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  1. Re: Swedish Divers: Capsized Russian Mini-Submarine in Swedish Waters

    haha gotta love these Swedish u-boat conspiracy theories. Face it, that boat has lied there for 100 years.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    Honestly it`s very sad what`s happening in Ukraine right now. The economy is collapsing under the weight of war, spectacularly bad governance, decreasing trade with Russia & sudden loss of...
  3. Re: Discussion on Greek political, financial issues + Referendum

    So is this new deal better than the pre-referendum one?
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    And if you're smart you do that with Finnish sources too. At any rate, it tells the story of a Russian soldier who is prosecuted for desertion because he refused to fight in Ukraine.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    Guys, Basil's argument really isn't too difficult to understand. The uniform thing illustrates just how screwed up the Kiev government's priorities are. They prefer spending money on American-style...
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    Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    I wouldn't say Triss is all that good either. She did exploit Geralt's amnesia after all.

    And didn't Yennefer risk her life trying to save Geralt in Rivia?
  7. Re: Discussion on Greek political, financial issues + Referendum

    Nah. In case of a GREXIT they'll just default on everything immideately unless the EU can come to some sort of arrangement with Greece. I can't really see the advantage in redominating the debts in...
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    Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    I just finished the game and I gotta say just wow. If not for the way too short ending and the rushed white frost thing this game would be perfect. I hope they will make a sequel.



    It's more...
  9. Re: Discussion on Greek political, financial issues + Referendum

    So you say all that is needed are salary drops? What about drops in corruption, state incompetence, tax evasion? What kind of reforms has the troika forced through exactly? Surely budget cutting by...
  10. Re: Discussion on Greek political, financial issues + Referendum

    Does somebody have an (objective and sourced) overview of how successful the economical and state reforms have been in Greece? Has corruption and tax evasion/black economy decreased? If the...
  11. Re: Discussion on Greek political, financial issues + Referendum

    Uhm, the Greek GDP per capita is way lower than the OECD average.. And you completely ignore the disturbance caused by the massive cuts in spending that's taken place. Spending went from 10% of 2009...
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    Re: Orbiting Motions - Relative or Absolute?

    Iskar, I didn't say that gauge invariance is just a math quirk, I was talking about the choice of center of reference being just a math quirk. Anyways, I'm not sure why you are disagreeing with me....
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    Re: Orbiting Motions - Relative or Absolute?

    With "gravitational pull" I meant, to be precise, the gravitational field of the Sun.



    I completely 100% agree that scientists (mostly physicists and engineers) must understand that one can...
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    Re: Orbiting Motions - Relative or Absolute?

    Guys, I can't see how this is some deep philosophical issue. It's a question of how to best interpret elementary physics. The Sun's gravitation pull forces objects around it into orbiting it, hence...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    I disagree. Physics is not just about using the correct mathematics but also about interpreting said mathematics. So if you choose the earth as the reference frame and then proceed to say the sun...
  16. Re: Discussion on Greek political, financial issues + Referendum

    If I was Tsipras at this point I would just say fokk it and go rogue. I'd sign the deal for now, but plot in secret for a default + Grexit by preparing safety mechanisms for the economy, plan the new...
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    Re: The European Migrant Crisis

    And how much money does the Turkish government spend per refugee, if it bothers to spend anything at all?
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    Re: Has scientific progress slowed down?

    Just because reality fails to meet your expectation from Sci-Fi movies, you think scientific progress has slowed down? Truth is that there has never before been done more scientific research than is...
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    Re: Who were most important in winning WW2?

    LL trucks were the most important contribution, but the Soviets would've managed without them. In all of '41-'43 the Soviets launched effective offensives without them. As for the aviation fuel, the...
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    Re: Who were most important in winning WW2?

    Then 1940, or 1942. Point is the Soviets had the know-how needed to produce aviation fuel by themselves. May well be it wasn't as good as American, but still aviation fuel.
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    Re: Who were most important in winning WW2?

    Written by somebody from the Finnish POV. Right. Tell me, what did the air force fly on in 1941? Truck diesel? When did the US LL fuel start arriving in significant numbers? After or before Kursk?
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  22. Re: More and more USA students go to tuition-free Germany for their degrees

    They have advanced clinics in Russia (Moscow) that deal with exotic diseases just like in the US, and it costs a ton of money just like in the US.

    Anyways, the problem with Russian health care...
  23. Re: More and more USA students go to tuition-free Germany for their degrees

    From my experience, Russian doctors are fine. Many practice medicine in the west, and I in fact was treated by one in Norway for pneumonia when I was a kid. According to statistics, Russian health...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    Sadly, as many have warned, now comes the hangover after the revolution.
  25. Poll: Re: Reasons behind the failures of recent western foreign policy

    abdul, if the EU needed more manpower they'd just simplify the immigration procedures for 3rd world countries. Come on, why anybody would want to deal with hundreds of thousands of refugees?...
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    Re: Who were most important in winning WW2?

    Concerning Europe, the USSR-Germany conflict was where the main fighting too place as 80-85% of Axis KIA in Europe were inflicted on the eastern front. Sure. While the Western allies did serious...
  27. Poll: Re: Reasons behind the failures of recent western foreign policy

    A Ukraine with a collapsing economy and a Russia that is hostile to the EU is surely not good for the EU? What is in EU interest is trade and cooperation with both Russia and Ukraine, yet a few hawk...
  28. Poll: Re: Reasons behind the failures of recent western foreign policy

    I'm not saying they caused those crises. The thing is how the west reacted to the events, how they just blindly supported the protesters/rebels without thinking of the consequences and the power...
  29. Re: More and more USA students go to tuition-free Germany for their degrees

    Except they only count citations in English => anglosaxon schools have an unfair advantage. And there are loads of great professors in Euro countries too. I suspect distinguished people are...
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    Re: Why were casualities so low on medieval battles?

    Because the survivors are mostly wounded, tired demoralized men as well? What about unit cohesion? Having your heavy cavalry decimated would make it very hard to follow through with your tactics. In...
  31. Re: More and more USA students go to tuition-free Germany for their degrees

    alhoon, so you think it's realistic that 90% or so of top 50 unis are anglosaxon? I myself am skeptical of the ranking methodology used.



    Computer Science is a smart choice in that case, but...
  32. Re: More and more USA students go to tuition-free Germany for their degrees

    Hmm, so you think tax money should be spent on the ridiculously bloated military budget instead of on education?



    Trust me, US universities aren't 100k cars compared to 5k Euro ones. I mean...
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    Nah, the precedent was Kosovo. At its core the...

    Nah, the precedent was Kosovo. At its core the poor Russian relations with the Baltic states and Poland are a result of historical grievances and hawkish politics. Nobody in the higher ups seriously...
  34. Poll: Reasons behind the failures of recent western foreign policy

    In recent years the collective west's (EU + NATO) diplomacy has gone from dealing with one train-wreck after another. In Libya they thought getting rid of Gaddafi coupled with some bombing would...
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    Re: Russian & Eastern Europe Geopolitics thread

    That makes no sense. You don't want to just parry when somebody is trying to stab you, you want to hit that somebody where it hurts so he stops trying to stab you.





    Yes, and I explained to...
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    Re: Russian & Eastern Europe Geopolitics thread

    So you are saying Russia is evil and nobody wants anything to do with it => Putin invades Ukraine? Sorry, but that is the exact nonsense I was talking about. In fact, many millions of Ukrainians look...
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    Re: Russian & Eastern Europe Geopolitics thread

    The notion that Russia is a military threat to the Europe, or comparable to Germany in the 30's, is based on nothing but hot air and idiotic spin. All you hear is media fear-mongering. Look at the...
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    Poll: Re: Request for CA to remove 'Raze' from TW:A

    I think raze should be in the game as it adds a good amount of depth and strategy to the game. For instance exterminating every filthy barbarian around you as WRE is a good tactic to achieve peace.
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    Re: Russian & Eastern Europe Geopolitics thread

    @lol at the insinuations Russia is going to invade Finland, poland whatever.

    Wugang,

    nah dude it doesn't work that way. Those are your fantasy-claims, not ours. Hence the burden of proof is on...
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    Re: Russian & Eastern Europe Geopolitics thread

    So you are defending that ridiculous notion that Russia was controlling the USSR by claiming all the bad guys were "Russified"? Oh yeah sorry I forgot Russia=Mordor, now I get it!
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