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Yonni (83 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
Changing my IP
I have an account on MLB.com but cannot watch the Jays game because it's blacked out in my area. Does anyone know a quick and safe way to get around the restrictions? Feel free to PM me so multis don't get any ideas.
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fiedler (897 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
I've just had...
TWO cans of coke, even though Mommy says I have to go to bed in an hour.
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dubmdell (556 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
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The Thread for People Who Want to Gunboat Good and Do Other Stuff Good Too
Would the gunboaters who frequent the 1000 D buy-in games please post here how they play gunboats so the rest of us may learn from you? Looking at a game isn't enough, we need to know what you're thinking when you see a board. What does the better player see that I miss?
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Tettleton's Chew (0 D X)
02 Apr 12 UTC
Glad that the U.S. is not Europe
Euro zone unemployment reaches near 15-year high
Joblessness in the 17-nation currency zone rose to 10.8 percent - in line with a Reuters poll of economists - and 0.1 D worse than in January, Eurostat said on Monday.
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krellin (21 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
BAD TROLL ROOM (Putin...in here...)
That's right, bitch...
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abgemacht (779 D (G))
05 Apr 12 UTC
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Attention Men!
It is very important you see this:

http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/
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Jamiet99uk (67 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
So..... women "deserve" beards? I'm supportive of greater equality but you seem to be taking it to absurd lengths. My beard is not oppressive to women.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
No. It is not oppressive. The actual content of the random differences between people is completely unimportant except that it creates a difference between people.

It's exactly the same reason that interracial marriage and children is a good thing. Not because I, as a white guy "deserve" darker skin in the way you mean, but because *humanity* deserves a world where there aren't people who have light vs. dark skin, people who have beards vs. those who don't, people who wear makeup at the club vs. those who don't.

Do you see where I'm going? Me having light skin isn't oppressing anyone either except to the extent that my light skin makes me white.

Also me having a beard wouldn't oppress anyone except to the extent that it reminds the world I am male and not female.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
I'm not sure why you guys are getting so hung up on the beard thing, it is one of many things that differentiates the sexes.

It just happens that it can be easily removed, easily both logistically and socially in that lots of other people do it already.
Gobbledydook (100 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
Yes, but it cannot be easily gained if you are a woman.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
Exactly. The reason the beard is clear cut is that there is only one way to normalize - for men to shave. Women can't grow beards.

With skirts the questions is should men be allowed to wear skirts, or should women stop wearing them?
Jamiet99uk (67 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
I see where you're going and I don't like it. Differences between people make life interesting. We should embrace and celebrate each others' differences, not seek to eliminate them. Your ideal of a world where everyone is the same is weird and I can't support it.
I agree. It seems like you're moving towards mandatory uniformity thucy. I'm fine agreeing it would be better if there was no stigma attached between the two sexes for a give action/aesthetic choice, but it should still be a choice.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
not the same.

imposing the full measure of sameness we are capable of would indeed decimate our world and its system and much of our humanity. for reference see Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron."

His central point I hold to - we should not seek to mitigate the differences in people's abilities. Only superficial things like appearance do we seek to mitigate.

So the question to ask if you want to know if a difference has any place existing is:

1) is the difference necessary, i.e., can we eliminate it if we choose to?
2) is the difference perpetuated only by custom, and not by a practicality?

if the answer to both of these is yes then it is firstly a difference i hope will disappear and secondly a difference that WILL disappear provided the continued advancement of our egalitarian civilization. it is only a matter of time or civilizational collapse.

So, let's try some examples:

1) Sexual organs
2) Codes of dress
3) Abilities in sport
4) Attractiveness to mates
5) Hair colors
6) languages

1 is necessary in that we cannot meaningfully change this. It is also practical in that sexual organs are our primary means of reproduction. These differences will remain if technology doesn't much change.

2 will coalesce because as I was saying our modes of dress are nothing more than a product of historical norms. Just as women are now wearing the clothes of men, men will more and more wear the clothes of women as feminism achieves total victory, eventually blurring the lines between men and women's fashion totally. Physical differences will remain but fewer and fewer artificial and arbitrary differences will persist. The last to die, of course, will be those that exaggerate womens' sexuality thanks to the sexual behavior of males, but they too will go - if they can do it in Muslim countries ("it" meaning create a culture of non-sexual dress) then it can be done elsewhere, if in a vastly different way for vastly different reasons

3 - these will not go away because it is competition and difficulty that gets our blood boiling. differences in ability will remain because they are what make us individual - if they are removed there will be pushback until the state of nature is regained in this regard - see Harrison Bergeron

4 - These things may appear to change but will not actually change. People may begin to dress similarly across cultures and genders but are unlikely to change a hierarchization in terms of attractivess - as long as we are interested in sex, we will continue to publish "hot lists" and such, no doubt.

5 - Hair colors. This may begin to coalesce thanks to dyes, and indeed already has to the extent that any person can have any hair color. But what is more important is the eventual combination of humanity's genetic material into what amounts to a single phenotype, and thus a single hair color, probably black or dark brown. same with skin color and other "racial" features

6 - this will continue to coalesce for the same reasons other topics of globalization are in the middle of unifying, but there is a significant loss associated with language diversity in terms of cultural intelligence that may merit the attempt to preserve languages, although the difference is usually perceived by ordinary people to be a nuisance and an arbitrary custom which leads people to strive to learn each others' languages. as long as this force is at play and no collapse comes to our communication technology it is reasonable to expect all people will speak a mutually intelligible language one day.

see what i mean?

Coming back to the beards allow me to put my choice to shave (for the reasons we've been discussing anyway) in different terms.

If a women who puts on pantsuit (an outfit whose appeal draws from its similarity to men's business suits, affording some of their legitimacy, credibility and power to women) is conforming to patriarchy by assuming elements of masculinity, which has up until now been the primary motion as women are liberalized and enter male domains, then my choice to shave is so-far-uncommon example of a common male choice to conform to matriarchy, i.e., to make oneself look more like a woman. it is thought men began to shave originally so as not to scare away women, because beards are shown among both men and women to engender feelings of mistrust and unease - stemming from the difference, just like people are shown to be uneasy around people that don't look like them more often than with people who resemble themselves.

So that's why I embrace it - our culture currently contains precious few examples of opportunities for men to embrace matriarchal norms of personal appearance while remaining within cultural legitimacy.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
it also seems to me that you chums think i am predicting a future where everyone essentially wears a uniform - it's not that at all. it's just a world where no area of fashion is off limits to any person. there's not a "black" way to dress or a feminine way to dress. there are just ways to dress.

the last to go will actually almost certainly be modes of dress related to class and income. if we ever truly fix up our world these may also disappear but that is almost impossible for our limited minds to truly conceive at this point in history
Jamiet99uk (67 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
@ Thucy: WHY is what you propose a good thing? Why would it, for example, be beneficial to society for everyone to have the same hair colour? I don't understand why you are pushing this ideal.
Octavious (1335 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Lol!

How do you deal in intellectual inequality in this future of yours, Thucy? Lets say racial, sexual, and class barriers are finally overcome. People will aspire to do the jobs they are best able to do without anything standing in their way. The highly intelligent will mix more and more purely with only other people of high intelligence. The same will be true of the less intelligent. Give it a few generations and you will have devisions in society based on intelligence that are potentially more damaging than those we are used to.

You can see this happening even now. In the good old days of the class system the ruling classes were made up of the bright and the buffoons. In factories, on farms, and in shops you would find extremely bright people of the lower classes, from the ranks of whom came the great revolutionaries, union leaders and social reformers who made the world what it is today. Now the crappy jobs are done almost exclusively by idiots, which is a reason why service is so awful these days.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Yeah as I said Octavious merit and ability will never be mitigated - all people would be helped to excel as much as could be done but if differences remained those would be a part of society as they are now.

Jamie - it would be a good thing because, just behaviorally speaking, people who look like each other treat each other better. It's stupid, it's irrational, but that's just the way we are.
Octavious (1335 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Nope, not as they are now. You help people to achieve their potential and it will taken to an extreme far more advanced than anything we witness today. And the discrimination will be a lot worse than anything experienced before. Things got pretty bad when the differences were more imagined than reality. Think of how ghastly humans could be to each other when the differences are real?

Thucydides (1012 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
You're talking about Brave New World style Alphas, Betas, etc.?

Yeah that's a risk. Humans are never going to be perfected. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try... so I don't really see what you're saying. Unless you're saying we shouldn't try which is laughable.
Jamiet99uk (67 D (B))
09 Apr 12 UTC
@ Thucy: Your logic is still massively flawed in my opinion.

People treat each other differently based on their appearance. It's stupid. It's irrational. So the answer is not to tackle the symptom, as you propose to do by making everyone look the same, but to tackle the cause, by deconstructing people's attitudes and pursuing an ideal where people are *not* disposed to treat people favourably or unfavourably based on the colour of their skin or hair.

You think that racism should be eliminated by abolishing race. I think racism should be eliminated by abolishing racism. You think ill-treatement of women should be eliminated by blurring the lines between genders, I think ill-treatment of women should be eliminated by abolishing sexism.

Now since you admitted you were talking about an "ideal", why is your approach better than mine?
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
09 Apr 12 UTC
Well, that's the thing Jamie, you can't de-program human nature. You just have to cope with it. Your brute force approach will never fix it up completely.

Despite my personal beliefs I irrationally act on such criteria as personal appearance - and we all do.

We need to do what we can now to eliminate racism, but I can assure you that racism will never truly die until race itself is dead.

My ideal is a world without discrimination, but I am just not fooling myself believing that it can be achieved by talking about it.

The human condition is defined by the beautiful and moral workings of our rational minds in opposition to our implacable irrationality. Humans are supremely irrational creatures and we always will be unless our biology is intentionally altered. So you just have to deal with it.

We do this all the time in other areas. For instance I know that I am not disciplined or rational enough to just awaken right when I need to. So I use a technological aide, an alarm clock.

Here's another example - we know that human beings are prone to making bad choices regarding things like killing each other or smoking. So we create systems that discourage that behavior. Even though, sometimes, we ourselves would have done it, we attempt to correct for our irrationality by legislating it.

Here is another example: I know my brain doesn't work well enough to recall what the teacher wrote on the board in its entirety. So I snap a picture of it.

These all have these things in common:

-First we recognize that something that we want, or something that is rational, is outside our irrational nature.
-Second we create a system to circumvent this dilemma that helps us act correctly.

Essentially we cheat our own flawed system and improve ourselves.

This is the same with discrimination. We observe that we discriminate against people based on appearance. Even those of us who are opposed to such discrimination cannot completely eliminate it, despite wanting to. How then can we eliminate it? All that can be done is to eliminate the difference itself.

Oh, one more example - my ex-girlfriend and I had a bad split - so much so that I know rationally that if I speak to her again I will have a lot of pain. So I deleted her phone number - I don't know the phone number. I can't call even if I want to.

This is wise - because if I want to, it will be from irrationality, not rationality.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
09 Apr 12 UTC
Indeed discrimination is such a part of human nature that it will probably never actually be eliminated, only mitigated through a combination of approaches.
Thucydides (1012 D (B))
09 Apr 12 UTC
Oh I forgot the best example of all:

Capitalism, which takes our insatiable selfishness and makes it something good.
Jamiet99uk (67 D (B))
09 Apr 12 UTC
@ Thucy: "you can't de-program human nature"

I fundamentally disagree. Human nature is not a constant. It is learned.
Jamiet99uk (67 D (B))
09 Apr 12 UTC
Also, capitalism /= "something good". Capitalism is an awful system.
Octavious (1335 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
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@ Thucy

I'm saying we shouldn't try according to some sort of grand plan. Your vision of the best realistic future that you want to work to is the stuff of nightmares. I'd rather die than do anything that makes it more likely to happen. Humans should do what we have always done. We see something is wrong and we try to fix it. Whenever we try an implement some sort of grand ideal it doesn't work because the world and people our too damn complicated.

You need to think smaller.
Octavious (1335 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
Dollar shave is a fine example of small scale thinking that makes lives better.

(sorry, felt I had to link to the OP ;) )


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Mujus (2143 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Jesus Rises from the Dead
http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Jhn&c=20&v=1&t=NLT
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Sargmacher (0 D X)
09 Apr 12 UTC
URGENT Good Position Replacement Needed
gameID=84058

Kenya - strong position. No real dangers.
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Barn3tt (33785 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
Sargmacher 5 pt. Challenge game 10
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=84578
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Vaftrudner (2533 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Vaftrudner's 1000 point challenge
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Thucydides (1012 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Help me craft a style
So I'm rebooting my diplomacy. It's been on autopilot for like a year and half and I'm going nowhere fast... let's talk comprehensive strategies, shall we?
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King Atom (100 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
Heading To the Sex Offender Capital of America...
Guess where that is!
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centurion1 (1478 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
How Karmic is this?
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=85569#gamePanel

draw when there is a cd.
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Emac (0 D X)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Search Options
Can the search option be set to find only new games that are public? Why are password protected games even listed on the same page as public games anyway?
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Lando Calrissian (252 D (S))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Masters
Anyone watching?
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Thucydides (1012 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
RIP The Hanged Man
for he is hung :(
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dubmdell (556 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Gunboat Challenge Game 3 EOG
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rokakoma (18688 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Sargmacher's 1000 Point Challenge - EOG
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Lando Calrissian (252 D (S))
08 Apr 12 UTC
board.php?gameID=82998
EOG
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Sargmacher (0 D X)
08 Apr 12 UTC
EOG Sargmacher's 1000 Point Challenge
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Lopt (100 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Big Live Game (1400 pot)
Join quickly: gameID=85508!

Do you have the guts to take the glory?!
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Geofram (245 D (B))
04 Apr 12 UTC
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TIL That Mormons hate knock knock jokes.
Just happened as I washed from dinner.
Knock knock.
"Evening sir, have a moment to talk about Jesus?"
"You're supposed to wait until I say 'who's there.'"
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NigeeBaby (264 D (G))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Is Messi better than Pele?
"People always ask me: 'When is the new Pele going to be born?' Never. My father and mother have closed the factory."

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dubmdell (556 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
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I wrote a song for Ava and the link works!
Inspired by Sarg's comments in this thread:
http://webdiplomacy.net/forum.php?viewthread=851524
I wrote this song for Ava! I used my friend's twelve string for instrumentation. The link works in this thread. Or it did for me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUdxAQznH9E
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AncientMemories (174 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Something while waiting for the next season
I dunno, i think it's interesting anyways. Give it a second or two to load
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

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DoctorJingles (212 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
Not happy with the Mods
I am currently upset with the mods of webdiplomacy. I allowed my younger sister to make an account on webdip with the use of my personal email. Soon after i am recieving emails accusing me of multi accounting when they can clearly see that my account and my sisters share no games what so ever.
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Mujus (2143 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
The Story of Lazarus Rising from the Dead
http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Jhn&c=11&v=1&t=NLT#
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hellalt (100 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
Masters of Masturbation
gameID=82656
just because of my bad manners Russia gave up on an easy solo just so that I don't survive.
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Thucydides (1012 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
In all seriousness regarding Congolese symphonies
I first heard of the Congolese National Symphony Orchestra here, check it out. Very cool.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8709592.stm
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stranger (492 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
current live game
Italy, we need to draw that game, England CDing destroyed the game.
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