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abgemacht (682 D (G))
06 Jul 11 UTC
webDip Representative for Diplomacy Cast
Let's get one of our own on DipCast for an interview!
You know the drill: +1 as many people as you like, but you can't vote for the same person more than once.
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(2113 D)
03 Jul 11 UTC
Smiley Invitational
gameID=62933

200 point bet, Full press, Anon, WTA, 48 hour phases. Please post interest here.
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Furball (237 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
500 internal server
this is happening much more often, dman it.
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The Czech (31356 D (S))
12 Jul 11 UTC
Gunboat I-5 Comments
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zultar (3790 D Mod (P))
12 Jul 11 UTC
(+1)
Please join me in the 3rd game of Newton's 3rd Law: Action and Reaction
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obiwanobiwan (278 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
I LOVE The Smell Of Idiocy In The Evening!
And how much greater a stench it is when it wafts in from just near my own backyard...
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/07/south-california-proposed-as-51st-state-by-republican-supervisor.html

That has to be the DUMBEST state idea I've ever heard. Period.
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The Czech (31356 D (S))
12 Jul 11 UTC
The slippery slope towards doing away with the EC was begun when Senators became elected by the populace and mot by the state legislatures. Once they became beholden to the people, their priorities and the balance of power in our federal system changed.
Geofram (245 D (B))
12 Jul 11 UTC
Actually. I would fucking love to see South Cali as its own problem.
Its a festering pus-filled gangrene on the better part of that state.
Amputate that shit!
obiwanobiwan (278 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
"The electoral college is mostly irrelevant. Over half the states have laws or pledges which commit electors to abide by popular will. Parties are very careful to pick loyal electors."

So how does that make the electoral system irrelevant?

Carefully-chosen electorates is not a detriment...

That states matter, and not so much the votes of every individual Joe Six Pack is no great concern-it's a plus so far as I'm concerned.
Invictus (240 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
He means it's irrelevant in the sense that the winner of the popular vote in the state always gets the state's electoral votes.

It's certainly still relevant in how campaigns are run.
Putin33 (240 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
It's irrelevant because there is absolutely zero prospect of the electors throwing their votes behind a candidate other than the other their state has chosen. One or two might defect, that's about it.

"Once they became beholden to the people, their priorities and the balance of power in our federal system changed."

You're correct. Popular election of Senators severely neutered "states rights", and thank god for that.
Draugnar (25 D X)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Well, not completely true... 26 states plus DC have laws and or pledges that require electors to vote for the popular winner, but one of those (Virginia) doesn't actually make it illegal. It says the elector shall be expected, not required, and most of those are a misdemeanor with a simple $1000 fine. If an electoral rep feels strongly about it, they could pay the fine and vote another way. Only a few states have serious criminal penalties in place for violating it.

The real issue is the electors won't be asked back if they go against "the peoples" wishes.

Honestly, with today's electronic communications we shoudl do away with the college altogether as we have the means to do a true popular vote for president and eliminate the issue of the one with the most votes not getting in office because he didn't get all the right states.
Invictus (240 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Yeah, because it's so much harder to tamper with electronic votes than paper ones. Oh wait...

The Electoral College isn't going anywhere. We are a federal nation, and this system strikes a balance between expressing the popular will and making sure the states (which are legitimate and popular political units) are adequately represented. It's only happened, what, three times that a president lost the popular vote but won the election? Out of what must be between 50 and 60 presidential elections that's not a bad record.
there have been 4, and 3 were HUGELY controversial. Why do we continue doing it when it tests the fabric of the Union every time it happens. 1. 1824- The first corrupt Bargain 2. 1876 the second corrupt bargain 3. 2000
Fourth was Harrison vs. Cleaveland, dont know of any controversy off the top of my head but i bet there was
The Czech (31356 D (S))
12 Jul 11 UTC
The fabric needs tested now an again.
Draugnar (25 D X)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Without throwing away the electoral college, individual states could get their mojo going and decide to divy up their votes by precent or percent or something like that. It wouldn't require the Amendment to the Constitution that eliminating the college would require, and would allow the states to decide how their votes were divied up. I believe 2 states already divy up the votes in some manner.
The Czech (31356 D (S))
12 Jul 11 UTC
Maine is one of them.
SacredDigits (120 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Colorado is the other.
Draugnar (25 D X)
12 Jul 11 UTC
I couldn't be bothered to search it out. I just remembered reading that two didn't have the requirement in my quick research on states with and without laws requiring electors to vote the way the populace did.
SacredDigits (120 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
My wife's family is in Colorado, so I only knew it because of that. And because there was some action federally to try to prevent it, but that failed.

IIRC, two EC votes go to who won the popular vote for the state (these represent the Senate), and the rest go district by district for House districts.
The Czech (31356 D (S))
12 Jul 11 UTC
Maine divides their electoral vote by the popular vote per congressional district. Since they have 3 districts/3 votes, each district determines the EC vote. It has happened that the state has cast 2 for 1 party and 1 for another because the popular vote in the districts worked out that way. Not a WTA like in Fla.
SacredDigits (120 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Apparently, Nebraska does it too, since I looked it up. Maine has four electoral votes, and two congressional districts, because your electoral votes are equal to Senators+Representatives. A district is the group electing a Representative, the whole state votes for Senators. So it works the same way as Colorado which I described above. The votes that represent Senate seats are done by whole state popular vote, the ones that represent House seats are done by district popular vote.


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Invictus (240 D)
11 Jul 11 UTC
Communism with Yuri Yarmin-Agaev
http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/post/?q=YzYyODNhYzcxNGMxYTk1OTRjYzk3ODM3NzQ5NjZjZDU=
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Yonni (333 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Need a sitter
I have one game (a gunboat) that I need a sitter for. Can anyone help me out, please?
I assume there is no appropriate way to contact the people in the gunboat to request a pause.
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abgemacht (682 D (G))
12 Jul 11 UTC
Google+
Absolutely amazing. Having a 7 person video chat right now!
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obiwanobiwan (278 D)
11 Jul 11 UTC
A
Just a thought--since we have so many apt and opposing personalities on the site that frequently debate topics, anyone interested in a more formalized session? Format ideas and the rest inside--and definitely open to ideas here--but basically it'd be sort of like the forum equivalent of a live game: 5 minutes for posts on the topics given, and then 2 minutes for a rebuttal, one person goes after another...we'll select for an impartial debate moderator...points awarded by moderator, and so on?
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TiresiasBC (408 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Please, if you have the time, consider being a sitter for me!
The games are gameID=60453 and gameID=61014. I'm having sudden time commitments and am neglecting both games dreadfully - messages not responded to, barely entering orders on time, etc. The other players deserve better. Does anyone reliable want to sub for me until I get back on my feet? I'll greatly appreciate it!
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TiresiasBC (408 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Looking for a sitter!
The games are gameID=60453 and gameID=61014. I'm having sudden time commitments and am neglecting both games dreadfully - messages not responded to, barely entering orders on time, etc. The other players deserve better. Does anyone reliable want to sub for me until I get back on my feet? I'll greatly appreciate it!

Sorry for posting twice, but I realized the vital part of my subject got chopped off in the regular view. I'm not used to starting threads on the forum.
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obiwanobiwan (278 D)
09 Jul 11 UTC
Putin Explains It All!
Well, ladies and gents of WebDip, I have opinions--so do you. That being said, my opinions are just that, opinions, and *I* don't have a clear, 100%, fail-safe answer to every single matter of running a nation.
LUCKILY, however, we here at WebDip DO have such an esteemed, enlightened individual, who, as has been evidenced time and time again, is correct no matter what. So, I give him the floor: Putin--please, explain how we might all prosper in a Perfect Putinist Polity!
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Baskineli (117 D (B))
03 Jul 11 UTC
New game - anonymous WTA
Anybody in for a 48 hours anonymous WTA?

About 300-500 D's buy in.
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Conservative Man (100 D)
06 Jul 11 UTC
Conservative Man = Back!
Do you remember me? Anyway, I might not be back permanently. I may play some games, but I'm mainly here to ask you guys a question, because I know I can trust you guys to be brutally honest. So anyway, the question will be inside, and it will take a while for me to write; it's pretty long.
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zultar (3790 D Mod (P))
10 Jul 11 UTC
(+1)
Can a mod please cancel this game? Two CDs and probably multiaccounter or metagamer
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(2113 D)
11 Jul 11 UTC
☻☻☻☺ EOG
Terrible performance, Germany. And Turkey, to an extent.

gameID=63502
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Rommeltastic (943 D (B))
11 Jul 11 UTC
FAST EOG
Anyone want to comment?
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(2113 D)
08 Jul 11 UTC
Paging...
Sargmacher, askninjasks, Tru Ninja, Maniac, akilies, zultar...

Please check your PMs.
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(2113 D)
10 Jul 11 UTC
☻☻☺☻ EOG
gameID=63487

Inside
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JEccles (164 D)
10 Jul 11 UTC
interpretation of rule 5?
"5. The Pause/Unpause feature is not a diplomatic tool
The pause is there to stop players missing their orders, but is not part of the game. As such pausing or unpausing should not be used for diplomatic gain, such as refusing to unpause unless other players will draw the game. If it is being abused staff may step in to sort it out."

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(2113 D)
10 Jul 11 UTC
Bug in the "Threads/Replies" part of a players profile
I'm assuming others have noticed this, but if you haven't, it takes awhile for a thread or reply to actually appear there. And if you have too many, the page will crash. Does anyone know what governs this behavior? As best I can tell, the number of posts missing is somewhat proportional to the number of posts you've made.
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Lando Calrissian (43 D (S))
09 Jul 11 UTC
New Gunboat
48 hours, 518 D, WTA, no-press

anyone welcome gameID=63399
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PunxsutawneyPhil (399 D)
10 Jul 11 UTC
NEW GAME - PPSC, Classic, 15 D
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=63467
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DJheyzues (100 D)
09 Jul 11 UTC
face to face Diplomacy
I played diplomacy with a group of freinds and found it to be very different then on web diplomacy not only beacues of the obviose things but in how peaople were more willing to launch venndetas against people has anyone else had this happen?
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Yonni (333 D)
08 Jul 11 UTC
The end of the US space program?
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/07/08/graphic-the-last-shuttle-launch/
So, with NASA's final space shuttle launch today, where does that leave the US (and international space program)? Is this even something to be sad about or should we be focusing our cash-money elsewhere, anyways?
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Conservative Man (100 D)
10 Jul 11 UTC
Live games always start at their scheduled start time, right?
Even if it fills up like hours before the start time?
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(2113 D)
09 Jul 11 UTC
☻☻☺☺ EOG
Please wait until the game is actually over to post them.

gameID=63406
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gman314 (100 D)
09 Jul 11 UTC
Sitter needed
I will be away July 15-30 and need a sitter. I will have three games active but they are in the Masters and League C1 so you cannot be in either of those. PM me if you are interested.
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Catch23 (0 D X)
06 Jul 11 UTC
Mute button
Can someone please inform me on how this works, and what it dose?
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