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  1. Epicurus

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    I think they have found the territory between the 2 extremes... But, please tell me what you would have done. I assume you'd say no to anything "Macedonia." Fine. Well, they did it 30 years ago, and they've managed to be accepted by the international community and even Greece's partners/allies. What would be your options? EU and NATO, the US, UN all seem to be fine with this "New Macedonia" name and all think that FYROM made all the concessions and Greece is being unreasonable. You would do what now? [Greece did what you are suggesting: no "Macedonia" name anywhere. Well after 30 years, here we are....]
  2. Epicurus

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    I hear you, but you're not saying anything new, and you're not saying what you'd have done 30 years ago when these people wanted a new independent country away from Serbia (Yugoslavia) and invented a long lineage to boost their case. You'd probably have done exactly what all the previous Greek govs did..... reject anything with the name "Macedonia." Here we are today with a deal that denotes the geographical area, and hopefully this will be added to the already established name (and language) of Macedonia. The only other solution is to invade and occupy (maybe ethnic cleanse?) that country. The whole world has moved on and has already recognized them. If they have territorial claims any name you come up with won't change their minds. Would it?
  3. Epicurus

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    I hear you, but you're not saying anything new, and you're not saying what you'd have done 30 years ago when these people wanted a new independent country away from Serbia (Yugoslavia) and invented a long lineage to boost their case. You'd probably have done exactly what all the previous Greek govs did..... reject anything with the name "Macedonia." Here we are today with a deal that denotes the geographical area, and hopefully this will be added to the already established name (and language) of Macedonia. The only other solution is to invade and occupy (maybe ethnic cleanse?) that country. The whole world has moved on and has already recognized them.
  4. Epicurus

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    Well, DG got control of all the non-professional teams..... (still I have a hard time calling them amateur since they do employ athletes) He wants everyone in OAKA. That would make sense if all PAO clubs were under one roof. Except, I really don't like OAKA as a football arena. It wasn't built for soccer, almost 35-40 years ago. PAO needs a modern, smaller home, with the seats near the pitch, unlike OAKA which is for track and field games.
  5. Epicurus

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    Stamp from 1939... Communist leader, Tito, renamed it Macedonia and Greece said nothing then.
  6. Epicurus

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    OK, may I ask what would you have done 27 years ago? [I'm also trying to figure out those "foreign interests"..... why would they support the Slavs instead of the Greeks?]
  7. Epicurus

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    For 30 years now, Greece has lost the game. The name "Macedonia" has been everywhere; nobody used FYROM or Skopje. Even the UN recognized the language of that tiny country as ..Macedonian. This is the last chance for ..Greece to win something. Anyway, for me it's a good solution.The "northern" shows the geographical area. Maybe this will be used from now on internationally, especially if the new country uses it internally (as they'd be obliged to), and people will understand the difference. Like, New Mexico, New Jersey, Northern Ireland, etc.... . If Greece has no territorial claims north of its border, then anyone who lives in geographical Macedonia can use the name, and that's what Greece should have been concentrating on..... the geography. And, the best way to be powerful and influence your neighbors is having a strong economy.
  8. Epicurus

    Justin Trudeau

    Why shouldn't corporations have most of the power?..... They're the job providers! After all, here's a party that despite the opposite opinion of every serious economist about the need for the latest tax "reform" gave tax breaks to corporations (and to the wealthy class) that sit on trillions of cash and can pay millions to execs... The national debt will increase unnecessarily, but who's counting? The deficit hawks care about such thing only if people suggest social safety net expenditures!
  9. Epicurus

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    One thing is clear to me: the league is total b.s. The decision about PAOK-AEK game hasn't been finalized yet! Wtf? Same with rules regarding debts, permits, points deducted, etc. etc. This league reflects Greek society, as many have observed. It's been run 100% by Greeks, with people behaving like they do in every other aspect of society. The country has a long way to go to reach efficiency and modernity. The various tsifliks must go. This word "tsifliki" reminded me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZLjLo5CFdw
  10. Epicurus

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    In Greek fashion, nothing is set in stone..... (am I reading this wrong?) Σε νέα εκδίκαση ποντάρει ο Παναθηναϊκός Πάντως, πρέπει να αναφέρουμε ότι οι πράσινοι από την πλευρά τους έχουν καταθέσει αίτηση στο Διαιτητικό Δικαστήριο για να εκδικαστεί εκ νέου η υπόθεση και περιμένουν από την ΕΠΟ να ερμηνεύσει τον κανονισμό προκειμένου να μπορέσουν να πάρουν πίσω τους βαθμούς από την στιγμή που πλήρωσαν την οφειλόμενη δόση (50.000 ευρώ), εκτιμώντας ότι είναι λάθος να απαιτείται το σύνολο του ποσού (500.000 ευρώ). Πάντως, αυτό είναι καθαρά θέμα του Διαιτητικού Δικαστηρίου της Ομοσπονδίας που για την ώρα δεν έχει προγραμματίσει κάποια συνεδρίαση.
  11. This is sad. I don't know if these skirmishes are necessary.... I read that his salary was much less than many do-nothings all over the vast Greek bureaucracy. His widow will get a small pension too. The prime minister and defense minister didn't even mention his name in their statements.
  12. Epicurus

    Ancient Greek History

    I don't think you're disputing what I'm saying, unless you think I said that DNA is useless. Of course DNA has our genetic code, and certain characteristics are passed down from generation to generation. Even this is subject to mutations, evolution, and changing environment. The skin tone, size of body, shape of features, etc, change over time. Anyway, I was talking about culture, which is not passed through DNA. Technology may create eternal life if we don't destroy ourselves before that or that artificial intelligence doesn't destroy the human species. But, even this eternal life may be another evolutionary step. Machines and humans merging, for example. With changing environment, changing physical needs, and even climate change will be factors.
  13. Epicurus

    Ancient Greek History

    I ask, again, what does your DNA matter, other than it makes you feel good being connected to some people that you have no memories of? If it's cultural, then again, such values are given to individuals not inherited via genetics. And, let's say, you have 100% the DNA of the greatest person(s) ever lived.... Are you asking for special treatment? Recognition of greatness simply because you're standing on the shoulders of others? Even if your father/mother was the greatest person, wouldn't you want to do something great yourself to get honors? At least if your father/mother raised you, you could claim they gave you their great ideas directly, but still you have to demonstrate something good yourself. If it's a civilization or philosophy of ideas, then they're available to everyone! The sons of Epicurus, Galileo, Newton, Locke, Mill, etc, aren't necessarily any better than you simply because of their fathers! Right?
  14. Epicurus

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    It's so sad that this team that lost more than 50% of its starters since the beginning of the year, and starting -2 points, with players and staff not being paid, has managed to stay where it is, and even beat Atromitos today ( the best away team this season). Just the money some idiots wasted on Esien, Wemer, and a couple other ..walkers on the pitch could have saved this team from being relegated. Shame. I also don't understand this from Alafouzos point of view.... If the team falls to 2nd, or 3rd div. most debt isn't erased. And, if he truly wants to get rid of this team, wouldn't it more attractive to keep it in div. 1? Unless, he doesn't care at all, he may think that at some point he'll pay some the debts he's accountable for, hoping people will settle for less from him, and damn the team even if it's in 3rd div. Somebody like Tsakas will show up and get it for free.......(if Alafouzo doesn't expect to get any money for selling the team to anyone)
  15. Epicurus

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    First and second generation immigrant groups try to keep their mother country's identity so they are conservative. Before they're accepted into the host country, their feeling of being special is based on their national & ethnic origin. I agree that the new FYROM name should be a composite that is always used in everyday language. This name would denote geography and not ethnicity. But, this is not what most Greeks like. It's my estimate that Greece should find a solution now, because in reality the name "Macedonia" has stuck. As someone else said here, the EU, UN, US, all think Greece is not being reasonable now after FYROM made so many concessions with name and constitution. If in the end, it's only Greece and Cyprus that don't accept a new name, then the game will be lost. Only a breakup of FYROM would change its name. The big powers do not want a new instability in the Balkans.
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