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    A thread for hot off-chess-topic real world news.

    What's hot in the news?

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    Today, one thing that's hot is Trump's tweeted warning to Iran...
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    I'm getting pretty tired of hardly anything but internal US politics related to Trump being covered for ages on CNN news shows, other when there's e.g. some sort of (usually US) tragedy happening that will soon fade from coverage in days ahead (that is, whenever I look at the summary of what's to be on said CNN news show, and then decide to move on). I'd much rather see more international news, perhaps especially Middle East affairs/conflicts, covered, for example.
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    We have our own issues in Canada. When the government and the CBC pretends a terrorist attack is not a terrorist attack it is probably a terrorist attack. The clue is the delay in reporting the name of the terrorist and then the misinformation offered online and in news releases about the motives of the terrorist. Kudos to the police for ending the incident quickly and with extreme prejudice. Unfortunately a young child and a beautiful young women full of promise had to pay the ultimate price for the refusal to admit a problem.

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    One issue Canada has is a sub-optimal constitution, particularly when it comes to provincial-federal interactions and the Senate (not to mention a judicial system, collection of universities and bureaucracy that seem heavily stocked with leftists currently, still). On the former, trouble building essential pipelines is perhaps a prime example. Justin Trudeau might choose to act with more vigor if he really does want pipeline(s) built, though (arguably at best unclear, with his advisor being Gerald Butts, an ex-WWF Canada President & CEO who earlier drove the Green Energy policy in Ontario when advising the now defunct Liberal goverment there) - the Feds have jurisdiction law on their side, in a perfect world. Two provinces have especially hypocritical positions in opposing the building of them, in Western and Eastern Canada respectively - said provinces have in the past blatantly ignored environmental concerns when it was to their own benefit to do so.

    On the Senate, Australia in contrast to us has equal representation among all of its provinces. In Canada, said Eastern province of my first paragraph would never agree to allowing that, owing to losing some of its influence in this body as a result. This may well be contributing to certain provinces remaining relative backwaters indefinitely. Merger of the Century by Diane Francis, something of a (seriously intended) fantasy read on the possibility of a union between the US and Canada, does some interesting comparisons of both countries to other nations, including of Canada to Australia.

    Meanwhile, it's unclear to me how deep the roots of communism are in Canada. The old newspaper article How the Communists took control, circa 1971, can be found on the internet. It argues (with some evidence) that Pierre Trudeau started out as a communist, then realized he never would come to power unless he ran for the Liberal party federally. Both he and his son Justin have expressed admiration for China and Cuba's leaders and systems. Btw, at least 4 people in our Board's community (B.A., B.G., N.H. and P.M.) have admitted by their own words to liking communism over the years, as seen on chesstalk, while a high number were taken to socialists (NDP) as was evidenced by an old chesstalk poll, that I myself did not take. Socialism is merely a step on the road to full communism, as far as Marx was concerned, fwiw. Worldwide, communism may still be a far greater menace than terrorism, at least in the long term.

    IMHO, Canada could be far better than it currently is (even though we're stuck with a sub-optimal constitution [at least for now]), if only we had a better collection of politicians and informed voters on average (can you say [re-]introduce Judeo-Christian morality and civics classes?). Canada has plenty of resources and arable land (albeit a lower % than the US) with plenty of room for expansion of industry and infrastructure, besides for properly planned significant increases of its population. The idea of an oppressive, cash-grabbing and economically-crippling carbon tax is especially ridiculous to apply within this country (even if one believes global climate change is occurring and is manmade), as Canada's contribution to world carbon-based pollution is negligible - not only that, but because we have so many trees, we absorb a significant portion of the world's carbon - we should be rewarded for that in any such international wealth redistribution scheme, instead!
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    One thing that's hot in the news is concerns over the use of 3D printers to make guns in the home. On the internet I've seen figures of $200-$500 for a cheap 3D printer these days(!) Here's a wiki about 3D printers:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing
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    Can we limit this site to discussing chess related topics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Craft View Post
    Can we limit this site to discussing chess related topics?
    Probably the best idea. Politics, religion and climate change inspires craziness.

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    It's strange how often just a single objector or two affects things in today's society. Well, if that's the way things are to be, this forum is going to remain pretty dead almost for certain. Is this thread (and the other one about banks that's unrelated to chess, started long ago by Bob G.) to be closed or deleted?

    I think it would be particularly extreme to require also that all blog entries for this website to be chess-related from now on, if the implications of Ken's plea are to be fully accepted. My most popular blog entries (in terms of number of views) include many unrelated to chess. A great way to reduce traffic to this website that would be.

    A better solution for people like Ken would be simply to not read threads unrelated to chess. Unless e.g. they have an ulterior motive, such as suppressing debate and/or discussion of particular topic(s) by the Canadian chess community as a group.

    At the very least, an alternative is for moderator(s) here to provide any number of off-chess-topic forums, as is done on e.g. OzChess, Australia's chess website.
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    Kevin, I just thought we would like to avoid the Red baiting in your post above.
    P.S. There are many histories of Communism in Canada. If you want to read about Canadian communism from the horses mouthy then pick up any books by Tim Buck.

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    As long as the posts are not defamatory, needlessly insulting or so on we are not likely to intervene even in off topic discussions. I just would hate to see certain people pop up here as we will not tolerate the behaviour that is deemed acceptable elsewhere.

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