Feb. 2nd, 2017

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Feb. 2nd, 2017 11:12 am
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Ann Coulter on the controversy over Trump's immigration ban: "While it's fantastic news that most Muslim refugees aren't terrorists, the downside is: They're not refugees, they're not brilliant, they don't have a constitutional right to come here and they're very, very expensive. Until politicians can give us more government services for less money, they need to stop bringing in the poor of the world on our dime." [Blog] ... ... Remember when an AI program beat the number one chess grandmaster? Not long ago, AI also proved supreme in Go, that Asian equivalent to Chess. It's been big in the news now that AI has beaten the best poker players. I had not realized that poker was considered an even bigger challenge than chess, but this is the case. I can see how the bigger role of bluffing could be a critical factor, and as Cade Metz concludes, "It’s a powerful and rather unsettling proposition: a machine that can out-bluff a human." [Wired] ... ... Tom Malinowski (Obama's assistant secretary of state): “Is it unusual? . . . There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.” [Wash Post] ... ... Pop left for Kay's place. I'm getting ready for a shave. I've let my beard & 'stache go for a bit. An overcast day, a tad wintry. I like it. It helps that I also got my second dual-decks of Italian cards. Pi asks, "What is it about Italian cards that you like so much?" Let me put it this way: it's something that I definitely feel in the shuffle. They shuffle so much more smoothly. Exactly what that is about, I'm not sure. They feel like they have more of a papery quality, though they also sell themselves as plastic cards, just as Bicycle does. And it's not like the Italian cards are a lot more delicate, though they might be. I can imagine needing to get new Italian decks more often, but not with a great dramatic difference. If there is this trade-off, I am happy to make it. Cards aren't that expensive. They are even well within my meager kiddy budget. "But does this mean that you are going to forget about all those special designer cards you were salivating over? The Italian cards are all pretty plain, right?" That's true. An additional issue is that no one tends to make designer cards for Bridge-size cards, and Bridge cards are a heavy preference for me. Besides, I don't have the money to expand my card collection anyway. When I find myself with a deepening stash, I might pursue that, and even accept standard poker-size cards, in the interest of sweet variety. Let's not forget: there is also the matter of nudie cards. I'm not playing with any now, I still think they help to spice up a simple little game of Solitaire. "How could we forget that? That would be like Chuck Berry forgetting his guitar." You never know. I wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that I am reformed. ... ... Donald Trump: "I go out with the most beautiful women in the world. Certain guys tell me they want women of substance, not beautiful models. It just means they can't get beautiful models." [Dowd, "The Year of Voting Dangerously"]

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