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    Delusions of Grandeur

    Here's a new working paper from economist Crhis Coyne:

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1736765

    It seems to me the moral hazard problem and the adverse selection problem are...
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    Here's a possible update

    http://fayobserver.com/articles/2010/06/11/1003278?sac=Home
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    According to the book, as a test of his powers,...

    According to the book, as a test of his powers, 30 numbered goats were led into a room and Savelli was supposed to focus on one of them, say No. 16. Ronson says one of the goats did fall over and...
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    I don't know which part of the book worries me...

    I don't know which part of the book worries me most. The claim that the Army may use a serial rapist capable of becoming invisible for secret missions. Or the claim that the Army had a major general...
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    I hesitated before posting this because I know...

    I hesitated before posting this because I know the author is controversial among other former Delta members and because, well, the piece is sure to anger people, but it does tell you a little a bit...
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    The information he includes about Mr. B indicates...

    The information he includes about Mr. B indicates he's talking about a Delta Force member convicted of several rapes in the late 1980s. Again, he never actually names him. But unless there are...
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    I read the book a couple of years ago. I found it...

    I read the book a couple of years ago. I found it entertaining, but if any part of it is true, God help us.

    One thing that I found interesting is that there's a person in there called Mr. B, wh...
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    The McCrystal collection (catch all)

    Moderator's Note

    I have merged ten threads on General McChrystal today and re-titled the thread 'The McCrystal collection (catch all)'. Also moved to this theme, although the content covers many...
  9. "We're pinned down": 4 Marines die in Afghan ambush

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/75036.html?storylink=MI_emailed

    Can this part possibly be right?



    And if it is, what sort of impact will this story have on domestic support for the war?
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    Making Enemies in Afghanistan

    George Will's latest column seems to have inspired quite a bit of debate. This post reacts to some of Will's critics.

    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/09/03/making-enemies-in-afghanistan/
  11. That's an interesting idea. But how bad of a bad...

    That's an interesting idea. But how bad of a bad neighborhood would you drop them off in? In today's world, I would imagine the reaction from Congress and the media would be pretty intense the first...
  12. I've seen older film, from the 1950s, of senior...

    I've seen older film, from the 1950s, of senior military officers speaking to Congress, and I swear they are wearing suits not uniforms.

    Does anyone know why they switched?
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    Playing Soccer with the LAPD

    A community outreach, hearts and minds effort gone wrong?

    http://fromaleftwing.blogspot.com/2009/06/police-playing-policed-on-having-lapd.html
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    Rumsfeld's Reports to the President

    I'm really not sure what to make of this. GQ isn't really know for it's investigative reporting.

    http://men.style.com/gq/features/topsecret
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    How David Beats Goliath

    Malcolm Gladwell's latest looks at what happened when an Indian-born technology executive coached his daughter's basketball team and tries to draw some lessons for warfare. It's interesting, if not...
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    Town Joker Died a Hero

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29676657/
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    This part caught my eye

    This part caught my eye
  18. This may be a dumb question. But how does someone...

    This may be a dumb question. But how does someone who wasn't shot come to think he was shot? I can understand how someone might mistakenly think he was shot at, but shot?
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    Badly Wounded Iraq War Vet Cast in Soap Opera

    Hope this isn't out of place. But I found it interesting.

    All My Children was looking for someone to play the love interest of a female doctor on the show. The character was supposed to be a badly...
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    Fwiw

    Former SEAL says he misspoke on details of Afghan battle

    http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=63418&archive=true

    And this:
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    GOP Erred in Naming SEALs at Convention

    http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-swindle6-2008sep06,0,6461849.story



    I don't get it. If I really wanted to protect my anonymity, the last place I'd go is a place with...
  22. Thread: Generation Kill

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    I've really hesitated before posting this

    I know this may not be the most substantial post.

    But my girlfriend sat down with me while I was watching the second episode. For the next hour, she was asking me "who is that? "why did he do...
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    OPINION: Prince is composed, direct - and wrong about The N&O

    I really don't know enough to make any judgement about Erik Prince or Blackwater, but I thought this was amusing:

    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2008/07/13/3543928.htm
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    I had composed a much longer answer, but for some...

    I had composed a much longer answer, but for some reason my attempt to post it failed, and I didn't think to save it.

    A shorter answer is that I think you are right.

    Newspapers today are in a...
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    I've never worked in broadcast, so I can't speak...

    I've never worked in broadcast, so I can't speak to their requirements. But I've worked in print for more than 20 years - everything from small-town dailies to a major newspaper to national magazines...
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