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Thucydides Trap

Thucydides wrote: "What made war inevitable was the growth of Athenian Chinese power and the fear which this caused in Sparta the USA."
Can America and China escape Thucydides’ trap? In this video, Graham Allison, Samantha Power & Niall Ferguson grapple with the question.

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So... We have an alliance with the USA, the ANZUS treaty, a non binding no guarantee agreement, because we fear the threat from some Asian countries, yet it's this very alliance, and our dogmatic, stoic, and possibly misguided, adherence to, that is actually escalating the very threat we fear. Talk about a disturbing feedback loop.

Firstly the DPRK, Democratic People Republic of Korea, does not have the capacity to strike Australia, FULL STOP. The only real threat is to South Korea and Japan, because, yet again, they are allies to the USA.

This ridiculous claim of a "grave" threat is simply dangerous and gives​ the DPRK more credit than it is due. The most practical and safest solution will come from China, which I think Trump has actually done quite well, not some foreign hegemon from half way around the world.

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"everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
Carl Sagan
Between the Rings
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, +European Space Agency, ESA, +NASA

On April 12, as the Sun was blocked by the disk of Saturn the Cassini spacecraft camera looked toward the inner Solar System and the gas giant's backlit rings. At the top of the mosaicked view is the A ring with its broader Encke and narrower Keeler gaps visible. At the bottom is the F ring, bright due to the viewing geometry. The point of light between the rings is Earth, 1.4 billion kilometers in the distance. Look carefully and you can even spot Earth's large moon, a pinprick of light to the planet's left. Today Cassini makes its final close approach to Saturn's own large moon Titan, using Titan's gravity to swing into the spacecraft's Grand Finale, the final set of orbits that will bring Cassini just inside Saturn's rings.

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Gots ma Samsung S8+ today...
Not sure if I am really that impressed.
It's nice and all but yeah.
Came with the VR headset too​, but the damn thing requires you to log into Facebook... grr... Which is not mentioned anywhere. Hopefully I can find a work around

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Reports confirmed the highlight of the expedition came when Trump Jr. took down the zoo’s giant panda Tian Tian with just two shots.

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This 3-4m critter is sitting below our back gate.


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"She's there attacking the bull."

You gotta be kidding me

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"Donald Trump's travel to his private club in Florida has cost over an estimated $20 million in his first 80 days as president, putting the president on pace in his first year of office to surpass former President Barack Obama's spending on travel for his entire eight years."

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Lol'd hard
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