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Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 04-06-2012
Replies: 944
Views: 338,923
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 08-19-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 11,754
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 04-26-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 11,754
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Government Agencies & Officials 04-25-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 21,875
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Europe 04-28-2010
Replies: 1,934
Views: 444,322
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
Eggs and smoke bombs in parliament?

Yes, it's Ukraine (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100427/ap_on_re_eu/eu_ukraine_russia_fleet) and it would be funny if weren't also sad. I like the fact that the speaker had an umbrella with him to...
Forum: Americas 02-07-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 140,290
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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
Forum: Americas 02-07-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 140,290
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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.


...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 02-03-2010
Replies: 83
Views: 32,732
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 02-02-2010
Replies: 83
Views: 32,732
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Government Agencies & Officials 01-25-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 47,164
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
Comprehensive Interoperability and the tools of soft power

Here's a note (http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2010/01/in_a_world_of_o/) from a real-life CRCer in S/CRS. He used the term Comprehensive Interoperability (CINT) which I hadn't heard before...
Forum: Government Agencies & Officials 01-24-2010
Replies: 97
Views: 65,597
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 01-20-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 49,283
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
Vice Guide to Liberia

This (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/01/18/vbs.liberia/) 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...
Forum: Government Agencies & Officials 01-19-2010
Replies: 97
Views: 65,597
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Africa 01-18-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 7,711
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Americas 01-16-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 140,290
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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.
Forum: Americas 01-16-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 140,290
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Americas 01-15-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 140,290
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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?
Forum: Americas 01-15-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 140,290
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Americas 01-15-2010
Replies: 221
Views: 140,290
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
Haiti and the pact with the devil

Here is the larger clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ4dA6kZsEs)of Pat Robertson's remarks I think this whole string of thought needs further analysis and unpacking. Fox News indicates...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 01-14-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 49,283
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
chief culture officer

Ran across this (http://cco.eventbrite.com/) 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...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 01-10-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 24,034
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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,...
Forum: Africa 01-08-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 37,506
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
We have not gone away

Apparently, they didn't get a good enough Gris-Gris. They had a police escort as well...story (http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/01/08/sports/sports-uk-soccer-togo-attack.html). Here...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 01-07-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 49,283
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 01-07-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 49,283
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
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...
Forum: Africa 01-07-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 12,841
Posted By Beelzebubalicious
the Bridge of Horns

Recently clued in to this interesting little project (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_of_the_Horns).



Some pics here (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=639463).

Would be...
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