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  • posted a message on Self-Determination of Crimea
    Quote from Blinking Spirit
    The numbers are in, and 95.5% of Crimeans apparently voted to join Russia. That sounds like an absolutely trustworthy and legitimate result.

    I'd love to meet that 4.5%.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Need Job Advice
    Moving this into RLA Smile

    edit: Cobalt strikes again
    Posted in: Real-Life Advice
  • posted a message on Ukrainian Info war
    Nah. Thread closed; if you want to peddle Kremlin propaganda, you can do so in one of the (several) threads about Ukraine here.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Russia Invades Ukraine
    I'm moving this to Debate, because that's pretty clearly what this is now.

    Make sure to keep this debate on its (current) separate course from the other Crimea thread.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Why aren't intellectuals in the US treated like rock stars?
    Quote from Blinking Spirit
    (a) Whatever you're describing, it's not a U.S.-vs.-elsewhere thing. Intellectuals don't get the rock star treatment in modern Germany and France, either.

    That's not entirely true; there is always BHL in France.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Self-Determination of Crimea
    Quote from magickware99
    From wiki-
    On 19 February 1954, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union issued a decree transferring the Crimean Oblast from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.[27][28] The transfer of the Crimean Oblast to Ukraine has been described as a "symbolic gesture," marking the 300th anniversary of Ukraine becoming a part of the Russian Empire.[29][30] The General Secretary of the Communist Party in Soviet Union was at the time the Ukranian Nikita Khrushchev.

    Besides that, Crimea had been de facto Russian territory since the late 18th century, and part of the Kievan Rus, which both Ukraine and Russia consider as its cultural and historical ancestor.

    Heck, one can even argue that Ukraine was considered a part of Russia for much of history as well. The very existence of Ukraine is very new, after all.

    Crimea wasn't transferred from the Russian SSR to the Ukrainian SSR as a symbolic gesture; it was transferred because Crimea depends on the mainland for essentially all of its water, food, and electricity. Crimea as part of Russia was a historical accident, a product of the organization of the Empire during the Crimean War; it has no real bearing here.

    Quote from magickware99
    Is there any laws in place that states that cannot reclaim territory at will?

    You'd have an argument here only 1) if Crimea had not been legally transferred between the two (at the time) subnational entities, of which the two modern states are the successors; and 2) if Russia had not agreed publicly that Crimea was an integral part of Ukraine, and could not be separated without its consent.

    Your analogy is like saying that Austria has every right to conquer the Czech Republic and Hungary, because they used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Quote from Drawmeomg
    There's a large gap between "Putin can't be forced from power" and "Putin can do whatever he wants without regard to how his people perceive it." Russia's democracy is a sham, but still sufficient to allow pressure to be brought to bear on Putin through international pressure on his people in a way that is literally not possible in dealing with the Saddams and Castros of the world.

    We won't be able to force him to back down on Crimea, but we might be able to make him think twice about going after, say, Odessa.

    Sorry, what do you think forces Putin to do something if it isn't the threat of being removed from power? If Putin's power is absolutely secure, why does he need to worry at all?
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  • posted a message on Self-Determination of Crimea
    Quote from Drawmeomg
    ...Russia isn't an insular dictatorship. Russia is still a democracy where public opinion matters (not, like, the most free and open democracy in the world, but not a one party "democracy", either), and economic pressure on the Russian people has enough influence to force Putin to think twice.

    I don't think you know much about Russian "democracy" then.

    Sure, economics and public opinion have an influence on Putin; they had an influence on Hussein and Pol Pot too. That doesn't make the country a democracy; Putin and his party have been very assiduous in undermining and delegitimizing the public and private institutions which are essential for a democracy to operate. Putin can claim the veneer of popular support, but regardless of how much support he actually enjoys, the structure of the country and the security forces is sufficient to allow him (or his ideological successor) to remain in power essentially indefinitely.

    You know why the Euromaidan could never happen in Moscow? Because Putin's police would break up those protests before they got a foothold in the first place.
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  • posted a message on Political correctness in Magic design
    Quote from BatterysRevenge
    Maybe someone mentioned this earlier, but I was under the impression that the classification of Thassa as a God rather than Goddess had to do with the Greek language. Can anyone who has an understanding of Koine Greek provide some info on this?

    Ancient Greek in general (including Κοινή) uses θεός ("god") as a general term for both gods and goddesses. θεά ("goddess"), the feminine, is sometimes used but is relatively rare, often used only when there might be some confusion. Latin exhibits much the same feature; dea exists, but it is much less common. Athena is a good example of this; often you'll see her invoked as ἥ θεὀς (~~"she the god (masc.)").

    There are some significant exceptions to this, for a number of reasons which aren't worth getting into here. It definitely is not accurate, however, to say that the masculine term is only used when the gender of the referent is unclear.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Post Release Feedback
    Quote from calibretto
    I just Google searched the crap out of vBulletin and found nothing on it no longer being supported or receiving security updates. vBulletin 5's most recent update was this past September. Just looking at vBulletin.com, it seems like they're doing pretty well with some very large sites still using the software for their forums. Steam's forums in particular look like an aesthetically nice updated take on the familiar look of the old forums here.

    vB5 is a very different beast, made by a different company and a different team of developers. It'd be as big a change as here.
    Posted in: MTGS Beta Feedback and Bug Reports
  • posted a message on Political correctness in Magic design
    Quote from Xyx
    This is the weirdest argument so far. This I would actually consider offensive. Might I ask which culture is so backwards that it has no nice word for "god with boobs"?

    If I remember my (very elementary) Hebrew, the only word for "goddess" that isn't offensive isn't really used for actually referring to gods and goddesses.
    Posted in: Debate
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