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Any graduate student/professor of Psychology on this site?
I am interested in doing a correlational study concerning the game of Diplomacy and its players. For starter, I want to correlate myers-briggs/keirsey personalities and general intelligence with game performance, chat frequency, and country preference. If you are interested, please post here or PM me if you are concerned with your RL identity (preferred).
In 1927, the corrupt politicians of Washington state created a monopoly of ferry rights on Lake Chelan to a company owned by cronies. Today a pair of brothers have a case challenging this monopoly and Will writes brilliantly about it. If you European and not American don't waste your time.
The son doesn't automatically replace the father. Gim Jeong Un does not have any leadership position in Democratic Korea. He is not the Premier, he is not chairman of the WPK, he is not President of the Supreme People's Assembly, he is not chairman of the National Defense Commission.
This stuff about Gim Jeong Un is nothing but speculation. Gim's father was not even running the National Defense Commission since he fell seriously ill last year.
“humility in the face of the mysterious order of the Being”
"politics becomes too much of an expert thing... However, it seems to me that it should be primarily a thing of the citizens, with exceptionally levelled sense of responsibility and understanding of mysterious complexity of being [sic!]" Tokyo, 23 April 1992
"in 1995, he supported and signed another undemocratic law barring communists and former communists from employment in public agencies."
Actually, that law was already approved by Federal parliament on 4 October 1991 and in 1992, lawmakers widened its reach. The Constitutional court ruled that it was OK, although it should be temporary and replaced by a new civil service law. Still, it was a failure, the communist elites that pushed for the end of communism so that they could safely monetize the cultural and social capital they acquired at the expense of the people simply focused their attention elsewhere. In 1994, 40% of economic elites were people who had a job okayed directly by some body of communist party. But that goes beyond the scope of the law, which only affected those who cooperated with State Security secret police.
"Under Czech privatization and “restitution” programs, factories, shops, estates, homes, and much of the public land was sold at bargain prices to foreign and domestic capitalists."
Restitutions were not about selling public property but about handing back property that was nationalized without compenzation over the course of the 20th century. Fields for farmers, shops for Jews (both those who lost them in 1939 or 1950), houses to landlords and estates to former nobility, provided they didn't collaborate with Nazis.
"In 1992, while president of Czechoslovakia, Havel, the great democrat, demanded that parliament be suspended and he be allowed to rule by edict, the better to ram through free-market “reforms.”
Actually, in November 1991, Havel sent laws that would allow him to dissolve parliament and rule by decrees to the Federal Assembly, which turned them down and that was the end of the story. There was nothing authoritative about the way he proposed these laws.
Generally, the article brings nothing ground-breaking, noone probably thinks that communists like Havel even a tiny bit so a critique of his anti-communism will only interest other communists. Still, when rightists criticize him as socialist (even Marxist) or truthlovist, they at least get the basic chronology straight.
By the way, Communist Party of Bohemia nad Moravia distanced itself from the posters of Union of Young Communists of Czechoslovakia which celebrated death of Havel. According to the party, such behaviour is unethical and gross.
1) Please join me in congratulating FK on his promotion to Admin 2) I have drafted a set of guidelines containing every possible scenario I could think of. It is being reviewed by the rest of the mod team now. Although Mods will still have autonomy, it will serve as an official reference for us, so we can do a better job at making consistent decisions.
The website told me to write a four-line summary because my post was too big :oops: I'm organizing a Face-to-Face game in New York City, with the hopes to eventually create a "proper" F2F community! Pitch follows.
I want to host a game at my home with my friends, showing webdiplomacy map on TV screen and using it as move validator. Is there a way to enter orders for all of my friends, using only one user? Some sort of 'game super-user'?
I just watched him tell Jay Leno he is against seatbelt laws. His argument that people have a right to do with their own body is all fine and good, but seatlbelts keep the driver behind the wheel and in better copntrol of their car, therbye protecting the lives of others. He has just proven he is an idiot that can't be put in power.
Well, it's the Holidays--sorry, it's "CHRISTMAS TIME," for all those "War on Christmas" folks--and I know we have a lot of avid readers on the site...and I just finished the two novels I had left over from my semester's worth of free reading ("The Brothers Karamazov," which was decent but 200 pages too long, and "Tess of the D'urbervilles," which was good, if not a tad anti-climactic) and I was wondering--what's everyone reading? Suggestions?