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  1. Imagine the correlation away, and think like salesmen do.

    Ken, I think it would be a real shame for ideas like yours, and those of others, to not happen due to undue pessimism about the political economy of the thing, so I'm going to stay with this a bit...
  2. Some thoughts on the political economy of the thing...

    I don't know whether anything is ever obvious about the behavior of the Federal government... One of my political science buddies used to pull a pack of cigarettes from his pocket as an illustration...
  3. Agreed, though I don't know when I'll next be...

    Agreed, though I don't know when I'll next be roughly in your neck of the woods. Linda seems sour about going home to Montreal these days... But I know it will happen soon.

    In the meantime, I will...
  4. Cheaper, better, smarter...

    Marc,

    the hypothetical or real war with China you are describing is, to me, not much of a military matter. It is a matter of smart economic and social policy here that recognizes the inevitable...
  5. wm, would you mind elaborating a bit on what you...

    wm, would you mind elaborating a bit on what you have in mind here? Political economy is one of my areas of expertise so I might have something helpful to add here--once I understand clearly your...
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    Drawing conclusions from my admittedly small but...

    Drawing conclusions from my admittedly small but intensely familiar sample (my wife and I...she being Canadian), I think relative size and influence are extremely important in shaping perceptions and...
  7. Let's all think on that. Boney Fingers was...

    Let's all think on that.



    Boney Fingers was penned by Hoyt Axton and is not too far from the class of C&W tunes that I Don't Wanta Play House lies in. One of my all-time favorite C&W tunes, and...
  8. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the yada yada yada.

    I hear the train a comin'
    It's rollin' 'round the bend,
    And I ain't seen the sunshine,
    Since, I don't know when,
    I'm stuck in Tehran Prison,
    And time keeps draggin' on,
    But that train keeps...
  9. Update...

    The story has reached an interesting impasse now, with TNR currently sticking to its guns, the army claiming one thing, and the Weekly Standard claiming something even stronger. There is a decent...
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    In most of Texas that would get you 8 to 15 with...

    In most of Texas that would get you 8 to 15 with a chance of parole after 5, but in Houston you could perform it on a flatbed in the Art Car Parade, no problem. :D
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    Both points well-taken, Rob: I see how discrete...

    Both points well-taken, Rob: I see how discrete promotion of that lexicon in Riyadh, and its use on the ground in Baghdad, can be quite helpful. You've helped me focus my nervousness: It would be...
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    Actually, I have a habit of beginning papers with...

    Actually, I have a habit of beginning papers with an Old Testament quote. (My parents were humanist intellectuals with strong interests in religion, though atheists.) This irritates the hell out of...
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    Part of me is drawn to this but...

    It also worries me. I think back to Dubya's frequent use of mufsiduun (well, really the English evildoers) way back when. I remember well the nearly universal postmodern sneering at this sort of talk...
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    Quantitative social science has seriously warped...

    Quantitative social science has seriously warped my perspective of what is over-the-top. :D
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    Ham-fisted or sophisticated?

    This seemed a suitable observation at the end of an existing thread to put this in and ask what y'all think about it:

    Taliban in rare frontal assault.



    Now, when I first read this, I thought...
  16. I dunno, Slapout. Some of that stuff is pretty...

    I dunno, Slapout. Some of that stuff is pretty subversive. Tammy Wynette singing "Bony Fingers" or Dolly Parton singing "Nine to Five" wouldn't cut it on Radio Qom, I don't think.
  17. We want the fihk.

    Yeah, they was dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
    And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted
    Play that fihky music Shia boy
    Play that fihky music right...

    OK, Stan,...
  18. I'm sorry to say that all I can do is picture a...

    I'm sorry to say that all I can do is picture a Pythonesque skit with the police taking obvious puerile delight in enumerating their booty, to use an appropriate turn of phrase.
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    I couldn't agree more, and moreover, I think one...

    I couldn't agree more, and moreover, I think one gets to this same conclusion from the standpoint of several different systems of philosophical ethics--both deontic ones that stress duties and...
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    No decision scientist (as in "No rocket scientist")

    * This is "Decision Making Under Uncertainty 101:" The quality of a decision made under uncertainty cannot be judged by later outcomes that weren't known with certainty at the time of the decision. ...
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    Into the fray come the experimentalists...

    ...and some of you who are involved in trying to get cooperation from NGOs may occasionally, and increasingly, find yourselves entangled with the competing demands of experimental social scientists....
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    Thanks, Tom and John T. Why, I might just...

    Thanks, Tom and John T.



    Why, I might just print this up to hand to certain grad students at appropriate moments (though it is a very sad thought). With or without appropriate attribution as...
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    For me, that would be skimming it during the beer...

    For me, that would be skimming it during the beer commercials. :D
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    Deva vu all over again.

    Marc, it seems that Anthro has these heated, politically-wound-up spats fairly regularly...I remember the Chagnon/Tierney affair from awhile back. Searching the net, though, I don't find any sign...
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    Tom, a question. When you say "senior leaders,"...

    Tom, a question. When you say "senior leaders," who do you mean, exactly? The reason I ask is that one of the "stories" we civvies hear in some of the media is that (to some extent) the senior...
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