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Old 2010-11-25, 09:33   Link #10041
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Julian Assange is a clown. His "leaks" so far had been just a consolidation of what has already been known, but to a much smaller audience. If he wants a better reaction, this next round of leaks better be news to all of us.
Part of me even thinks he was paid by the government to provide some entertainment and inspire false conspiracies among the gullible to distract them from what's really happening behind the scenes. If he was doing it on his own, the FBI, CIA and NSA would've been on him within minutes of posting his stuff.
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Old 2010-11-25, 10:15   Link #10042
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My old history prof puts it nicely: What does Portugal produce which the world wants?
Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Old 2010-11-25, 10:51   Link #10043
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Cristiano Ronaldo.

That's more of an institution than an industry.
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Old 2010-11-25, 10:59   Link #10044
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I think I've written on the Korean Question before, but I'll repeat myself:

China is supporting NK mainly for two reasons.
1) It doesn't trust SK to keep US troops far away from the Yalu once the North goes down.
2) The refugee issue.

The US-SK delegation basically need to go to Beijing and say,"Look. The US won't station troops across the Yalu, and you guys will have your interests in the North protected. All we ask is for you to seal the border with NK." The Chinese are also vexed with NK, so once this can be secured, the next step will be war. What kind of war it will be depends on what the South wants after the smoke clears.
Especially agree with you on China likely being vexed at the North. I can't imagine they like any outcome that results in US Aircraft carrier battlegroups in the yellow sea.
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Old 2010-11-25, 11:26   Link #10045
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My old history prof puts it nicely: What does Portugal produce which the world wants? Not a whole lot of stuff.
Portugal does produce some unique but it's kinda irrelevant since it's not something that half the world wants and in big quantities.

Anyway with the politicians we have today, Portugal is not going anywhere. They are all corrupts.
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Old 2010-11-25, 11:32   Link #10046
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Cristiano Ronaldo.

I see a potential for a biotech and cloning industry.
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Old 2010-11-25, 15:10   Link #10047
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New corruption scandal deals blow to India's image
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNew...6AO19P20101125
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Old 2010-11-25, 15:43   Link #10048
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Especially agree with you on China likely being vexed at the North. I can't imagine they like any outcome that results in US Aircraft carrier battlegroups in the yellow sea.
Its like having a nasty little dog that has some useful purposes but you keep ending up getting roughed up by the neighborhood association when the dog bites kids and digs up flowers.

Its really sad how a book on 3yr-old child psychology is the most effective tool for dealing with the NK.
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Old 2010-11-25, 15:59   Link #10049
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With the way things are going, it's only a matter of time before either Portugal or Italia fall the way Greece did. I'm especially concerned for Italia. Despite how bad Berlusconi is, he's done a decent job of keeping Italy on its feet just by keeping the government stable for so long. If we go back to the way it was before, with countless referendums and government changes every few months, I'll be surprised if we can shoulder all the problems.
Heh. Apparently, three fourth of the French approved of helping Ireland, chiefly because they're worried France may soon be in the same situation. How foolishly optimistic. Ireland has someone to help them, even if they don't like the conditions. If we fall, we'll only have people to take down with us!
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Old 2010-11-25, 16:32   Link #10050
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If we fall, we'll only have people to take down with us!
given how much France weight on the EU, I seriously doubt than, if needed, it could be saved the same way than Ireland, german don't have that kind of money...
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Old 2010-11-25, 16:47   Link #10051
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Heh. Apparently, three fourth of the French approved of helping Ireland, chiefly because they're worried France may soon be in the same situation. How foolishly optimistic. Ireland has someone to help them, even if they don't like the conditions. If we fall, we'll only have people to take down with us!
No offense but isn't that how the French have always done it? Besides, how is helping Ireland going to help you guys if you fall into a similar crisis? You'd only be spending more money in places where you don't really need to
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Old 2010-11-25, 17:18   Link #10052
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given how much France weight on the EU, I seriously doubt than, if needed, it could be saved the same way than Ireland, german don't have that kind of money...
Precisely my point. Well, that and the fact that if we default, all those guys who lent us money will mechanically be in trouble too.
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No offense but isn't that how the French have always done it? Besides, how is helping Ireland going to help you guys if you fall into a similar crisis? You'd only be spending more money in places where you don't really need to
Not sure. I guess they're agreeing with the principle of helping struggling countries, hoping it'll apply to use if/when we need it. There may also be a problem of self-image at work. French people are so used to thinking of themselves as poor victims, they don't realize how big our economy really is.
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:09   Link #10053
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Interesting video talking about North Korea's political motives.


Talking specifically about problems with trying to negotiate with the North.
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:19   Link #10054
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Interesting video talking about North Korea's political motives.


Talking specifically about problems with trying to negotiate with the North.
So far, most "negotiations" I have seen are "Close down your NPP and we won't sanction you" or "Stop being so militaristic and we won't nuke you", in VERY SHORT, and limited negotiations.

Sometimes I wonder about the decadency of UN in our era, negotiations during the Cold War tend to be longer but not filled with false choices.
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:25   Link #10055
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Not sure what's the current discussion on DPRK. Anything I can help with?
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:29   Link #10056
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Not sure what's the current discussion on DPRK. Anything I can help with?
Sure. Tell us if the conflict affected the kimchi output to the world.

Joking. I was actually wondering if you could tell us about the location of the anti-DPRK demonstrations if there were any, in which states and regions, whether it is closer towards Seoul or towards the 38th.

Also, it would be good if you can get your boyfriend to tell us about the defence condition of SK, whether it has been heightened and by how many levels (if possible, including mobilisation and recalls of "NSmen" over there).
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:34   Link #10057
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Omigod, I never considered kimchee futures!!! To the stock ticker!!
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:38   Link #10058
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Also, it would be good if you can get your boyfriend to tell us about the defence condition of SK, whether it has been heightened and by how many levels (if possible, including mobilisation and recalls of "NSmen" over there).
He's in the US right now. He was a former ROKMC< and I attended the memorial altar to the two dead Marines two days ago in his place. Stayed there all night.
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:44   Link #10059
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He's in the US right now. He was a former ROKMC< and I attended the memorial altar to the two dead Marines two days ago in his place. Stayed there all night.
Damn...That had to be pretty harsh, considering he might have been in the same position as those two guys.
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Old 2010-11-26, 00:47   Link #10060
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Damn...That had to be pretty harsh, considering he might have been in the same position as those two guys.
Tell me about it. The ROKMC is one huge family, and considering he lost several friends in the past year (two in the Cheonan sinking, a US soldier in Iraq, etc), he's taking it hard.

Never mind he's actually been in battle before.
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