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Russian Police Seize Kasparov

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the only-a-matter-of-time dept.

Supercomputing 495

An anonymous reader writes "Russian police seized Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess champion, for staging a political rally against Vladimir Putin. IBM's Deep Blue computer was the first to beat a world champion when it defeated Kasparov, who is one of the strongest players in history." He's also been a giant critic of the Russian administration which is increasingly restricting free speech.

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obigatory joke (5, Funny)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462341)

Checkmate!
Seriously, this sucks.

Re:obigatory joke (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462407)

In Soviet Russia, police seize Kasparov!

what, what?

Mods (1, Insightful)

Morosoph (693565) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462817)

The mods are particularly humourless today. I hope that the parent modder is justly punished in meta-mod.

In chess, you seize the opponent's King.

Re:obigatory joke (5, Insightful)

SlashThat (859697) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462551)

Actually this might benefit Kasparov's cause. He's a respected person both in Russia and abroad, and a move like this could provoke a stronger protest against Putin. I trust Kasparov has calculated this 6 moves ahead :)

Re:obligatory joke (4, Insightful)

Aminion (896851) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462749)

I hope that you are right, but if the world hasn't been able to do anything about Russia's horrible crimes against the people of Chechnya, how big are the chances that Kasparov can make a difference? Also, don't forget that Putin's approval ratings are pretty high even if you disbelieve the official statistics from the Kremlin, i.e. the Russians themselves might not even care about this and that is what's really required here. You can't force changes like this from the outside (are you going to sanction Russia? Use military force? Hardly), it has to come from the people of Russia.

Someone sieze that bitch Hillary (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462621)

I wish our president had such powers to sieze anti-American politicians like Clinton

Re:Someone sieze that bitch Hillary (5, Insightful)

rednip (186217) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462725)

I wish our president had such powers to sieze anti-American politicians like Clinton
I thought that was funny as hell and was about to moderate it as such, but the sad thing is, I'm not sure if hes kidding. As I've heard people say in all seriousness such things.

Re:Someone sieze that bitch Hillary (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462745)

I'm as serious as a heart attack jerk. You have a problem with that?

Re:Someone sieze that bitch Hillary (3, Insightful)

neomunk (913773) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462935)

Move to Saudi Arabia then you too-scared-to-live-in-a-democracy little pussy. I can't stand Clinton either, but I'm not so pussyfied that I'd wanter her arrested for scaring me.

If you can't handle freedom, go somewhere where you can have big-daddy-authority-figure hold your hand and change your diaper. Scared little bitch.

Do YOU have a problem with THAT, you anonymous little shitstain?
 

Mod GP "Funny" (1, Offtopic)

Morosoph (693565) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462917)

There are no mod-points in "funny", and indeed a funny mod can lead to more punishment if it is followed by down-mods.

Also, the authour is anonymous; what does it matter? Without a name, it matters little what the intent is. You don't even know whether the other reply to your post is the same guy! Despite my comments about punishment above (a disguised critique of the fact that funny can't at least cancel down-mods), there's no need to punish such people. If your find it funny, mod it accordingly! If they don't, then your mod takes on an ironic quality.

Re:obigatory joke (2, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462627)

Checkmate!


If he can just hit that bulls-eye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards!

Chris Mattern

Kasparov's background (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462631)

While free speech should not be violated, Kasparov has some really scary background. Here, Putin is the white King and I hope Kasparov can not enter the political scene. It is far too easy to say Putin is the bad boy here.

The Kremlin Plays Brutal Chess (5, Informative)

reporter (666905) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462689)

Unfortunately for Gary Kasparov, the Kremlin plays brutal chess.

According to a report [washingtonpost.com] recently issued by Reuters, the leading political candidate representing the liberal anti-Kremlin Yabloko party has been shot by an unknown assailant. The candidate is now in serious condition in a hospital. This attempted assassination caps a year-long effort, by the Kremlin, to rig the parliamentary election on December 2. Under orders from the Kremlin, banks have refused to accept donations from supporters for deposit in the accounts of opposition parties [iht.com] . Owners of assembly halls have canceled contracts allowing opposition politicians to stage rallies. The police have seized the newspapers of opposition parties in a draconian attempt to prevent them from spreading their message.

In early November, the election-monitoring arm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) declined to send election observers to Russia [timesonline.co.uk] to monitor the 2007 parliamentary election. This OSCE decision resulted from (1) the Kremlin's refusing to allow more than 70 OSCE observers to enter Russia and (2) the Kremlin's delaying the granting of visas to them. In 2003, the Kremlin had accepted 400 OSCE observers [iht.com] , but after the OSCE condemned the 2003 election for being unfair, many folks in the Kremlin vowed to stymie OSCE's efforts in future elections.

Re:The Kremlin Plays Brutal Chess (3, Interesting)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462871)

What I don't get is why people still act as if Russia wasn't a dictatorship while it clearly is.

It puts on a lazy show of elections like any dictatorship is expected to do, even goes as far as not having the party in power not win with 97% of votes but that doesn't change anything to the reality of what's going on there. Made up wars (although the "western" democracies seem to do that a lot lately), numerous murders, broadlight corruption at every level of the state...

That the states play the "our good friend Putin" game because of the hydrocarbons flowing out of Russia is one thing, but that a lot of people still somewhat believe it's a "rough" democracy still baffles me (not that the parent poster sems to believe so).

Re:The Kremlin Plays Brutal Chess (5, Interesting)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#21463007)

What I don't get is why people still act as if Russia wasn't a dictatorship while it clearly is.

It doesn't matter. It never did. As long as they're not Communist, everything is hunky-dory.

Don't Worry (5, Funny)

Zeinfeld (263942) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462347)

Don't worry. George Bush has looked at Putin's soul and pronounced it excellent.

Re:Don't Worry (2, Insightful)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462669)

Well, as Kasparov was born "Garri Weinstein" you might be correct. It might be that name the Russian's shun; history tells us so.

Perhaps that was meant as some joke (1)

benhocking (724439) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462999)

If not, you should realize that he was actually born [Cyrillic doesn't post on Slashdot, see Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] for actual spelling]. Garry Kasparov is an excellent phonetic representation of this.

Re:Don't Worry (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462877)

Wow...this article has nothing to do with the American politics, yet somehow you manage to segue into George Bush...seriously, you guys need therapy.

Anyway...for all you people who are die-hard democrat supporters...Putin is simply showing you your future under Hillary.

Enjoy your stay.

Re:Don't Worry (2, Insightful)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 6 years ago | (#21463071)

George Bush has looked at Putin's soul and pronounced it excellent.

It's true, Bush did say something along those lines. To this day, that leaves me scratching my head till all my hair falls out. I've been keeping up with politics for a long time. But this...THIS leaves me confused! Seriously, WTF?

To be rational about it however, I can only think of a few reasons why he would say this.

1. He's trying to befriend Putin so he can get him to change his ways. You know the drill "Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer"

2. Putin is a psychopath , and equally as dangerous as Mahmoud Ahmadinjad. Bush it kissing major ass in order to keep him from doing something the world will regret. It's one thing to stop someone trying to acquire WMDs, it's another dealing with someone who already has them.

I'm putting my money on #2. I feel like America is being blackmailed some how. Particularly with energy and their support of Iran.

another obligatory joke (1)

mraudigy (1193551) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462349)

*tips king* but seriously, first beaten by Blue and now by Mother Russia. Wonder which will be a worse defat?

Re:another obligatory joke (2, Funny)

empaler (130732) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462373)

You know, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger... Big Blue might make you stronger, but the Russian Federation isn't big on the making-people-stronger part of the equation.

Re:another obligatory joke (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462393)

First beaten by Blue, then by Red. For someone who spent the vast majority of their life pondering black and white, this has to be shocking splash of color.

Re:another obligatory joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462419)

beaten by the police will be worse !

Re:another obligatory joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462747)

So that covers Blue versus Red.

So next up, Blue versus Grey? Maybe he'll move to alabama.

The Deep Blue Win (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462383)

IBM's Deep Blue computer was the first to beat a world champion when it defeated Kasparov, who is one of the strongest players in history.
In a recent interview on NPR, Kasparov mentioned that there was probably some cheating going on.

Re:The Deep Blue Win (1)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462593)

he's a little weird and crazy on this point. It's really clear now that the computers are stronger, even just a fast desktop running Rybka or something would probably beat him, or Anand.

In Soviet Russia (5, Insightful)

EaglemanBSA (950534) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462405)

In Soviet Russia, they sieze dissidents. What, you were expecting a joke? 'Cuz this isn't funny.

Re:In Soviet Russia (4, Insightful)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462505)

In Putin's Russia, they seize dissidents.
In Soviet Russia, they shoot dissidents.
Not quite there yet, guys.

Re:In Soviet Russia (1)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462615)

They will get there, obviously. First they have to prepeare nation for it. Then they will label all who oppose terrorists (taking page from US book, what a irony) and they will be shot by gun squad without any court. Harsh times.

Re:In Soviet Russia (4, Informative)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462955)

In Putin's Russia, they seize dissidents.
In Soviet Russia, they shoot dissidents.
Not quite there yet, guys.
Where have you been? Putin's been killing dissidents for a long time. Ever heard of Anna Politkovskaya?

Re:In Soviet Russia (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21463039)

In Putin's Russia, they seize dissidents. In Soviet Russia, they shoot dissidents. Not quite there yet, guys.

Tell that to Anna Politkovskaya [wikipedia.org] .

Re:In Soviet Russia (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#21463057)

No, they just contract it out. The Russian Mob has replaced the KGB. They're just privatizing, like everybody else.

Re:In Soviet Russia (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462517)

Haven't these idiots ever heard of the first amendment? It applies to ALL citizens of the world, not just Americans.

Re:In Soviet Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462557)

Sounds like he had a malfunction.

Kasparov will be re-booted, reprogrammed, and released, and whatever bug he had up his ass won't be displayed again.

Problem solved. Humans can be so flaky.

Re:In Soviet Russia (1)

pilsner.urquell (734632) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462599)

In Soviet Russia, they sieze [sic] dissidents. What, you were expecting a joke? 'Cuz this isn't funny.
It isn't funny.

Quiz: True or False -- On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your middle name?
Neither is this: Not a quiz: Yes or no -- Do you still beat your wife?
In the USA we have the Filth amendment but the way things are going that may not last.

A most pathetic attempt (1)

deesine (722173) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462855)

at comparing a nation that doesn't hide the fact that it arrests political dissidents, with a nation hosting more political asylum seekers than all other states in the world. Keep trying...

gratuitous IBM inclusion (5, Insightful)

gargletheape (894880) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462425)

Surely a story about the greatest chessplayer of all time, and a key campaigner for civil liberties in Soviet Russia counts as "news for nerds" without some Deep Blue window-dressing. Do we really need to fake-tag this story as being about supercomputers to get it here?

Re:gratuitous IBM inclusion (1)

Kabuthunk (972557) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462523)

Yeah, after reading the summary, I was thining "Ok... the smallest sentence in the summary is about the article, and the longest one is about Deep Blue, which is COMPLETELY irrelevant right now.

What, is it suddenly though thtat slashdotters have no clue who Kasparov is without referencing Deep Blue?

Whup... better reference Linux somehow in this post... otherwise noone will have the slightest clue what the hell I'm talking about...

Re:gratuitous IBM inclusion (1)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 6 years ago | (#21463069)

What, is it suddenly though that slashdotters have no clue who Kasparov is without referencing Deep Blue?

Its reasonable to include deep blue in any mention of Kasparov, the two are inexorably linked in history.

You get that a lot in the computing field. I think it's because it's still relatively new, and we subconsciously still feel the need to remind people who such and such a person is famous in our field.

This doesn't always work though, sometimes it perpetuates myths. The worst case I know of is John von Neumann, who is invariably mentioned as being the father of computing, responsible for the 'von Neumann Architecture'. Trouble is that's a lie, on both counts. History is written by the winners though, possibly it will 'become' true.

Re:gratuitous IBM inclusion (1)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462583)

Because there are actual people who would call it irrelevant. Usually there are the same people who try to edit ANY Wikipedia article who has at least a little criticism against Soviet Union or Russia to suit their needs.

Yes, it is a little overboard, but better safe, than sorry. :)

Re:gratuitous IBM inclusion (4, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462637)

Adding that he's a "giant critic" of the Putin government is an improvement, but how about the fact that Kasparov is an actual candidate for president, hoping to be elected head of that government in March? This is akin to arresting Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Re:gratuitous IBM inclusion (1)

austinpoet (789122) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462763)

Really? It would seem to be more akin to arresting Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul in my not-so-informed opinion.

Re:gratuitous IBM inclusion (5, Interesting)

Elemenope (905108) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462867)

In 2004, the Libertarian and Green candidates for President of the United States were arrested for attempting to enter the building in which the presidential debates were being held.

Yes, it is that serious, and, yes, it does happen here.

Re:gratuitous IBM inclusion (2, Interesting)

timeOday (582209) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462881)

Surely a story about the greatest chessplayer of all time, and a key campaigner for civil liberties in Soviet Russia counts as "news for nerds" without some Deep Blue window-dressing.
Actually I think being the last human to hold the absolute title of "chess champion" is pretty significant too. Not that they won't keep having contests to see who the currently best human is, but the fact that the very best chess players are computers has changed chess for me. Humans have never been the fastest runners on earth, or the strongest, or had the best vision. But we were the best chess players. No longer. Maybe we should hand the political reigns over to supercomputers after all :)

"against"? (0, Offtopic)

toby (759) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462453)

Interesting choice of words, "against Putin."

I didn't RTFA but have a passing familiarity with the context in Russia...

One might have said, instead, "in opposition to", or "promoting a party which is an alternative to". But democracy is such a quaint concept these days - as Reichsleiter Gonzales might say. (Even the recent ouster of Australia's pygmy fascist Howard does not restore confidence, since that public already elected Howard twice, the second time unforgivably.)

Re:"against"? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462485)

Even the recent ouster of Australia's pygmy fascist Howard does not restore confidence, since that public already elected Howard twice, the second time unforgivably

You're butting up against the ugly side of democracy. Being a democracy it means that people who don't think the same as you do get to cast their ballots. Whether you like it or not.

Asking for a democracy in which the only people that are elected are the ones you like isn't asking for much of a democracy.

Re:"against"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462827)

Mod parent up, (s)he is making a valid point. I'm vegetarian, would that mean that I'm against carnivores? Ofcourse not. The world isn't black and white. It's easy to picture someone in one of 2 camps, but for the sake of journalism, please don't dumb down to that level. Especially not on /..

"Stern but fair?" (3, Insightful)

qw0ntum (831414) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462477)

Who tagged this "Stern but fair"? Please explain how this is "fair" and not just more of Putin's power grab?

Re:"Stern but fair?" (0)

faloi (738831) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462493)

Because whoever tagged it like that lives in Russia and rather likes not being imprisoned, possibly.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (5, Interesting)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462773)

I worked in Moscow for outsourcing company for several months. All of the developers were big Putin (and /.) fans. The popularity of Putin might be artificially bumped up by the relentless propaganda, but this propaganda plus excellent economic context works. People REALLY like Putin in Russia, brainwashed (which I am sure about) or not. So "fear of being imprisoned" as you nicely exaggerated has nothing to do with it.

You have to understand the political climate in Russia to see that Putinism does not have many alternatives, given sincere dislike of what West looks like in the light of American foreign policy.

Putin came to power "with the blood of Chechens up to his elbows", but he made some good changes in Russia after the lawlessness of 90's. That happened many time in history, that is how autocratic rulers usually come to power: after screw ups of democracy, they fix many things (and then they fall, of course, and that what will eventually happen to Putinisim as well). Autocratism vs democracy is like dinosaurs vs mammals. Dinosaurs are bigger and stronger, but mammals are more resilient.

Kasparov and other liberal opposition have ZERO influence or support in Russia. The only (very weak as well) opposition in Russia is a Communist party (do not laugh, it is not funny). The West of course do not care and they will support this puppet liberal opposition, anyway...

Putinism in Russia is for long for better or for worse (for whom?).

And "fairness" has very little to do in politics. Laws are typically broken by the powers.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (1)

Elemenope (905108) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462965)

If it is true that Kasparov et al. have no influence or support, then why on earth would the powers-that-be arrest him and risk sympathetic attention--strike that--any attention whatsoever be paid to him?

I think they are calculating from a different set of numbers than you, my friend.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (1)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462553)

Because there are people who actually love authoritarian power in Russia - and aboard. So it is no surprise that someone express such sentiment.

I know, that's nuts. But people are brainwashed and don't believe in real democracy. It is more like wanting to be blind just because you can't handle real life. You want someone else (in this scenario Putin) to deal with all shit in your country.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462693)

Russian police: stern, stern but fair

Re:"Stern but fair?" (1)

asg1 (1180423) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462729)

It could be a joke but I'm not sure... my sarcastic humor radar isn't picking it up! I'll let you know when I know for sure

Re:"Stern but fair?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462733)

It's a reference to a Jackass TV special where they went on the Gumball 3000 and were pulled over by the Russian police.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462823)

kasparov is linked with limonov's national blolshevik party [wikipedia.org] . they are nazi communists [seriously, read the link] and linked to violent and terrorist acts. they're exactly the kind of group that would be banned in the US. of course because russia is now an official enemy it's 'restricting free speech'. thank the lord americans have a 2 minute attention span, otherwise they'd forget how putin was anointed by yeltsin and how the US gave both of them money and free campaign advisors to make sure they'd win against exactly the same people we're supposed to shed tears for. the naivete of basement dwellers when it comes to international politics is clearly limitless.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462887)

I doubt that nazis/communists are outright banned here in the US. THey are allowed to hold whatever political viewpoint they want. I just think that most of their preferred policies are illegal.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (1)

smidget2k4 (847334) | more than 6 years ago | (#21463035)

Or if you had been following the story, Putin has been implementing more and more restrictive policies that actually are restricting free speech and harming people's rights. The country is no longer a democracy. The US is really good at backing these kinds of guys too.

Lets see, who do we have here that we've backed...

Pinochet, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Stalin, amongst many others.

Re:"Stern but fair?" (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 6 years ago | (#21463033)

Is this a "we're shipping you to a gulag in Syberia" arrest, or a "we arrested you as an unruly protestor, you'll be charged with a misdemeanor and released tomorrow" arrest? The latter is pretty common in most countries; many people including John Kerry and Al Sharpton have been arrested at protests.

I don't want to be guilty of downplaying what Putin is doing. But on the other hand, we have to realize that a cold war is a two-sided thing; our suspicion and rush to judgement of everything they do could get out too. I don't really know which is the case here.

Surprised? (2, Insightful)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462483)

Russia never was a democracy, and never wanted to be. At least seems to me.

Yeah, I know, it sucks, because no one wants another Cold War. But seemingly US and West pays now for their lack of involvement of helping Russia to scurb corruption, investigating old crimes and anything else.

Now we all pay the price.

Re:Surprised? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462519)

Well, it's good to hear your opinion, noted Russia expert Pecisk (688001). Please feel free to keep Slashdot updated on your off-the-cuff, unexplained opinions on complex issues.

Re:Surprised? (1)

yotto (590067) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462547)

But seemingly US and West pays now for their lack of involvement of helping Russia to scurb corruption, investigating old crimes and anything else.

I know. If only Russia had been a small Middle Eastern country we'd have gone in and fixed up their entire government. Maybe next time we'll do the right thing, assuming we're all done with this terrorist thing.

Re:Surprised? (1)

kcarlin (99704) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462785)

Russia was not seeking or accepting such "assistance". And would have been outraged had it been suggested. The bridling over the Western insistence on assistance for securing nuclear weapons and materials was faced down by the West only because of the imminent threat of catastrophe.

this is all still a remnant of Gorbachev's legacy (3, Insightful)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462509)

If the transition had been a little milder than it was then the crime bosses in Russia would not have been able to grab as much as they did. The last thing the new 'vlasti' want is to have their playground taken away from them. This is going to be an extremely tense time for Russia.

Hah! (1)

Satorian (902590) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462569)

He didn't see that move coming! So much for calculating 8 steps ahead, you chess-playing Grandmaster frauds!

*shakesfist*

Don't understimate the intelligence of a GM (1)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462705)

... Maybe he DID see that move comming and planned this "sacrifice" for the greater check mate in the future... Strategy was his strong side in chess after all.

godless corepirate nazis seize weather/population (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462579)

chilling the creators' little ones for just a bit more mammon.

the lights are coming up all over now. pay attention. it's cost effective, & could help make the future brighter for all of us. don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, so you'll be alert when witnessing the big flash.

there's lots to be done. the planet/population remains in crisis mode.

we're intending (do not underestimate intentions) for the philistine nazi execrable to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things.

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=video+cloud+spraying [google.com] [google.com]

micro management has never worked. it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster.

the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption.

fortunately there's an 'army' of 'angels'(light bringers, for those who are afraid of/confused by heavenly stuff), coming yOUR way

do not be dismayed, it is the way it was meant to be.

the little ones/innocents must/will be protected.

after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit?

for each of the creators' innocents harmed (in any way), there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available after the big flash occurs.

beware the illusionary smoke&mirrors.con

all is not lost or forgotten.

no need to fret (unless you're associated/joined at the hype with, unprecedented evile), it's all just a part of the creators' wwwildly popular, newclear powered, planet/population rescue initiative/mandate.

or, it could be (literally) ground hog day, again? many of US are obviously not interested in how we appear (which is whoreabull) from the other side of the 'lens', or even from across the oceans.

vote with (what's left in) yOUR wallet. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable.

we still haven't read (here) about the 2/3'rds of you kids who are investigating/pursuing a spiritual/conscience/concious re-awakening, in amongst the 'stuff that matters'? another big surprise?

some of US should consider ourselves very fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate.

it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc....

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See, if only Kasparov had a soft, supple (2, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462605)

stomach. He wouldn't have to worry about Putin arresting him at all. Kissing on the other hand.....

playing with politicians?! (1)

darxider (1173967) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462619)

some politicians get angry when attacked and bang underneath the board. they barely follow the rules specially when there is no referee!

Kasparov's allies... (1)

NorQue (1000887) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462639)

No idea if it's right that Mr. Kasparov is arrested. Honestly, I don't care. Just have a look at some of his allies and you'll know why: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bolshevik_Party [wikipedia.org] - these guys are as much about freedom of speech as Adolf Hitler was, and you know how it ended. In this case it's better to be safe than sorry, in my honest opinion. Using Gary Kasparov and his political friends arrests as proof for diminishing freedom of speech in russia is just wrong. In this case there wouldn't be any political freedom in Germany, too, as the national socialist party is forbidden here, too.

Re:Kasparov's allies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462781)

Considering you're a holocaust denier, NorQue (1000887), I do not think you have much to say in these parts either. Your own reasoning refutes you, here.

Re:Kasparov's allies... (3, Informative)

ducomputergeek (595742) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462915)

Kasperov is a member of this organization:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Civil_Front [wikipedia.org]

Which is part of a larger organization:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Other_Russia [wikipedia.org]

This more a case of politics makes strange bed fellows. All those groups have one thing in common: opposition to the current government and the direction Russia is heading. Take that common cause away, and I doubt many of these groups would have much to do with each other.

So saying Kasperov is guilty by association in this context isn't exactly fair.

Re:Kasparov's allies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462925)

Except that Hitler wanted to create the 'ubermensch'. Kasparov's DNA would be perfect for sampling/sequencing the genomes of a human brain.

Meet the new boss... (3, Funny)

Organic Brain Damage (863655) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462673)

...he's not the same as the old boss. He IS the old boss.

At least with Russia, the citizens can blame Putin for their woes. In the USA, we've got nobody to blame for Bush but ourselves.

Baaaaad summary (1)

superwiz (655733) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462699)

It doesn't mention the fact that Kasparov is the main opposition candidate in the upcoming Russian presidential election.

Interesting wording... (1)

Fneb (1181615) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462717)

I find it amusing how this was written; Garry Kasparov was arrested for being part of a political demonstration in Russia. On a completely irrelevant note, he was beaten by a computer! Isn't that amazing?!

In a Russian City, Clues to Putin's Abiding Appeal (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462775)

Today's Washington Post has an interesting article [washingtonpost.com] which explains why the Russian people love Putin, or at least look the other way with respect to Putin's excesses.

As Bill Clinton would say: "It's the economy, stupid". From the article:

The lean, balding 35-year-old, who has spent his adult life working on the line at a glass factory in the suburbs of this city, now sits at a laden table with his wife and 13-year-old son. Behind him is a brand-new television beside a matching CD player, also new. His Lada car, bought recently with a bank loan, is parked outside the family's second-story walk-up apartment.

"I feel much safer now," said Ignatiyev, whose family recently took its first vacation abroad, a package tour to a Turkish resort. "I have a good job, not a prestigious job, but a good living." In just the past two years, his salary has more than doubled, to $700 a month, reflecting his factory's growing sales.

Since slashdot is also against free speech (0, Troll)

OeLeWaPpErKe (412765) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462909)

When it's about
-> violence in muslim holy texts and the violent life of the paedophile prophet
-> the relation (that indeed exists) between violence on tv/video games and violence in real life
-> anything related to bush
-> discussion of the fact that abortion does indeed kill a human being and is thus not a laughing matter
-> science that contradicts global warming (it exists, and like everything in science, the true answer is "we don't know"), or even the science that states that a 6 degree rise in temperature will generate exactly 0 "extra disasters"
-> anything related to the iraq war (e.g. stating that over 95% of the deaths are due to muslims killing other muslims because "they don't believe" would get you modded down)
-> any mentioning of the fact that in order to change things, you HAVE to go out and make it happen, sometimes even with violence
-> any mentioning that it is cowardly in the extreme to "protest bush", who you know won't retaliate, and protesting at a local mosque against the "jihad" in darfur would be the very least that could be expected.

Re:Since slashdot is also against free speech (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 6 years ago | (#21462979)

What kind of trash is this? I mean, your whole post is largely neocon talking points and trollish crap but:

any mentioning that it is cowardly in the extreme to "protest bush", who you know won't retaliate

Is frankly a bunch of bullshit. I mean, unless you LIKE what he's doing I can't see why you'd think it'd be cowardly to protest him.

Re:Since slashdot is also against free speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21463061)

lol get the coathanger

Seriously Unfortunate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21462967)

I saw Kasparov's appearances on the Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher earlier this year. He was extremely witty, intelligent and charismatic. He discussed some of the precautions he was taking in order to run against Putin. This is a really bad turn, and I wonder if we'll ever see him again.

Obligatory comment... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21463019)

In Soviet Russia, Kasparov arrests the po... uhm

Never mind

But AMERICA is evil! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21463053)

Hahahaha.... all the slashtards talking points tell us how Bush is the evil in the world, shutting down all their "free speech". Obviously, this is just a bunch of hysteria promoted by liberals, because when an enemy of the united states really does it, they excuse the behavior.
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