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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 17, 2014, 04:26:02 pm
Russia has shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet flying in Ukrainian airspace.

This is after shooting down a high altitude Ukrainian military transport plane last week.

They are openly engaging in acts of war now.
Before believing the Ukrainian government too much, it should be noted that they haven't proven very trustworthy in the past, for example going as far as claiming that the insurgents in Slavyansk shelled the town themselves to make the Ukrainian army look bad.

Why are you such a Russian hack? Do you work for Pravda or something?
Does a Russian hack means someone who doesn't swallow every preposterous lie the Ukraine media government supplies to Western media? If so, I am. If we use a common sense definition of the term, certainly not. If you had bothered to check my other posts you would have seen for example that I believed that the pro-Russian rebels shot down the Malaysian plane today. But of course that would require effort which someone who prefers to have a simple-minded black and white world-view would be unlike to make. And of course you could read my other posts on this very page, and I'm ready to defend everything that I've written there - if you were able to use actual arguments, instead of reflexive name calling.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 17, 2014, 03:39:04 pm
Russia has shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet flying in Ukrainian airspace.

This is after shooting down a high altitude Ukrainian military transport plane last week.

They are openly engaging in acts of war now.
Before believing the Ukrainian government too much, it should be noted that they haven't proven very trustworthy in the past, for example going as far as claiming that the insurgents in Slavyansk shelled the town themselves to make the Ukrainian army look bad.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 03:32:25 pm
Most likely the rebels brought down the plane, as it would be very unlikely for trained operators to confuse it with a military plane. However, since the Ukrainian government must have known that the Buks were captured for nearly three weeks, why didn't they close the airspace over the region?
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What is your view on this immigration crisis on the border? on: July 17, 2014, 06:44:32 am
I confess that I don't follow Central American politics closely, but I distinctly remember that all civil wars there ended 20 years ago or more and that most countries there are reasonably free (that's what the mostly US government funded Freedom house thinks, for example), so what exactly is this violence they are supposed to be fleeing from? Turning back genuine refugees is indeed inhuman, but not if they're not really refugees.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hear ye, peasants, the Kingdom of North Sudan hath been declared on: July 14, 2014, 02:20:00 pm

Was this an attempt at subtle sarcasm or you really don't know about the Afrikaners, just to name an example?
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 14, 2014, 02:03:03 pm
LOL @ the user-picked all-star team this year:


I suppose that the voters liked the haircuts of David Luiz and Marcello.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 05:16:13 pm
Did they just give the golden ball to Messi?

LOL
I suppose this was meant to be consolation.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 05:13:44 pm
Congratulations to Germany, the (slightly) better team tonight!
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 04:33:34 pm
Two minutes seem a bit too short...
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 13, 2014, 01:14:08 pm
Germany 2-0 Argentina
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 12, 2014, 03:50:07 pm
The referees continue to prop up Brazil even now. Thiago Silva should have been sent of for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, but I guess a repeat of last match is not wanted now.
And Robben who threw himself?
Are we talking of the same incident? Because in this one he was clearly held up by Silva.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 12, 2014, 03:05:44 pm
The referees continue to prop up Brazil even now. Thiago Silva should have been sent of for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, but I guess a repeat of last match is not wanted now.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 12, 2014, 02:00:38 pm
Brazil 2-1 Netherlands
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: July 10, 2014, 03:38:23 pm
Congratulations to Homely. I resigned the game after a critical error.
Quite unusual to see a knight and bishop mate and even more rarely as early as this.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 10, 2014, 10:09:38 am
Did the DDR football team ever win something?
Their only world cup match with West Germany.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: July 09, 2014, 05:18:57 pm
Gmantis won
This was a nice game, though unfortunately marred by some early mistakes by X.

Incidentally, is this a single game round-robin or do all players play each others twice?
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 09, 2014, 03:01:44 pm
Good to see a minute of silence for the second greatest player never to play at a World Cup.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 09, 2014, 02:47:10 pm
Argentina 1-0 Netherlands
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 08, 2014, 03:59:50 pm
The ZDF news moderator: "It's not over yet."

Ok ...
Yes, unfortunately for the Brazilians they have to play another 45 minutes.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 08, 2014, 03:47:01 pm
I was about to post that no team has ever has managed to get a draw from four goals down when Germany scored the fifth.
This is at world cups presumably.

Of course, never say never: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlton_Athletic_F.C._7%E2%80%936_Huddersfield_Town_F.C. Cheesy
Though Huddersfield was only losing by four goals.
Another "comforting" statistic for Brazil is that the last time they conceded five goals in a World Cup, they won Cheesy
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 08, 2014, 03:33:22 pm
I was about to post that no team has ever has managed to get a draw from four goals down when Germany scored the fifth.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 08, 2014, 02:44:40 pm
Germany 2-1 Brazil
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: July 08, 2014, 02:43:52 pm
My account name is gmantis and here is the link to the game.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 05, 2014, 06:00:29 pm
Football is dead.
I don't think that Costa Rica's all-game "man the ramparts" routine is that good for football either. And if football survived Germany defeating France in 1982, it can survive four low scoring semifinalists.

25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 05, 2014, 05:51:43 pm
The last 9 World Cup shoot outs have been won by the team shooting first.

Dutch in their fifth extratime in World Cup history. Every previous one has ended in their elimination.
Every rule has eventually an exception eventually...
Oh, and van Gaal is a genius.
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