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Just wanted to let @Luxor and @rjhowie know, I'll accept Johnny Walker and Irn Bru (or Diet Irn Bru)  bribes in order to move you lot to the front of the queue with Joe in terms of priorities. Fairly certain @Macallan wouldn't turn down those bribes either.
DnD Central / God Save the Governor!
What a time to be alive. Never ending Brexit, Trump lurching from one controversy or crisis to another.......and now it can be revealed that the current outgoing governor of the US state of Mississippi has been fiddling and diddling with the Brexit process. It should be noted that Bryant created the "Royal Commonwealth Society USA" (that should thrill @rjhowie ) several years ago.

Oh yes; MS can be 50th in everything out of 50 states, save religious aspects, but isn't it just wonderful that Bryant has found so much time to interfere in another country's business (and bring one state back into the Commonwealth?)
DnD Central / Tea in the UK
Tea consumption in the UK is apparently at an all time low, according to The Independent.

It is a peculiar thing that tea consumption in general, not just black tea, is at an all time low in the UK, one of the places most known for their fondness for tea. Yet, strangely enough, here in the US, our tea consumption (all kinds) is at an all time high.

Meanwhile, coffee sales in the UK are at an all time high.

Thoughts? @string @rjhowie @Luxor @any other Brits I am forgetting?

Is this the final end of this?
So yeah, my IPhone 4s is on it's last stand, and I am looking to upgrade.
I do not and will not do a contract with any company, so my next phone will be paid for outright rather than payment plans.

So my question is this; were you all in my situation, which IPhone would you go with? The 6, 6+, or 6s?

Thank you for your opines in advance.
Firstly,  :cheers: to all!

I need to learn conversational German before September arrives. I am all too well aware of Rosetta Stone, but I am unable to justify spending $300-400 on it's equipment. Anyone know of any decent language resources that might be available, or indeed, that anyone on here can vouch for personally? Free would be nice, but I am willing to go up to about $35 or so, if need be.

I have downloaded Duolingo and Mindsumo on my IPad, but don't know much about them, other than they are free. I'll be trying them shortly.

Thanks to all, and hope you all have an excellent year!
Should Scotland be an independent country?

This wording is taken directly from the official Scottish ballot that Mr. Howie and Luxor (and others?) will be casting their vote for in a few months time. I am aware that this topic has been touched on in the "What's going on in the UK?" thread, but I feel as though it is such a large and important issue that it is deserving of it's own thread.

Additionally, (and apologies to the afore-mentioned posters) one small difference in this vote is that we posters of the DnD Sanctuary, of all nationalities, will be casting our votes here.

If you vote yes, please post why; if you vote no, please post why. If you wish to abstain from voting, please post "I abstain from the vote and hereby recuse myself". There will be no beer option in this important vote (sacrilegious, I know, but fourscore and seven years from now, you'll get over it.) If possible, @Frenzie or @Macallan, could a poll be added? (Thanks regardless)


DnD Central / What's going on in Italy?
Venetians voting for Independence from Rome, that's what.

"With an 89 percent majority, the voters of Venice have elected to leave Italy. In practice, what this really means is that the Venetians plan to no longer send tax revenues to Rome. Apparently, the Venetians, who inhabit the historical capital of one of humanity's richest and most successful republics, wish to no longer subsidize the famously-corrupt bureaucrats in Rome. Southern Italy has long been regarded by the richer, cleaner, and more efficient North as a drain on their resources. According to the Daily Mail, at least, there is talk of extending the secession movement to other areas of the North as well.

Campaigner Paolo Bernardini, professor of European history at the University of Insubria in Como, northern Italy, said it was 'high time' for Venice to become an autonomous state once again.

'Although history never repeats itself, we are now experiencing a strong return of little nations, small and prosperous countries, able to interact among each other in the global world.'

'The Venetian people realized that we are a nation (worthy of) self-rule and openly oppressed, and the entire world is moving towards fragmentation - a positive fragmentation - where local traditions mingle with global exchanges.'

Naturally, the large nation-states of Europe hate and fear developments like this. But for anyone who can remember history, there's little "tradition" here that the nation-states can lay claim to. Italy is a made-up country, much like Germany, hammered together in the 19th century by powerful authoritarian politicians like Otto von Bismarck who of course hated classical liberalism and capitalism with every fiber of his being.

It will be interesting to see what Rome does. Will they send an army to take their tax money? Perhaps they'll just wage some sort of campaign of hate against the Venetians, appealing to Italian patriotism. Given that Obama recently declared all secession movements illegitimate (except those supported by the US Government, of course) it's unknown how much support Venice can expect from the international community.

In a 2004 interview, Hans-Hermann Hoppe spoke on the advantages of small independent (and wealthier) countries:

To the contrary, the greatest hope for liberty comes from the small countries: from Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein, even Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, etc.; and as a liberal one should hope for a world of tens of thousands of such small independent entities. Why not a free independent city of Istanbul and Izmir, which maintain friendly relations with the central Turkish government, but which no longer make tax payments to the latter nor receive any payments from it, and which no longer recognize central government law but have their own Istanbul law or Izmir law.

The apologists of the central state (and of superstates such as the EU) claim that such a proliferation of independent political units would lead to economic disintegration and impoverishment. However, not only does empirical evidence speak sharply against this claim: the above-mentioned small countries are all wealthier than their surroundings. Moreover, theoretical reflection also shows that this claim is just another statist myth.

Small governments have many close competitors. If they tax and regulate their own subjects visibly more than their competitors, they are bound to suffer from the emigration of labor and capital. Moreover, the smaller the country, the greater will be the pressure to opt for free trade rather than protectionism. Every government interference with foreign trade leads to relative impoverishment, at home as well as abroad. But the smaller a territory and its internal markets, the more dramatic this effect will be.

If the U.S. engaged in protectionism, U.S. average living standards would fall, but no one would starve. If a single city, say Monaco, did the same, there would be almost immediate starvation. Consider a single household as the conceivably smallest secessionist unit. By engaging in unrestricted free trade, even the smallest territory can be fully integrated in the world market and partake of every advantage of the division of labor. Indeed, its owners may become the wealthiest people on earth. On the other hand, if the same household owners decided to forego all inter-territorial trade, abject poverty or death would result. Accordingly, the smaller the territory and its internal market, the more likely it is that it will opt for free trade.

Moreover, as I can only indicate but not explain here, secession also promotes monetary integration and would lead to the replacement of the present monetary system of fluctuating national paper currencies with a commodity money standard entirely outside of government control. In sum, the world would be one of small liberal governments economically integrated through free trade and an international commodity money such as gold. It would be a world of unheard of prosperity, economic growth, and cultural advancement."
DnD Central / Canada
I have been craving a good trip for the better part of two years now, and am leaning towards visiting our neighbors to the north, Canada.

I've met a few Canadians in my life, and they seem to be great people.

Just curious if anyone here has any advice on places to visit, places to stay, etc.

Thanks for any help y'all can provide.

@Smiley Faze:

As we are the only two known gun owners, I figured that we should have our own thread to discuss what all guns we have.
My Grandfather was nearly  life-long member of the NRA, and my Dad inherited his impressive collection. (As such, I have access to any pistol, shotgun, etc, I need/want at any time.)

So, to start off, which gun do you use for hunting?
Post any political news, developments, etc, here; feel free to grouse and grumble about your local politicians, expound at great length what really grinds your gears about politicians or their actions, or alternatively, praise a politician, here.