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Putin33 (111 D)
30 Jun 14 UTC
Did Cameron do this on purpose?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/28/cameron-eu-juncker-defeat-britain-exit

His foreign policy is a total shambles but maybe he did this on purpose to accelerate the Brexit. It takes great strategic planning to bungle something this badly.
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steephie22 (182 D (S))
29 Jun 14 UTC
Could someone explain to me how to get the derivative of:
(3x^2+6x)/(2x^3+2)^5
So [(3x^2+6x)/(2x^3+2)^5]'=.....
I've missed quite some math classes lately and I need to know how to solve this type of thing (and other things but anyway) for a test tomorrow. I could probably figure it out myself eventually, but I just don't have the time and I have quite a bit more to go through.
Would someone be willing to show me the steps I should take?
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obiwanobiwan (248 D)
30 Jun 14 UTC
Of Kurds and Caliphates
http://news.yahoo.com/netanyahu-calls-jordan-support-kurdish-autonomy-214846630.html The ISIS today declared itself to be an Islamic State...and we'll see how long that lasts, or where that goes...meanwhile, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyau called for support for the Jordanians (gee, I can't imagine why) and independence for Iraq's Kurds. Which is a more likely state to be recognized/come into being/"stick," a Kurdistan (if you will) or this ISIS caliphate? Thoughts?
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SandgooseXXI (113 D)
27 Jun 14 UTC
Where the heck is Mad Marx
Mark has been gone for a while huh, anybody say why?
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lixu893 (0 D X)
30 Jun 14 UTC
Good article
Thank you for your blog.
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lixu893 (0 D X)
30 Jun 14 UTC
B.J. Upton powers Braves past Phillies 3-2
Gerald Laird had two hits with a double and RBI for the Braves, who won for the sixth time in seven games though ending their road trip 8-3. Atlanta avenged a three-game sweep by Philadelphia June 16-18 at Turner Field.
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ILN (100 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
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Enraging....
http://www.salon.com/2014/06/24/a_swat_team_blew_a_hole_in_my_2_year_old_son/#comments

Home of the brave my ass.
semck83 (229 D (B))
28 Jun 14 UTC
Thank you for posting this.
ssorenn (3242 D (G))
28 Jun 14 UTC
SWAT teams dont look for small amounts of drugs
Ogion (4375 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
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These days they go in playing war more or less for fun. Police are a bigger threat to Americans than terrorists unfortunately.
Tolstoy (1993 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
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"SWAT teams dont look for small amounts of drugs"

Citation needed. Most of the fatal SWAT raids I'm aware of involved allegations of relatively small amounts of drugs, or other completely trivial offenses. And as often as not, no drugs are found. SWAT raids are more about cops stroking their egos by pretending to be badass commandos (at taxpayer expense, of course - including the multi-million dollar settlements that inevitably ensue when they murder innocent Americans) than any interest in public order.
PSMongoose (2384 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
I'll just point out that this article (though tragic) is horribly biased.

Phrases like:

"Some of my kids’ toys were in the front yard, but the officers claimed they had no way of knowing children might be present."

"It’s been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and he’s still covered in burns."

"There’s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. At least that’s what I’ve been told; I’m afraid to look."

"My husband’s nephew, the one they were looking for, wasn’t there. He doesn’t even live in that house."

"And I could see a pool of blood. The officers yelled at me to calm down and told me my son was fine, that he’d just lost a tooth. It was only hours later when they finally let us drive to the hospital that we found out Bou Bou was in the intensive burn unit and that he’d been placed into a medically induced coma."

"we whisper to him that soon we’ll be taking him home with us."

"A few nights ago, my 8-year-old woke up in the middle of the night screaming, 'No, don’t kill him! You’re hurting my brother! Don’t kill him.'"

"and doctors are still not able to fully assess lasting brain damage."

These all obviously appeal to emotions - the make the reader pity the poor boy who may have "lasting brain damage" due to the 'evil, uncaring, criminally-incompetent' SWAT team. It makes the reader desire to impose sanctions on the 'obviously-overreaching' SWAT raids. 'What if this was my child?' the reader exclaims.

Well, America, is one wounded boy a good reason to stop an otherwise-effective program? Do you agree with the 'not-at-all-biased-mother' that we should hate the filthy cops that did this?

Should we stop SWAT raids to prevent a horrible event like this from happening in the future?

Or just perhaps a firm reprimand telling the officers to stop throwing flash grenades into the cribs of small children...
President Eden (2427 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
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yeah, he just put a toddler in a coma, that MIGHT merit a slap on the wrist...

smh are you serious mongoose come on. it's a one-sided article because this is a one-sided event. pointing out facts about the officers' behavior isn't "bias."
ckroberts (3548 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
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I imagine if my kid was scarred for life and maybe going to die because moron wannabe soldiers were too stupid not to realize there was a child in a home before they acted out their commando fantasies, I'd be pretty biased, too.

But that said,

"Should we stop SWAT raids to prevent a horrible event like this from happening in the future?"

Yes! This seems so obvious. Why are they using SWAT teams in non-violent situations? A recent ACLU study found only 7% of SWAT raids were “for hostage, barricade, or active shooter scenarios.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/06/24/new-aclu-report-takes-a-snapshot-of-police-militarization-in-the-united-states/)

Even if you think it's worthwhile to keep the current program of locking people up for non-violent drug use and trafficking (which is wrong but let's concede that for the moment), it's definitely not worth using SWAT teams to do it. All it does is contribute to the hyper-militarization of police, get people wounded or killed, and exacerbate the divide between the police and the rest of the community.
Draugnar (0 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
Locking them up for trafficking is *not* wrong. You can't stop the flow of drugs if you don't stop the transporters. But yeah, SWAT is over used and honestly, every city or county does *not* need commandos in blue.
ckroberts (3548 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
I agree about too many SWAT teams. New York and LA and other large cities probably need one. But even then, it's the whole "everything looks like a nail when all you've is a hammer" situation.

I hate to get this thread too off-topic, but: Generally speaking, I oppose locking anyone up for any crime which does not involve actual or threatened violence on person or property, both on principle and practical grounds. And I'm not convinced stopping the "flow of drugs" is even possible, much less worth the cost; even in Singapore, where they execute drug dealers, there's still a small drug trade. If you want to have the highest rate of executions in the world, you can stamp out most of the drug trade, but even then not all of it.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
28 Jun 14 UTC
Pretty fucked up...

Is there an official statement on this? Or any statement by police, for that matter?
steephie22 (182 D (S))
28 Jun 14 UTC
Hmm, found a different take on the story. Didn't get the time to read all of it yet, but thought it's worth posting anyway.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/30/us/georgia-toddler-injured-stun-grenade-drug-raid/index.html
The different take being a lame way to cover their asses...

"When the SWAT team hit the home's front door with a battering ram, it resisted as if something was up against it, the sheriff said, so one of the officers threw the flash-bang grenade inside the residence.
Once inside the house, the SWAT team realized it was a portable playpen blocking the door, and the flash-bang grenade had landed inside where the 19-month-old was sleeping, the sheriff said."

This isn't how physics works, if you couldn't get the door open with a battering ram because a playpen was up against it, you couldn't throw a grenade through the still-closed door into the playpen on the other side.

"No officers have been suspended, and Staples said he expects the review of the incident -- being conducted by Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman -- to take about a week."

Oh yeah, real sorry, absolutely devastated. In any other profession these guys would be locked up on several charges. All of them are back at work, haven't been suspended and... oh, this article's a month old, review supposedly took a week, results when?
Putin33 (111 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
"I oppose locking anyone up for any crime which does not involve actual or threatened violence on person or property"

Distributing poison for profit is violence. Libertarians minimize anything but direct brute force.

"And I'm not convinced stopping the "flow of drugs" is even possible, much less worth the cost; even in Singapore"

I'm convinced that Singapore is a much nicer place to live than countries with free-for-all drug trafficking laws.
Draugnar (0 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
So, after reading the second story, it makes the cops seem even more incompetent. Supposedly a CI had just bought drugs there but the guy they came to bust wasn't there. So the CI lied and the cops trusted his word? All the more reason to strip the *cops* of their super weapons and arm ourselves.
Putin33 (111 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
Great idea. Because the urban murder rates aren't high enough and we need more wackos walking around public libraries with heavier ammo than cops.

If rural/suburban white folk want to shoot each other, go ahead. But stop trying to impose your absurd ideas on the rest of us.
Putin33 (111 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
I do love how one bad incident like this is enough to make the anti-authority types call for drastic changes to SWAT teams, but a gazillion shootings every year isn't enough for the same people to advocate basic gun regulations.

Very selective concern for public safety. Evidently when private citizens shoot people, it's ok. Nothing to worry about.
Draugnar (0 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
I said arm.ourselves, but should have clarified... I mean in our own homes. I'm not a fan of every moron having a conceal carry permit. But I'm also not a fan of cops like my brother on power trips having access to high power military grade weaponry.
ckroberts (3548 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
@Putin: "Distributing poison for profit is violence."

It seems to me that many drugs sold on the black market are no more harmful than legal ones; I'd much prefer someone I loved use or abuse, if I had to pick, too much marijuana or ecstasy than too much Johnny Walker. So do you think Anheuser-Busch InBev are purveyors of violence? Do you think it's worth executing people to stop them from distributing marijuana or opium?

"one bad incident"

Ha. This isn't one bad incident; it's indicative of a large scale shift in how American police forces operate. I can suggest some links and books if you're interested in learning more about it (which of course you aren't), but everyone should read The New Jim Crow and Rise of the Warrior Cop, regarding criminal justice issues. Given this statement: "rural/suburban white folk" it sounds like you think urban police forces have a fine relationship with black urban residents, or that urban residents need/want more police authority to use things like SWAT teams and flash-bang grenades. I can assure you that this is not the case.

@Draug We can't completely go back to it, because of suburbanization and such, and I don't want to risk a sentimental view of the past, but I think the days when cops walked the beat, maybe with only a baton, was a better time. Something bad happened when police started thinking of non-police as "civilians."
Draugnar (0 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
And I do support gun regulations. In fact I support stronger control than we have now and I support *enforcing* the laws we have now. The problem.is we have a huge ass loop hole with gun shows and private sales. I've presented in other threads my views time and again and several gun control proponents on here said they sounded fair and reasonable. You have been gone for a while and not seen them, so I suggest you go search through the last 6 or 8 months.

Require all gun owners to have a license that is renewed (like a drivers license) and have riders based on type of gun as well as use restrictions (also like a DL and would include the conceal carry) them require *all* sales to be registered. In addition (and we do this with pseudoephedrine now) make all ammunition sales tracked and restricted in quantity over time. If you don't have the license rider for a cartridge based semi automatic, you can't buy munitions for it. I see 5 basic gun types. Highpowered/semi auto rifle, semi auto hand gun, bolt action rifle, revolver, shotgun. I'd allow collectible pieces like flintlocks and blunderbusses to be classed under "collectors items" and not require a rider for them. To get the rider, you'd have to take a course and pass a test specific to that style of weapon. Every so often (4 years maybe) you'd have to resubmit to a background check to renew your license or your guns become illegal.

Additionally, every registered firearm (excluding the collectors types) have to be test fired and the round as well as the cartridge scanned and stored in a database for use by law enforcement. Don't want to test fire your AK47? Then the barrel has to be filled in so it can never be used.
Draugnar (0 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
@ckroberts - X kills dude. I've no problem.with pot and support it' legalization (although I have never tried it and have no desire) but ecstasy can kill. You really don't want a loved one on it.
I'd much rather deal with trying to convince a friend or loved one to give up a drug on which they're addicted due to a lack of self-control than I would rather deal with trying to help a friend or loved one survive a savage attack from a needledick cop with no self-control. This is a non-question. The cop attack is a completely uncontrollable situation with no realistic preventative or recuperative solution; you just have to hope they don't throw a grenade at your sleeping kid or shoot you for "making a "threatening" gesture" and go from there. The drug problem is at least something within you or your friend's control.
Draugnar (0 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
Neither solution is tenable as the whole point of addiction is you *aren't* under control. But addictions shod be treated not criminalized while the sale should be what carries the criminal penalty. But cops don't need military grade weapons. If the cold war taught us anything, it's that escalation is not a solution. The cops get military automatics, flash bangs, and night vision and the criminals will respond with more powerful ways to kill the cops and the rest of us get caught in the middle.

The problem with the US isn't gun control of law abiding citizens, it's this so called war that has cops armed to the teeth with an assortment of weapons that can kill raidly and indiscriminately and the criminals answering with more powerful weapons and ammunition they get by stealing them from the cops either directly or indirectly.
Putin33 (111 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
"I'd much prefer someone I loved use or abuse, if I had to pick, too much marijuana or ecstasy than too much Johnny Walker. So do you think Anheuser-Busch InBev are purveyors of violence?"

This is always the line of argument. There are other bad substances being distributed so therefore it should be a free-for-all on all of them. This really undermines your case. If alcohol is as bad as you say (and I'm not disagreeing) then why is the lesson that we should make all sorts of substances more accessible and more legal? That doesn't make any sense. I'm sure you won't deny the very strong link between alcohol and violence/criminality. So we should just make this more of a problem?

"So do you think Anheuser-Busch InBev are purveyors of violence? "

Yes.

"Do you think it's worth executing people to stop them from distributing marijuana or opium?"

If the choice is between your free-for-all policy and rampant drug trafficking/addiction, and Singapore's policy. I'd take Singapore's in a heartbeat.

"This isn't one bad incident; it's indicative of a large scale shift in how American police forces operate."

Fine, but why do you only seem concerned about how the police behave and not how private citizens are shooting anything and everything? I can't take the libertarian concern about violence seriously when they seem so glib about gun violence committed by anybody who isn't police.

""rural/suburban white folk" it sounds like you think urban police forces have a fine relationship with black urban residents, or that urban residents need/want more police authority to use things like SWAT teams and flash-bang grenades. I can assure you that this is not the case.
"

I can assure you that support for gun regulations is far higher in urban centers, but has been repeatedly been overturned thanks to a rural based gun lobby that has absolutely no stake in the effects of their pernicious advocacy of free-for-all gun laws.

Putin33 (111 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
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It's also funny how the same people who oppose gun laws claim that the existence of abortion clinics in poor minority urban areas is evidence of a campaign of 'genocide', but the presence of cheap gun stores next to payday loan businesses and pawnshops isn't evidence that the gun industry wants to exterminate black people.
ckroberts (3548 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
Draug, my understanding is that virtually all of the life-threatening danger associated with MDMA has to do with uncertainty about its contents (being illegal). But I am not 100% sure about it. Either way, Eden is right (as are you) about the bigger picture. Whatever the dangers of drug use, more grenades and assault weapons for militarized police does not constitute a solution.

Putin, I think you misunderstand me. America gets by fine with legal alcohol and prescription narcotics. I don't think legalizing marijuana or opium tea is going to bring down the republic.

"Fine, but why do you only seem concerned about how the police behave and not how private citizens are shooting anything and everything? I can't take the libertarian concern about violence seriously when they seem so glib about gun violence committed by anybody who isn't police. "

There is a fundamental difference between violence by agents of the state, which in a representative government are supposed to be responding to and indeed acting in the name of the citizenry, and actions by and among private citizens. In other words, I am responsible for the actions of the state, if in only a small way, and therefore have a greater concern for them. It is the same reason that I don't think it should be illegal to, for example, for a bigoted person to refuse to consider marriage someone of a different race, but the government should recognize interracial marriage. It's way I wouldn't mind a legal lottery system, but I oppose a state running the lotto. (If I am remembering correctly from previous discussions, you are smart enough to understand this difference but will pretend not to, but I'm throwing it out there anyway.)

"I can assure you that support for gun regulations is far higher in urban centers, but has been repeatedly been overturned thanks to a rural based gun lobby that has absolutely no stake in the effects of their pernicious advocacy of free-for-all gun laws. "

I'm not talking about gun regulations (or abortion, which for whatever reason you bring up), I'm talking about police militarization and the associated civil liberties abuses. I suppose it's possible that police forces mistakenly believe that more available firepower for alleged criminals means that they need to ramp up their forces, but police deaths and assaults against police have been dropping for years, part of the general decline in crime in America. We non-police have far more to fear from the police than they do from the general public.
Tru Ninja (1016 D (S))
28 Jun 14 UTC
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Not to defend the police but lets look at this with a bit of logic:

1) I believe the crib was against the door. Therefore, what parents would place one right there blocking an entrance? Our kids' cribs were always NOT blocking a door. This means that the parents were using the crib as defense.

2) when you're into selling drugs and guns, the police aren't the worst of your worries. Many a house or shed has burned to the ground as a result of cooking meth. Plus, you deal with shady characters who do desperate things when they're addicted and need their fix.

3) my heart goes out to the child and the family. The circumstances are horrible but the county is paying for the child's surgery. They are doing what they can to take care of the child.

4) the police had legal orders to flash and bang the house and just because a family HAS children does NOT mean they are home. One news report indicated the police had info that the family had been staying elsewhere for an extended period.

I'm not trying to defend the atrocity of the situation, merely to look objectively at both sides.
ssorenn (3242 D (G))
28 Jun 14 UTC
You all know that like most narcotics extasxy was legal and perscribed at one point
Tru Ninja (1016 D (S))
28 Jun 14 UTC
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Moot point. In some societies, murder could go unpunished regardless of the reason.
ssorenn (3242 D (G))
28 Jun 14 UTC
It's just sad that a child had to bear the brunt of this.
Kallen (1169 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
This story breaks my heart for the family
Texastough (25 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
This story is sad and I didn't read all the comments but I agree with the first guy. They don't call in a swat team if the kid just possessed a small amount of drugs. Something else was going on there and I don't think we can pass judgement effectively until we know what that is.
Jamiet99uk (35 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
He had previous form for firearms and drugs violations, and they didn't know there was a baby in the house.
Putin33 (111 D)
29 Jun 14 UTC
If the child been killed by a random private citizen, none of the anti-authority types would give a damn.
mapleleaf (0 D X)
29 Jun 14 UTC
"The problem with the US isn't gun control of law abiding citizens" Lance Corporal Fagnaur U.S.M.C.

AAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA. WHAT A STUPID AMERICAN.

I laugh when your children die.
ssorenn (3242 D (G))
29 Jun 14 UTC
We laugh, when your wife tries to be the whore she wants to be, because you being peckerless, she got to get it somewhere
ssorenn (3242 D (G))
29 Jun 14 UTC
Oh maplebitch I shall follow all your posts and berate you perpetually. JMO might not be able to do it, but I can and will enjoy every minute of it.
zultar (4170 D Mod (P))
29 Jun 14 UTC
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@ssorenn,
Please don't badger mapleleaf. It is not going to make the situation any better. It is really not constructive to follow people you don't like and berate and badger them.

@mapleleaf,
If you want to make a point about gun ownership and control, that's fine, but saying that you take pleasure when kids die is offensive and does not add to the conversation. It is not acceptable on this site.
ssorenn (3242 D (G))
29 Jun 14 UTC
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@Zultar
I hear what you are saying and am adhere to what you want, as long as he stops spewing his hate, otherwise i will persist....thats only fair. I am all for some site moderation as i have brought this up before.....there are some great threads here and people generally have some very intelectual things to say, even if they differ from my own opinion
i had posed the question before, what is to much and where does it stop, and the response i got was, How dare i suggest that there be a limit on a free open forum... well Zultar, you cant have it both ways. As i said, in the interest of a better forum i will cease and desist
Draugnar (0 D X)
29 Jun 14 UTC
Harass away ssorenn. If maplelaff doesn't like it, he can mute you.
VirtualBob (242 D)
29 Jun 14 UTC
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If a maple leaf posted in the forum and everyone had him muted, would he still be an idiot?
mapleleaf (0 D X)
30 Jun 14 UTC
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Actually, I'm fine with this most level-headed, thoughtful, typical american following me, as it were, and posting it's views.

I can see why OTHER americans would be embarrassed, but it makes ME look like a genius by comparison. lol.


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ThatBuhlLarry (42 D)
29 Jun 14 UTC
For Advertising Games:
World Dip. -> One more player needed!!!

http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=143877
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Bob Genghiskhan (1363 D)
29 Jun 14 UTC
Question for the mods:
I note we have some newish stats, like reliability rating. Ilove the idea of this. Is there some way we can set up games with a minimum reliability rating threshhold for participants? That would be a really nice way to filter out the people who join live games and then immediately quit the moment the game does not work out for them.
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Draugnar (0 D X)
28 Jun 14 UTC
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One great reason to drive a Mercedes...
Roadside service for life... Just saved me a headache and a bill. Had a blowout, made a phone call, 30 minutes later, they are changing my tire and setting up an appointment for tomorrow morning to get the blown one replaced.
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Draugnar (0 D X)
21 Jun 14 UTC
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SRG inspired by Chaqa's...
Simple rules. Each home SC (yours or opponents) gets one build. One build for every three non home SCs. So only 26 total units at most and everyone will want enemy home SCs more than the others. Interested?
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fulhamish (4134 D)
27 Jun 14 UTC
UK population growth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27972335
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jkk0001 (40 D X)
27 Jun 14 UTC
Longest Game?
Whats the longest game you guys have been in? I'm in a live gunboat right now thats in 1919...
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Chaqa (2672 D (B))
12 Jun 14 UTC
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Mafia III.V: The Second Coming
Soon.
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Putin33 (111 D)
28 Jun 14 UTC
The results are invalid: My opponent is an android
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/27/frank-lucas_n_5537217.html

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Kallen (1169 D)
27 Jun 14 UTC
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What does FIFA 2014 have to do with the WebDip Mods?
http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/world-cup-memes-2014-3.jpg


^this
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torra6 (218 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
Fast game
If anyone wants to play a fast game join here now! We will play fast. http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=143845
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ERAUfan97 (506 D)
27 Jun 14 UTC
Ann Coulter
what a whack job http://www.eonline.com/news/554865/ann-coulter-slams-world-cup-fans-growing-interest-in-soccer-is-a-sign-of-the-nation-s-moral-decay
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ssorenn (3242 D (G))
27 Jun 14 UTC
who wants to game?
WTA,ANON,24 hour phases, and FULL PRESS

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Yellowjacket (835 D (B))
27 Jun 14 UTC
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On nationalism and immigration
Seems legit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsPDT5qHtZ4
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Kallen (1169 D)
26 Jun 14 UTC
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Coastal Movement
Normally, when two units make a move to each other's territories, it causes a bounce (Rhur moves to Munich while Munich moves to Rhur). However, would coasts be treated as different territories for fleets? For example, could a fleet in Spain (nc) move to MAO while another fleet in MAO moved to Spain (sc)? Same with Bulgarian coasts and Constantinople. Thanks in advance!
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mapleleaf (0 D X)
25 May 14 UTC
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Elliot Rodger shoots a whole bunch of students.
Thank God they were all americans. 6 of them died. Hee hee. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
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obiwanobiwan (248 D)
22 Jun 14 UTC
The Favorite Author Tournament: THE FINAL FOUR!
OK, sorry for the delay...and the continued delay--we'll start Midnight tonight. ORWELL! DICKENS! POE! TOLKIEN! Who will advance?

And a bonus question, just for schnicks and giggles--what's the first book you read after high school (or, if it was a while ago, the earliest book you can remember reading after high school?) Just curious to see what we get.
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Kallen (1169 D)
27 Jun 14 UTC
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America Hate Thread
Putin, mapleleaf, and anybody else who feels the need to express disdain about the US, please feel free to share your feels in here. Everyone else, don't click open and have one less thing to piss you off =]
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NigeeBaby (100 D (G))
27 Jun 14 UTC
You can put lip-stick on Ann Poulter but ........
http://www.salon.com/2014/06/26/ann_coulter_no_american_whose_great_grandfather_was_born_here_is_watching_soccer/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
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Dunecat (5899 D)
27 Jun 14 UTC
Starting a new game, my friends. It's been a minute.
New game, open to all. Classic map, 500 D buy-in, winner takes all.

http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=143927
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ILN (100 D)
27 Jun 14 UTC
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'Lazy Greeks' aren't so lazy after all
http://euobserver.com/social/124761#.U6wWJN4c02x.facebook

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obiwanobiwan (248 D)
26 Jun 14 UTC
Worst Non-Sitcom TV Show You've Ever Watched? (4 Episodes Minimum)
Friends were raving about this Netflix show, "Orange is the New Black." Watched. ..It's awful. Wall to wall. The main lead (not the actress herself, she seems to be trying, at least) is like the adult equivalent of Bella Swann meets Every Yuppie Character Ever. Every character's a stereotype. Every guy is a perv, sex-crazed ass, douche, OR just has no life whatsoever. The writing is as bad as I've seen...and yet, this won awards? xD So, worst shows?
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NigeeBaby (100 D (G))
25 Jun 14 UTC
Is it just me or .....
..... is there a lot of death and destruction going on at the minute.
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ssorenn (3242 D (G))
26 Jun 14 UTC
JMO = King Mod
We all want to thank JMO for his service to the site.

No crying from the Mods!!!!!!!!!
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