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DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Last post by OakdaleFTL -
Tea is alright, for little old ladies. Or fussy fastidiously foppish Scots lowlanders... But seriously, the benefits of coffee and tea are not to be disputed by pop-medicine! :)
DnD Central / Re: Trouble in Ulster not unexpected
Last post by OakdaleFTL -
south of the great city of Glasgow is a memorial to John Howie a fighter for the faith!
Send us a pic... Oh, wait! You can't, for so many reasons...
Well, well: The hoary memory of our erstwhile contributor is longer than  his what-ever-it-is that he keeps stepping on!?
DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in Europe
Last post by OakdaleFTL -
I'll accept both qualms...:) Seriously, Athens and the U.S. are hardly comparable. As for the Netherland democracy, more than a few learned greatly from it -- first hand! (Thanks, BTW...for both.:)
DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in Europe
Last post by Frenzie -
How long -exactly- did Athenian democracy last? :)
There are some European exemplars but the United States of America is the record holder, hands down.
If you start the count of the United States at New Netherland, perhaps.[1] Otherwise Athenian democracy lasted for some 300 years last I checked, so it would seem America still has half a century to go.
But then, the Netherlands only had a short little interruption due to some guy named Napoleon, so do you start counting at 0 in the 1850s or do you regard it as a little blip on the much longer record?
The Capital police have reportedly shelved plans to re-install barriers 'round the Capital... :) See? Just give the mobs what they want and everything's peachy-keen! (Wanna bet?:)
DnD Central / Re: Nonsense from the West over Ukraine
Last post by OakdaleFTL -
Silly me! I'd thought we were talking about Ukraine and Russia... (I brought up the moon because we've actually been there...)
But that's beside the point:
More dangerous at this time, Borrell [the European Union's foreign policy chief] said, was the massing of Russian troops, including military field hospitals, and "all kinds of warfare."

"It is the highest military deployment of the Russian army on the Ukrainian borders ever. It's clear that it's a matter of concern when you deploy a lot of troops," Borrell said. "Well, a spark can jump here or there."

Initially, Borrell told reporters that "there's more than 150,000 Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian borders and in Crimea," and doubled down on the figure later before his services had to correct it in the transcript, saying the real figure was over 100,000.

Nevertheless, Borrell said that "the risk of further escalation -- it's evident."

Borrell declined to say where he got the initial 150,000 Russian troop number from, but called it "my reference figure." It was higher than the 110,000 estimate provided by Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran on Wednesday.

More than 14,000 people have died in seven years of fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that erupted after Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. The EU has steadfastly opposed the annexation but has been unable to do anything about it.
(AP story)
Looks to me like the EU sees more than the Howie does in an ongoing uncomfortable situation... (Putin-filia?:)
DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in Europe
Last post by OakdaleFTL -
Interesting forecast, Colonel. Is that commonly expected within the UK? Ireland and Scotland rejoining the EU I can see; Scotland has "devolved" quite a bit.. Northern Ireland has enough political baggage to likely get away with it... But will England lump it?
Democracy ain't the easiest form of government, if stability is a primary goal. (Leastways, it hasn't been in the past: ersi keeps harping that I should read the Athenian Constitution!? How long -exactly- did Athenian democracy last?:)
There are some European exemplars but the United States of America is the record holder, hands down. (And the howling Howie's misegenational misinformation not withstanding!:)
DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in Antiquity?
Last post by ersi -
When I went to school (university), I was taught the difference between method and methodology. The method is the particular method you use. Methodology is knowing about different applicable methods and being able to explain why the particular method you picked is appropriate for the current purpose.

In study of history, math has its limited place, so has genealogy. But they do not do away with the study of archeological findings and historical texts. Studying economic/power relations has its place too. With different methods you get to know different things about history.

Maybe you are not exactly afflicted with ideological blinders this time, but more like too little schooling, Oakdale.

DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in Antiquity?
Last post by Frenzie -
I'm guessing that's some kind of jab at a rather unkind interpretation of Marx and Engels. In their historical context their point of not just focusing on a few events and great men presumably had merit. Or is there something roughly post-1950 you have in mind?