Qrazy

The QAnon phenomenon

made it to my radar back in May when Clyde Lewis of Ground Zero devoted a program to the subject:

5/30/18: Q – THE CREATION OF A TECHNOCULT

MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS

“After our show with Jason Goodman and Quinn Michaels, we stirred a lot of controversy by implying that perhaps the whole QAnon conspiracy insider phenomenon is an exercise in both human and assisted A.I. disinformation.” (https://www.groundzeromedia.org/5-30-18-q-the-creation-of-a-technocult/)

Last week there were so many Qrazies attending a Trump rally (imagine that…) the so called “Main Street Media” was forced to acknowledge the “movement.” This brings to mind a part of one of the all-time great songs of the sixties, Alice’s Restaurant, by Arlo Guthrie:

“And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I’m singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into the shrink wherever you are, just walk in say “Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.”. And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.”
https://genius.com/Arlo-guthrie-alices-restaurant-lyrics

The first of August brought a segment on the MSNBC program, All In, hosted by Chris Hayes.

What is QAnon?
Followers of the conspiracy theory movement flashed signs in the crowd at Donald Trump’s rally Tuesday night.
All In with Chris Hayes – 8:52 PM 8/01/2018(http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/what-is-qanon-1290356291810)

I mention this because Patricia has not been the same since the Trump Crime Family illegally won the election. She usually does not want to spend him time on anything to do with the Trumpster, but she does like Chris Hayes, whom she calls, “The nerdy guy.”
Because of “the nerdy guy’s” facial expressions during the segment I thought she would get a kick out of watching, so I asked her to sit and watch. Fortunately, it did make her laugh…

The next day Chris Matthews did a segment on his Hardball show.

Qanon, an internet conspiracy theory group, showing up at..

Over the past few months, a fringe group of conspiracy theorists has gained a lot of attention. On, Monday supporters of Qanon made up a significant segment of the crowd at Trump’s rally in Tampa.
Hardball with Chris Matthews – 7:38 PM 8/02/2018
(http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch/qanon-an-internet-conspiracy-theory-group-showing-up-trump-rallies-1291248707777)

CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 show got in on the act: (https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/08/03/qanon-trump-rally-supporters-tuchman-dnt-ac-vpx.cnn)

The best thing I have yet seen on the subject comes from an interview by Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt with Oxford Scholar Dr. Joseph P. Farrell, the author of the popular Giza Death Star Book Series, who defines below the QAnon phenomenon as, “A Hegelian antithesis to the mainstream media synthesis.”
(https://gizadeathstar.com/)

PART 1: Q Anon – Deep State Wizard of OZ? DARK JOURNALIST AND DR. JOSEPH FARRELL – January 8th, 2018

Deep State Trial Balloon/Marketing Op Aimed at Alternative Media?

In this fascinating episode Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt welcomes back Oxford Scholar Dr. Joseph P. Farrell the author of the popular Giza Death Star Book Series. Farrell delves deeply into the online group posts of Q Anon and its rapid spread through the Alternative Media under the guise of an anonymous insider. Farrell Poses the question: Is the Q Anon material just the latest wave of sophisticated disinformation that Catherine Austin Fitts calls “Hope Porn”?

Disinformation Campaign?
Farrell sees a sophisticated disinformation campaign aimed at the independent research community to create an Imitation Wikileaks style vehicle that will act as an All-knowing Oracle Insider for a variety of important Geopolitical situations. It is apparently designed to propagate the promise of Cabal Arrests and Elites being tried at Gitmo as a kind of Soma to pacify the growing online audience that are raising questions about the actions of the Deep State on a global scale! Don’t miss this exciting, informative and alarming Dark Journalist episode!

Exciting, riveting, informative and loaded with amazing facts. Don’t miss this incredible Dark Journalist Episode!

https://www.darkjournalist.com/s-farrell20.php

If this is not enough to quench your thirst for Qrazy knowledge, here are additional articles:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/8/1/17253444/qanon-trump-conspiracy-theory-reddit

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/01/we-are-q-a-deranged-conspiracy-cult-leaps-from-the-internet-to-the-crowd-at-trumps-maga-tour/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.608b3935ef4e

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/634749387/what-is-qanon-the-conspiracy-theory-tiptoeing-into-trump-world

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/03/qanon-conspiracy-theory-trump-rallies

The first song is dedicated to Patricia:

A Chess House Divided Cannot Stand

You know things are serious when the Armchair Warrior resorts to paraphrasing the devil himself, President of the Disunited States, Abe Lincoln. Dishonest Abe did, though, have a point.
I wrote some time ago about a state which had divided into separate organizations when the scholastic group broke away after developing their own organization. I recently discovered the Great State of Virginia now has two separate and distinct chess organizations, the Virginia Chess Federation (http://www.vachess.org/), and the The Virginia Scholastic Chess Association (http://www.vschess.org/).

That is two split state organizations and for all I know, there may be more. If, or when, the third state decides to split, the words of Arlo Guthrie in the immortal song, “Alice’s Restaurant” could be prophetic:
“And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.”
With lyrics- (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPx2t7xoF1k)
Decades later- (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_7C0QGkiVo)

How many states split before the scholastic faction decides to break away from the USCF and have their own organization, the USSCF? There are many who now consider the USCF to be a defacto USSCF. Bill Hall, the former Executive Director of USCF, was an expert player. After being forced out he was replaced by Jean Hoffman, a person highly touted for her word in scholastic chess. She played in 22 tournaments in the early to mid 90’s, crossing into the “C” class. Ms. Hoffman came back to next play in once in 2004 and twice in 2006, dropping back into the “D” class. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS7-hbc9s7k)

This was posted on the USCF forum recently:
by jjamesge1 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:25 am #281436
“I guess Dr. Bell summed it one pretty good one day. (I was at the local chess meet): I asked him about the collegiate chess players, since the few that showed up were *mediocre C maybe B level at best. He replied that there were several really good players at the university (Murray State University), but they didn’t play at the collegiate level, since they considered chess to be “something they played as a kid”. (http://www.uschess.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=20209&sid=4d9c167c450bbaee5df8ecc338d4f264)
This struck a cord because sometime during the last decade I was at a bookstore coffee shop and a young fellow broke away from his group to talk with me. It turned out he had no interest in chess, but in one of his Frat brothers. He told me the fellow said he had been a Master as a child, and gave me his name. Of course I knew the boy. I told the inquirer the chess community wondered why he had stopped playing. “Oh,” he said, “he told us chess was only a game for children.”
Perception is reality. The general public also thinks chess is a children’s game because most everything positive they read concerns scholastic chess. The vast majority of stories about chess one sees on the internet emanate from local papers and concern children. I was in one of my favorite restaurants, the Mediterranean Grill (http://www.mediterraneangrill.com/) wearing a chess tee-shirt when the owner, who had lived in Chicago for twenty years, noticed and said, “Chess is getting younger.”

On August 22, 1862, Abe Lincoln wrote this to Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune:
“I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be ‘the Union as it was.’ If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps save the Union.”

Who will save chess?

Alice’s Restaurant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPx2t7xoF1k
Decades later- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_7C0QGkiVo

Subterranean Homesick Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS7-hbc9s7k

2013 VA Senior Open

The website of the Virginia Chess Federation website (http://vachess.org) proclaims “FM Larry Gilden wins,” but the crosstable shows a three-way tie with Expert William Marcelino and Class ‘A’ player Harry S Cohen, all scoring 3 ½-1/2. Marcelino took the prize for Top Virginian, while FM Gilden was also the top scoring 70+! Five players tied for fourth including Expert Leif Kazuo Karell, who took the prize for the 60-69 age group. Thirty six players competed.
The name Larry Gilden may not seem familiar to most of you, but it brought back memories to me. It has been decades since I have heard his name. Seeing it sent me to the USCF website where I punched his name into the “players & ratings” and found “There are a total of 3 events for this player since late 1991.” After not playing for decades, Larry played in a quick tournament in September of 2012. He next took part in The Cherry Blossom Classic in April where he won his first three games, but lost his next three. One of the losses was to the eventual winner, Sean Vibbert, and another to IM Justin Sarkar. By now you must be asking yourself, “Who is Larry Gilden?” From: Dr. Mark Ginsburg presents A Personal Chess History (http://nezhmet.wordpress.com/category/chess-players/larry-gilden/)
Before the current day US Chess League, there was the pre-Internet phone matches conducted between various cities in the National Chess League. Here is a photo of the 1976 season winners, the Washington Plumbers (so named after Nixon’s squad of burglars who broke into the Watergate hotel and started the snowball of corruption that sank the Nixon presidency). The photo was taken at the “It’s Your Move” chess club in Georgetown, Washington DC – this club has long been defunct, the victim of rising rents in popular Northwest Washington. Next to John is senior master Larry Gilden with his hand in the plunger, a player with one of the highest ratings in the country in the early 1970s. As Charlie Hertan writes recalling 1972, “Senior masters were very rare in those days, and except for national tournaments like the U.S. Open or fledgling World Open, you wouldn’t expect to see more than one, sometimes two, at a weekend event. Larry Gilden was usually the top-ranked player, with a “monster” rating of about 2410.”
I urge you to click on the link and take a look at the picture, a real piece of chess history. There is much more on Larry Gilden at Dr. Ginsberg’s site, and also much more on the history of our game, a personal history that could become lost but for the efforts of people like Mark Ginsburg. I played for the Atlanta Kings team in the telephone league that year, and can still recall vividly the amusement cause by the name of the D.C. team. If there had been some kind of award for best team name, the Plumbers would have won it unanimously!
There were thirty players at the Tennessee Senior held in Crossville during May, with twenty two at the 5th Annual South Carolina Senior Open in April. Contrast that with the small turnout of fifty seven at the recently completed US Senior in Tarrytown, NY. It is over a week now since the US Senior ended and there has still been no mention of it at the website of the USCF, which goes to show that Senior chess is the Rodney Dangerfield of USCF chess, because, “It don’t get no respect.” I had trouble locating the crosstable because it is listed under “US Senior & US Junior Open.” At least “Senior” is listed first. It is glaringly obvious Senior chess is not first and foremost with the United States Scholastic Chess Federation!
It is obvious the South is leading the nation when it comes to Senior chess. The glaring omission is the great State of North Carolina, surrounded as it is on all sides by other Southern States with Senior tournaments. It is also disappointing to see a state with such a large chess community as Florida, known as a retirement state, without a Senior tournament. I played in a Texas Senior tournament over a decade ago. Now if the Great States of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana hold a Senior tournament we will have the makings of what Arlo Guthrie called a “movement.” (http://songmeanings.net/songs/view/71247/)
I include a couple of URL’s, each containing an annotated game by Senior players:
http://sgchess.net/2013/06/12/662-kingside-offensive/
http://chess.ca/newsfeed/node/58