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  1. drooling idiots

    If I may take this conversation down a couple of notches (to my intellectual level) and back a page, I have always been curious to know whether idiots by default drool, or if a "drooling idiot" is...
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    Hun Sen calls Drone a terrorist experiment

    Apparently, a (downed) drone/UAV was found near Preah Vihear temple (near Thai/Cambodia border), including the so-called "black box". The PM, Hun Sen, said it wasn't Thai b/c it isn't the kind of...
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    on the brink?

    of full scale war? I love how the media plays these things up. Well, this is Ria Novosti. Definitely some action and it has whipped up nationalism on the Cambodian side. Nothing like shelling a...
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    digesting the WDR

    Lots of WoRDs in the WDR. What to take away? I find the WB approach is often overly academic and complex. Spend a year researching something and produce a 200 page report that makes your head...
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    Eggs and smoke bombs in parliament?

    Yes, it's Ukraine and it would be funny if weren't also sad. I like the fact that the speaker had an umbrella with him to shield him from the eggs....

    I do think the opposition is right, though....
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    Here's one person's take-away from that op-ed:...

    Here's one person's take-away from that op-ed:
    http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/2010/02/haitis-misery-compounded-by-awful.html
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    Haiti and the Voodoo curse

    This one in the WSJ. Hmmm...I couldn't/didn't read the rest of it so I'm curious to know if anyone did and what the take-aways are.


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    Well, USAID is using it in terms of...

    Well, USAID is using it in terms of "accountability covenants" between civil society and government, the key definition being binding relationships where each side holds the other accountable. This...
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    I'd like to throw in a little wrinkle on the...

    I'd like to throw in a little wrinkle on the social contract discussion that's evolving here as it's a term that's come up a lot for me recently in the international development business (when I'm...
  10. Comprehensive Interoperability and the tools of soft power

    Here's a note from a real-life CRCer in S/CRS. He used the term Comprehensive Interoperability (CINT) which I hadn't heard before and defines it as:



    In addition:



    He also states that he...
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    Is anyone here familiar with community-driven...

    Is anyone here familiar with community-driven development, originally created by the world bank in Indonesia (now over 10 years, $1 billion spent and over 30,000 villages touched) and now implemented...
  12. Sticky: Vice Guide to Liberia

    This is a disturbing look in to Liberia's violent past (and present?). Reason I post it here will be obvious when you watch the video and hear all the references to drinking the blood of innocent...
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    To me, the biggest factor in all of this is time....

    To me, the biggest factor in all of this is time. You can't really make a tree grow faster than it naturally does and I think the same goes for nations. We're always trying to engineer things to be...
  14. This guardian article has a good overview and...

    This guardian article has a good overview and consequences
    http://m.guardian.co.uk/?id=102202&story=http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/17/nigeria-yaradua-goodluck and a recent...
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    Just what we need, more separation from boots and...

    Just what we need, more separation from boots and the ground. To tell you the truth, it might not make much of a difference to some.
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    What we need is a civilian disaster response...

    What we need is a civilian disaster response corps. If we start now, they should be ready for disasters in 2020. They could float around on modified cruise ships ready to sail when needed (after a...
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    There are a slew of orgs raising money to save...

    There are a slew of orgs raising money to save lives, but who is trying to save their souls?
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    So, save them from the devil by donation and...

    So, save them from the devil by donation and prayer. I wonder if that works on an individual basis. I am particularly devilish and one might even say "possessed" at times. If only I had some money to...
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    Haiti and the pact with the devil

    Here is the larger clip of Pat Robertson's remarks I think this whole string of thought needs further analysis and unpacking. Fox News indicates that the whole quote was taken out of context and...
  20. Sticky: chief culture officer

    Ran across this and thought I would post it for feedback. I also suspect that Grant McCracken and Marc are close friends. I mean, they are both Anthropologists and Canadian...
  21. Just saw the film and read the thread. As a...

    Just saw the film and read the thread. As a civvie, wanted
    to offer a few observations.

    - distinction bet PMC and military will be lost on most. They will just think military
    - given above,...
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    We have not gone away

    Apparently, they didn't get a good enough Gris-Gris. They had a police escort as well...story. Here is a little more background
  23. Sticky: Marc, I replied to you over in harmonium. We'll...

    Marc, I replied to you over in harmonium. We'll see if that stirs the pot a little! A little cross-fertilization is always good.

    In relation to your statement above, I also note here the quote...
  24. Sticky: I know what you mean. Happens when I spend too...

    I know what you mean. Happens when I spend too much time with my kids. I lose my ability to make adult decisions. My wife suspects I'm really still a child, but the truth is that I have become...
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    the Bridge of Horns

    Recently clued in to this interesting little project.



    Some pics here.

    Would be interested to hear more about it.
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