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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 (0 D X)
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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glisbao (185 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
Populism and Democracy
I've heard in here that populism is the plague that affects democracy (the topic praising appeasement). I would like people to elaborate on the subject - how does populism undermine the democratic principles, and what can we learn about this in history?
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ArmaGGedon (100 D)
26 Jun 14 UTC
live game
hi, someone to anime live game :P
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NigeeBaby (100 D (G))
26 Jun 14 UTC
The link between having a large penis and self-confidence
Here is something you guys should all know something about, please share your thoughts if you've got the balls to do so :-)
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peterwiggin (14941 D Mod (S))
25 Jun 14 UTC
Man walks into McDonald's with knife in back
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-mcdonalds-knife-back-20140625-story.html
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rayanking (0 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
join fast victory 4 $$$
it's a great and a live game, it cost only 10 D and in classic map. So let the game start.:)
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jmo1121109 (3817 D Mod)
18 Jun 14 UTC
Many open games
Today's number is 38. I suggest everyone check out some of the open games. Post here with any games you take over for the next 48 hours and you'll get reimbursed for them. PM me for anonymous games. Games with more then 1 banned cheater will probably be cancelled so don't join them.
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Putin33 (111 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
Appeasement: unfairly maligned strategy?
I've been reading quite a bit about British & French foreign policy at the turn of the century, and it seems like appeasement (reduction of tensions through concessions) has gotten an unnecessarily bad reputation.
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Tolstoy (1958 D)
22 Jun 14 UTC
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Can atheists believe in free will?
If our consciousness is simply a product of the mushy 3-dimensional circuit board we call a brain, governed entirely by the fixed and unchanging laws of physics and chemistry, is there any kind of free will? Or are all our decisions in life predetermined, like a computer program running through its code, simply responding to various inputs?
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Octavious (1720 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
Speaking of which, congrats to Sri Lanka. Haven't seen a series that close for a long time
fulhamish (4134 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
@ Putin
Took a deep breath before answering you and decided not to derail this, up to now, very interesting thread with yet another tired old debate along the same old lines. Start a new thread along these lines if you really want to talk about this. For now I would just note that your position is that free will is an illusion, therefore it must follow that so is objective morality. I tend to agree with the conclusion that you draw from your premise, if not the premise itself.

Moving on, I would be interested to read other viewpoints in this otherwise very interesting thread.
"At President to me you appeared to say that you do not definitively know whether free will exists or not. However, most of us assume it exists in our every day interactions; therefore, in a sense whether it actually exists or not is irrelevant. Have I got this correct? If so, this is what I described as a social construct."

Mostly. I was responding along a relatively narrow tangent to SYnapse's comment. I certainly experience freewill, and feel no need to prove it to myself; and others will assume I have it anyway. So SYnapse's questions about whether it can be "proven" miss the point, I think.

For a more comprehensive idea of how I view it, my original post (first itt!) should suffice.

"It is my view then that those who rely on a solely materialistic view of the world, belief in free will is a matter of faith. A faith ultimately rooted in an awareness of the ethical vacuum that must follow from the absence of free will."

I would agree with the first sentence but not the second. It's a matter of faith in the same sense that believing your senses function as you perceive them to function is a matter of faith: a proposition you ultimately cannot prove but without which you cannot function. Without freewill, and the requisite assumption that you direct your own actions and make your own decisions, you just don't exist in any meaningful sense. Though ethical concerns are important, I think even they're secondary to the existential concern at play here. Why even worry about whether a given action is right or wrong if you can only but observe that action taking place? Your input cannot influence the reaction to that action if you don't have freewill. Worrying about the ethical implications of not having freewill requires a presupposition of freewill to be meaningful, because if you didn't have freewill, you couldn't act on your conclusions from those implications anyway.

My perception of which is more important might be skewed, though, because ethics as a whole just doesn't interest me or register as something I care about.
fulhamish (4134 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
@ president:

I might define faith as a ''belief not based on proof'' - I know that the word also carries other connotations, but that is all I would say in this particular context. In a sense then to have faith, if not anti-materialistic, does not intrinsically rely on materialism. That is indeed a leap of faith for someone who might profess in other circumstances to have an outlook rooted in a totally empirical/materialistic/reductionist World-view.
You and I also differ on our take on the importance of ‘ethics’ or, as I would prefer, ‘morality’. I think that the rightness or wrongness of our actions defines us as human beings and the legacy we leave behind us on that calibrated scale defines our afterlife. Not in the sense of heaven and hell, but rather the ongoing influence we play even if we are no longer physically here (dead!). To teturn to the OP's question that is the importance of free will. I know that I am a little out on a wing here, but that is my personal take on the matter.
Putin33 (111 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
It was a simple question, not a derailment. I asked how you could know objective morality exists. Strange to insist that something exists while refusing to elaborate on why, especially what the purported existence of a said thing is used to insinuate depravity in the character of other people.
Putin33 (111 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
Also I question your commitment to non-derailment when you quite eager to claim that anybody who doesn't agree with you on objective morality must accept the validity of ethical systems that support genocide.



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rojimy1123 (597 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
Taking over CDs
I have recently taken over 2 positions in games where players left. I am wondering why my profile says I haven't taken over CD's at all.
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obiwanobiwan (248 D)
20 Jun 14 UTC
Again--This is NOT a Christian Country...
http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-obama-must-defend-christian-values-192212780--election.html Christians live here--AND Jews, AND Muslims, AND Buddhists and Hindus and Atheists (fastest growing group!) AND dozens of others (including, hey, all those Native American tribes and religions...many of which were criminalized in part until the 1970s)...WHY? Why must Obama defend the values of a specific sect, when the Constitution clearly is anti-favoritism in terms of religion?
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Birchford (167 D)
25 Jun 14 UTC
Parameter 'fromTerrID' set to invalid value '32'
Hello, has anyone encountered this error before, and if so do you have a fix for it? Thanks for your help.
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dr. octagonapus (210 D)
24 Jun 14 UTC
Commenting on ongoing gunboat games
I realise of course that you are not allowed to circumvent the no talking rule, like press via email or pm or f2f talking etc. but why is discussing the board in general disallowed? I get that I should not say who I am in the game but if someone is to talk about the board unbiased and without revealing who they are would this be acceptable?
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ssorenn (0 D X)
09 Jun 14 UTC
Two team members per country game?
Would anyone be interested in creating a game, that each of the 7 clasic countries were comprised of two team members consulting together. I understand that only one can actually be listed in the game itself, but maybe create a side pot for the second team members that would pay out equally at end of game
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KingCyrus (516 D)
24 Jun 14 UTC
Boys State
Anyone familiar with this program?
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Buzzle (1531 D)
23 Jun 14 UTC
multi-players
What if you have strong suspicions that someone is multi-playing in a game? Who do you contact to check into it?
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fulhamish (4134 D)
24 Jun 14 UTC
US constitution
I readily admit to starting from a low base on this one, but.....
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SYnapse (0 D X)
24 Jun 14 UTC
Jihadists in Syria
Right now David Cameron is going on about the "threat" from Jihadists leaving the UK to go fight in Iraq and Syria.
Am I missing something? Why are Jihadists fighting in Syria a threat here? To me, it seems no more different than Orwell fighting in Spain.
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obiwanobiwan (248 D)
24 Jun 14 UTC
Putin on Putin: An Open Invitation to Putin33 on the Russia/Ukraine/Syria Crisis
Welcome BACK, Putin33...my oh my, how the world of international politics has exploded since you last graced us with your presence...are you ready to decry your namesake for the scourge of the world that he is? Most assuredly not, but let this be an open letter and open invitation for you to give YOUR take on the whole of the crisis--and your namesake in particular--as so many have been wondering if you'd capitulate to common sense and call him out for the thug Big Bad Vlad is.
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Jamiet99uk (437 D)
23 Jun 14 UTC
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Can atheists believe in free willy?
If our consciousness is simply a product of the mushy 3-dimensional circuit board we call a brain, governed entirely by the fixed and unchanging laws of physics and chemistry, is it possible to believe that a disaffected but endearing youth could inspire a captive orca whale to jump out of the water and over a 15 foot high sea wall?
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curupira (3459 D)
23 Jun 14 UTC
Classic variant: less than seven players.
I have recent engaged at this online Diplomacy. Long time ago, I did played this game in board. There were choices in the Classic Map for less than seven players. For six players, for example, one have to quit Turkey and Bulgaria. Is there any variants at this webDiplomacy that allow games of this kind? Could it be created?
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Chaqa (3938 D Mod (B))
23 Jun 14 UTC
Pair of press games
gameID=143769
gameID=143770

If anyone's intereste.
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steephie22 (182 D (S))
17 Jun 14 UTC
Need some web design in the holidays?
Planning ahead, I'll probably be happy doing anything more useful than what most people usually do during holidays, so I figured that doing some web design for someone is a good way to help, brush up and improve my skills and perhaps even earn a couple of bucks. Perhaps someone has such a project for me?
See inside.
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oscarjd74 (100 D)
27 Feb 14 UTC
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Backseat Driver Diplomacy thread
gameID=136645

DO NOT POST IN HERE UNLESS YOU ARE ONE OF THE BACKSEAT DRIVERS IN THE BACKSEAT DRIVER GAME.
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CommanderByron (863 D (S))
22 Jun 14 UTC
Variant?
New variant idea with alot of changes to Classic. would add to the naval combat substantially and would intentionally reduce ground forces at the start of the game changing possibly the direction the countries attacked at turn 0
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CommanderByron (863 D (S))
22 Jun 14 UTC
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Challenge
I am looking for experienced players to play against so I can learn more and better myself? I realize i am relatively new but I think I have a valid argument for why I should be given the chance. Looking for a classic, PPSC, ANON no messaging game.
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trip (605 D (B))
19 Jun 14 UTC
Lusthog Gunboat
Lusthog = no voting to draw until a stalemate line has been established and held.
Anyone interested in a game or two?
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the southern lord (0 D X)
22 Jun 14 UTC
Strange orders
Hi,

Has anyone else noticed that the orders you've put in the past week, are often not what happens?
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