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Durga (730 D)
23 Nov 17 UTC
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Let me change my username
For the love of god, let me change my username. This is getting more and more embarrassing as I meet more of you at f2f events. You can even ban this account and let me recreate for all I care
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reedeer1 (100 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
Euoropean Undocumented Migration
I am writing a paper comparing the illegal migration into the eu, and in to America, from the Middle East, and Mexico respectively.
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CommanderByron (569 D Mod (S))
02 Dec 17 UTC
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damo666 (30 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
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Bored
And pissed
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brainbomb (245 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
Beer battered Cod
I just ate some beer battered Cod. I have a fish allergy but that was tasty. Share your best Beer Battered Cod experiences here.
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Fluminator (511 D)
30 Nov 17 UTC
Are any of you paid Russian trolls?
Confess here please.
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WyattS14 (40 D)
30 Nov 17 UTC
Poetry opportunities..?
There used to be great organizations that worked through my school for poetry in youth, but now that I actually have an appreciation for poetry it seems like there aren't as many opportunities to perform or compete with poems.
Is anyone aware of prominent high school poetry organizations?
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c0dyz (100 D)
27 Nov 17 UTC
RIP my RR
How to reliably raise a reliability rating?
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KingCyrus (512 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
Preventative Action In North Korea
Writing a paper on this... Curious what other peoples' thoughts are.
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I was just watching a video that claimed it wouldn't be as bad for Seoul as we think. For the majority of their artillery systems, there's only a relatively small area they have to be placed in where they could reach Seoul. And with air superiority, the majority of those systems could be knocked out early since they'd be clustered together. And will they really fire on Seoul instead of offering support to their army fighting along the DMZ? Even if they threw a nuke, they'd need 20 nukes to flatten Seoul - at least of the previous sizes they've had. So without nukes, Seoul might see a few thousand dead.

Their army can be pretty much dismissed. They have no reliable counter for our armor or counter-artillery fire. Basically they shoot a gun once and a minute later we land a round right where they shot from.

As for where they get their cash, they are notorious counterfitters and drug runners. They also do a fair bit of arms trade stuff.

I don't think the US has tried to overthrow NK before. But their goal is probably that of every dictatorship - to stay in power. But they also want sanctions removed and aid given them. The pattern of NK has always been to rattle their sabres until the West caved and gave them what they wanted. I do not think that this pattern and practice, established for over thirty years, will change. All that will change is that their sabres now have nuclear tips. I don't want that kind of stress in my future. Just the headline of "NK threatens nuclear strike unless US cedes to their demands" makes me nervous
ksako8 (1005 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
Is that a sufficient reason for war?
Octavious (1716 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
I remember distinctly being told about the overwhelming superiority of NATO technology and training back in the Balkans conflicts, and how our smartbombs were making it something of a turkey shoot. Then afterwards we find out that most of the successful bombing videos we saw on the news were targeting decoy tanks. I am less inclined to assume our overwhelming superiority these days.

Two questions for you, Goldie. How do you manage the risk of nuclear mines, and how do you gather enough forces in South Korea to launch an overwhelming initial attack without making it painfully obvious that you're gathering your forces in preparation of an attack?
It would mostly be South Korea's army. All they have to do is call up their reserves. We already have three aircraft carriers floating offshore.

And I'm thinking less Balkans and more Iraq. Iraqi army went from being top 10 in the world to a pile of rubble in a few weeks.

Honestly I have no answer for nuclear mines. The thought of them hadn't occurred.
@ksako - is the prospect of being threatened by a nuclear bomb ever 5 years so Kim can get his payment for holding the world hostage enough? Yes, to me it is. NK will never hold itself to the standards the other nuclear nations do.
Octavious (1716 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
@ goldfinger

You might find it interesting to research Operation Blue Peacock, which was an unpleasant British initiative to deter the Soviet advance by placing nuclear mines in Germany. It was eventually dismissed as a bad idea because of the potential for allied contamination... and being rather unsporting from a German perspective.

Your idea does assume a South Korean enthusiasm which I'm not sure exists...
Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
It is worth noting that technically the United States and South Korea are still at war with North Korea.
Octavious (1716 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
@ Jeff

Not really. It might in the distant past have been have been a useful negotiation tool in terms of offering the North the peace treaty and recognition they wanted, but we're a long way beyond that now.
@Octavious - I'm vaguely aware of that plan. I knew tactical nukes we're stationed in Germany. But has there been any indication that NK has this capability or plan? Kim Jong-Un doesn't seem the type who would nuke his own land when he could nuke someone else's instead.

And no, certainly at it's leadership that does not exist. But how many would be okay with the prospect of one war to put this all to rest and reunite the peninsula and stop living in fear with a heavily armed border.
eturnage (347 D (B))
01 Dec 17 UTC
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@Goldie the ability of N. Korea to strike at the US is grossly exaggerated by the USG and neocon elites. There missiles are no way capable of reaching us. Their nuclear stockpile is very small. A nuclear attack on us would certainly result in their extinction. The threat is overblown and I think you need to step back and recognize that our own past policies have created the need for States like N. Korea to develop nuclear capability. Dick Cheney's inclusion of N. Korea as the axis of evil was irrational except only to avoid being portrayed by the international community as anti-muslim. We need to step back from all of our war mongering, pro israeli policies and become a country that stands for peace instead of war and death.
eturnage (347 D (B))
01 Dec 17 UTC
@Jeff, i was unaware that Congress declared war on N. Korea. If so, we are not at war with them . . . at least not a Constitutional war. If you like the loose definition of war, we're pretty much at war with most of the world.
brainbomb (245 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
^ my man
eturnage (347 D (B))
01 Dec 17 UTC
By "we" I mean the USG. I do not support it. I want it dismantled.
brainbomb (245 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
To clarify tho, were not at peace with north korea. Were in a 50 year cease fire. The korean war never technically ended. Had we listened to the general (as you know how much these chucklehead republicans gush over anyone of rank) we wouldve followed lunatic General Douglas Macarthurs strategy of nuking china.
brainbomb (245 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
North Korea is just sabre rattling. It always was and always will be. Its a despotic state with nothing to gain from nuking anyone and clearly just wants to appear tough


Call it napolean syndrome
brainbomb (245 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
The more frightening nuclear state is always Iran. As Iran has actionable motive to pass a nuke off to a surrogate terror cell like hezbollah and then, as much as I dislike the Israeli Government, the prospect of a nuke being used on them is frightening and quite likely in the next fifty years. Theres far too many states in the middle east that want the total destruction of Israel.
Octavious (1716 D)
01 Dec 17 UTC
@ goldfinger

The capability required to make a nuclear mine is considerably less than that required to put it on a missile. It's essentially not a lot different to their testing under the mountain, just without the mountain.

As for Kim not being the type, the family has not shown a huge amount of concern for the wellbeing of the people. Pretty much none at all, in fact. They've probably already scripted propaganda news reports in which they tell their people it was a US nuclear strike. If we are invading it's very much the end game for the regime. If they lose it's over for them, but if several US divisions are taken out as they advance into the country, that may well be enough to convince them to stop. Democracies don't handle losses well.
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
01 Dec 17 UTC
@brainbomb

The Israel question is quite interesting actually. Whilst 30 years ago you'd be correct in saying most countries want its total destruction, nowadays that's not quite the same. Saudi-Israeli co-operation is quite advanced, though publicly denied by the Saudis, but both of them have united against Iran. Egypt is often a go-between for this, too. The Palestinian cause has fallen rather low on the priorities of the Arab states now.
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
01 Dec 17 UTC
As for North Korea, the entire problem is that the mindset of the world is based on the reality of 15-20 years ago and has not changed to match current events. North Korea has won. It's got nukes, and it will never be undone. Reality trumps idealism. Further sanctions do nothing, and slowly trying to bring them into the international fold is the only long term solution. China, Vietnam, even Cuba have managed it. It's no coincidence that the PRC only replaced the RoC as the widely officially recognised China internationally after getting nukes, too.

Of course, defusing the Korean peninsula will be far harder. The only way of actually managing to do that would be to let the North annex the South, which ain't all that realistic. But if we can calm down Israel-Palestine, for the most part, we can do the same in Korea. If, and only if, we engage with BOTH of them.
bo_sox48 (4263 D Mod (G))
01 Dec 17 UTC
Israeli's missile defense system is the best in the world. Shooting any projectile at Israel is a massive risk in that you bring upon yourself the wrath of Israel's allies, especially the United States, and your missile is not likely to even make it there before it gets intercepted.
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
01 Dec 17 UTC
The Iron Dome is very good against short and medium range missiles, sure, but ICBMs are another ballpark entirely.

Of course, Israel is far more of a target for terrorist smugglers though, rather than direct state action. But neither Hamas nor Hezbollah particularly want to nuke Palestine as far as I'm aware.
bo_sox48 (4263 D Mod (G))
01 Dec 17 UTC
I was talking about Arrow 3, but the Iron Dome is a damn good missile defense system on its own. I don't expect any nuke to ever fly within any range that could even be interpreted as targeting Israel.
CAPT Brad (2580 D (B))
01 Dec 17 UTC
you're all a bunch of warhawks now? by the way two of the carrier battlegroups have left the area


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WyattS14 (40 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
Anyone else about to reach $10k?
I heard one special, little snowflake was getting there. Any other miserable sobs about to reach $10k?
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HAL9OOO (319 D (B))
01 Dec 17 UTC
Is this game getting less popular?
I remember using this site years ago and I felt I could always find games to join, or if I made a game it would fill up in a couple of days at most.

Is there another site that people are using to play? It still seems like this one is the best at least from my quick google.
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President Eden (2427 D)
30 Nov 17 UTC
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Dems/progs, are y'all really running Zuckerborg in 2020?
I know I know, insert "lul ReTHUGlicans nominated DONALD TUCKING DRUMPH xDDD" memes here.
Why is Zuckerborg on the short list of nominations right now though?
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MamaLama (212 D)
30 Nov 17 UTC
Mafia Style DImplomacy
What if we had a game type where everyone was completely anonymous such that no one knew what country anyone else was and it was global chat only
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Smokey Gem (160 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
Australian Icons we have stolen.
What can you think of?


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VashtaNeurotic (639 D)
24 Nov 17 UTC
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Must See Movie Reccomendations
So I like movies a lot and one of my goals in life is to watch every movie that is worth watching. I've seen most of AFIs top 100 and I have a to-watch list that is 168 films and counting. As such, I was curious if anyone here has some must-see movies that I may not know about.
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WyattS14 (40 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
Music major?
I've considered pursuing a music major.. is the outcome worth the cost? It seems like the stereotype for music majors is that there's no real future.
What ARE the possibilities?
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Durga (730 D)
23 Nov 17 UTC
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Where do you get your news from?
I'm curious as to where you guys are getting your information from, and what you read on the regular
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Claesar (739 D Mod)
27 Nov 17 UTC
High-bet full-anon full-press game
Peace has come at last to the great Bunny Kingdom! Lead your clan of rabbits to glory by gathering resources and building new cities across the land!

gameID=211221
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brainbomb (245 D)
28 Nov 17 UTC
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The Arab Spring was a horrible failure
Can you name any countries that benefitted from the Arab Spring? Libya is literally a slave-state, Egyptians overthrew one leader only to overthrow the next, Iranian arab spring failed, Syria is a bloodbath. Is there a single positive that came from this movement?
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Durga (730 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
Liberal tops Conservative Game Board
gameID=206622 facts only or fake news
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Literary Pugilist (291 D)
24 Nov 17 UTC
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Why no love for Sum of Squares scoring?
Personally, I'm not a big fan of Draw Size scoring, because it rewards the power that hung on with one dot the same as the 17 SC power that was a hair away from the solo.

What I've noticed is that almost every new game is Draw Size Scoring. Is that just because it's the default option or are players here just not fond of it.
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TrPrado (367 D Mod)
29 Nov 17 UTC
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ATC about to reach for a beer from the fridge
Anyone else excited?
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LeonWalras (247 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
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The Paris Uprising of 1832 was a horrible failure
Can you name any characters that benefited from the Paris Uprising of 1832? Éponine is literally and figuratively heartbroken, Jean Valjean overcame Javert only to die of old age in the next bloody act. Is there a single positive that came from this musical?
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WyattS14 (40 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
What's ATC?
As soon as I saw it I thought American Trans Club, but I was a little confused as to why they were reaching for a beer in the fridge..?
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CAPT Brad (2580 D (B))
29 Nov 17 UTC
Who Are The Real Dinosaurs In Congress?
Republicans do a better job of promoting younger members, in part because they limit, to six years, the length of time a member can be chairman or chairwoman of a committee. Democrats do not impose term limits on committee leaders or so-called ranking members, the top slot for lawmakers who are in the minority.
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zultar (3900 D Mod (P))
24 Nov 17 UTC
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KansasBoyd has been banned.
For those interested.
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Smokey Gem (160 D)
25 Nov 17 UTC
The Time between the darnkess.
There is darkness before and darkness after.

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c0dyz (100 D)
27 Nov 17 UTC
New game
Lookin to get a game goin. 1.5 day phases, full press, draw size scoring.
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WyattS14 (40 D)
27 Nov 17 UTC
Wood USB drive boxes?
Does anyone know where I can find some wood USB drive boxes or pull door handles made specifically in China?
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yavuzovic (254 D)
27 Nov 17 UTC
Are there any reader Josh Malerman?
I read Birdbox and Black Mad Wheel and I loved them.
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