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    Bill O'Reilly, PMCs and ISIL

    Big Bill's getting a lot of flak for his suggestion that the Allies bankroll a standing force of contractors to deal with threats like ISIL. By a lot of flak, I mean most of it is coming from the...
  2. I'm looking for credible resources from law...

    I'm looking for credible resources from law enforcement and military on the subject of distinguishing between the good guys and the bad guys down range. Google's not turning up much in the way of...
  3. Identification Friend or Foe in a somewhat worse neighborhood than Golden Hills...

    ...San Diego.

    Just like it says on the tin.
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    Why hold senior detainees at all?

    From WaPo:



    We've discussed something similar on the theory that most detainees are useless rank and file--if even that much. So where do folks stand on paroling senior detainees?
  5. If there's a reference list for this paper, I'd...

    If there's a reference list for this paper, I'd appreciate a look at it.
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    Context is the last refuge of the guy who says...

    Context is the last refuge of the guy who says "Hey, simmer down now! Are they really shooting at us?"



    Data entry, unlike terrorism, will never die.
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    Just so I'm clear, today's gunslinger engages the...

    Just so I'm clear, today's gunslinger engages the brutality of war with the brutality of nonsense. Right?



    Can't go to war without conceptualizing concepts.
  8. Question. Did SSG Bales do what he's accused of...

    Question. Did SSG Bales do what he's accused of doing?
  9. Poll: Like the last time around?

    Like the last time around?
  10. Undoubtably, insofar as you can lay hands on the...

    Undoubtably, insofar as you can lay hands on the researchers and their materials.
  11. About ten times smaller than the number tossed...

    About ten times smaller than the number tossed around in advanced of publication.



    Couple of points:

    1. There is no such thing as a super virus.
    2. Discovery in virology is serendipitous;...
  12. You can assume that journal subscription costs...

    You can assume that journal subscription costs are negligible compared to laboratory costs. If not, then you can assume that evolution has already done most of the work for you and that mischief...
  13. Why do you think it was ever closed?

    Why do you think it was ever closed?
  14. Newsflash. Homo sapiens is a part of nature. So...

    Newsflash. Homo sapiens is a part of nature. So the question is which do you prefer? A world where mankind isn't intelligent enough to contemplate, execute and study--under controlled...
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    Any number of covariant indicators depending on...

    Any number of covariant indicators depending on the model and what the modeler believes to improve the predictive power. Space, liquidity of the instrument, temperature, rainfall, salinity,...
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    From your own words. In other words,...

    From your own words.



    In other words, flawless.



    The "gamblers" include even you if you so much as deposit in a bank.
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    Short answer, credit ratings were assigned with...

    Short answer, credit ratings were assigned with great precision in the initial securitization, but the models underlying resecuritization were flawed (leading to a reevaluation in 2008).

    Once...
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    Which is precisely what it does. What seems to...

    Which is precisely what it does. What seems to be lost on some is the notion that risk assessment and determining productive opportunities is not an exercise in self-evident pontificating.


    ...
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    Well that's...

    Well that's not true at all.



    Of course it impacts the long position. Expanding liquidity means there's more capital free to park.



    What's the difference? The value of a service or good...
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    Wharton...

    Wharton might be available through your institution. I honestly have no idea where our feeds come from; ain't my area, but free stuff is usually comprehensive but recent (Yahoo, Google), or...
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    None of those. You'll learn nothing more than a...

    None of those. You'll learn nothing more than a few confusing metaphors from folks with some working knowledge of financial math, a tenuous grasp on economics, and a self-serving sense of history.
    ...
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    You're off by at least half, probably because the...

    You're off by at least half, probably because the speaker was talking about either the listed credit or OTC markets. The notional value of the total derivative markets exceeds 1.2e15 USD, but the...
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    You can't really call either a market...

    You can't really call either a market "distortion"--the term Fuchs is actually grasping for is "inefficiency"--without additional context. We would first need some measure over a nest of...
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    We can go farther than that. There isn't a...

    We can go farther than that. There isn't a single shred of evidence that any banking deregulation contributed to the financial crisis in anyway. On the contrary, the fallout from the collapse was...
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    He's proposing it as if it were a fact. As...

    He's proposing it as if it were a fact. As you've taken the affirmative position, presumably you have evidence to sustain the charge. You do, don't you?
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