of 21 M$ in 2021 and expenses of 35 M$, generating huge losses (similar proportions in H1 2022). This was unfortunately not sustainable as they only had 60.000 paying members and with COVID behind us (hopefully) the growth potential does not look that big in the near future. I always preferred the chess24 style (live commentary, video series) but there does not seem to be enough people who are willing to pay for that kind of quality, at least not in a “Diamond or nothing” mode.
All the talk about lack of competition and so. Guys, lets be honest C24 has not been able to compete for the marketshare of actual players in the playzone. Thats a fact, and therefore its not a direct competitor. And Chess.com has the sheer volume of players plus additional features in its playzone. I am just happy that this would put an end to the plazyone misery of C24. Do you see how broken the playzone was/is? We now have concurrently the old outdated classic, the intermediate where arena tournaments are held and the the forever-Beta new playzones.
as a big fan of c24 and not a fan of chess.com, i am not keen on this at all. chess.com bought out chessbomb and then abandoned the site completely. Now the chessbomb URL directs the user to a chess com page. I hope that c24 does not have a similar fate.
Disclaimer: THIS WAS NOT POSTED BY THE ARMCHAIR WARRIOR!
I dont know about this. Chess.com bought and abandoned chessbomb. They bought up and ruined chessmentor. I hope they dont do the same with this.
This is a serious bummer. It just feels like the Borg are devouring another glorious civilization to me.
We all know that monopolies are good for the consumers, right ?
So once again it doesn’t post all effort gone up in smokes #@#%$%&^* This is such Bad news! I really dislike Chess.com To many cheaters and low rated smurfs and there pre-move system sucks. I play only on Lichess for that matter. Chess.com is super commercial, have bad policy’s, inferior chess content/commentary. and they will have total monopoly witch will follow up with inflated prices and more restrictions. Europe will be left with nothing now except Lichess for playing. This has nothing to do with the love for chess. It’s all about the money and Greed, Greed! the destroyer of purity and freedom.And Chess24 messed it up to. not been able to have a smooth simple play site. And I really don’t understand why they didn’t have a collaboration of some sort with Lichess for instance. That would strengthen both there positions? It seems so logical.
Where the money goes the greed shows… It will get busier on Lichess though and they will grow even bigger.
decided to play some Chess and entered the 65+ section of the 2022 British Senior tournament. He was head and shoulders above the other players as he was rated over three hundred points above his closest competitor. GM Nunn easily won the event when scoring a perfect seven out of seven.
Ian G Matthew 1816 vs Roger D De Coverly 1918 2022 British Senior 65+ C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence
As regular readers know the AW was overly fond of playing the Bishop’s Opening ‘back in the day’, especially during the swashbuckling Stein Club daze (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2021/06/06/shanglei-lu-seeks-bishops-opening-truth/). ‘Back in the day’ it was de rigueur to play 3…Nc6, but Stockfish informs us that the best move is 3…c6. There is no doubt in my mind that I had the position on the board after 4 f4 at some time in the 1970s. Nevertheless, it is not a good move, as it violates opening principles by moving a pawn rather than developing a piece when behind in development. 4 Nf3 is the best move, according to Stockfish. In reply De Coverly made a developing move, when the oracle says taking the pawn with 4…exf4 is best. Mr. Matthew decided to develop his knight, but developed the wrong knight, as 5 Nf3 would have been a better choice. The next move, 5…d6 has been the overwhelming choice of human players, having been played six and a half times more often than the second choice of 5…exf4. Next comes the reason this game was chosen.
It was astounding to learn Stockfish will play 5…h5!
365Chess.com contains three games in which the move 5…h5 has been played, only one of which contains the best following move, at least according to the Fish:
Back to the game… After 5…d6 was played white responded with 6 f5, which looks very much like the kinda move your writer would have played ‘back in the day’. Stockfish will play 6 Nf3. After 6 f5 was played on the board De Coverly replied 6…Nd4. Stockfish would have played 6…h6. This brings us to this position:
In response to 6…Nd4 Ian G Matthew played 7 Na4. What opening principle does this move violate, class? How many opening principles have been violated after only seven moves have been played? The word “plethora” comes to mind… The move is so bad Stockfish considers Mr. Matthew to have a lost game…after only SEVEN MOVES HAVE BEEN PLAYED! Surely Mr. Matthew considered the move played in the game, possibly figuring he had an antidote. Good thing he had not been bitten by a viper while thinking he had an antidote! Ian Matthew played the correct 8th move after his opponent had forked his knight and bishop when playing 8 Nxc5. Now this is the position and it is black to move:
8…dxc5 (WRONG CHOICE!) 9 Bb3 c4 (and Ian G Matthew has found himself back in the game…until, that is, his next move…) 10 c3 (Stockfish displays this in RED, while attaching not one, but two question marks while showing, also in RED, “Blunder. dxc4 was best.” Who am I to argue?) The game ended after 10…Nxb3 11. axb3 Qxd3 0-1 (I love what is given after the last move was made: “Inaccuracy. cxd3 was best.” It mattered not because Mr. Matthew threw in the towel, having seen enough to know the remainder of the game would bring nothing but much misery prior to DEATH, metaphorically speaking, that is…
Just for the hellofit I decided to let Stockfish produce the moves that could have been played to show how difficult is is to win a “won game,” something this player had trouble doing on a regular basis. But hey, I “won” many an opening! What follows emanates from the fertile algorithms of the Stockfish program at Lichess.com:
The following game was contested by two giants of the Chess. Jacques Mieses
was a German-born British chess player. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the title International Grandmaster from FIDE in 1950. (https://chessbase.fandom.com › wiki › Jacques_Mieses). George Alan Thomas
Who woulda ever thunk anyone could turn an eleven move game into such a long post? That is only one reason why it has been said that ‘Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe’.
Dr. Michael P. Masters is a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. In the latter half, he outlined why he believes that UFOs and “aliens” are our future human descendants, coming back through time to visit and study their own hominin evolutionary past. Looking at evolutionary trends of our cranial-facial anatomy, he pointed out that humans may eventually look like aliens such as the Greys. In his latest work, he looked at patterns in contactee and abductee reports, and how they correlate with his time travel model.
Many abductees have witnessed a hybridization program involving the aliens, and “if we are able to hybridize with them, it indicates we are the same species,” he commented. Perhaps, they are conducting the hybridization due to mistakes in their genetic editing, he speculated. UFOs seem to demonstrate the ability to manipulate time-space, and in the case of Corp. Armando Valdes in Chile, he vanished in front of a craft, and then returned with a heavy beard growth though to his fellow soldiers, he was only gone for 15 minutes. Masters explained how time travel could be possible according to the block universe theory, which posits that we are part of a giant four-dimensional space-time block where everything that has ever happened or will happen already exists. https://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2022-08-23-show/
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The AW waited patiently for an article concerning the recently completed German Seniors, 50+ and 65+, to appear at Chessbase, which is based in Germany. Unfortunately, it has not been forthcoming, which says much about how little cred is given to Senior Chess. From the official website one learns that IM Yuri Boidman (2297) and FM Hans-Joachim Vatter (2200) tied for first place by scoring 7 1/2 points out of the nine rounds played. Tied for third place were IM Klaus Klundt (2271) and FM Stephan Buchal (2230), each scoring 7 points.
Todaze game features two of the aforementioned players:
IM Klaus Klundt vs FM Hans-Joachim Vatter German Chess Championship Seniors 65+ Round 6 B42 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Bd3
After the draw was agreed there were three rounds still to play. Who knows why the oldsters decided to not play Chess that day? Since they are oldsters maybe no explanation is needed. Still, with “games” like this, why are there Chess tournaments? If one has grown too old and can no longer get it up to fight then maybe there should be no Senior tournaments. Just sayin’… Nevertheless, I was intriqued by the game, wondering if other games had been played in which the very same moves had been played. After finding a few similar games I decided to put the ‘game’ into the Stockfish program at Lichess.com and this came out:
Vladimir Putin’s brain, as Alexander Dugin has been called, had some interesting things to say about the relationship between Putin and former POTUS Donald Trump.
In the event you cannot read the above, it says, “Putin, standing in the vanguard of the struggle for multipolarity, led up to this. Novermber 8, 2016 was a most important victory for Russia, and for Putin personally.”
In case you are unaware of Alexander Dugin, he has been in the news recently because a car bomb meant for him exploded in the car driven by his daughter, Darya Dugina:
In the video it is said that Alexander Dugin is a “Champion of Russian Nationalism” and Dugin says, “Donald Trump is on the same wavelength.”
Why is it that in most, if not all, of the pictures with the two cronies together Putin is the one with the excrement eatin’ grin?
Really? The Trumpster on the same wave length as Mad Vlad. Who would have known… Some have expressed the view that the Trumpster sold out the country. I have not lived long enough to obtain the full story of what happened to President John F. Kennedy
on November 22, 1963, so certainly I will not be around to learn how, exactly, the Trumpster sold out his country to become elected POTUS, but some, if not most of it will come out, eventually, or at least the part those in power decide to disclose to We The People. The fact is that there are THREE REPUBLICANS on the SUPREME COURT who should not be there, and would not be there if the Trumpster had not sold out the country to become elected POTUS. If not for Russian interference the women of America would still be in control of their bodies and would not possibly be forced into committing a crime to have an abortion. There are MILLIONS of DEAD AMERICANS who died of Covid because of the intransigence of the Trumpster, who put self-interest above the welfare of We The People. These are facts not in dispute. Never forget that the Trumpster IS a REPUBLICAN!
The world famous Georgia Guidestones in Elberton, Georgia, were destroyed earlier this summer.
The Georgia Guidestones Explained 9 February 2021
The origin of this strange monument is shrouded in mystery because no one knows the true identity of the man, or men, who commissioned its construction in Elbert County, Georgia, in the United States.
All that is known for certain is that in June 1979, a well-dressed, articulate stranger visited the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and announced that he wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. The Message of The Georgia Guidestones
Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
Unite humanity with a living new language.
Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
Balance personal rights with social duties.
Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
What is the true significance of the American Stonehenge, and why is its covert message important? Because it confirms the fact that there is a covert group intent on:
(1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world – Eugenics, chemtrails, GMO food, etc, etc (2) Promoting environmentalism. (3) Establishing a one world government, one world economy and one world religion lead by the Antichrist, DEAD pope John Paul ll.. (4) Promoting a new spirituality – “New Age” and “religions” not Biblical Truth that is found only in the King James bible.
Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality. Behind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces, spiritual wickedness in high places. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events in these Bible times.
The Guidestones were a curiosity for four decades, and from the above, obviously thought provoking. Here at the Armchair Warrior blog all almost all viewpoints are given, even if only short shrift. They were a tourist attraction, bringing people from all over the world to visit the Great State of Georgia. The Georgia Guidestones have been featured in countless television shows, and talked about on myriad radio stations. Much has been written about the Guidestones. I would like to see them replaced. For them to be removed for all time would mean the destroyers got what they wanted and could be considered “winners,” when they are, in fact, LOSERS! This is their “hero”:
Elberton is located east of Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia, and near the state line of the Great State of South Carolina. It is south of Interstate 85, virtually in the middle of farm land. The nearest city would be the small town of Bowman, due south of Royston, Georgia, home of one of the most famous Georgians of all time, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Ty Cobb.
Some years ago I lived in Lavonia, Georgia, which is north of Royston, and it is on Interstate 85. Politically speaking, most of the people in the area are very conservative. They do not ‘lean’ Republican, they are the very backbone of the Republican political party. Most of the folks in the area do not “cotton to change” as can be heard from the locals. Coming from the Atlanta area meant I already had one strike against me. When spoken about it was invariably said, “He’s from Atlanta, you know.” Those listening would nod in agreement. To the locals someone like me brought the dreaded word, “change.” The last thing most of those people wanted was change in any form, which is the problem with conservatism, and the Republican party, because change is a part of life. Things change every second; nothing remains the same, yet there are those who wish only to stop change, as if that is ever going to happen. An example would be what happened at the local grocery store after first moving to Lavonia. The Presidential election, stolen by the Trumpster by using information provided by the nefarious Russians (How, exactly, did the Trumpster return the favor?), was only a few months away. A fellow Senior began talking to me and thinking I was “one of them” invited me outside to show me something. I had promised Patricia not to discuss politics with anyone, so as we walked toward his vehicle covered in Trumpster I thought about what she had said. The dude tried to recruit me, but stopped in his tracks when informed I was a Democrat. Dude looked like he had just been punched in the gut… To the people there I was about as out of place as the Georgia Guidestones. The nicest person to me was the local librarian, who oversaw not only the Lavonia library, but the one in Royston as well. We talked about my teaching a class on Chess for the children. She was honest enough to inform me that the parents did not want my “Putting new ideas into the heads of their children,” so there was no Chess for the area. Therefore I kept to myself and we traveled to other cities to shop, like Royston, where long time friends of Patricia lived, and the much larger Anderson, South Carolina.
I thought about this recently after being transported to Emory Hospital in an ambulance, as I was unable to walk, or even stand, without extreme pain. The young female doctor who admitted me was talking with the ambulance drivers and when I mentioned having been transported by ambulance to the hospital, St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital,
in Lavonia, some years before, she said, “Really? That’s where I live. Where did you live?” After telling her about Gus Whiting Road she said, “I know exactly where that is! Were you near the red house?” The answer was, “Yeah, I lived in that house.” She exclaimed, “I don’t believe it! It was the talk of the town when improvements were being made.”
Then one of the ambulance drivers, the one I thought maybe had an interest beyond medicine with the young, attractive doctor, spoke up, saying, “You mean you live up there? Why don’t you work there?” She said, “Because they don’t pay enough.” He was incredulous, saying, “You mean you make that drive twice a day?” That is the way it is in Atlanta these daze… A couple of weeks ago someone had to come to the apartment to make repairs. He drove in from Birmingham, Alabama. Atlanta is the engine that drives the Great State of Georgia, yet those who do not live in Atlanta have controlled the state, politically speaking, for far too long, to the detriment of all of the state. Most of the people residing outside of the metropolitan Atlanta area consider Atlanta to be akin to Sodom and Gomorrah. Those that do not change are left behind.
This blog has reached into all but five countries on the planet, all but four countries in the middle of Africa, and North Korea. This has been written in order to give readers at least partial understanding of what could have possibly driven low life people of little intelligence to destroy what has been called ‘America’s Stonehenge’. In order to give you an idea of why some nefarious scumbag(s) would destroy something iconic to Georgia please read this:
“The Georgia Guidestones have been a source of considerable speculation among conspiracy theorists since they were first unveiled in Elberton back in 1980. Created by an anonymous individual, the elaborate monument consists of four stone slabs which feature ten ‘guiding principles’ written in eight different languages and ostensibly aimed at steering humanity towards a better future. While some of these tenets, such as “protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts,” appear to be fairly benign, there are other ‘guidelines’ which have caused some consternation, including a call to keep humanity’s population “under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”
“As one might imagine, that particular ‘suggestion’ has fueled rumors that the Guidestones are the work of nefarious forces associated with the proverbial New World Order and that they wish to enact some kind of population control by any means necessary. The possibly nefarious nature of the moment was in the news earlier this year when Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor pledged to have the piece, which she called Satanic, destroyed if she were elected. While her campaign came to an end when she finished third in the GOP primary back in May, her call to action may have inspired the misguided individuals who targeted the monument on Wednesday morning.” (https://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/video-sizeable-portion-of-georgia-guidestones-destroyed-by-explosion/)
Georgia Guidestones go to EGA museum By News Staff on Friday, August 12, 2022 by Rose Scoggins
CNI News Service
The remnants of the Georgia Guidestones will have a new home as they were donated to the Elberton Granite Association (EGA) Museum after a vote from the Elbert County Board of Commissioners during Monday night’s meeting. The vote came after hesitancy from the board as they lagged to make a motion. “If we do not donate them, what are we going to do with them?” Chairman Lee Vaughn asked. Commissioner Casey Freeman said the board had previously discussed options on what to do with the stones and said he’d hoped that a foundation would have been created that the remnants could be donated to. “That hasn’t happened yet,” Freeman said. “I’ll make the motion that we go ahead and donate those things to EGA.” After a second from commissioner Kenneth Ashworth, the board voted 4-0 to approve the donation. EGA Executive Vice President Chris Kubas said Tuesday that EGA doesn’t currently have a timeline or specific plan for the pieces, but wanted to make sure that they were properly preserved. “The county was making it clear that they literally did not want them at all and, if left up to them, they could’ve just been destroyed and crushed up into gravel and that would’ve been the end of them,” Kubas said. “From the granite industry perspective, we didn’t want to see that happen. They are a testament to the type of work we do and a lot of people feel really connected to them. It was quite a monumental undertaking to create that. I don’t know if all the pieces are going to be utilized, but there are some larger pieces that could be incorporated into some sort of display at the museum in the future. Until we can study that, we said ‘We’ll take them and take charge of them’ just so they stay preserved until we can figure out what to do with them.’ I will probably talk to Mayor [Daniel] Graves and we’ll [see] how we can best do something in the future that would promote tourism from the Guidestones.” The board added the donation to the agenda after discussing the video surveillance system still at the monument during the Aug. 4 work session. Emergency Services Director Chuck Almond asked the board to consider disconnecting the system in order to use the fiber cables that connect the surveillance system to their emergency operations center on Mahoney Drive for a telephone system connecting the center, the fire administration building and the new fire building. “We’re paying $150 per month for the fiber that runs from our office to Guidestones Road,” Almond said Thursday. “We’ve been monitoring it. We’ve had to send the sheriff’s department out there a couple of times. We saw a couple of people with rakes and shovels. As far as what we’re doing for that property, I think it’s time to disconnect…Those cameras are our property and we’ve been paying a security camera to do maintenance. We should separate from that if its possible.” Elbert County Attorney Bill Daughtry said last week that the county is waiting to hear back from their insurance company before moving forward with reverting the Guidestones property back to its original owner. “Our insurance company has never dealt with the bombing of a monument. It’s taking them a little longer than a normal insurance claim,” Daughtry said. “If we have claims-made policy, we find out there’s coverage and we make a claim but we no longer own the property, that could potentially be grounds for denying our claim. We’re still waiting on an answer from the [Association of Georgia County Commissioners] about insurance coverage. I think that the bulk of the work was donated, but emergency services had a lot of overtime, the sheriff’s office had three or four days of overtime. We’d like to reimburse that through our insurance company if we can.” https://www.thenortheastgeorgian.com/local-news/georgia-guidestones-go-ega-museum