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orathaic (1009 D (B))
09 Oct 17 UTC
How to protest the right way?
Can someone please enlighten me?
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-mike-pence-nfl-walkout-publicity-stunt-denies-vice-president-us-kneeling-protests-a7990436.html

Apparently being peaceful isn't ok. But exiting a stadium early as a sign of your rejection of the protest is an acceptable protest.
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RagingIke297 (142 D)
11 Oct 17 UTC
Headed to downtown Chicago for a bar game
This will be my first face to face game since I moved from Ohio to Illinois in May, game starts in about 2 hours!
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leon1122 (170 D)
11 Oct 17 UTC
Feature Request
In FTF Diplomacy, players can see who other players are talking to. I would like a feature that shows who each country has spoken to during a given phase to reflect this. This feature could be turned on or off.
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CAPT Brad (40 D X)
11 Oct 17 UTC
Advertise Your Live Games Here
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Smokey Gem (184 D)
10 Oct 17 UTC
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Mental Health week.
Hi all it is World Mnetal Health week.
Take some time out to work on your Mnetal health or check in on someone who you might think is not travelling so well.

Im going for a Nature Bath..( Hipster for Bush Walk ) costs $250 in SW West Aus or free if you live in the countyr like me..
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JamesYanik (548 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Damnit Sweden
https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/hundratals-svenskar-akte-till-kriget-for-att-slass-for-is--sa-lever-atervandarn/

use google chrome to translate... there are some American websites picking up on this too. Sweden giving protection for ISIS fighters as a gist.
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HBbuc (103 D)
11 Oct 17 UTC
World Diplomacy Game
Join this World Diplomacy Game! Unrated so there is nothing to lose(or gain)! Just join to have fun!!
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=208056
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dargorygel (546 D Mod (G))
09 Oct 17 UTC
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Eleven Letter Word Game
You know the drill... you can only change one letter to make a new word.
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Tom Bombadil (4028 D (G))
02 Oct 17 UTC
New Standard Game
Semi-anon.
48hr phases, WTA, HDV, 143pt bet
Post inside if you are interested
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MajorMitchell (1168 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Two great car races in Australia
Today the "Touring cars" have the Bathurst 1000 km race, and the 3000km Solar Challenge race from Darwin to Adelaide starts. Good luck to the University of Michigan team & all teams.
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TooCoolSunday (344 D)
10 Oct 17 UTC
who's in charge HELP
How do I find out who is modding/controlling a game, in order to send them a message?
Thanks
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ghug (5046 D (B))
11 Oct 17 UTC
Feature Request
I dislike bananas. I would like a feature to show when my opponents last ate a banana, as well as where that banana fell on the green-brown scale (I find green bananas less objectionable. Banana-based deserts and smoothies are unimportant, but this feature should also account for artificial banana flavors in things such as candy. I will generally leave implementation details such as how to display the color scale up to the developer, as I understand how important they are. Thanks!
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brainbomb (325 D)
10 Oct 17 UTC
The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
So there are many ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar
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Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
05 Oct 17 UTC
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Tempest In A Teapot 2017
Starts in 27 hours. I'm here in Silver Springs, MD. Scoring is Sum of Squares with one game each on Fri, Sat, Sun.
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Smokey Gem (184 D)
06 Oct 17 UTC
Old topic new tought. Gun Control in US.
Her is a thought from my young daughter.
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brainbomb (325 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Are you tired of being tired?
When you wake up in the morning and your get up and go just isnt there
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SkiingCougar (928 D)
10 Oct 17 UTC
Pause voting
See Inside
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Gavin Fitzgerald (100 D)
10 Oct 17 UTC
How to create a private 4-player game?
Hi, I'm brand new to the site and wanted to create a private 4 player game with 3 other friends with the countries assigned as in the rulebook under "Alternate Way to Play" (ie, England, Austria/France, Germany/Turkey, Italy/Russia). Is this possible in wbDiplomacy?
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bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
10 Oct 17 UTC
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Happy Leif Erikson Day
In the midst of all this neverending political strife and hostility, I have just one thing to say:

HINGA DINGA DURGEN
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
03 Oct 17 UTC
Which century is this again?
@"The U.S. on Sept. 29 voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts."

http://www.losangelesblade.com/2017/10/02/u-s-opposes-un-resolution-death-penalty-sex-relations/
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brainbomb (325 D)
01 Oct 17 UTC
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Trump Tweets from Golf Course that Puerto Rico is asking for too much help
Brilliant
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Hellenic Riot (1619 D (G))
06 Oct 17 UTC
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October GR Published
http://tournaments.webdiplomacy.net/theghost-ratingslist
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leon1122 (170 D)
05 Oct 17 UTC
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Build the Wall!
The House Committee on Homeland Security has passed a bill today that gives $10 billion of funding to build a wall on the Mexican border, $5 billion of funding to secure ports of entry, and $35 million of reimbursements to States that use their national guard to enforce border security.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-committee-approves-10-billion-to-fund-border-wall/article/2636551
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BrosPros (100 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Is the "World Diplomacy IX" variant any good?
I wanna start a world diplomacy ix game is it any good? I've seen many games of it and I wanna know.
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The Ambassador (114 D)
09 Oct 17 UTC
Napoleonic... how awesome
http://www.vdiplomacy.net/variants.php?variantID=101
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Randomizer (104 D)
06 Oct 17 UTC
The Aliens are coming!
https://www.yahoo.com/news/time-traveling-drunk-man-says-155541478.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_06

Douglas Adams speculated that inebriation helped to protect the body during matter conversion.
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brainbomb (325 D)
06 Oct 17 UTC
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Mawd Team Announcement
A raging lunatic has agreed to join the mawd team. Please join me in thanking him for volunteering to help us keep the site sanity free and wish him well as he sacrifices any semblance of a social life in the name of making webDip great again.
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
07 Oct 17 UTC
Vegas...
Note: https://www.theroot.com/this-is-only-the-deadliest-shooting-in-u-s-history-bec-1819112938
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Randomizer (104 D)
04 Oct 17 UTC
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Republican Family Values
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/04/politics/tim-murphy-abortion/index.html

It doesn't apply to them in private. Abortions for their wives and mistresses. Extra marital affairs and Newt Gingrich wanting oral sex so he can truthfully say he didn't sleep with her.
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jason4747 (100 D)
07 Sep 17 UTC
Baseball and steroids and math
KansasBoyd, better to take our baseball discussion out of the Hurricane/Climate Change as we are juuuust slightly off topic
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KansasBoyd (25 D X)
25 Sep 17 UTC
Aaron Judge has hit 2 HR's so far today giving him 50 on the season, a new MLB record for a player in his rookie season.

He got a late season callup last year and didn't play enough to lose his rookie status for this season.

But he hit just .179 last year with 4 HR and 42 K's in 84 AB's.

This year he set a record.

Must have been the steroids he is taking this year. That could be the only possible answer for such an outlier stat like 50 HR's so far this year.
ghug (5046 D (B))
25 Sep 17 UTC
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Who hurt you?
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
26 Sep 17 UTC
Why do facts and truths hurt you so much?
bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
26 Sep 17 UTC
Steroids don't improve your raw ability to hit for power; they affect how far the ball will go when you hit for power. Is Dee Gordon a HR machine now that he took steroids, including testosterone? You don't go from those numbers to his numbers this year without putting in a ridiculous amount of work with your hitting coaches in the offseason on improving basic fundamentals from the swing itself to pitch recognition to opposite field hitting, which translates into better play on the field. If you think steroids are some magical pill that makes you a baseball god, you obviously don't understand steroids, or even baseball for that matter.
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
26 Sep 17 UTC
" If you think steroids are some magical pill that makes you a baseball god, you obviously don't understand steroids, or even baseball for that matter. "

And yet a lot of people, including baseball writers, dumb down the HR surge of the late 90's to just that.
MajorMitchell (1168 D)
27 Sep 17 UTC
If steroids gave no significant benefits then why was their use so prevalent ? I understand the point Bo Sox makes, steroids alone will not make a great batsman, but I think he trivialises their impact/effect. Most professional sports are concerned about the image of their game, advertising revenue is linked to that image, so if a sport portrays itself in certain ways, setting or embracing values that are acceptable, desired by the society in which it operates then any divergence from those values exposes it to loss of reputation and revenue.. Eg, if baseball portrays itself as honest, "clean" athletic competition, then "drug cheats" and drug use are inconsistent with the portrayed image.
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
27 Sep 17 UTC
"If steroids gave no significant benefits then why was their use so prevalent"

Eye black that players wear doesn't give significant benefits to performance yet many players use it.

Players will use anything they think (keyword think, not proven) to give them an advantage.
MajorMitchell (1168 D)
27 Sep 17 UTC
The placebo effect in sports ?
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
27 Sep 17 UTC
I don't know, but athletes, at least here in N. America, can be very superstitious. So anything that helps them think they have an advantage could actually give them an advantage.

I just think that if steroids had as significant an impact on the game as people claim, we wouldn't see the yearly total HR record smashed this year like it is.
MajorMitchell (1168 D)
28 Sep 17 UTC
One thing I've noticed about American sports ranging from NASCAR to NFL, is the overt "religious" influence. Sports people constantly referring to "having God's help to score that touch down, win that car race etc etc"
Can we get to the real issue? Which is:

How hard do the Astros play the Red Sox in this series? If the Astros win the series and the Yankees win out, Yankees take the AL East and Houston gets to play them, not Boston. But try too hard, and Boston most likely gets a little preview of the ALDS
bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
28 Sep 17 UTC
If I were the Astros, this is the first year that anyone but Verlander has had serious postseason aspirations in a long time. I wouldn't give them an excuse to let up by resting anyone or going easy at all.
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
28 Sep 17 UTC
This is the first year that anyone but Verlander on the Astros had serious postseason aspirations in a long time?

LOL!!!

They were six outs from advancing to the ALCS in 2015 and only an incredible comeback by the Royals in Game 4 of the ALDS and 8 innings of two hit ball from Cueto in Game 5 prevented that from happening.

Altuve, Correra, Springer, Gattis, Marisnick, Keuchel, McCullers, McHugh and Gregerson were all key contributors on the 2015 team right off the top of my head.

The biggest reason for them to not let up or go easy is that they are only one game behind Cleveland for best record in the AL and home field advantage in the AL playoffs.
bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
28 Sep 17 UTC
I don't remember it being that close but you're probably right. Were they anything close to favorites, though?
I just remember that because they beat the Yankees in the Wild Card game.

But man, I don't know which would be worse - going up against the Astros or the Indians in the ALDS. I was hoping the Twins would win yesterday though, so Houston could pull even
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
28 Sep 17 UTC
bo_sox, no they were not the favorites. The Royals had the best record in the AL that year and were the defending AL Champions.

The Astros were up 6-2 going into the top of the 8th and had a 97% win probability at that point in the game. The biggest play of the game was with the Astros leading 6-4 in the 8th with the bases loaded, a double play ball was hit to Carlos Correa who missed it allowing two runs to score and tie the game. The Royals added another run in the 8th and 2 run HR by Hosmer in the 9th put the game out reach.

I wouldn't say they are the favorites this year either.

Cleveland is by far the most complete team in baseball and are playing the best baseball right now.

They have two aces at the top of the rotation, the best bullpen in baseball and three big time hitters in Lindor, Encarnacion and Ramirez.

Plus the Indians have to be hungry after the heartbreak of losing a 3-1 game lead and a heartbreaking extra inning Game 7 last year.
Makes me wish I had paid attention to the playoffs last year. It was a good story. But if the Yankees and Sox are out, my attention wanes.

I would also add "arguably" the best bullpen in baseball. Several other teams have ones that are just as good.
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
28 Sep 17 UTC
Cleveland has the best bullpen ERA in baseball and the highest save percentage.

The only bullpen I would personally say is close is Boston because of Kimbrel, but I think Miller is a bigger weapon out of the pen being able to pitch multiple innings.

He dominated the playoffs last year till he got worn out at the end of the WS.
Those are some stats, yes. But the Yankees bullpen has more wins, has pitched 50 more innings, has a higher strikeout rate and a much lower BAA than both Cleveland and Boston. I guess it all depends on what you value most.
The only reason the Yankees aren't unanimously #1 is because Chapman and Betances have appeared human this year.
Though I'll admit the Dodgers have a pretty damn good one too
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
28 Sep 17 UTC
Wins is a terrible stat to judge pitchers by IMO. That is a team stat. A bullpen could come into a tie game and give up 7 runs in the top of the 9th but have the hitters score 8 runs in the bottom of the 9th and get a win. They still pitched terribly.

Innings pitched by a bullpen is based on starting pitching performance. So the Yankees bullpen pitching 50 more innings tells me that the Yankees starting pitching didn't perform as well as Cleveland's did.

Cleveland's pen has a better K:BB ratio.

Chapman and Betances appearing human this year matters as we are judging the pens based on this year.

I'm guessing you are a Yankees fan? :)
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
28 Sep 17 UTC
Clearly I am a Royals fan and I don't think I'd listen to anyone who said there was a better bullpen than the Royals had in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

They simply did not lose leads.

They changed the way baseball is currently being played.

The previous blueprint to winning baseball was great starting pitching. They showed you can win with average at best starting pitching and dominant bullpen pitching.

I'd have to go back and re calculate the numbers, but I think they averaged less than 5 innings a start in the playoffs the year they won the WS and I think only two starts of at least 7 innings during the playoffs.

The Royals bullpen simply dominated other teams and led to an absurd run difference late in games that year.

I can re calculate the numbers if anyone is interested. I can't remember them off the top of my head.
ghug (5046 D (B))
28 Sep 17 UTC
A bullpen having more wins means your team is in more close games. 50 more innings means the starters are worse, though being a good bullpen with more innings is harder. The higher K rate I'll give you, but it comes with way more walks, and it's the direct cause of the BAA, so you don't get to double count.

The Indians have the best ERA and FP in the majors, though admittedly that's easier when you have the fewest bullpen innings.

I'd put the Dodgers and Angels in the conversation too.
ghug (5046 D (B))
28 Sep 17 UTC
2015 I'll give you, Boyd, but the Mariners' bullpen was absolutely ridiculous in 2014.
Tom Bombadil (4028 D (G))
28 Sep 17 UTC
Innings pitched by bullpen is a relevant stat when looking at which team has a better bullpen. Saying it is a reflection of starting pitching is true, but it shouldn't discount the impact it has on the other numbers.

The Yankees pitched 50 more bullpen innings, and having as good other numbers (ERA, whip etc.) shows they have tremendous bullpen depth - something that Cleveland may or may not have - we just don't know as strongly because they haven't been forced to rely on the bullpen as much. Cleveland has been able to rely on their outstanding starting pitching, and studs in the pen - it will be interesting to see if someone can force them to go to their lesser arms in the pen and see how they hold up.
I think innings pitched is fairly relevant, because the more you work your bullpen, the more likely they are to make mistakes. It's one of those things where - all things even - more innings is more impressive. But on the other hand, not much to be done if your pen simply isn't needed when you have the Cy Young pitcher on the roster.

The walks is a very good point against the Yankees though. Chapman and Betances have walked a lot of people this year - and blown a lot of saves. But even then, the Yankees OBP is almost the same as Boston and Cleveland.

I'll allow you that BAA is in part caused by the higher K rate. But K's don't necessarily cause the SLG and OPS to go down, do they? Yankees have the lowest of both in the Majors.

(And yes, I am a Yankees fan :)

I'm not saying the Yankees are the best. I'm just saying it's not an open and shut case for Cleveland.
But going back to the statement that started this all, I would agree that Cleveland is the most complete team in baseball right now.
KansasBoyd (25 D X)
28 Sep 17 UTC
Good baseball talk guys!

I would agree that all things equal, more innings by the bullpen would tip the scales.

And I know I said wins by a bullpen was a terrible way to judge pitching but I think a better statement would be that it can be misleading.

The 2015 Royals pen in the playoffs was 8-0 with 4 saves in 15 games with a 2.51 ERA. They pitched 64.1 innings in those 15 games so they were averaging about 4.1 innings per game. That is a lot of innings for a bullpen.

Their starters that year had a 4.97 ERA in the playoffs.

I had a feeling you were a Yanks fan goldfinger lol

Enjoy Hosmer and Moustakas starting next year :(
I think it'll be one or the other. Yanks aren't spending like they used to.

Plus, we need to save up for Bryce Harper

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