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  1. Another Mass Shooting in the US

    Is it ever noted or discussed in the media that these sort of mass shootings only happen in the U.S. ? Maybe they're so insular that they don't even look at it from that angle ? The 2nd amendment argument is obviously bogus but has been twisted and abused beyond all recognition. If it's going to be like that, then people should have the right to their own bazookas, tanks, jet fighters, hell even a "nucelar" (thanks GWB) bomb. I mean if the government has those weapons, the people need them also ... just in case. And you know, I wouldn't mind my own nuclear bomb, but I need to get my own republic first. Seriously, how many shooting will it take ? This happens 3 or 4 times a year (or it seems that way). No one is talking about getting rid of guns completely. It's just about gun c-o-n-t-r-o-l. If you let any nut job go and buy a gun over the counter, how can this ever stop ? It won't! It'll just keep happening, over and over. I don't really know anything about the NRA but f**k mate, who are they ? Gods ? Doesn't anyone in the U.S. have the balls to take them on ? I don't buy the politics argument, since the states where the NRA has serious influence are Republican strongholds anyway. So what's the catch ? C'mon, put up your dukes and take 'em on! There must be a lot more to this than meets the eye. Maybe the NRA are like those old guys in the X-files that are really running the show ...
  2. SL–22: PAS Lamia - PAOK (17-Feb-18, 19:30 EET)

    It seems that to the G4 "ultras" playing fisty cuffs is more important than the good of the club. This is where Savvidis should have the balls to tell them that they can go if they want, but if they hurt the club in any way, they'll never be welcome again.
  3. PAOK Players on Loan

    Damn Mystakidis, give the kid a break.
  4. Transfer News and Rumors - Winter 2017

    At the price I'd sell Warda in a heartbeat. Hell, I'd sell him for half that. I don't buy the story though.
  5. SL–22: PAS Lamia - PAOK (17-Feb-18, 19:30 EET)

    Goes to show how RIDICULOUS the game is in Greece. Is it so difficult to have allocated seating ? At the very least it should be implemented for away fans.
  6. Turkish Violations

    Thanks for the heads up. I didn’t know about this. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, Erdogan had the balls to shoot done a Russian fighter jet in Syria. If he’s not afraid of Putin I doubt Tsipras will have him quaking in his boots. Still, trying to look at this objectively, it sounds like it’s just a case of Erdogan doing his sums and calculating that this will make him look tough domestically and at the same time figuring that the probability of Greece retaliating is virtually nil. I don’t know much about Erdogan but he does seem to be shrewd. At least in so far as knowing how far to push without being pushed back and at the same time coming out looking like a tough guy to his people.
  7. Macedonia Name Dispute

    The idea of educating the world is nice in theory. I say in theory because the reality is when you talk to people about this what 99.99% hear is “blah blah ... blah blah blah ... blah blah”. They tune out. To explain it properly, doesn’t take long, but people tune out. I’ve seen this many times. I’m sure many of us have also. It’s just the way it is. Now it could be said we are all at fault for not being better orators and for failing to convince the unwashed masses of the reality but that would be harsh. I think the simple truth is that outside of Greece and FYROM no one really cares. The U.S. would like the issue resolved so they can get another member into the NATO club. Likewise the EU would like another member. They could not give a toss about what the actual final name is. I’m sure there are some diplomats and parliamentarians that do have an understanding of the historical truth but I suspect they are in the minority. If it were not so, there would be much more pressure on FYROM. Having said that, I don’t see any reason why Greece should even be negotiating. We have NOTHING to gain by resolving the dispute. It’s FYROM that has much to gain. Greece should simply argue that over the last 25 or so years FYROM has shown themselves to have acted in bad faith. It should be fairly easy to gather evidence showing how FYROM has made false historical claims including teaching this in their education system. As such Greece has no interest whatsoever in dealing with an untrustworthy neighbour. Further to that, even if they say they will stop this behaviour, what is to stop them reverting back after they get what they want ? Greece should simply set their terms and leave it that. If by some miracle FYROM accepted that they can never ever again make false historical claims, then at that point we can sit down and work on the name. Further to that if a Gruevski type ever got into power and tried to start up again, it should be met with immediate and harsh economic sanctions. I don’t see any other way to solve this issue and I don’t see any reason why Greece should settle for anything less.
  8. Other Teams/Leagues Discussion

    In other news Olympiakos looks to blame indiscriminately. EPO, Tsipras, Savvidis, Illuminati, Soros, Trump, the sun, the moon and even the wind have been accused of conspiring against Olympiakos. Ha ha ha, it's so entertaining.
  9. SL–22: PAS Lamia - PAOK (17-Feb-18, 19:30 EET)

    In theory this is the last of the "easy" games. No offence to @Lamiara ole of course. Need to make sure we get the 3 points because after this there is a run of tough matches :- Round 23 : Olympiakos (home). Round 24 : Asteras Tripolis (away, we saw what they did to Olympiakos this week). Round 25 : AEK (home). Round 26 : Atromitos (away). Round 27 : Panionios (home). Round 28 : Xanthi (home). Round 29 : Panathinaikos (away). All games where points could be dropped. Going to be an interesting couple of months. Ideally, we would have the title already won by the last match day (in Toumba vs the bottom team Platanias) and the party atmosphere in Toumba will be, I don't know, just insane. A man can dream.
  10. SL–R21: PAOK - Larisa (12 Feb 18, 19:30 EET)

    Some nice goals in the highlights. Vieirinha looks like he's just ripping it up in the LB position. And here I was saying I was apprehensive about signing him. Go on Vieirinha, keep throwing egg on my face. I'm happy to oblige. Shakhov has his deficiencies, but I've said it before, he at least makes up for it by getting into goal scoring positions. Nice unselfish assist by Prijovic also for that first goal. That third goal, I could watch it all day. Love those through balls that just split a defense and the finish by Prijovic was great.
  11. SL–R21: PAOK - Larisa (12 Feb 18, 19:30 EET)

    Agreed. It drives me crazy when players get unnecessary yellow cards. Just hurts the team for no reason. In previous season we couldn't finish a game without getting at least 3 or 4 yellow cards. It's been better this season. Or at least it seems that way. I'll have to check.
  12. 2017-2018 Greek Cup

    Damn. I would’ve preferred AEK. Anyway ... now we have a final at OAKA to look forward to. I’ve always thought a home and away 2 leg final is the fairest way to do it. Like in the old days of the UEFA Cup. Or was it the Cup Winners Cup ? Assuming we progress to the final along with a AEK, I don’t even want to think about the violence in Athens. Their ultras will be out for revenge and our ultras well they aren’t exactly the brightest sparks. Ultra m*****es.
  13. SL–R21: PAOK - Larisa (12 Feb 18, 19:30 EET)

    A bit surprised Glykos has been included over Rey. If Paschalakis were to get injured or red carded I’m not sure I’d prefer him over Rey. Oh well I guess we have to trust in Lucescu. I hope this doesn’t affect Rey’s confidence too much. I think he’s a good GK overall that didn’t really do too much wrong this season.
  14. Trump Presidency

    Yeah man bring it on. I’ve always wanted my own Republic. What’s happening in Q3 that’s significant ?
  15. 2017-2018 Greek Cup

    I’m with Blackhawk, I’d prefer AEK in the semi final. If they sit back which I expect them to do, we are more likely to wear them down over 180 minutes. Also, if we play them in the final it’ll be at a neutral ground or in Athens which is a home game for them. I’d rather they come and enjoy 90 minutes in Toumba instead.