Sunday Coffee, Health, FIDE and other Nonsense
If we had any doubts about whether summer would come this year, then this past week has removed them. Sweltering heat and record temperatures here in Portugal. I can only leave the house wearing a baseball hat…Not that I am complaining, though. Summer is supposed to be summer…
Coffee and the Supernatural
Fellow blogger, American Michael Bacon, sent me THIS link to a really interesting health site with a flair for the supernatural. Plenty of audio files for those who want to investigate more. Catchy is the article entitled ”Anti-Gravity Science”, citing David Alzofon father’s invention of gravity control technology…
But more relevant, and down to earth, is the bit on coffee: Dr. Wallach agrees with the recent studies that indicates that if you drink between 3 to 8 cups of coffee a day then you might be able to extend your lifetime 5 to 10 years.
Sounds reasonable to me, but it might be a while before I want to dedicate the time to explore some of Dr. Wallach’s more colorful insights into modern medicine and the supernatural.
2018 FIDE election fever
As the month of July comes to a close the momentum of FIDE campaigning is steadily increasing. The Russian Arkady Dvorkovich is making good use of his private jet to swing from one continent to another, meeting with chess players and federation delegates. One day he is in Switzerland, the next day in South Africa and the very next day in Brazil. Considering that this man had just finished heading the FIFA World Cup in Russia, where does he get the energy to do all of this?
Meanwhile, it has become very clear to everyone in the past week what has been very clear to insiders for some time now: that Dvorkovich is the man to beat. Inheriting all of Kirsan’s votes and appealing to every rational voter, Dvorkovich is already way ahead in the unofficial polls.
Makro & Co. are clearly in panic mode. Uncontrolled downward spiral is probably what aeronautic engineers would term it. It is hard to fight against a fresh candidate with new ideas and a clean image, especially when your own image and reputation is highly toxic. Thirty years with your hand in the cookie jar never looks good on your CV!
Al Capone & Gang would also have a tough time pretending to be Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. But silly fairy tales, bare faced lies, fake news and Russophobia seem indeed to be the very backbone of the strategy of Makro and supporters.
This past week has seen a number of cheap attacks on Dvorkovich’s integrity. I won’t even try to refute them. They are all so transparent. Makro & Co. seem to have not learned that chess players can’t be fooled with infantile fantasy. Bought, yes; but not fooled.
Unfortunately for Makro and gang, they don’t have the money this year from Kirsan to buy any of these same undecided votes. And Arkady Dvorkovich doesn’t need money to convince these same undecided voters that he is the best man for the job. This election is rapidly going south for Makro & Co…
To be continued