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    I won't quibble about the 'produce' but I was...

    I won't quibble about the 'produce' but I was referring to planetary fresh water production when I wrote it (or at least the precipitation that falls on the land). The paragraph was taken from a post...
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    We are currently using fresh water at a rate...

    We are currently using fresh water at a rate beyond that at which it is being produced. This is only possible as we are draining fossil water aquifers to make up the difference. The scale of this...
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    coffinman as David said Meir Amit can be a useful...

    coffinman as David said Meir Amit can be a useful source as long as you do not make the mistake of thinking they are in anyway a neutral one. The fact they renamed themselves in memory of Meir Amit...
  4. Is this what is going on? I think there are two...

    Is this what is going on? I think there are two elites the Military and political dynasties.
    1] I would see as the Military who are good Muslims but not Jihadists. Their primary interest relates to...
  5. A number of posters have bought up the...

    A number of posters have bought up the willingness to meet the capital cost of a program without adequate provision for the running costs. Also there have been a number of examples illustrating the...
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    David I am in complete agreement - hope I did not...

    David I am in complete agreement - hope I did not give the impression I wasn't. It was your traffic lights that peeked my interest but Sarah Montague never got control of the 'discussion' and the...
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    I would strongly advise against following David's...

    I would strongly advise against following David's link to the Today program. It was not good stuff, or a debate, it was however robust.
    Today, and its sister program PM, provide some of the UK's...
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    As I have followed the posts there is much with...

    As I have followed the posts there is much with which I am in broad agreement but inevitably there are some points with which I would take issue and some that are key and I would like to highlight.
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    Carl, I do not think it needs to be a return to...

    Carl, I do not think it needs to be a return to Taliban totalitarianism but I think it is unrealistic to believe they can be totally excluded, and still have a peaceful Afghanistan. The ethnic groups...
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    While I believe it would be possible to fund an...

    While I believe it would be possible to fund an army the question is ‘for whom would they hold the territory?’ Create a dominant military force and someone will arise to wield it and I see no reason...
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    Extraordinary?

    Extraordinary?
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    Re. Stuxnet Firstly take the reports in the...

    Re. Stuxnet

    Firstly take the reports in the press with a bucket load of salt, particularly Langner’s wild speculations in post 14.

    If you are interested in this malware read Symantec’s report...
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    Spin vs. proof

    My problem is with what I view as relative accountability. In the President and Prime Minister’s cases there is no realistic chance of their being legally held accountable for their actions....
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    Bob I have some problems with your take. Firstly...

    Bob I have some problems with your take.
    Firstly I worry about the lawyers and staff that are appointees of the President. Some regimes are apt to appoint those who are going to give the advice...
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    I have to admit to a great deal of confusion over...

    I have to admit to a great deal of confusion over this story. The bit I find most strange is - Why Rolling Stone?
    As others have commented you do not get to his rank without acquiring a great deal...
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    CFR report Somalia - A new approach

    I would be interested in what the rest of you think.
    It is very close to my position, which is not always quite how other council members see things.

    Somalia - A new approach by Bronwyn Bruton
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    It was needed. The actions of our troops were bad...

    It was needed. The actions of our troops were bad enough but the government of the day then rubbed salt in to the wound with the Widgery Inquiry. This one may have been costly and time consuming but...
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    Having spent a few hours reading the report –...

    Having spent a few hours reading the report – obviously only a small part – I hope the current generation of soldiers do take note. More importantly I hope it is read by lots of politicians and they...
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    Must both parties be Nation States? What is...

    Must both parties be Nation States?
    What is Gaza?
    It is not a State, it is a bit of territory occupied by Israel and not yet fully subdued.
    Liverpool gets a bit unruly sometimes (red Ken 'n all)...
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    Hi Wilf

    Wilf I assume you mean me as everyone else, at least up until I posted, was very much on the Israeli side of the debate.

    I am not single issue but while I read much here I post little as it is...
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    Yes it was a PR stunt to highlight the iniquity...

    Yes it was a PR stunt to highlight the iniquity of the Gaza blockade.

    Israels position is indefensible with regard to Gaza and there was no way to prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid to the...
  22. From Mike's post #5 This is interesting...

    From Mike's post #5

    This is interesting because as I read the text box above it I was thinking how like Sharia law the American system is, how the Constitution was being viewed by Americans as the...
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    I note the poll was conducted in March and AFAIK...

    I note the poll was conducted in March and AFAIK the Pakistani government accepted Lashkar-e-Taiba’s involvement in January. I do not know how the Pakistani public get their information and which...
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    I read Peril in Pakistan by FB Ali...

    I read Peril in Pakistan by FB Ali on Pat Lamb's blog in which he linked to some recent polling data. Amongst which

    On the Mumbai bombings they were first told that the Pakistan group...
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    A few days ago Phoenix80 linked to a New Yorker...

    A few days ago Phoenix80 linked to a New Yorker article a little of which is below. I suspect this is fairly typical of small groups around the world in that AQ leadership has never heard of them or...
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