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    CRS report on legality: ...

    CRS report on legality:

    http://schock.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Schock_CRS_Report_Honduras_FINAL.pdf
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    Article 42, Section 5: La calidad de ciudadano...

    Article 42, Section 5:
    La calidad de ciudadano se pierde:
    5. Por incitar, promover o apoyar el continuismo o la reelección del Presidente de la República;


    Citizenship is lost for "inciting,...
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    http://www.heavymetalinbaghdad.com/ Not sure...

    http://www.heavymetalinbaghdad.com/

    Not sure that the band had any real impact but it is interesting nonetheless.
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    Disaster response (merged thread)

    UN: Growth of slums boosting natural disaster risk


    More from the UN: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wup2007/2007WUP_Highlights_web.pdf



    The developing world continues to...
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    I think the military might actually benefit from...

    I think the military might actually benefit from applying some principles of economics. And data analysis can make sense out of seamingly unrelated events. But it can't replace common sense. It was,...
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    I'm willing to accept that Europeans have a more...

    I'm willing to accept that Europeans have a more cynical view of war due to differing experiences. But those experiences didn't seem give them any clarity after WWI, which was at least as...
  7. Maybe we should leave it to the Europeans to...

    Maybe we should leave it to the Europeans to counter the Russians, since they are so critical of our foreign policy. We should at least counter them in the Western Hemisphere first. And on that...
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    David, the issue here is not "respect for...

    David, the issue here is not "respect for authority." The cops can't even enter the favelas without being engaged, and they generally go in pretty heavy (armored vehicles, automatic weapons). The...
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    I'm not a law enforcement expert either, but I...

    I'm not a law enforcement expert either, but I would offer that the situation is Rio is a bit different than in the US, even in some of the very bad parts of the US.

    Most of the slums in Rio are...
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    State Capitalism as Economic Warfare

    Here is an interesting piece on Sovereign Wealth Funds and foreign policy. While I disagree with the author that SWFs are basically benign in nature, he does cover some of the other ways that...
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    Neocon Retreads in Obama Foreign Policy

    Where Have All the Neocons Gone?



    I don't think this should be much of a surprise. But many of the folks that thought that "change" meant non-interventionism are likely in for a rude awakening.
  12. From the post: Roubini also said that the...

    From the post:


    Roubini also said that the government wasn't doing enough fast enough. His major complaint with the bailout was that he thought the government should be doing capital injections...
  13. George Will correctly said that financial...

    George Will correctly said that financial companies are (were?) the "commanding heights" of the US economy. The stock market funds a great deal of US industry. Credit markets are much larger. Even...
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    In light of recent events it seems more likely...

    In light of recent events it seems more likely that you may be right.

    Though following to their logical extreme to ideas of the rabid globalists (i.e. The Economist editorial writers) would...
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    The World is Flat covers a number of different...

    The World is Flat covers a number of different topics, but the thrust of it is that technology is "leveling the playing field." He explores that in a number of themes, including the developed vs...
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    I am suffering from Thomas Friedman fatigue. I...

    I am suffering from Thomas Friedman fatigue. I should probably wait until I read Beirut to Jerusalem to weigh in. But everything else I have read from him is either utter garbage or an articulate...
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    I've had a few people tell me they witnessed guys...

    I've had a few people tell me they witnessed guys from 5th Marines bayonet Iraqis in OIF 1. Though apparently that was just one of the CQB methods used, others included the door of an Amtrac.
  18. China has lower production costs and they...

    China has lower production costs and they artificially deflate their currency to support the export sector. Also, they don't tax factories set up only for export, and make it difficult for them to...
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    the drug cartels cannot defeat the government...

    the drug cartels cannot defeat the government through direct violent confrontation.

    If I had a nickel for every time I heard that one.

    There are plenty of faults to be found with the Mexican...
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    P.P.S - The 80% was just in relation to the...

    P.P.S - The 80% was just in relation to the original 105mm HE round, not the 120. I knew it had improved lethality but I just grabbed that figure off of GlobalSecurity.org. As far as the error in...
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    I'll grant you that the artillery at times has...

    I'll grant you that the artillery at times has failed to remember "the customer" and that is unacceptable. But refusing to support for poor reasons sounds more like a C2 issue. We had nothing but...
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    I have no doubt that #1 played a big (biggest)...

    I have no doubt that #1 played a big (biggest) part in that decision. I'm not sure I understand why that's a good idea though. I'll take your word that the 120s are more accurate, though in...
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    Why the 120mm when you have 105mm howitzers? ...

    Why the 120mm when you have 105mm howitzers? Longer range, more shell-fuse combinations, more lethality, and you can tow with a HMMWV. If you need a few dumb booms to get somebody's attention you...
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    My favorite was a wrecker called "Camel Tow." ...

    My favorite was a wrecker called "Camel Tow." One day I heard the following transmission over the radio:

    Guy #1: Hey were still waiting on wrecker support here what's going on?
    Guy #2: Camel Tow...
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    I have to disagree with you here. Latin America...

    I have to disagree with you here. Latin America is much more fractious than the US. The "little brown guys" that come here to work are mostly indigenous people and they are treated worse in Latin...
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