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abgemacht (840 D (G))
12 Aug 17 UTC
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Boston Massacre Diplomacy Tournament!
The largest F2F tournament in Mass and the successor to The Boroughs and webDip F2F tournaments!
September 16-17
Cambridge, Mass
www.bostonmassacrediplomacy.com
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TheWizard (5364 D (S))
10 Aug 17 UTC
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Dutch FtF championships, Utrecht, Sept 30 -Oct 1
The Dutch Diplomacy Championship 2017 will be held this year in Utrecht on the weekend of 30th September / 1st October. Utrecht is a lovely
city and just half an hour train ride from Amsterdam, with its excellent international airport and easy connections to pretty much anywhere in the world.
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Scrub (241 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Just a thought
For all my peeps that joined that game "No self-supporting moves".
Game: gameID=205167
Passwors: manofmyword
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brainbomb (474 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Fiscal Conservatives should be against providing Disaster Relief to Texans
Its their fualt for living along a coast. We should shut down the government, and not spend taxpayer dollars helping rebuild homes for people who built in high risk areas. Disaster Relief shouldnt be political. So lets deny everyone aid, regardless of that states political leanings. PS I dont believe what Im.saying just fyi
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CAPT Brad (40 D X)
29 Aug 17 UTC
What Are the Best Countries to Have in WedDip?
If anyone wants to debate this i say it is France and Turkey. A tradition started here:

gameID=000003
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Ogion (4225 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
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Another bizarre idea
As long as we're doing weird game variants. How about:
an anonymous gunboat game where all diplomacy and discussion is allowed on the forum. Folks posting might or might not be the power they say they are, and might or might not be playing in the game.
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peterwiggin (15100 D Mod (S))
26 Aug 17 UTC
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Mod Team Announcement
We are happy to announce that Ezio is now a moderator. Please join me in thanking him for his upcoming service to the site.
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YanksFan47 (152 D)
27 Aug 17 UTC
Balancing College and webDip
So I just started college last week, and I have a very serious problem: I can't check in to webDip as often as I used to! Any recommendations out there?
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user1981 (639 D)
27 Aug 17 UTC
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'Capitol Hill' name
Abandon the 'Capitol Hill' name as it is a replica of slave -based Rome ))
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jason4747 (114 D)
27 Aug 17 UTC
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Inebriated Australians discussing Diplomacy. Milestone Episode #20 is hilarious
For the new guys, check out the latest Amby/Kaner podcast on our favorite hobby - worth a listen!

http://diplomacygames.com/
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Gezirah (107 D)
27 Aug 17 UTC
SMTP Error: Could not authenticate
Tried to create an account, even tried with multiple different emails and still got this error. (I am asking this for a friend) Will not let him log in.
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CAPT Brad (40 D X)
26 Aug 17 UTC
Is Brainbomb a Weapon of Mass Destruction?
You can never tell where he will turn up
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Condescension (10 D X)
27 Aug 17 UTC
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CAPT Brad should be permanently banned
Why is this creep allowed to post on the forums? The guy was totally out of line. The mods talk all the time about "preserving the quality of discourse" on these forums but then let him get away with a slap on the wrist after sexually harassing someone online. Absurd.
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JamesYanik (548 D)
27 Aug 17 UTC
Mayweather beats McGregor
Does anyone care on here or is it just me?
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curupira (2887 D)
27 Aug 17 UTC
World Cup 2016 Finals
Could anyone update the scores and the final outcome of the World Cup 2016? Thanks.

http://tournaments.webdiplomacy.net/diplomacy-world-cup/world-cup-2016#F
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yavuzovic (310 D)
26 Aug 17 UTC
Pro vs Noob
Can I share others games without permission?
Look at gameID=205201
Players are not fair.
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yavuzovic (310 D)
26 Aug 17 UTC
Invisible units
Why I cannot see units at old games
gameID=199
Also why survivors-win scoring gives more coins/points than pot?
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brainbomb (474 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
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Remove Discussion phase on the forum as a variant
The reason I want a forum without the discussion is because we already have a lot of threads, most being about steephies company, and punching shit, and I find the extra time it takes to mute them all a bit excessive.
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wpfieps (440 D)
15 Jul 17 UTC
Advertise live games here
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TWild (306 D)
26 Aug 17 UTC
Draws
What is the etiquette of draws. If the game is at stalemate but a player won't agree a draw.
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Condescension (10 D X)
26 Aug 17 UTC
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Liberals are even worse than conservatives
The left should be focused on abolishing nationhood and class. Not microaggressions and compromises like minimum wage.
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Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
26 Aug 17 UTC
Arpaio Pardoned
So sad.
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Deeply_Dippy (392 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Diplomacy-Related Question Thread
Ask your questions!

Someone's bound to know the answer.
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JamesYanik (548 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
Yellen Speaks on Friday
Is our low inflation transitory or not? Is Yellen in touch with advancements in monetary policy? Is this exactly what the protocols of the elders of Zion predicted??? (Probably)

All that and more coming out of the one place on earth you associate with global banking: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
JamesYanik (548 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
Just putting this thread up now so I don't forget to check things out tomorrow. There's also a question to whether or not Yellen is going to have Trump on her side or not once everything is said and done
Randomizer (80 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Current inflation rate is a fraud made by changing the measurements to keep it artificially low. Especially when you use the version that leaves out food and energy because people don't need to eat and travel.
JamesYanik (548 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
i think the bond bubble is underestimated by too many, but also i feel like this low inflation isn't just temporary, but rather technology driving down prices and changing demographics are really keeping us below that 2% mark
Tom Bombadil (4159 D (G))
25 Aug 17 UTC
Any link to back up what you are saying Randomizer? I'm intrigued.

Yanik, why do you think the 'bond bubble' is being underestimated?
JamesYanik (548 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
@Tom

not currently underestimated, but it has been for the last 5-6 years. people were predicting inflation coming on at any point, but instead it hasn't happened, and all the focus that should have been spent trying to identify overvaluation in different markets that could explain some of this stuff, didn't really unfold.

last 12 months though there has been a lot more attention on it though
Randomizer (80 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Explanation of how it's calculated:
https://www.bls.gov/cpi/questions-and-answers.htm

The key paragraphs are here:

Will the CPI be updated or revised in the future?
Yes. The CPI will need revisions as long as there are significant changes in consumer buying habits or shifts in population distribution or demographics. By developing annual Consumer Expenditure Surveys and Point-of-Purchase Surveys, the Bureau has the flexibility to monitor changing buying habits in a timely and cost-efficient manner. In addition, the census conducted every 10 years by the Census Bureau provides information that enables the Bureau of Labor Statistics to reselect a new geographic sample that accurately reflects the current population distribution and other demographic factors

As a matter of policy, BLS is continually researching improved statistical methods. Thus, even between major revisions, improvements to the CPI are made.


The "Improvements" are changes in the baskets of goods where the government assumes that when one or more items increase significantly in price, that consumers will substitute cheaper "equivalent" items there by lowering the inflation numbers. So the different inflation indices aren't true comparisons from year to year. We aren't talking about buying a store generic over a name brand, but buying the cheapest type of meat instead of the one in the last sample.
eturnage (601 D (B))
25 Aug 17 UTC
shadow government statistics: http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts
Tom Bombadil (4159 D (G))
25 Aug 17 UTC
I sort of misunderstood both of you.

I agree with you Random that the CPI isn't really all that good at putting an actual number on inflation, but really the important part isn't the number, but the trend. And inflation has been pretty slow and steady for quite some time. Do you think inflation has been increasing more than normal recently?

Tr - I fall into the camp that believes that a "bond bubble" isn't really a thing. Its what folks say to scare people into watching their shows on tv and reading their columns. Overvaluing bonds enough to create a bubble is incredibly hard to do because they have concrete value as long as they are held to maturity. You always have the option to hold bonds until maturity, and if you do that, the price and value of the bond is irrelevant - at that point only the yield matters, and the yield cannot be impacted by what happens in the markets.
That isn't the sort of substitution that is commonly used in CPI, Randomizer. It's more often "Oh, people don't used CD players any more. Maybe we should take it out" or "Wow, the price of this TV has plummeted 70%, maybe we should switch to a newer model"

This is also why economists don't use CPI, but rather use PCE figures. I'm not remembering the precise differences right now, but it's a more reliable figure. Also, energy and food prices are excluded because they're highly variable. These figures are produced so you can compare them to the past. If you have energy and food prices wildly fluctuating, the dataset becomes less meaningful. In traditional economic analysis and models, these factors are broken out into separate variables.


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Maltir (125 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Yet Another Rules Question
Am I able to move Edinburgh to Kiel via North Sea and Denmark?
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Heywood Jablowme (7 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
American Empire IV map - another move question
I move a fleet from Arctic Ocean into Nunavut. Can I then move from Nunavut to Manitoba. (There doesn't appear to be any coastal restrictions in Nunavut but I wanted to be sure before I committed to the move - Thanks
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MangoDude (100 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
Remove Diplomacy phase as a variant
The reason I want a variant without the diplomacy phase is because we already have very long phases, most being a day, and I find the extra diplomacy time is a bit excessive.
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bo_sox48 (4599 D Mod (G))
21 Aug 17 UTC
Eclipse Day
I'm in the middle of nowhere in Kentucky but NASA is set up across the road from me so I assume I'm in a good spot. Anyone else have plans?
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Gezirah (107 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
How to start the game without it canceling
So I've been waiting for five days with six players to start a game, and as soon as it starts, I refresh and it says it's been canceled. Says I did not reach the limit of seven players. How do we actually start playing, after the waiting period is over?
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bo_sox48 (4599 D Mod (G))
23 Aug 17 UTC
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Mod Team Announcement
We are happy to announce that dargorygel is now a moderator. Please join me in wishing him your condolences, or even congratulations if you prefer.
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