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brainbomb (325 D)
01 Jul 17 UTC
Is the voter fraud investigation a distraction?
Is it Republican Data mining? Beating a dead horse? Or all of the above. It feels like its designed to help Republicans gain shitloads of unsolicited free information about voters. Why else would they need such data? Why not trust the states - many of which are Red states to uphold fair elections.
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Valis2501 (2597 D (G))
29 Jun 17 UTC
Claiming To Represent Flynn, GOPer Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers
https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-operative-sought-clinton-emails-from-hackers-implied-a-connection-to-flynn-1498770851
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Manwe Sulimo (630 D)
09 Jun 17 UTC
300 Point Game
Anybody down to play a 5 min phase anonymous gunboat? I'll need to give final approval for all participants, but if you'd like to express interest, do so in this thread. I'm thinking 07/01/2017 at 5pm EST.
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leon1122 (170 D)
27 Jun 17 UTC
CNN Exposed In Undercover Sting - Producer Admits Russia Story Fake News
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-27/cnn-exposed-undercover-sting-producer-admits-russia-story-fake-news-pushed-ratings
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Dorian (239 D)
01 Jul 17 UTC
Non-random picks
Is it possible to have non-random picks for custom games and tournament play?
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Deeply_Dippy (458 D)
29 Jun 17 UTC
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RIP Jim-Bob Burgess
Yesterday, Doug Kent of Diplomacy World announced the passing of Jim Burgess - one of the Hobby's most consistent and valued publishers.
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mfontecilla (301 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
New Player Registering Error
Hi guys, hope you're doing well. A friend of mine is having issues opening an account, however the validation keeps saying "Mailer error: SMTP Error: Could not authenticate." Does anyone knows how to solve this?
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SuperMario0727 (204 D)
26 Jun 17 UTC
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Diplomacy Strategy: Sphere Theory
First and foremost, this "theory" is based on articles written by other members of the Diplomacy community. This thread is simply an elaboration of those ideas.

This "theory" attempts to craft a general strategy for the game that can be used as a guideline for players.
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cb6000 (100 D (S))
29 Jun 17 UTC
New fleets only game
Game where players build only fleets. Rule change results in non standard openings. gameID=201181. Pw = boats4
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
30 Jun 17 UTC
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Status, wealth, racism, and maybe some socialism.
So at the moment US republicans are trying to make sure access to healthcare is dependent on wealth. But discrimination based on status goes a long way back...
ishirkmywork (1401 D)
30 Jun 17 UTC
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For instance I always immediately try to ally with anyone who has 90 diplomacy points.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
30 Jun 17 UTC
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If you look at rascism or sexism, as it stood in the 19th century, it was used to exclude certain group of people from their rights. So black people (in the US) could be enslaved, and women couldn't own property and were effectively the property of their husbands. Neither had the right to vote.

This acts as a systemic mechanism to reduce the status of groups (not individuals). Just as stereotyping assigns all members of a certain group with an attribute, these political tools deprived people of their rights based on precieved inherent biological flaws.

But that skips several layers of understanding. First you have to understand status, it is based on respect and trust; if one of your friends is respected and trusted by everyone in the group, they can be understood to have higher status, when they speak others will listen, when a group decision needs to be made they will have more influence (and it is not as simple as that, some people may be trusted on certain subjects and not others).

This comes down to personal experience, you get to know the person, and they earned that trust and respect.

This is a very costly and time-consuming exercise, so we have developed several shortcuts. Money shortcuts trust, when you are paid money, you trust that someone else will accept that money for things you want later; it holds value only because of this social trust, and you are willing to exchange your labour for it because you trust the money even if you didn't trust the employer. Money can thus be used as a substitute for power in some ways.

Respect also has its shortcuts, we can respect position rather than the individual who holds them. Your local school headmaster position is one which is respected. All the other parents sending their kids to the schools respect the position, so you feel you can, without necessarily knowing who the individual in this position is. You take the shortcut to respect by you respect the institution - and that nobody lacking the necessary reapect could hold the position.

So institutional position and money can be shortcuts to high status within a society.

Two useful shortcuts. Rascism in particular is a piece of political technology used as a shortcut to lower the status of entire groups. Again, without the time-consuming effort of getting to know them. The Internment of Japanese-Americans during world war 2 was a clear example of this in action. Japanese-Americans were seen as a potential threat by the high status individuals, so thry were excluded from their rights (to a fair trial) and collectively had their status implicitally reduced.

They were not listened to, or respected.

The more extreme example is the Nazis excluding Jewish and LGBT and disabled people from the right to life.

Rascism is a propoganda tool, to lower the status of groups. Excluding them from their rghts. It can be very effective, because lower the status of one group implicitly increases the status of others. White supremecists like racist ideas because thry are elevated (while doing virtually no work to earn it) to a higher status than non-whites.

Today we see muslims excluded. But also poor people. The assumption being that your worth as a person is determined not by skin colour, gender, or religion, but by your bank balance. This is affording the most respect and influence to those with the most money.

It is a system which says not all humans are equal or deserve equal treatment, but that status buys them rights. And money is the only important consideration when accessing someone's status.

Socialism is the ideal of a classless society. It is one where no group is held above another. Where all people are consider equal, regardless of what job they choose, or where they went to school, or any other consideration. And now i vere into the hypothetical, because there has never been an ideal socialist state. One where money doesn't equal power.

Human nature being what it is, people will seek power and status even without money. For example, in the soviet union, when the currency was restricted in what it *could* buy (whether due to rationing or close markets) workers would do overtime, produce more than their quota and sell the excess privately for gold. The fact that money couldn't be used meant it had lost the trust we place in it, and the workers found an alternative method for accumulating power (in systems with money someone could simply have skimmed some cash off the top).

In an ideal socialist state, people would still strive for status. Like Olympic athletes, they would compete to be the best, strive to earn a reputation, even without money or power resulting from their achievements. Scientist would still compete for prestige, even if they weren't competing for grant money.

Socialism requires not just the elimination of racism and sexism, or ableism and homopobia, or transphobia and misogyny. Socialism requires the elimination of wealth as a source of privilege. It require dismantling power structures which have existed for millenia. And displacing the wealthy and power from their power.

Some of that may seem challenging, other parts impossible. The reason i related the story of Russians circumventing their currency when it's lack of power to purchase goods made it redundant is because whatever solution is proposed, some people will try to find a loophole to privilege themselves.

Today, however, the moves we see in the republican health care bill more away from this ideal. They emphasise the importance of money for determining who should be included or excluded from healthcare. They divide not based on race or sex, but based purely on wealth (though for historic reasons, this will hurt discriminated against groups like women, people of colour, and other minorities which have been discriminated against, more than others).

Health and education can be considered fundamental human rights. Necessary for the 'pursuit of happiness'. Directly affecting the quality of life for all. To those who believe that life is sacred, or that the right to life should be inviolable, i ask simpl this, what is the point in protect the right to life, without also protecting the quality of that life. Would it have been ok for Nazis to have kept all the Jews alive, and only tortured and starved them, while using them as slave labour? Without quality of life, the right to life is rather meaningless. And we must act to protect that.

ishirkmywork (1401 D)
30 Jun 17 UTC
http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/06/american-history-one-tweet


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The_Meep (100 D)
29 Jun 17 UTC
New player - submitting support orders
Hi. Could someone please explain the syntax for submitting a support order? It shows up as: Army at X support move to Y from Z.
So, X is the supporting army. But is Y the Army that is being supported or the territory that they are attacking?
Thanks!
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brainbomb (325 D)
30 Jun 17 UTC
Have you ever been to Hell?
Some people have near death experiences and claim they see white light and hear heavenly music. Some have even claimed to have been to heaven and come back. But has anyone ever been to Hell? Like they go into a coma or have a near death moment and learn theyre going to hell?
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Randomizer (35 D)
21 Jun 17 UTC
EU court says coincidence is good enough
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/21/health/vaccines-illness-european-court-bn/index.html
Court ruling that scientific proof isn't needed to blame a drug for illness. Just get enough cases to establish cause and effect.
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CommanderByron (858 D (S))
28 Jun 17 UTC
NORTH CENTRAL PA F2F Inquiry
My restaurant is looking to host a game night; I do not have a date or time but are there 7+ people in the area or willing to travel to Williamsport PA; if such an event were planned?
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Scrub (198 D)
29 Jun 17 UTC
Live game
I've always wanted to try a live game and today I actually have a free day. Please join gameID=201182 and post more live games to join
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WildcatSir19 (347 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
Known World
How do you start a game of the variant Known World?
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peterlund (1310 D (G))
27 Jun 17 UTC
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US image - steep decline
But I guess you don't care... ;(
http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/06/26/u-s-image-suffers-as-publics-around-world-question-trumps-leadership/
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Yoyoyozo (182 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
Largest pot game ever?
In September I'm going to start a game titled "Wrath of the Titans."
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MajorMitchell (1033 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
Contest to decide if Dipbro Brainbomb is real
World games, anonymous and names, Classic Anon and names, Classic, HDV & RP...all only five points to enter....passwords, crack them if you can ( they're very simple )
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Hippopankake (80 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
Need person
I need 1 more person for a modern game there is no password modern-8 is the games name
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Hamilton Brian (736 D (B))
25 Jun 17 UTC
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GB 3 Game Tournament
Being in the middle of a pretty long, drawn-out game, I feel the need to flex some tactical muscle. I'd like to propose a 3 game, semi-anon, 24 hour phase, WTA series. Preference is for a high reliability (<80%) and moderate to high GR. 25 to 50 point buy-in. Once we get the 7, games will be created and PW messaged out.

1) Hamilton Brian RR 98%, general GR position of 177
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wel_120984 (124 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
Question about dislodgement and support
Hi guys!

I've been playing Diplomacy for one year but now I'm re-reading the rulebook and I've bumped into one question.
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Maru (100 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
Authentication is broken
Authentication is broken, people can't make new accounts.
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Jamiet99uk (440 D)
27 Jun 17 UTC
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Magic Money Trees
The UK's totally bankrupt Prime Minister, Theresa May, told nurses they couldn't have a pay rise because "there isn't a magic money tree".

But this week there was £1.5 billion of magic money to give to some extreme-right Northern Irish homophobes with strong connections to terrorism.
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Wiza Mastermind (0 D X)
25 Jun 17 UTC
Unhelpful Allies
Quick question, does anyone get annoyed by allies who send you messages saying really obvious things about what other countries did last turn or where you could easily get a SC. Basically all the information that is super clear that everyone could figure out but they decide to tell you anyways. Am I the only one who feels this way?
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brainbomb (325 D)
25 Jun 17 UTC
Braimbomb in vegas
So I just won 2.50$ after spending 23.00$. Ohhhh yea baby VEGAS
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brainbomb (325 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
GATORS ARE NATIONAL CHAMPS
Hell yes. Florida just won the CWS for the first time in school history.
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bakay_ilya (100 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
hey
Let's play blitz the game ,missing 1 man
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AngrySeas (346 D)
28 Jun 17 UTC
Home Game
Is there a way to run a game from one computer? In a face to face game, players would submit their orders to the moderator who logs them into the program for resolution, afterwards updating the public board. Does anyone know how to make this work?
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Manwe Sulimo (630 D)
20 Jun 17 UTC
Limited Libertarian Location
Thread for Libertarians to be selfish and greedy without the chiding from those on the left and right. It's our ball and we're taking it home!
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