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Epicurus last won the day on November 28 2017

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  1. AEK in Greek Cup 2017-18

    Respectfully disagree about Ouzounidis "should have done much better in the 1st half of the season...." You could say this under normal circumstances, but not under the ones after Alafouzo announced his decision to pull back early in the first half. The competitive teams work off season to prepare and rely on a stable core of players. PAO and Marinos didn't have that. If you're a player owed money, you hear that the club may even fall to 3rd div. when big players are sold, or leave or about to leave, well, excuse me, but it's understandable why you don't give 100%. Even back then, Marinos didn't have a stable unit. It's not like PAO had a deep bench. You start with Berg and Zeca, etc, and then?.... Much of high-competitive game is mental. The other half is internal culture and quality of people. The ..third half is the outside circumstances.... All negative.
  2. Trump Presidency

    Don't forget the military parade!
  3. AEK in Greek Cup 2017-18

    Agreed. I'm a PAO fan too, but it's nice to see AEK competing at this high level. If we had Ouzounidis when Alafouzos hired Strapacho(ni), we would be kings.
  4. Macedonia Name Dispute

    I don't think Skopje will settle without "Macedonia" in the name. From the European and US perspective Skopje has taken positive steps for a resolution and Greece appears unreasonable. The name "Macedonia" has been almost universally accepted for many years now. It doesn't mean Greece has to agree to it, or to the new Skopje concessions, but if Greece is left alone on this, the case will be lost... or, until there will be a re-drawing of borders and different countries. An acceptable (meaning: practical) solution could be "Slavic Macedonia" ? This is descriptive of ethnicity + geography. Geographically Macedonia is in multiple countries, so by attaching a ethnic description to the name may be the solution. This acknowledges that Skopje is Slavic, not Greek. I'm saying all this without the knowledge in current backroom negotiations and interests at play. It could be that if Skopje must enter NATO and the EU, it may compromise further. But, what I know is that Skopje is known as Macedonia in the world right now. The longer it stays so, the stronger the meme.
  5. The evil Patriots must go down in flames!

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  6. Trump Presidency

    Yes, she was very unpopular and, as it seems, she didn't excite her base to come out and vote. But, these two represented two different worlds. She was qualified to be president. And, she would appoint competent people in vital positions. And, probably she'd be raising her own taxes instead. I think many voters don't really think about the greater implications of voting for a president. Probably they voted against HRC without thinking about the Supreme Court, the environment, science, education, health care, foreign relations, etc, etc. I'd like to think that most of us would call out a bullshitter like Trump no matter what party he belonged to. It was so obvious that he was either lying or didn't know what he was talking about. So obvious. It's like you walk into a room to talk about something you know nothing about.... you'd say generalities and bullshit that would make people happy. Hey, if you elect me to run Phantis I'll give everyone free internet access, money for every post, and a new car every month to the person whose posts are liked the most. Trust me, I'm very successful, and I can make Phantis great again. Just give me the keys!
  7. Daily Team News [ 2017 ]

    We drew at home against Panetoliko, 0-0. Kourbelis got injured and will be out about a month. I just hope Marinos has time to beef up this team before we play the top 3 teams, 'cause I don't want to see a disaster.
  8. Trump Presidency

    Republicans are morally corrupt, no matter how you slice it. But many Americans like that secretary voted for Trump, because, heck, he'll build a wall, bring back jobs, drain the pool, stand during the national anthem, and generally make America great again! I can't fathom how so many people have been duped by Trump. His lies are so obvious and he's bullshitting all his life.
  9. Another Mass Shooting in the US

    @BostonThanatos this is the case of using data to mislead. Yeah, cities have more people too. The concentration of big numbers have certain effects, like more car accidents, etc. Crime, too, will happen when there are more people congregating. But, those who believe (with no good reason) that having tons of guns available for ..anyone isn't a factor in gun violence will never accept facts! Also, the map above shows a correlation not causation. [too hard of a concept for some to comprehend; much like the difference between the median and average] Cities indeed have Democratic administrations in the US [cities tend to be Democrat, urban areas Republican, and suburbs mixed]; they also have strict gun laws. But guns filter in from surrounding areas or states with loose gun laws. Here's a study that attempts to examine the relationship between local crime and supply (origin) of guns. In NYC, for example, most of the guns used in crime come from Virginia and other states. "firearms have a knack for flooding into states with tough gun laws from those without. (To cite just one example: Sixty percent of guns used to commit crimes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 originated outside of Illinois.) A state's gun laws, it seems, can be undermined by those of its neighbors." When will the gun owners realize that they're being played by the NRA? The gun lobby is a front for the gun manufacturers to sell more weapons. The high price of gun violence is being paid by everyone, including lawful gun owners. And, here's a thoughtful article about gun violence in the US.
  10. It's been customary that the best student of a school gets to carry the national flag during a parade his/her school participates in. As you may know, yesterday on 28th of October, it was a national holiday with parades throughout the country. I've heard that in 2 of them, the best students were denied this honor because they were not ethnically Greek. One of those students is from Afghanistan and the other is ethnically Albanian. The boy was allowed to march without the flag, but the girl in Santorini wasn't because a dozen fascists intervened before the parade started resulting in the cancellation of the parade after parents took their kids home fearing violence. This is not the first time such things have happened in Greece. What do you think? Personally, I feel it's a disgrace to deny any student any honor, or discriminate them, based on factors like race, gender, ethnicity, religion.
  11. PAO - OSFP League Game Oct 28, 2017

    Even though Oly came back late in the second half (first shot on goal 79'), PAO deserved to win this one as it was clearly the better team on the field today! Amazing. And if the greens had the 2 points deducted from last year, they'd be above gavroi today. I hope the people with money see that this club is worth saving and making it powerful again.
  12. PAO - OSFP League Game Oct 28, 2017

    For a derby, this is a good game in my opinion. PAO is playing very well and Lucas just scored! 1-0. The greens deserving to win, so far, based on their game. Gavroi haven't had 1 good chance yet.
  13. Catalan Independance

    I think both sides are led by knuckleheads who are leading Spain into serious conflict. The way they speak and their actions are not wise if indeed they want to reach some kind of resolution to this serious issue. The Catalans feel that their separate identity warrants more control over their own affairs, and I understand that, but establishing a new country by cutting of a big chunk of another is very difficult. The Madrid government should also realize that it can't keep Catalonia by force alone. What, is the Spanish government going to occupy and brutally suppress such a large area and millions of people? Greater autonomy is the solution for Catalonia in my opinion. Also, Catalonia has many benefits by being in Spain and the EU. By the way, as anyone who knows about state formation would tell you, people are patriotic and feel proud citizens of a country because they receive benefits for giving their allegiance to the state. It could be cultural, political, identity, economic, whatever, but if people don't feel emotionally tied to a country, there's a big problem... Being occupied of feel oppressed doesn't make you want to be part of what you hate.
  14. I think Oly has a better team. On paper it costs twice as much as PAO, but in the games between these 2 rivals anything is possible. The greens aren't competitive for the title, and the reds are struggling this year. I hope we see a good match and the home team wins. I'm not sure the majority of players for both teams truly know what this "derby" means... lots of new faces, and not many players stay put for several years to really identify with a team. Above all, I hope nothing bad happens in terms of violence.
  15. Another Mass Shooting in the US

    ^^^^ Ah, OK, it's about Hillary now. I never would have guessed..... Oh, and the fake news parade shows up on cue to muddle the issue further. The claim about increased burglaries is fake, drawn from a pro-gun nut's unsubstantiated claims*. But even if it were true, having no massacres since the gun ban, and the reduction of people dying from firearms is a significant progress. " The conclusions drawn in this piece were both premature and inaccurate, however. In a peer-reviewed paper published by American Law and Economics Review in 2012, researchers Andrew Leigh of Australian National University and Christine Neill of Wilfrid Laurier University found that in the decade following the NFA, firearm homicides (both suicides and intentional killings) in Australia had dropped significantly." And, "Similarly, Dr. David Hemenway and Mary Vriniotis of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center found in 2011 that the NFA had been “incredibly successful in terms of lives saved”.... the more guns I have the more free I am? * All sorts of crime has peaks and valleys. I can find any short period where I can find data to argue just about anything. Burglaries went up in Australia for a couple years after the gun ban but no direct correlation can be established. If seen over a long time, say from the gun ban till today, burglaries are significantly down. Again, mass shootings: zero. It doesn't mean there won't be any ever, but what we see in the US is crazy and ever more crazy that very little to address the scourge has been done.