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athinaios last won the day on July 14 2018

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  1. Com'on, this is not a good argument..... "they have you where they want you..." If so then, can it be argued that you could be a victim of ...those who "they have YOU where they want you"? Also, you seem to argue that the "leave" supporters got things* right but the "remain" ones are deceived... *as far as any reasonable observer (not casual observer) would tell you that the worst misinformation campaign came from the Brexiteers. Those who voted to remain basically said we know what we've got and we like it. It'd have been harder to confuse the ones who have had the EU experience already! I also noticed you've said several times.... "let's keep having a referendum until Remain wins"..... Could you tell us who is actually saying this??!! Even if the winners of the Brexit poll weren't misinformed [in my mind they were VERY misinformed, but let's just say they weren't].... After many years of trying to leave the EU there has been NO consensus on how to do it, plus many more problems surfaced since. This issue has sucked the air out of the room.... and eventually the gov/PM has fallen. It's not at all unreasonable, under these circumstances to have a second poll on the issue, which basically the choice would be, leave with no plan and all its consequences... Much like the Greek poll about the EU's plan for Greece. Of course the "NO" voters expected something else. In my opinion they were lied to and/or they wanted to believe whatever made them feel better but was totally unreal. If you had told them, look, if you vote NO, not only your gov won't do what bullsh*t they sold you, but the terms of the bailout will be worse and this stupid gamble would cost (as it did) tens of millions more in interest rates and terms after the poll. Sounds familiar?
  2. Well, the Brexiteers are getting a boost from Trump today... when he expressed his support for Boris and Nigel. Earlier, he tweeted: @SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me...... and, ....Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job - only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now! Very mature and appropriate for the President of the US, don't you think?
  3. I agree on both points. OAKA is not a soccer stadium, and I hope DG realizes that. PAO needs its own home, a proper, modern one. I also agree with DG that all PAO should be under one roof. It'd be easier to sustain it as it'll always have something going on. Make it a destination for consumers and fans. Of course this means it'll have to operate like the other big sports venues, which in turn means oust the hooligans.
  4. In the good ol' days, we had a discussion about what goes on before the next season starts, so let's give it a go once again. Alafouzos paid all the club's obligations and PAO got the permit for next season. I think there will be many players who will leave, including several that their contracts aren't up but Dabizas said he'll ask them to leave on their own because they won't be playing for the club. Unfortunately, the budget will remain very low, and no matter what many are saying, I believe the richer teams do much better. OK, you can't guarantee success with a big budget (especially if money is wasted in dubious players) but realistically the teams with the bigger budgets do win titles. It's sad that PAO now aims to finish high in the standings, not to win anything, but to get rid of the UEFA euro ban. So for at least 2 more years the team won't be playing outside the country's borders. Better players don't want to go to such teams that have no Euro presence. Meanwhile, the league is in shambles. Btw, what a disgrace it is to ask foreign refs to officiate domestic games, because Greeks can't be trusted.... Anyway, I hope the keep Bouzoukis, Hadjiyovannis, and Kourbelis.
  5. Well, there are some state shield laws but no federal law that protects journalists other than the First Amendment that's about freedom of the press. Journalists cannot use illegal means (like hacking or breaking into people's and the gov's domains) to obtain information. I think the courts examine it case by case. The Pentagon papers were leaked to the press (NYT) by someone who had legal access to them and saw the lies and other violations by the gov. The NYT published the papers and the courts decided in the press' favor and in the public's interest to know about about the Vietnam War. Assange is no journalist; he's rather an extortionist, who used illegal means to obtain information. Imagine if in the name of freedom of the press any journalist could break any law and into people's & gov secrets....
  6. When you label people or groups as "un-.." it's a way of saying that they are less than worthy. Trump would love to have a dpt or agency to combat "un-American activities".... He also thinks that criticism of the prez or of national policy is treason!
  7. Many Russians love Putin for he's not democrat or for the working class, but he's bringing back the Russian empire. Many Americans, and some members here are also have similar minds. I personally think the price for such national pride is too high, and as a policy very misguided. I think what makes a country strong, and gives it good bragging rights, is not how its leader behaves like a pompous ass, kicking friends and enemies, insulting everyone else. A country is strong when its middle class is doing well--that is, how the pizza pie is cut, not how big the pizza pie is. It's when people live longer, are healthier, more educated, have more opportunity, are happier, there are fewer people in prison, have access to voting, etc, etc. I see the same juvenile arguments here and elsewhere in the country: my dad can beat your dad! Sure, if that's how you measure success.... Simple minds like bumper sticker messages.... The newest: socialism* will never be acceptable in the US! The simpletons and the ignorant will mindlessly repeat this... Not only it's already here, but, shockingly, a majority of Americans prefer socialism to unregulated capitalism! ---- *socialism as a label has been used by many, from Nazis to communists. The democratic socialism that exists in all western societies is the desirable form. This means capitalism, but w/regulations/oversight/consumer protection, re-allocation of resources, a strong social safety net ("social security" rings a bell?), etc. The New Deal is just that, democratic socialism. All advanced countries--you know, the ones you'd live to live in--are liberal-social-democracies!
  8. I think it's way to early to pick a favorite horse, though I think several will not make it past the end of this year, in realistic terms. The ability to fundraise is imperative, because in the field of dozens, money buys airtime (increasing name recognition) and ground organization. The number one priority of Dems is to see the current prez booted out, so a safer choice will prevail over an unknown. This doesn't mean the safer choice will be an old-timer. As the more successful candidates rise in the polls they'll eventually be compared against DT, and I think those with the best matching numbers (or beating DT) will get a lot of serious consideration by Dems.
  9. Why did you mention the past??... It made realize that ..decades have gone by too quickly. Like, I've been here, on this site for some 15 years.!!.. [I think I'm getting a ..rocking chair as an award] Here's something for you
  10. And, a happy, healthy, fulfilling new year!!! (I can't believe it's 2019)
  11. Another impressive win 5-1.... OK, against a weak team, but not so long ago PAO struggled with the "easy" teams...
  12. we're talking about human beings here, right? when they arrive by boat, barely making to shore, what do you do? sink their boat? shoot them? can't even take them back because Turkey doesn't want them... granted, I'm not an expert on this kind of migration, but I think Greece could settle them in areas where hands are needed for farms, construction, etc.; revitalize the countryside, etc. some stories, here
  13. This is a disgrace. Year after year, the same crap, and they haven't been able to solve it.... I wonder what kind of teaching goes on inside the universities when there's utter chaos there. No self-respecting society would allow this. Wait.... it must be outsiders who hate Greece responsible for such a mess.
  14. Well, first, try to speak directly to the man, not his press agent. Second, anyone who is able to lounge around and dabble in philosophy, has no job, is well-connected (if not the same entity) to the master of the universe, I'd say he is not of the common class.
  15. My royal family told me that if it weren't for the leaders, thinkers, and revolutionaries of the upper classes, humanity would still be in the Dark Ages. Did I learn it wrong?
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