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August 11 2022

A round-up of various things in the second week of August, 2022.

==Alex Jones==

Alex Jones has been asked to pay just under $50 million in damages to one of the families who suffered the Sandy Hook tragedy.

This will hopefully be the final nail in the coffin for the “false flag operation” and “crisis actors” conspiracy theories being treated as anything besides the delusions of mentally ill people. It was vile to spread these falsehoods to further a political agenda.

==The result of the abortion laws==

With an number of stories making the rounds showing how women with non-viable fetuses are being held back from medical care because of the abortion laws now in force, conservatives are claiming that they did not intend to force 10-year-old rape victims to give birth or to inhibit medical care for women with miscarriages.

If the intention is to allow mothers whose lives are in danger to have abortions, that is how the laws should be written. The laws should have wording in them like “abortion is always legal in cases where the mother’s life and/or health is in danger, including but not limited to stillbirths, miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, or any other circumstance where there can possibly be any danger to the mother’s life or health”. Right now, they do not, and we get horror stories like Elizabeth Weller’s story: Her life was put in danger because of anti-abortion laws.

As the saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. If it is truly the intention of pro-life lawmakers to allow abortion to protect the mother’s health, or allow abortions in case of rape or incest (so 10-year-old girls don’t have to cross state lines to get an abortion; yes, that happened too), or to even allow abortions in the first 15 weeks, that is how the laws should be written.

I judge the intentions of pro-life lawmakers not on what they claim in speeches to try and win elections, but on what laws they actually put in the books.

==Bwalya vs. Carlsen 2022==

At the now-over 2022 Chess Olympiad, regining world champion Magnus Carlsen played one Gillan Bwalya. Bwalya was White, and Carlsen was Black:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 c5 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Qc7 10. Nd2 Nc6 11. O-O Rd8 12. f4 Nd5 13. Bxd5 exd5 14. Qh5 cxd4 15. cxd4 Ne7 16. Nf3 Bf5 17. Bd2 f6 18. Nh4 Be4 19. f5 Rac8 20. Bb4 a5 21. Bxe7 Qxe7 22. Rf4 Rc3 23. Re1 Qxa3 24. Rg4 Rc1 25. Rxc1 Qxe3+ 26. Kf1

26...Bd3# 0-1

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