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  1. We had another mass shooting in the US, this time in Las Vegas, the deadliest of its kind, until the next one of course. Our right to be safe is trampled by the right for someone to own military-grade weapons. We had hoped that after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Congress would act to pass some federal gun safety laws. Nothing! The victims' stories and pictures in Vegas are beginning to circulate now. I'll leave you with the images of the children of Sandy Hook as a horrific reminder that how a political party and its leaders are essentially in the pocket of the gun lobby.
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    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!
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    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
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    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.
  5. 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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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)
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    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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    Ancient Greek History

    Of course, that's to be expected. But, we have to ask a brave question? Why does it matter? Genes (DNA) don't carry cultural and historical memories. Your genetic ancestors' greatness (we never talk about their negatives) isn't passed as memories through DNA. It's the ideas, the civilization that you may feel proud of, but then all this is available to anyone. I don't have to be English to appreciate British literature, philosophy and science. Same with the Hellenic civilization's goodies. You, anyone can feel Hellene, or modern Greek, or love Greece, etc. Several ethnic groups rose against Ottoman rule. Many didn't speak (nor understood) Greek. I doubt that all knew about the Hellenic past. But, circumstances and geography made a nation out of these diverse people in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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    Another Mass Shooting in the US

    The NRA has gotten tons of money from the gun manufacturers (whose interests represents in reality), and has spent lavishly through the Political Action Committees. Plus their members vote. Plus, they employ lots of lobbyists. Yet, things may be changing. For the first time in my memory big companies are severing their ties to the NRA, and there seems to be a continuing movement for gun control. This also may the year NRA-backed candidates (and the Repub party) suffer big loses in the Nov. elections, not necessarily because of this issue alone, but the message may be loud and clear: we need sensible gun control. On the federal side, I don't see any serious federal laws as long as Trump is president and Repubs control the Senate.
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    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.
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    Trump Presidency

    Don't forget the military parade!
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    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.
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    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.
  16. 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.
  17. The evil Patriots must go down in flames!

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    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!
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    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  22. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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