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Forum: Europe 02-05-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Americas 02-04-2013
Replies: 281
Views: 17,141
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Americas 02-04-2013
Replies: 281
Views: 17,141
Posted By Surferbeetle
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)...
Forum: Americas 02-04-2013
Replies: 281
Views: 17,141
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Americas 02-03-2013
Replies: 281
Views: 17,141
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Americas 02-03-2013
Replies: 281
Views: 17,141
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Americas 02-02-2013
Replies: 281
Views: 17,141
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Americas 02-02-2013
Replies: 281
Views: 17,141
Posted By Surferbeetle
Agree There is indeed a real and...

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...
Forum: Europe 01-31-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Europe 01-27-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Europe 01-24-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Europe 01-23-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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
Forum: Europe 01-21-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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:...
Forum: Africa 01-20-2013
Replies: 51
Views: 8,825
Posted By Surferbeetle
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,...
Forum: Africa 01-20-2013
Replies: 369
Views: 52,273
Posted By Surferbeetle
Hat tip to a "lurker" Algeria shows we need...

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
Forum: The Whole News 01-15-2013
Replies: 61
Views: 14,811
Posted By Surferbeetle
:D ...

:D

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files
Forum: Europe 01-13-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Europe 01-13-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
Firn, I owe you a thought out reply...

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...
Forum: Europe 01-13-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 01-12-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,967
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 01-11-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,967
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Europe 01-10-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
David, Appreciate your insights and point...

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...
Forum: Europe 01-09-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
Trend is heading macro...

Lost illusions on Europe, Editorial, January 9, 2013 7:13 pm, Financial Times, www.ft.com
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 01-06-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 6,589
Posted By Surferbeetle
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...
Forum: Europe 01-04-2013
Replies: 504
Views: 69,464
Posted By Surferbeetle
Firn, No worries on time, the conversation...

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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