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    14 Aug '19 22:35
    @wolfgang59 said
    OMG
    D68 agreeing with me (apparently).
    Approval-seeking behavior at last? 😀
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    14 Aug '19 22:34
    @wolfgang59 said
    He almost won at Waterloo with inferior numbers and
    when he was past his prime and not in good health.
    (Some historians have suggested his inability to sit on
    his horse and survey the battle was a deciding factor)
    There's no denying that Wellington had done his homework and was prepared to best the worn down Emperor.
    But we cannot forget the old man that turned his defeated army around and had them march to the sound of the guns at Waterloo.
    Blucher, though perhaps serendipitously, aided Wellington's well-conceived battle plan.

    Bonaparte was forced to lie about the approaching Prussians as he ordered his Imperial Guard forward. (Something he did rather reluctantly in battle.)
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    14 Aug '19 22:22
    @duchess64 said
    In fact, some dishonest apologists for British imperialism have claimed or at least
    implied that the Qing Empire *freely and voluntarily* 'ceded' Hong Kong to the
    British in a completely peaceful amicable agreement, gratefully recognizing the
    superiority of British civilization. They deny that Hong Kong was the spoils of war.
    Some, if not many, ignorant readers here pr ...[text shortened]... ish, it reminded me of someone
    writing that a rape victim 'ceded' sexual intercourse to her rapist.
    Duchess64 is barking up every possible tree in order to cloak the raccoon of the conversation. It must pain her to admit that China is not showing well.

    She's pulling out all the stops for this thread. She's yakking it up about; the opinions of her global network of buddies, British imperialism, German unification, Myanmar, Kashmir, the Rohingya and now...even rape. (She did avoid mentioning the Uyghurs. No reason to wonder why, is there?)

    The strain in her posts is obvious. Like lines on the face, they remain in spite of a forced smile. The aspirin of humility can sometimes alleviate a headache of desperation.
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    14 Aug '19 15:58
    @mchill said
    Good for Christian Wade, maybe the Bills will have a good year.

    One thing you can be assured of though: The Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns will continue their long stand tradition as the NFL's chew toys!
    Fearless Forecast: The Browns are going to win the AFC North this year!

    After 20 years of futility, it's long overdue. GO BROWNS!
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    14 Aug '19 14:05
    @suzianne said
    And this is how Russia finally beats us.

    Half of America invites them in.
    And who ever thought it would be the republicans?
    Ronald Reagan is kicking at the lid of his coffin.

    As Jim Morrison sang it: "Strange Days"
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    14 Aug '19 11:43
    @torunn said
    “You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
    ― Oscar Wilde
    🙂 That's beautiful. Truly.
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    14 Aug '19 11:22
    @ghost-of-a-duke said
    As a fellow human being yourself, and therefore prone to mistakes, can you provide an example of you ever conceding you were wrong?

    One will suffice.
    This is an impossible ask, kind Sir.
    And you know it! 😀
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    14 Aug '19 11:05
    @wolfgang59 said
    The list was intended just as military leaders without any political considerations.
    I mainly thought of 4 things;
    1. Strategic decisions.
    2. Tactical decisions.
    3. Military innovation.
    4. Military results.

    In terms of "favourites" I love the guerilla war of
    Alfred the Great against the Danes, Henry V in
    France and Cromwell's New Modern Army ...
    but I was trying to be objective.
    OK, those are cool parameters.

    Nice fav's there. English longbows at Agincourt saved Henry's ass, but Alfred's cat and mouse play against Guthrum was splendid.
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    14 Aug '19 10:29
    Without doubt, Bonaparte should be atop all lists.
    I thought we were listing our personal favorites. Which, to me, makes this thread more interesting.

    There have been some great names mentioned: Tamerlane, G. Khan and Sun-Tzu are fine choices.

    In actuality, attempting to compare military leaders is very difficult; especially outside of their individual context. Rendering epochal considerations to include all political, technological and socioeconomic issues of each leader are nearly impossible.

    Having said that, it's clear that Napoleon belongs at the top of all lists. His genius extended well beyond battlefield tactics and political strategy. In France, the "Code Napoleon" is still relevant in law to this very day. The man was a human dynamo. It's doubtful that his kind will ever be seen again.
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    14 Aug '19 02:01
    @wolfgang59 said
    Name your top 3 military leaders in order.
    (And perhaps have a small poke at some else's list)
    1. Frederic the Great
    2. Phillip II of Macedon
    3. Napoleon
    honourable mentions to Nelson, Julius Caesar, Hannibal

    note:
    My list is necessarily Euro-centric because that is all I know.
    There are no women because obviously I'm a misogynist.
    Only one gay on the list because I am homophobic.



    Happy debating .. at least it will make a change from Trump!
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    13 Aug '19 18:33
    Somebody buy these guys a beer! 😊

    The Duchess64 "annoyance factor" is soon to exceed its quota.
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    12 Aug '19 21:512 edits
    @ashiitaka said
    "Abysmal reading comprehension by white American male rapists deny that China and Russia are superior...blah, blah, blah...jingoistic racist trolls only hate me because I'm so smart...yada, yada, yada...Finnegan was my friend... yawn....Ash is my new buddy, so see Daddy, I'm a good egg afterall... I get the last post, so I win... bada bing, bada boom!!"

    I wouldn't ...[text shortened]... r writings and criticism. If she were to stop posting, I would probably lose interest in this forum.
    Nicely stated.

    "Bombastic" and "caustic" are the two ends of the D64 tight rope that some must walk if they're willing to accept her in a balanced way.

    Regarding her professional status: I'm not buying.
    Her stated credentials are unproven. Her sourcing is dubious (at best). Her over-reliance upon Wikipedia and The Guardian are red flags of fraud.
    Academicians that I've known in my life would never be taken seriously if so reliant.

    This old idiom can now be updated to reflect the new generation:
    "Those who can, do. Those who can't, project frustration and bitterness on the internet."

    I believe that she's a clear "can't".
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    12 Aug '19 11:09
    U.S. Gymnast, Simone Biles, is the first woman in world-history to stick a triple-double during her floor routine:

    You've gotta see this!

    YouTube - 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.
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    12 Aug '19 10:38
    I guess life in China isn't all peaches and cream after all.
    Not going to copy and paste long anti-Chinese diatribes. Though there are plenty afoot.

    I do note: Taiwan is watching.
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    12 Aug '19 10:30
    @lemondrop said
    no one except the duchess could ever win an argument with you
    I thought you should have won again in the prose competition
    you should be favored again next year
    I have a dynamite idea for a short story but I can't get it under 1000 words
    "no one except the duchess could ever win an argument with you"
    - lemondrop

    I doubt that.
    She lacks the required originality and depth to best anyone with an IQ, say above 125.
    I think that he just feels sorry for her.
    Perhaps there is some fault to the excessive "enabling" of such pseudo-intellectual bullying.
    But I believe that the Ghost's heart is elevated by his "better angels".
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