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by Octavious
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit solved
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Brexit solved

Time will tell. The betting sites have it pretty 50/50. The Financial Times best guess is that there will be a handful of votes in it, and they tend to know what they are talking about. Corbyn doesn't intend to use the whip and a fair few Labour MPs are considering voting for it. The 20 odd exTories...
by Octavious
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit solved
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Brexit solved

You underestimate the DUP. Money won't make them accept what they are fundamentally opposed to. As far as I can see the only way this deal passes Parliament is if a host of pro-Brexit Labour MPs rebel, the deal is amended to include a confirmatory vote, or the EU says it's either this deal or no deal.
by Octavious
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump is the Antichrist
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Trump is the Antichrist

Don't know what Trump wants but he knows how to get it...
by Octavious
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park

Ora, I can honestly say that I haven't got the foggiest idea what you're getting at. Do I like the way China does things? Not at all. Do I plan on doing anything about this beyond expressing approval when my government promotes the merits of democracy? Not particularly. Am I going to lose any sleep ...
by Octavious
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park

I'm certainly not worried. There's a world of difference between a customer influencing the product by saying what they are and are not prepared to pay for, and a product being banned. Anyone can make pro-Trump lolly pops, but no one has a right to expect to sell any at a Democrat rally.
by Octavious
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park

Alas, the storm has caused the England France game to be cancelled (and New Zealand Italy, which is a shame for the Italians but has no impact on anything beyond that). Hoping that group A isn't decided by the weather.... Remind me, Ora, when it was that Holywood didn't tailor its films to the sensi...
by Octavious
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Diplomacy Games are Like Onions, Layer 1: Politics
Replies: 20
Views: 1789

Re: Diplomacy Games are Like Onions, Layer 1: Politics

An interesting article. Have to say I am inclined to disagree with a few of the fundamentals, although a lot of the content is sound. The ultimate goal in Diplomacy, that trumps all others, is non-strategic. This goal is simply to have fun. A Diplomacy player who regularly achieves this goal will co...
by Octavious
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park

I'm amazed... South Park used to be allowed in China?!?
by Octavious
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Ashamed of My Country
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Ashamed of My Country

The Yanks couldn't have stayed to provide protection for the Kurds indefinitely. Ultimately they had to withdraw at some stage. The question was always merely what state the Kurds would be in when they left, which the Turks shall discover soon enough. It's worth bearing in mind that the Kurds didn't...
by Octavious
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: China, the NBA, Hearthstone, and South Park

Can't say I have a Scooby what you're on about :-)

This weekend sees England and France play at the world cup, although Japan Scotland is the one I'm most looking forward to. Hopefully the big storm won't cause them to be cancelled.
by Octavious
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Great and unmatched wisdom
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Great and unmatched wisdom

I believe krellin said it best we he uttered those perceptive words...

"dance, monkeys, dance"
by Octavious
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Webdip rank
Replies: 13
Views: 1063

Re: Webdip rank

is your rank determined by your available points, or total points including points in play? Avaliable points. It used to be something of a fashion amongst certain players with a lot of points to hide them in a password protected game that would never start and mascarade as political puppets. Perhap...
by Octavious
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: That Impeachment Thread
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: That Impeachment Thread

It's just Trump being Trump ;) Sorry, I've really not been following the latest storyline in the Trump show. The rugby world cup is on, for God's sake. Priorities, dontchaknow? Besides which, haven't we already exhausted the impeachment line? I thought it was a none starter because you needed 2/3 of...
by Octavious
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Australian State/Territory Law reforms, Abortion, Euthenasia, Marijuana & Prostitution
Replies: 12
Views: 152

Re: Australian State/Territory Law reforms, Abortion, Euthenasia, Marijuana & Prostitution

@ Major Let's move away from things happening without consent, as that's pretty black and white and not of great interest. What I'm talking about is a new airline, or new restaurant say, opening up with female staff contacted to wear revealing clothing and have things like their arses pinched. It wo...
by Octavious
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Very superstitious
Replies: 10
Views: 861

Re: Very superstitious

One should avoid superstitions at all cost. They're frightfully unlucky.
by Octavious
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Australian State/Territory Law reforms, Abortion, Euthenasia, Marijuana & Prostitution
Replies: 12
Views: 152

Re: Australian State/Territory Law reforms, Abortion, Euthenasia, Marijuana & Prostitution

Prostitution is a fascinating one. If you go ahead and legalise it you go and make a workplace environment in which acts, currently viewed as clear sexual harassment, are not only permitted but encouraged. Once you establish this as a precedent, how do you argue against other professions (hospitalit...
by Octavious
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Diplomacy Games are Like Onions, Layer 1: Politics
Replies: 20
Views: 1789

Re: Diplomacy Games are Like Onions, Layer 1: Politics

Octavious, you're an experienced-enough player to already know how and why I would disagree, so I expect my reasoning won't budge you an inch. I just want to stand by my advice to weaker players that playing Gunboat will make them better tacticians. Lol! I only said the first bit to prove I'd read ...
by Octavious
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Coup d'État in the UK
Replies: 45
Views: 704

Re: Coup d'État in the UK

Yes... I recall you using the phrase "one party democracy" before... The passage of time hasn't made it any more convincing, I have to say. I continue to not claim this is a good thing. Just that painting them as 'evil' lacks nuance and plays only into the propoganda of their rivals. Just as painti...
by Octavious
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Diplomacy Games are Like Onions, Layer 1: Politics
Replies: 20
Views: 1789

Re: Diplomacy Games are Like Onions, Layer 1: Politics

The thing about gunboat is that it's some kind of crapshoot, not a serious game. It doesn’t teach you much that's useful for Diplomacy, and does teach a lot of bad habits. I confess I don't actually know what a crapshoot is... a disappointing glorious 12th, perhaps, or the morning after a vindaloo?....
by Octavious
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Coup d'État in the UK
Replies: 45
Views: 704

Re: Coup d'État in the UK

Yes... I recall you using the phrase "one party democracy" before... The passage of time hasn't made it any more convincing, I have to say.