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CptMike (3524 D)
25 May 17 UTC
Survey - Diplomacy boardgame
I was just wondering... 100 % of us play on webDiplomacy.net. But how many of us have the boardgame, with the wooden blocks for the armies and boats... ?
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
24 May 17 UTC
webDiplomacy F2F tournament in MA, USA
We're only 4 months out from Boston Massacre folks, so now is the time to start making plans! If you're even remotely interested, please reach out to me so I can persuade you. And if you're very interested, go to www.BostonMassacreDiplomacy.com to register!
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CommanderByron (869 D (S))
01 Jun 17 UTC
"Trump pulls out" thread innuendo masked as title
The thread regarding trump leaving the Paris accords. Could be viewed very much as a slighted innuendo of Trumps past. He has been accused of some sketchy things. Discuss.
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Jacob63831 (160 D)
30 May 17 UTC
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Don't click on this
Really just don't
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
31 May 17 UTC
Is it true that covfefe = 0.99999 repeating?
You don't know shit about the covfefe
Bo is the covfefe
JMO gonna bring down the covfefe hammer
Have you heard the tale of Plagueis the Covfefe
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MajorMitchell (978 D)
01 Jun 17 UTC
SEX, is it greater than, less than, or equal to 0.99999 recurring ?
Is SEX a problem for Trump ? Can be make America great at SEX again ?
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CommanderByron (869 D (S))
01 Jun 17 UTC
Trump pulls out
Unfortunately most of the women involved didn't be want him to push in.
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Jacob63831 (160 D)
26 May 17 UTC
Jelly or Jam
Which is better?
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brainbomb (469 D)
28 May 17 UTC
Rap and Hip Hop promote better capitalist values than Country or Rock
Rims, Gold Chains, Fancy Cars, Implants, Gold Teeth, Swimming Pools, Palm Trees, Mansions, "Ive made it culture", "Look at me". Are values pure to American capitalism and more purely espouse what America is.
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Babyburger (1208 D)
31 May 17 UTC
see older chat log
In the games I'm playing, the chat log only shows the most recent x amount of messages. Is there any way to consult older messages as well?
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Technostar (251 D)
21 May 17 UTC
Diplomacy and MBTI
I'm curious, what Myers-Briggs (MBTI) personality types do Diplomacy players have? Post your type here!

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WolfsBane626 (379 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Ancient Med
Anyone want to play an Ancient Med with 3 people who know each other?
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Jacob63831 (160 D)
30 May 17 UTC
How to solve all of humanity's problems
http://www.healthline.com/health-news/parasites-in-your-intestines-may-actually-be-good-for-you-120315#2
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Jacob63831 (160 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Social security #
What your social security number?

I'm taking a poll for my economics class
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bo_sox48 (4587 D Mod (G))
23 May 17 UTC
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MAFIA XXIX - SIGN UP THREAD
See inside for game details.
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brainbomb (469 D)
26 May 17 UTC
Theory about ending homelessness/panhandling
Would homelessness end entirely if people stopped giving homeless money? The Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska has advised citizens to stop giving panhandlers money as they are on the rise. Here they wait by the interstate exit off ramps with signs.is ignoring them a moral decision?
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JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
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@brainbomb

I AGREE!!!
JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
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#redpilled
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
If you read the IRS.gov regulations it also says the write-off is not contingent upon time spent/hours worked its purely based on financial assistance to GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS

"Remember that donations to individuals will not qualify. You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals – no matter how deserving. This includes handouts to the homeless and collections at the office or in your neighborhood for those experiencing tough times (including pooled funds for folks who are ill or have experienced a tragedy such as an accident or fire). If the deduction is important to you, consider working through an established organization like the Red Cross which provides disaster or other relief. See again #2."


So time spent is irrelevant - which is pretty fucking important when assessing who contributes to charity (democrats or republicans).

Individual donations are irrelevant. Also pretty fucking important.
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Imagine you are making 6 figures. You dislike big government. Of course yer gonna give donation to your local church - get a write off - literally you could short the government a considerable amount by just giving it to someone whos gonna use it to fund anti-gay, anti-abortion, pro-gun, groups.
And add to that tax incentive
And add to that you get to claim you are GENEROUS. Moreso than Democrats.

brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
I would assert that if you eliminated tax breaks on charitable monetary donation that youd see a complete 180 reversal in which political party donates more time/energy and effort into charity in general.

JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
*checks how much of clinton's tax deductions went to the clinton foundation*
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
http://www.factcheck.org/2015/06/where-does-clinton-foundation-money-go/

Go ahead and check what the difference is between a "programs on the ground" charity organization does and a non in house.

89% of clinton foundation money goes directly to actual programs and on the ground charity.


Meanwhile....

"The Donald J. Trump Foundation gave $59,125 worth of donations to organizations that support climate change, LGBT issues, immigration and minorities, according to the foundation’s 990 tax forms from those years. Interestingly, all causes that now face possible repeal of critical legislation protecting their communities once Trump is in the White House."

Trump appars to support all the things hes against. Fascinating.
JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
there aren't many conspiracies i believe, but i've gone through the IRS records on the clinton foundation, and they always seem to rack up tens of millions from places like Qatar and Saudi Arabia (much of which left after November of 2016... i wonder why?)

the operational expenses make up most of their budget, in terms of travel and funding employees, and even your own factcheck article only attacked the low hanging fruit of the 6% effective claim, which is obviously a lie.

meanwhile the 89% figure from charity watch is solely based off of the IRS forms the Clinton Foundation has to submit for officials record. the other 364 days of the year, they are not obligated to keep official record of where that money goes, or how it is spent.

you can see only a 24 hours record once a year of their funds, and for me that's far from conclusive.
JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
also Trump is a giant piece of shit.

is... this news?
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Yanik, surely you are rational enough to look up what the Clinton foundation does. Like all charity organizations - there is possible corruption.

The Red Cross - arguably the gold standard most trusted and oft donated to organization in America is not above crooked dealings.


http://www.npr.org/2016/06/16/482020436/senators-report-finds-fundamental-concerns-about-red-cross-finances
JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
@brainbomb

it's the direct political ties tat have worried me the most, and it's not just sites like Breitbart raising questions on the foundation, the Times have done quite a few articles questioning it.
JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
and what the organization does, doesn't make sense considering the donors. there's this giant question mark about why Saudi Arabia is so interested in funding aid to a few specific parts of Africa. there's something beneath the surface we are simply not seeing
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Im not going to sit here and debate the Clinton Foundations legitimacy as a valid Charity. For one I dont care - Hillary lost and it wasnt because of her foundation. Two - Im sure they do some good things and like all modern big name charities theres an aspect of shady-ness going on too. (As was clearly cited even the Red Cross is sketchy)

The argument that conservatives are more charitable and generous is a very spurrious claim to make and im pretty sure you conceded that its too complex to know what church charity supports - and its also imventivized by tax breaks and its impossibke to quanitify what charity is and who is actually involved when its non monetary based.
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
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So to conclude : I am a democrat and I am as charitable as I can be. In addition to everything I listed earlier I also manage a restaurant that all month of june is donating 25% of sales revenue to the american cancer society.

I also give to childrens funds whenever possible. I mow the lawn for a family of 4 kids whose father abandoned them as theyre my neighbors. I also consistently help people in the most random of situations

A few months ago a girl was at the gas station and her car was almost out if gas. She went to pay and her card was declined. I bought her a full tank of gas because I had plenty of money. She started crying because nobody had ever done anything like that for her. The gas clerk said that was one of the coolest thinhs hed ever witnessed.

I said I may as well; Id just spend it on booze probably if I didnt.
CAPT Brad (40 D X)
30 May 17 UTC
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^ then you are ok BB.
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Its not about being OK man. Thats what these people dont get. The debt will never be paid no matter how much time or money you spend. You dont do it for a reward its about giving a fuck.
JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
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that's all you need to do. personal responsibility is how we should judge people
Zmaj (215 D (B))
30 May 17 UTC
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brainbomb stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
JamesYanik (548 D)
30 May 17 UTC
@brainbomb

you see charity as a "Debt"?
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
I see life in general as an excercise in living humbly in the service and company of others. Charity is the debt we give back for the gift of all the things we owe back to a broken society. I dont come from a poor family. I am Catholic. I have lived well - went to college and the world has in general been pretty good to me. So sure it is a debt that I feel responsible for.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
30 May 17 UTC
My understanding (of that tax thing) would be you can choose to pay the money to a charity or to the government as tax. So your choice becomes whether you get to decide which charity should spend your money, or your state gets to decide. How and Ever, i believe the super-wealthy will go to great lengths to avoid paying this tax, and creating these kinds of loop-holes in the first place. So Donald Trump has his own private charity which can spend money on pieces of art which are then put on display in his golf clubs - as one example i've heard about in the last year. I'm sure there is a huge grey area between the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the Clinton Foundation, and Trump's personal charity: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/how-donald-trump-exploited-charity-for-personal-gain/499535/
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Im still trying to figure out if zmaj is mocking me and attacking my character or if he has a negative opinion of a life lived in the service of others.
Zmaj (215 D (B))
30 May 17 UTC
I'm mocking you for bragging about your charity.
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
I mentioned it. Was not bragging.
Zmaj (215 D (B))
30 May 17 UTC
BTW I love the gas clerk NPC.
Zmaj (215 D (B))
30 May 17 UTC
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But seriously, you "mention" doing good deeds in painful detail and consider yourself a Catholic?

Or is it an elaborate joke? "I mow the lawn for a family of 4 kids whose father abandoned them... oh by the way, I'm the father." If you'd say that, I'd get a job as a gas clerk just to say that was one of the coolest things I'd ever witnessed.
brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Well theres no need to be deloberately rude about it. I wasnt asking for your praise.


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orathaic (1009 D (B))
30 May 17 UTC
Defending Putin
http://amp.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2017/05/stephen_f_cohen_just_wants_trump_and_putin_to_get_along.html

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brainbomb (469 D)
30 May 17 UTC
Battle in Texas over Sanctuary Cities
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/29/us/texas-lawmaker-scuffle/index.html
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brainbomb (469 D)
27 May 17 UTC
Is Trump secretly movong left of center?
Just noting that between the promise to send a manned mission to mars which will cost a fortune, and the recent hint that the US may stay tye course with Paris Climate accords; is Trump actually going left?
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
30 May 17 UTC
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Nothing to see here, move along
https://aheadofthe.news/media-ignores-20-million-muslims-who-march-against-isis/

Millions march against ISIS
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Zmaj (215 D (B))
29 May 17 UTC
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You go, girl!
Merkel is finally flexing her considerable muscle.
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Ogion (4179 D)
28 May 17 UTC
Another terrorist attack kills two
How many more of these do we need to have before we start deporting these people or locking them up?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/27/portland-double-murder-white-supremacist-muslim-hate-speech
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Player needed
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=198628&msgCountryID=0&rand=31979#chatboxanchor
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Hauta (1646 D (S))
26 May 17 UTC
Should Jared Kushner security clearance be suspended?
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335243-dnc-suspend-kushner-security-clearance-amid-fbi-scrutiny

The DNC, for political purposes obviously, wants to suspend Jared Kushner's security clearance. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I'm sure there's a perfectly good reason by Jared secretly met with the CEO from VEB, the Russian state-owned bank.
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ND (884 D)
26 May 17 UTC
Cryptocurrency discussion
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-bitcoin-the-cryptocurrency-explained-2017-5
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Hauta (1646 D (S))
24 May 17 UTC
First advertiser pulls ads from Sean Hannity show
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/cars-leaves-sean-hannity-dust-pulls-advertising-article-1.3193120

Cars.com just pulled their ads from Hannity over the Seth Rich fake news propagated by Hannity even after Fox retracted the story. Corporate censorship of the press? Nope.
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Hippopankake (80 D)
21 May 17 UTC
James Bond
If James Bond is the worlds most famous spy
Doesn't that make him the worlds worst spy?
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
27 May 17 UTC
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Need F2F player (Skype?) Right now urgent
Our 7th flaked need a warm body in Boston or someone who can telecon ASAP, PM or email me if available in next 20 minutes
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JimTheGrey (968 D (S))
27 May 17 UTC
#MootAbides
Weasel Moot XI--the premier tournament of the Windy City Weasels Diplomacy club and past host of two WDCs--will be June 23-25 at the Diversey River Bowl in Chicago.
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Hauta (1646 D (S))
26 May 17 UTC
WSJ article about collusion between GOP and Russians
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-alleged-russian-hacker-teamed-up-with-florida-gop-operative-1495724787

Yeah, I know that the WSJ is not conservative enough for some of y'all, but it is intriguing nonetheless. You know, the way journalists connect dots and shit.
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