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  1. Re: A Biden Foreign Policy: Lessons Learned or Business as Usual?

    Your comment wasn't about the effectiveness of a president, but that "Despite popular belief the president doesn't and can't change much of how things are going. The main power is still the...
  2. Re: A Biden Foreign Policy: Lessons Learned or Business as Usual?

    This is the one area where the President can change everything. Literally with a word. Foreign policy is usually the most obvious expression of an administration's intent.



    I also disagree...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    I'm with Aexodus on this one. The SCOTUS isn't there to debate science. They're there to interpret the law. If the law is stupid enough to be crafted in a way that allows for people to behave in a...
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    People have been seeking discredit those in power in Washington by assigning or associating fringe out-group behaviour to them for as long as there has been a power in Washington. Be they the KKK or...
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    Re: Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Riots.

    News flash... a large nation with a long history of oppression of minority out-groups struggles to come to terms with current day fringe out-groups using that history of oppression to push their own...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Here you go... https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?738339-US-Presidential-Election-2016-Hillary-Clinton-vs-Donald-Trump/

    Start from post #5850 or so.

    The most revelatory thing to...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    The best part was the savaging of Giuliani for not actually producing anything other than a few minor procedural issues as opposed to his public press conference claims.

    These judges are Trump...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Certainly people have the right to choose which candidate they please. But I'm not sure that we should all give up on ever trying to convince people that they might want to do or be or think...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    https://i.imgur.com/AwMdlEH.gif

    If I am a slave, I stand to gain from being given an extra meal a day. That doesn't mean I am free. Relative is the key word here.



    I'm just theorising, so I...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    I almost feel like there's an element of society having to go through this period of discovering a new societal equilibrium. New norms have to be tested and pushed to breaking point to find the...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    And now the comment does have its tongue in cheek context spelled out for all, and you're not offended. I've always enjoyed your posts. They're strictly business. So I will always try to illicit an...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    The comment is firmly tongue in cheek. I think by now we can be colloquial to each other no? Or have I mistaken our banter?

    And I am outraged by all those other deaths too. How does me being...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    You're saying that an excess of 300,000 deaths (up to October) on the previous year is not shocking?

    OK.
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    It's not. I thought it was clear that I was discussing demographic identity groups - I clearly said "ethnic or interest groups in my post. I don't think that what you're calling "clientism" applies...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Either way... in anybody's language... the increase in death this year in the US has been quite shocking, no matter how those deaths are categorized.
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    It's not just Democrats who are playing this game.

    One feature of the recent election was how much targeting there was of specific demographic blocks. Republicans targeted Latin American...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Hrm.

    If we're going to give this question the dues it deserves... Actually, I'm happier with a sleepy guy who is famous for not doing much of anything having the keys to the nuclear suitcase than...
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    Re: Late roman soldiers without armor??

    I guess we have to also remember that Vegetius was as separated from what he sees as the empire at it's most integrated height, as we are from the Napoleonic wars. (Not quite, but you get me).
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    I have to admit, every morning I wake up with a smile knowing that I'm going to get to see Trump lose all over again. And knowing I'll have more of the same tomorrow.
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    I don't see this as the Islamic Theocracy strongarming the world. I see it as them responding to an act of bad faith in a punitive way. While I dislike the Iranian government, I can't begrudge them...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Meh *shrug*



    The Civil War does not lay the framework for the defence of the constitution through military means, rather, if anything it evidences my point: that having a militarised basis for...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Speaking as a pacifist, I always find this kind of statistic disturbing - it's why I make a point of trying to find commonality in an argument (in between bouts of petty point scoring).

    But the...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    It is a fascinating cognitive process.

    It does appear that the electorate is becoming more polarised over time - voters are less capable of accepting their own candidate's loss, or they're...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Now we're into the semantics of the word concession.

    So are we talking about de jure concession, or de facto?

    I'm talking both sides of the political map here when I say "are we that scared...
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    Re: Azerbaijan-Armenia war over Nagorno Karabakh

    You did rubbish my suggestion earlier in the thread that a compensation process would work as part of a comprehensive non military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue *shrug*
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Especially those judges and officials appointed by Republicans. They should definitely favour a Republican perspective over the law. Definitely.
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Here we go again. Aexodus, this ground has been covered to death in this thread. There's 100 pages in which we have discussed lockdown vs no lockdown, the extent of government powers to impose...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Your cynicism is unfair. They are trying to prove the allegations in court. It's just that the hopelessly biased courts keep vindictively ruling against them.
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Biden is a compromise agent, and has already said that the politicisation of the DOJ is dangerous. He wants lasting change and has a (likely) GOP Senate. He'll find it hard, but I think he'll reach...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    I'm asking what BW's benchmark is, because I'm a believer in consensus. I dislike polarisation and seek to find commonality with those whom I disagree. WBU?
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Yeah, I'm old enough to remember Gore vs Bush.

    Actually, we're going about this wrong. We need to establish an acceptable benchmark. BW, what would it take to convince you that Trump lost the...
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    Re: Azerbaijan-Armenia war over Nagorno Karabakh

    So you get to continue to justify the present military response based upon the 1990s, but I don't get to say that the 1990s was not a resolved situation, but a continuation of previous conflict and...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    I disagree entirely. Trump is all strategy. Why do you think he has been complaining about the election being rigged for months? The moment you assume he is stupid, blind to strategy or in some way...
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    Re: Azerbaijan-Armenia war over Nagorno Karabakh

    You know that there was no 'before the war'. I don't need to tell you this. The war didn't spring up over night, it was already in motion in the late 1980s before the end of the Soviet Union. As was...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Not quite the point. From here out it's more about who's next. I can see why Trump is going zero-sum at it. Apart from him always doing that, he's likely thinking he's setting up a base for his kids...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    Thing is, in an election wit 150 odd million voters, that is held over weeks, you're going to find human error, mistakes, the occasional annoyed party official not getting a clear enough view, etc...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    You're right about one thing

    What they are reporting, is that even the top GOP official in Pennsylvania thinks the election was well run

    So in line with best practice democratic checks and...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020

    For this thread to reflect the actual election, the Biden/Democrat friendly posters should probably just leave the thread and start posting about other things, leaving the Trumpers to circle-complain...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Economist has reported on an interesting survey by Swiss scientific journal publisher Frontiers.

    The survey questioned 25,000 researchers and scientists across the world about how well they...
  40. Sticky: Re: Medieval Kingdoms Total War April Build Release (With FAQ)

    Until the next update, we are restricted to tier 1 units in campaign. I believe tiers 2 and 3 are active in the pre-release test version.
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