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    There has been some political turbulence in Spain...

    There has been some political turbulence in Spain and Italy of late. This turbulence may have translated into interest rate increases in 10 year government bonds today, with a one day 23 and 14...
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    The US officer corps is a fairly cohesive,...

    The US officer corps is a fairly cohesive, quantifiable, and predictable tribe.

    Political parties on the other hand are defined by their volatility and stochastic behavior.

    I would be more...
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    Carl, What you are suggesting goes against...

    Carl,

    What you are suggesting goes against everything an officer is trained, educated, and stands for. ;)

    An officer who would be likely to do such a thing would be run out (and rightfully so)...
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    Mike, Carl, Although I am not a lawyer, I am...

    Mike, Carl,

    Although I am not a lawyer, I am of the opinion that American legal and cultural constraints would prevent the scenario from occurring.

    On the legal side of things, the Posse...
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    Don't conflate some of the third and second world...

    Don't conflate some of the third and second world s###holes that we have served in with a 1st world country.

    Recall the basics please. :wry:

    Institutions are favored over individuals because...
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    Mike, Greatly appreciate the...

    Mike,

    Greatly appreciate the informative/educational breakouts as always.

    Just finished a marathon/binge drama-a-thon regarding American political culture via apple tv and netflix. Found it to...
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    It's always good to read your posts Slap. MOM: ...

    It's always good to read your posts Slap. MOM: motive, opportunity, and method...thanks for that way back when. ;)

    Have noted a shortage of 9mm out this way of late and that the firearms...
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    Agree There is indeed a real and ongoing...

    Agree



    There is indeed a real and ongoing cost/responsibility that comes with accepting the goodies that a society offers: security, infrastructure, rule of law, etc. This includes flesh and...
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    What is to be done? :wry: Fishing, surfing,...

    What is to be done? :wry:

    Fishing, surfing, and exploring out away from the urban world reveals natural law, 'red in tooth and claw'. Our 'friend' the lawyer/philosopher/revolutionary was tough...
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    Is the financial party really trying to restart?

    Appreciate the Czech links, from there it was a short walk to the Chalga videos on youtube...that damn globalization. :wry:

    TAFTA is back, approximately 50% of global trade may be impacted if the...
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    A government rescue of the world's oldest bank...

    A government rescue of the world's oldest bank may substantially impact the Italian political sphere...

    Paschi Pressed to Disclose Derivative Losses as Vote Looms, By Sonia Sirletti & Elisa...
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    Cherry picking...

    David Cameron's EU speech - full text, Guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 January 2013 03.45 EST, http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jan/23/david-cameron-eu-speech-referendum
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    Let's drop back and look at the macro...

    ...strategic macro through the prism at Brookings (Hat tip to Ned McDonnell III who shared a link:
    http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2013/big-bets-black-swans ):

    Eurozoned Out, By:...
  14. David, Found this article to be of interest: ...

    David,

    Found this article to be of interest:

    Jihadistsí Surge in North Africa Reveals Grim Side of Arab Spring, By ROBERT F. WORTH, Published: January 19, 2013, NYT,...
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    Hat tip to a "lurker" Algeria shows we need a...

    Hat tip to a "lurker"

    Algeria shows we need a new approach to terrorism, By Roula Khalaf, January 18, 2013 7:20 pm, Financial Times, www.ft.com
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    :D ...

    :D

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2e/TXF_Unusual_Suspects.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files
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    Israel's Shai Aggassi* is someone to watch on...

    Israel's Shai Aggassi* is someone to watch on this topic. He has been covered in HBR from time to time and it appears that his incremental rollout of a network of battery changing stations is moving...
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    Firn, I owe you a thought out reply regarding...

    Firn,

    I owe you a thought out reply regarding the energiewende.... perhaps there are some worthwhile comparisons with the economics of hydropower rich countries?

    In the meantime, here is a link...
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    Variables impacting euro economic growth...

    Energiewende, spare economic capacity, what the heck is FRED, linkages between soft & economic power, Japan, trillion dollar coins, France's economy...

    Der zweifelhafte Erfolg der deutschen...
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    Taxation (funds for the war machine if nothing...

    Taxation (funds for the war machine if nothing else), political representation, affordable innovation, and political opposition would seem to be four forces that a (democratic or not) nation state...
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    What impact does open source/free...

    What impact does open source/free market/darwinian thinking have upon the thesis being examined?

    Canadian Tax Collectors Solve Mystery of Open Source Government, By Robert McMillan, 01.11.13, 6:30...
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    David, Appreciate your insights and point that...

    David,

    Appreciate your insights and point that 'the brussels political elite' have failed to convince many that the EU as structured or as proposed can/will provide the highest and most...
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    Trend is heading macro...

    Lost illusions on Europe, Editorial, January 9, 2013 7:13 pm, Financial Times, www.ft.com
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    Education, although sometimes painful, is always...

    Education, although sometimes painful, is always worth it. ;)



    If we can agree that 'compression of time and space' is an artifact of globalization, could your question be restated as: What...
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    Firn, No worries on time, the conversation is...

    Firn,

    No worries on time, the conversation is good and moves at it's own pace.

    Thought this article was interesting and it seems to speak to our global adventures in a variety of fields :wry::...
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