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goldfinger0303 (657 D)
01 Jul 11 UTC
SoW Summer 2011
We are looking for people to sign up for this summer's School of War. TA's, professors and students are welcome!
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Geofram (245 D (B))
10 Jul 11 UTC
DC's Potomic Tea & Knife F2F Meetup Today
Babak the no show. Thought you'd at least be coming but having to leave early.

I'll post a play by play tomorrow. Flight + 3 hours of sleep = dead Zachary.
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JesusPetry (100 D)
13 Jul 11 UTC
Death with Honor
In order to promote good playing behavior, I'd like to introduce the concept of "Death with Honor", which I suggest to be included as a tie-breaker in tournaments just after the number of wins. Definition follows:
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Draugnar (25 D X)
14 Jul 11 UTC
Random conversations from the edge...
Let's use this thread as a useful tool to just BS about subjects that don't need a thread all their own.
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Oskar (100 D (S))
14 Jul 11 UTC
Need 2 Players for 12hr Gunboat
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=63664

25 point, WTA
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Draugnar (25 D X)
14 Jul 11 UTC
Congrats to dDShockTrooper
He won the LPTPW thread with the following:
"The zombie plague was but an elaborate decoy to allow my american troops to move into key locations around Belgium, such as Burgundy with the support from the rest of Europe to eliminate the zombie threat."
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Gunfighter06 (222 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Your 2012 Presidential Pick
I know it is a little early, but I am curious. If the American presidential election were tomorrow, who would you vote for and why? You can pick Republicans who have not announced their candidacy yet. You can also pick a Democrat that you would pick over Obama.
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jayen (201 D)
14 Jul 11 UTC
points distribution?
I recently won gameID=61459 and I'm confused by the points distribution. Shouldn't the distribution be 20/10/1 scaled up to 135/68/7 and not 131/73/8?
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rayNimagi (375 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Novice Players Wanted!
See inside.
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wonka2 (100 D)
14 Jul 11 UTC
5 minute phase games.
Is anybody willing to have a quick fun 5 minute phase game?
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g01df1ng3r (2621 D)
12 Jul 11 UTC
Fan-fic for WebDiplomacy!
Pondering the idea of writing some fan-fic for some epic games here. Does anyone have suggestions for games with lots of drama, twists, climax, etc? Would the players involved be willing to give interviews for the inside stories?
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Macchiavelli (2887 D)
13 Jul 11 UTC
Why are there so few quality World Dip games here?
I've played hundreds of games, and on this site my win\draw ratio is quite strong, as it generally tends to be. I consider myself to be a strong player, not an expert, but quite skilled.

However, I am noticing that in the World Dip variant, the talent pool seems to be rather shallow...why is this?
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Riphen (198 D)
13 Jul 11 UTC
High Gunboat
2 day phases.
Non anon.
194 D.
WTA. Any interest?
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mr_brown (302 D (B))
13 Jul 11 UTC
PPSC vs. WTA
What are your thoughts? After a couple of couple of games under my belt I'm beginning to grow quite irritated at PPSC. It always seems to dwindle off into one less well doing player helping another better doing player to a solo for a fair share of points. More under the cut.
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Conservative Man (100 D)
11 Jul 11 UTC
I feel like debating
How about we debate the existence of God? (Though I highly doubt anyone will change their minds on this subject)
I am a Christian, but I think I'll let an atheist go first.
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fulhamish (3937 D)
09 Jul 11 UTC
After the private university furore, Dawkins is in trouble again
Apparently one of our elders and betters has made a somewhat questionable analogy between a man chewing gum and the unwelcomed propositioning of a woman at an atheist conference. I am sure that this was eminantly logical but I am just struggling to see how!

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/david-allen-green/2011/07/richard-dawkins-chewing-gum
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Adam Wayne (244 D)
13 Jul 11 UTC
Tournament/League Play
So, maybe you will curse me for starting a new thread about this, but I am curious.

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Yellowjacket (835 D (B))
12 Jul 11 UTC
Paused Game
I have a game that was paused, but one player hasn't returned for 3 days (he is not the one that requested the pause) and everybody else is ready to go again. How long does etiquette demand we wait? Can we even GET somebody to unpause it?
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Babak (26982 D (B))
13 Jul 11 UTC
DC Diplomacy Tournament. 9/30 to 10/1 reduced reg fees until 7/31/2011
Website: http://www.ptks.org/tempest.php
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Cost: Early Registration through 7/31: $45 to PTKS members, $55 to non-members.
more info below...
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DipCastGuys (100 D)
04 Jul 11 UTC
DiplomacyCast tech issues FINALLY resolved, Ep6 is available!
The latest on DiplomacyCast; please read, loyal listeners!
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abgemacht (779 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 (21872 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 (250 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 (21872 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 (250 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 (301 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 (21872 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 (21872 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 (21872 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 (83 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 (779 D (G))
12 Jul 11 UTC
Google+
Absolutely amazing. Having a 7 person video chat right now!
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obiwanobiwan (250 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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