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  1. 8x8 It's very impressive, though a bad stretch can undo all this. I'm hopeful this will be PAO's season. We may still finish on top of the league but there the playoffs too. Still, the team needs 2-3 more quality players that can be starters. The bench is contributing but this may not be enough for a long season. I have to mention... I was a young man when we were discussing building the new stadium, though the years, decades really went by. Now they say by 2026.... Leoforos makes a difference as a home field compared to OAKA. With a modern stadium the team can do even better. I assume its income will increase which is good to buy better players. Although I'm afraid that the chasm between the handful of the very rich teams and the rest is getting wider. It's obscene that a team can buy 1 player for more money that most teams budgets for several years.
  2. I was young and foolish when we were discussing this here back in the early 2000s... I'm not holding my breath or a shovel until I actually see a game played there. PAO is the only big team without a proper modern home.
  3. I'm so sorry I missed this, but May is one of my worst months in terms of work for me (end of the academic year). But, I have to make up for this now by raising many glasses 🙂 😉 I got ..old as a member here. I think I joined around 2000 and then I had to rejoin a couple years later when the new website was launched, or something... Yeah, many memories... and many thousands of words (not all brilliant, I admit) Cheers!
  4. Can we include mini series? I take it as a yes... (haha) So, I watched Narcos Mexico season 3 on Netflix. Not bad, but for me seasons 1 & 2 were the best. I've see all the previous versions of Narcos. I remembered some news about the drug problems in the US, and the various administrations' actions against the drug trade. Those those fictionalized events were happening in the 1980s & 90s, etc. I think if a society needs something, be it drugs or alcohol, porn, whatever, it'll get it one way or another. Unless the demand dies down, there will be lots of violence, corruption, and a para-economy if something is deemed illegal.
  5. Sounds like a witness protection program...
  6. There's an industry whose professionals seem to be wearing skinny jeans as a statement.
  7. Allegedly spoken by Einstein who added, "and I'm not sure about the former (the universe)"
  8. So, once upon a time, and for 99% of the humanity's experience, there were many diseases that would maim and kill, from little children to grown adults. Those natural afflictions were equal-opportunity enemies of health. Rich & powerful people would have their children die too. FD Roosevelt got polio in his 30s and was an invalid for the rest of his life. Then we were given a choice by modern medicine: vaccines. What we found out is that vaccines, and modern medicine, have vastly improved human health, longevity, and happiness. Life span alone (on the average) doubled within 100 years. On the other hand, you can choose conspiracy theories, misinformation, and wilful ignorance..... which is pretty much how most people lived their lives for ever. But, they took risks, and sometimes were rewarded for taking a chance. Or, when they figured out that every action, every tool, every food, etc, had some risk but they weighed that against benefit. Today, we still take calculated risks, but some of us don't understand ..statistics. Like the chance of dying in an automobile crash is much higher than getting the COVID19 vaccine, while the effects of the virus are much more likely to be harmful. Yet.... By the way, even though it's effective, I think it's disgusting that we have to bribe people into doing the right thing for themselves and for the community.
  9. Let's be careful of what you morally authorize (or don't care enough to lose sleep over it). Is this how we should conduct politics? Through physical violence and even murder? And, if so, what kind of law would you pass? And, and, what kind of society would this entail? Outside politics, we have the notion of vigilantism. Advanced societies don't allow revenge killings, and I think with very good reason. It may be fun in the movies to get some satisfaction by seeing bad guys getting "bumped" (I enjoyed the Sopranos, for example), but I wouldn't like to see this happening in real life as a way for solving injustice.
  10. Well, there is an existential issue for both political parties: the new Voting Rights Act. The Republicans' officially signed off as the anti-democracy party by passing or will be passing state laws throughout the country to implement Jim Crow-era voting restrictions. If they succeed, the Dems will be out of power in many states and very probably Congress and the White House. Biden has realized that the filibuster has to go if he and his party will have a chance to compete in much of the country. So the Voting Rights Act has to pass by Congress.
  11. I don't know a lot about this... I know the 25th is celebrated as the ... «Στις 25 Μαρτίου του 1821 ο Παλαιών Πατρών Γερμανός σήκωσε το λάβαρο της Επανάστασης στο Μοναστήρι της Αγίας Λαύρας» Except none of that is true, and its falsehood has nothing to do with the change of calendar.... The Church has managed to promote the myths* that most modern Greeks believe as history today. Well, it wasn't only the Church but some propagandist-"historians" and of course the Greek state responsible for those myths. * myths like the Κρυφο Σχολειο, that the church was in favor of the revolution, that Souliotes (Arvanites) were Greeks, that the Greeks fought like lions against the Turks--which they did--though most of their fighting was against other Greeks.... a fight that continued well after the European poweres dealt a decisive blow to the Ottomans at Navarino and into the decades that followed the establishment of the modern Greek state. King Otto, by the way, was the result of this in-fighting. Something like the soccer referees today for the Greek soccer games that are imported from Europe because the natives are incapable or conducting their own affairs.... hmmmm
  12. The Republicans and indeed McConnell have no interest in helping Biden in any way, even if the Republican base is for a given policy. The vast majority of Americans wanted the COVID relief package including taxpayer financial aid, and the majority of Republican voters agreed. Not a single R in Congress voted for it, though several went back to their states to claim credit for the same bill. At any rate, Biden needs to act, which means that executive orders isn't the way to do it--EOs are within existing law. So, new laws must be passed by Congress, and the problem is the filibuster in the Senate. Either it has to be reformed--make it for 41 Senator to bock a bill, not how it is now that 1 blocks it and 60 are needed to overcome the filibuster. Or, scrap it altogether. It is essential for Biden and the Dems to pass laws and they have very little time to do it, IF they have a chance to retain their majority in Congress after the 2022 midterm elections. Usually the party in power loses seats, and the Dems have thin majority in the House and 50-50 split in the Senate. I say screw McConnell's tear jerkers about traditions and norms. He's a big hypocrite. But, Biden seems to have learned from Obama's mistakes trying to pursue bipartisanship, AND, I think, the times have changed. Most Dems believe compromise and delays will get them defeats as it happened under Obama and in 2016.
  13. I think... 1. Brexit may prove that the UK is a political union of the past; it's breakup is necessary now. Free Scotland, and not only. 2. the monarchy is an anachronism, taxpayer-funded spectacle that should not have survived into the 21st c.
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