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  1. athinaios

    Trump Is Not the Problem, the DNC is

    If Melania was holding on to a fig leaf of denial, she can't hide any longer, if SD's description is accurate.
  2. athinaios

    PAO League Games 2018-2019

    Nah, the 6 points for us and 2 for PAOK aren't coming back. But, does anyone know if PAO pays all the debts by year's end, can UEFA withdraw the penalty (one year ban)?
  3. athinaios

    PAO League Games 2018-2019

    You're right, it's more enjoyable to watch this team now than in the past many years. I think the players are trying their hardest, and they know that if a bad result comes, it won't be the end of the world. I just hope Donis above all handles the youngsters well. If, as it seems, PAO will be relying on its youth talent, those who deserve to play should, and not some primadona who transfers into the club. And PAO should not start to have a sell out of young talent. I don't know if they do it by design now, but it's good that the club didn't have to face the other 3 big teams this early. It's been a confidence booster to win 3 straight games to start the season.
  4. athinaios

    PAO League Games 2018-2019

    Most probably, we won't be starting a new thread for each league game, so I'm doing one for the whole current season. I think it's worth discussing how this team has done 3 for 3, and if I may say so, convincingly. Against Larissa today, PAO got its first 3 points by winning 3-1, with 2 beautiful goals by Johanson. It's a very long season ahead and anything could happen, but if we already had 6 points (as we should have), it'd be a different championship this season. I still think the other big 3 teams are stronger but we could be the surprising Leicester of Greece.
  5. athinaios

    Trump Is Not the Problem, the DNC is

    You're right about all the above. It shows you that when the parties opened up their nomination (selection) process to the average voters they lost control of the nominating process. This can be good, but in the case of Trump, bad. In a crowded field someone who manages to get a core support of 20-25% can get the nomination as the rest of the field splits the 75% of the vote. Also, in winner-takes-all system (first horse to cross the line), wins all the delegates from a state, you can see how Trump managed to get the nomination. It's very hard for any party to eventually not accept as their nominee the candidate who has at least the plurality of the delegates. Trump did. Though Trump actually appealed to a greater conservative/nativist/xtian nationalist audience, which is a huge part of the GOP. Obama had the plurality of pledged (won) delegates, but even the super delegates couldn't vote to overturn this in favor of Clinton in 2008 in the end. In NYS the more progressive Dem voters showed up, and defeated many conservative Dems. We saw ...socialists defeating incumbents who spent millions of dollars unsuccessfully. [To tout my own horn, the NYT quoted me last week, again] Yes, there's been an increasing polarization between the 2 major parties since the 1980s, and turnout of the party's supporters is the key to outcomes.
  6. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    Well, I was pointing out that those, for example, who care a lot about the environment (Jill Stein/Green party), they had a choice--given the US "polarized" electoral system that either a Dem or Repub is elected)--to get the environmental policies of Trump and the Repubs or the policies of HRC and the Dems. And, yes, in my opinion, no one should be elected in position of power that doesn't believe in science. Yeah, that the last 2 worst prez courtecy of the lunatics in the Repub party. And, the worst judges for the Supreme Court! (that also makes decisions about your life) In 2000, if you were voting in FLA you had a choice, Gore-Bush-Nader. (Nader the Green party candidate). By voting for Nader, you elected Bush. So Bush screwed the environment, screwed science [we'd be years ahead had he not killed stem cell research], screwed FEMA (Emergency ..mismanagement during Katrina), screwed the economy (it was 10 years ago when the US market collapsed), gave tax breaks to the very rich and ballooned the deficit. Oh, and he got us into the Iraq war on lies. Yes, elections have consequences about politics and values you care about.
  7. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    I don't mind if we disagree on policy or ideology, but not seeing the obvious is disturbing and frustrating. We in New York (and not only) knew Trump and, unless you were connected to him, we found him a disgusting person. He was known as a grafter, a con man. But, get a major party label after your name and things change. You don't have to have 2 extremes in order to make a choice. I have fun talking to libertarians and environmentalists nowadays who voted either for Johnson or Stein. In other words, in addition to the Clinton - Trump choice, there were huge differences in policies. So, for those who voted Johnson or Stein, congratulations on electing someone who is totally against your principles. If HRC had been elected, at least we'd have a reality-based approach to foreign policy, environment, science, health care, education, urban development, etc, etc
  8. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    I don't think the "slippery slope" principle is good in many real-life situations. We must recognize gradations. Same with almost everything else in life. In addition, we have to learn to recognize the false equivalency trap--that everything is of equal value or offense. For example, lying about a sexual affairs (or having a bad headache when you told others "I'm fine") is not the same as lying on a witness stand on a capital case. Anyway, there have to be standards; it's matters a lot in civil society. For me it's: evidence and reason. Sadly, too many people aren't familiar with logical arguments, and what constitutes evidence. Obviously, we don't have to have courtroom standards in everything we do, but we always have to filter out noise and idiotic arguments if we are to have a decent dialogue going. And, this is the point: how can we have a reasonable dialogue if everything goes?..... So, sure, let anyone say what they want--in the public square and on their own domains. But if you have a medium, a forum, a classroom, etc, you have to start enforcing certain standards!
  9. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    I still think Leoforos was more appropriate for the club. Drawing few thousand fans to OAKA will feel empty and cold. The team will struggle this season, and a strong home would mean a lot. Awh, well.... Does anyone know if the team will be allowed transfers in January?
  10. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    I get that you're in favor of free expression, and like a true progressive you want to allow for challenges to the "prevailing wisdom." That's good. I'm in favor of that too. However.....a good argument has to be articulated on the grounds of reason and evidence. In the past, and in all authoritarian regimes, this standard was not adhered to, and that's why traditional societies were hard to change, because the status quo didn't want change. I could even argue that the danger of authoritarianism increases if we dispose of such standards, because then every opinion is perceived of equal value. Like "the leader" would say, "trust me" not the fake...whatever. People don't know what to believe. Let's say you're a teacher and you're having a discussion in a classroom, while trying to teach your students about rational/critical thinking, evaluating sources, analyzing issues. What standards would you adhere to?... How much time would you give to student Alex Jones?... The common currency of understanding (and of debating) has to be reason and evidence; we have to preserve this standard. The arguments we witnessed here a couple years ago were of the Alex Jones/Info Wars type..... And, that every crazy idea and every conspiracy merited exposure and discussion on this forum... And, that became a demand, much like AJ is now screaming about it when he's being kicked out of media places. Everybody has a right to their opinion but not to their own facts.
  11. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    I don't know if you guys remember a couple years ago when we had people here who were spewing the Info Wars (Alex Jones) garbage, like arsonists.... We had to make a decision to stop this nonsense that did not contribute to the discussion in a rational and civil manner. Apparently ..our action is now also being taken by many news aggregates and distributors. After Alex Jones’ Infowars got the boot from Apple’s Podcasts app Sunday evening when the company removed five of the six Infowars podcasts from the platform, Spotify followed suit and removed the Alex Jones Show from its podcast channel, too. From there the purge broadened: Facebook moved to “unpublish” four Infowars pages—not just individual posts, as it had previously done—saying that they had violated its community standards. Then the Google-owned YouTube banned the Alex Jones Channel, which counted 2.4 million followers at the time. [Source] I'm an ardent defender of the free speech, but this doesn't mean anyone has a right to oblige others to listen to him or use others' media to spread stupidity, ignorance, and hate.
  12. Fire is inevitable, including deadly occurrences in populated areas, but how societies organize themselves matters a lot. In corrupt systems, with a long history of bad laws, poor enforcement of good laws, and a culture of weak civic duty, bad things turn into disasters. In the Attiki fire, everything that could go wrong did. From the person who decided to burn stuff on their property to the gov response to individual actions. Unfortunately, catastrophes like this one (fire or flood) happen too often and very little is done to prevent the next one. This picture is an example of a bad practice.... from the enforcement of traffic code to the car owners who don't think (or care) about allowing a way for emergency vehicles, or an evacuation to pass.... Cars parked on both sides of a street..... and, then cars meet face to face with nowhere to go.
  13. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    Of course everybody would use a popular sports club to get gov favors. But, I'm saying the clubs, in the current situation, aren't making a profit, so you need a "crazy" fan to be the owner. I don't know, but I doubt GK and his family have made a profit over all by having the basketball PAO.
  14. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    Ha! I don't remember how I said it, but it's like saying there's a good justice system, honest police, etc.... Then crime happens! Same with having good health, etc. Authoritarians can take control everywhere, including democracies, though it may be harder in the latter, because of checks and balances. Case in point the Muller investigation, free media, Congress, courts,etc. All of these have often defied Trump, and have curtailed his authoritarian tendencies. These C & B may even bring him down. Trump is dangerous because he so unqualified, and because he's destroying the institutions that matter in a democracy. The difference is Putin and the KGB are involved--there's no doubt about it. So, it's a direct attack against our institutions by a hostile foreign power. Private companies from other countries may be involved too, but it's not the same. I doubt very much that the British gov acted like the Russians. At any rate, Russia must have something on Trump... How else can you explain his stance? Where are the Repubs and the cons who never miss a chance to declare their super-patriotism???!! Imagine if Obama or any Dem prez did what Trump has been doing...... As for treason?..... Well.....
  15. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    He goes off script (he reads at 5th grade level anyway) most of the time. He can't be controlled. Remember when the "official view" was the travel ban didn't target 1 particular religion (which is unconstitutional)? But Trump kept talking about "banning Muslims" and the courts kept ruling against his executive orders?.... Anyway, he's a classic megalomaniac and a sociopath, who believes he's does no wrong since he's been so successful. Look he made it all the way to the US presidency on lies, scams, and self-promotion! As a con artist, he's one of the best. Yes, it's a skill, and it's often rewarded ..bigly.... I don't understand how any reasonable person would not see him for what he is. If I were a conservative, I'd say .... He's the worst of the worst; we/the US should never have such an incompetent, treasonous, dangerous, illiterate/ignorant, buffoon, who's destroying our institutions, etc. etc... But, he delivers the Supreme Court to us (conservatives), gives big tax breaks, and removes regulations (obstacles) from the marketplace.... And, that's why I oppose the liberals who want to do the opposite. I'd be honest with my assessment of his even if I liked what he does in those 3 areas. But, such statements are rare especially in the conservative landscape. Xtian nationalists love him.
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