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When Thucydides left the site for a bit, he made an announcement on the forum and his mod powers were revoked. Someone suggested the idea of muting him to see what happened when he came back and his mod powers were restored. (You can't mute mods.) So, I did. I have now looked at his profile and discovered that he is now a mod again. However, I cannot unmute him.
I doubt many people will remember me, but I used to be quite a keen player on the site. I left almost a year ago now, but am back and determined to organize one final (and hopefully epic) game. Details inside.
We seen the stats before about the average number of messages per game. That is one way of looking at it. But some people post lots of short messages, while others write essays. How much do you really write?
People of webDiplomacy: What is your MBTI Personality Type/Socionics type?
I'm off today and thinking about the subject because my girlfriend and I talk about this quite a lot, especially in regard to other people, and I've a feeling the implications of it translate well in predicting Diplomacy behavior. So what are you?
I'll visit the church with his body tomorrow so feel free to join. Regard this thread as a counterbalance to the thread about Kim Jong-Il. If one of the greatest assholes gets his own thread, the greatest pussy should get it as well.
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.