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re: Have we talked about China's One Road, One Belt project? - crazy4lsu
In the immediate post war aftermath the nation building efforts the US did in Germany and Japan were different from the soft power projects in the ME for example. And the nation building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan remembled the German and Japan efforts except on a condensed timescale. The Chine...
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re: Have we talked about China's One Road, One Belt project? - crazy4lsu
I disagree. China will project power in a different way. One because they historically have been very insular and two because they have cash in abundance. I think this will be the pattern for the next 50 years or so. There will be blowback and that's when we will see if the Chinese will do like the ...
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re: Have we talked about China's One Road, One Belt project? - crazy4lsu
You realize that insisting to dismantle institutions makes what the US dies entirely different from what the China does? ...
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re: Australian Imam: Make No Mistake, Islamic Scripture Commands Beheadings, Massacre People - crazy4lsu
[quote]I generally agree with what you said, but this point doesn't make sense to me. The west is filled with violent history, and to this day is waging war across the globe. Maybe we should be focusing on reforming ourselves and stay the frick out of the places where the extremists live. [/quote] ...
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re: Have we talked about China's One Road, One Belt project? - crazy4lsu
[quote]Literally the definition of "nation building" [/quote] Nation building for the US has focused on dismantling institutions and attempting to rebuild them very quickly. That is a massive, meaningful difference. ...
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re: Have we talked about China's One Road, One Belt project? - crazy4lsu
This is another reason why Trump's FP is both good and bad. It's bad because Trump isn't nuanced in his approach, and will frankly find it impossible to moderate interests short-term vs long-term. It's good because Trump is a results-oriented person, and asking for results might kickstart Europe...
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re: Have we talked about China's One Road, One Belt project? - crazy4lsu
China has reached out to Iran as well, as well as Pakistan, trying to secure its central Asian corridor. They even have had operations in Afghanistan. The trend everywhere is toward integration and this makes the ME even more important for Western countries. Being on the outside in with regards ...
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re: Spinoff: interpreting scientific data - crazy4lsu
There should be courses in scientific literature and scientific criticism just as there are for languages. I work with lots of scientific papers and there is a vast gap between the press release for an article and an article itself. Two have been posted in the last couple of days, one about soci...
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re: What makes you support an individual politician...policy positions or personal style? - crazy4lsu
Essentially you are talking about the difference between a technocrat and a more traditional politician. I'd rather we turn more towards technocrats but we'd have to change the way we discuss politicians and policy. Honestly the parliamentary system makes more sense for the US as it stands, ...
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re: Why the switch to "killer extremist losers" ? - crazy4lsu
Radical Islamic terror was always a stupid term. The term from the beginning should have been Salafi Islamist, which is specific in naming the sect that is mostly responsible for much of the terrorism and the clearly identifies the political aims of that group. ...
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re: Why the switch to "killer extremist losers" ? - crazy4lsu
[quote]They could collectively decide to program their browsers to auto-convert ISIS or Al-Quaeda or other cool terror names to Evil Losers. If all the browser products agree, that’s all your teenager in Europe will see as he tries to self-radicalize. That would, in time, end recruitment for Losers....
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re: Are we still pretending Pep is an elite manager - crazy4lsu
[quote]Conte is going to coach circles around everybody once he gets players he wants. [/quote] It's so amazing what a functional system can do for a team. I still think Ancellotti's Chelsea 2009 was better going forward and Mourinho's 2004 team was better defensively, Conte's 2017 team migh...
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re: Are we still pretending Pep is an elite manager - crazy4lsu
Pep is going to replace everybody this off-season. Will be interested in who he buys. ...
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re: Trump shakes Macron's hand (gif edition) - crazy4lsu
I can't believe we've come to this. ...
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re: Jacobs' account of what happened contradicts the Fox reporters' accounts - crazy4lsu
[quote]Rule of law, or whatever you want to use as an excuse, is no excuse to ram a mic in someone's face after he has asked you to leave him alone. It's just something for pussies to hide behind to defend their actions. [/quote] You realize there can be two parties wrong in a situation, and one...
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re: Jacobs' account of what happened contradicts the Fox reporters' accounts - crazy4lsu
[quote]60 years ago, if someone shoved a mic in another man's face after that man told him to leave him alone, and the man with the mic got his assed kicked, everyone would have said, "he had it coming." Mr. Mic would have been laughed off and told to get a life. [/quote] You are imagining a past...
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re: When Arsenal gets left out - crazy4lsu
Watch Bayern have a bad run and go into Europa and face us in the R16. ...
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re: Study: Physically Weak Men More Likely To Be Socialists - crazy4lsu
I'm reading the actual study right now, and it cites a famous 2013 study which correlated that class determined economic position, as in strong men from upper classes supported "self-interested" economic positions while strong men from lower classes supported redistribution. I have to go right now b...
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re: Open Letter From Kim Dotcom to Family of Seth Rich - crazy4lsu
[quote]The best way to help a grieving family is a frivolous lawsuit.[/quote] THE GOOD NAME OF THE DOTCOM FAMILY, A PROUD PEOPLE WITH A PROUD NAME, WILL NOT BE SULLIED! ...
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re: Trump going in dry at NATO over funding. UPDATED WITH SPEECH - crazy4lsu
[quote]This means we will look at this again in 10 years and give you 10 more years when you say you can't pay it. [/quote] It's also the way international politics works. It is in the interest of these countries to increase their payments if they continue to push eastward and invite Russian ant...
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