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  • posted a message on Wall of Blood...can you pay more than one life?
    And just a clarification: If you have a Platinum Angel or other means of not losing the game with less than one life, once you drop to zero, you can no longer activate that ability, as you don't have the life to pay.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on Russia annexes Crimea
    Let's get the big one out of the way: This doesn't cause World War Three. Maybe a second Cold War.

    The US will not directly go to war with Russia over this. For one thing, they don't have the troops in place to do so right now, but mainly direct involvement invites escalation, and nobody wants that.

    So their main recourse is political and economic sanctions. This has already begun, but the next couple of weeks and whether a full blown Russia-Ukraine war happens will reveal how intense those sanctions are. They're also looking into reinforcing the protection of the easternmost NATO members.

    The EU are also looking into sanctions, but there's economic entanglements which may blunt their impact: Germany, Italy and other countries currently rely rather heavily on Russian gas exports, although there has been plenty of buzz about diversifying their energy requirements, but that's not something you can do overnight.

    Normally you'd expect China to be buddy buddy with Russia on a lot of things, but they've been fairly ambiguous about this. One big explanation is that China has its own problems with ethnic minorities and secessionist movements, so Russia's actions risk stoking them.

    Politically Russia have burnt a lot of bridges, but it doesn't look like Putin cares. I doubt he ever did, but the pretense is gone.

    EDIT:

    Quote from lmgio34
    Since you're familiar with the situation, could you please explain the following to me:

    I understand that the Crimean people voted to become part of Russia. Shouldn't that be the end of the story? Why is the US still opposed? Doesn't our government support the democratic process?

    I apologize if this is too charged a question. But I know very little about the area and the situation.

    Thanks!


    - The upcoming referendum on Scottish Independence was agreed between Scotland and the UK Parliament more than 18 months ago, to give time for the preparations to be made and for both sides to make their case. The Crimean referendum was announced ten days before it happened.
    - Mysterious soldiers with Muscovite plates on their armoured vehicles occupied Crimea before the referendum was announced. The vote was essentially arranged at gunpoint.
    - The Crimean Parliament was reorganised shortly after these soldiers appeared; the current Prime Minister got 4% of the votes in the last election.
    - The results were promised within two hours of the polls closing. We wish we could be that efficient.
    - The census showed approximately 60% of Crimea to be ethnically Russian, with the rest being Ukrainians and Tartars. The official voting statistics claim more than 80% of registered voters took place, with 97% voting to join Russia. How do you get over a million voters to agree on something like that?
    - The options on the poll were (A) Join Russia; or (B) Let the Crimean Parliament decide, and they had already pledged to join Russia. Unlike the Scottish Referendum, there was no option for the Status Quo.

    So my problem with the Crimean Referendum is that was organised with foreign troops on the ground, extremely hasty, offered biased choices and has a highly suspect result. Now maybe a referendum agreed between Ukraine, Russia and Crimea would have had the same result, but the manner in which this happened undermines its legitimacy.

    But like I said, Putin doesn't care.
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
  • posted a message on Self-Determination of Crimea
    Quote from magickware99
    Quote from RMS Oceanic

    I know the Crimea was considered part of Russia Proper for a long time. I just consider that the present circumstances of its repatriation to be illegal. Gibraltar was considered part of Spain Proper for a long time, and if they marched in and occupied it today I would object.


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



    The right to Territorial Integrity: Changes in territory should come about from a negotiated agreement, and not as a result of soldiers on the ground, otherwise it is an act of aggression.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Self-Determination of Crimea
    Quote from magickware99
    Quote from RMS Oceanic
    If Crimea joins Russia under the current circumstances, I cannot accept the legitimacy of it, with armed soldiers - who totally aren't from Russia, guys - everywhere and the question of whether there was Quorum is unclear. Also that 60% Russian population statistic is based on the 2001 Census: The numbers are bound to have shifted in 13 years, and I'd be curious to see what the real makeup is. I'm not saying it is now miraculously 80% Ukrainian, but we'd want a more accurate picture. I can recognise that it's the de facto situation, but it won't be de jure in my eyes.


    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.


    I know the Crimea was considered part of Russia Proper for a long time. I just consider that the present circumstances of its repatriation to be illegal. Gibraltar was considered part of Spain Proper for a long time, and if they marched in and occupied it today I would object.

    I'm not even sure what you're arguing. All Irredentist claims are valid? Should Karelia be returned to Finland? Should Italy regain the Dalmatian Coast? Should Kaliningrad be returned to Germany, or even Poland?
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Self-Determination of Crimea
    If Crimea joins Russia under the current circumstances, I cannot accept the legitimacy of it, with armed soldiers - who totally aren't from Russia, guys - everywhere and the question of whether there was Quorum is unclear. Also that 60% Russian population statistic is based on the 2001 Census: The numbers are bound to have shifted in 13 years, and I'd be curious to see what the real makeup is. I'm not saying it is now miraculously 80% Ukrainian, but we'd want a more accurate picture. I can recognise that it's the de facto situation, but it won't be de jure in my eyes.

    Having said that, in a tangent of hypertime where these soldiers never turned up, if any discontent with Kiev or desire for self determination had lead to three way negotiations and an agreement drawn up for a referendum, I could abide by the decision. The pre-emptive seizure of the place wrecks my ability to trust the process going on.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on The Lego Movie (is actually kind of amazing)
    SPACESHIP!!!

    I had GoodTimes™ with this movie, and the third act really elevates it.
    Posted in: Movies
  • posted a message on Can sacraficing trigger more than one card?
    First of all, we need to clear up your wording, because it sounds like you're conflating two terms:

    A triggered ability is one which uses words like "at the", "when", or "whenever", and are placed on the stack by effects independent to the card itself. Example: Horn of Greed.

    An activated ability is one with the phrasing "[cost]: [effect]", and is activated with volition by the player activating it. Example: Altar of Dementia

    So when you say "sacrifice a creature", I assume you mean an activated ability, i.e. "Sacrifice a creature: [Effect]". If that is the case, then you can't use one sacrifice for two abilities. It would be like having two abilities that say ":2mana:: [Effect]" and saying paying the same two mana twice counts as activating both abilities.

    Can you link to the cards you're talking about?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on karmic justice vs back to nature
    Quote from RikonVan
    Sry for no Highlights, i add them back on my pc.
    So:
    I have karmic justice and 3 other enchantments and my opponent plays back to nature. Do i get to destroy 4 of his permanents?? Smile thx


    Yes. A permanent with "when [something] is destroyed" or "when [something] enters the graveyard" will trigger upon its own destruction if it meets the [something] criteria, and since the four permanents are destroyed simultaneously, the other three triggers will still happen as well.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on Some statistics and MTG
    The articles forum is only for threads that discuss articles published on MTG Salvation's front page. Please don't create a thread here without permission.

    Moved to Magic General.
    Posted in: Magic General
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